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NOVEMBER 5, 2006 AM 

WHEN GOD HAS HAD ENOUGH

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 5:1-7 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 6:3 (KJV) And the LORD said, “My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” 

INTRO: Have you ever tried to build something or make something only to have it turn out wrong?   

  • A building project
  • A cooking or baking project
  • A relationship

   How did it make you feel?  

   Try to consider God’s side of this parable. 

   The Father is speaking of the His Son, “My Well Beloved”, who had planted a vineyard. 

   There are eight things we need to note in this story: 

  1. The vineyard was planted in a fruitful place.
  2. A wall was built for protection around it.
  3. The stones had been removed from it.
  4. The choicest vines were planted in it.
  5. A tower was built in the midst of it.
  6. A winepress was created in it.
  7. God expected to receive good fruit.
  8. It brought forth bad fruit.

   How does this parable in Isaiah relate to us as Christians today? 

1 Corinthians 10:11-12 (NIV) These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!  

Matthew 21:33-41 (KJV) Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country: and when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.  And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.  Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.  But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, “They will reverence my son.”  But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.  

   God had blessed Israel so she could become a fruitful nation, bring glory and honor to Him, so God has blessed the Church so she could bring forth proper fruit. 

   Let us compare what God did for Israel in this parable and what He has done for the Church. 

1.  THE VINEYARD WAS PLANTED IN A FRUITFUL PLACE. 

   He removed the children of Israel from the land of Egypt into the land of Canaan; he has removed the church from the world into the Kingdom of God. 

   God has place the Children of Israel in land the flowed with milk and honey. 

   The Church dwells in the Kingdom of God will all it resources available for it use. 

   God’s own hand planted the vineyard. He has a right to the fruits. We must take care and do not rob Him. 

2.  A WALL WAS BUILT FOR PROTECTION AROUND IT. 

NOTE: God gave to Israel the Law and His Word to protect them from sin. 

Psalms 125:2 (KJV) As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.  

Zechariah 2:5 (KJV) For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.  

   God has provided protection from the enemy to every believer. 

2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  

Romans 13:12 (KJV)  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  

2 Corinthians 6:7 (KJV) By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,  

Ephesians 6:11 (KJV) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  

3.  THE STONES HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM IT. 

NOTE: God had provided a way for Israel to remove all the inhabitance of the Land of Canaan but Israel failed to do so. 

   God has removed the stones of sin, and the rocks of false teaching and beliefs. 

   God has provided a way for the Church to be victorious over sin through the power of the Holy Ghost.

 4.  THE CHOICEST VINES WERE PLANTED IN IT. 

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 (KJV) For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: but because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  

NOTE: Israel was a chosen people called out by God to be separated unto Him. 

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.  

John 15:1-5 (KJV) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 5.  A TOWER WAS BUILT IN THE MIDST OF IT. 

NOTE: The towers were built to provide a place to watch for those who would come and do harm to the vineyard.

    For Israel, God sent His prophets to warn and guide His people.

    Today God has given us His ministers and the Church to watch over His children. 

6.  A WINEPRESS WAS CREATED IN IT. 

   This is where the crushing of the grapes would produce the desired results. 

   God allows us to go through crushing experiences to bring forth the sweetness of His wine in our lives that others may taste of His goodness and desire to know Him. 

7.  GOD EXPECTED TO RECEIVE GOOD FRUIT. 

   God has provided everything we need in order that the Fruit of the Spirit might be produced in our lives. 

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  

8.  IT BROUGHT FORTH BAD FRUIT. 

Galatians 5:19-21 (KJV) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  

WHEN GOD HAS HAD ENOUGH. 

Isaiah 5:3-7 (KJV) And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: and I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.  For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

 GOD IS THE GOD OF A SECOND CHANCE. 

Luke 13:6-9 (KJV) 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: and if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.  

CONCLUSION: God expects our lives to produce good fruit. 

 

NOVEMBER 5, 2006 PM 

THE FOUR C’S OF A SUCCESSFUL PRAY LIFE

 SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 11:1-13; 18:1-14 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: LUKE 11:1 

Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.  

INTRO:  Jesus’ disciples had a desire to know how to pray. 

   Do we have that same desire? 

   It is prayer that opens to us all the power and resources of heaven yet too often we are content to struggle along using our own strength and resources. 

   One of the reasons we fail to pray, as we ought is that too often our prayers are not answered. 

   The reason our prayers are often let unanswered is because we do not know how to pray. 

   There are four important aspects of having a successful prayer life. 

  1. CONFESSION
  2. CONFIDENCE
  3. CLEANLINESS
  4. CONTINUALLY
  5.  

I.   WE MUST CONFESS AS WE PRAY

 

 v      Of God’s greatness 

DEUTERONOMY 3:24 O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?  

PSALMS 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  

JEREMIAH 32:18-19 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is his name, Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:  

NOTE: Who He is 

v      Of God’s ability 

JOB 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.  

JEREMIAH 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?  

MATTHEW 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  

LUKE 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.  

NOTE:  The unlimited power & resources of God are at our disposal.  

v      Our own inabilities

v      Our sins

v      Our need

v      Our surrender 

“God does not need our solutions,

He needs our submission,

God does not need our answers,

He needs our availability.” 

II.  WE MUST PRAY WITH CONFIDENCE. 

Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  

LUKE 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?  

HEBREWS 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  

1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:  and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.  

III.  WE MUST PRAY WITH CLEANLINESS OF HEART. 

PSALMS 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  

NOTE: We must ask God to search out our hearts because we do not know our own heart. 

JEREMIAH 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.  

   We must ask God for forgiveness of our sins. 

LUKE 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  

NOTE: Nothing will keep our prayers from being answered more than sin. 

PSALM 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:  

ISAIAH 59:1-2 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
 

JOHN 9:31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

IV.  WE MUST PRAY CONTINUALLY 

NOTE: Too often we give up just before God answers our prayers. 

   Daniel prayer for 21 days before he receive his answer. 

DANIEL 10:12-14 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.  

LUKE 11:5-13 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?  And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.  I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?  

NOTE: Our heart and life should be in continual prayer before God. 

LUKE 18:1-8 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; saying, “There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: and there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.”  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge saith.  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”  

CONCLUSION: There are many things that many of cannot do but we all can pray and prayer is the greatest weapon of defense and offence we as Christian have.

  

NOVEMBER 12, 2006 AM 

THE EFFECTS OF SEEING GOD” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 6:1-8 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 6:1 (KJV)  

   In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.  

INTRO:  Have you ever seen the Grand Canyon in person? 

   Seeing God in a personal way has a tremendous effect. 

   We may not be able to see God with our physical eyes but we can catch a glimpse of Him through our spiritual eyes. 

John 3:3 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  

   The Greek word see means; to know be aware, consider, have knowledge, perceive, see, be sure, tell, understand. 

   We cannot begin to understand God or the things of God until we have been born again, accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior. 

Romans 8:5 (KJV) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  

   When we are taking about God, we are talking about the Triune God; Father, Son and Holy Ghost. 

   When we begin to catch a glimpse of God it will affect us in three different ways: 

  1. It will effect how we view God.
  2. It will effect how we view ourselves.
  3. It will effect how we view our service to God.

I.  HOW WE SEE GOD.

 NOTE: Most people, including Christians, have a distorted view of God. 

   Our view of God will determine our relationship with God. 

  • Of Who He is (His person).
  • Of His powers, His authority, and His abilities.
  • Of His character

   The more we see, understand, God the greater our awe will be of Him. 

   A.  THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD. 

NOTE: The attributes of God are what makes Him God.  The absence of anyone of these attributes will mean that God is not God. 

   If we fail to see any of these attributes as attributes of God, our concept of God will be adversely affected. 

   It will affect how we worship Him, how we believe in Him and how we will serve Him. 

   Some of God’s attributes are found in His character while others are seen through His abilities. 

1.       Attributes dealing with God’s Person. 

·         Immensity. 

NOTE: This is different from omnipresence.  It means that God’s center is everywhere. 

   It means that not only is He everywhere, He fills everything, everywhere. 

   His center is everywhere, His circumference nowhere. 

2 Chronicles 6:18 (KJV) But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!  

·         Eternal 

NOTE: This means have neither beginning or end. 

Genesis 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  

Deuteronomy 33:27 (KJV) The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.  

Psalm 90:2 (KJV)  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.  

Psalm 102:12 (KJV)  But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.  

Psalm 102:24-27 (KJV)  I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands, they shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.  

1 Tim. 1:17 (KJV)  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.  

Revelation 1:8 (KJV) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.  

NOTE: This also means there is concept of time with God. 

Exodus 3:14 (KJV) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.  

Psalm 90:4 (KJV)  For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.  

2 Peter 3:8 (KJV)   But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  

·         Immutability. 

NOTE: God in unchangeable.   

Psalm 102:27 (KJV)  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.  

Malachi 3:6 (KJV)  For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.  

Hebrews 1:12 (KJV) And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.  

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.  

James 1:17 (KJV)  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

·         Self-sufficiency. 

NOTE: God is independent of everything and everyone else. 

   We are all dependent on others and especially on God. 

   God exist within Himself. 

   If there were not heaven or earth, God would still be God. 

    Psalm 50:12 (KJV)  If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.  

   God does not need us, but we need Him. 

CONCLUSION: As our view of God grows it will affect us in every aspect of our daily lives. 

   In our attitude towards God Himself, towards ourselves and towards our service to Him. 

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2006 PM 

HAVING NO DOUBTS” 

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

INTRO:  Many people go through life filled with uncertainty. 

   Constantly fighting fear, doubt and the anguish of not having the confidence of knowing the certainty of God’s love & peace. 

   There are many things in life and this world that we cannot be sure of. 

v      The stock market

v      The weather

v      The promises of politicians 

   There are other things we think we are sure of but we find out that we were wrong. 

v      The winning numbers of the Lottery

v      Who will win tomorrows game

v      The loan will go through

v      Promises will be kept 

   It has been said that there are only two things we can be sure of, death and taxes. 

   When we have no doubts we are confident and when we are confident we have peace, peace of heart and peace of mind.  

   As a Christian our confidence does not lie in ourselves but rather comes when we are fully persuaded in the promises of God. 

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

    If we have doubts we will lose our peace and live in doubt and fear. 

James 1:6-8 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  

   Those who add but’s to God’s promises are not fully persuaded and they continually live in defeat. 

   I want you to know that there are several things that you can be fully persuaded of, I will only mention a few tonight.

 I.  HAVING NO DOUBTS WHO JESUS IS. 

   A.  THAT HE IS THE SON OF GOD. 

NOTE:  Twice God Himself acknowledged Jesus as His Son. 

Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.  

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.  

   B.  THAT HE IS THE ONLY SAVIOR. 

NOTE:  How sad it will be for those, who thought that they didn’t need a savior, or that their good works would save them, when they find out how wrong they were. 

JOHN 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

ACTS 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  

   C.  THAT HE IS BOTH LORD AND SAVIOR. 

NOTE:  We can have the confidence that not only can Jesus save us, but that He can also direct our lives. 

   What peace we have when we are fully persuaded that God is in control and that He will take care of everything. 

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.  

Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 II.  HAVING NO DOUBTS THAT GOD LOVES US. 

NOTE:  Often times this is the most difficult part of becoming a Christian or even being a Christian. 

   Satan seeks to put in our minds all sorts of reasons why God does not truly love us. 

v      We’re not good enough

v      God is a God of judgment and wrath

v      We’re too sinful 

Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.  

JOHN 3:16-17 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.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  

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

Ephesians 2:4-5 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;)  

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.  

III.  HAVING NO DOUBTS THAT GOD IS ABLE TO KEEP US. 

JOHN 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30I and my Father are one. 

Romans 8:34-39 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  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.  

ii Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  

IV.  HAVING NO DOUBTS THAT JESUS WILL RETURN. 

JOHN 14:1-3 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.  

ACTS 1:9-11 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.  

HEBREWS 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.                                     11/12/2006 pm 

 

NOVEMBER 26, 2006 AM 

THE BLESSINGS OF KNOWING GOD” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 6:1-8 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 3:10 (HCSB)[1] [My goal] is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,  

INTRO: Knowledge has great power and benefits.  

ILL: Knowing Where to Hit with the Hammer. 

   The more a person knows about something the more confidence they have in using it. 

   Most Christians today have a very shallow knowledge of God. 

   The more we understand about God the closer our relationship will be. 

   Mere knowledge and understanding of will not keep us from times of doubt and fear but will in the long run sustain us and bring us to victory. 

   The more we know and study about God, the more faith we will have in Him. 

   The more we know and understand God the greater our FEAR (reverence) will be for Him. 

Jeremiah 5:21-22 (NLT) Listen, you foolish and senseless people—who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.  Do you have no respect for me? Why do you not tremble in my presence? I, the LORD, am the one who defines the ocean's sandy shoreline, an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the bounds I set.  

Attributes of God’s person (Who He is) 

·         Immensity.  (God is centered everywhere)

·         Eternal.  (God has neither beginning or end)

·         Immutability.  (God does not change)

·         Self-sufficiency.  (God is sufficient in Himself) 

I.  THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD’S ABILITIES. 

NOTE: These attributes reveal to us, God’s power and authority and His ability to meet any need we might have. 

   If we fail to see God possessing these attributes our prayers will be laced with doubt and unbelief.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  

   The key to knowing and understanding more about God is, “Do we believe the Bible to be the Word of God?” 

A.      OMNIPOTENCE (All Powerful) 

Revelation 19:6 (KJV) And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.  

NOTE: When we have faith in God’s power, we have the assurance that we can face no circumstance that He cannot control. 

1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (KJV) Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  

2 Chronicles 14:11 (KJV) And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.  

Job 42:2 (KJV) I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.  

Isaiah 64:4 (KJV) For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.  

Jeremiah 32:27 (KJV) Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?  

1.       Power to create. 

Genesis 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  

Isaiah 48:13 (KJV) Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.  

Jeremiah 27:5 (KJV) I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.  

Amos 5:8 (KJV) Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name:  

Revelation 4:11 (KJV) Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  

2.       Power over nature. 

Job 38:8 (KJV) Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?  

Psalm 89:8-9 (KJV) O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? [9] Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.  

Mark 4:41 (KJV) And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?  

3.       Power over life and death. 

Deuteronomy 32:39 (KJV) See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.  

Genesis 18:14 (KJV) Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.  

Isaiah 25:8 (KJV) He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.  

Hosea 13:14 (GW) “I want to free them from the power of the grave. I want to reclaim them from death. Death, I want to be a plague to you. Grave, I want to destroy you. I won't even think of changing my plans.”  

4.       Power over disease. 

Psalm 103:3 (KJV) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  

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.  

5.       Power over governments. 

2 Chronicles 20:6 (KJV) And said, O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?  

Psalm 75:6-7 (KJV) For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.  

Daniel 2:21 (KJV) And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:  

Daniel 4:17 (KJV) This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.


[1] Holman Christian Standard Bible

 

 

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