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FEBRUARY’S 2008 SERMONS  

FEBRUARY 3 

WHEN A CHILD OF GOD WALKS IN DARKNESS” 

SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 50:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 50:10 (KJV)  

    Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.  

INTRO: We ministers often miss-speak the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  

   We paint a picture of the Christian walk being filled with peace, joy and love. 

   There are those who would contend that you spiritual life is revealed through you physical life. 

   Our text shows to us that this is not true. 

   There are three things our text is saying to us. 

I. TO WHOM IS THIS TEXT ADDRESSED? 

    “Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant,” 

NOTE: This is spoken, not to the heathen or ungodly, but rather to those who are believers. 

Proverbs 1:7 (NLT) Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline. 

NOTE: The word fear has two meanings: 

·         To be afraid of

·         To reverence, hold in highest esteem. 

   The more we reverence God, the less we will be afraid of Him. 

Psalm 25:12 (NLT) Who are those who fear the Lord?  He will show them the path they should choose.  

   Those who reverence God allow God to lead them. 

Psalm 103:13 (NLT) The Lord is like a father to his children,  tender and compassionate to those who fear him.

Those who reverence God know that God loves them. 

Psalm 147:11 (NIV) the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. 

   Those who reverence God put their trust in Him. 

·         They are in obedience to the Word of God.

NOTE: Those who fear the Lord do not choose which path to walk in; they follow the direction of the Lord. 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.  

   God is more concerned with our obedience than with our worship or service. 

1 Samuel 15:22-23a (NLT) But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams.  Rebellion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols… 

NOTE: This was spoken to those who feared God and were obedient to His Word. 

II. WHAT IS THE CONDITION THEY ARE FACING? 

“…that walketh in darkness, and hath no light?” 

NOTE: There are times when the Children of Light walk in darkness. 

·         Joseph; thirteen years in slavery and prison.

·         Job

·         David (Saul & Absalom)

·         The disciples in the storm. 

·         Peter following his denial

Mark 4:35-38 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.  And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  

NOTE: There are many true believers who are walking in darkness.  The darkness of: 

·         Fear

·         Regret

·         Loneliness

·         Abandonment

·         Failure

·         Sickness

·         Death

·         Separation

·         Poverty

·         Helplessness

·         Rejection

·         Misunderstanding

Those who never seem to walk in darkness often judge and condemn those who are walking in darkness. 

III. WHAT ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO THEM? 

“…let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.” 

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT) Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.  Instead, be very glad—because these trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory when it is displayed to all the world.  

James 1:2-3 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy.  For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.

   A.  TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. 

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

NOTE: Think of eighty plus names of God and how each one reveals the power and love of God for His children in a different way to met whatever circumstance they are facing. 

   B. TO STAY (RELY OR REST) UPON HIS GOD. 

NOTE: We are not to struggle in our own strength or seek to find the solution in our own wisdom but to totally place ourselves in the arms of God. 

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.  

CONCLUSION: Vs. 11 warns us against using our own light to guide us in our way. 

Isaiah 50:11 (NLT)  But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from me: You will soon lie down in great torment.

  

FEBRUARY 10 

ARE WE LISTENING WITH BOTH EARS?” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 51:1-8 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 51:7 (GW)  

   Listen to me, you people who know righteousness, you people who have my teachings in your hearts.  Don't be afraid of being insulted by people.  Don't be discouraged by their ridicule.  

INTRO: Learning to listen is one of the most difficult things we do. 

James 1:19 (KJV) Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

 NOTE: There are many who do not want to hear the voice of God. 

Jeremiah 6:10 (KJV) To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.  

Zechariah 7:11 (KJV) But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.  

2 Timothy 4:4 (KJV) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  

   Three times God calls us to hearken. 

NOTE: These are address to the same people but are referred to in three different ways. 

·         The first time.

 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 digged.  

1.      Those who follow after righteousness and seek the Lord.

Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  

·         The second time.

Isaiah 51:4 (KJV) Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.  

2.      His people and nation.

Psalm 33:12 (KJV) Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.  

Psalm 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  

Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  

·         The third time.

Isaiah 51:7 (KJV) Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.  

3.      Those that know righteousness and in whose heart is God’s Law.

Psalm 37:31 (KJV) The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  

Psalm 40:8 (KJV) I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.  

Hebrews 8:10 (KJV) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  

   The word Hearken in Isaiah 51:1 & 7 is shaw-mah'; a primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc. 

   The word Hearken in Isaiah 51:4 is  kaw-shab'; a primitive root; to prick up the ears, i.e. hearken :- attend, (cause to) hear (-ken), give heed, incline, mark (well), regard. 

   As a dog or horse picks up their ears to the voice of their master. 

I. TO WHOM ARE WE TO HEARKEN?

 NOTE: There are many voices in this world seeking our attention. 

·         The voice of self.

·         The voice of man.

·         The voice of Satan.

    The only voice we are to listen to is the voice of God. 

Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22  (KJV) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;  

II. WE ARE TO LOOK TO THE ONE WHO GAVE US BIRTH.  

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 digged.  

NOTE: Abraham is considered as the Father of Israel. 

   As the nation of Israel was born of Abraham so is the Church born of Christ. 

NOTE: Abraham had other children that became nations, other than Isaac, but only Isaac is considered as the godly line.

There are many religions that claim to be the church, but only those who are born again are in the true Church. 

Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) 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.  

NOTE: Consider the miracle of a nation coming from Abraham. 

   If God can take Abraham and bless him into becoming a great nation can He not also bless us and cause us to grow no matter how small we might be today? 

II. WE ARE TO LISTEN AND FOLLOW GOD’S WORD. 

Isaiah 51:4 (KJV) Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.  

NOTE: Many people will listen to the Word of God but fail to obey and put into practice. 

James 1:22 (KJV) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  

   This is one way they have ears but hear not. 

   It goes from one ear and out the other. 

Matthew 7:24-27 (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.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.  

III. WE ARE TO LISTEN TO GOD AND NOT TO FEAR. 

Isaiah 51:7 (KJV) Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. 

NOTE: There will always be those who ridicule and condemn but we are not to listen to them or be afraid of what they say. 

   Those who criticize and condemn those who listen and trust in God will face the judgment of God. 

2 Kings 7:1-2, 17 (KJV) Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.  Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof… And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.  

CONCLUSION: We must listen to God with both ears and be obedient to His Word. 

 

FEBRUARY 17 

STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 51:1-8 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 25:12 (NLT)   

    Valid criticism is as treasured by the one who heeds it as jewelry made from finest gold.  

INTRO: Remember the old saying about railroad crossings, “Stop, look and listen”. 

   Many people have lost their lives or suffered greatly because they failed to Stop, Look and Listen at railroad crossing. 

   Many Christian have face great disappointments and frustration because their failed to Stop, Look and Listen at certain times in their lives. 

   Whenever we come to a place of decision we must Stop, Look and Listen to see what God has planned for us. 

   God was calling for the Jews to stop, look and listen to the promise of His deliverance. 

NOTE: These are address to the same people but are referred to in three different ways. 

·         The first time. 

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 digged.  

4.      Those who follow after righteousness and seek the Lord.

Matthew 5:6 (KJV) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  

·         The second time.

Isaiah 51:4 (KJV) Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.  

5.      His people and nation.

Psalm 33:12 (KJV) Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.  

Psalm 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  

Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  

·         The third time.

Isaiah 51:7 (KJV) Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.  

6.      Those that know righteousness and in whose heart is God’s Law.

Psalm 37:31 (KJV) The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  

Psalm 40:8 (KJV) I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.  

Hebrews 8:10 (KJV) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  

   The word Hearken in Isaiah 51:1 & 7 is shaw-mah'; a primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc. 

   The word Hearken in Isaiah 51:4 is  kaw-shab'; a primitive root; to prick up the ears, i.e. hearken :- attend, (cause to) hear (-ken), give heed, incline, mark (well), regard. 

   As a dog or horse picks up their ears to the voice of their master. 

I. WE ARE TO STOP FOLLOWING THE WRONG VOICES? 

NOTE: There are many voices in this world seeking our attention. 

·         The voice of self.

·         The voice of man.

·         The voice of Satan.

   The only voice we are to listen to is the voice of God. 

Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22  (KJV) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;  

II. WE ARE TO LOOK TO THE ONE WHO GAVE US BIRTH.  

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 digged.  

NOTE: Abraham is considered as the Father of Israel. 

   As the nation of Israel was born of Abraham so is the Church born of Christ. 

NOTE: Abraham had other children that became nations, other than Isaac, but only Isaac is considered as the godly line. 

   There are many religions that claim to be the church, but only those who are born again are in the true Church. 

Hebrews 12:2 (KJV) 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.  

NOTE: Consider the miracle of a nation coming from Abraham. 

   If God can take Abraham and bless him into becoming a great nation can He not also bless us and cause us to grow no matter how small we might be today? 

III. WE ARE TO LISTEN AND FOLLOW GOD’S WORD. 

Isaiah 51:4 (KJV) Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.  

NOTE: Many people will listen to the Word of God but fail to obey and put into practice. 

James 1:22 (KJV) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

    This is one way they have ears but hear not. 

   It goes from one ear and out the other. 

Matthew 7:24-27 (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.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.  

IV. WE ARE TO LISTEN TO GOD AND NOT TO FEAR. 

Isaiah 51:7 (KJV) Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. 

NOTE: There will always be those who ridicule and condemn but we are not to listen to them or be afraid of what they say. 

   Those who criticize and condemn those who listen and trust in God will face the judgment of God. 

2 Kings 7:1-2, 17 (KJV) Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.  Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof… And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.  

CONCLUSION: We must listen to God with both ears and be obedient to His Word. 

FEBRUARY 24 

LET’S HAVE A PARTY 

SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 51:9-16 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 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.  

INTRO: I have a difficult times understanding Christians who never seem to enjoy being a Christian.

    There are times when we may be down. 

   One of my favorite pictures of Jesus is when He is laughing. 

   Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus; He wept over Jerusalem; was frustrated with the lack of faith of His disciples, and even got angry at the misuse of the Temple. 

   We all have our bad days.

    The Jews were facing hard times but God told them that there was coming a time of rejoicing. 

Nehemiah 8:10 (GW) Then he told them, "Go, eat rich foods, drink sweet drinks, and send portions to those who cannot provide for themselves. Today is a holy day for the Lord. Don't be sad because the joy you have in the Lord is your strength."  

   Our joy is not found in this world or in worldly possessions but rather it is found in our relationship with God. 

I.  TIMES WHEN GOD SEEMS TO BE FAR FROM US. 

NOTE: There may be times in our Christian experience when it seems that God has forgotten us, is asleep or does not care. 

A.   THERE ARE TIMES WHEN IT SEEMS THAT GOD HAS FORGOTTEN US. 

Psalm 13:1-2 (KJV) How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? 

ILL: Joseph in Egypt.

 B.   THERE ARE TIMES WHEN IT SEEMS THAT GOD IS ASLEEP.

 Psalm 44:23-26 (KJV) Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.  Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?  For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.  Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.  

Matthew 8:24 (KJV) And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.  

C.   THERE MAY BE TIMES WHEN IT SEEMS THAT GOD DOES NOT CARE. 

Mark 4:38 (KJV) And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  

NOTE: We must understand that we are not the only ones who suffer these times of doubt. 

II. HOW CAN WE EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF THE LORD DURING TIMES OF TRIALS, TEMPTATIONS AND DOUBT? 

A.   WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US IN THE PAST. 

Isaiah 51:9-10 (KJV) Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?  Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?  

B.   WE MUST SEEK OUR COMFORT FROM GOD AND NOT FROM MAN. 

Isaiah 51:12 (KJV) I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;  

Jeremiah 17:5-8 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.  

C.   WE MUST REMEMBER THAT WE ARE HIS PEOPLE AND HE IS OUR GOD. 

III. WE FIND JOY AND HOPE IN HIS PROMISES. 

A.   GOD HAS PLANS FOR US THAT WILL BLESS US. 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.  

B.   HE TAKES THAT WHICH SEEMS BAD AND MAKES IT GOOD. 

Romans 8:28 (KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  

C.   HE WILL GIVE US THE POWER AND ABILITY TO   OVERCOME WHATEVER WE MAY BE FACING. 

1 Corinthians 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.  

   D.  HE WILL SUPPLY WHATEVER WE NEED.

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

D.   HE WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR US. 

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.  

CONCLUSION: We will find joy and be able to rejoice, when we look beyond our circumstances and see our God. 

   “Do not tell God how big your troubles are; tell your troubles how big your God is.” 

Isaiah 51:15 (KJV) But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is his name.  

   God is JEHOVAH-SABAOTH (sah-bah-OATH). 

   The Lord of the hosts of heaven will always fulfill His purposes even if we are weak. 

   Because we are the people of God we have every right to rejoice and have a party in spite of what we may be facing.

 

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