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MARCH 4, 2007 AM 

POSSESSING PEACE IN A TROUBLED WORLD” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 26:1-9 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 26:3-4 (KJV)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:  

INTRO: We are living in a troubled world. 

·         Wars

·         Terrorist

·         Government in transition

·         Economical instability

·         Natural disasters

·         Sickness & diseases

·         Civil violence

·         Moral bankruptcy

   Where do we find true peace amidst all this? 

   There are those who claim that as Christians we are exempt from all these sort of things. 

John 16:33 (KJV) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  

   The Bible is filled with those who were faithful to God and yet faced troubling times. 

·         Job

·         David

·         Jeremiah

·         The disciples (storms and persecution)

·         Paul

   The storm clouds are gathering all around us, and we better know how to posses peace in the midst of the storm. 

   The foundation of our peace is found in who or what we put our trust in. 

I.  TRUE PEACE IS ONLY FOUND WHEN WE PUT OUR TRUST IN THE LORD (JEHOVAH). 

NOTE: We must put our trust in the LORD, in His: 

·         Power

·         Wisdom

·         Love

Proverbs 18:10 (KJV) The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  

Psalms 124:8 (KJV) Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.  

NOTE: Jesus never promised to keep us from the storms of life, but He did promise to keep us safe when we faced these storms. 

   A.  PUTTING YOUR TRUST IN JESUS FOR SALVATION. 

ILL: God shape box 

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

Romans 10:13 (KJV) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  

   There are those who think they can find peace by putting their trust in the religions of man. 

Psalms 20:7-8 (KJV) 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.  

   B. PUTTING OUR TRUST IN JESUS FOR DAILY PROTECTION. 

NOTE: Trusting in God’s Power, Wisdom and Love 

Psalms 56:1-4, 11 (KJV) Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.  Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.  What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.  In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me… In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.  

C.    PUTTING OUR TRUST IN GOD FOR OUR HEALTH. 

NOTE: Trusting in God’s Power, Wisdom and Love. 

   Are we trusting God to keep us in spite of our broken health or are we demanding the He deliver us from our sickness. 

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.  

NOTE: Are we willing to suffer physical discomfort for the cause of Christ. 

ILL: Joni Erickson-Tada 

D.    PUTTING OUR TRUST IN GOD FOR OUR FINANCES.  

NOTE: Trusting in God’s Power, Wisdom and Love. 

   There are some of us that can trust God for anything except when it comes to our finances. 

Malachi 3:10-11 (KJV) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.  

   How do we rob God of His tithe? 

·         We withhold the tithe deliberately

·         We use God’s portion for our own use, (credit cards, bills, pleasure, etc)

·         We give the tithe to pet projects we want done (this is a form of a lack of  trusting God to meet the need of the special project, its like spending money on things of pleasure instead of paying bills)

·         We lack faith that God will meet our need with what is left over.

·         We give what we have left instead of giving to God first. (This is not the same as lacking faith but rather by choice)

ILL: Priming the pump. 

NOTE: God expects and deserves the first-fruit of our lives including our finances. 

   God did not give us the worst angel in heaven to purchase our salvation, He sent His only Son, the very best He had. 

   When we put God first, everything else will fall into place. 

Philippians 4:19 (KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

CONCLUSION: We will possess peace in every area of our lives that we put our trust in God for. 

 

MARCH 4, 2007 PM 

“SOME OF THE SMALL THINGS GOD USED” 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Zech. 4:10  

For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.  

INTRO:  The Jews were returning from Babylon but their were fewer in number than those who stood against them.   

   How often have you heard or maybe even said,  “We’re just a small church and we can’t do very much”? 

   Often times we judge our abilities or rather our inabilities by our size.

   It is easy to look around us and see the largeness of the task and become discouraged. 

   Do you have a desire to do something for God but you feel you are not good enough or do not have the proper abilities or what you can do is not important enough to matter. 

   There is an old saying; “It is not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the heart in the dog.” 

   I want us to take heart and realized that God wants to do great things in Onalaska and He wants to do some of them through us. 

   I want to share with you some of the small things and unlikely people God used to do great works for Him. 

v     Moses’ Rod

Exodus 14 

v     Rahab 

Joshua 2 

v     Gideon

Judges 7-8 

v     Jawbone in the hands of Samson 

Judges 15:14-17 

v     A young boy with a sling 

I Samuel 17 

v     Pot of oil 

II Kings 4:2 

v     A young girl slave 

II Kings 5 

v     6 Water pots of stone 

John 2 

v     A little boy’s lunch 

John 6:9 

   Almost all of these things we could find in our homes. 

   God uses every day things to work His work so that He will receive the Glory not us. 

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.  

   Little things are often far more important than we think. 

   “For the want of a nail, a shoe was lost,

         For the want of the shoe, a horse was lost,

            For the want of a horse, a rider was lost,

                 For the want of the rider, the message was lost,

                      For the want of the message, a battle was lost,

                        For the want of the battle, a war was lost,

                            For the want of the war, a kingdom was lost,

                                 All was lost, for the want of a nail.” 

   There is nothing great without God and there is nothing small with God. 

   If we can’t do great things, we can do small things in great ways. 

   Too many of us are not big enough to become small enough to be use by God. 

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

Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  

Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.  

 

MARCH 11, 2007 

FOUR QUESTIONS WE NEED TO ASK GOD” 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 12:20-28 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 12:28 (KJV)  

Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.  

INTRO: We need to refocus our view on what being a Christian is all about.  

   Jesus ultimate purpose for coming to earth was not to save us, all though that is what He did, but it was to bring glory and honor to God, Elohim. 

Isaiah 42:8 (KJV) I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.  

   Sin began when Satan sought to take God’s glory away from Him and give to himself. 

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.  

   When Jesus died on the cross, was buried and rose again it brought glory and honor to God because He defeated Satan and took from him all his power and authority. 

   There are two questions we must ask ourselves, the first is: Is God the means or is He the end? 

   The second question we must ask ourselves; 

   How God is glorified in our lives; is it by God blessings us or is it by our serving Him? 

ILL: Cat and Dog Theology. 

   A dog says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, you must be God.” 

   A cat says, “You pet me, you feed me, you shelter me, you love me, I must be God.” 

   In order for us to understand our responsibilities and privileges we have in being a Christian, we must ask these four questions. 

Acts 22:8-10 (KJV) And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest. And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.  And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.  

1.      Who are you Lord? 

   The more we know who God is the better we can serve Him. 

2.      What do you want me to do? 

   The more we know who God is the more we will want to serve Him. 

Job 1:21 (KJV) And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.  

1.      What do you want to take away from me so I can have more of you? (This can either be good or bad) 

2.      What do you want to give me so that my life might glorify You?  (This can either be bad or good) 

   Are we willing to give up the good and accept the bad in order that God might be glorified in our lives? 

CONCLUSION:  Are we here to absorb all the blessing from God we can, or are we here to serve God and bring Him all the glory we can? 

1.  WHO ARE YOU LORD?

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2.  WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?

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3.  WHAT DO YOU WANT TO TAKE AWAY FROM ME SO I

    CAN HAVE MORE OF YOU? (This can either be good or bad)

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 4. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GIVE TO ME SO THAT MY LIFE

   MIGHT GLORIFY YOU? (This can either be bad or good)

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 March 25, 2007 

GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU, WILL YOU WAIT FOR HIM?” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 30:1-21 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 30:18 (KJV)  

And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.  

INTRO: Woman married 23 years meets husband once a week. 

   When we reject God in anyway, we are in the act of rebellion.  

   In this portion of Scripture, Judea had rejected God’s help and sought the help of Egypt instead. 

   Often times when we are faced with difficulties and unpleasant situations we turn to the world for advice and help instead of God. 

Jeremiah 17:5-6 (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.  

Psalm 1:1 (KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  

   When we fail to seek God’s help or advice, we are rejecting Him, and are in the spirit of rebellion. 

I.  WE, AS JUDEA, ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE WHEN WE REJECT SEEKING GOD. 

NOTE: We will reject God when we fail to believe God. 

A.     REASONS WE FAIL TO GO TO GOD IN TIMES OF TROUBLE. 

·         We do not know God (Who He is and what He can do)

·         We do not believe in what He has done in the past

·         We do not believe His promises

NOTE: We will lose faith when we try to reason things out with our own understanding. 

   Sometimes God’s plan doesn’t make any sense. 

ILL: The Battle of Jericho.  Joshua 6 

   Sometimes God’s plan makes great sense. 

ILL: The Battle of Ai.  Joshua 7 

B.     FOUR THINGS HAPPEN WHEN WE AS CHRISTIANS PUT OUR TRUST IN THE WORLD. 

·         We suffer shame

NOTE: We often claim to trust God but in reality we don’t. 

ILL: Tavern & Church 

·         We live in uncertainty and confusion

·         We are a reproach to God

·         We fail to receive the help

C.    THE LACK OF FAITH & TRUST WILL LEAD TO REBELLION.   

Isaiah 30:8-11 (NLT) Now go and write down these words concerning Egypt. They will then stand until the end of time as a witness to Israel's unbelief. For these people are stubborn rebels who refuse to pay any attention to the LORD's instructions. They tell the prophets, "Shut up! We don't want any more of your reports." They say, "Don't tell us the truth. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies.  Forget all this gloom. We have heard more than enough about your `Holy One of Israel.' We are tired of listening to what he has to say."  

NOTE: Rebellion does not come over night, it comes gradually. 

·         Lack of faith turns to lack of trust

·         Lack of trust turns to false trust

·         False trust turns to rebellion

D.    REBELLION WILL BRING GOD’S JUDGMENT. 

Isaiah 30:12-14 (NLT) This is the reply of the Holy One of Israel: "Because you despise what I tell you and trust instead in oppression and lies, calamity will come upon you suddenly. It will be like a bulging wall that bursts and falls. In an instant it will collapse and come crashing down. You will be smashed like a piece of pottery—shattered so completely that there won't be a piece left that is big enough to carry coals from a fireplace or a little water from the well."  

II. GOD INVITES US TO REST IN HIM. 

Isaiah 30:15-17 (KJV) For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; “In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.  But ye said, ‘No; for we will flee upon horses;’ therefore shall ye flee: and, ‘We will ride upon the swift;’ therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.”  

NOTE: God offers us rest and peace but too often we rebel and seek it in the things of this world. 

   God will allow us to put our trust in the arm of flesh until we come to the end of our rope. 

   A.  HE IS WAITING FOR US TO TURN TO HIM. 

Isaiah 30:18-21 (KJV) And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.  

·         He longs to be gracious to us if only we will let Him.

19. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.  

·         He will use whatever means necessary to draw us to Him.

20. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:  

·         If we will trust in God, He will guide us into the most glorious life possible.

21. And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.  

CONCLUSION: The choice is ours; will we continue to trust in the arm of flesh, the things of this world, or will we put wait on God and God alone.

 Isaiah 40:27-31 (NLT) O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case?  Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.  Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

 

 

 

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