WHY ARE THEY SO ANGRY?”
APRIL 4, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a
vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord,
and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their
bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
INTRO: Have you ever asked
yourself, “Why are those who do not want to believe
in God so angry with those of us who do?”
If there is no
God than why are they so upset about people who
chose to believe in something that doesn’t exist?
I. THEY HAVE NO LOVE
FOR THE TRUTH.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in
them that perish; because they received not the love
of the truth, that they might be saved. And
for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie: that they all might
be damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness.
NOTE: When we are faced
with Truth, it will do one of two things to and for
We will chose to accept the Truth and be set
free. JOHN 8:32 And ye shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free.
We will chose to reject the Truth and our
hearts will become hardened. (Truth hurts)
None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for
truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they
conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
And they will deceive every one his neighbour,
and will not speak the truth: they have taught their
tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit
2 TIMOTHY 3:8
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do
these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds,
reprobate concerning the faith.
the reference to Jannes and Jambres, two religious
leaders in Egypt who opposed Moses when he went to
Pharaoh to deliver Israel out of slavery. They stood
toe to toe with Moses and resisted the truth, but in
the end they were destroyed Exodus 7:1; Exodus 8:7;
Exodus 9:11. (The two men are not named in the Old
Testament, but they are mentioned in other Jewish
religious writings. Their names were apparently well
known to all Jews.)
The more they are faced with the
Truth, the angrier they become.
John 12:9-11 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he
was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only,
but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had
raised from the dead. But the chief priests
consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
because that by reason of him many of the Jews went
away, and believed on Jesus.
II. THEY ARE UNWILLING TO CHANGE. (THEY
RESIST GOD’S AUTHORITY)
NOTE: When we come into the
presence of God, changes must be made.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all
things are become new.
It is we who
must change and the ungodly has no desire to
And this is the condemnation, that light is come
into the world, and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil. For
every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither
cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be
reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to
the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that
they are wrought in God.
NOTE: By refusing to change
they also refuse to repent and so they just keep
going deeper and deeper into their sin.
III. THEY FAIL TO
NOTE: When things go wrong
in their lives, instead of trusting God they blame
1 Kings 18:17-18 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that
Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth
Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel;
but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have
forsaken the commandments of the Lord,
and thou hast followed Baalim.
NOTE: Time and Time again,
the Children of Israel fail to believe and trust God
and each time they blamed God for the trouble they
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you
an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest,
lest any man fall after the same example of
IV WE MUST
GUARD AGAINST THIS HAPPENING TO US.
1. We must
have a love for the Truth above all else.
Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and
instruction, and understanding.
NOTE: When Truth and
our desires come in conflict, we must decide for
2. We must
be willing to change.
NOTE: The Christian
life is full of change, the longer we serve God the
more changes we will need to make.
The closer we
walk with God the more changes we will need to
The more we
resist these changes the angrier with God we
3. We must
trust God in all things.
NOTE: That Scripture that is so often used when someone
is going through a time of difficulty must be our
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for
good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
times I almost hate this verse, not because of what
it says but the way so many just throw it at those
who are going through a difficult situation.
This is a
great verse, but we must make it ours during the
good times if we expect it to carry us through the
CONCLUSION: Develop a love for the Truth of God’s Word, allow
Him to make the changes in you and your life that He
deems necessary, and trust Him complete.
“JESUS’ VICTORY IS OUR VICTORY”
APRIL 11, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 15:1-22
SCRIPTURE TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 15:20
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become
the firstfruits of them that slept.
There are four very important events in history
that are greater than any other events.
The birth of Jesus.
The death of Jesus.
The resurrection of
The ascension of
Each one of these events
plays a very important role in the redemption of
THE BIRTH OF JESUS –
God taking on human form and nature, living a
sinless life as our example. Becoming like us
so that we might become like Him.
THE DEATH OF JESUS –
Jesus, who knew no sin, becomes sin for us that
He might pay the full penalty for our sin.
THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS – Jesus rising from the dead having full
victory of death and sin.
THE ASCENSION OF JESUS –
Jesus being in heaven making intercession for
us before His Father.
Paul tells us that the resurrection is the pivotal
1 CORINTHIANS 15:13-19
But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then
is Christ not risen: and if Christ be not risen,
then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God;
because we have testified of God that he raised up
Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the
dead rise not.
For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ
raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith is
vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also
which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of
all men most miserable.
If the resurrection had
never happen we would still be lost in our sins.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:17
And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain;
ye are yet in your sins.
Jesus victory over death has given us the same
I. VICTORY OVER THE FEAR OF DEATH.
For those who have placed
their trust in Jesus Christ, death does not hold any
Death is just a pathway into eternal life with
Yea, though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no
evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy
staff they comfort me.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.
Jesus’ resurrection has give us a hope that death
cannot take away from us.
The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but
the righteous hath hope in his death.
Because of Jesus’
resurrection we do not mourn as those who do not
have any hope.
1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-14
But I would not have you to be ignorant,
brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye
sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even
so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring
II. VICTORY OVER THE FINALITY OF DEATH.
NOTE: There are those who contend that death is
the end of existence but Jesus Resurrection proves
that death is just a doorway to something far
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he
shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and
though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in
my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for
myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another;
though my reins be consumed within me.
There are those who fail to
see the triune nature of man. They see man as
nothing more than a animal that when they die they
just decompose and there is nothing after death.
2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to
be absent from the body, and to be present with the
III. VICTORY OVER THE POWER OF DEATH.
NOTE: Because Jesus rose from the death we too shall
rise in the last days.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:51-58
Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all
sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in
the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the
trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and
this mortal must put on immortality.
when this corruptible shall have put on
incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the
saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy
sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is
thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch
as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the
There are two resurrections
at the end of the world.
The resurrection of the righteous. (Those who
have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior)
1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will
God bring with him. For this we say unto you
by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and
remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent
them which are asleep. For the Lord himself
shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord
in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until
the thousand years were finished. This is the first
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first
resurrection: on such the second death hath no
power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
The resurrection of the dammed. (Those who
have failed to accept Jesus Christ as their
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the
earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and
some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in
the which all that are in the graves shall hear his
voice, and shall come forth; they that have done
good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that
have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
And have hope toward God, which they themselves
also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of
the dead, both of the just and unjust.
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before
God; and the books were opened: and another book was
opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were
judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works. And the sea
gave up the dead which were in it; and death and
hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and
they were judged every man according to their works.
And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death. And whosoever was not
found written in the book of life was cast into the
lake of fire.
Because of Jesus’
resurrection each and every one of us will also be
resurrected, what we must do now is to make sure we
are in the first resurrection and not the second.
“HINDRANCES TO FAITHFULNESS”
APRIL 18, 2005
SCRIPTURE READING: DANIEL 6:1-24
SCRIPTURE TEXT: DANIEL 6:4 Then the
presidents and princes sought to find occasion
against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they
could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he
was faithful, neither was there any error or fault
found in him.
Daniel was a man with a
great reputation for faithfulness.
In the fourteenth chapter of Ezekiel he is mentioned
all with Noah and Job as righteous men.
Was Daniel someone really special, and that is where
his greatness came from, or was he faithful and that
is where his greatness came from?
Often time’s people like to blame their
circumstances for their lack of achievement.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 I saw something else under the sun. The race
isn't won by fast runners, or the battle by heroes.
Wise people don't necessarily have food. Intelligent
people don't necessarily have riches, and skilled
people don't necessarily receive special treatment.
But time and unpredictable events overtake all of
The secret of being successful in our Christian walk
is being faithful to the task God has given us to
Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have
apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind, and reaching forth
unto those things which are before, I press toward
the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in
God is not concerned so much as what we achieve but
are we faithful to what He has given us to do.
1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man
be found faithful.
We all have
the same potential of being faithful but some of us
allow hindrances to stand in our way.
Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye
should not obey the truth?
THREE HINDRANCES TO BEING FAITHFUL:
In the life of Daniel we
will see how he handled each of these hindrances to
living a life of faithfulness.
Sin is always a deterrent
in our walk with God.
The sins of pride and disobedience kept King Saul
from being faithful and in turn he lost his
Daniel had settled the sin problem long ago.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would
not defile himself with the portion of the king's
meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he
requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might
not defile himself.
Moses refused to allow the temptation of sin to turn
him away from doing God’s will in his life.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years,
refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people
of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a
season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater
riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had
respect unto the recompence of the reward.
If we are to be faithful we must resist sin when it
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of
unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto
God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your
members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.
Adversity will often
separates true Christian from the false.
But he that received the seed into stony places, the
same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy
receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but
dureth for a while: for when tribulation or
persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by
he is offended.
Often times adversity comes by seeing the ungodly
being blessed while we seem to struggle.
But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps
had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at
the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the
If we allow the small adversities that come into our
lives to hinder our faithfulness to God, what will
happen when a big adversity comes.
If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have
wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with
horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou
trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do
in the swelling of Jordan?
Daniel continued to be faithful even in the face of
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed,
he went into his house; and his windows being open
in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his
knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks
before his God, as he did aforetime.
There have been many others who has stood faithful
in the face of adversity.
ILL: The Three Hebrew Children.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and
said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not
careful to answer thee in this matter. If it
be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us
from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver
us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it
known unto thee, O king, that we will not
serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which
thou hast set up.
It is natural to think if
adversity hinders our faithfulness than prosperity
must cause us to be even more faithful, but that is
not always true.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say
unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into
the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto
you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye
of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the
kingdom of God. When his disciples heard it,
they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can
be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto
them, With men this is impossible; but with God all
things are possible.
pursuit of prosperity has become an hindrance to
many Christian in their faithfulness to God
And it shall be, when the Lord
thy God shall have brought thee into the land which
he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and
to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities,
which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all
good things, which thou filledst not, and wells
digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive
trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt
have eaten and be full; then beware lest thou forget
which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage.
We need to have a Biblical
view of prosperity.
God’s desire for us to be prosperous is closely
connected with how our soul prospers.
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest
prosper and be in health, even as thy soul
Prosperity is not an enemy of Christianity but it is
how we view it and how we use it that determine
whether it is a hindrance or a tool to help us be
faithful to God.
When we make
prosperity our goal and idol it will draw us away
When we make
prosperity a tool for God, He will bless us even
Daniel had experienced great prosperity and yet
We must not allow, sin,
adversity or prosperity hinder us in our
faithfulness to God.
“WHAT IS HOLDING IT BACK?”
APRIL 25, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: II THESSALONIANS 2:1-10
SCRIPTURE TEXT: II THESSALONIANS 2:7
For the secret power of lawlessness is
already at work; but the one who now holds it back
will continue to do so till he is taken out of the
How often have you said to yourself, “It can’t get
Sin is all around us everywhere we
look we see sin and the tragic results of sin.
Mankind is becoming more and more
wicked; sin is becoming more and more evil.
Our text points out three things:
The secret power of lawlessness is already at work
in this world.
There is a greater power that is holding the power
of lawlessness back.
One day the power that is holding back lawlessness
will be taken out of the way.
I. THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY (KJV)
IS HARD AT WORK.
Satan is seeking to spread his evil as fast and far
as he can, as he knows his time is short.
SIN IS DECEPTIVE.
Sin is called
a mystery or secret because it will deceive us into
becoming enslaved to its power.
For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the
commandment, deceived me, and through the
commandment put me to death.
1 Tim. 2:14
And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the
woman who was deceived and became a sinner.
2 Timothy 3:13
while evil men and impostors will go from bad to
worse, deceiving and being deceived.
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient,
deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and
pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated
and hating one another.
IN THE END SIN WILL
Proverbs 7:6-23 (NASB)
For at the window of my house I looked out through
my lattice, and I saw among the naive, I discerned
among the youths, A young man lacking sense, passing
through the street near her corner; and he takes the
way to her house, in the twilight, in the evening,
in the middle of the night and in the darkness.
And behold, a woman comes to meet him, dressed as a
harlot and cunning of heart. She is boisterous
and rebellious; her feet do not remain at home; she
is now in the streets, now in the squares, and lurks
by every corner. So she seizes him and kisses
him, and with a brazen face she says to him:
"I was due to offer peace offerings; today I have
paid my vows. "Therefore I have come out to
meet you, to seek your presence earnestly, and I
have found you. "I have spread my couch
with coverings, with colored linens of Egypt.
"I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and
cinnamon. "Come, let us drink our fill of love
until morning; let us delight ourselves with
caresses. "For the man is not at home, he has
gone on a long journey; He has taken a bag of money
with him, at full moon he will come home."
With her many persuasions she entices him; with her
flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he
follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as
one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, until an
arrow pierces through his liver; as a bird hastens
to the snare, so he does not know that it will cost
him his life.
Proverbs 11:19 The truly righteous man
attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his
For every living soul belongs to me, the father
as well as the son--both alike belong to me. The
soul who sins is the one who will die.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Our text tells us that even though sin is already at
work, something is holding it back from loosening it
II. WHAT IS HOLDING BACK THE POWER OF SIN?
The only thing holding back
the power of sin is the presence of the Christians
who make up God’s Church.
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt
has become tasteless, how will it be made salty
again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be
thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a
hill cannot be hidden. "Nor do men light a
lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the
lamp stand; and it gives light to all who are in the
house. "Let your light shine before men in such a
way that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father who is in heaven.
Consider two things that
It is an influence
Consider two things that light seeks to accomplish:
It warns against danger
The Church has four tasks before it.
It must be a positive
influence in the community.
It must act as a
preservative in the community.
It must be a guide to God.
It must warn of the dangers
church ceases to do any of these four things it
ceases to be a church and becomes a service club.
The church is
the only thing placed upon this earth with the task
of reaching the lost with the message of the
but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit
has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and
even to the remotest part of the earth."
church is not a building but rather those who meet
in the building.
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is
expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not
away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I
depart, I will send him unto you.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin,
because they believe not on me; of righteousness,
because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of
judgment, because the prince of this world is
The Holy Spirit lives and dwells within the heart
of the believers thus the Church.
As long as the Church dwells in this world, the
Holy Spirit also dwells in this world.
III. THE POWER THAT IS HOLDING SIN IN CHECK
WILL ONE DAY BE TAKEN AWAY.
Stop for a moment and
think, what would this world be like if there were
no Christians left?
Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto
ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth
to meet the bridegroom.
five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil
with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels
with their lamps.
the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and
at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the
bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil;
for our lamps are gone out.
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there
be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to
them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came;
and they that were ready went in with him to the
marriage: and the door was shut.
came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord,
open to us.
he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know
therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of man cometh.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell
in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of
the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having
great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a
Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was
wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the
remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of
God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
When the Church is taken out of the way of Satan,
there will be nothing to hold back his power and
We must do what we can now for there
will come a time when it will be too late.
John 9:4-5 I must work the works
of him that sent me, while it is day: the night
cometh, when no man can work.
long as I am in the world, I am the light of the
Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the
world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel,
but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all
that are in the house.
your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in