ONALASKA FIRST CHURCH OF GOD

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September 18, 2005

 

WHERE HAS ALL THE JOY GONE?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I PETER 1:3-9

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 PETER 1:8-9 (GW) Although you have never seen Christ, you love him. You don't see him now, but you believe in him. You are extremely happy with joy and praise that can hardly be expressed in words as you obtain the salvation that is the goal of your faith.

 

INTRO: A man rescued after 30 years alone on a desert island.

 

   Why does it seem that so many Christians are so unhappy in their worship and daily living?

 

PSALM 100:1-5 A Psalm of praise.

    Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

 

    Our Worship Service should be filled with praise and thanksgiving for all the things God has done for us.

 

   Our lives should be filled with joy and exuberance with all that we have in Christ now and what we will receive in eternity.

 

I.  THE BLESSINGS WE HAVE IN CHRIST BOTH NOW AND IN ETERNITY.

 

NOTE: Our lives have been changed from a life of sin and defeat to a life of joy and victory.

 

   A.  WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A NEW BIRTH AND WITH IT, A

         NEW INHERITANCE.

 

1 PETER 1:3 (GW) Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has given us a new birth because of his great mercy. We have been born into a new life that has a confidence which is alive because Jesus Christ has come back to life.

 

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

1 JOHN 3:1-2 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.

 

    B.  OUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN

 

PSALM 32:1-2 A Psalm of David, Maschil.

    Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

 

   C.  OUR INHERITANCE CAN NEVER BE TAKEN AWAY FOR US.

 

1 PETER 1:4 (GW)  We have been born into a new life which has an inheritance that can't be destroyed or corrupted and can't fade away. That inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

 

ROMANS 8:37-39 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

    D.  WE ARE KEPT BY HIS POWER.

 

1 PETER 1:5 (GW)  since you are guarded by God's power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time.

 

    E.  WE HAVE JOY IN SPITE OF OUR CIRCUMSTANCES  

 

NOTE:  Our relationship with God is not dependent upon our circumstances.

 

1 PETER 1:6-7 (GW)  You are extremely happy about these things, even though you have to suffer different kinds of trouble for a little while now.  The purpose of these troubles is to test your faith as fire tests how genuine gold is. Your faith is more precious than gold, and by passing the test, it gives praise, glory, and honor to God. This will happen when Jesus Christ appears again.

 

HABAKKUK 3:17-18 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.

 

II.  WHY THEN, DO WE NOT HAVE THE JOY WE SHOULD?

 

1 Peter 1:8-9 (GW) Although you have never seen Christ, you love him. You don't see him now, but you believe in him. You are extremely happy with joy and praise that can hardly be expressed in words as you obtain the salvation that is the goal of your faith.

 

NOTE: It is because we have the wrong kind of faith.

 

HEBREWS 11:1 (NLT) What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.

 

   We are living by sight faith instead of Godly Faith.

 

JOHN 20:24-25 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said unto him, “We have seen the Lord.”  But he said unto them, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

 

NOTE:  We begin to lose our joy when we take our eyes off the unseen Christ, and begin to focus on the things we can see, touch, taste and feel.

 

    Godly Faith will lead to unity; sight faith will lead to conflict.

 

 JAMES 4:1 (GW) What causes fights and quarrels among you? Aren't they caused by the selfish desires that fight to control you?

 

   When we take our eyes off Jesus we can only see what we want and to get what we want we must do it ourselves.

 

   So we lust for:

 

·         Position

·         Power

·         Possession

 

    When we fail to get what we want we become angry. 

 

EPHESIANS 4:26-27 (NLT) And "don't sin by letting anger gain control over you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.

 

   Anger in turn can cause hatred and hatred is murder.

 

   There are two types of anger:

 

  • Hot Anger

  • Cold Anger

 

   When we become angry and do not address the cause of our anger, it will turn into bitterness.

   

HEBREWS 12:15 (NLT) Look after each other so that none of you will miss out on the special favor of God. Watch out that no bitter root of unbelief rises up among you, for whenever it springs up, many are corrupted by its poison.

 

NOTE: The root of bitterness takes hold when we are not trusting God but rather putting our trust in ourselves.

 

   When we fail to deal with the bitterness in our hearts it will turn into criticism towards both of God and man.

 

CONCLUSION:  To retain the joy of our Salvation we must do two things:

 

  • Look to Jesus instead of ourselves.

 

HEBREWS 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

ILL: Cut the Rope and Trust Him

 

  • Forgive those who have wronged us.

 

EPHESIANS 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

 

September 25, 2005

 

THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

 

SCRIPTURE READING:  RUTH 3:1-13

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT:  GALATIANS 6:7-8 (NLT) Don't be misled. Remember that you can't ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow!  Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

 

INTRO:  The story of Ruth is one of the most beautiful stories ever written.

 

   It reveals the “Law of Sowing and Reaping”.

 

   There were several things that Ruth sowed:

 

  • Loyalty

 

   She was willing to follow Naomi into a strange land

 

  • Commitment

 

   Orpha was loyal to Naomi but was not willing to be committed.

   Orpha sow unto the flesh, Ruth sow unto the Spirit.

 

  • Compassion

 

   Ruth could have gotten married and left Naomi on her own.

 

   Ruth reaped a bountiful harvest:

 

  • She married Boaz

  • God blessed her with a son, Obed, the grandfather of David

  • She was brought into the Messianic lineage

   

I.  THE LAW OF SOWING

 

NOTE: The first law of sowing is that we are all sowers.

 

   Our present time is seedtime and will bring results in this life and in the life to come.

 

   We are either sowing to the flesh or we are sowing to the Spirit.

 

A.      SOWING TO THE FLESH

 

JOB 4:8 “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same”.

 

NOTE: We are sowing to the flesh when we seek to please ourselves and fail to consider the will of God.

 

ILL: Orpha was unwilling to step out in faith

          Lot could only see the well-watered valley of Jordan

          Esau only consider his physical hunger

 

   What and how we sow affects those around us.

 

HEBREWS 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 

B.       SOWING TO THE SPIRIT

 

NOTE: We sow to the Spirit when we seek the Mind of Christ and seek to fulfill His will above our own.

 

   Some of the things that we as Christian should sow:

 

  • Love

  • Mercy

  • Faithfulness

  • Generosity

  • Kindness

  • Friendship

 

 1 TIMOTHY 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.    

 

II.  THE LAW OF WAITING

 

GALATIANS 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

 

NOTE: Once the seed is sown there is the time of waiting until the seed brings forth its fruit. 

 

   Some seed takes longer than other to come to harvest.

 

HABAKKUK 2:2-3 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

 

HEBREWS 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

 

 JAMES 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

 

III.  THE LAW OF REAPING

 

NOTE: We can only reap what we sow.

 

   As there are two sorts of sowing, one to the flesh, and the other to the Spirit, so will be the reaping.

 

   Those who live a carnal, sensual life, must expect no other fruit from such a course than misery and ruin.

 

   Those who, under the guidance and influences of the Holy Spirit, live a life of faith in Christ, and abound in Christian graces, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 

   It is not always guaranteed that we will reap what we sow in this life but we can be assured that we will reap what we sow in the life to come.

 

ECCLESIASTES. 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

 

PSALM 73:1-19 A Psalm of Asaph.

    Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.  They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.  Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.  They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.  Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.  And they say, How doth God know? And is there knowledge in the most High?  Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.  Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.  For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.  If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.  When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.  Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.  How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

 

 Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

 

CONCLUSION:  The time for sowing in now.

 

   We must be very careful of what kind of seed we are sowing but cause in the end we will reap what we sow.

 

HOSEA 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

 

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