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MAY 1, 2005

THE ATTRACTION OF THE GOSPEL” 

SCRIPTURE READING: I JOHN 4:7-21 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 1:5 (NLT)  

   Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His Name.  

INTRO:  What an awesome privilege we have in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

   Jesus has chosen us, as His Church, to continue the work that He has started here on earth. 

   Jesus completed the work of redemption on the cross but He gave to His Church the privilege and responsibility of telling a fallen world of the Salvation He offers to all who will come. 

MARK 16:15-16 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  

JOHN 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  

JOHN 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.  

LUKE 24:46-49 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  And ye are witnesses of these things.  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.  

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: The Holy Spirit empowers us to be witnesses, but the question we must face is,  “What is the best way to share this wonderful news?” 

   Many contend that we need to speak the word, but our daily lives speaks much louder than what we say. 

   It is as we allow the fruit of the Spirit to develop in our lives that we will be able to successfully win others to Christ. 

   A mature Christian will be a fruit bearing Christian. 

   Love is the first aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit that will attract others to Christ. 

   We cannot exchange being a Christian that is religious with being a Christian that is filled with the Love of Christ. 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  

God want fruit bearing Christians not religious nuts. 

I.  WE MUST HAVE A BURNING LOVE FOR GOD. 

NOTE: It is our love that will either attract others to Christ or our lack of love that will cause others to reject Christ. 

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.  

MARK 12:31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.  

LUKE 10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.  

NOTE: When we have a genuine burning love for God, others will see this and desire to experience this same love. 

   There are false religious fires:

v      A burning love for their denomination.

v      A burning love for their local church.

v      A burning love for their doctrine.

v      A burning love for their style of worship. 

   It is when we love God more than anything else, that God can begin to use us to reach others. 

   We must allow the love we have for God fill our hearts until it overflows and influences the life of others. 

John 12:1-3 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.  

   It is when our love for God spills out of our lives that others see this love and they begin to long for it themselves.  

JOHN 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 

NOTE:  Our love for God is reveal by our obedience to His Word. 

   We cannot say we love God and continue to disobey Him. 

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  

   When we truly love God there is not fear in obeying Him. 

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  

II.  WE MUST HAVE A BURNING LOVE FOR OTHERS. 

1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.  

NOTE: The more we love God the more we will love one another, the less we love God, the less we will love one another.

   A.  THOSE WITHIN THE BODY OF CHRIST 

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

James 2:14-17 (nlt) Dear brothers and sisters, what's the use of saying you have faith if you don't prove it by your actions? That kind of faith can't save anyone.  Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing, and you say, "Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well"—but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?  So you see, it isn't enough just to have faith. Faith that doesn't show itself by good deeds is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.  

NOTE: The Word of God is very plain about this, we can make all the excuses we want, but the bottom line is, if we don’t love one another we don’t love God. 

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  

   B.  THOSE OUTSIDE THE BODY OF CHRIST 

NOTE: If we are filled with the Love of God, we will love even as He loves. 

   Which one of us deserved God’s love? 

   Society can minister to the physical needs but only the Church can minister to the spiritual needs of the lost. 

   That does not mean that we don’t need to address the physical needs but rather, we have a far greater outreach then social society. 

   C.  THOSE IN OUR COMMUNITY  

NOTE: Charity must begin at home.  If we fail to love our neighbors enough to share the Gospel with them how will we ever care enough to reach those overseas? 

v      The Churched and the un-churched 

   D. THOSE OUTSIDE OUR COMMUNITY 

NOTE: We must have a burden and love for those who have never heard the Gospel of Christ.  

ISAIAH 49:6 Now, the Lord says, "You are not just my servant who restores the tribes of Jacob and brings back those in Israel whom I have preserved. I have also made you a light for the nations so that you would save people all over the world." 

ISAIAH 60:3 Nations will come to your light, and kings will come to the brightness of your dawn. 

CONCLUSION:  We must seek the growth of the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives and this will only come as we yield to the Holy Spirit. 

James 1:22, 4:17 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

MAY 8, 2005

ATTRIBUTES OF A GODLY WOMAN 

SCRIPTURE READING: PROVERBS 31:10-31 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  Proverbs 31:30  

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that reverences the Lord, she shall be praised.  

INTRO:  Women play a very important role in our society and especially in the Church today. 

   Often times they fail to receive the recognition they so richly deserve.  

   They are often viewed as either a sex symbol or nothing more than a non-productive housewife. 

   The Word of God has placed great value on a Godly woman. 

Proverbs 31:30 Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. 

   What are some of the attributes found in a Godly woman that should be found in each and every one of us? 

I.   A WILLINGNESS TO SERVE. 

NOTE:  There are many who want to be served but few who are willing to serve. 

ILL:  Rebekah: GENESIS 24 

Nehemiah 4:6   So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.  

PROVERBS 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  

There will always be those who are unwilling to serve but quick to condemn those who do. 

PROVERBS 13:4 The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.  

   To be like Jesus is to have a servant’s heart.  Without a servant’s heart, you will be tempted to misuse your abilities for personal gain.  You will be tempted to use it as an excuse to exempt yourself from meeting some needs.  

II.   A WILLINGNESS TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED. 

ILL: Deborah:  JUDGES 4 

NOTE:  Faithfulness in the time of adversity is greater than talent in the time of acceptance. 

Jeremiah 12:5 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?  

   “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country.”  Thomas Paine 

   Remember, it was the women who followed Jesus to the foot of the cross, all the men except John had run away. 

   The Church needs men who are willing to stand up and be counted, to take the role of leadership, but if no men are willing then women will take their place. 

III.  A WILLINGNESS TO GIVE. 

NOTE:  We have given nothing if it has cost us nothing. 

2 Samuel 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.  

ILL:  The widow and her mite: MARK 12:41-44 

   God is always more interested in why we give than in what we give. 

   “Money has the greatest potential to replace God in our lives.   

   More people are sidetracked from serving by materialism than by anything else.  

   When Jesus is your Master, money serves you, but if money is your master, you become its slave.”  

   When we give to God, He gives us back for more than we gave. 

ILL:  The Shunammite woman: II KINGS 4:8-37 

   You Can’t Out Give the Lord.” 

"You can't out give the Lord no matter what you do,

You'll find out in the end that the Lord's out given you,

Your silver and your gold, your love and service too,

You can't out give the Lord no matter what you do."

IV.   A WILLINGNESS TO WORSHIP. 

1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  

PSALM 29:2 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.  

NOTE:  We can worship God without loving Him. 

ISAIAH 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:  

MATTHEW 15:7-9 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  

MARK 7:6-8 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.  

NOTE:  When God says something three times we had better sit up a take notice. 

ILL: Woman washing Jesus’ feet.  LUKE 7:36-50 

Mary: LUKE 10:38-42 

NOTE:  We cannot love God without worshipping Him. 

JOHN 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  

CONCLUSION:  These attributes do not only apply to women but to everyone who longs to be a Godly person. 

  •  A willingness to SERVE
  •  A willingness to STAND UP AND BE COUNTED
  •  A willingness to GIVE
  • A willingness to WORSHIP

THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE: Rick Warren, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pg 258

Ibid. pg 267

MAY 15, 2005

THE CHRISTIAN’S MUSCLE” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 61:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: NEHEMIAH 8:10 (GW) 

 Then he told them, "Go, eat rich foods, drink sweet drinks, and send portions to those who cannot provide for themselves. Today is a holy day for the Lord. Don't be sad because the joy you have in the Lord is your strength."  

INTRO: As we continue on the subject of the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s life we want to look at the aspect of Fruit of the Spirit, Joy. 

   Steroids are in the news today.   

   People take them to bulk up, to make muscle mass, but over time they can do a lot of damage to the human body. 

   Eating properly and exercising correctly is the only way to get that perfect body. 

   It is good to have a healthy body but far greater to have a healthy soul. 

1 TIMOTHY 4:8 Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.  

   As a healthy body will help you cope with the problems and circumstances in this physical world, and a healthy soul will help you cope with the problems and circumstances in the spiritual world. 

   The secret of being a healthy, strong, and attractive Christian is found in the joy that God provides to those who love Him. 

v      A joyful Christian is a healthy Christian

v      A joyful Christian is a strong Christian

v      A joyful Christian is an attractive Christian 

   A Christian that has no joy is unhealthy, weakly and unattractive Christian. 

   JOEL 1:12 The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.

   The same holds true for a church. 

   We cannot do much for the cause of Christ if we are sickly, weakly and unattractive. 

   If we want to be a healthy, strong and attractive Christian or church, we must possess the Joy of the Lord. 

   There are two questions I wish to address this morning. 

1.       What is the difference between the Joy of the Lord and the steroid of this world, happiness?

2.       How do we possess and live in this Joy? 

I.  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JOY AND HAPPINESS. 

    A.  HAPPINESS:

 NOTE: Happiness is the Steroid to the soul.

v      Happiness is strictly external.  

NOTE: “Happiness is conditioned by and often dependent upon what is ‘happening’ to me.  It is irrevocably bound up either with the behavior of other people, the sequence of events in my life, or the circumstances in which I find myself.” 

   The word happiness is not found in the KJV and the word happy is found only 25 times. 

v      Happiness is very unstable because of what it is based on. 

o        People

o        Wealth or possessions

o        Health or looks

o        Success or fame 

NOTE:  All these things are build on sandy foundations.   

   The winds of change and the floods of adversity will erode its foundation. 

   B.  THE JOY OF THE LORD. 

NOTE: Just consider what it is called: the Joy of the Lord.

   The joy that a Christian has is based not on external things but rather on a relationship with God.   

   It is His Joy that grows within the life of His people. 

   In the KJV, joy appears 155, joyful 25 and rejoice 183, = 363 compared to 25 times for happy. 

   “Joy springs from the presence of God in a person’s life…It is in no way dependent either upon people around me, the course of events in my experience, or the circumstances in which I find myself, be they ever so calamitous of fortunate.” 

   Joy is not filled with self-interest but rather in our pleasing God. 

II.  HOW DO WE POSSESS AND LIVE IN THE JOY OF THE LORD? 

NOTE: Because it is the Joy of the Lord, it grows in our life as we allow the Holy Spirit to control our lives. 

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  

If we allow Christ to control our lives then we will possess the Joy that He gives. 

   A.  THE JOY OF THE LORD IS BORN IN A REPENTIVE HEART. 

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  

NOTE: Sin will keep the Joy of the Lord far from us. 

Psalm 51:7-12 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.  

   B.  THE JOY OF THE LORD GROWS AS OUR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

         GROWS.

Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.  

NOTE:  The more fellowship with have with God the more of the Joy of the Lord will be in our hearts and lives. 

   C.  THE JOY OF THE LORD MATURES AS WE RELY ON HIM. 

JOHN 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.  

NOTE: The more we rely upon God the less there is to rob us of the Joy of the Lord. 

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.  

Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.  

   D.  THE JOY OF THE LORD COMES FROM SERVING HIM. 

PSALM 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.  

JOHN 4:36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.  

NOTE:  Those who fulfill the will of God in their lives will be filled with His Joy. 

CONCLUSION:  It is our privilege as Christian to share the good news of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Him as their Savior. 

Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.  

   We just can’t help but let other people know about Jesus.  

“It’s Bubbling, It’s Bubbling” 

"It’s bubbling, it’s bubbling, it’s bubbling in my soul,

I’m singing and shouting since Jesus made me whole.

Folks don’t understand it, nor can I keep it quiet.

It’s bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling day and night.”

A GARDENER LOOKS AT THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT; W. Phillip Keller: Word Books Publisher, Waco, Texas.  Pg 93

ibid. pg. 94

MAY 22, 2005

"PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORMS OF LIFE"

 SCRIPTURE READING:  MARK 4:35 – 41

 SCRIPTURE TEXT:  JOHN 14:27 (NLT) 

    "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid.  

NOTE: One of the greatest cries of the human heart today is for peace. 

   In our life whether we are Christians or not, we are faced with many different kinds of storms that would rob us of peace. 

   Christians are not exempt from these storms of life, but they have the promise that God will grant them peace in the midst of the storm. 

   Those outside of Christ have no such promise. 

ISAIAH 48:22 & ISAIAH 57:21 There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.  

   The peace of those outside of Christ is fragile and not true peace. 

Jeremiah 6:14 & Jeremiah 8:11 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.  

   We cannot know true peace until we know, on a personal level, the Prince of Peace. 

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  

   True and perfect peace only comes as we put our trust in God. 

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  

   There are many storms that come into our lives but God has promised to give us peace even as these storms rage around us. 

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

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 several storms that come against us found in our Scripture reading and the verses that follow. 

v      The storms of uncertainty, the fear of physical harm & death

v      The storms of pain & sorrow

v      The storms of sickness & suffering

v      The storms of sin and bondage 

I.  THE STORMS OF UNCERTAINTY, THE FEAR OF PHYSICAL HARM, &

     DEATH

    

NOTE: Even as Christians was are often faced with:

 

v      UNCERTAINTY

v      PHYSICAL HARM

v      DEATH 

MARK 4:35-41 

   A.  THEY WERE IN THE WILL OF CHRIST. Vs. 35 

   B.  JESUS WAS WITH THEM 

   C.  THEY DOUBTED HIS CONCERN FOR THEIR WELFARE 

PSALM 13:1 How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? Forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?  

   How often have we prayed this kind of prayer? 

   D.  JESUS MET THEIR NEED IN SPITE OF THEIR FEAR AND DOUBT. 

Jesus calmed the storm and granted them peace.

(To be continued next week)

MAY 29

"PEACE IN THE MIDST OF THE STORMS PAIN AND SORROW" 

SCRIPTURE READING:  MARK 4:35-41  

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  JOHN 14:27 (NLT) 

    "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid.  

NOTE: One of the greatest cries of the human heart today is for peace. 

   In our life whether we are Christians or not, we are faced with many different kinds of storms that would rob us of peace. 

   Christians are not exempt from these storms of life, but they have the promise that God will grant them peace in the midst of the storm. 

   Those outside of Christ have no such promise. 

ISAIAH 48:22 & ISAIAH 57:21 There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.

   The peace of those outside of Christ is fragile and not true peace. 

Jeremiah 6:14 & Jeremiah 8:11 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.  

   We cannot know true peace until we know, on a personal level, the Prince of Peace. 

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  

   True and perfect peace only comes as we put our trust in God. 

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  

   There are many storms that come into our lives but God has promised to give us peace even as these storms rage around us. 

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

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 several storms that come against us found in our Scripture reading and the verses that follow. 

v      The storms of uncertainty, the fear of physical harm & death

v      The storms of pain & sorrow of another

v      The storms of sickness & suffering

v      The storms of sin and bondage 

I.  THE STORMS OF PAIN & SORROW OF ANOTHER 

MARK 5:21-43 

NOTE: Some of the most violent storms we experience are not really our storms but rather the storms of a love one and we are draw into its vortex. 

   A.  THE PAIN OF EMPATHY 

NOTE: Watching a loved one suffer. 

   B.  THE PAIN OF HELPLESSNESS 

NOTE:  He had tried everything possible but no help. 

   His daughter was dying and there was nothing he could do. 

   C.  THE FRUSTRATION OF DELAY 

NOTE:  It seemed as Jesus was delayed in His coming. 

ILL.  Lazarus   

JOHN 11:21  Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  

   God is never late, He works in His own time and in His own way. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  

JOHN 11:14-15 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.  

   D.  THE SORROW OF HOPELESSNESS 

NOTE:  When the word came that his daughter was dead all hope disappeared. 

   Where do we turn when hope is gone and our friends and family tell us it is no use to seek God’s help, it’s too late. 

   D.  THE SORROW OF DEATH 

NOTE:  The finality and hopelessness of death. 

PSALM 18:The sorrows of death compassed me… 

NOTE:  There is the sorrow of death even for a Christians 

   Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus. 

PROVERBS 14:32  The wicked are crushed by their sins, but the godly have a refuge when they die.  

1 Thessalonians 4:13 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.  

Jesus has calmed the storms of pain and sorrow through His own death and resurrection. 

1 CORINTHIANS 15:55-58 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, 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 Lord.  

JOHN 11:25-26 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?  

REVELATION 1:17-18 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.  

Jesus calmed the storm in his life and granted him peace. 

NOTE:  There are three things that give us peace in the midst of the storm. 

  1. Our faith in the power of God.
  2. Our Faith in the wisdom of God.
  3. Our faith in the love of God.

CONCLUSION:  If a loved one is going through a storm and you are caught in it’s vortex, turn to the Prince of Peace and allow Him to calm your storm.

 

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