JUNE 4, 2006
“FINDING REST IN GOD’S PROVISION”
SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 22:1-14
SCRIPTURE TEXT: GENESIS 22:14 (ASV)
And Abraham called the name of that place
Jehovah-jireh. As it is said to this day, In the
mount of Jehovah it shall be provided.
INTRO: Anxiety is the great robber of rest.
A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about
future uncertainties. 2. A state of
intense apprehension, uncertainty, and fear
resulting from the anticipation of a threatening
event or situation, often to a degree that the
normal physical and psychological functioning of the
affected individual is disrupted by doubt concerning
the reality and nature of the threat, and by
self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.
Fear is the father of anxiety.
The fear of being unable to meet a certain need.
Fear will lead to anxiety
when we find that we are not able to be in control
of some circumstance or situation.
MATTHEW 6:8 (KJV) …your Father knoweth what
things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
There are many needs that we face that can cause our
hearts and minds to be overcome by anxiety and all
fall into one of these three areas of our nature.
I. FINDING REST IS GOD’S PROVISION FOR OUR
EPHESIANS 2:1-10 (KJV)
And you hath he quickened, who were dead
in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye
walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air, the
spirit that now worketh in the children of
disobedience: 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. But God, who is rich in mercy,
for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when
we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together
with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath
raised us up together, and made us sit together in
heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to
come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace
in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of
works, lest any man should boast. For we are
his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good
works, which God hath before ordained that we should
walk in them.
OUR SINFUL NATURE.
Alienated from God.
Bound by sin.
Unable to redeem ourselves.
God’s Provision for our Sinful Nature was the
1 CORINTHIANS 1:18 (KJV)
For the preaching of the
cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto
us which are saved it is the power of God.
II. FINDING REST IN GOD’S
PROVISION FOR OUR PHYSICAL NATURE.
OUR EMOTIONAL NEEDS.
1 PETER 5:7 (KJV)
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for
OUR PHYSICAL NEEDS.
EXODUS 15:26 (KJV)
And said, If thou wilt
diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God,
and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and
wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his
statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon
thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I
am the LORD that healeth thee.
PSALMS 103:1-3 (KJV)
Bless the LORD, O my
soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy
name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all
his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases;
PSALMS 121:1-8 (KJV)
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence
cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which
made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy
foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not
slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall
neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy
keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by
night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all
evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall
preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this
time forth, and even for evermore.
OUR FINANCIAL NEEDS.
PHILIPPIANS 4:19 (KJV)
But my God shall supply all
your need according to his riches in glory by Christ
Too often we only think of
this need when it is the lest of importance.
What kind of God was Paul’s
What kind of God in our God?
Shall supply ALL
What does Paul mean by ALL? Are there any
NOTE: Our needs can be divided into three
different areas; Emotional, Physical and Spiritual.
Whose riches are they dependent upon?
According to His riches
Where do these riches come from?
How are these riches
By Christ Jesus
III. FINDING REST IN GOD’S
PROVISION FOR OUR ETERNAL NATURE.
We will all face eternity,
where we spend it depends on whether or not we have
accepted God provision.
JOHN 14:1-3 (KJV)
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me. In my Father's house are
many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told
you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye
may be also.
REVELATION 20:6 (KJV) 20:6
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first
resurrection: on such the second death hath no
power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
We will all spend eternity
somewhere. Where we will spend it depends on
if we have accepted the Promise of God’s Provision
or we have rejected it.
JUNE 11, 2006
“GOD’S WORD HAS THE FINAL WORD”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: HEBREWS 6:18 (NLT)
So God has given us both his promise and his oath.
These two things are unchangeable because it is
impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have
fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we
can hold on to his promise with confidence.
There are many people who,
in many ways seek to discredit the Word of God.
When we listen to these who seek to discredit God’s
Word, we have opened the door to Satan and
Satan used this scheme in getting Eve to doubt God’s
Word in regards to the fruit of the Tree of
Knowledge of Good and Evil.
We can’t allow the silver tongue of Satan to cast
doubts in our hearts about the Truth of God’s Word.
Man, even Christian, will lie or fail to keep their
promises and break their word, but God’s Word is
true and He will never lie or break His Word to us.
ROMANS 3:3-4 (NLT) True, some of
them were unfaithful; but just because they broke
their promises, does that mean God will break his
promises? Of course not! Though everyone else in the
world is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say,
"He will be proved right in what he says, and he
will win his case in court."
We can rest assured in God’s Promises knowing that
He will keep them.
ROMANS 4:21 (KJV)
And being fully persuaded
that, what he had promised, he was able also to
The value we place upon the Word of God will
determine how much we trust and rely on it.
Those who place little or no value on the Word of
God will be quick to believe Satan’s lies.
Those who place great value on God’s Word will not
believe Satan’s lies.
PSALMS 19:7-11 (KJV)
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the
simple. The statutes of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is
pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is
clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD
are true and righteous altogether. More to be
desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine
gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in
keeping of them there is great reward.
There are three ways God’s Word speaks to us.
Through His creation.
PSALMS 19:1-4 (NIV)
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies
proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day
they pour forth speech; night after night they
display knowledge. There is no speech or
language where their voice is not heard. Their voice
goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends
of the world…
ROMANS 1:18-20 (NIV)
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven
against all the godlessness and wickedness of men
who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since
what may be known about God is plain to them,
because God has made it plain to them. For since the
creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his
eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly
seen, being understood from what has been made, so
that men are without excuse.
Through the written Word.
2 TIMOTHY 3:14-17 (NIV) 3:14
But as for you, continue in what you have learned
and have become convinced of, because you know those
from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you
have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to
make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ
Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful
for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in
righteousness, so that the man of God may be
thoroughly equipped for every good work.
HEBREWS 1:1 (KJV) God,
who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in
time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 PETER 1:21 (KJV)
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of
man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by
the Holy Ghost.
Through the Holy Spirit in
many different ways.
Our own thoughts
NOTE: The problem we face; is how do we know
what is from God and what is from some other
What makes God’s Word the final word?
The only thing we can look to for conformation or
rejection is the written Word of God.
Our faith in Who God is and His attributes will
determine how we view His Word.
There are many today who claim to hear and be the
voice of God.
How do we discern between the true and false.
ILL: I KINGS 13
(The unnamed prophet who
ILL: I KINGS 22
(Jehoshaphat, Ahab and
Accepting God’s Word as the
final word requires faith, faith in God and faith in
His Word. Faith is a matter of choice.
We must have something that we can rely on as the
The wisdom of man will fail us.
The World is round.
ISAIAH 40:22 (KJV) It is he
(God) that sitteth upon the circle of the earth…
Sodom and Gomorrah. GENESIS 18-19
Life is in the blood. LEVITICUS
17:14 (KJV) For it is the life of all
flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:
therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye
shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the
life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever
eateth it shall be cut off.
Quarantine. LEVITICUS 13:46 (KJV) All the
days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be
defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone;
without the camp shall his habitation be.
I. GOD’S WORD IS PERFECT.
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting
entire (literal, figurative or moral); also
(as noun) integrity, truth :- without
blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely (-ity),
sound, without spot, undefiled, upright (-ly),
God’s Word is inerrant,
free from error in what it teaches, it is infallible
God’s Word is perfect, complete in need of nothing
else and nothing can be added without corrupting
II. GOD’S WORD IS SURE.
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the
a primitive root; properly to build up or
support; to foster as a parent or nurse;
figurative to render (or be) firm
or faithful, to trust or believe, to be
permanent or quiet; moral to be true or
ROMANS 4:21 (KJV)
And being fully persuaded that, what he had
promised, he was able also to perform.
CONCLUSION: We must choose between the wisdom of man
which sounds right, feels good and seems true, and
the Word of God which is true.
JOSHUA 24:15 (KJV)
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD,
choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the
gods which your fathers served that were on the
other side of the flood, or the gods of the
Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and
my house, we will serve the LORD.
JUNE 18, 2006
“DATE WITH THE PIGS”
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE
SCRIPTURE TEXT: LUKE
I say unto you, that
likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that
repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just
persons, which need no repentance.
This is one of the most
beloved stories found in the Bible.
This story has many facets.
Too often we only consider the surface aspects of
There are three main characters found in this
Each of these characters
goes through different stages.
I want us to look beyond the surface and find who we
are and where we are in this story.
We should find ourselves in one of the stages of
each of the characters found in this story.
I. THE YOUNGER SON.
NOTE: Each of us can find ourselves in one
stage or another of the younger son’s life.
A. LIVING IN THE FATHER’S HOUSE BUT WANTING TO
BE ON HIS OWN.
NOTE: We are in the church, but not happy
about being there.
We chafe under trying to live the Christian life
while all the time wanting to be free from its
We are like the Children of Israel, freed from the
slavery of Egypt but longing to go back to its leaks
God has provided everything we need, food, water,
direction but we want control, and we want to do
things our way and not the way of the Father.
As the cry of the world becomes stronger, the voice
of the Father becomes softer.
B. ASKING FOR HIS INHERITANCE AND LEAVING.
We want the blessings of
God, but are unwilling to remain under His Lordship.
We want God’s gifts but are not willing to accept
the responsibilities that come with the gifts.
We have received our gifts and
abilities from God but we are not willing to use
them for His glory, we want to use them for our own
By asking for his
inheritance now, he is saying to his father, “I wish
you were dead.”
We go into a far country. As far away from God
as we can.
We reject the values taught to us by our loving
Father and accept the values of a dark and sinful
WASTING HIS INHERITANCE.
We have taken the gifts and
blessings God has given us and have wasted them in
the satisfying of our own selfish desires.
We have forsaken the unconditional love of the
Father in search for the conditional love
(I will love you if you are…)
of the world.
We allow the world to use and abuse us until we have
nothing left that the world wants from us.
LIVING AMONG THE PIGS.
NOTE: Our life is a mess; we are bound by
sin and habits, and have no ability to change.
We hate where we are but we can’t see any way out.
This is the same attitude we had when we live in our
COMING TO THE REALIZATION OF HIS TRUE CONDITION.
NOTE: We have come to the end of the road
and realize that one more step in this direction and
we will face eternity without hope.
We reflect on what it was like back in our Father’s
We hope we can go back not as a son but as a
ON HIS WAY BACK HOME.
NOTE: The journey back home is a long and
There is repentance, but
not repentance in the light of God’s immense love
and mercy, but rather in the thought of survival.
We head home; hoping for acceptance and toleration
but never expecting forgiveness and restoration.
BEING ACCEPTED BY A LOVING FATHER.
The Father welcomes us home
with open arms.
JAMES 4:8 (KJV) Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
We receive from our Father much more than we had
ever hoped for.
We have been restored
completely to our son ship.
1 JOHN 1:9 (KJV) 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
Where are you in this
In the Father’s house but wishing you weren’t
Leaving the Father’s house
Wasting everything for selfish purpose
Living among the pigs
On your way back to the Father’s house
Safe in the arms of your loving Father.
JUNE 25, 2006
“WHEN CHRISTIANITY BECOMES MUNDANE”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: REVELATION 2:4 (KJV) 2:4
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because
thou hast left thy first love.
I believe that as you read
the letters to the seven churches of Asia, that all
though they may be addressed to individual churches,
Jesus is speaking to all Christian everywhere.
I also believe that each one of us can find
characteristic in one or more of these churches,
that we can see in our own spiritual lives.
Is it possible for a person
to become so involved in their personal faith, in
serving God, that they become cold and indifferent
The letter to the Church at Ephesus show to us that
I. THE CHURCH IS COMMENDED.
Vs. 2 & 3
REVELATION 2:2-3 (KJV)
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience,
and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and
thou hast tried them which say they are apostles,
and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast
borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake
hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
THE CHURCH WORKED AND
LABORED FOR CHRIST.
The people in this church are not lazy people but
people who work hard at fulfilling their
responsibilities as Christians.
ECCLESIASTES 9:10 (KJV)
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it
with thy might; for there is no work, nor device,
nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither
did they work for Christ but the word labor means
working to exhaustion.
THE CHURCH PATIENTLY
THE CHURCH WAS A HOLY
THE CHURCH TESTED IT
THE CHURCH HAD NOT FAINTED
II. THE COMPLAINT.
To all outward appearances this was a wonderful
Church. It seemed to be doing everything it
was supposed to do.
with this church, it was doing everything out of
Christianity had become mundane.
There was no
passion, no love.
were doing everything they were supposed to do but
all for the wrong reason.
1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-3
(KJV) 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
lack love in three different areas:
LOVE FOR GOD
NOTE: Every thing
we do for God must be done out of our love
for Him and for what He has done for us.
MATTHEW 22:36-38 (KJV)
Master, which is the great commandment in
the law? 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
NOTE: This is the
greatest commandment because if we love God in this
way we will do the thinks we are supposed to do, but
it is possible to do the things we are supposed to
do without loving Him.
MATTHEW 24:12 (KJV) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of
many shall wax cold.
LOVE FOR OUR NEIGHBOR.
MATTHEW 22:39-40 (KJV)
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.
NOTE: I break our
neighbor down into two groups.
Fellow Believers regardless of the name of the
church they attend.
JOHN 13:34-35 (KJV)
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love
one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love
one another. By this shall all men know that ye are
my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
1 PETER 1:22 (KJV)
Seeing ye have purified your souls in
obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned
love of the brethren, see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently:
Love for those who are lost.
We should love even as God loves and as Jesus gave
to us as an example.
JOHN 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life.
MARK 2:17 (KJV) When Jesus heard it, he
saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of
the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to
call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
2 PETER 3:9 (KJV)
The Lord is not slack
concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that
any should perish, but that all should come to
III. THEY WERE TO
REPENT AND RETURN TO THEIR FIRST LOVE.
Three steps are given:
Remember from where you have fallen.
Repent and turn away from that which has stolen your
Redo your first works.
Remember what it was like when you first come to
Christ, how you love to read His Word and spend time
How much you wanted to