OCTOBER 7, 2007
“REMEMBERING WHAT GOD HATH DONE”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah
even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions
for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
“Wife going for ice cream.”
How good is your memory?
Has your memory or lack of memory ever gotten you
Too often we
forget the things we should remember and remember
the things we should forget.
Scripture reading, God’s people had forgotten all
that God had done for them.
God had warned
them that this would happen.
Deuteronomy 8:11-17 (KJV) Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God,
in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments,
and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast
built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; and when thy
herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and
thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is
multiplied; then thine heart be lifted up, and thou
forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth
out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Who led thee through that great and terrible
wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and
scorpions, and drought, where there was no water;
who brought thee forth water out of the rock of
flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna,
which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble
thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good
at thy latter end; and thou say in thine heart, My
power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this
We must never
forget what God had done for us.
I. THE DANGERS OF
When we fail to remember what God has done for us
it will affect our fellowship with Him.
Isaiah 43:22-24 (KJV) But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but
thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou
hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt
offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy
sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an
offering, nor wearied thee with incense. Thou hast
bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast
thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but
thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast
wearied me with thine iniquities.
We fail to seek Him for fellowship.
We become weary and tired of serving Him.
We fail to show Him our gratitude by failing to
bring our tithe and offerings.
The offering we bring dishonors God.
Malachi 1:12-14 (NLT)
"But you dishonor my name with your actions. By
bringing contemptible food, you are saying it's all
right to defile the Lord's Table. You say,
'It's too hard to serve the Lord,' and you turn up
your noses at his commands," says the Lord Almighty.
"Think of it! Animals that are stolen and mutilated,
crippled and sick—presented as offerings! Should I
accept from you such offerings as these?" asks the
Lord. "Cursed is the cheat who promises to
give a fine ram from his flock but then sacrifices a
defective one to the Lord. For I am a great king,"
says the Lord Almighty, "and my name is feared among
We fail to repent of our sins.
The more we fail to remember what God has done for
us the more likely we will fail to obey His Word.
Our fellowship grows cold and stale.
Revelation 3:15-17 (KJV) I know thy works, that thou art neither cold
nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So
then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor
hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because
thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods,
and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou
art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind,
Forgetting what God has
done for us in the past will keep us from trusting
Him in times of need.
II. THE BLESSINGS OF
As there are consequences when we forget what God
has done for us, there are blessings when we
The Communion Table is a place for remembering.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I have received of the Lord that which also I
delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same
night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when
he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take,
eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this
do in remembrance of me. After the same manner
also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying,
this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do
ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this
cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
A. REMEMBERING OUR SALVATION.
Remember how God delivered us from the power of
Satan and sin.
ISAIAH 51:1 (KJV)
Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness,
ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye
are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are
When we come to the Communion Table we need to
Romans 3:23 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God;
Proverbs 20:9 (KJV) Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am
pure from my sin?
Isaiah 26:12-14 (KJV) Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou
also hast wrought all our works in us. O Lord
our God, other lords besides thee have had dominion
over us: but by thee only will we make mention of
thy name. They are dead, they shall not live;
they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore
hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all
their memory to perish.
forget and this leads to apathy.
Isaiah 43:15-17 (KJV)
I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of
Israel, your King. Thus saith the Lord, which maketh
a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army
and the power; they shall lie down together, they
shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)
“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what
I am going to do. For I am about to do a
brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you
not see it? I will make a pathway through the
wilderness for my people to come home. I will create
rivers for them in the desert!
He has remover our sins forever.
Isaiah 43:25 (KJV)
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy
transgressions for mine own sake, and will not
remember thy sins.
Psalm 103:12 (KJV)
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he
removed our transgressions from us.
Romans 8:1 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them
which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the
flesh, but after the Spirit.
Hebrews 8:12 (KJV)
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness,
and their sins and their iniquities will I remember
Hebrews 10:17 (KJV)
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no
When we remember all that God has done for us, this
should cause us to have compassion for those who are
still lost in their sins.
Proverbs 11:30 (KJV) The fruit of the
righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth
souls is wise.
OCTOBER 14, 2007
“RETURNING TO GOD”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah
have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy
transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return
unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
One of the most difficult things for most of us to
do is to admit we have been wrong and go and seek to
make it right.
“Love is not having to say you’re sorry” but I say,
“Love is being able to say you’re sorry.”
When we are
unable to admit that we have been wrong we are
forced to live in our mistake the rest of our life.
There is a
tremendous relief from guilt and anxiety when we
admit our mistake and seek to make it right.
may be forgiven and other times the person we have
wrong will still hold it against us.
But when we
return to God, He always accepts us and restores us
into His fellowship.
1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
remember that this was written to God’s chosen
people not to the Gentiles.
Israel had turned their backs on God and had gone
This speaks to
those who have accepted Christ as their Savior but
have drifted away from following Him.
All of us at
one time or another has drifted away from God, some
only a short distance but others have drifted far
Its no far you may have
drifted but what have you done once you realize that
you have drifted.
Drifting on the raft when little.
The Prodigal Son. Luke 15:11-32
Luke 15:17 (KJV)
And when he came to
himself, he said, How many hired servants of my
father's have bread enough and to spare, and I
perish with hunger!
ILL: Peter when he denied Jesus.
There are three things we wish to address this
Why do we drift from God?
The dangers of not returning.
The joy of returning.
I. WHY DO WE DRIFT
We all begin to drift away from God by failing to
maintain Him first in our lives.
Exodus 20:3 (KJV) Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
This is what Judea
and Israel had done, Isaiah 44:9-20
We begin our
drifting from God when we begin to put other things
and other people before Him.
We do not
drift away from God and go into deep sin overnight.
The Pastor eating the nursing home residence’s
SIGNS OF DRIFTING.
Lack of reading God’s Word.
Lack of prayer.
Lack of Church attendance.
Lack of Church involvement.
If we continue
to drift from God it will lead us into sin.
Song of Solomon 2:15 (NLT) "Quick! Catch all the little foxes before they
ruin the vineyard of your love, for the grapevines
are all in blossom."
Revelation 2:4-5 (GW) However, I have this against you: The love you
had at first is gone. Remember how far you
have fallen. Return to me and change the way you
think and act, and do what you did at first. I will
come to you and take your lamp stand from its place
if you don't change.
II. THE DANGERS OF NOT
God wants those who have drifted away to return
Jeremiah 35:15 (GW) I have sent all my servants the prophets to you
again and again. They said, "Turn from your evil
ways, do what is right, and don't follow other gods
in order to serve them. Then you will live in the
land that I gave you and your ancestors." However,
you refused to listen to me or obey me.
say, there are those who refuse to return even
though God has sought them to come back to Him.
Jeremiah 5:3 (NLT) Lord, you are searching for honesty. You struck
your people, but they paid no attention. You crushed
them, but they refused to turn from sin. They are
determined, with faces set like stone; they have
refused to repent.
Jeremiah 5:25 (NLT) Your wickedness has deprived you of these
wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all
these good things.
III. THE JOY OF RETURNING.
Hosea 6:1 (KJV) Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he
hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and
he will bind us up.
God will allow
negative things in our lives to turn our hearts back
God, like the prodigal son’s father is longing for
those who have drifted away to return to Him.
Ezekiel 18:21-23, 31-32
But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that
he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do
that which is lawful and right, he shall surely
live, he shall not die. All his transgressions
that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned
unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he
shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the
wicked should die? Saith the Lord God: and not that
he should return from his ways, and live? Cast away
from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have
transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new
spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that
dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn
yourselves, and live ye.
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
Isaiah 55:7 (KJV)
Let the wicked forsake his
way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let
him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy
upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly
Psalm 130:3-4 (KJV)
If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord,
who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee,
that thou mayest be feared.
This verse is filled with both hope and a warning.
It is not a
matter if we have sinned or not, all have sinned,
but what have we done about our sin that’s what
It does not matter how far we have drifted, how
long we have been gone, God is waiting for us to
return to Him.
Jeremiah 24:4-7 (KJV)
Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Like these
good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are
carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out
of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for
their good. For I will set mine eyes upon them
for good, and I will bring them again to this land:
and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I
will plant them, and not pluck them up. And I
will give them a 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
When we return to God He fills our hearts and lives
Isaiah 51:11 (KJV) Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall
return, and come with singing unto Zion; and
everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall
obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning
shall flee away.
OCTOBER 21, 28 & NOVEMBER 18
This is a three part
“THE PROMISE OF GOD’S BLESSINGS”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah
will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods
upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy
seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:
No matter what we face, God has told us not to
are three reasons we have no need to fear.
I. WE ARE CHOSEN OF
Isaiah 44:1-2 (NLT)
"But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel
my chosen one. The LORD who made you and helps you
says: O Jacob, my servant, do not be afraid. O
Israel, my chosen one, do not fear.”
NOTE: Through God’s foreknowledge He knows those who
will accept Him and those who will reject Him.
Romans 8:29-32 (NLT) For God knew his people
in advance, and he chose them to become like his
Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn, with
many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them,
he called them to come to him. And he gave them
right standing with himself, and he promised them
his glory. What can we say about such
wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can
ever be against us? Since God did not spare
even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't
God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything
Matthew 22:14 (KJV) For many are called, but few are chosen.
God has called
all to repentance but only a few will answer His
Acts 2:21 (KJV) And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall
call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to
us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but
that all should come to repentance.
Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the
gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to
destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find
For those who
reject God’s call, Hell and eternity awaits.
Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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.
II. THE PROMISE OF
Isaiah 44:3 (NLT)
For I will give you abundant water to quench your
thirst and to moisten your parched fields. And I
will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your
HE WILL QUENCH OUR THIRST.
Isaiah 55:1-3 (NLT)
"Is anyone thirsty? Come and drinkeven if you have
no money! Come, take your choice of wine or
milk—it's all free! Why spend your money on
food that does not give you strength? Why pay for
food that does you no good? Listen, and I will tell
you where to get food that is good for the soul!
"Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, for
the life of your soul is at stake. I am ready to
make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give
you all the mercies and unfailing love that I
promised to David.
Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
John 4:14 (KJV) But whosoever drinketh
of the water that I shall give him shall never
thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be
in him a well of water springing up into everlasting
Revelation 7:16 (KJV)
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;
neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
Revelation 22:17 (KJV)
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him
that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst
come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of
HE WILL PRODUCE GROWTH IN
OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES.
God wants His Church to grow.
Back in those
days almost everything was dependent upon the
farmers can do a lot to help but it is still God who
produces life in the seed.
1 Corinthians 3:6-7 (NLT) My job was to plant the seed in your hearts,
and Apollos watered it, but it was God, not we, who
made it grow. The ones who do the planting or
watering aren't important, but God is important
because he is the one who makes the seed grow.
Joel 2:23-27 (NLT) Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in
the Lord your God! For the rains he sends are an
expression of his grace. Once more the autumn rains
will come, as well as the rains of spring. The
threshing floors will again be piled high with
grain, and the presses will overflow with wine and
olive oil. The Lord says, "I will give you back what
you lost to the stripping locusts, the cutting
locusts, the swarming locusts, and the hopping
locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying
army against you. Once again you will have all
the food you want, and you will praise the Lord your
God, who does these miracles for you. Never
again will my people be disgraced like this.
Then you will know that I am here among my people of
Israel and that I alone am the Lord your God. My
people will never again be disgraced like this.
Grow in fruitfulness.
John 15:1-3, 5, 8 (NLT) "I am the true vine, and my Father is the
gardener. He cuts off every branch that doesn't
produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do
bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have
already been pruned for greater fruitfulness by the
message I have given you. "Yes, I am the
vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me,
and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart
from me you can do nothing. My true disciples
produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my
Grow into Christ.
Ephesians 4:15 (KJV) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into
him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
There is not true growth
without growing in Christ.
Growing in grace and knowledge.
2 Peter 3:18 (KJV) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both
now and for ever. Amen.
HE WILL POUR OUT HIS
Joel 2:28 (NLT) "Then after I have poured out my rains again, I
will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons
and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream
dreams. Your young men will see visions.
Spirit does many things in the life of the Believer:
John 16:7-14 (NLT) But it is actually best for you that I go away,
because if I don't, the Counselor won't come. If I
do go away, he will come because I will send him to
you. And when he comes, he will convince the
world of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of
the coming judgment. The world's sin is
unbelief in me. Righteousness is available
because I go to the Father, and you will see me no
more. Judgment will come because the prince of
this world has already been judged.
there is so much more I want to tell you, but you
can't bear it now. When the Spirit of truth
comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not
be presenting his own ideas; he will be telling you
what he has heard. He will tell you about the
future. He will bring me glory by revealing to
you whatever he receives from me.
He comforts us.
He convicts us of sin.
He reveals God’s
Righteousness to us.
He guides us.
He points us to Christ.
He helps us to pray.
Romans 8:26 (NLT) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress.
For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor
how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us
with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
Defining Prayer: Don't bother to give God
instructions, just report for duty.
Prayer is not an argument
with God to persuade Him to move things our way, but
an exercise by which we are enabled by His Spirit to
move ourselves His way. (Leonard Ravenhill)
He teaches us.
1 John 2:27 (NLT) But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he
lives within you, so you don't need anyone to teach
you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you all
things, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie.
So continue in what he has taught you, and continue
to live in Christ.
Man’s wisdom at best is foolishness compared to
is flawed because man is flawed.
He gives us strength to
live the Christian life.
Luke 24:49 (NLT) "And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as
my Father promised. But stay here in the city until
the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from
We are incapable of defeating Satan in our own
Spirit gives us the power and ability to live a
victorious Christian life.
He empowers us to be
Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy
Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The Holy Spirit gives us the power to witness
verbally but must more by living the Christian life
He will teach us what to
say against those who would persecute us.
Luke 12:11-12 (KJV) And when they bring you unto the synagogues,
and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought
how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall
say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the
same hour what ye ought to say.
He dwells within us, making
us the Temple of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)
Or don't you know that your body is the temple of
the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to
you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God
bought you with a high price. So you must honor God
with your body.
III. HE IS THE ONE AND ONLY
Isaiah 44:6-8 (NLT)
"This is what the Lord, Israel's King and Redeemer,
the Lord Almighty, says: I am the First and the
Last; there is no other God. Who else can tell you
what is going to happen in the days ahead? Let them
tell you if they can and thus prove their power. Let
them do as I have done since ancient times. Do
not tremble; do not be afraid. Have I not proclaimed
from ages past what my purposes are for you? You are
my witnesses—is there any other God? No! There is no
other Rock—not one!"
Psalm 18:1-6 (NLT)
For the choir director: A psalm of David, the
servant of the Lord. He sang this song to the Lord
on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies
and from Saul.
you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my
rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock,
in whom I find protection. He is my shield,
the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold.
I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
for he saves me from my enemies. The ropes of
death surrounded me; the floods of destruction swept
over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around
me; death itself stared me in the face. But in
my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed
to my God for help. He heard me from his
sanctuary; my cry reached his ears.
Jeremiah 10:1-16 (NLT)
Hear the word of the Lord, O Israel! This is
what the Lord says: "Do not act like other nations
who try to read their future in the stars. Do not be
afraid of their predictions, even though other
nations are terrified by them. Their ways are
futile and foolish. They cut down a tree and carve
an idol. They decorate it with gold and silver
and then fasten it securely with hammer and nails so
it won't fall over. There stands their god
like a helpless scarecrow in a garden! It cannot
speak, and it needs to be carried because it cannot
walk. Do not be afraid of such gods, for they can
neither harm you nor do you any good."
there is no one like you! For you are great, and
your name is full of power. Who would not fear you,
O King of nations? That title belongs to you alone!
Among all the wise people of the earth and in all
the kingdoms of the world, there is no one like you.
The wisest of people who worship idols are stupid
and foolish. The things they worship are made of
wood! They bring beaten sheets of silver from
Tarshish and gold from Uphaz, and they give these
materials to skillful craftsmen who make their
idols. Then they dress these gods in royal purple
robes made by expert tailors. But the Lord is
the only true God, the living God. He is the
everlasting King! The whole earth trembles at his
anger. The nations hide before his wrath.
to those who worship other gods: "Your so-called
gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will
vanish from the earth."
But God made the earth by
his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom.
He has stretched out the heavens by his
understanding. When he speaks, there is thunder in
the heavens. He causes the clouds to rise over
the earth. He sends the lightning with the
rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.
Compared to him, all people are foolish and have no
knowledge at all! They make idols, but the
idols will disgrace their makers, for they are
frauds. They have no life or power in them.
Idols are worthless; they are lies! The time
is coming when they will all be destroyed. But the
God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of
everything that exists, including Israel, his own
special possession. The Lord Almighty is his name!
What a Mighty God we serve.
We have no
need to fear:
Because He has chosen us,
Because of the promises He
has given to us,
Because He and He alone is