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JANUARY 1, 2012






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) 


    What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!


INTRO: Are you content with the way things are going in your life?


   We all should have a HOLY UNSATISFACTION as far as our spiritual life is concerned.


Philippians 3:12 (NLT) 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.


   What are some of the changes you would like to make in your life and do you have any new goals you would like to meet?


   One of the wonderful things about the New Year is that it gives us an opportunity to make changes in our lives and to set new goals.


   There are two important things about starting with a clean slate; we must first wipe the slate clean and then be very careful of what we put on the clean slate.




NOTE: We must be willing to make some changes in our lives if we are to write on a clean slate


Matthew 9:17 (NLT) And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. The old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins. That way both the wine and the wineskins are preserved."


   Before we can write on a clean slate we must remove what is already written.




Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us.


  • Sins that hinder our progress.


Job 11:14 (NLT) Get rid of your sins and leave all iniquity behind you.


Isaiah 55:7 (NLT) Let the people turn from their wicked deeds. Let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.


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.


Proverbs 28:13 (NLT) People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.


Isaiah 1:18 (NLT) "Come now, let us argue this out," says the Lord. "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.


1 John 1:9 (NLT)  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.


  • Weights that slow us down.


NOTE: There may be things that we do not consider as sin, but they keep us from serving God and we ought.


   I wish to consider only two of the many things that will hinder us from reach our full potential in Christ.


    • Bitterness


NOTE: Bitterness comes in to our live when things happen that we consider unfair.


Hebrews 12:15 (NLT) Look after each other so that none of you will miss out on the special favor of God. Watch out that no bitter root of unbelief rises up among you, for whenever it springs up, many are corrupted by its poison.


Ephesians 4:31 (NLT) Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior.


James 3:14 (NLT) But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your hearts, don't brag about being wise. That is the worst kind of lie.


    • Un-forgiveness


NOTE: The spirit of un-forgiveness is like a dam that holds back God’s forgiveness and blessings in our lives.


Matthew 6:15 (NLT) But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.


NOTE: Those who refuse to forgive will be un-forgiven.


   The believer who prays for forgiveness and holds feelings against another person is hypocritical. He is asking God to do something he himself is unwilling to do. He is asking God to forgive his trespasses when he himself is unwilling to forgive the trespasses of others.




NOTE: There are many things we need to write on our clean slate I am only going to mention one.


   A. LOVE


NOTE: The key to living a productive Christian life is LOVE.


Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT) Jesus replied, " 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'  This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."


Colossians 3:14 (NLT) And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.


NOTE: Our ability to love on another is dependent on the amount of love we have for God.


   The more we love God, the more we will love others.


1 John 4:15-21 (NLT) All who proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.  We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in him.  God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.  And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we are like Christ here in this world.  Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that his love has not been perfected in us.  We love each other as a result of his loving us first.  If someone says, "I love God," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don't love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we have not seen?  And God himself has commanded that we must love not only him but our Christian brothers and sisters, too.


CONCLUSION: Let us wipe our slate clean of sin, bitterness and un-forgiveness and fill our clean slate with love.



JANUARY 8, 2012






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 42:1 (NLT) As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.


INTRO: Our passion is what drives us.


   Many have achieved great success by the passion that drove them.


  • Thomas Edison

  • Henry Ford

  • The Wright brothers

  • Bill Gates

  • The Apostle Paul


   Many have been destroyed and have destroyed others by the passion that drove them.


  • Napoleon

  • Hitler

  • Drugs

  • Alcohol

  • Pornography


   Whether we want to admit it or not, we are all drive by our passion.


   What is the passion that drives you?




Psalm 42:1 (NLT) As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.


   The author most likely was David when he was fleeing from Absalom.




  • The comfort of his home

  • The companionship of his family

  • The power of his throne

  • The riches of his wealth




   It was not that he didn’t long for these things, but rather his greatest longing was to be once again in the presence of God.


NOTE: David longed more than anything else to be able to worship God in the Tabernacle.


Psalm 42:2 (KJV) My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?


Psalm 63:1-11 (KJV) A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

    O God, thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see Thy power and Thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary. Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee. Thus will I bless Thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy name.  My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips: when I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night watches.  Because Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.  My soul followeth hard after thee: Thy right hand upholdeth me.  But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.  They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.  But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by Him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.


Psalm 143:6 (KJV) I stretch forth my hands unto Thee: my soul thirsteth after Thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.




Mark 12:30 (KJV) And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.


   Our driving passion must be to know God and to become more like Him.


Philippians 3:7-10 (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,




NOTE: If our driving passion is to be like Jesus than we will possess the same compassion as He had.




John 3:16 (KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.




Luke 19:10 (NLT) And I, the Son of Man, have come to seek and save those like him who are lost."




2 Chronicles 36:15 (NLT) The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple.




Isaiah 30:18 (NLT) But the Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.


Luke 15:20 (NLT) "So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.




Luke 7:13 (NLT) When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. "Don't cry!" he said.




Matthew 14:14-20 (NLT) A vast crowd was there as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. That evening the disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves." But Jesus replied, "That isn't necessary—you feed them."  "Impossible!" they exclaimed. "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish!"  "Bring them here," he said.  Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. And he took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God's blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave some of the bread and fish to each disciple, and the disciples gave them to the people.  They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.


CONCLUSION: Let us have a passion for God and compassion for others.



JANUARY 15, 2012






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 36:8 (NLT) You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your rivers of delight.


INTRO: What come to your mind when you think of a wilderness or desert place?


   In the wilderness there are wild beasts that will attack and destroy.


   It is easy to become lost in the wilderness.


   In the desert there are snakes and scorpions that will bite and bring death.


   In the desert there is intense heat, very cold nights, and a lack of water.


   We are living in a wilderness and desert place.


   All around us are the beasts of temptation and sin that seeks to destroy us.


   We are often confused as to which direction we should take.


   The intense heat of peer pressure to live an ungodly life is smothering us.


   The snake and scorpions of the desert are seeking to fill us with their poison.


   God has promised us that he will turn the wilderness into a safe place, and the desert will become a Garden of Eden.


   This happens when we allow God’s river to water the wilderness and desert of our life.


Psalm 46:4 (KJV) There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.


NOTE: I wish to share three rivers of delight that God has provided for us.




Isaiah 12:3 (NLT) With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!


NOTE: The first river we must drink from is the River of Salvation.


John 6:54-56 (KJV) Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.   For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.


   This does not mean we do this literally, but rather we believe that Jesus is the Son of Man and the Son of God and that His death, burial and resurrection give to us eternal life.


   There are those who seek a bloodless religion but without Christ’s blood there is no salvation.


Hebrews 9:22 (NLT) In fact, we can say that according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified by sprinkling with blood. Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.


Exodus 12:13 (KJV) And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.


   It is through the washing of the blood of Jesus Christ that we are cleansed from sin.


1 John 1:7 (NLT) But if we are living in the light of God's presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.




John 4:13-14 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.


NOTE: The pleasures of this world will only satisfy for a moment.


Hebrews 11:24-26 (NLT) It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of the Messiah than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to the great reward that God would give him.


   Putting our trust in the pleasures of this world will only fail us in the end.


Matthew 16:26 (NLT) And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul?


   The drinking from God’s river of delight will satisfy us continually.


Isaiah 58:11 (NLT) The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.




Isaiah 48:18 (NLT) Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling like waves.



NOTE: God’s river of peace provides us with two different kinds of peace.


  • Peace with God


   Before we drank from the River of Salvation we were alienated from God were the enemies of God.


Colossians 1:21 (KJV) And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled:


  • Peace of God


Philippians 4:7 (NLT) If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.


Psalm 119:165 (NLT) Those who love your law have great peace and do not stumble.


Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!


John 14:27 (NLT) "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid.


John 16:33 (NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."


CONCLUSION: God invites us to come and drink from His Rivers of Delight.


Revelation 22:17 (NLT) The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." Let each one who hears them say, "Come." Let the thirsty ones come—anyone who wants to. Let them come and drink the water of life without charge.



JANUARY 22, 2012






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Timothy 6:12 (KJV)

    Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.


INTRO: War is not fun


   I believe that nobody in their right mind really wants war.


   There comes a time when war is necessary.


   When on group seeks to overcome anther group (WW II) we must seek to defeat the enemy or be overtake by them.




   When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we have enlisted in God’s army and in His war against Satan and sin.


   We either join God in this war or we will be overtaken by Satan and sin.


Ephesians 6:10-12 (KJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

NOTE: The true Believer’s life is a battlefield.


   Once we have accepted Christ as our Savior we are in a war against the enemy of God, Satan.

NOTE: The war we are in is a spiritual war not a physical war.


Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.


   There are two things we must do if we are to defeat the enemy.

1.      We must be strong in the Lord.


Ephesians 6:10 (KJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.


   Because the enemy is a spiritual enemy we must face him on a spiritual plain.


·         We must be strong


o   In our commitment to God.


   We must be fully committed to God.


James 1:5-8 (KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.


2 Timothy 2:4 (KJV) No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.


Luke 9:62 (KJV) And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.


Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.


James 4:7 (KJV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.


o   In the face of difficulties

   Often times in physical combat sacrifices have to be made for the good of the war.


   Sometimes God will allow us to suffer that we might be victorious in the end.


Job 23:8-10 (KJV) 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.


Job 13:15a (KJV) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…


2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (KJV)  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.


   We are unable to be strong in our own strength; our strength must come from the Lord.


2.      We must fight the enemy in the power of God’s might.


Ephesians 6:10 (KJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.


NOTE: We cannot fight this warfare with physical weapons.


2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (KJV) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)


Zechariah 4:6 (KJV) Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.


Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.


·         We must allow God to lead us in our battles with Satan.


NOTE: Like David facing Goliath, we are facing something much bigger and stronger than us and we must trust in God’s strength.


1 Samuel 17:46-47 (KJV) This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.


   We need not fear when we turn our battle over to God.


2 Chronicles 20:15 (KJV)  And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.


CONCLUSION: We must realize that we are at war, and will face many hardships and trials, but we do not need to fear, God will give us the victory.


Exodus 14:14 (NIV) The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."



JANUARY 29, 2012




SCRIPTURE READING: Ephesians 6:10-18


SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 6:11 (NLT) 


    Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.


INTRO: One of the very first things they do when you join the Army is to issue you your uniform and weapon.


ILL: The Army that was too poor.


   When we enlist in God’s Army, by way of Salvation, God issues us our uniform and weapon.


   Because our war is a spiritual war, the uniform and weapon God give us is different from those of physical armies.


2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.


NOTE: The enemy we are fighting is the enemy of our soul and his host of demons and fallen angels.


Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.


   We cannot face the enemy with a half-hearted attitude.


Ephesians 6:13 (NLT) Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.


NOTE: Every part of the Christian’s uniform is very important he can not hope to defeat the enemy if he goes out only partly dressed.




NOTE: God has provided us with five pieces of uniform and one weapon, plus a great support system.


   Paul was in prison guarded by Roman soldiers so he got a good look at their uniforms.




Ephesians 6:14a (NLT) Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness.


NOTE: The Belt of Truth is listed first so it must be very important.


   God desires that are inner man is girt about with Truth.


Psalm 51:6 (KJV) Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.


   The soldier’s belt provided several important services to the soldier.


·         The Belt of Truth covers the loins.


   Do we desire truth?


NOTE: Strong’s definition for loins refers to procreative power.


   Does our life produce truth?


·         It holds the clothing close to the body and keeps them from flapping providing him the ability to move about in close places.


2 Timothy 2:4 (KJV) No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

   Many people have suffered hurt and even death because of their clothing getting caught.


   Many Believers have allowed themselves to become entangled with the things of this world.


2 Timothy 4:10a (NLT) Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica…


·         It provided strength and support to the soldier.


NOTE: There are several aspects to the Christian’s Belt of Truth.


1.    Jesus is Truth, the Believer is putting on Jesus.


John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


2.    The Word of God is Truth.


John 17:17 (NLT) Make them pure and holy by teaching them your words of truth.


   Are our desires pure and holy?


3.    Living a life of Truth.


NOTE: Strong’s definition for the word truth is, to be true (in doctrine and profession):- speak (tell) the truth.


1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV) Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.


   We must never remove the Belt of Truth.


Proverbs 23:23 (KJV) Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.


CONCLUSION: Knowing and living the Truth must be paramount to us.


   By putting on the Belt of Truth, we have taken the first step in living a life victorious over Satan and sin.


John 8:32 (KJV) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.


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