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HAVING THE RIGHT PURPOSE IN LIFE”

 JUNE 6, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING:  DANIEL 1:8-15 

SCRIPTURE READING: Daniel 1:8  

   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.  

INTRO:  Do you want to live a successful life?  The secret is found in what make your purpose in spite of the circumstances you find yourself in. 

   Daniel was in a very difficult situation, yet he PURPOSED in his heart to live the life that God wanted him to live. 

   It is very important that we have a purpose in life. 

   There are many who are wandering about without a purpose. 

   Those who fail to have a purpose in life never accomplish anything worthwhile. 

   Not only do we need a purpose in our physical life, we also must have a purpose in our spiritual life? 

   What have you made as your SPIRITUAL PURPOSE

   If we want God’s blessing in our life we must purpose this in our hearts whether we feel like it or not. 

   Six Spiritual Purposes we should seek to have towards God. 

1.  A PURPOSE TO SEEK HIM 

Psalm 34:10 …but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.  

Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (GW) I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.  Then you will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  When you look for me, you will find me. When you wholeheartedly seek me,  

2.  A PURPOSE TO KNOW HIM 

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.  

Philippians 3:7-11(NIV) But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ  and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.  I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  

Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.  

3.  A PURPOSE TO FOLLOW HIM 

Matthew 7:13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."  

John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.  

1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 

4.  A PURPOSE TO ENJOY HIS FELLOWSHIP 

NOTE:  Do not endure your relationship with God but enjoy it. 

John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.  

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.  

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  

Proverbs 18:24 … there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  

5.  A PURPOSE TO PRAISE HIM IN SPITE OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. 

NOTE:  Anyone can praise God in the sunlight of day, but we must purpose in our hearts to praise Him in the dark times of night. 

Job 1:20-22 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.  

Habakkuk 3:17-19 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.  The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.  

Psalm 42:8 Yet the Lord will command his loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.  

6.  A PURPOSE TO TRUST HIM 

Psalm 62:5-12 (NLT) I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.   He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.   My salvation and my honor come from God alone.  He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.  O my people, trust in Him at all times.   Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.  From the greatest to the lowliest—all are nothing in His sight.  If you weigh them on the scales, they are lighter than a puff of air.   Don't try to get rich by extortion or robbery.  And if your wealth increases, don't make it the center of your life.  God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it many times: Power, O God, belongs to you; unfailing love, O Lord, is Yours.  Surely You judge all people according to what they have done. 

NOTE:  One of the most difficult things we need to do, is to purpose in our hearts to trust God in spite of what is happing around us. 

   A.  SATAN SEEKS TO HAVE US PLACE OUR TRUST IN SOMETHING OTHER

         THAN GOD.  

v      Putting our trust in the arm of flesh. 

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.  

Psalm 49:6-7 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; none of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

Proverbs 11:28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.  

Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. 

Jeremiah 17:5-8 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.  For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.  

   B.  WE MUST PURPOSE IN OUR HEART TO TRUST GOD IN EVERYTHING. 

v      It is far better to trust God than to trust man. 

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.  

NOTE:  We must trust God even in the difficult times. 

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…  

Psalm 44:5-7 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.  For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.  But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.  

Isaiah 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  

CONCLUSION:  The secret of living a successful life is purposing in our hearts to serve the Lord with our whole heart, mind, soul and spirit.

A MAN’S LOVE IS NEEDED

 JUNE 20, 2004 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 40: 9-11, 28-31 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 40:11  

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.  

INTRO:  As a young boy I grew up without a man’s love. 

   A man and a woman love differently. 

   A woman is much more likely to express her love through touch, words and emotions. 

   A man is more likely to express his love through his actions. 

   This concept is largely due to the way society has projected the difference between a woman love and that of men. 

   The media has often projected a woman’s love positively, but most of the time a man’s love in a lustful way. 

   Through out the Bible love is projected in a masculine way not feminine.  

v      God’s love.

v      A husband’s love.

v      A father’s love.

v      A brother’s love. 

   One of the greatest needs today in the Church are men who are not afraid to love and are willing to express that love not only in what they do, but also in words and emotions. 

I.  THE ORDER OF A MAN’S LOVE. 

A.  GOD 

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  

Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.  

NOTE: Many people have misunderstood this verse, and many preachers have misled their congregations in regards to this verse. 

   This means we do not allow anyone or anything including family to turn our hearts away from following God. 

   There have been many who have lost their family because of a misguided understanding of this verse, and there have been many who have lost their family because of a correct application of this verse. 

B.  FAMILY 

NOTE: As men, our greatest responsibility next to our personnal relationship with God, is towards our earthly families. 

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  

NOTE: We must not sacrifice our families because of religious enthusiasm.  

   We often get confused with being a Christian with being religious.  

1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.  

C.  THE CHURCH AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN THE

      CHURCH 

NOTE: The Church in general and our church in particular is weak because of the lack of men who are willing to love the Church enough to accept their responsibilities in leading the church. 

   There is a vast difference between leading the church and driving it. 

   There are those who seek leadership only so they can control, this is not loving the church. 

Ezekiel 34:17-21 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats. Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.

   Therefore thus saith the Lord God unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.  

   One who loves the church seeks to lead not drive. 

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.  

D.  CHURCH FAMILY 

NOTE: We need men who will love the entire church family not just the chosen few. 

James 2:1-4 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.  For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?

…If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: but if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.  

   We need men who will love: 

v      The poor as well as the rich

v      The young as well as the old

v      The child as well as the adult

v      The teen as well as the senior citizen

v      The sinner as well as the saint 

E.  EXTENDED CHURCH FAMILY 

NOTE:  We need men who are willing to reach out the had of fellowship to the entire Church not just those who worship within our doors. 

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

NOTE: Our place is not to judge but I am very concerned about those who claim to be a Christian and yet will not fellowship with other believers just because the do not attend a certain church. 

F.  THE LOST 

NOTE: We need men who have a love for the lost and will do whatever they can to reach the unsaved. 

Jeremiah 9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!  

Joel 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?  

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  

CONCLUSION: We need men of passion who are not afraid to love and show their love to God, their family, the church, their church family, the church abroad and to the lost.

SET APART FOR SERVICE

 JUNE 27, 2004

SCRIPTURE READING: II TIMOTHY 2:15-26 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: II TIMOTHY 2:20-21 

   But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.  

INTRO:  Oh, the beauty of God’s Grace.  It meets our every need we have. 

   Remember what God’s Grace is, “God’s un-merited favor.” 

   Often times I hear people say, “I am not worthy, or I am not good enough to be of any benefit to God.”  

   That is where sanctification comes in.  

   There are two questions I wish to address today: 

v      Just what is sanctification?

v      How do we achieve sanctification?

 I.  WHAT IS SANCTIFICATION? 

NOTE: The main idea of sanctification is to be set apart from sin on one hand and to be set apart for consecration and service to God on the other hand.

 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;  

   There are three aspects of sanctification:

v      Positional.

v      Experiential.

v      Ultimate. 

     A.  POSITIONAL SANCTIFICATION: 

NOTE: All who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, are sanctified in Christ. 

1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:  

Later on, 3:1, Paul calls them carnal Christians, babes in Christ. 

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  

     B.  EXPERIENTIAL SANCTIFICATION. 

NOTE: Experiential sanctification is the development of our daily lives into holiness and service to God. 

   If God’s Grace saves us, if God’s Grace justifies us, it will be God’s Grace that sanctifies us, so we can be set apart to serve Him, it’s all by Grace and Grace alone. 

   If we claim that God cannot us fit for his use we are calling Him a liar. 

   The more unworthy we feel the more we will rely on Him. 

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.  

   Those who possess natural talents tend to lean on themselves, while those who lack natural talents are more willing to lean upon God. 

   The depth of sanctification we reach is dependent upon how much we rely on our own strength and abilities and how much we rely on God’s Grace. 

   1 Corinthians 3:10-15 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  

   The kind of vessel we are, a vessel of honor or a vessel of dishonor, depends upon the depth of our sanctification.    

II Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. 

     C.  ULTIMATE SANCTIFICATION. 

NOTE: We will reach the ultimate sanctification when we reach heaven. 

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.  

1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  

II. HOW THEN DO WE ACHIEVE SANCTIFICATION? 

     A.  WE ARE SANCTIFIED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. 

NOTE:  When we accept Christ as our Savior we are all set apart to serve Him but it is only as we grow in Him that we become more sanctified and are set apart for greater service. 

Hebrews 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  

Hebrews 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.  

James 4:7-8  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  

     B.  WE ARE SANCTIFIED THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD. 

John 17:17, 19 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.  

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  

     C. WE ARE SANCTIFIED THROUGH POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.  

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.  

CONCLUSION: None of us can attain sanctification through our own merits but it only through the Grace of God; therefore we are without excuse in regards to being sanctified for service.

 

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