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FEBRUARY 6, 2005

GOD’S PROMISES TO HIS CHURCH 

“HE HAS PROMISED HIS CHURCH VICTORY” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 54:1-17 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 54:17 

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.  

NOTE: Often times in our Christian walk it seems that we are on the losing side. 

v      The persecution many Christians are facing.

v      The eroding of our Christian liberties.

v      Personal failures and disappointments. 

   We often feel like David in Psalm 13:1-2  

   How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? Forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?  

   But in spite of what may seem the Truth is that God has promised His Church Victory. 

I.  CHRISTIANS FACE TIMES OF DIFFICULTIES. 

NOTE:  Being a Christian does not exempt us from trouble. 

JOHN 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  

   There are four reasons why we may experience difficulties on our life: 

v      It is for the strengthening of our faith.

v      It is an act of discipline because of sin.

v      It just happens (It rains on the just and the unjust alike)

v      It is an attack from Satan. 

NOTE: The first two God sends but the second two may come through his approval but He does not send them. 

Isaiah 54:15-16 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.  

   God promises us four things here: 

  1. Times of trouble will come against us.

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.  

  1. He has not sent them.

NOTE: God did not send Satan against Job. 

  1. They will fail in their plans.

1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  

  1. He has set their limits.

NOTE: Even as God set the limits on Satan’s attack against Job, God has set the limits of Satan attacks against His Church. 

II.  THE CONFLICT CHRISTIANS FACE IS AGAINST THE SPIRITUAL NOT
        THE PHYSICAL. 

NOTE:  The reason why so many Christians fail to possess the victory that God has promised His Church is that they are looking for physical victories, health, wealth, happiness and so on, and they do not understand that God is speaking of spiritual victories over our spiritual enemies. 

   We are often like those in New Testament times who were looking for deliverance from Rome and failed to understand that Jesus brought deliverance from Satan and sin. 

   One of Satan’s favorite tricks is to get us to look at things through natural eyes and understanding instead of seeing things through spiritual eyes and living by faith. 

We must not allow the difficulties we experience in the physical world to rob us of the victories God has promised in the spiritual world. 

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. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.  

   In our text, God is speaking of a spiritual enemy and of a spiritual victory. 

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  

   How can we, mere mortals, hope to attain spiritual victory over Satan and sin? 

III.  OUR VICTORY IS OBTAINED THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF

       CHRIST. 

Isaiah 54:14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.  

NOTE: The battle is not ours it is the Lord. 

   The key to spiritual victory is being in His Righteousness and not our own. 

   God has promised to give us victory over oppression, fear and terror. 

   Our enemy is not the terrorist of this natural world but the terror of the spirit world, Satan.

 1 PETER 5:8 Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.  

NOTE: Satan may attack us on a physical plane but it is for a spiritual victory that he is seeking. 

The apostle presents the same ground of confidence in 2 TIMOTHY 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.  

   God’s righteousness is our security, because it guarantees that he never promises: 

v      More than he intends to perform

v      More than he can perform; and

v      More than he will perform. 

ROMANS 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  

2 CORINTHIANS 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.  

TITUS 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;  

HEBREWS 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  

   The promises of man will fail, but the promises of God will always be fulfilled. 

PSALM 146:3 Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.

 Isaiah 50:7-9 For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.  He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.  Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.  

CONCLUSION: Trust God utterly, for in Him alone is found the “Righteousness” that can bring us the victory over Satan and sin. 

PSALM 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  

PSALM 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

FEBRUARY 6, 2005

GOD’S VALENTINE OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR US”

SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 5:1-15 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Romans 5:8 (GW) Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God's love for us.  

NOTE: Can you remember giving and receiving valentines? 

   Have you ever given a valentine to someone whom you knew didn’t like you?    What was their reaction? 

   Have you ever received a valentine from someone you didn’t like but you knew they liked you?    What was your reaction? 

   ILL:  Chase’s Valentine of Love.

Sonya Reeder, "My Forgiving Valentine" Christian Parenting Today,

 (Spring 2003), Vol. 16, No. 1, p. 54 

   God sent the greatest valentine to those whom He knew did not love Him.  How did you react the first time you heard of God’s love for you? 

I.  GOD SENT HIS VALENTINE TO THOSE WHO DID NOT LOVE HIM. 

1 JOHN 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.  

NOTE: Before we ever thought of seeking God, God was seeking us. 

   Before we ever thought of loving God, God loved us. 

   It is one thing to love someone who loves you, but it is entirely different to love someone who instead of loving you: 

v      Ignores your love.

v      Rejects your love.

v      Despises your love.

v      Makes fun of your love. 

   This many have done with God’s love, but still He loves us and sent His only Son to reveal to us just how great His love for us is. 

ILL: “Jesus Showed God’s Love for Us.” 

   There are four things in this passage of Scripture that shows God’s love for us. 

   God loved us when we were: 

   A.  WITHOUT STRENGTH 

ROMANS 5:6a For when we were yet without strength…  

NOTE: No matter what we do or how hard we try we are unable to lift ourselves out of our fallen state. 

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? Not one.  

Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?  

Proverbs 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.  

2 Cor. 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.  

   B.  UNGODLY 

ROMANS 5:6b …in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  

NOTE: Not only are we unable to change our way of life we have no desire to change our life. 

   We are content to live our lives without God, without thinking about God or our relationship with Him. 

   Before God came into our lives, our thoughts, dreams and plans were made without any consideration of God and what He wanted.   

   We lived a life that did not include God. 

   C.  SINNERS 

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

NOTE: The third thought about God’s unconditional love for us is that not only were we unable to change our ways, nor were will willing to change our ways, we desperately needed to change. 

Romans 3:9-18 What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes.  

   We were far from God and we were unable to go to Him the way we were. 

   D.  ENEMIES OF GOD 

NOTE:  The strongest statement is saved for last. 

   Because we needed to changed our sinful nature, because we had no desire to change ourselves, and even we wanted to change we were are unable to do so, we were enemies of God. 

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  

   We deserved the wrath of God but instead He sent His Grace. 

II.  GOD’S LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL. 

NOTE: God’s love for us is unconditional in that He accepts as we are, where we are, in spite of who or what we are. 

   God’s unconditional love is so great that He refuses to allow us to stay the way we are but changes us into His Children. 

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.  

   There are those who contend that God’s unconditional love allows us to remain in a life of sin and still spend eternity with Him. 

   God’s Word tell us in Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  

   Because of God’s unconditional love for us, instead of living a life to please ourselves, we must strive to live a life that is pleasing to Him. 

   God’s unconditional love cause Him to: 

v      Do far beyond what we would be willing to do.

v      Do what we were incapable of doing. 

ILL: Reaching Into the Filth of This World:    

   If God loves us with an unconditional love how should we respond to Him and to others? 

MATTHEW 22:37-40 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.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.   On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.  

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  

CONCLUSION:  How have you responding to God’s unconditional love? 

ILL: Received But Unread: 

 

Chase’s Valentine of Love.  

   One night after supper, [my son] Chase sat down in the living room to begin the task of signing and sealing the Valentine's Day cards he had picked out for his second-grade classmates. Seeing him surrounded by mountains of cards, envelopes, and a list of names that filled an entire page, I decided to enter into the spirit of the holiday and give him a hand.

    “Here, you can seal the cards and mark the names off the list," he said shoving 15 or more cards and envelopes into my lap.

   I set my coffee down on a coaster and began stuffing cards into their proper envelopes. About halfway through the stack I noticed a bold red and pink Valentine inscribed with the words, "I am thankful for you." What caught my eye was not what the card said, but the thick black lines that had been scrawled over the word thankful.

   I nudged Chase and said; " I don't think it would be very kind to give this card to one of your friends."

   I was not prepared for the angry outburst that followed. Chase sat up straight and yelled, "Every day that girl calls me names, and I have asked her to stop, but she just laughs and curses at me!"

   My heart felt a lurch of pain as I pictured Chase standing undefended in the schoolyard with this unknown girl teasing him. I sat and took in the tears that were rolling down Chase's face. I told him how sorry I was and that I could understand why he felt so hurt.

   Chase jerked himself loose from my arm and with a fresh flow of tears choked out, "She embarrasses me! Do you want me to just stand there and let her call me names?"

   Here was my young son facing a moment of suffering that might seem small to some but was clearly a big deal to him. What did I want Chase to learn about suffering in this moment?

   I put my arm around Chase, wiped his tears with a Kleenex, and said, "Yes, Chase, I do want you to let her call you names. I don't want you to do anything that would hurt her."

   I continued to hold him as he calmed down and thought about his choice. After a few moments, he slowly picked up a new card and addressed it neatly to this girl who so easily hurt his heart. His choice was to offer her forgiveness and grace in the form of a Valentine's card. 

Citation: Adapted from Sonya Reeder, "My Forgiving Valentine" Christian Parenting Today, (Spring 2003), Vol. 16, No. 1, p. 54

Jesus Showed God’s Love For Us:

The young woman was married and had two beautiful children, but one day as she was standing over the sink, washing dishes, she thought, ’There must be more to life than this.’ When her husband came home, he found a note she’d written and began to weep.

   She would call him about once every week to check on the children, and he would always tell her of his great love for her and beg her to come home. She would always say no and hang up.

   Finally, he hired a private investigator to find her and he went to the apartment where she was staying, nervously holding a spray of flowers in his hand as he stood at the door.

   He had rehearsed over and over what he would say and he finally got up the nerve to knock on the door. She opened the door and he started to speak, but she suddenly began to weep and fell into his arms. "Let’s go home." She managed through her tears.

   Months after, when things were starting to heal; he finally asked her something that had been bothering him. "All those times I talked to you on the phone; I asked you to come back and you refused. Why did you come back now?"

   “Before," she started, tears in her eyes, "you were just telling me that you loved me. When you came, you showed me."

   The Bible tells us of God’s love, but Jesus came and showed God’s love...

Chad West

Reaching Into the Filth of This World:    

   The story is told of a beautiful dressed woman, her arm bared to the elbow, searching in the mud and slime of the gutter for something. A crowd gathered and then a policeman came.

   “What’s the matter, lady? What are you hunting for?” the officer asked.

   “I lost my ring,” answered the woman, looking up with tears in her eyes. “It was a diamond ring that my husband gave me. He was a soldier and never made it back. This ring was the only thing I had left that belonged to him.

   Only a great love could have persuaded her to mingle with filth.

v      Daniel Jeffers

Received But Unread:   

   When Elizabeth married the famous poet Robert Browning, her parents were so upset they disowned her. She and her husband settled far from home in Florence, Italy. Elizabeth loved her mother and father and did everything she could to be reconciled with them. Several times a month she wrote expressive, loving letters. After 10 years without any response, finally, a package came from her parents. It was a happy moment for Elizabeth as she opened it. But inside she found all of the letters she had sent- unopened. Like her husband, Elizabeth was a poet and her letters of reconciliation were eloquent. They have been called “some of the most beautiful and expressive in all English literature.” But her parents never read them.

   Jesus Christ, like Elizabeth, went to extreme measures in a reconciliation attempt. He died so sinful men could be reconciled to God. It breaks his heart that many refuse to even read the letter of Calvary’s love....

v      Davon Huss

FEBRUARY 20, 2005

THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK IN OUR HEARTS 

SCRIPTURE READING:  JOHN 16: 7-15 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  JOHN 16:8-11  

   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 judged. 

INTRO:  There are many misconceptions about the Holy Spirit and His role in the life of a Christian. 

   The Word of God makes it very clear Who the Holy Spirit is and His role in our daily lives. 

   The work of the Holy Spirit within the life of a Christian has many facets but one of the most important is that of convicting of sin. 

The word reprove, (el-eng'-kho) means: to confute, admonish convict, convince, tell a fault, rebuke, reprove. 

   We often consider the role of the conviction of the Holy Spirit to be directed to sinners outside the Church.  

REVELATION 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.  

   Before God begins to convict the sinners or their sins, He will first convict those within the Church. 

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  

   Christians are not immune to sinning and often times when they do sin they fail to recognize their sin. 

I.  HOW DOES A CHRISTIAN FALL INTO SIN? 

NOTE: The sin of David is a great example of a Believer allowing sin to enter into their heart.  II SAMUEL 11 & 12 

   A.  SPIRITUAL COMPLACENCY PREPARES THE GROUND FOR THE SEED

         OF SIN.

NOTE:  Christians often falls into sin when they are complacent in their relationship with God. 

2 Samuel 11:1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.  

NOTE:  There are three things in this verse that tell us why David fell into sin: 

v      He was not doing what he was called to do

v      He sent Joab to fulfill his responsibility

v      He was in the wrong place at the wrong time 

AMOS 6:1 How terrible it will be for you who lounge in luxury and think you are secure in Jerusalem and Samaria! You are famous and popular in Israel, you to whom the people go for help.  

When we think we have arrived we need to understand that we haven’t even started. 

REVELATION 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  

ILL: The Rich Fool.  LUKE 12:16-21 

   B.  FAILURE TO RESIST TEMPTATION. 

2 Samuel 11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.  

NOTE: David could not sleep.   

ILL: When I was a child and had done something wrong I had a difficult time sleeping. 

   David saw with his eyes, entertained in his mind and lusted in his heart. 

JAMES 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  

   Until we are submitted unto God we cannot successfully resist the devil. 

   David committed physical adultery because he first committed spiritual adultery. 

   When we fail to fulfill the will of God in our lives we have committed spiritual adultery. 

   C.  DAVID SOUGHT TO COVER UP HIS SIN. 

NOTE: Whenever a Christian falls into sin they seek to shift the blame. 

  1. David sent for Uriah.

      When David found out that Bath-sheba was pregnant he sought to cover his sin by calling Uriah home from the battle. 

   Uriah was more honorable than David in that he refused to go home to his wife while his comrades were on the battlefield. 

  1. David sought to get Uriah drunk.
  2. David sent a letter to Joab by Uriah that was Uriah’s death Warrant.

2 Samuel 11:15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.  

  1. David made light of Uriah’s death.

2 Samuel 11:25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him.  

  1. David brought Bath-sheba into his household not for the reasons the people thought.

   Many people may have thought David brought Bath-sheba into his household out of compassion for the widow of Uriah.

II.  THE PROPHET NATHAN IS A TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

NOTE: Nathan revealed David’s sin unto him.

   A.  GOD FORGAVE DAVID OF HIS SIN. 

2 Samuel 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.  

   B.  DAVID’S SIN HAD SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.  

NOTE: Even though God forgives us of our sin they often have far reaching consequences. 

v      The sin done in secret was made public 

2 Samuel 12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.  

v      Caused the enemies of God to blaspheme

v      The innocent child died. 

2 Samuel 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.  

NOTE: David and Bath-sheba should have been stoned but God spared their life and took the life of the innocent. 

   This is a beautiful symbol of Christ dying for the guilty. 

III. THE PURPOSE OF HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTION. 

NOTE: The purpose of Holy Ghost conviction is not to bring judgment but rather to bring restoration. 

   A.  BRING TRUE REPENTANCE. 

Psalm 51:1-3 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  

   B.  RESTORE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. 

Psalm 51:7-13 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  

NOTE: One of the great mysteries of Grace is that God can take our sins and turn them around to use them to show His Grace to other. 

Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?  

CONCLUSION: When we experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit we will either allow the tears of repentance to soften our hearts or we will harden our heart through rejection of His conviction. 

Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.  

 

FEBRUARY 27, 2005

GOD’S SEARCH FOR A RIGHTEOUS MAN” 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 18:20-33 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOHN 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  

PROVERBS 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.  

INTRO: There is a great conflict going on in the spiritual that is made evident in the natural world. 

   It is God against Satan, evil against good, right against wrong, sin against righteousness. 

   The greatest enemy to sin is righteousness.  

   Not the righteousness of man, doing good, but the Righteousness of God that reveals sin for what it is, rebellion against God, and defeats sin when God’s Righteousness is embraced.  

   God’s Righteousness is the great preservative.  

MATTHEW 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  

   It was not the miracles that Jesus did that drove Him to the cross, but His Righteousness, His stand against sin and His threat to the righteousness of the religious leaders. 

   There is a great need for the Church to stand for godly righteousness.  

I.  THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THIS WORLD IS USELESS. 

NOTE: The Holy Spirit reproves the world of the inability of man’s righteousness to bring salvation. 

ISAIAH 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  

ROMANS 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

NOTE: There is no one in this world that can meet the need of righteousness therefore the world is doomed. 

Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.  

NOTE: It is one thing to show to sinners their sin and their hopelessness to attain deliverance, but we must also tell them of the hope of Salvation. 

   The righteousness of man is by doing, the righteousness of Christ is by who He is and what He has done. 

II.  SALVATION IS ONLY THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST. 

Isaiah 59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.  

NOTE:  There are several things the Holy Spirit does in the life of a Believer that convinces a sinner of God’s Righteousness. 

v      The Holy Spirit convinces the world that a man’s unbelief is wrong.

v      The Holy Spirit convinces the world that Jesus really did die for sin.

v      The Holy Spirit takes a man who does not believe on Jesus and convinces  him that Jesus is the Savior—that his sins are really forgiven when he believes on Jesus. 

   The Holy Spirit does not seek glory for Himself but always seeks to bring the glory to Jesus Christ. 

JOHN 16:13-14  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.  He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.  

   The Holy Spirit acts as the aroma of good food, or the beauty of some object, it draws out attention. 

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  

ROMANS 4:24-25 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.  

III.  IT IS THROUGH THE CHURCH THAT THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF

       CHRIST IS REVEALED. 

NOTE: God is searching for those who are willing to live in the righteousness of Christ, and allow the Holy Spirit to convict the sinner through the righteousness of Christ found in them. 

   Our lives speak much more clearly and louder than our words. 

   Jesus left the Church to carry on His work of redemption. 

JOHN 16:10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  

NOTE: The righteousness of Christ was proven effect in that He ascended to His Father and His Father accepted Him. 

   Although the Church cannot save, it is through the Church that the righteousness of Christ is revealed to salvation for those who are lost. 

   It is through the Church that the Holy Spirit convinces the world of the Righteousness of Christ. 

Jeremiah 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.  

   God is looking for those who are willing to live a righteousness life that will have an impact on those who are still in their sins. 

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  

NOTE: It is the anointing of the Holy Spirit on a Believer’s life that enables them to live a righteousness life that will stir the hearts of the sinner. 

Isaiah 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.  

   There are times in our lives that the Righteousness of Christ will draw rejection instead of acceptance. 

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.  

   God is looking for those who are willing to put their lives on the line for Him.  Those who are willing not only to reign with Him but to suffer if need be. 

2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  

CONCLUSION:  We cannot convict anyone of sin all we can do is allow the Holy Spirit to live through us so the Righteousness of Christ shines through and He convicts them through our lives. 

   The choice is ours, are we willing to allow the Holy Spirit to reign in our lives and fill our lives with the Righteousness of Christ so that our lives are a magnet for Christ. 

 

 

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