JANUARY 7, 2007
“YOU CAN TRUST GOD”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 26:1-9
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Do you have someone you can
trust without any reservations when…
Have a problem you cannot solve.
Have a task you cannot do.
Have a question you cannot answer.
Have pain or sorrow you cannot bear.
When you have failed your friend and you need their
Often times we have felt that we could trust someone
or something only to experience disappointment.
Humans, even the best of them, will fail.
Things are based on humanity and because humanity
will fail, so everything based on humanity will
Things and people fail us often when we need them
The only one, who will never fail, is God.
Often times there are those who contend the God
failed them but it was their faith in God that
failed, God cannot and will not fail us.
YOU CAN TRUST IN GOD.
It is the strength of our
faith in and of God that will determine how much we
The more we know who God is, the stronger our faith
The stronger our faith the more we will trust Him.
That is why we need to know and study God’s
WITH GOD’S PERSON
Immensity. God’s center is everywhere. God does not
Immutability. God character never changes.
ATTRIBUTES OF GOD’S
Omnipotence (All powerful)
Omnipresence (He is everywhere, He sees everything)
Omniscience (God has all knowledge and wisdom)
MORAL ATTRIBUTES OF
It is when we know and believe these attributes
belong to God, we will have the faith needed to
allow God to be in total control of our lives.
We must allow God complete sovereignty, the right to
direct our lives in the way He wishes.
The only way we will do that is to have complete
trust in Him.
I. THE DANGER OF PUTTING MORE TRUST IN MAN THAN IN
Why does it seem easier to
put our trust in man, who will fail us, than to
trust God who will never fail?
Psalms 118:8 (KJV)
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
When we become so concerned
with what might happen that we fail to hear God
tells us what will happen, we will turn to the arm
ILL: Moses’ argument with God about his call
to lead the Children of Israel. Exodus 4
The Children of Israel when
it came time to enter into the Promise Land.
Number 13 & 14
Those who put their trust in the arms of flesh will
fail. Those who put their trust in God will
Psalms 20:6-8 (KJV)
Now know I that the LORD
saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy
heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we
will remember the name of the LORD our God.
are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and
Jeremiah 17:5-8 (KJV)
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed
be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh
his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
For he shall be
like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when
good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in
the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and
whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree
planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her
roots by the river, and shall not see when heat
cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not
be careful in the year of drought, neither shall
cease from yielding fruit.
II. THOSE THAT PUT THEIR TRUST IN GOD.
THE REUBENITES. I Chronicles 5:20
And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites
were delivered into their hand, and all that were
with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and
he was intreated of them; because they put their
trust in him.
We can put our trust in God
when we face the battles of life.
RUTH. Ruth 2:12
The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be
given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose
wings thou art come to trust.
NOTE: We can put our trust in God even when
we are in difficult circumstances.
DAVID. I Samuel 17:45
Then said David to the
Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with
a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in
the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies
of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
We can put our trust in God
when we are being attacked by the enemy of our
THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH. I Kings 17:14-16
For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of
meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil
fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon
the earth. And she went and did according to the
saying of Elijah: and she, and
he, and her house, did eat many days. And the
barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of
oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which
he spake by Elijah.
We can put our trust in God
when we are in need.
Those who place their trust
in God will be eternally blessed.
Psalms 31:19 (KJV)
Oh how great is thy
goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear
thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in
thee before the sons of men!
JANUARY 14, 2007
READY, WILLING AND ABLE
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 6:1-13
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 6:8 (KJV)
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom
shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I,
Here am I; send me.
Have you ever been inspired
to attempt something you have never tried before?
When we catch a vision of who God is, it should
inspire us to do something for Him.
Those who are content to sit on the sidelines and
never do anything for God have never had a true
vision of God.
I. ISAIAH HAD A VISION OF GOD.
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
What is your vision of God
The question we must ask
ourselves is, “Do I have a desire to know God in a
greater and more personal way”?
Psalm 63:1 (KJV)
O God, thou art my God;
early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee,
my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land,
where no water is;
Isaiah 26:9 (KJV) With my soul have I
desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit
within me will I seek thee early: for when thy
judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the
world will learn righteousness.
Only those who have a sincere hunger and thirst for
God and the things of God will fill true
Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which do
hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they
shall be filled.
The things of this world, even religion, can never
satisfy the soul of man.
II. ISAIAH RECOGNIZED HIS OWN UNWORTHINESS.
Isaiah 6:5 (KJV)
Then said I, Woe is me! for
I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and
I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips:
for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
The clearer view we have of
God the more honest view we will have of ourselves.
The clearer view we have of God the less arrogant
pride we will have.
Satan’s view of God was distorted.
Isaiah 14:12-15 (KJV)
thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the
morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which
didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will
ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the
stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation, in the sides of the north: I will
ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be
like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down
to hell, to the sides of the pit.
God honors true humility.
Isaiah 57:15 (KJV) For thus saith the high
and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name
is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with
him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to
revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the
heart of the contrite ones.
Romans 12:3 (KJV) For I say,
through the grace given unto me, to every man that
is among you, not to think of himself more highly
than he ought to think; but to think soberly,
according as God hath dealt to every man the measure
James 4:10 (KJV) Humble yourselves in
the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
The more we recognize our
inadequacies, the more we will rely upon God.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (KJV)
And lest I should be exalted above measure through
the abundance of the revelations, there was given to
me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to
buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it
might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace
is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I
rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure
in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in
persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for
when I am weak, then am I strong.
III. ISAIAH RECEIVED A TOUCH FROM GOD.
Isaiah 6:6-7 (KJV)
Then flew one of the
seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand,
which he had taken with the tongs from off the
altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo,
this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is
taken away, and thy sin purged.
In ourselves we are unfit
to serve God.
Psalms 130:1-4 (KJV) Out of the depths
have I cried unto thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my
voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of
my supplications. If thou, LORD, shouldest mark
iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there
is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be
We can not use our past and our sins as an excuse
not to be used by God.
If there is true repentance, God will cleanse us
from our sins and make us fit for service.
Isaiah 1:18 (KJV) Come now, and let us
reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be
as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though
they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Zechariah 13:1 (KJV) In that day there shall
be a fountain opened to the house of David and to
the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for
Malachi 3:3 (KJV) And he shall sit as a
refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify
the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver,
that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in
Hebrews 9:14 (KJV) How much more shall the
blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit
offered himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
IV. ISAIAH WAS WILLING TO SERVE.
Isaiah 6:8 (KJV)
Also I heard the voice of
the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go
for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
The clearer view we have of who God is the more
willing we will be to serve Him.
It is our view or lack of view of God that
determines whether we are willing to serve Him or
No matter who we are, or what we think we cannot do,
there is always something we can do for God.
Too often we think that what we do for God must be
W. C. G.
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 thou goest.
Ask God to give you a
vision of Him and then see what He will do through
JANUARY 21, 2007
“DEDICATED TO GOD”
SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 18:1-6 & LUKE
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 18:16 (KJV)
But Jesus called them unto him, and said,
Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid
them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Outside of our own soul,
the soul of our children is the most precious
possession we are responsible for.
Our children are a gift from God.
Psalms 127:3 (KJV)
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the
fruit of the womb is his reward.
The more we value and honor the giver of a gift, the
more we will value and honor the gift they give.
The birth of a child may be a surprise but no child
is an accident.
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.
Every child that is born into the world is a gift
from God and we must treat every child as such.
God has a plan for the life of every child.
Jeremiah 29:11 (GW)
I know the plans that I
have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for
peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future
filled with hope.
Psalms 37:23-24 (NLT)
The steps of the godly are
directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of
their lives. Though they stumble, they will not
fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.
As a child takes the steps into maturity their steps
are often guided by three major influences.
Parents and family
Community and society
I. THE INFLUENCE OF PARENTS AND FAMILY.
The role of parents and
family has the greatest influence in the raising of
A child as they grow will pick their friends but
they will always be stuck with their family.
The atmosphere a child is raised in during the first
few years will help shape the destiny of that
There are three areas of influence the parents and
family needs to address in the life of their child.
Titus 2:4 (KJV)That they may teach the
young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to
love their children,
A child must know that they
are loved and wanted.
Our love for our children is shown in many different
How we speak to them
and about them.
How we touch them.
The time we spend
Too often we think of
discipline as correction and punishment but it also
The more a parent spends on training the less they
will need to spend on correction.
Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)
Teach your children to
choose the right path, and when they are older, they
will remain upon it.
The disciplining (training)
of a child takes time, effort and commitment.
When the parents and family accept the child as a
gift from God they will seek to bring God into the
life of the child.
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (GW)
Listen, Israel: The Lord is
our God. The Lord is the only God.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Take to heart
these words that I give you today.
Repeat them to
your children. Talk about them when you're at home
or away, when you lie down or get up.
The spiritual life of the child is often determined
by the spiritual life of the parents and family.
Whatever the parent demonstrates as important the
child will see as important. This is
especially true concerning the things of God.
II. COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY.
Today, community and
society plays an increasing influence on our
children, especially through the media.
Often this influence has a negative result in the
lives of our Children.
Exodus 34:12 (NLT)
"Be very careful never to make treaties with the
people in the land where you are going. If you do,
you soon will be following their evil ways.
Proverbs 4:14-17 (NLT)
Do not do as the wicked do or follow the path of
their haunts. Turn away and go somewhere else, for
evil people cannot sleep until they have done their
evil deed for the day. They cannot rest unless they
have caused someone to stumble.
wickedness and drink violence!
We must seek to counteract the negative influence
that community and society may have by exposing the
children to positive influences within our community
Children are easily influenced and they can be
influence positively as easily as being influence
Psalm 1:1-6 (NLT) Oh, the joys of those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand
around with sinners, or join in with scoffers.
But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants;
day and night they think about his law. They are
like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing
fruit each season without fail. Their leaves
never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.
But this is not true of the wicked. They are
like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They
will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly. For the
Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the
path of the wicked leads to destruction.
III. THE INFLUENCE OF THE CHURCH.
The church should provide a
positive influence in the life of a child.
Luke 18:16 (KJV)
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer
little children to come unto me, and forbid them
not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Of all places, a child should be love and accepted
Matthew 18:5-6 (NLT)
And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on
my behalf is welcoming me.
But if anyone causes one of these little ones
who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better
for that person to be thrown into the sea with a
large millstone tied around the neck.
The boy in Sunday school.
The churches responsibility towards it children:
Accept them as they are.
Love them as if they were our very own.
Teach them through lessons and example.
Mark 10:13-16 (NLT)
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus
so he could touch them and bless them, but the
disciples told them not to bother him. But when
Jesus saw what was happening, he was very displeased
with his disciples. He said to them, "Let the
children come to me. Don't stop them! For the
Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure
you, anyone who doesn't have their kind of faith
will never get into the Kingdom of God." Then he
took the children into his arms and placed his hands
on their heads and blessed them.
CONCLUSION: Let us accept the children that
God brings to us as a precious gift and seek to
dedicate our life and the life or our church to
raise this to know and love God.
JANUARY 28, 2007
“HAVING EARS BUT DO NOT HEAR”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 6:1-13
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ezekiel 33:31-32 (NKJV)
So they come to you as people do, they sit
as My people, and they hear your words, but they do
not do them; for with their mouth they show much
their hearts pursue their
own gain. Indeed you
are to them as a very lovely
song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play
well on an instrument; for they hear your words, but
they do not do them.
How often have we sat
listening to someone but never hearing what they are
How have you felt when you realize that the person
you are talking to has dialed you out and are not
listening to a word you are saying?
Through out the Bible we see where God has send His
servants to those who would refuse to listen to the
Word of God or see the things God had in store for
Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many other
prophets were given this sort of ministry.
Today it is not much different; many people come to
church, watch church services on the television and
listen to sermons radio but fail to hear to what God
is telling them.
James 1:23-24 (NASB77)
For if anyone is a hearer
of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who
looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he
has looked at himself and gone away, he has
immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
What is it that causes someone to listen to the Word
of God or see the power of God demonstrated but fail
to hear or believe?
The hardness of the heart.
Hebrews 3:7-8 (NLT)
That is why the Holy Spirit says, "Today you must
listen to his voice. Don't harden your hearts
against him as Israel did when they rebelled, when
they tested God's patience in the wilderness.
There are two things that
will harden our hearts:
Hebrews 3:12-13 (NIV)
See to it, brothers, that none of you has
a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away
from the living God. But encourage one another
daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none
of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.
I. HARDNESS OF THE HEART THROUGH UNBELIEF.
There are many kinds of
unbelief, I will address only two.
Unbelief in God’s
Unbelief in God’s
When we fail to believe
that the Bible is God’s Word we will begin to doubt
its teaching and its truths.
We begin to pick and chose what we want to believe.
When we begin to doubt God’s power we will fail to
put our trust in Him and instead put it in the arm
When we begin to doubt its teaching we begin to
doubt its morality (what sin is, and what is not
Mark 16:14 (KJV)
Afterward he appeared unto
the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them
with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because
they believed not them which had seen him after he
The disciples did not
believe Jesus’ promise that He would rise from the
dead and therefore their hearts were filled with
fear that in turn, harden their hearts.
Hebrews 3:12 (KJV) Take heed, brethren,
lest there be in any of you an evil heart of
unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Hebrews 4:11 (KJV)
Let us labour therefore to
enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the
same example of unbelief.
There are two kinds of
unbelief; willful and gradual.
is when no matter how often
God directs or blesses, they refuse to believe.
Gradual Unbelief slowly grows within the
heart of a believer.
Questioning who God is.
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.
Questioning God’s Word.
2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness:
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.
Questioning God’s Promises.
Deuteronomy 32:4 (KJV)
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his
ways are judgment: a God of truth and without
iniquity, just and right is he.
2 Samuel 7:28 (KJV)
And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy
words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness
unto thy servant:
Hebrews 6:18 (KJV)
That by two immutable things, in which it was
impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold
upon the hope set before us:
Questioning God’s Judgments.
When we do not believe that
God will judge our sin our unbelief will lead to
II. CAUSES OF UNBELIEF IN THE HEART OF A BELIEVER.
We all struggle with our
faith at one time or another.
CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL.
PRAYERS ARE NOT ANSWERED THE WAY WE THINK THEY
III. WE NEED A HEART OF FLESH.
A harden heart will not
allow the truth of God’s Word to penetrate into
Mark 4:15 (KJV) And these are they by the
way side, where the word is sown; but when they have
heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the
word that was sown in their hearts.
When we begin to notice
unbelief creeping into our hearts, we must ask God
to remove it and replace it with faith.
Mark 9:24 (KJV) And straightway the
father of the child cried out, and said with tears,
Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
We must ask God to brake up our hearts that have
been hardened by unbelief.
Hosea 10:12 (KJV)
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.
God has promised to give us
a new heart.
Ezekiel 36:26 (KJV)
A new heart also will I
give you, and a new spirit will I put within you:
and I will take away the stony heart out of your
flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Jeremiah 24:7 (KJV)
And I will give them an
heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall
be my people, and I will be their God: for they
shall return unto me with their whole heart.
Do we want a heart hardened
by unbelief or do we desire a heart soft and pliable
so that faith can plant the seeds of God’s blessings
and grow the fruit of His grace.