Here are the outlines of some of the work of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Jonathon Edwards and John Owen.

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Be Content in ALL things: Numbers 11:1

Introduction.

Look at what happened to the nation of Israel. They were slaves in Egypt. Then the Lord delivered them mightily. He led over 2 million people (including some Egyptians) across the Red Sea and through a desert to a new land. He fed them, protected them and gave them water. But many in Israel (especially those on the fringes) groaned, moaned, complained. They were ungrateful. They held onto pride. When things became a  little or very uncomfortable and their idols were not met, they murmured, groaned, moaned, complained, like spoiled children. Be careful church. Be careful Christian. Be careful that we are not like them.

 

God does not like it when we are ungrateful.

  • We see this from our own feelings when our children or dependents receive good gifts from us and are always grumbling. We grow tired of them.
  • Since none of us really deserves anything good from God (because of what we have done to God and His world), for us to moan and groan against God is just ridiculous (Lamentations 3:39).
  • That God gives us good things, even though we have done noting to deserve it, is a reflection of His goodness (Psalm 103:13).
  • Along with moaning, comes many other wicked actions. When we complain against God, we are ready for many other kinds of sins (1 Corinthians 10:5-12).
  • God is so against complaining, that his discipline soon came upon the Israelite’s (Numbers 11:33 and other parts of Numbers).

 

When we are unsatisfied (not content) we think that we will become satisfied (content) when we get what we cannot get (what we want).

The people of Israel, who complained, had manna and meat from God. yet they sighed for fish, cucumbers, melons, onions, etc. They set an imaginary value on the foods they could not get.

  • To think like this is childish.
  • To think like this is unwise because it stops us enjoying what we already have. Thinking like this led Haman to thinking nothing of his prosperity because just one person refused to show him reverence (Esther 5:13).
  • To think like this shows how ungrateful we are to the Lord.
  • Thinking like this always lead to rebellion. It always leads to envy, jealousy and all other kinds of wicked sins.

 

When we are unsatisfied we will find no pleasure, even if we get what we want.

In answer to their foolish request they received flesh to eat in abundance.

  • When we get what we lust for (the earthly thing that we are unsatisfied without), we also get a small soul (Psalm 106:15).
  • When we get what we lust for (the earthy thing we are unsatisfied without), we find death (Psalm 78:31).
  • When we get what we lust for (the earthly thing we are unsatisfied without), we find sadness on all sides (Number 11:34).

 

Our Solution to this problem.

If we are unsatisfied with life. If we are feeling no contentment. What do we do?

  • Be humble enough to change. Reject pride (Proverbs 29:23, Matthew 23:12, Luke 1:52, James 4:6)
  • We need the true knowledge of God. The knowledge of God puts our hearts and minds onto the right line. Since the Israelite’s did  not hold God high in their lives their hearts and minds ran wild and were NOT satisfied. They moaned and groaned and then rose up to do wicked, evil and corrupt things. Desiring to know God is where we will find our solution (Philippians 3:8 and 4:11).
  • Knowing God helps us to desire the best gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31).
  • Knowing God helps us to live a life of love (1 Corinthians 12:31).
  • Knowing God empowers us to not moan and therefore shine into this dark world (Philippians 2:14-15).
Partners in the Gospel

Introduction.

It is crystal clear from even a quick read of the New Testament, that there was a mutual partnership that existed among not only the Apostles, but the various other believers in the early church. In the short letter of Philemon we see this to. Now although the main idea behind the letter of Philemon was the reconciliation between two partners, two believers, to children of God, we can still take out from it the idea of mutual partnership. For example, in verse 1-2, 11, 16-17 we see the partnership that existed. They partnered together in the forward moving of the gospel message. This is what the partnership in the early church looked like.

 

Partnership between ages.

It is undeniable that there was partnership between ages. For example, between Paul and Timothy.

  • They strengthened churches with the truth, together (Acts 16:4-5).
  • Paul sent Timothy to do work (Philippians 2:18-24).
  • They shared the good-news of Jesus with people who did not believe, together (Acts 16:11-15).
  • They supported each other in prayers (Colossians 4:2-4).
  • They helped each other with material goods (Acts 2:42).
  • Do you have partners who are younger then you?
  • Do you have partners who are older then you?
  • Are you too proud to receive Gods words this point?
  • What excuses do you use that stops you actively partnering with people of different ages?
  • Who can you go move towards today and partner with them?

 

Partnership between the two genders.

It is undeniable that there was partnership between the two genders, men and woman. For example, between Philip and his daughters.

  • Phillip was not one of the twelve Apostles, he functioned as a travelling evangelist (Acts 8:4-8).
  • Philip had four unmarried daughters who functioned as prophets (Acts 21:8-9).
  • We see this in the Old Covenant (Judges 4-5).
  • In the New Covenant ALL in Christ receive the Spirit to do the work of God (Acts 2:17).
  • It is true that men and women, who have equal value (Genesis 1:26-27) – and are equal on many other points (such as their sin and righteousness in Christ), are different in other aspects.
  • It is true that the role of elder is for men (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9).
  • Elder-ship does not mean that men were or are the only ones who teach, lead, prophesy, etc.
  • This does not mean that women cannot partner with men in the work of the gospel (Philemon 1:2).
  • We must have both genders at work in the Church.
  • Do you have partners who are of a different gender?
  • Are you too proud to receive Gods word on this point?
  • Who can you go move towards today and partner with them?
  • What excuses do you use that stops you actively partnering with people of the other gender?

 

Partnership between cultures.

It is undeniable that there was partnership between cultures.

  • Jews, Gentiles, skin colors and social status (Acts 13:1-3 and the book of Philemon).
  • Do you have partners who are of a different culture?
  • Are you too proud to receive Gods word on this point?
  • Who can you go move towards today and partner with them?
  • What excuses do you use that stops you actively partnering with people of other cultures?

 

If we don’t get our act together in these partnerships we will fall short of being the church that God has called us to be and that the world needs.

Can we be the generation that takes partnership seriously? Can we be the church who actively makes space for people of different ages, gender and cultures to do the work of the gospel? I believe we can. But it will take planning. It will take boldness. It will take courage. We can do it. If we don’t then we WILL fall short of what we could be and what the world needs.

Ruth chose to follow the living and only God. Ruth 1:16

Introduction.

This was a brave, outspoken, confession of faith, and it was made by a women, a young woman, a poor woman, a widowed woman and a foreigner (not an Israelite). Her mother in law should have been joyful that her daughter in law decided to follow the living and true God – even thought her life was filled with many troubles. Naomi had lost her husband and sons in Moab and then returned to her homeland, the land of Israel, the land that the living and true God gave her people. Naomi’s return to her true home brought Ruth to a choice. Naomi’s choice to live outspokenly consistent with her faith in the Lord was the catalyst that brought Ruth into the family. In this same way, when we are Christians live outspokenly consistently (and gently) with out faith, then our friend, family and other loved ones frequently are born again.

 

Love for the Godly will help us become Godly.

When I say, “Godly” I do not mean religious in the way that most people think of when they think of a religious person. For example someone who is arrogant about their beliefs, or someone who is a push over. By, “Godly” I mean someone who has a desire to obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God) and who does obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God). Hence they are called, “Godly.”

Many forces combine to help us become more Godly when we love the Godly.

  • The influence of companionship. When we live with the Godly, we are positively impacted by them.
  • The influence of admiration. What we favour, we follow.
  • The influence of instruction. When we are taught by someone, we are influenced by them.
  • The influence of reverence. Those who are older, we are influenced by. Those whoa re wiser, we are influenced by. Those who are better then us, influence us.
  • The influence of the desire to make people joyful. We should be willing to go with our friends to church meeting,s prayer meetings and other church events to bring joy to their hearts.
  • The influence of the thought of eternal separation. When we think that we may be eternally separated from the Godly who we love, this leads us closer to take faith seriously.

 

Decisions to be Godly will be tested.

When I say, “Godly” I do not mean religious in the way that most people think of when they think of a religious person. For example someone who is arrogant about their beliefs, or someone who is a push over. By, “Godly” I mean someone who has a desire to obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God) and who does obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God). Hence they are called, “Godly.”

  • By the poverty of the Godly and other trials. Naomi was poor, but Ruth said that she would go with her and this meant poverty. Poor saints are despised people and young people are more often moved to reject the religion of the poor. Even if we are wealthy saints (like Solomon before he ran from the Lord and Philemon), we will still encounter many trails (James 1 and 1 Peter). Such as: persecution, demonic attacks, sicknesses and so on.
  • By counting the cost. When we decide to follow the Creator we will have to leave the wicked ways of our friends and families. This is a cost. We will have to share the ways of God’s people (Hebrews 11:24-26).
  • By the draw back of others. When we make an outspoken profession of faith, like Ruth did, people will draw away from us.
  • By the hard work involved in true religion. True religion is hard work. NOT hard work to gain salvation, but hard work from salvation. The hard work is: 1.) Saying NO (dying to) our sinful old self (Romans 6-7). 2.) Serving other people instead of being served (Galatians  5:13, Mathew 23:11, Romans 12:9-13 and 1 Peter 4:10). 3.) Serving (obeying) God (1 Samuel 12:24 and Hebrews 9:14). The work of religion can be summed up by two ideas. LOVE the LORD (His way) and LOVE all people (His way).
  • By the hypocrisy and coldness of other Christians. This is one of the biggest tests of faith. Will I still love my Saviour and love all people even when those who claim to be believers have a cold faith and act hypocritically?

 

This Godliness is found in the choice of God the Creator.

When I say, “Godly” I do not mean religious in the way that most people think of when they think of a religious person. For example someone who is arrogant about their beliefs, or someone who is a push over. By, “Godly” I mean someone who has a desire to obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God) and who does obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God). Hence they are called, “Godly.”

When we choose God:

  • He becomes our main possession.
  • We believe in God. By faith alone are we justified (Romans 4).
  • We choose an instructor (Psalm 28:2 and 119:38).
  • We choose Him as our guide forever (Ruth 2:12 and Psalm 48:14).

 

This Godliness is found in the choice of His people.

When I say, “Godly” I do not mean religious in the way that most people think of when they think of a religious person. For example someone who is arrogant about their beliefs, or someone who is a push over. By, “Godly” I mean someone who has a desire to obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God) and who does obey the good and right commands of the Creator (God). Hence they are called, “Godly.”

  • Gods people are spoken of badly by other Kingdoms.
  • Gods people are not all we wish them to be.
  • Gods people are His people.
  • The Churches inheritance is found within the ancient nation of Israel.
  • The true Boaz (the messiah) is from the line of Israel and is the one who redeems us to be His people.

Let us all make a deliberate, humble, firm, joyful and immediate choice for the Lord God, the Creator and for His people the Church.

Short pieces of Praise to the Lord

Written by SM Lockridge

“The Bible says
He’s the King of the Jews
He’s the King of Israel
He’s the King of Righteousness
He’s the King of the Ages
He’s the King of Heaven
He’s the King of Glory
He’s the King of Kings
and He is the Lord of Lords

Now that’s my King!
David says
The Heavens declare the glory of God
And the firmament showeth His handiwork
No means of measure can define His limitless love
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing

He’s enduringly strong
He’s entirely sincere
He’s eternally steadfast
He’s immortally graceful
He’s imperially powerful
He’s impartially merciful

That’s my King!
He’s God’s Son
He’s the sinners’ Saviour
He’s the centrepiece of civilisation
He stands alone in Himself
He’s august
He’s unique
He’s unparalleled
He’s unprecedented
He’s supreme
He’s pre-eminent
He’s the loftiest idea in literature
He’s the highest personality in philosophy
He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism
He’s the fundamental doctrine in true theology
He’s the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion

That’s my King!
He’s the miracle of the age
He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him
He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously
He supplies strength for the weak
He’s available for the tempted and the tried
He sympathises and He saves
He guards and He guides
He heals the sick
He cleansed the lepers
He forgives sinners
He discharges debtors
He delivers the captives
He defends the feeble
He blesses the young
He serves the unfortunate
He regards the aged
He rewards the diligent
And He beautifies the meek

Do you know Him?
My King is the key of knowledge
He’s the wellspring of wisdom
He’s the doorway of deliverance
He’s the pathway of peace
He’s the roadway of righteousness
He’s the highway of holiness
He’s the gateway of glory
He’s the master of the mighty
He’s the captain of the conquerors
He’s the head of the heroes
He’s the leader of the legislators
He’s the overseer of the overcomers
He’s the governor of governors
He’s the prince of princes
He’s the King of Kings
And He’s the Lord of Lords

That’s my King
That’s my King!
My King
His office is manifold
His promise is sure
His life is matchless
His goodness is limitless
His mercy is everlasting
His love never changes
His word is enough
His grace is sufficient
His reign is righteous
His yoke is easy
and His burden is light
I wish I could describe Him to you
He’s indescribable
He’s indescribable
He’s incomprehensible
He’s invincible
He’s irresistible
I’m trying to tell you
The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him
Let alone a man explain Him
You can’t get Him out of your mind
You can’t get Him off of your hands
You can’t outlive Him
And you can’t live without Him
The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him
but they found out they couldn’t stop Him
Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him
The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree
And Herod couldn’t kill Him
Death couldn’t handle Him
And the grave couldn’t hold Him

That’s my King!
He always has been
And He always will be
I’m talking about
He had no predecessor
and He’ll have no successor
There was nobody before Him
and there’ll be nobody after Him
You can’t impeach Him
and He’s not going to resign

That’s my King!
Praise the Lord
That’s my King
Thine is the Kingdom
And the power
And the glory
The glory is all His
Thine is the Kingdom
And the power
And the glory
For ever
And ever
And ever
And when you get through with all of the forevers
Then
Amen.”

 

Seeing the love of Jesus in the love of Jonathan. 1 Samuel 18:3 and 20:17

Introduction.

We hear so many talks about Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Ruth, King David, Samson, Jonah and not that many about Jonathan. Jonathan thought that is was a joy, a good thing to further the interests of a man who was above him. There was something very beautiful, noble, honorable about Jonathan. He was unselfish (selfless) and had much love for his friend David. The eternal love of Jesus is something like the love of Jonathan. the right kind of human love is only a small glimpse into the indescribable love of Jesus our, and the Messiah. When we look at the way Jonathan loved David we can learn much about how the Lord Jesus loves us, weak and small humans.

Great love wants to bind itself to the one it loves.

  • Jonathan and David made a covenant (binding agreement. If you read about their lives, you will see that it was more because of Jonathan’s love for David (2 Samuel 1:26). not because of Davids love for Johnathan.

How do we discover the infinite love of Jesus for us, weak and small people, through this love of Jonathan binding himself to David? 1.) Jesus bound himself to us be covenant bonds. How did He do this?

  • He entered into our nature to represent us, become the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:47). Such love!
  • He agreed to redeem us by sacrificing Himself (Galatians 2:20). Such love!
  • He took us into being one with Himself (Ephesians 5:30). Such love!
  • He has bound up our future lives with His own (Colossians 3:3). Such love!
  • He has made us share in all that He has, changing clothes with us (giving us His royal clothes and taking our rags), as in the bond between Jonathan and David (1 Samuel 18:4). In this, we are David. Such love!

2.) Jesus wants us to actively and willingly bind ourselves to Him. We do this by:

  • Submit our lives to the saving power of His love.
  • Love Him for His great love, even as David loved Jonathan for his great love.
  • Feed people the truth as a sign of our love for Him (John 21:15-17).
  • Join ourselves to His people, the Church and a local church.
  • Show kindness to all who are His, for His sake, even as David was good to Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9).
  • More and more merge our interests in His, and find our gain in advancing His honor (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

3.) This is our God’s desire. Let us go for it:

  • Let the bonds be mutual (Song of Solomon 2:16).
  • Accept the priceless gift of the Prince (Jesus) and give ourselves to Him without holding back.
  • Let us love Him as we love ourselves, for He loved us better than Himself (Matthew 27:42).
  • Renew our vows to Him.

 

Great love wants a life time of renewed commitments from the other.

David renewed his covenant of love with Jonathan (1 Samuel 20:17). We, who are caught up in the great love of Jesus should renew our love for Him.

  • We do this, not our of selfishness (we want something).
  • Renewing our commitment to Jesus is the right response to His great love (Psalm 31:23).
  • Doing this is our highest benefit. Bound to Him we are truly free. Committed to Him we are really blessed.
  • Our love for Jesus is so cold right now, that we to renew the flame of our love.
  • The more often we renew our love for Jesus, the better for us. Let us make sure that we do it from the right heart.
  • There is nothing wrong, and everything right about both men and woman loving Jesus. Remember that Jesus is the second person of the Creator God who is Triune.
  • If we have a problem with loving Jesus then I ask us, are we being sanctified? With sanctification comes an increase in our deep love for the Lord Jesus our Savior.
  • He invites new commitments.
  • We are most joyful when we feel that deep burning love for God. Let us bind ourselves firmly to Him.
  • Taking communion is a good way to renew out love for the loving savior.
  • When we come back from sicknesses or see miracles, it is wise to publicly share these as acts of our commitment to him (Psalm 116:8,14).
  • Weddings, funeral, promotions, births, Passover (Easter) and Christmas are all season where it is right and Godly to renew our commitment to the Lord.
  • When we experience community revivals of all sorts, a right response is to confess to our King our deep love and devotion to Him.
  • Let us renew our devotion to God.
  • Let us go and be alone and renew these vows of love.
  • Let us think of ways to publicly express our commitment, devotion, love, bonds to our Master and Teacher (Matthew 26:7, Mark 14:3 and Luke 7:37).
Go and consult with Jesus.1 Kings 10:1

Introduction.

It would be good for us to think about the Queen of Sheba when she visited King Solomon, for she is a sign to us (Matthew 12:42). She went from her land to Solomon to find out the answers to many questions. Since Jesus is far greater then King Solomon, we must do the same.

 

Let us admire the way that the Queen went to Solomon. 

1.) She wanted to discover the wisdom of Solomon by learning from him. We can discover the greatness of Christ by being His disciple.

2.) She asked him many questions and in doing this proved his understanding.

3.) These questions were:

  • Beyond herself.
  • Beyond her wise men.
  • But NOT beyond the mind of Solomon.
  • These questions pleased Solomon.
  • Her visit showed her belief in him.
  • Her visit would ease her mind.
  • Her visit showed her humility.

May we do the same with Jesus. May He be for us our interpreter. May we go to the REAL Jesus and see His glory. May we go to the REAL Jesus and find the answers to many questions. Here are some questions we can ask:

  • How can someone be justified when we are sinners?
  • How can we be saved by faith alone without works?
  • How can we be born again when we are old?
  • How is it that we are made new, yet have to sigh because of the old person in us?
  • Where do we go after death?
  • Where do we come from?
  • How do we know right and wrong?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Why is there so much hypocrisy in the Church?
  • Why do people do evil in your name?
  • How can our lives be in heaven and on earth?
  • How can we be always rejoicing and mourning?
  • How can we be a Christian?
  • How do we live as Christians?

 

We read that Solomon answered her questions. We can be sure that if we approach Jesus, in the same way she approach King Solomon, with humility, we will find answers for in Christ is all wisdom (Colossians 2:3).

Open you heart to Jesus. 1 Kings 10:2

Introduction.

In general, it is not wise to open all our heart with someone. Samson reached the climax of folly when he opened all his heart to Delilah – the result was his destruction. But, what if we could meet with someone who could solve all our difficulties? If we could meet this kind of person then we would be wise to open all our heart to this person.

We have a greater person then Solomon. We have the Lord Jesus who is wisdom incarnate. Solomon was wise, Jesus is wisdom. The sad thing is that with Jesus we are too silent. With our friends we talk to much, but with Jesus we say nothing. Come friend! Let’s change this right now. Lets all run into the arms of our Creator and open all our heart to Jesus.

 

We can tell Jesus all that is on our heart.

  • Not doing this with Jesus is unkind because Jesus says to us, “…let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet…” Song of Solomon 2:14. Should we reject out Bridegroom?
  • There should be no secrets between us the Bride and Jesus the Bridegroom.
  • To hide anything from a real friend is normally done because we are shamed of what we have done or thought. Jesus is the best friend we could ever have, and do you know what, there is nothing to ever be ashamed of with Jesus.
  • It shows that we think less of His love, sympathy, kindness, grace, etc. if we cannot tell Jesus everything that is on our heart.
  • If we hold back anything from our Maker, it will make us uneasy. The responsibility is with us to speak to Jesus about everything and if we don’t it will weigh heavily on us.
  • If we hide our trouble from Jesus, he may leave us to worry until we can come close to him and be real. Some say this is an evil thing for Jesus to do, no it is not because the connection we have to Jesus is a relationship and a relationship is always two ways.
  • Hiding from Jesus is amplified by our desire to tell our secrets to other people. Will we find confidence in humans and hide things from God?

 

We don’t need to stop communing (talking) with Jesus because we have run out of topics to bring to him.

Here is a list of topics to bring to our Lord.

 

  • Our pain, He will comfort us.
  • Our joys, He will bring to our joy depth. Joy without Jesus is like the sun without light.
  • Our service, He knows much about service and so can sympathies in our difficulties.
  • Our plans, He has great wisdom to give us to help us in our plans.
  • Our successes and failures. These should be reported at headquarters, like the disciples did (Luke 9:10).
  • Our wicked desires, He wants to hear about them. He can help us in our time of need.
  • Our fear, fear of failing, fear of dying, fear of… Jesus can empower us to overcome these fears.
  • Our love of the world. Love of the world will kill us. Telling them to Jesus will save us.
  • Our mysteries. Our indescribable feelings, our undefinable uneasiness. All the complex emotions that we are unable to express – give these to the Messiah.

 

We must not stop speaking with Jesus, for any reason.

Nothing must get in the way between us sharing our heart with our Lord and Saviour.

 

  • No human.
  • No sport or hobby.
  • No home activity.
  • No job activity.

 

This is Jesus we are talking to, the King of Kings – our Bridegroom.

 

  • How encouraging it is to talk with Jesus.
  • How refining it is to talk with Jesus.
  • How safe it is to talk with Jesus.
  • How healthy it is to talk with Jesus.
  • How natural it Is to talk with Jesus

 

If we don’t know him then what will happen when He returns?

 

A workman in time of need would get rid of everything before his tools for if he sold his tools, how would he be able to come back from poverty? Reading the Word of God and prayer are tools of the Christians work (life); without them we are helpless. How is it then, that when time presses or things get hard, we so often forget our Bibles? We so often forget prayer?

Elijah’s weaknesses. 1 Kings 19:4

Introduction.

We can learn many things from others. When thinking about the people of the Old Testament we can learn much from them. 1.) They point us to Jesus in some way. 2.) They most often teach us what NOT to do. 3.) Sometimes they teach us what to do. 4.) very often, in their lives, we can find an eternal principle at work that works in our lives today. In the case of Elijah, some of his experiences are often our experiences to. In saying this I want to make it clear that we are NOT Elijah, rather some of what he went through we go through today.

 

Sometimes we enter a strange state of depression. Good news, someone has been into this valley of death. Weary and sick, lonely and tired. When someone is in this place they often imagine that things will happen to them (paranoia). They imagine that people are out to get them, or that something bad is about to happen. Very often the truth is that no one is out to get them. Elijah, a great and mighty prophet of God went through a very similar time of darkness. Here is what we can take away from his experiences.

 

Elijah’s weakness.

  • He asked that he die.
  • He was clearly depressed (low) in some way.
  • He suffered from a reaction to great success.
  • He suffered from great disappointment (Israel was still under Ahab and Jezebels control).
  • He was physically tired from the excitement at mount Carmel.
  • He is a human, just like us (James 5:17).

 

God’s kindness to him.

  • God allowed him to sleep (this was the medicine he needed).
  • God fed him with food both easy to get and miraculously delivered.
  • Angels touched him.
  • God allowed him to share his troubles (verse 10).
  • God revealed himself to him when he was in the cave.
  • God told him good news in verse 18.
  • God gave him more to do, the anointing of others.

 

We are no Elijah and the year is 2***, what can we take away from this man’s life? The answer is one or more principles. The eternal principles. Looking for the principle is a very successful way of learning from God’s word, without twisting it to fit into our own minds. An eternal principle is an idea that works for all people over all time, no matter what the culture.

 

This is what we can take away from Elijah’s life:

  • This is what we can take away from Elijah’s life:

    –          We are weak.

    –          We have moments of weakness.

    –          God is faithful to strengthen us, just like he has done to many other people (including Elijah).

    –          God strengthens us through food, sleep and revealing to us who He is (although these may be done in natural supernatural ways. Elijah had Angels and Gods voice in the cave, this does not mean we will also have these).

A Heard Divided. Hosea 10:2

Introduction.

Israel, as a nation, divided her worship (allegiance) between the Lord God our Creator and false images of other gods (such as Baal). Like them, we to can have a divided heart. Since all 1500 years of the Bible shows this, this is a correct interpretation – it is a universal principle as one theologian put it.

God has given us one heart, one soul and when we divide our affections, will always bring injury on our lives. A church divided into two parties, two doctrines, two visions will become weak and unaffected. A Christian who aims at another object, other then the true Lord of heaven and earth, will find it not only difficult to be a Christian, but they will live an unprofitable life. This person is an idolater and their whole character will be twisted. If we say that we seek after Jesus, but our lives are divided, we will never ever find the one we seek. When we say we follow Jesus, but really our hearts are after sinful and wicked pleasures, or if we are looking for self righteous confidences, our following will be unsuccessful. A pastor, prophet, teacher, evangelist, administrator, etc. (or other form of church leader) who aims at any other person or object other then the great God and Savior of the world Jesus Christ will be a very twisted servant. If they chase fame, learning, philosophy, money, speaking abilities or anything else, this person will not be able to do their work. A broken, weak and humble heart is a blessing – but a divided heart is a heart disease of death. Therefore, let us seriously think about these points:

 

The Disease.

A heart disease is to be seen:

  • In our idea of who we are. We say that we are, “broken, weak, humble, teachable and compelled to sin” but we really think that we are, “great and mighty, the best religious person to every walk the earth.”
  • In what we trust. Do we say that we trust the Messiah Jesus alone, but really we trust ourselves.
  • In what we aim for in life. God or money? Our Creator or another false god? Heaven or the World? The Lord or sexual pleasures?
  • In the target of our love. Jesus or some earthly love?
  • In the choices we make. We are never settled in our choices. Who do we believe? God or people. What do we do? Gods work or our work?

 

The disease of division that infects the central fountain of our lives (soul/heart) and this disease effects every other part of life. This disease is very common in the church and world and in those who speak loudly about God. If this heart disease is not cured fast and now – terrible evils will happen. In fact every evil done by the church (crusades, cult evils and other wars), ever heresy and in fact every corrupt thing that a believer has ever done lie, murder, rape, hate, twisting of our sexuality, and so on and so on – comes from the heart disease of division.

 

The Evil Effects Of It.

In all sorts of ways.

  • God is not loved at all when not loved completely.
  • The Lord is insulted when a rival is admitted.
  • There is NO grace in the soul if the heart is divided.
  • The life limps and stops when it has NOT a whole heart behind it.
  • Before long, someone who is divided will go over the cliff of reason and die.

 

This secret evil can show that our profession of faith could have been faulty. Many “Christians” have never been born again and so their hearts are completed divided. One part wants to do religious things, the other does not.

Having said this, there are many who are genuine believers, who have got the faith of Jesus in their soul who still struggle with this heart disease. There are reasons for this like: abuse, hurt in the church, doubt, distractions, fear, anxiety, and others.

 

Attempts At A Cure.

Let us ALL seriously think about the cure for this deadly disease.

  • For someone who has never met Jesus, who is outside of a relationship with him, who has not got faith in Jesus – for you your cure is to have a personal encounter with Jesus.
  • Some people condemn themselves for giving ALL their hearts to God. They don’t want to be, “radical” and so hold back. Is this anyway to treat the Creator? The one who gave ALL of who He is for us? If God is unworthy of ALL our heart then dividing it make sense – but this is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the Lord Yahweh.
  • Our salvation requires that we go ALL in (1 Peter 4:18).
  • All potent beings in the Universe are undivided. All influential beings are undivided at heart. (Lion hunting prey).
  •  Faith in Christ Jesus is a matter of our whole heart. A divided heart is not able to contain saving faith and soon shuts itself off from the Savior.
  • Pray for an undivided heart.
  • Mediate and Memorize Gods words will change our divided hearts to be undivided.

 

Prayer for The Church. Daniel 9:17

Introduction.

This true hearted man did not live for himself, but for God. While living in a country not his own, Daniel had been faithful to the Lord under great pressure. After these trials, he did not rest content in comfort and ease (like so many of us foolishly do). He stayed in prayer, he continued pushing into his Lord and God, Yahweh.

From this part of his life and his prayer for the people of God, we can learn many great facts.

 

The Holy Place.

For Daniel the temple was a material building made from stone, etc. But it was also a type of what was to come, and that type is a living temple made from stones that are human beings. Together we are the temple of God. At 1 Peter says, we are living stones. It is this living temple of human beings that I want us to think about.

  • There was only 1 temple in Jerusalem, there is only 1 temple for the Lord, the Creator and that is the Church.
  • The temple of Solomon was magnificent – glorious in the eyes of God and other spiritual beings. The Church is also glorious to God and other spiritual beings.
  • The temple was designed by Solomon’s great wisdom, the Church was and is being built by a far superior Solomon – the Lord Jesus Himself.
  • The temple of Solomon was built with a great cost, the Church was and is being built by the greatest cost ever – the life, death and resurrection of the Messiah.
  • The temple was the pace from which the word of the Creator moved out into the whole earth, the Church is also the place where Gods word, the gospel, is spoken (or meant to be spoken).
  • The temple was meant to be the place of worship when we gather and worship Jesus it is right to praise our God.

 

The Earnest Prayer.

  • This prayer rose above all his selfishness.
  • This prayer was the center of his prayers.
  • This prayer was the product of the prayers before (from verse 2).
  • This prayer threw itself upon God.
  • Daniel knew that he himself could not do what he asked God to do. He needed his saviors grace.
  • The result of this prayer was that: walls were rebuilt, priests did their work, Gods word was to be spoken.
  • For us today, the result of this kind of honest prayer will be that Prayer meetings will happen, Gods truth will be taught, real community will happen, missionaries will be sent out, churches will be planted, the hungry will be fed, injustice will be opposed, the Bible will be memorized, good doctrine will be valued, the church will have no masks and we will really, really, really love each other intentionally.
  • All this will be for the Lord.
Living under the Best King. Hosea 13:10

Introduction.

These were Gods words to Israel. These words have plugged the holes of many a sinking ship. These words saved many people from many burdens. These words have satisfied many empty souls. There is very often great danger in human monarchy and Israel was saved from this by finding government and headship in God Himself. The sad story is that many in Israel rejected the Lord as their King and desired to be ruled by human rulers. May we be wise to accept our Maker as our King and governor, Monarch and Lord.

 

We Crave for a King.

  • We crave a king.
  • We need someone to look up to.
  • We are for protection from danger.
  • We long for a lawgiver.
  • We search for good guidance.

 

  • Anarchy in our soul is terrible.
  • A kingless, aimless life is miserable.
  • King Self is poor, mean, foolish and weak.
  • The world is a cruel King.
  • We need another King, not human, not of this world.

We all cry out, “give me a king” but sadly most don’t turn to God as King, but to other things or people as King. Humans were content in living with God as King, but when our first parents Adam and Eve wanted to become their own king and queen – trouble came down upon humanity. Since this day we have all looked leadership in the wrong places. We will take it, even if it is bad. I am here to tell us all that there is a good and perfect King who we can live our lives under and His name is Jesus.

 

The Royal Answer of Grace

Gods answer is, “I will be your King.” When the Lord is our King this is what we find.

  • Our King comes to rule over:

–          Every mighty and relentless enemies.

–          Every part of our lives.

  • Our King is abundantly satisfactory because:

–          He has the power to rule over every rebel.

–          He has the character that is worthy of submission.

–          He has more then the wisdom of King Solomon.

–          He has goodness to give us.

–          He is ready and able to make his reign a time of joy peace and prosperity.

–          His great love commands infinite obedience.

  • Our King is infinitely consoling because we are:

–          Protected by all-powerfulness.

–          Ruled by perfection.

–          Governor by a King who cannot be defeated or die.

  • Our King is gloriously inspiring:

–          To live and die for such a leader.

–          To claim possession of human hearts for such a God.

–          To be forever linked with a potentate so majestic.

The Delight of Loyalty

Our answer to the promise of the text is this. “You are my King, O God.” (Psalm 44:4). If we unreservedly accept our King:

–          We look to see and share his glory (Isaiah 33:17).

–          We expect present deilverances (psalm 44L4).

–          We repose in delicious confinden in the wisdom, goodness and unchangingness of his work.

–          We seek to extend his rule (Matthew 6:10).

–          We find wonder in his name: His history is our mediation. His promise is our sustenance. His person is our adoration. His throne is our safe place. He is our salvation and desire (1 Samuel 23:5).

He Ran and HE Ran. Mark 5:6 and Luke 15:20

Introduction.

These two Bible Verses look similar. The man runs to Jesus from far off and the Father runs to his son who is returning home. These two pictures painted in words show us both the difference and similarity of our actions towards the Lord and the Lords action towards us. These two verses blended together show a most wonderful truth to be eaten and enjoyed.

When I talk about “us”, “our” or “we” I mean both the Sinner and the Saint who still Sins. Every human is either a Sinner or we are a Saint who Sins. The facts are clear, we are all Sinners from birth, until we are clothed with the righteousness of Jesus freely by his grace. Then we stand boldly as Saints. But, saints who sin. But Saints who are righteous because their Savior is.

 

Our Place.

Let’s think about our place.

  • When we think about Character, there is a big difference between the Demon Possessed Man and Jesus. There is a big difference between the Father and His lost son. Our God and Creator is to wonderful in character. So patient and kind. So holy and beautiful. So attractive in character. So perfect. We, on the other hand are so far from the character of our God. I make this difference because we must see that the Creator is very different to us in character.
  • When we think about knowledge, the demon possessed man knows Jesus but not his love. The Lost son definitely did not know the love of his Father. We have so much to learn about our Lords great Love.
  • When we think about hope, the man possessed by demons had such a small hope of being delivered. I bet that even a small flicker of hope was extinguished by the demons. The lost son only had hope to be received as a slave. He thought that his sins had put him too far away from his true position as a son. Friend, are you like the lost son who has little hope of being received as a son? Friend, are we like the demon possessed man who has hardly any hope of being delivered of chains?
  • When we think about possession, the demon possessed man had no hold on the Savior. He even questioned his possession of Jesus. The lost son thought that he had lost all right to claim the Father and so said that he was not worthy to be called his son. Are we like these two?

 

Our Privilege.

“He saw Jesus.” Whoever is under Satan’s control, Satan’s influence, you are able to see Jesus.

  • There is such a person. He is God and Man, the Savior.
  • He has done great things.
  • He is able to cast out the powers of evil.
  • He cast out the darkness of demons from us.

 

Our Best Course.

“He ran and worshiped Jesus.” The man was confused, for he was under forces that were fighting against truth.

He ran towards Jesus, and worshiped him; yet in the same breath he cried out, “what do I have coming to you.” He was tossed about But it was the Sinners best choice to run towards Jesus. It was his best course.

  • He is the Son of the Most High God. John 1:34.
  • He is the great enemy of our enemy, the devil. Hebrews 2:14.
  • He is able to drive out many demons.
  • He can cloth us and make us be in our right mind.
  • He allows us to run, even now to Him and worship Him for he is WORTHY of worship.

It was the lost sons best course to run quickly to his father.

Our Hope.

“His Father saw him.

  • The returning sinner was seen from far off.
  • He was recognized as a son and was known by his father.
  • He was understood, loved and accepted by his Father.

This is the foundation, the basis of hope for Sinners and Saints. It is not really what we see, it is more the FACT that the Lord of Love and Grace sees Sinners and Saints in our sin and misery.

 

The Action of the Father.

The Father ran and fell on His sons neck and kissed him. .

  • Here we see great softness – the Father of the son had compassion on His son.
  • Here we see great speed – the Father ran quickly to His son.
  • Here we see great humility – the Father fell on His son and Kissed him.
  • Here we see great love and mercy – Grace.

The Fathers running put an end tot he sons fears. The Fathers running brought quick realization of joyful acceptance.

Let us Run to our Saviour and our Father.

Let us rejoice that our Maker, the Triune God has run to meet us. What other god would run to us? I don’t know any other then the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God the Old Testament and New testament. The God of the Covenants. The God who appeared to Abraham, to Moses, to Israel, to prophets after prophets. There is only one God who we can run to because He runs to us. He keeps us Saints who Sin faithful. Sinner – RUN and become a SAINT. Saint – RUN and stay with your God.

Small Faith Calling to a Strong Savior. Mark 9:24

Introduction.

​Here we see a man who prayed and yet his desire for his child was not, at once, given. In the same way, there are many who are sincere about their souls yet they do not immediately find salvation. There are many who are honest about their state, yet they do not immediately get what they want. This could drive this kind of person into deeper sorrow. I think that this fathers account can help this person to understand their own situation. His child was not cured, he even seemed to be worse then before. But the situation was seen by the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The difficulty.

  • The father may have thought it was because of the disciples. But alone, the disciples could not have done anything. If their Lord was with them, they could have done it. The main difficulty was not with the disciples, but it was partly there.
  • He probably thought that the case itself as hopeless. The disease was so fitful and mysterious, so deep-seated and to near destroying the life of his son.
  • The father half-hinted that the difficulty might even be with Jesus the Master, “if you can do anything…”

 

The Tearful Discovery

The father then cries out, “love help my unbelief…”

  • The man’s little faith discovered his unbelief.
  • He was distressed and alarmed at his own unbelief.
  • He turned his thoughts and prayers in that direction. It was no longer, “help my child.” It was, “help my unbelief.”
  • He became deeply aware of the sin and danger of unbelief.  Unbelief is a sin and is dangerous because: it doubts the power of God, the value of his promise, the effectiveness of the blood of the final lamb. Basically unbelief doubts God and doubting God is sin. What is sin? Sin means to miss the mark, to step off the right path. Therefore, since God is worthy of all trust, when we doubt God – this is sin. By saying this I am don’t want anyone to feel guilt. But we must realize what doubt really it. We all struggle with doubt (like we do with all sin) and so we can move through doubt (like we can through any addiction or sin of any kind). God does not want us to feel guilty, but his truth is truth and so being convicted or being made aware of God and our sin is right and good because Godly sorrow over sin leads to repentance and life. Unbelief is dangerous because it leads to death.

 

The Clever Request

In his time of need, he cries out to Jesus to help his unbelief. He cries to Jesus alone.

  • On the basis of faith, “Lord I believe.”
  • With confession of sin, “my unbelief.”
  • To the One who knows how to help, “Lord help.”
  • To the One who is Himself the best answer for doubt, “help me.”

Unbelief is overcome when we fly to Jesus and think about WHO HE is. When wen think about the majesty of His divine nature. The softness of His humanity. The graciousness of the way He does things. The wonder of His atonement. The glory of His work. Come to Jesus with every case and in every case. Come to Jesus now with your little faith or big faith). He can help. He strengthened by the power of His word.

 

The Stroke of the Clock. Hosea 10:12

Introduction.

What should we think of a farmer who allowed his best field to lie dead year after year? A farmer who forgets his land. But we forget our souls. We leave our hearts dead, with no seed. Our inward fields become full of weeds and stay un profitable. We work on everything else, but we forget the most important part of us – our hearts. The saying, “guard our hearts…” God calls us now to break up the ground of our souls and allow his seed (His word) to fall in. God waits to help us. Think about what God says, “…it is time…” God reasons with us and says, “it is time to remember your inward lives.” This verse says, “…it is time to seek the Lord.”

 

When is it Time.

“…It is time…”

  • In the very first hour of responsibility.
  • At the very present time it is late, but not too late.
  • When a time if discipline has come on you, it is time (John 5:14).
  • Before a time of testing has come. May we be grateful in our seeking of the Lord.
  • Have not sinned long enough? The time of serving our flesh is over. (1 Peter 4:3).
  • When we take up greater responsibilities and enter a new stage of life, such as, marriage, becoming a father or mother, etc. (1 Chronicles 22:19).
  • When God is at work and people are saved (Acts 3:19).

 

What is the work to do this day?

“…to seek the Lord…”

  • To draw close to God, seeking Him in worship, prayer and so on (Psalm 105:4).
  • The ask forgiveness for our sins (1 John 1).
  • To get blessings linked to the new birth (John 1:12-13).
  • To live for His glory, seeking His honor in all things (1 Corinthians 10:31 and Matthew 6:33).

 

How long will this be done?

“… until He comes and rain righteousness upon you…”

  • Until the blessing of righteousness comes – until He comes.
  • Until it comes abundantly – rain.
  • Until our soul is saturated with His presence – rain upon you.

 

If we ever get to the place where there is time, even a long time between seeking and the blessing, what do we do?

  • Where else could we go? (John 6:68).
  • Is not God a sovereign? Can God not choose what he pleases?
  • Even now some rain of grace fans on you. Be thankful for it.
  • It is worth waiting for this grace of life?
  • It is sure to come. He will come. (Hebrews 10:37).

What will come of it?

  • He will come.
  • Gods coming in grace is all we need.
  • He will come in abundance of grace.
  • He will come in righteousness. We need holiness and purity and he will bring these with him.
  • May we, “sow in righteousness” – do righteous acts. And he will, “rain righteousness.”
  • In consequence of the Lords coming to you in righteousness, we will reap mercy.

 

Friend, is your heart hard? Break up the ground and let the Lord in. 1.) It is time. 2.) Seek the Lord. 3.) Seek him as long as it takes. 4.) Then receive when he comes to you and rains on your soul. 5.) When he comes there will be life. Break up our hard hearts. How?

  • Talk.
  • Write.
  • Draw.
  • Read.
  • Memorize.
  • Get out into the Natural World.
  • Forgive.
  • Deal with the Past.
Inward more than Outward. Joel 2:13

Introduction.

There is an ancient custom of giving up robes as a sign of repentance. People were ready to use the outward signs of mourning whenever something bad happened. Giving up something outward can be good, as long as the heart is humbled before the Lord. God wants INWARD mourning. 

 

The General Doctrine that True Religion is more Inward than Outward.

The expression, “give your heart and not your clothes.” This throws down the idea of outward-ness of true religion.

  1. There are good things that we can use as the OUTWARD things. Acts and Objects.
  • The regular frequencing of a place of worship.
  • The practice of family prayer in one’s own home.
  • The reading of the Holy Bible.
  • The holding of an Orthodox Creed.
  • The practice of private Prayer.
  • The practicing of Communion and Water Baptism.

Not one of these can be used to truly mourn with. True mourning MUST happen in the INWARD of our HEARTS. All these things have got their place in our lives, but they don’t prove if someone is a saint. Since a Sinner can do them all. A true INWARD heart that mourns is what is important.

 

The Further Doctrine that man is more Inclined to the Outward Observance than to Inward Heart Matters.

We need no more encouragement for the outward religious things. Doing the outward can be good – if the heart is there. We focus on the Outward more then Inward because:

  • We are not Spiritual by nature, but become spiritual in the Messiah.
  • The inward is more difficult then the outward. It needs more humility, thoughts, etc.
  • We love sin. We will easily give up robes because they are not ourselves but to give up ourselves is very hard because we love our sin.
  • We don’t care about submitting to God.

Many people make much of the outward beauty of religion, but they reject the holy place of HEART repentance, faith and giving ourselves to the Creator.

 

The Particular Doctrine that Heart Giving is better then any External Act of Religion.

“Heart giving” is understood as:

  • To have a broken heart.
  • To have a tender heart.
  • To have a sensitive heart.
  • To have a heart that cries over past evil.
  • To have a heart that is saved from sin and moved toward holiness.

May we reject trusting in outward religious things and acts and move towards giving our hearts to the Lord. Open our hearts. What can inspire us towards this kind of life? The Cross and empty Grave of Jesus.

Sinner's in the Hand of God. Deuteronomy 32:34

Note: I have added in some of my own thoughts on this verse.

Introduction.

This world is divided into two groups of people. Sinners and Saints. A Sinner is someone who stands under the waterfall of the Wrath of our Holy Creator because they refuse to bow their knee before God and honor Him as Lord. This kind of person stands guilty before the courts of heaven because of their wicked rebellion. A Saint was once a Sinner, but at some point they realized how broken and were and how great their rebellion against the Creator was. At this point they repented and were justified freely by the Creators work on the Cross and empty grave. They then became a Saint (Holy) – but a Saint still sins. This sermon is focused on the dangerous and scary place Sinners stand in – but Saints can still learn from this text to. Why speak about this verse here? An old Pastor I once knew used to tell me that in every church gathering there will be a wide variety of people and because of care in my heart I want all to be aware of this verse.

In this verse we see the threat of Gods vengeance on the wicked unbelieving Israelite’s who were Gods visible people and who were living under His Grace. They had seen Gods mighty works and wonders, but they remained hard heart-ed, stubborn and rebellious. They remained unbelieving Sinners. I believe that this verse speaks to Sinners, however Saints can and should still learn from it. Their feet were about to slip. In other words, the correct wrath of the Creator was at some point in time going to descend on these Israelite’s for their sin was great.

 

The Text.

Tells us:

  • That these people were always exposed to the destruction of hell fire as one who walks in slippery places.
  • That these people were exposed to unexpected falling into the darkness of hell, like the person who walks in slippery places expects to fall at some point.
  • That these people were responsible for their own fall into hell because they chose to walk in slippery places.
  • That the only reason why they had not fallen is because Gods mercy and kindness was stopping them falling. Gods kindness was there to lead them to walk off the slippery place (repent), but they were not seeing this.
  • There was no human power that could stop God throwing them into hell. God could easily have allowed them to slip into hell.
  • Justice called aloud for their eternal punishment of their sins. They deserved the dark place that their slipping was taking them. Luke 13:7.
  • They were already under the sentence of condemnation to hell. They not only deserved it, but the ruling had been decided. They stood guilty. John 3:18.
  • They were objects of the wrath of God. The wrath of God burned against them and this wrath was right.
  • The Devil stood ready to eat these people up alive. If the Lord, for one moment moved his hand of protection, they would fall victims to Satan’s ways. Luke 11:12.

 

  • In the twisted heart of human beings is the same hellish principles that would burst into hell fire, if it were not for Gods mercy. Isaiah 57:20.
  • When life is easy and things are going well, this does not mean that we stand innocent before the Lord of all the Earth. It is no security for us that life is easy and prosperous. Things were going well for them, but they were in slippery places.
  • Some of these Israelite’s would have thought that they were good enough to escape hell. This was not true. We trick ourselves into thinking that we will be able to save ourselves from hell. We cannot.
  • God has not placed himself under any promise to save the Sinner from Hell. Someone who is not alive in the gospel (dead in their sins – a SINNER) has no promise from the Creator of life now or saving from hell. A Saint (someone who has been clothed by the righteousness of Jesus) has the promise of salvation, but not someone who is not a Believer.

 

Application.

I hope that this text may wake us all up to spiritual realities. This lonely and dark place called hell is what is waiting for you if you are outside of Christ. If someone is a Sinner, then their end is hell and this is not unfair – it is right. I ask us all today – are we in the Messiah? Have we been justified by His blood? Are we saved? Is there fruit of Salvation? If not then please, please, please stop and open your heart. Only a Saint will stand when judgement day happens. Underneath a Sinner (someone who has not repented) is a lake of fire, coals of the wrath of God. Hell’s mouth is wide open and you have nothing to stand on. You are slipping, you are in a slippery place. You probably don’t care. You probably are not aware that hell is ready to eat you. But the hands of God are bigger. Call out to Him. My friend the wrath of God is like the waters of a dam that are held back now, but soon they will crash open. The bow of Gods wrath is bent and the arrow is ready. The God who holds you Sinner out of hell, like we hold a insect over a flame, is opposed to your pride and disgusting sin. Yes He is a God of Love, Love and Justice. God is not only love, God is also holy and therefore just. A Sinner is someone who stands guilty of rebellion against the King. A Saint (who still sins) is someone who has realized this and has been washed by the blood of the lamb once killed forever. The saint stands guilt free, no condemnation. Having said this, the Saint must to think about the mighty wrath of God. The Sinner – they are in big, big trouble. Just because we were raised by Christian parents or went to a Christian school, or go to church does NOT mean that we are Saints. Sinner, think about the danger you are in. You hang by a thin thread. You have provoked great and right and holy and just wrath. Many here are still Sinners. You stand under His wrath. Turn to the Lord and be saved.

  • Whose wrath? The wrath of the infinite God. Proverbs 20:2 and Luke 12:4-5.
  • There is the fierceness of Gods wrath that a Sinner stands against. Isaiah 59:18, Revelation 19:15, Ezekiel 8:18 and Isaiah 63:3.
  • It is everlasting wrath. To be under the wrath of the Lord for one moment is terrifying enough, but what about for eternity?

 

 Conclusion.

The Creator is wonderful, a good and beautiful Lord, filled with love and grace. He is also a holy and just being who is right when He says that ALL have sinned. Sin is a big deal in the eyes of God. We are ALL guilty of sin. I want us all to see who we really are. Valuable because we are made in Gods image. Loved by God yes. But also under his fierce wrath until repentance. How can God be wrathful and loving? This is Yahweh, the Creator, the massive being we are thinking of. Not some man made god. He can be whoever He is and He has shown us that He is, “slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” His people the Israelite’s rejected the one who saved them. They spat in the face of the Lord and so walked onto slippery places. In the end his wrath was poured out on them. Many are in hell. Many stood ready for hell fire, but God held them back. After some time he let them go their way and they were destroyed. We are ALL SINNERS who hang over the blazing flames of death and wrath and suffering unspeakable in hell. This is fact, until we become SAINTS. How can we be saved? God the Son told us, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Friend call on the Messiah today. Call on Jesus. Call on the name of the Lord for the name of the Lord is a tower and the righteous run to it and are saved. Fall at His feet. Allow yourself to be saved. Be washed clean from your sins by the blood of the Lamb. Please. Today is the day of salvation. Many of us think that we are saved. We think that we know God. We think that we are Christians. but we are pretending. Most churches are filled with fake believers. Pretenders. People who wear religious masks. We go to church and go on Christian camps and to Christian conference but really we are far, far, far from the Father. Can you hear the Father of lights calling you? Come home He calls now.