JANUARY 6, 2008
“A NEED FOR AN ENLARGED HEART”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 54:1-5
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 119:32 (KJV)
I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou
shalt enlarge my heart.
As you enter 2008 what are
your desires or expectations or are you satisfied
the way things are in your life and the life of the
Satisfaction with the wrong things and at the wrong
time will bring us to ruin.
Amos 6:1, 3-6 (NLT) How terrible it will be
for you who lounge in luxury and think you are
secure in Jerusalem and Samaria! You are famous and
popular in Israel, you to whom the people go for
help… You push away every thought of coming
disaster, but your actions only bring the day of
How terrible it will be for you who sprawl on ivory
beds surrounded with luxury, eating the meat of
tender lambs and choice calves. You sing idle
songs to the sound of the harp, and you fancy
yourselves to be great musicians, as King David was.
You drink wine by the bowlful, and you perfume
yourselves with exotic fragrances, caring nothing at
all that your nation is going to ruin.
There are times when it is good to be satisfied, but
we should never reach the place we are satisfied in
our spiritual walk.
Philippians 3:7-15 (NLT) I once thought all
these things were so very important, but now I
consider them worthless because of what Christ has
done. Yes, everything else is worthless when
compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ
Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else,
counting it all as garbage, so that I may have
Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on
my own goodness or my ability to obey God's law, but
I trust Christ to save me. For God's way of making
us right with himself depends on faith. As a
result, I can really know Christ and experience the
mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can
learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in
his death, so that, somehow, I can experience the
resurrection from the dead!
I don't mean to say that I have already achieved
these things or that I have already reached
perfection! But I keep working toward that day when
I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for
and wants me to be. No, dear brothers and
sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am
focusing all my energies on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies
ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and
receive the prize for which God, through Christ
Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
I hope all of you who are mature Christians will
agree on these things. If you disagree on some
point, I believe God will make it plain to you.
Do you like Paul, hunger for more.
Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which
do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they
shall be filled.
Blessed are those who
hunger and thirst for God's approval. They
will be satisfied.
Dissatisfaction will bring the desire for change.
We all have and are experiencing the results of
It is only when we become dissatisfied with our walk
with God that we are willing to change.
1 Chronicles 4:10 (KJV)
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh
that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my
coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and
that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may
not grieve me! And God granted him that which he
Spiritual desires will take us beyond our comfort
Jabez desired to have more from God that what he
Change can be very
The rebirth of an eagle.
We must measure the cost of the change compared to
the desired results of the change.
Luke 14:28-30 (GW) "Suppose you want to
build a tower. You would first sit down and figure
out what it costs. Then you would see if you have
enough money to finish it. Otherwise, if you lay a
foundation and can't finish the building, everyone
who watches will make fun of you. They'll say,
'This person started to build but couldn't finish
When considering a change there are two kinds of
cost we need to think of;
What will it cost to make the change and what will
the change bring
What will be the cost if we don’t make the change
The cost may be greater if
we do nothing.
This is where we need our hearts opened to the will
of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 119:32 (GW) I will eagerly pursue
your commandments because you continue to increase
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Change for change sake will only destroy.
Those who refuse to change when change is needed are
doomed to be left behind.
My challenge to each of us
What am I willing to change to bring spiritual
growth to myself and our church?
What am I not willing to change to bring spiritual
growth to myself and our Church?
Enlarge our hearts to accept Your will for my life
and the life of our church.
JANUARY 13, 2009
“LOOKING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 45:17-25
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 45:22 (KJV)
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of
the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
The sixties were the decade
Searching to find
The meaning of life.
They searched in many different directions:
They were all looking in the wrong direction.
God created us to have fellowship with Him and we
will never find satisfaction until we are restored
to God in fellowship.
The Children of Israel has done the same thing.
They were seeking to have a fulfilled life but they
were looking in the wrong direction.
I. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY WHO HAVE LOOKED IN THE
Lot looked to good life to
Genesis 13:10-11 And Lot lifted up his eyes,
and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well
watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom
and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like
the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then
Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot
journeyed east: and they separated themselves the
one from the other.
His wife looked back in
Genesis 19:17,26 And it came to
pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that
he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee,
neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the
mountain, lest thou be consumed… But his wife looked
back from behind him, and she became a pillar of
Satchel Page said, “Don’t look behind you, someone
may be gaining.
Esau looked at the here and
Genesis 25:31-32, 34 (NLT) Jacob
replied, "All right, but trade me your birthright
for it." "Look, I'm dying of starvation!" said
Esau. "What good is my birthright to me now?" … Then
Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate
and drank and went on about his business,
indifferent to the fact that he had given
up his birthright.
When we focus on the here
and now we soon lose sight of eternity.
Achan looked at forbidden
Joshua 7:20-21 And Achan answered Joshua, and
said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of
Israel, and thus and thus have I done: when I saw
among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and
two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold
of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and
took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in
the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
When we seek to find
fulfillment in that which God has forbidden we will
only find pain and sorrow and finally death.
David looked for a moment
2 Samuel 11:2 (KJV) And it came to pass in
an evening tide, that David arose from off his bed,
and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and
from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and
the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
NOTE: These who sought to find fulfillment
by looking in the wrong direction spent the rest of
their lives regretting their actions.
1 John 2:15-16 (NLT)
Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers
you, for when you love the world, you show that you
do not have the love of the Father in you. For
the world offers only the lust for physical
pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride
in our possessions. These are not from the Father.
They are from this evil world.
We will never find full satisfaction by looking to
this world and the things in this world.
We must choose between temporary gratification and
II. LOOKING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
Salvation is found only in
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I
am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me.
We must look to Jesus Christ to find Salvation and
the blessings of eternal life.
Isaiah 45:22 (KJV)
Look unto me, and be ye
saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and
there is none else.
God desires that everyone would be restored to
fellowship with Him.
2 Peter 3:9
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
God does not take pleasure in the death of the
Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I
live, smith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the
death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from
his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil
ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Ezekiel 18:31-32 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.
God invites all to come to Him.
Ho, every one that
thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath
no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine
and milk without money and without price.
God has provided full
Salvation at no cost to those who would come.
Revelation 22:17 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 life freely.
John 6:37 All that the Father
giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to
me I will in no wise cast out.
III. THE CONSEQUENCES OF WHERE WE LOOK.
Looking in the wrong direction will bring us to
They will acknowledge their
sinfulness and God righteousness.
Isaiah 45:23-24 I have sworn by myself,
the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness,
and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall
bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall
one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and
strength: even to him shall men come; and all that
are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of
Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven,
and things in earth, and things under the earth; and
that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ
is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Revelation 20:11-15 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.
When we looked in the right direction we will find
Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye
saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and
there is none else.
There is no other place we
can look that will bring us into the proper
relationship with God.
Hebrews 12:2 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.
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once
offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that
look for him shall he appear the second time without
sin unto salvation.
In which direction are we
In which direction are our lives pointing?
JANUARY 20, 2008
SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 48:16-22
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 48:18
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then
had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness
as the waves of the sea:
Isaiah 48:16-22 (NLT) Come closer and listen.
I have always told you plainly what would happen so
you would have no trouble understanding."
And now the Sovereign Lord and his Spirit have sent
me with this message: "The Lord, your
Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the
Lord your God, who teaches you what is good and
leads you along the paths you should follow.
Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then
you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river
and righteousness rolling like waves. Then
you would have become as numerous as the sands along
the seashore—too many to count! There would have
been no need for your destruction."
Yet even now, be free from your captivity! Leave
Babylon and the Babylonians, singing as you go!
Shout to the ends of the earth that the Lord has
redeemed his servants, the people of Israel.
They were not thirsty when he led them through the
desert. He divided the rock, and water gushed out
for them to drink.
"But there is no peace for the wicked," says the
INTRO: Acres of Diamonds
(Lamar, farmer in South Africa)
How often do we look back and remember lost
opportunities we have experienced.
Some were beyond our control while others were
results of the choices we made.
There are two major reasons we suffer lost
Disobedience & sin.
Unbelief and fear.
NOTE: The Children of Israel were suffering greatly
because of their lost opportunities.
They were held in captivity by the power of
Many today are losing the opportunity of eternal
life because they are held in the power of Satan and
Many Christians have lost great opportunities
because they are held in the power of unbelief and
I. LOST OPPORTUNITIES.
GOD HAS WONDERFUL PLANS FOR FALLEN MAN.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 (GW)
I know the plans that I
have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for
peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future
filled with hope. Then you will call to me. You will
come and pray to me, and I will hear you. When
you look for me, you will find me. When you
wholeheartedly seek me,
Psalm 40:5 (NLT)
O Lord my God, you have
done many miracles for us. Your plans for us
are too numerous to list. If I tried to recite
all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the
end of them.
Psalm 40:17 (NLT)
As for me, I am poor and
needy, but the Lord is thinking about me right now.
You are my helper and my savior.
Do not delay, O my God.
Psalm 139:17 (NLT)
How precious are your
thoughts about me, O God! They are
Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)
For just as the heavens are
higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than
your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
B. GOD’S PLAN FOR THE REDEMPTION OF FALLEN MAN
IS NOT HIDDEN.
Isaiah 48:16 (NIV)
"Come near me and listen to this: "From the first
announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the
time it happens, I am there." And now the
Sovereign Lord has sent me, with his Spirit.
NOTE: God, throughout the beginning of time
has spoken of His plan to redeem fallen man.
Through Himself, the prophets He has sent, through
His spoken and written Word and finally through His
Hebrews 1:1-2 (NIV)
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through
the prophets at many times and in various ways, but
in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,
whom he appointed heir of all things, and through
whom he made the universe.
GOD LONGS TO LEAD FALLEN MAN BACK INTO FELLOWSHIP
Isaiah 48:17 (NIV)
This is what the Lord says--your Redeemer, the Holy
One of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches
you what is best for you, who directs you in the way
you should go.”
To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye
may cause the weary to rest; and this is the
refreshing: yet they would not hear.
Even though God wants
sinners to repent, many will not and therefore lose
their opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven.
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments!
then had thy peace been as a river, and thy
righteousness as the waves of the sea: Thy
seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of
thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should
not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.
NOTE: Praise God that it does not end here.
II. LOST OPPORTUNITIES REGAINED.
If thou, Lord, shouldest
mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But
there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be
God offers another chance.
Isaiah 48:20-21 (NLT) Yet even now, be free
from your captivity! Leave Babylon and the
Babylonians, singing as you go! Shout to the ends of
the earth that the Lord has redeemed his servants,
the people of Israel. They were not thirsty when he
led them through the desert. He divided the rock,
and water gushed out for them to drink.
To look back on the past, and see what we have
missed, is a good lesson for the future.
God offers us the chance to
change our attitudes and future by turning away from
disobedience, unbelief and fear.
2 Chronicles 7:14 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.
We do not have to live in the shadows of lost
We can find forgiveness and redemption in the Grace
and Mercies of God.
Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like unto
thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the
transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he
retaineth not his anger for ever, because he
delighteth in mercy.  He will turn again, he
will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our
iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into
the depths of the sea.
God will restore even that which we thought we had
missed because of lost opportunities.
Joel 2:13, 23-25
And rend your heart, and
not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God:
for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and
of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil…Be
glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the
Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain
moderately, and he will cause to come down for you
the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in
the first month. And the floors shall be full
of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and
oil. And I will restore to you the years that
the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the
caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which
I sent among you.
God offers us a second
change if we will turn to Him but He also warns that
if we dont we will never find peace.
Isaiah 48:22 (KJV) There is no peace,
saith the Lord, unto the wicked.
JANUARY 27, 2008
“THE HAND OF GOD”
SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 49:13-23
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 49:16 (KJV)
Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my
hands; thy walls are continually before me.
Have you ever felt that God
has forsaken you, that He has forgotten who you
Psalm 13:1 (KJV)
How long wilt thou forget
me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy
face from me?
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.
1 Kings 19:9-10 (KJV) And he came thither
unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word
of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What
doest thou here, Elijah? 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.
The Psalmist Asaph did,
Psalm 73:12-16 (KJV) Behold, these are the
ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in
riches. Verily I have cleansed my heart in
vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For
all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened
every morning. If I say, I will speak thus;
behold, I should offend against the generation of
thy children. When I thought to know this, it
was too painful for me;
I. GOD WANTS HIS PEOPLE TO REJOICE.
Isaiah 49:13 (KJV) Sing, O heavens; and be
joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O
mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people,
and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
There is nowhere we can go that God is not already
there waiting for us.
Psalm 139:7-12 (KJV)
Whither shall I go from thy
spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I
make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the
uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy
hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even
the night shall be light about me. Yea, the
darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth
as the day: the darkness and the light are both
alike to thee.
God has promised to deliver
us in times of trouble.
Psalm 138:7 (KJV) Though I walk in the
midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt
stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine
enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
God will strengthen us with
His might hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
Don't be afraid, for I am
with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I
will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold
you with my victorious right hand.
II. GOD WILL NOT FORGET US.
Isaiah 49:14-15 (KJV)
But Zion said, The Lord
hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can
a woman forget her sucking child, that she should
not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea,
they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
There are times when the
Children of God face circumstances that cause them
to think that God has forsaken and forgotten them.
Psalm 88:14-15 (NLT) O Lord, why do you
reject me? Why do you turn your face away from
me? I have been sickly and close to death
since my youth. I stand helpless and desperate
before your terrors.
God has promised never to
leave of forsake us.
Deuteronomy 4:31 (KJV)
(For the Lord thy God is a
merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither
destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers
which he sware unto them.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (KJV) And the Lord, he it is
that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he
will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not,
neither be dismayed.
Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) Let your conversation
be without covetousness; and be content with such
things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee.
III. HE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE TO REDEEM US.
Isaiah 49:16 (KJV)
Behold, I have graven thee
upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are
continually before me.
You can tell a lot about a
person by looking at their hands.
Albrecht Durer “Praying
ILL: Mother who always wore gloves.
The hands of God reveal His love for us.
John 20:24-29 (KJV)
But Thomas, one of the
twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus
came. The other disciples therefore said unto him,
“We have seen the Lord.” But he said unto
them, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of
the nails, and put my finger into the print of the
nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not
And after eight days again his disciples were
within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the
doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said,
Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, “Reach
hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach
hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be
not faithless, but believing.” And Thomas answered
and said unto him, “My Lord and my God.” Jesus
saith unto him, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me,
thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not
seen, and yet have believed.”
IV. GOD HAS PROMISED TO BLESS US & TO MEET OUR
God will send a great
Isaiah 49:17-23 (NLT)
Soon your descendants will
come back, and all who are trying to destroy you
will go away.  Look and see, for all your
children will come back to you. As surely as I
live," says the Lord, "they will be like jewels or
bridal ornaments for you to display.
God will defeat those who
wish to destroy us.
all who are trying to
destroy you will go away.
Your enemies who enslaved
you will be far away.
God will cause a great
 "Even the most
desolate parts of your abandoned land will soon be
crowded with your people. Your enemies who
enslaved you will be far away.  The
generations born in exile will return and say, 'We
need more room! It's crowded here!'  Then you
will think to yourself, 'Who has given me all these
descendants? For most of my children were killed,
and the rest were carried away into exile. I was
left here all alone. Who bore these children? Who
raised them for me?' "
The blessings of God will
come from where we lest expect it.
 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord God, Behold,
I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and
set up my standard to the people: and they shall
bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters
shall be carried upon their shoulders. 
Kings and queens will serve you. They will care for
all your needs. They will bow to the earth before
you and lick the dust from your feet. Then you will
know that I am the Lord. Those who wait for me will
never be put to shame."
God will even use the
ungodly to fulfill His purpose.
Isaiah 45:1-6 (NLT) This is what the Lord
says to Cyrus, his anointed one, whose right hand he
will empower. Before him, mighty kings will be
paralyzed with fear. Their fortress gates will be
opened, never again to shut against him. This
is what the Lord says: "I will go before you, Cyrus,
and level the mountains. I will smash down gates of
bronze and cut through bars of iron. And I
will give you treasures hidden in the
darkness—secret riches. I will do this so you may
know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one
who calls you by name.
"And why have I called you for this work? It is for
the sake of Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one.
I called you by name when you did not know me.
I am the Lord; there is no other God. I have
prepared you, even though you do not know me, so all
the world from east to west will know there is no
other God. I am the Lord, and there is no other.
We can rejoice and dwell in
peace because we know the Hand of God is with us.
If we stumble and fall we
cannot fall below His hands.
Psalm 37:24 (NLT) Though they stumble, they
will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
God will deliver us through
the power of His right hand.
Psalm 98:1 (KJV) O sing unto the Lord a new
song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right
hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
God hand will bring great
pleasure in our lives.
Psalm 16:11 (KJV) Thou wilt shew me the path
of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy
right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
 The Speaker’s Source Book: Glenn Van
Ekeren; Prentice Hall Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey,