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JANUARY 7, 2007

 YOU CAN TRUST GOD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 26:1-9 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 26:3 (KJV)  

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

INTRO: 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 forgiveness. 

   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 fail. 

   Things and people fail us often when we need them the most. 

   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 trust Him. 

   The more we know who God is, the stronger our faith will be. 

   The stronger our faith the more we will trust Him.

    That is why we need to know and study God’s attributes. 

  1. ATTRIBUTES DEALING WITH GOD’S PERSON
    • Immensity.  God’s center is everywhere.  God does not dissipate.
    • Eternal.
    • Immutability. God character never changes.
    • Self-sufficiency.

 

  1. ATTRIBUTES OF GOD’S ABILITY.
    • Omnipotence (All powerful)
    • Omnipresence (He is everywhere, He sees everything)
    • Omniscience (God has all knowledge and wisdom)

 

  1. MORAL ATTRIBUTES OF GOD.
    • Holiness
    • Righteousness
    • Justice
    • Love
    • Mercy
    • Goodness
    • Perfect

 

   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 GOD. 

NOTE: 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 of flesh.

 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 succeed. 

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.
They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
 

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. 

A.     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.  

NOTE: We can put our trust in God when we face the battles of life. 

B.     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.

 

C.    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.  

NOTE: We can put our trust in God when we are being attacked by the enemy of our soul. 

D.    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.  

NOTE: We can put our trust in God when we are in need. 

CONCLUSION: 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.  

INTRO: 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 temple.

 NOTE: What is your vision of God right now? 

   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 satisfaction. 

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.  

NOTE: 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) How art 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 of faith.  

James 4:10 (KJV) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  

NOTE: 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.  

NOTE: 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 feared.  

   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 uncleanness.  

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 righteousness.  

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 not. 

   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 “Spiritual”. 

  • Visitor’s baskets
  • Christmas stocking stuffers
  • W. C. G.
  • Men’s Group.
  • Send cards
  • Telephone.
  • Visit shut-ins.

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.  

CONCLUSION: Ask God to give you a vision of Him and then see what He will do through you. 

 

JANUARY 21, 2007 

DEDICATED TO GOD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 18:1-6 & LUKE 18:15-17 

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.  

INTRO: 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
  • Church

I. THE INFLUENCE OF PARENTS AND FAMILY. 

NOTE: The role of parents and family has the greatest influence in the raising of a child. 

   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 child. 

   There are three areas of influence the parents and family needs to address in the life of their child. 

  1. LOVE.

Titus 2:4 (KJV)That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,  

NOTE: A child must know that they are loved and wanted. 

   Our love for our children is shown in many different ways: 

    • How we speak to them and about them.
    • How we touch them.
    • The time we spend with them.

 

  1. DISCIPLINE.

NOTE: Too often we think of discipline as correction and punishment but it also means training. 

   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.  

NOTE: The disciplining (training) of a child takes time, effort and commitment. 

  1. SPIRITUALITY.

   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. 

NOTE: 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 evildoers. Avoid 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.  They eat 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 and society. 

   Children are easily influenced and they can be influence positively as easily as being influence negatively. 

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.

NOTE: 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 in church. 

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.  

ILL: 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 before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but 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. 

INTRO: How often have we sat listening to someone but never hearing what they are saying? 

   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 them. 

   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.  

NOTE: There are two things that will harden our hearts: 

  1. Unbelief.
  2. Disobedience (sin)

 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. 

NOTE: There are many kinds of unbelief, I will address only two. 

  1. Unbelief in God’s Word.
  2. Unbelief in God’s power.

   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 of flesh. 

   When we begin to doubt its teaching we begin to doubt its morality (what sin is, and what is not sin). 

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 was risen.  

   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.  

NOTE: There are two kinds of unbelief; willful and gradual. 

Willful Unbelief is when no matter how often God directs or blesses, they refuse to believe. 

Gradual Unbelief slowly grows within the heart of a believer. 

a.      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.  

b.      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.  

c.      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:  

d.      Questioning God’s Judgments. 

NOTE: When we do not believe that God will judge our sin our unbelief will lead to disobedience (sin). 

II. CAUSES OF UNBELIEF IN THE HEART OF A BELIEVER. 

NOTE: We all struggle with our faith at one time or another. 

A.     TRAGEDIES.

B.     DISAPPOINTMENTS. 

C.    CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. 

D.    PRAYERS ARE NOT ANSWERED THE WAY WE THINK THEY SHOULD BE. 

III. WE NEED A HEART OF FLESH. 

NOTE: A harden heart will not allow the truth of God’s Word to penetrate into fruitfulness. 

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.  

CONCLUSION: 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. 

 

 

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