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APRIL 8, 2012

“ARE YOU ON A FRUITLESS SEARCH?”

SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 24:1-12

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 24:5 (KJV)

   And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

INTRO: We are all on a search, seeking to find that which will fulfill our lives and give us a purpose.

   Do you remember in the late 60’s and 70’s, how people were searching to find themselves?

   What are you searching for and where are you searching to find meaning in your life?

   Augustine said, “We all have a God shape box in our lives and only God can fill it.”

I. SEARCHING FOR THE WRONG THING IN THE WRONG PLACE.

 

A.    SEEKING PHYSICAL FULFILLMENT IN PHYSICAL THINGS.

Genesis 25:29-34 (NLT) One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home exhausted and hungry from a hunt.  Esau said to Jacob, "I'm starved! Give me some of that red stew you've made." (This was how Esau got his other name, Edom—"Red.")

    Jacob replied, "All right, but trade me your birthright for it."

    "Look, I'm dying of starvation!" said Esau. "What good is my birthright to me now?"

    So Jacob insisted, "Well then, swear to me right now that it is mine." So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his younger brother.  Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate and drank and went on about his business, indifferent to the fact that he had given up his birthright.

NOTE: Satan seeks to have us find fulfillment in physical things.

   Satan temped Jesus to satisfy His physical hunger over spiritual truth.

Matthew 4:1-4 (NLT) Then Jesus was led out into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be tempted there by the Devil. For forty days and forty nights he ate nothing and became very hungry. Then the Devil came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread."

    But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.' "

B.      SEEKING TO FIND FULFILLMENT IN THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD.

NOTE: Even Believers can get caught up in seeking the things of this world above the things of God

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

   We must live in this world but we can not allow the things of this world to attract us away from the things of God.

1 John 2:15 (NLT) Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you.

C.    SEEKING FULFILLMENT IN DEAD FALSE RELIGIONS.

NOTE: Any religion, Christian or otherwise, that does not lift up Jesus as the Son of God and the only way to Salvation, is a false religion.

   There are many religions that appease the mind but fail to change the heart.

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.

II. SEEKING FULFILLMENT IN THE RISEN CHRIST.

Mark 16:6-7 (NLT) but the angel said, "Do not be so surprised. You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He isn't here! He has been raised from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body.  Now go and give this message to his disciples, including Peter: Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died!"

NOTE: The fulfillment of life is found in our relationship with Jesus.

   Without knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our life is empty and void.

 

NOTE: Paul the great apostle found this to be true.

Philippians 3:7-15 (NLT) I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.  Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ  and become one with him. I no longer count on my own goodness or my ability to obey God's law, but I trust Christ to save me. For God's way of making us right with himself depends on faith.  As a result, I can really know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I can learn what it means to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that, somehow, I can experience the resurrection from the dead!

    I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.  No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.  

    I hope all of you who are mature Christians will agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.

CONCLUSION: Satan has many ways to get us to seek the things that are dead, but let us seek He who is living and can give us true life.

 

 

APRIL 15, 2012

“IT’S OKAY TO COME HOME”

SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 15:11-24

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 15:24 (NLT)

   for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.' So the party began.

INTRO: The story behind “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree”.

·          John Kord Lagemann, The Reader’s Digest, Mar. 1961, pp. 41–42.

   There are many times we may need to return home.

Following a fight with our spouse. Following a disagreement with a friend. Following a broken promise Following a moral or spiritual failure (sin)

   Coming home can sometimes be very difficult.

We must acknowledge and confess our wrong. We must seek forgiveness We must rely on the mercy of the one we offended.

I. THE PRODIGAL SON LEFT BY HIS OWN CHOICE.

NOTE: When we drift away from God it doesn’t matter the reason, it’s by our choice.

   How often we seek to blame others for the choices we make.

ILL: Adam and Eve in the garden.

A.    THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO LEAVE GOD.

NOTE: Almost all of us have stayed away from God at one time or another.  We may not have entered into sin but we have allowed our soul to grow cold towards the things of God.

1.    Gradually over a period of time in a spirit of indifference or spiritual laziness.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 (NLT) Laziness lets the roof leak, and soon the rafters begin to rot.

2.    Gradually over a love for the things of this world.

2 Timothy 4:10a (GW) Demas has abandoned me. He fell in love with this present world and went to the city of Thessalonica…

3.    In a moment of being hurt, anger or disappointed.

ILL: Peter’s denial.  Matthew 26:73-75 (GW) After a little while the men standing there approached Peter and said, "It's obvious you're also one of them. Your accent gives you away!"

    Then Peter began to curse and swear with an oath, "I don't know the man!" Just then a rooster crowed.  Peter remembered what Jesus had said: "Before a rooster crows, you will say three times that you don't know me." Then Peter went outside and cried bitterly.

  4.    Yielding to a temptation of sin.

ILL: David & Bathsheba 2 Samuel 11

NOTE: Once we yield to the first sin, the second sin comes much easier.

II. THE PRODIGAL SON SOUGHT TO RETURN HOME.   

Luke 15:17-20a (NIV) "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.'  So he got up and went to his father…

NOTE: There were two steps the Prodigal had to make.

   Even as he choose to leave his home, he had to chose to return.

A.    HE HAD TO RECOGNIZE AND ADMIT HIS SIN.

Psalm 51:3-4 (GW) I admit that I am rebellious.  My sin is always in front of me.  I have sinned against you, especially you.  I have done what you consider evil.  So you hand down justice when you speak, and you are blameless when you judge.

B.      HE HAD TO GET UP FROM WHERE HE WAS AND RETURN TO HIS FATHER.

Isaiah 55:7 (KJV) 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.

NOTE: Can you imagine the fear that thoughts that must have gone thought his mind as he headed home.

The shame he felt How would his father’s servants react How would his elder brother react How would his father react

   Because of these fears it is sometimes very difficult for us to make the decision to return home.

III. THE FATHER’S RESPONSE.

Luke 15:20-24 (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.  His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.'

    "But his father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger, and sandals for his feet.  And kill the calf we have been fattening in the pen. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.' So the party began.

NOTE: The father was waiting and ready for his returned and forgave him.

   When we return to the Lord we do not need to fear that He will reject us, but we can come in confidence knowing that He will forgive and restore us.

Psalm 130:3-4 (NLT) Lord, if you kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive?  But you offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear you.

Micah 7:18-19 (NLT) Where is another God like you, who pardons the sins of the survivors among his people? You cannot stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing mercy. Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!

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.

NOTE: We must not allow the negative reaction from others to keep us from returning home.

CONCLUSION: It’s okay to come home!

Jeremiah 33:8 (KJV) And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me.

 

 

APRIL 22, 2012

“THE BELIEVER’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS EVIL”

SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 97:1-12

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 97:10 (KJV) 

    Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

INTRO: We sang this morning, “O How I Love Jesus”.  How much do we really love Him?

   There are many ways of showing our love for God, one of them is our attitude towards evil.

   “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil”

   How often we say we love someone and then do the very thing that brings them pain and sorrow?

   We can do the same thing to God.

   We must love the things that God loves and hate the things that God hates.

   The use of the word evil is often confusing: evil as an unpleasant state of our circumstances; and evil as a wrong condition of our will; calamity or wrong doing.

   God often uses calamities to direct and shape our lives, and to bring punishment to wrong doing.

   Isaiah 45:7 (NIV) I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.

   We should not hate that which is used to fulfill God’s purpose.

James 1:2-4 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

   On the other hand the evil of wrong doing we must hate even as God hates.

   We cannot truly love God without hating what He hates.

   Our hatred for evil must begin with hatred for the evil in our own lives.

   It’s much easier to hate the evil in someone else life.

   Often times the hatred we have for the evil in someone else’s life is the very evil residing in our own heart.

   We are to be careful to hate the wrong doing, but not the wrong doer.

I. THE BELIEVER’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS EVIL

A.    A BELIEVER IS TO FORSAKE EVIL.

Job 28:28 (NLT) And this is what he says to all humanity: 'The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.' "

NOTE: When we accept Jesus as our Savior, He cleanses us from all sin; we are then to keep ourselves from sin by forsaking it.

1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

B.      A BELIEVER IS TO BE NAUSEATED BY EVIL.

Job 1:1 (KJV) There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

NOTE: Eschew is a strong term, applying to something found unpleasant in the mouth, and therefore to be cast out.  

Pulpit Commentary

   Evil should make the believer sick to their stomach.

C.    WE ARE TO ABHOR EVIL.

Romans 12:9 (KJV) Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

NOTE: The word abhor means to detest, loathe, despise, to be repulsed by and even to be revolted by.

II. THE KIND OF HATRED THE BELIEVER MUST HAVE TOWARDS

    SIN.

NOTE: Hate and love are the two strongest emotions we have, as we are to love God with all our heart, mine and spirit, so are we to hate evil.

 

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.

A.    WE MUST HATE ALL EVIL NOT PICK AND CHOSE.

B.      WE MUST HATE EVIL WITHOUT COMPROMISE.

C.    WE MUST HATE EVIL AND NOT JUST BE ANGRY AGAINST IT.

NOTE: Anger may fade over a period of time but our hatred for evil must never fade.

D.    OUR HATED TOWARDS EVIL MUST ALLOW REPROOF AND ADMONISHMENT FOR THE EVIL IN OUR OWN HEART.

III. THE BELIEVER’S ACTION TOWARDS EVIL.

A.    THE BELIEVER MUST SEPARATE FROM EVIL.

2 Corinthians 6:17 (NIV) "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.  Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."

2 Timothy 2:22 (NLT) Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

NOTE: There are too many believers who think they can let evil hang around without if affecting them.

B.      THE BELIEVER MUST RESIST EVIL.

James 4:7 (GW) So place yourselves under God's authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you.

   The believer cannot tolerate any evil for one evil leads to another.

C.    THE BELIEVER MUST FIGHT AGAINST EVIL.

NOTE: Our battle against evil is not a physical battle.

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.

NOTE: We are not alone in our battle against evil.

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV) Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

CONCLUSION: Our battle with evil will only end when we reach Glory, so let us be faithful and hate that which is evil (displeasing to God) but let us love those that practice evil, for at one time we practiced evil.

APRIL 29, 2012

“THE GOD OF SECOND CHANCES”

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 21:15-19

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Mark 16:7 (KJV)

    But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

INTRO: There are those who will never give someone a second chance.

   There may be times when we are asked to give someone a second chance and it may be very difficult to do so.

   God is the God of second and many more, chances.

   We have all failed in our walk with God, some of us many times.

   There have been great men of faith who have been given second chances by God.

I. DAVID

Acts 13:22 (KJV) And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

NOTE: David was called a “Man after God’s own heart” yet he needed a second chance.

   David had done great things for God and Israel.

He defeated Goliath He sought God for advice and direction He led Israel against her enemies. He brought the Ark into Jerusalem He sought to build a Temple

   Yet he committed adultery and murder.

   God gave David a second chance after David had sinned.

   There are those who need another chance after they have fallen into sin.

Galatians 6:1 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

   God gives us second chances even when we sin.

1 John 2:1 (NIV) My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

II. ELIJAH

NOTE: God gave Elijah a second chance after Elijah had given up and wanted to die.

1 Kings 19:4 (KJV) But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

   Almost all of us have become discouraged in our Christian walk and have been tempted to give up.

Psalm 13:1-2 (NLT) O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?  How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

   Because of the difficulties in our lives, we wonder is it really worth it, to try and live a Christian life while the ungodly prosper?

Psalm 73:13-16 (NLT) Was it for nothing that I kept my heart pure and kept myself from doing wrong?  All I get is trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain.  If I had really spoken this way, I would have been a traitor to your people. So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.  But what a difficult task it is!

   God gives us a second chance even when we want to give up.

III. JONAH

Jonah 1:1-3 (NLT) The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: "Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh! Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are."

     But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction in order to get away from the Lord. He went down to the seacoast, to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping that by going away to the west he could escape from the Lord.

NOTE: Has God called you into some kind of service for Him but you have tried to run away from His calling.

Romans 11:29 (NLT) For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.

   God gave Jonah a second chance after Jonah had disobeyed God.

Jonah 3:1-2 (KJV) And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

   God blessed Jonah with a great revival.

IV. PETER

Matthew 26:69-75 (NIV) Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee," she said. But he denied it before them all. "I don't know what you're talking about," he said.  Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth."  He denied it again, with an oath: "I don't know the man!" After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, "Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away." Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, "I don't know the man!"  Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: "Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." And he went outside and wept bitterly.

NOTE: Peter had been the leader among the disciples:

His great confession

Matthew 16:15-16 (KJV) He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? [16] And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

He walked on the water

Matthew 14:29 (NIV) "Come," he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

He fought for Jesus in the garden

John 18:10 (KJV) Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.

NOTE: God gave Peter a second chance after Peter had denied Jesus.

Mark 16:7 (KJV) But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.

John 21:15 (KJV) So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

 

CONCLUSION: It doesn’t matter why you have wander away, God is still the God of second changes.

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