APRIL 2007 SERMONS
APRIL 1, 2007
“ACCEPTING AND REJOICING IN CHRIST’S COMING”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 35:1-10
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 35:4 (NLT)
“Say to those who are afraid, "Be strong, and do not
fear, for your God is coming to destroy your
enemies. He is coming to save you."
When Jesus entered
Jerusalem there were two groups of people to greet
Our attitude toward the
first coming of Jesus Christ will be reflected by
our attitude towards His second coming and will
affect us throughout eternity.
Jesus came the first time
as the “Lamb of God” to redeem fallen man; He will
come the second time as the “Lion of Judah” to judge
Those who have rejoiced in His first coming will
rejoice in His second coming.
Those who despised His first coming will fear His
I. HIS FIRST COMING.
Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not
robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no
reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men: And being found
in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became
obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
The first coming of Jesus
was surrounded by humility.
A. HIS BIRTH.
He was born into an enslaved race to save an
John 8:34 (KJV) Jesus
answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
Romans 7:23 (KJV) But I see another law in my members, warring
against the law of my mind, and bringing me into
captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Place of His birth
Luke 2:7 (KJV) And she brought forth her firstborn son, and
wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a
manger; because there was no room for them in the
B. HIS LIFE.
Matthew 8:20 (KJV) And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes,
and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of
man hath not where to lay his head.
His entrance into Jerusalem.
Zechariah 9:9 (KJV) 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King
cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation;
lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the
foal of an ass.
C. HIS DEATH.
The betrayal of a friend and the denial of another.
The desertion of His followers.
Matthew 26:56 (KJV) But all this was done, that the scriptures of
the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the
disciples forsook him, and fled.
The mockery of a trial.
Mark 14:55-59 (KJV) And the chief priests and all the council
sought for witness against Jesus to put him to
death; and found none. For many bare false witness
against him, but their witness agreed not together.
And there arose certain, and bare false witness
against him, saying, We heard him say, I will
destroy this temple that is made with hands, and
within three days I will build another made without
hands. But neither so did their witness agree
Galatians 3:13 (KJV) Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the
law, being made a curse for us: for it is written,
Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
His companions in death.
Matthew 27:38 (KJV) Then were there two thieves crucified with
him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
Matthew 27:59-60 (KJV) And when Joseph had taken the body, he
wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in
his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock:
and he rolled a great stone to the door of the
sepulchre, and departed.
C. HIS PURPOSE.
Jesus came as a lamb to be
(KJV) But when the fulness of the time was come,
God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under
the law, To redeem them that were under the law,
that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Hebrews 9:11-14 (KJV) But Christ being come an high priest of good
things to come, by a greater and more perfect
tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not
of this building; neither by the blood of goats and
calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into
the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption
for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and
the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 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
II. HIS SECOND COMING.
Jesus will come as a lion
Revelation 19:11-16 (KJV) And I saw heaven opened, and behold a
white horse; and he that sat upon him was called
Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth
judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame
of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he
had a name written, that no man knew, but he
himself. And he was clothed with a vesture
dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of
God. And the armies which were in heaven
followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine
linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth
goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite
the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of
iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the
fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on
his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF
KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV) And I saw a great white throne, and him
that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the
heaven fled away; and there was found no place for
them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand
before God; and the books were opened: and another
book was opened, which is the book of life: and the
dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works. And
the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death
and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:
and they were judged every man according to their
works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of
fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was
not found written in the book of life was cast into
the lake of fire.
Revelation 21:1-7 (KJV) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed
away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the
holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out
of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her
husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven
saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,
and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his
people, and God himself shall be with them, and be
their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from
their eyes; and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be
any more pain: for the former things are passed
away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold,
I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write:
for these words are true and faithful. And he said
unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the
beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is
athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
e that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I
will be his God, and he shall be my son.
If we accept Jesus as the
Lamb of God we will reign with Him as the Lion of
APRIL 8, 2007
“WHY SEEK YE THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?”
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 15:11-32
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 24:5 (KJV)
And as they were
afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth,
they said unto them, “Why seek ye the living among
INTRO: “A Man Looking For His Ring Under A
We live in a very materialistic world.
We believe that we will find happiness and
fulfillment in what we possess.
We are too often like the Prodigal Son.
He lived in a good home.
His father provided everything for him.
He left it all to seek the living among the dead.
He wanted to be the king of his own castle.
He took his inheritance and wasted in stuff that did
Where are we seeking to find happiness?
Where are we looking to find fulfillment in life?
Jesus’ resurrection reveals to us where true joy is
found and how we can reach fulfillment.
Not only is Easter a time to reflect on the past, it
is also a time to consider the future.
“Only one life will soon
be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
The resurrection of Jesus shows us that we need to
prepare for our own resurrection.
As we all experience death, we will all also all
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die,
but after this the judgment:
Revelation 20:6 (KJV) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the
first resurrection: on such the second death hath no
power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Revelation 20:14 (KJV) And death and hell were cast into the lake
of fire. This is the second death.
Why do we waste so much time and energy seeking life
among the death things of this world?
Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added
THINGS THE RESURRECTION
NOTE: These are the things that are important, the
things that bring life.
The assurance of eternal life.
1 Corinthians 15:51-58 (KJV) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We
shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in
a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last
trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be
changed. For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must put on
immortality. So when this corruptible shall
have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have
put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass
the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where
is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and
the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to
God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the
work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your
labour is not in vain in the Lord.
The promise of victory over sin.
Romans 8:9-17 (KJV) But ye are not in the flesh, but in the
Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in
you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ,
he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the
body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life
because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of
him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,
he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also
quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the
flesh, to live after the flesh.] For if ye live
after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the
Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall
live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of
God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not
received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye
have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we
cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth
witness with our spirit, that we are the children of
God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer
with him, that we may be also glorified together.
A home in heaven.
John 14:1-6 (KJV) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in
God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are
many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told
you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I
go and prepare a place for you, I will come again,
and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there
ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and
the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord,
we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know
the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the
truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.
The Prodigal Son could have died there among the
pigs but instead he arose and returned to his
What is keeping you seeking the Living among the
CONCLUSION: The little girl and her string of pearls.
Give up the dead things of this life and seek the
living (eternal things) in the Resurrection of Jesus
APRIL 15, 2007
“THE DANGERS OF DISCOURAGEMENT”
SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 36:14-22
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Samuel 30:6 (KJV)
And David was greatly
distressed; for the people spake of stoning him,
because the soul of all the people was grieved,
every man for his sons and for his daughters: but
David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
Discouragement is one of
the devil great weapons.
Discouragement leads to
despondency and despondency will lead to defeat.
It is very easy to become discouraged when things
are not going the way we want them to go.
When we are in the midst of adversities, we are
faced with the choice of either encouraging
ourselves in the Lord or allowing discouragement to
Discouragement comes against us in two different
directions: from within ourselves or from
circumstances (people or things) that surround us.
Whenever we seek to do the will of God, Satan will
seek to discourage us.
I. THE CAUSES OF DISCOURAGEMENT.
Jerusalem was surrounded by the Assyrian army.
Rabshaqeh, rob-shaw-kay'. Spoke words
of discouragement to the people of Jerusalem.
The Church of God is surrounded by Satan as he seeks
to discourage us from fulfilling God’s will; whether
it’s physical or spiritual.
There will always be those
around us who will speak words of discouragement no
matter what we are trying to do.
David’s men were against
him. Sought to stone him. Blamed him for
all their troubles.
David had a choice, feel sorry for himself or seek
God for His direction in his circumstance.
They were surrounded by the
There seemed to be no help in sight.
Psalm 142:4 (KJV) I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there
was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no
man cared for my soul.
Often times when we are facing negative
circumstances beyond our control, discouragement
Anyone can experience discouragement at any time
even when we are doing God’s will.
ILL: ELIJAH 1
Kings 19:10 (KJV) And he said, I have been very
jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children
of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down
thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword;
and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life,
to take it away.
Circumstances will cause discouragement when we view
them from our concepts and not God’s.
Often times, failure is a detour to victory.
We only experience failure when we stop trying.
C. LACK OF VISION.
When we only see through
our natural eyes it is very easy to become
2 Kings 6:15 (KJV) And when the servant of the man of God was
risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host
compassed the city both with horses and chariots.
And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how
shall we do?
Eyes that can only see the negative will grope about
in the darkness of discouragement.
Isaiah 59:10 (KJV) We grope for the wall like the blind, and we
grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as
in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
Satan seeks to blind us from the truth of God’s
2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) In whom the god of this world hath blinded
the minds of them which believe not, lest the light
of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image
of God, should shine unto them.
II. HOW TO COMBAT DISCOURAGEMENT.
We will all face times of
The question we must address is what will we do when
A. WE CANNOT RELY ON OUR OWN PERSPECTIVES.
Proverbs 3:5-8 (KJV) Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and
lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy
ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and
depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel,
and marrow to thy bones.
The servant of Elisha only
saw what could be seen with the natural eye.
2 KINGS 6:16-17 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with
us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha
prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes,
that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the
young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was
full of horses and chariots of fire round about
B. WE MUST ENCOURAGE OURSELVES IN THE LORD.
I Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people
spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the
people was grieved, every man for his sons and for
his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the
Lord his God.
David sought God’s advice.
Psalm 5:8 (KJV) Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of
mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.
Psalm 25:5 (KJV) Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art
the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the
Psalm 27:11 (KJV) Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain
path, because of mine enemies.
Psalm 143:10 (KJV) Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God:
thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of
He believed what God told him and acted upon it.
It is one thing to seek
God’s advice it something totally different to
follow His advice.
Matthew 7:24-25 (KJV)
Therefore whosoever heareth
these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken
him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a
rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it
fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
There are many who claim to believe God’s Word but
when it comes to trusting God’s promises they rely
on their own reasoning.
Discouragement often comes
through disappointments; if you change the first
letter in Disappointments to an H it becomes His
When we are faced with
discouragement we must seek to destroy it through
our Faith in God, or it will destroy us.
Stand and read PSALMS 13 together.
APRIL 22, 2007
“STANDING STILL AND TRUSTING GOD”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 37:9-17, 33-38
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Exodus 14:13 (KJV)
And Moses said unto
the people, Fear ye not, stand still,
and see the salvation of the Lord, which he
will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye
have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more
Each of us is faced at
different times with situations that we can’t
It is then we need to look up not give up.
When we come to the end of our rope, we will find
God waiting there.
Jerusalem is surrounded by the enemy.
There is no help available to them.
I. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN GOD EXPECTS US TO DO OUR
THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH.
I KINGS 17:8-16
THE VALLEY OF DITCHES:
II KINGS 3
(Jehoram & Jeshoshphate)
THE PROPHET’S WIDOW.
II KINGS 4:1-7
II KINGS 5:1-14
THE FEEDING OF FIVE
THOUSANDS. JOHN 6:1-13
PETER PAYING TAXES.
II. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE CAN DO NOTHING.
We are facing something
that is beyond our control.
We have exhausted all possibilities of help.
There is nothing or no one we can turn to.
The credit cards are maxed out
The bank has so no
The doctor says there is nothing he can do
Their spouse says there is no chance of
This is when we must fear not, stand still and trust
Syria’s army smitten with blindness. II Kings
Samaria surrounded by Syrian army. II Kings 7
Assyrian army surrounded Jerusalem. Isaiah 37
God expects us to use
wisdom and all the resources we have, but there are
times when we are unable to help ourselves.
This is when we need to look up not give up.
A. THREE REASONS WHY JUDEA SHOULD SURRENDER.
They were unable to defend themselves.
Egypt could not help them
God was against them
Satan seeks to convince us
that it is useless to continue living the Christian
The first two were correct
but the third was not.
We cannot help ourselves.
The world can not help us.
But God is for us.
NOTE: The people did not say a word.
Isaiah 36:21 But they
held their peace, and answered him not a word: for
the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
There are times we need to be still when the enemy
attacks us and just let God be God.
Psalm 46:10 (KJV) Be still, and know that I am God: I will be
exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the
B. HEZEKIAH STOOD FAST FOR THE
NOTE: No matter what may confront us—no matter how
terrible the trial or temptation, the pressure or
distress, the threat or ridicule, the persecution or
abuse, we must stand fast for the
Philippians 1:27 (NIV) Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a
manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether
I come and see you or only hear about you in my
absence, I will know that you stand firm in one
spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the
C. HEZEKIAH HUMBLED HIMSELF BEFORE THE LORD.
Isaiah 37:1 (KJV) And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard
it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself
with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord.
When we come to God we must
come in a spirit of humility and repentance.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear
from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will
heal their land.
D. HEZEKIAH SOUGHT ISAIAH’S INTERCESSION.
When we are faced with a
difficult situation it is always good to have the
prayers of others to strengthen and help us.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (KJV) Two are better than one; because they
have a good reward for their labour. For if
they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe
to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath
not another to help him up. Again, if two lie
together, then they have heat: but how can one be
warm alone? And if one prevail against him,
two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not
Matthew 18:19 (KJV) Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall
agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall
ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is
III. GOD BROUGHT A GREAT VICTORY
A. HEZEKIAH’S PRAYER. Isaiah
NOTE: Hezekiah’s prayer can be broken down into three
He acknowledges God’s greatness. (vs. 16)
He presents the need to God. (vs. 17-19)
He asks for God’s intervention. (20)
Hezekiah wanted God to be glorified above all else.
B. GOD GAVE HEZEKIAH HIS PROMISE OF DELIVERANCE.
Psalm 91:3 (KJV) Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of
the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
1 Cor. 10:13 (KJV) There hath no temptation taken you but such as
is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not
suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but
will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
that ye may be able to bear it.
2 Tim. 4:18 (KJV) And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil
work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly
kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Peter 2:9 (KJV) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of
temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day
of judgment to be punished:
BROUGHT A GREAT VICTORY WITHOUT MAN’S HELP.
We cannot allow our own
inabilities in resources or talent, to keep us from
trusting God for whatever we may need.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset
us, and let us run with patience the race that is
set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and
finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of
Deliverance is one of the
great promises of God. When we call upon God for
deliverance, one of two things happens: either God
miraculously delivers us, or else He gives us the
power to walk through the obstacle standing in our
APRIL 29, 2007
“THE WAYS OF GOD ARE BETTER THAN THE DESIRES OF
READING: ISAIAH 38:1-8
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) Trust in the LORD with all
thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and
he shall direct thy paths.
Pray is the key to heavens
riches and God’s power.
Are there right ways and
wrong ways to pray?
As you look back, are there prayers that you are
glad that God did not grant you what you prayed
Too often our prayers are self-serving. We
have already decided what is best.
We fail to allow God to be God.
I. HEZEKIAH WAS A GODLY KING.
Hezekiah was one of the
most Godly kings of Judea.
2 Kings 18:3-8 (KJV) And he did that which was right in the sight
of the Lord, according to all that David his father
did. He removed the high places, and brake the
images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces
the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto
those days the children of Israel did burn incense
to it: and he called it Nehushtan. He trusted
in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was
none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any
that were before him. For he clave to the
Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept
his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.
And the Lord was with him; and he prospered
whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against
the king of Assyria, and served him not. He
smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the
borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to
the fenced city.
He did what was right in
the eyes of the Lord.
He removed the high places
and their gods
He destroyed the brazen
serpent the Moses had made.
He put his trust in God.
He repaired the Temple.
2 Chronicles 29:3 (KJV) He in the first year of his reign, in the
first month, opened the doors of the house of the
Lord, and repaired them.
He cleansed the House of
2 Chronicles 29:18-19 (KJV) Then they went in to Hezekiah the
king, and said, We have cleansed all the house of
the Lord, and the altar of burnt offering, with all
the vessels thereof, and the shewbread table, with
all the vessels thereof. Moreover all the
vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away
in his transgression, have we prepared and
sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar
of the Lord.
He restored true worship.
2 Chronicles 29:27-29 (KJV) And Hezekiah commanded to offer the
burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt
offering began, the song of the Lord began also with
the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by
David king of Israel. And all the congregation
worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters
sounded: and all this continued until the burnt
offering was finished. And when they had made an end
of offering, the king and all that were present with
him bowed themselves, and worshipped.
He restored the Passover.
2 Chronicles 30:13 (KJV) And there assembled at Jerusalem much
people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the
second month, a very great congregation.
Even Godly men and women
can pray selfish prayers without knowing.
Hezekiah did. He placed his desires ahead of
the will of God.
II. THE RESULTS OF HEZEKIAH’S PRAYER.
There are three important
parts to prayer.
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.
James 5:16 (KJV) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one
for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
According to God’s will.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 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.
Hezekiah did the first two
but failed to put God’s will above His own desires.
Four negative things happen
when God answered Hezekiah’s prayer the way Hezekiah
A. HEZEKIAH DID NOT SERVE GOD AS HE DID BEFORE.
2 Chronicles 32:24-25 (KJV) In those days Hezekiah was sick to the
death, and prayed unto the Lord: and he spake unto
him, and he gave him a sign. But Hezekiah rendered
not again according to the benefit done unto him;
for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was
wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
B. HEZEKIAH’S HEART WAS LIFTED UP WITH PRIDE.
2 Chronicles 32:27-30 (KJV) And Hezekiah had exceeding much riches
and honour: and he made himself treasuries for
silver, and for gold, and for precious stones, and
for spices, and for shields, and for all manner of
pleasant jewels; storehouses also for the increase
of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all
manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.
Moreover he provided him cities, and possessions of
flocks and herds in abundance: for God had given him
substance very much. This same Hezekiah also stopped
the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it
straight down to the west side of the city of David.
And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.
C. HE ENTERTAINED AMBASSADORS (spies) OF BABYLON.
2 Chronicles 32:31 (KJV) Howbeit in the business of the
ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto
him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the
land, God left him, to try him, that he might know
all that was in his heart.
He failed to seek God’s
advice when they came.
ILL: Joshua: Battle of Ai Joshua 7 & the Gibeonites Joshua 9
D. MANASSEH REIGNED IN HEZEKIAH’S PLACE.
2 Kings 20:21 (KJV) And Hezekiah slept with his fathers: and
Manasseh his son reigned in his stead.
Manasseh had the longest
reign and was the most wicked of Judea’s kings.
III. GUIDELINES FOR OUR PRAYERS.
A. WE MUST PRAY WITH FAITH.
Mark 11:22-26 (KJV) And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have
faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That
whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou
removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall
not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those
things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall
have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto
you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,
believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have
them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if
ye have ought against any: that your Father also
which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father
which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
An unforgiving heart will
block our prayers
B. WE MUST PRAY WITH FERVENCY.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,"
declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to
harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then
you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I
will listen to you. You will seek me and find me
when you seek me with all your heart.
The key to God’s prosperity
is seeking Him fervently.
C. WE MUST PRAY SEEKING GOD’S WILL ABOVE OUR OWN
Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it
is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, for ever. Amen.
Are we will to accept Gods
will above our own desires?