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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."  

INTRO: When Jesus entered Jerusalem there were two groups of people to greet Him. 

   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 fallen man. 

   Those who have rejoiced in His first coming will rejoice in His second coming. 

   Those who despised His first coming will fear His second coming. 

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.  

NOTE: The first coming of Jesus was surrounded by humility. 

   A.  HIS BIRTH. 

·         He was born into an enslaved race to save an enslaved people.

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 inn.

 

   B.   HIS LIFE. 

·         His home.

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 together.  

·         The cross

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.  

·         His tomb.

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. 

NOTE: Jesus came as a lamb to be slain. 

   Galatians 4:4-5 (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 living God?  

II. HIS SECOND COMING. 

NOTE: Jesus will come as a lion to reign. 

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.  

CONCLUSION: If we accept Jesus as the Lamb of God we will reign with Him as the Lion of Judea.

 

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 the dead?”

 INTRO: “A Man Looking For His Ring Under A Street Light”  

   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 not last. 

   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 experience resurrection. 

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 unto you.

 THINGS THE RESURRECTION BRINGS: 

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 father. 

   What is keeping you seeking the Living among the dead? 

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 Christ. 

 

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.  

INTRO:  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 overcome us. 

   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. 

A.     OPPOSITION. 

   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. 

NOTE: 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. 

B.     CIRCUMSTANCES. 

NOTE:  They were surrounded by the enemy. 

   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 sets in. 

   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. 

NOTE:  When we only see through our natural eyes it is very easy to become discouraged. 

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 Word. 

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. 

NOTE: We will all face times of discouragement. 

    The question we must address is what will we do when discouragement comes? 

   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.  

ILL: 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 Elisha.

    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.  

1.      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 day.

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 uprightness.  

2.      He believed what God told him and acted upon it. 

NOTE: 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. 

CONCLUSION: Discouragement often comes through disappointments; if you change the first letter in Disappointments to an H it becomes His appointments. 

   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 for ever.  

INTRO: Each of us is faced at different times with situations that we can’t handle. 

   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 PART. 

1.      THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH.  I KINGS 17:8-16 (Elijah)

2.      THE VALLEY OF DITCHES: II KINGS 3 (Jehoram & Jeshoshphate)

3.      THE PROPHET’S WIDOW.  II KINGS 4:1-7 (Elisha)

4.      NAAMAN’S LEPROSY.  II KINGS 5:1-14

5.      THE FEEDING OF FIVE THOUSANDS.  JOHN 6:1-13

6.      PETER PAYING TAXES.  MATTHEW 17:24-27

II. THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE CAN DO NOTHING. 

NOTE: 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 reconciliation

   This is when we must fear not, stand still and trust God. 

1.      Syria’s army smitten with blindness.  II Kings 6

2.      Samaria surrounded by Syrian army.  II Kings 7

3.      Assyrian army surrounded Jerusalem. Isaiah 37

NOTE:  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. 

1.      They were unable to defend themselves.

2.      Egypt could not help them

3.      God was against them

   Satan seeks to convince us that it is useless to continue living the Christian life. 

NOTE: The first two were correct but the third was not. 

1.      We cannot help ourselves.

2.      The world can not help us.

3.      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 earth.  

   B.  HEZEKIAH STOOD FAST FOR THE LORD 

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 Lord 

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 gospel  

   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.  

NOTE: 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. 

NOTE: 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 quickly broken.  

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 in heaven.  

III. GOD BROUGHT A GREAT VICTORY  

   A.  HEZEKIAH’S PRAYER.  Isaiah 37:15-20 

NOTE: Hezekiah’s prayer can be broken down into three parts. 

1.      He acknowledges God’s greatness. (vs. 16)

2.      He presents the need to God. (vs. 17-19)

3.      He asks for God’s intervention.  (20)

NOTE: Hezekiah wanted God to be glorified above all else. 

   B. GOD GAVE HEZEKIAH HIS PROMISE OF DELIVERANCE.  Isaiah 37:21-35 

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:

 

   C.  GOD BROUGHT A GREAT VICTORY WITHOUT MAN’S HELP. 

NOTE: 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 God.  

CONCLUSION: 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 way. 

 

APRIL 29, 2007 

THE WAYS OF GOD ARE BETTER THAN THE DESIRES OF MAN

SCRIPTURE 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. 

INTRO: 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 for? 

  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. 

NOTE: 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.  

1.      He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.

2.      He removed the high places and their gods

3.      He destroyed the brazen serpent the Moses had made.

4.      He put his trust in God.

5.      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.  

6.      He cleansed the House of God.

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.  

7.      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.  

8.      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.  

NOTE: 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. 

NOTE: There are three important parts to prayer. 

1.      Faith 

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.

2.      Fervency  

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.  

3.      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. 

NOTE: Four negative things happen when God answered Hezekiah’s prayer the way Hezekiah wanted. 

   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.  

NOTE: 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.  

NOTE: 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.  

NOTE: 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.  

NOTE: The key to God’s prosperity is seeking Him fervently.  

   C. WE MUST PRAY SEEKING GOD’S WILL ABOVE OUR OWN DESIRES. 

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.  

CONCLUSION: Are we will to accept Gods will above our own desires?

 

 

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