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January 3, 2010
WITH THE OLD AND ON WITH THE NEW”
SCRIPTURE READING: ZECHARIAH
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Mark 2:21-22
No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old
garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh
away from the old, and the rent is made worse. And
no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new
wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled,
and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put
into new bottles.
INTRO: Every New Year brings
new and improved products that many of us think we must
have in order to survive.
Every New Year brings fresh
opportunities to improve from the preceding year.
There will be those who will take advantage of these
opportunities and there will be many others who will
As individuals and as a church we must seek God’s Word
to find those things that need to be changed in our
lives that we might be pleasing to God.
There are old habits we must get rid of and new
practices we must begin.
I want to share with you this morning just two of them.
CHANGE OF RAIMENT.
No man also seweth a piece of new
cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled
it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made
NOTE: Our birth in Christ
marks a new beginning and a need for new raiment.
Many people who call themselves Christians try to use
their own raiment.
when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a
man which had not on a wedding garment: and he saith
unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a
wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Romans 10:3 For they being
ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to
establish their own righteousness, have not submitted
themselves unto the righteousness of God.
We cannot come into the presence of the Lord clothed
with our own righteousness.
we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade
as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken
We cannot put on the righteousness of Christ while still
wearing our own self-righteousness.
God has provided us with a change of raiment.
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 Lord stood by.
We must desire the righteousness of Christ.
Psalm 119:40 Behold, I have
longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy
be found in him, not having mine own righteousness,
which is of the law, but that which is through the faith
of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
A CHANGE OF OUR LIFE STYLE.
And no man putteth new wine into old
bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and
the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but
new wine must be put into new bottles.
Too many want to be a Christian while living like the
The Spirit of God will not dwell in an unclean vessel.
ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for
what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness? And what
concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he
that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement
hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple
of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in
them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and
they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among
them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not
the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And
will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
New wine will ferment and burst the old bottles.
NOTE: When we become a
Christians there will be a change in our life style.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are
For some it will be no longer doing the sinful things of
For others it will be seeking to do the things that
For all it will be longing to place God first.
CONCLUSION: Let us put on the
Righteousness of Christ and seek to live a holy life
that is acceptable to Him.
January 10, 2010
BEHIND GOD PROMISES?”
SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Peter 1:4
Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye
might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped
the corruption that is in the world through lust.
INTRO: How precious are the
Promises of God to you?
Do you highly value them or do you let them run off your
back like water of a duck’s back?
Sometimes the fulfillment of
God’s promises may be delayed. This may cause us
to doubt His promises.
25 years, Joseph 22 years & David unknown.
How often have you had someone make you a promise that
they failed to fulfill?
Why are the promises of people and companies often
were not sincere when they made the promise.
made the promise without the authority to make the
have forgotten the promise they made.
do not have the resources to fulfill the promise.
What makes God’s promises different from other promises?
I want to share five things
that are behind God’s promises that guarantee that they
will be fulfilled.
GOD IS A GOD OF TRUTH.
NOTE: God will not make a
promise He has no intention on keeping.
Hungarian Promise: “I find it very hard in making you a
promise; I find it very easy to keep.”
is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are
judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and
right is he.
now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be
true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy
Psalm 146:6 (NLT)
is the one who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them. He is the one who
keeps every promise forever,
Romans 3:4 (NLT)
course not! Though everyone else in the world is a liar,
God is true. As the Scriptures say, "He will be proved
right in what he says, and he will win his case in
Hebrews 6:18 (NLT)
God has given us both his promise and his oath. These
two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for
God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for
refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his
promise with confidence.
HAS THE POWER AND AUTHORITY TO KEEP HIS PROMISES.
NOTE: Man’s power and
authority are limited but God’s are not.
Chronicles 29:12 (NLT)
Riches and honor come from you alone, for you rule over
everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is
at your discretion that people are made great and given
42:2 (NLT) "I know that you
can do anything, and no one can stop you.
Psalm 115:3 (NLT) For our
God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes.
Psalm 135:6 (NLT) The Lord
does whatever pleases him
throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in
Isaiah 43:13 (NLT) "From
eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I
do. No one can reverse my actions."
Habakkuk 3:6 (NLT) When he
stops, the earth shakes. When he looks, the nations
tremble. He shatters the everlasting mountains and
levels the eternal hills. But his power is not
diminished in the least!
Matthew 19:26 (NLT) Jesus
looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it
is impossible. But with God everything is possible."
1:37 (NLT) For nothing is
impossible with God."
NOTE: Man often times make
promises that they find out later that it wasn’t a
promise that should have been made.
God knows the beginning from the end and He knows what
is best and will not make a bad promise.
Psalm 104:24 (NLT)
Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In
wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full
of your creatures.
Proverbs 3:19 (NLT)
By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding
he established the heavens.
Jeremiah 17:10 (NLT) But I
know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret
motives. I give all people their due rewards, according
to what their actions deserve."
Jeremiah 29:11 (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.
Daniel 2:20 (NLT) saying,
"Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he alone
has all wisdom and power.
Romans 11:33 (NLT)
what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches
and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to
understand his decisions and his methods!
NOTE: God is faithful even
when we are not.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (NLT)
Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed
God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a
thousand generations and constantly loves those who love
him and obey his commands.
Deuteronomy 9:5 (NLT) It is
not at all because you are such righteous, upright
people that you are about to occupy their land. The Lord
your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only
because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he
had sworn to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Kings 8:56 (NLT) "Praise
the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just
as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the
wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.
Psalm 105:8 (NLT)
always stands by his covenant—the commitment he made to
a thousand generations.
Lamentations 3:22-26 (NLT)
unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we
have been kept from complete destruction. Great is
his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore,
I will hope in him!" The Lord is wonderfully good
to those who wait for him and seek him. So it is good to
wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
GOD’S LOVE FOR US.
Deuteronomy 7:8 (KJV) But
because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep
the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the
Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed
you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of
Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT) Long
ago the Lord said to Israel: "I have loved you, my
people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I
have drawn you to myself.
John 3:1 (NLT) See how very
much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to
be called his children, and we really are! But the
people who belong to this world don't
God, so they don't understand that we are his children.
CONCLUSION: We can put our
complete trust in God’s promises, they will always be
January 17, 2010
WITH A LIMP”
SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 32:31
The sun rose above him as
he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.
INTRO: To often Christians
take a causal approach in their relationship with God.
God had promised Abraham that
He would bless him and make him a great nation.
This promise would passed to Isaac and then through
Isaac had two sons; Esau and Jacob.
Esau was only concerned with the here and now. He
had no spiritual desire until too late.
How often do people wait until it’s too late to consider
Jacob wanted the promise but sought to get it through
his own means.
Jacob used many sinful ways to try and inherit the
God Name in vain
He finally came to the place where there was nothing
else he could do, he was between a rock and a hard
HE HAD A DESPERATE PERSONAL ENCOUNTER WITH GOD.
NOTE: There are many who claim
to be a Christian but have never had a personal
encounter with God.
There are many others, who although a Christian, have
never had a desperate personal encounter with God.
is a personal encounter with God?
NOTE: You accept Jesus as
Savior, but not as Lord.
had a personal encounter with God.
had a personal encounter with God.
When we accept Jesus as Savior
but not as Lord we are leaving the door open for Satan
to come in.
the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh
through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then
he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came
out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept,
and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself
seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they
enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man
is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto
this wicked generation.
is a desperate personal encounter with God?
NOTE: When you come to the end
of the rope and realize that you are completely
Desperate times take desperate measures.
Children of Israel at the Red Sea.
woman with the issue of blood.
Zacchaeus. Luke 19
mother of a daughter possessed with a demon.
HIS WALK WAS CHANGED.
NOTE: When we have a desperate
encounter with God it will change the way we walk.
will walk by faith not by sight.
Corinthians 5:7 (KJV)
we walk by faith, not by sight:)
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith
without the deeds of the law.
will walk in the light of God’s Word not in the
wisdom of man.
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
word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth
understanding unto the simple.
the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and
reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do
well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in
a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise
in your hearts:
will walk in the way of holiness not in worldly
way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the
end thereof are the ways of death.
understanding giveth favour: but the way of
transgressors is hard.
the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way
of the ungodly shall perish.
for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is
tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and
many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the
gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life,
and few there be that find it.
(NIV) The highway of the
upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his
an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be
called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass
over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men,
though fools, shall not err therein.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring
forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in
the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
will walk in the way of service not for selfish
every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will
of my Father which is in heaven.
Philip. 3:7-14 But what
things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for
whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do
count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found
in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of
the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ,
the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may
know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the
fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable
unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the
resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had
already attained, either were already perfect: but I
follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which
also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I
count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing
I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and
reaching forth unto those things which are before, I
press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling
of God in Christ Jesus.
faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;  Choosing
rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming
the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures
in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the
CONCLUSION: When we have a
desperate encounter with God it will change the way we
January 24, 2010
AND ETERNITY IS A MATTER OF CHOICE”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 139
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for
you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not
to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
INTRO: One of the greatest
gifts God has given to us is the gift of the freedom of
From the time we were conceived until the moment of our
death, our life is made up of choices.
First the choices of our parents and then the choices we
have made ourselves.
The first time a choice was made was in the
pre-eternities when God said,
“Let us make man in our image.”
God foreknew what the results of His choice to make man
We often make choices not knowing what the outcome will
Do you remember the TV game show, “Let’s Make a Deal”?
The choices we make will help determine the life that we
live and where we will spend eternity.
The first time man made a choice was in the Garden of
Man chose to disobey God, and Satan tries to get us to
make the same choice today.
THE ONE WHO GAVE US THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE.
NOTE: The choices we make
depend a lot on our attitude towards the one who gave us
the freedom of choice.
David had a right attitude towards God.
A. GOD KNOWS ALL ABOUT HIM.
Psalm 139:1-6 (NIV) O Lord,
you have searched me and you know me. You know
when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts
from afar. You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are
familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my
know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in--behind and
before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such
knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to
B. HE COULD NOT HIDE FROM GOD.
Psalm 139:7-12 (NIV) Where
can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your
presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are
there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the
far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the
darkness will hide me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as
light to you.
C. HE WAS CREATED BY GOD IN HIS MOTHER’S WOMB.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV) For
you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my
mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that
full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I
was made in the secret place. When I was woven together
in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed
body. All the days ordained for me were written in
your book before one of them came to be.
NOTE: When we have the correct
attitude towards God as the One who has made us, it will
affect the choices we make.
THE CHOICE GOD HAS GIVEN US.
NOTE: Many of the choices we
make in everyday life will have an impact on our
relationship with God.
Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against
you that I have set before you life and death, blessings
and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your
children may live
choice of repentance or rejection.
choice of forgiveness or bitterness and resentfulness.
choice of love and acceptance or hatred and rejection.
A. GOD WANTS TO BLESS US.
NOTE: God has a plan for our
lives and He wants to bless us and make us successful in
Psalm 139:17-18 How
precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great
is the sum of them! If I should count them, they
are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am
still with thee.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future.
B. SATAN WANTS TO DESTROY US.
Peter 5:8 Be sober, be
vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
NOTE: We must make the choice
between God and Satan.
Exodus 32:26 Then Moses
stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the
Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of
Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem
evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day
whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers
served that were on the other side of the flood, or the
gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for
me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Kings 18:21 And Elijah came
unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between
two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if
Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a
ETERNITY AWAITS THE CHOICE WE MAKE.
NOTE: There are many who have
not yet made the choice of choosing God.
3:14 Multitudes, multitudes
in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is
near in the valley of decision.
NOTE: By making no choice
between God and Satan, we have chosen Satan.
We must make our choice now before it is eternally too
Corinthians 6:2 (NLT) For
God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On
the day of salvation, I helped you." Indeed, God
is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of
CONCLUSION: We must make the
choice between heaven and hell, between Satan and God.
14:6 (NLT) Jesus told him,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come
to the Father except through me.
Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT) "You
can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate.
The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for
the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to
life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few
ever find it.
January 31, 2010
IMPERFECT MAKES YOU A GREAT CANDIDATE”
SCRIPTURE READING: MARK 2:13-17
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Mark 2:17
When Jesus heard it, he
saith unto them, “They that are whole have no need of
the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to
call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
INTRO: How great is God’s
God’s grace will always be greater than our sin.
Often people feel that they
are such a failure that God can not use them.
Yet throughout the Scriptures we see men and women who
seem to be utter failures used mightily by God.
Abraham hid behind his wife twice.
Abraham fathered Ishmael. (Yet he was known as the
friend of God)
Jacob, deceived, lied, tricked, took advantage of
someone else’s weakness and used God’s Name in vain.
(Yet he became the father of the nation of Israel)
Rahab was a harlot (Yet she is in the linage of Jesus)
David committed adultery, murder and caused the death of
70,000. (Yet he was know as a man after God own
Magdalene had seven devils cast out (Yet she was the
first to see our resurrected Lord)
Peter denied he knew Jesus. (Yet he preached the great
sermon on the Day of Pentecost)
Failure is a part of our maturing in God.
God will use our failure to make us useful for Him.
The world, and too often the church, uses a person’s
failure as a reason for disqualification.
NOTE: There are many who feel
because of their past they can’t be used by God.
THERE IS NONE WITHOUT SIN.
NOTE: God does not call the
qualified, He qualifies the called.
thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall
We are all sinners and come short of the glory of God.
all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
We must not condemn ourselves beyond God’s Grace and
If God saves us, He can use us.
NOTE: We must make sure we do
not condemn others beyond God’s grace and calling.
Romans 8:30 (NLT) And
having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And
he gave them right standing with himself, and he
promised them his glory.
Romans 14:4 (GW) Who are
you to criticize someone else's servant? The Lord will
determine whether his servant has been successful. The
servant will be successful because the Lord makes him
NO ONE IS BEYOND GOD’S GRACE OR GOD’S USE.
there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be
NOTE: No matter how great we
have sinned or how far we have strayed, God’s grace is
able to cleanse us and bring us back to Him.
The sinful woman who washed
Jesus feet. Luke 7:36-50
NOTE: The Pharisees failed to
offer Jesus the common courtesy that this sinful woman
NOTE: According to all the
religious leaders, Zacchaeus was not even fit for Jesus
to go home with.
19:9-10 And Jesus said unto
him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch
as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is
come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Woman at the well.
And many of the Samaritans of that
city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which
testified, He told me all that ever I did.
GOD OFTEN USES THE IMPERFECT TO FULFILL HIS
Corinthians 1:26-29 (NLT)
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you
were wise in the world's eyes, or powerful, or wealthy
when God called you. Instead, God deliberately
chose things the world considers foolish in order to
shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those
who are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
God chose things despised by the world, things counted
as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing
what the world considers important, so that no one can
ever boast in the presence of God.
NOTE: We must remember, it
doesn’t matter what we have done, or who we are, it
doesn’t matter what we have or don’t have, when God
calls us we can fulfill His purpose because of who He is
not because of who we are.
Moses was not used when he was the son of Pharaoh but
was called to service when he was a shepherd on the
backside of the desert.
Moses did not come to deliver the children of Israel as
the prince of Egypt but rather as shepherd of the
Matthew 6:13b For thine is
the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
CONCLUSION: We must never
forget: we are working in His Kingdom, through His
Power, for His Glory.
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