AUGUST 3, 2008 AM
“GOD OF ALL”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 54:1-5
TEXT: Revelation 15:4 (NIV)
Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring
glory to your name? For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed."
The Jews are facing dark days but God has promised
His blessing and deliverance.
The sixth manifestation He gives of Himself is that
He is the God of the whole earth.
Isaiah 54:5 For thy Maker is
thine husband; the Lord of hosts
is his name; and thy Redeemer the
Holy One of Israel; The God of the
whole earth shall he be called.
As we, His Church, are facing difficult days ahead
of us, we can be encouraged that the God we serve is
the God of the whole earth.
There is nothing that does not come under His
The strength of our faith depends largely on our
knowledge of God.
Many people to day have very little knowledge of Who
God is and what He can do and even sadder many don’t
have any desire to know more about God.
I. THERE ARE THOSE WHO SAY THERE IS NO GOD.
Psalm 14:1, 53:1 The fool hath said in
his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they
have done abominable works, there is none that doeth
“God does not believe in atheists therefore
atheists do not exist.”
THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF GOD.
NOTE: They have been blinded by the eyes of
science and human knowledge.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (GW) The god of this
world has blinded the minds of those who don't
believe. As a result, they don't see the light of
the Good News about Christ's glory. It is Christ who
is God's image.
Thessalonians 2:9-12 (GW)
The man of sin will come with the power of Satan. He
will use every kind of power, including miraculous
and wonderful signs. But they will be lies. He will
use everything that God disapproves of to deceive
those who are dying, those who refused to love the
truth that would save them. That's why God will send
them a powerful delusion so that they will believe a
lie. Then everyone who did not believe the truth,
but was delighted with what God disapproves of, will
B. THERE ARE THOSE WHO WORSHIP THE WRONG GOD.
NOTE: There are those who want a god in
their lives but worship the wrong god.
They worship gods of wood and stone.
They worship the creation rather than the creator.
They worship the gods of this world.
C. THERE ARE THOSE WHO DO NOT WANT A GOD.
NOTE: It doesn’t matter to these whether
there is a God or not, they just don’t want God in
They enjoy their life of sin and have no desire to
be freed from it.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (GW) You must understand
this: In the last days there will be violent periods
People will be selfish and love money. They will
brag, be arrogant, and use abusive language. They
will curse their parents, show no gratitude, have no
respect for what is holy, and lack normal affection
for their families. They will refuse to make peace
with anyone. They will be slanderous, lack
self-control, be brutal, and have no love for what
They will be traitors. They will be reckless and
conceited. They will love pleasure rather than God.
They will appear to have a godly life, but
they will not let its power change them. Stay
away from such people.
II. ALL WILL RECOGNIZE GOD AND ACKNOWLEDGE HIM
NOTE: There will come a day when everyone,
everywhere will bow before God and acknowledge Him
Psalm 22:27 (KJV)
All the ends of the world shall remember and turn
unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations
shall worship before thee.
Isaiah 45:23 (KJV) 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.
Romans 14:11 (KJV) For it is written, As
I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.
Philippians 2:9-11 (KJV) Wherefore God
also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name: 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.
No matter who we are, one day we will all
acknowledge that God is God of all.
III. THE ASSURANCE THIS BRINGS.
Whenever we are facing tough times we need something
to give us encouragement and help us hold on until
victory is won.
A. GOD IS IN CONTROL OF EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE WE
NOTE: Those who now worship YHWY as
God of All have peace and confidence in Him in spite
of what may be going on around them.
2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I
also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not
ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am
persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have
committed unto him against that day.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which
hath begun a good work in you will perform it until
the day of Jesus Christ:
B. REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCE GOD WILL
MAKE IT RIGHT.
NOTE: God allows us to go through difficult
times to show to us and through us, His power and
Romans 8:28 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. GOD HAS OUR BEST INTEREST AT HEART.
NOTE: God sends us through difficult time
so our faith and trust in Him might be strengthened.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the
thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord,
thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an
expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye
shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto
ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search
for me with all your heart.
CONCLUSION: There are tough days ahead of
Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the
footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst
thou contend with horses? and if in the land of
peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee,
then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
People want Jesus as Savior but not as Lord.
In whom or in what are you putting your trust?
AUGUST 3 PM
“WALKING IN THE LIGHT”
SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 9:1-7
TEXT: JOHN 8:12
Then spake Jesus again unto
them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that
followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall
have the light of life.
JOHN 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I
am the light of the world.
INTRO: Too often we fail to truly
appreciate light and take it for granted.
We live in a darkened world.
Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the
earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and
darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the
Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was
There are many types of darkness in this world:
Darkness of ignorance
It is very dangerous and foolish to walk about in
darkness when there is light available.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come
into the world, and men loved darkness rather than
light, because their deeds were evil.
Making decisions in the dark can lead to
some regrettable consequences.
Back in the days before electricity, a tightfisted
old farmer was taking his hired man to task for
carrying a lighted lantern when he went to call on
his best girl. “Why,” he exclaimed, “when I went
a-courting’ I never carried one of them things, I
always went in the dark.” “Yes,” the hired man
said,” and look at what you got!”
JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am
the light of the world: he that followeth me shall
not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of
Jesus has come to bring us LIGHT so that
we no longer need to stumble about in darkness.
ISAIAH 9:2 The people that walked in
darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in
the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the
1 JOHN 1:7 But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with
another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
LIGHT REMOVES THE FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY OF DARKNESS.
Psalm 27:1 The Lord
is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the
Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
HIS LIGHT GIVES US DIRECTION AND COMFORT IN
OUR DAILY WALK.
119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my
feet, and a light unto my path.
119:130 The entrance of thy words
giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the
PROVERBS 6:23 For the commandment is a
lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of
instruction are the way of life:
HIS LIGHT IS AVAILABLE TO ALL WHO WOULD BELIEVE.
John 1:1-12 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God. All
things were made by him; and without him was not any
thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light
the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness
of the Light, that all men through him might
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness
of that Light.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every
man that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made
by him, and the world knew him not.
came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that
believe on his name:
II. JESUS HAS CALLED US TO BE LIGHTS IN A DARKENED
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on
an hill cannot be hid.
WE ARE NO LONGER CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:5
Ye are all the children of light, and the
children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of
ARE TO LIVE AS CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT.
EPHESIANS 5:8 For ye were sometimes
darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk
as children of light:
ARE TO LIGHTEN THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE.
MATTHEW 5:15 Neither do men light a
candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are
in the house.
D. THE LIGHT WE BRING MUST
REVEAL JESUS AND NOT OURSELVES.
MATTHEW 5:16 Let your light so shine
before men, that they may see your good works, and
glorify your Father which is in heaven.
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from
the earth, will draw all men unto me.
CONCLUSION: The darker our surroundings the
brighter our light.
AUGUST 10 AM
“OUR VICTORY IS ASSURED”
SCRIPTURE READING: Isaiah 54:11-17
TEXT: Isaiah 54:17
No weapon that is formed against thee
shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise
against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is
the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their
righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
University of Washington against USC.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you knew for sure the
winning numbers of the Lottery?
Every true Born Again Believer has the promise that
they can live in victory through Jesus Christ our
But do we take advantage of this promise?
There are far too many Christians who stagger about
in defeat when victory has been assured.
IT IS UNBELIEF THE KEEPS US IN DEFEAT.
As long as we allow unbelief to rule our hearts and
minds we will live outside the victory God had for
2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the
Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to
shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose
heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done
foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have
A. WE MAY SEE OTHERS LIVING IN VICTORY BUT WE WILL
NOT EXPERIENCE IT FOR OURSELVES.
The man who refused to believe God promise of
2 Kings 7:1-2
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
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.
B. OUR UNBELIEF DOES NOT ONLY AFFECT US, IT ALSO
AFFECT THOSE AROUND US.
The ten unbelieving spies.
Numbers 13 & 14
The question we must ask ourselves is this: “Do we
believe in the promises of God, or don’t we?”
II. GOD HAS PROMISED US VICTORY.
In spite of whatever circumstance we find ourselves
in, God has promised us the victory.
A. GOD PROMISED THAT THEY WOULD BE BLESSED.
NOTE: They were facing defeat but God
promised that they would be fruitful in the face of
When we are in the midst of negative circumstances
do we believe that God will turn these negative
circumstances into a blessing?
Proverbs 14:26 (NIV) He who fears the
Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it
will be a refuge.
GOD PROMISED HE WOULD BRING THEM BACK.
When we find that we have stayed away from God we
have the assurance the He will restore to us our
relationship with Him.
I will seek that which was lost, and bring again
that which was driven away, and will bind up that
which was broken, and will strengthen that which was
sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I
will feed them with judgment.
Joel 2:12-13, 21, 23-25
Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn
ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting,
and with weeping, and with mourning: 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 … Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice:
for the Lord will do great things … 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.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
III. THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN DEFEAT US.
When we in difficult situations let us remember that
God has promised us the victory.
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
and every tongue that shall rise against thee in
judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of
the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is
of me, saith the Lord.
2 Kings 6:16
And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us
are more than they that be with them.
There is no circumstance beyond God’s ability to
turn from defeat into victory.
Third Crusade Richard the Lion Heart and his battle
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men
this is impossible; but with God all things are
Our victory does not come through our strength but
rather through our faith in the power and
deliverance of God.
I can do all things through Christ which
1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome
them: because greater is he that is in you, than he
that is in the world.
Let us put our trust in God and rely on His promise
of the assurance of victory.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that
neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor
things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate us from the love
of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
AUGUST 10, 2008 PM
“WHO WILL STAND IN THE GAP FOR YOU?”
SCRIPTURE READING: Job 33:14-30
TEXT: Job 33:24
Then he is gracious unto him, and saith,
Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found
INTRO: The truth we must all face and the
truth we must convey unto others is that we are all
facing eternity and if we do not have the right
person standing in the gap for us we are bound for
At Christmas time we celebrate the coming of Jesus
into this world, at Easter we celebrate the purpose
of His coming and there will come a day when we
shall celebrate His return.
Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our
report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
This Scripture asks two questions.
“Who hath believed our report?”
“And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?”
There are two very important questions that we all
The answer to the second question lies in the
answering of the first question.
WHO HATH BELIEVED OUR REPORT?
The report the prophet Isaiah is talking about is
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The word Gospel means “Good News”.
Gospel can be divided into three sections:
We are all sinners.
We are unable to cleanse ourselves from sin.
Jesus is the only one who can cleanse us from sin.
ARE ALL SINNERS.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned every one to his own way;
There are those who do not believe that is such a
thing as sin.
To believe that there is sin you must first believe
that there is a God or a law that forbids sin.
Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law
is, there is no transgression.
Romans 7:7-8 (GW)
What should we say, then? Are Moses' laws sinful?
That's unthinkable! In fact, I wouldn't have
recognized sin if those laws hadn't shown it to me.
For example, I wouldn't have known that some desires
are sinful if Moses' Teachings hadn't said, "Never
have wrong desires."
sin took the opportunity provided by this
commandment and made me have all kinds of wrong
desires. Clearly, without laws sin is dead.
There are those who believe there is sin but that
they are not sinners.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself,
God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this
twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I
NOTE: The judge themselves by others.
ARE UNABLE TO CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM SIN.
Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made
my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Those who do not believe in sin do not think they
need to be cleansed from sin.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
Those who believe that there is sin but that they
are not sinners also fail to believe they need to be
cleansed from sin.
1 John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a
liar, and his word is not in us.
Those who believe they are sinner but that they can
cleanse themselves from their sins.
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have
we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have
cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
HAS PROVIDE US THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN STAND IN THE GAP
FOR U; JESUS CHRIST.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and
one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
There is a place where we can intercede for needs
others, but only Christ can intercede for sins of
II. TO WHOM IS THE ARM OF THE LORD REVEALED?
The second question is answered by how we answer the
If we do not believe the Gospel, the arm of the Lord
will never be revealed unto us.
If we believe the Gospel, than the arm of the Lord
will be revealed unto us.
The arm of the Lord speaks of His power and
The prophet is speaking of Jesus power and authority
to be our intercessor.
What gives Jesus the sole right to be our
The Roman soldier on behalf of his brother guilty
of a crime.
is guilty.” “Yes if he was innocent I would have
asked for justice but because he is guilty I am
asking for mercy.”
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned every one to his own way; and the Lord
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
When Jesus stands before His Father making
intercession for us, the Fathers sees the scars that
Jesus bears for our sins.
And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing
before the angel of the Lord,
and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
And the Lord
said unto Satan, The Lord
rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord
that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this
a brand plucked out of the fire?
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments,
and stood before the angel.
And he answered and spake unto those that
stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy
garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I
have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I
will clothe thee with change of raiment.
And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon
his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head,
and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the
And the angel of the Lord
protested unto Joshua, saying,
Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt
keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house,
and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee
places to walk among these that stand by.
Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and
thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men
wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my
servant the BRANCH. For
behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua;
upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will
engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord
of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that
land in one day.
In that day, saith the Lord
of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour
under the vine and under the fig tree.
Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth?
It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen
again, who is even at the right hand of God, who
also maketh intercession for us.
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also
to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by
him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for
Who is standing in the gap for you?
AUGUST 17, 2008
“FINDING COMFORT IN THE
MIDST OF TURMOIL”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 55:1-13
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 55:12
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led
forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall
break forth before you into singing, and all the
trees of the field shall clap their hands.
INTRO: It is not a question of whether or
not we will face turmoil in our life but rather how
will we deal with it when it comes?
This portion of Scripture begins with an open
invitation to three groups of people are facing
Those who are too poor to help themselves.
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
Those who are seeking comfort outside of God.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not
bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth
not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that
which is good, and let your soul delight itself in
The sinner under conviction of the Holy Spirit.
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 pardon.
From the time of the Fall, God has sought to bring
man back into fellowship with Him.
Throughout the Scriptures we can see where God as
invited us to come and find what we need in Him.
Peace and comfort has been the results for those who
have responded to God’s invitation positively.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon
you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For
my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
This does not mean that we won’t face day of
hardship and trials.
Nor does it mean that we won’t struggle during these
But when we release it to God, His peace and comfort
will be ours.
I. FINDING COMFORT WHEN WE ARE BROKEN.
Isaiah 55:1 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.
NOTE: God seeks to provide comfort for
those who are unable to help themselves.
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in
spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
It is only when we come to the end our abilities and
we release everything to God we find true comfort.
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!
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them
that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of
a contrite spirit.
Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a
broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God,
thou wilt not despise.
Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in
heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was
lost, and bring again that which was driven away,
and will bind up that which was broken, and will
strengthen that which was sick: but I will
destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them
Acts 27:44 And the rest, some on boards,
and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it
came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn:
for they shall be comforted.
II. FINDING COMFORT WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS.
Isaiah 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money
for that which is not bread? and your labour for
that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto
me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul
delight itself in fatness.
NOTE: The temptation is very strong when we
are facing difficult situations to consider two ways
to address our problems.
turn to someone or something other than God.
For my people have committed two evils; they have
forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed
them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no
Jeremiah 17:5, 7-8 Thus saith the Lord;
Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh
flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the
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.
People, places, and things were never meant to give
God alone is the Author of a fulfilled life.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good
courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait,
I say, on the Lord.
One of the most difficult things to do is to wait on
God and trust Him for the solution to our situation.
Psalm 33:18-22 Behold, the eye of the
Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope
in his mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and
to keep them alive in famine.
Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help
and our shield.
For our heart shall rejoice in him, because
we have trusted in his holy name.
Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according
as we hope in thee.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou
disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall
yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance,
and my God.
Psalm 146:5 Happy is he that hath the
God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord
III. FINDING COMFORT THROUGH REPENTANCE.
The most miserable person in the world is a sinner
under conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the
Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be
as white as snow; though they be red like crimson,
they shall be as wool.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat
the good of the land: but if ye refuse and rebel, ye
shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of
the Lord hath spoken it.
There is tremendous joy when the burden of sin is
lifted from the heart of a repentant sinner.
Out of our turmoil of the conviction of the sin in
our lives we cry out to God for forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
As a Christian we know that we would be used of God
for His purpose we must keep ourselves from sin.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and
know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way
in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
CONCLUSION: Peace is the deepest desire and
need of the human heart.
When we find ourselves wondering where is the
peace that is lacking in our lives?
We must turn back to Jehovah Shalom for it is
only through the Prince of Peace that we can find
the comfort we desire.
AUGUST 24, 2008 AM
“WHO’S DWELLING IN THE
TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD?”
READING: I CORINTHIANS 3:10-17
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 3:16 Know
ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Story of the Three Little Pigs.
We are all building a spiritual structure and this
is far more important than any physical structure we
might ever build.
God longs to live and dwell in the hearts and lives
of His people.
God created us that we might be a dwelling place for
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the
door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with
him, and he with me.
There are many buildings that were built at the
beginning to be a church but today they are
What brought about the change that turned the Church
from a place of worship into something totally
It had a change in purpose.
It was built to worship and glorify God now its
purpose is something else.
Paul warns us against defiling the Temple of God.
1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God
destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple
We defile the Temple of God when our purpose changes
from glorify Him to doing our own thing.
Remember, Paul is talking to the Church not to
I. THE FOUNDATION OF EVERY TRUE BELIEVER IS JESUS
1 Corinthians 3:10-11
According to the grace of God which is given unto
me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the
foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let
every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
For other foundation can no man lay than that
is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
In order for us to be the Temple of the Living God
we must be rooted and built upon Jesus Christ.
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles
and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief
corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed
together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: in
whom ye also are builded together for an habitation
of God through the Spirit.
When we come to Christ and accept Him as our Savior,
we are given the proper foundation on which we can
build the spiritual building in which God will
It is up to us as individuals on how we build the
Temple of our lives that God dwells in.
II. THE MATERIAL WE USE TO BUILD GOD’S TEMPLE.
A person may be built on the foundation of Jesus
Christ but how they build on that foundation
determines what kind of Temple they are building.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Now if any man
build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall
be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire
shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
If any man's work abide which he hath built
thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall
suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so
as by fire.
Paul talks about two kinds of material:
A. GOD, SILVER AND PRECIOUS
Love for God
If we build with these materials our lives will
bring honor and glory to God.
NOTE: A life that brings glory and honor to
God will receive God’s approval
B. WOOD, HAY & STUBBLE.
Strife & divisions
Recognition of man
When we build the Temple with these materials they
will be destroyed by the fire of God’s judgment.
III. THE DANGER OF DEFILING THE TEMPLE.
1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God
destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple
What is it that defiles the Temple of God?
And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without
understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that
whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the
belly, and is cast out into the draught?
But those things which proceed out of the
mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the
out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders,
adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness,
blasphemies: these are the things which defile a
man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a
NOTE: We must remember it is the spiritual
part of man that both Jesus and Paul are talking
about, not the physical part of man.
We need to be careful what we put into the physical
man so that we are in the best physical shape we can
be, but what is more important is the spiritual
person that dwell within us.
NOTE: It is sin that defiles the Temple of
Sin can be divided into two parts:
A. SINS OF COMMISSION.
NOTE: These are sins we commit knowingly
and are in direct disobedience to God and His Word.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that
the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of
God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor
covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
When we sin we are defiling the Temple of God.
If we continue to sin and fail to repent and seek
God’s forgiveness there will come a day when we will
face God’s judgment.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the
temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple
of God is holy, which temple ye are.
SINS OF OMISSION
The sins of omission are often grounded in the sin
of idolatry, when we put things between us and God.
Throughout the Scriptures God refers to Israel’s sin
of idolatry as adultery.
The longer we allow something or someone to come
between us and God the further from God we will be.
Hosea 10:1-2 (NLT)
How prosperous Israel is—a luxuriant vine loaded
with fruit! But the more wealth the people got, the
more they poured it on the altars of their foreign
gods. The richer the harvests they brought in, the
more beautiful the statues and idols they built.
The hearts of the people are fickle; they are
guilty and must be punished. The Lord will break
down their foreign altars and smash their many
And because iniquity shall
abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because
thou hast left thy first love.
NOTE: At one time they had a love for God
but now their love has grown cold.
This is caused when something comes a takes the
place of the love they use to have.
CONCLUSION: To keep from defiling the
Temple of the Living God we must guard against sin
and allowing idols into our hearts.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) Search me, O God,
and know my heart;
test me and know my thoughts. Point out
anything in me that offends you, and lead me along
the path of everlasting life.
12:1 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,
AUGUST 31, 2008 AM
“THE SECRET OF FINDING
READING: Isaiah 57:15-21
TEXT: Psalm 4:8
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep:
for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
INTRO: What do you think of when you hear
the word Peace?
The world is looking for someone to bring peace.
There are those who claim to have the answer for
Ezekiel 13:10 Because, even because they
have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was
no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others
daubed it with untempered morter:
There are many things that rob us of peace.
The greatest robber of peace is sin.
can be no peace for those who practice sin.
Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the
troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast
up mire and dirt.
Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith
the Lord, unto the wicked.
Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, saith my
God, to the wicked.
I. WE MUST RECOGNIZE WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and
hath broken down the middle wall of partition
Isaiah 53:5 (GW)
He was wounded for our rebellious acts.
He was crushed for our sins.
He was punished so that we could have peace,
and we received healing from his wounds.
True peace comes through Jesus Christ.
Until we accept Jesus as our Savior there can be no
peace from the guilt of sin.
Until we accept Jesus as Lord of our live we will
fail to find the full peace of trusting in Him.
The foundation of our peace is Jesus Christ and his
Matthew 7:24-25 (NIV) "Therefore
everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them
into practice is like a wise man who built his house
on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet
it did not fall, because it had its foundation on
The strength of our peace in Jesus Christ is
dependent on two things:
A. OUR RELATIONSHIP.
Our relationship is like the skeleton of body, this
is what holds everything together.
The deeper our relationship the greater our peace.
Our relationship is dependent on several things:
Knowledge of God’s Word.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not
sin against thee.
Thy word is a lamp unto my
feet, and a light unto my path.
The lack of knowing God’s Word will rob us of the
peace that God has for us.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not
knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
It is through prayer that we have intimacy with God.
ILL: Shut in With God.
Worship & Fellowship
Many fail to have peace because they fail to see the
need to gather with others to offer worship and
service to God.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (GW) We must also
consider how to encourage each other to show love
and to do good things.
We should not stop gathering together with
other believers, as some of you are doing. Instead,
we must continue to encourage each other even more
as we see the day of the Lord coming.
The deeper our relationship with God the strong our
faith will be.
NOTE: As our relationship with God is like
our skeleton, Faith is like the muscles that give
our body the ability to do things.
The peace we experience is largely dependent on the
faith we possess.
The stronger our faith the greater will be our
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by
hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It is our faith in God that allows us to
trust Him in times of difficulties.
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his
head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
And said, Naked came I out of my mother's
womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord
gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the
name of the Lord.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I
will maintain mine own ways before him.
Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; and
backward, but I cannot perceive Him: on the left
hand, where He doth work, but I cannot behold Him:
He hideth Himself on the right hand, that I cannot
see Him: but He knoweth the way that I take: when He
hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
David on his return to Ziklag.
1 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.
CONCLUSION: Jesus never promised us a life
free from trials and troubles but He did promise
that we could have peace while experiencing
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my
peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give
I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither
let it be afraid.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in
me ye might have peace. In the world ye
shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world.
Our peace is found in Jesus Christ.
AUGUST 31, 2008 PM
“WHEN GOD DOESN’T SEEM
INTRO: There are times when we may feel
that God doesn’t care about what is happening to us.
WHEN GOD SEEMS TO BE ASLEEP.
All of us have had to face storms in our lives but
what happens when we are in the midst of a storm and
God is fast asleep?
THEY WERE IN THE WILL OF GOD.
JESUS WAS WITH THEM
THEY WERE AT THE POINT OF SINKING.
HE DIDN’T SEEM TO CARE ABOUT THE STORM.
HE STILLED THE STORM.
HE REBUKED THEM FOR THEIR LACK OF FAITH.
When we are in the midst of a storm and
all seems lost, we are still to trust God and not to
WHEN GOD DOES NOT ANSWER OR SEEMS TO PLAY FAVORITES.
How do we react towards God when he fails to answer
our prayers (the way we want) but answers someone
THIS WOMAN WAS DIFFERENT FOR OTHERS.
JESUS DID NOT ANSWER HER PLEA.
THE FOLLOWER OF JESUS SOUGHT TO TURN HER
JESUS SAID SHE DIDN’T DESERVE HIS HELP.
NOTE: Her story reveals the truth that
Salvation was opened to the Gentiles.
WHEN GOD DOESN’T ANSWER WHEN WE CALL AND
MATTERS ONLY BECOME WORSE.
There are times the more we pray the worse things
JESUS LOVED LAZARUS.
WHEN THEY ASKED HIM TO COME, JESUS DELAYED
LAZARUS DIED BEFORE JESUS GOT THERE.
WHEN JESUS FINALLY CAME ALL HOPE SEEMED TO
Have you prayed so long for something that you have
finally lost hope that God was going to meet the
The more hopeless the situation the more glory goes
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