TO HIS CHURCH
PROMISED HIS CHURCH VICTORY”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH
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
and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
NOTE: Often times in our
Christian walk it seems that we are on the losing
The persecution many Christians are
The eroding of our Christian liberties.
Personal failures and disappointments.
feel like David in
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
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.
four reasons why we may experience difficulties on
It is for the strengthening of our faith.
It is an act of discipline because of sin.
It just happens (It rains on the just
and the unjust alike)
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.
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:
- Times of trouble will
come against us.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord
delivereth him out of them all.
- He has not sent them.
NOTE: God did not send
Satan against Job.
- They will fail in their
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
- He has set their
NOTE: Even as God set
the limits on Satan’s attack against Job, God has
set the limits of Satan attacks against His Church.
CONFLICT CHRISTIANS FACE IS AGAINST THE SPIRITUAL
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
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
We must not allow the
difficulties we experience in the physical world to
rob us of the victories God has promised in the
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.
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
In our text, God is speaking of a spiritual enemy
and of a spiritual victory.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
righteousness is our security, because it guarantees
that he never promises:
More than he intends to
More than he can perform;
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
Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom
there is no salvation.
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.
is near that justifieth me; who will contend with
me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary?
let him come near to me.
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
VALENTINE OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR US”
SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS
(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
Have you ever
received a valentine from someone you didn’t like
but you knew they liked you?
What was your reaction?
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
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.”
four things in this passage of Scripture that shows
God’s love for us.
us when we were:
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
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.
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
We lived a life
that did not include God.
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.
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
We were far from
God and we were unable to go to Him the way we
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
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.
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
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.
unconditional love is so great that He refuses to
allow us to stay the way we are but changes us into
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
God’s Word tell us
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.
unconditional love cause Him to:
v Do far beyond what we would be
willing to do.
v Do what we were incapable of
ILL: Reaching Into the Filth
of This World:
loves us with an unconditional love how should we
respond to Him and to others?
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.
the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.
these two commandments hang all the law and the
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.
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.
can seal the cards and mark the names off the list,"
he said shoving 15 or more cards and envelopes into
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Reaching Into the Filth of
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
matter, lady? What are you hunting for?” the officer
“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.
Received But Unread:
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
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....
SPIRIT AT WORK IN OUR HEARTS”
JOHN 16: 7-15
SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOHN
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
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.
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
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
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
SPIRITUAL COMPLACENCY PREPARES THE GROUND FOR THE
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
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
v He was in the wrong place at the
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.
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.
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
NOTE: David could not
ILL: When I was a child
and had done something wrong I had a difficult time
David saw with his
eyes, entertained in his mind and lusted in his
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
physical adultery because he first committed
When we fail to
fulfill the will of God in our lives we have
committed spiritual adultery.
SOUGHT TO COVER UP HIS SIN.
NOTE: Whenever a
Christian falls into sin they seek to shift the
- 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.
- David sought to get
- David sent a letter to
Joab by Uriah that was Uriah’s death Warrant.
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.
- David made light of
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
- David brought
Bath-sheba into his household not for the
reasons the people thought.
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
NOTE: Nathan revealed David’s sin unto him.
A. GOD FORGAVE DAVID OF HIS SIN.
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.
The sin done in secret was made public
12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but
I will do this thing before all Israel, and before
Caused the enemies of God to blaspheme
The innocent child died.
12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed
thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the
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
III. THE PURPOSE OF HOLY
NOTE: The purpose of
Holy Ghost conviction is not to bring judgment but
rather to bring restoration.
BRING TRUE REPENTANCE.
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
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my
sin is ever before me.
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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
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
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.
28:13 He that covereth his sins shall
not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them
shall have mercy.
SEARCH FOR A RIGHTEOUS MAN”
SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS
SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOHN 16:8
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
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
The greatest enemy
to sin is righteousness.
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.
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
There is a great
need for the Church to stand for godly
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
1:30 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
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.
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.
Church cannot save, it is through the Church that
the righteousness of Christ is revealed to salvation
for those who are lost.
through the Church that the Holy Spirit convinces
the world of the Righteousness of Christ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2:12 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.