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SERMONS FOR JUNE

JUNE 3rd

 FINDING A PLACE OF REFUGE

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 46:1-11

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 18:10 (KJV)

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

 INTRO: Can you see the storm clouds gathering?

    There are great storms coming.

 Matthew 24:6-8 (NLT) And wars will break out near and far, but don't panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won't follow immediately.  The nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.  But all this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come.

    Satan is facing his end and he is doing everything he can to destroy God’s people.

 

   Some of the storms we are facing are: 

  • Political/Corruption
  • Economical
  • Social Issues
  • War
  • Famine
  • Lawlessness
  • Disease
  • Spiritual Distortion

 I. GOD INVITES US TO FIND A HIDING PLACE UNTIL HE COMES

   TO BRING JUDGMENT TO THIS SINFUL WORLD.

Isaiah 26:20 (KJV) Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

 A.    THERE IS NO PLACE OF REFUGE IN THIS WORLD.

 Psalm 142:4 (KJV) I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

    The refuge of this world will fail us in our hour of need.

 Psalm 118:9 (KJV) It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

 Isaiah 31:1 (KJV) Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!

 

Jeremiah 17:5 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.

 Isaiah 28:15, 17 (NLT) You boast that you have struck a bargain to avoid death and have made a deal to dodge the grave. You say, "The Assyrians can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception." I will take the measuring line of justice and the plumb line of righteousness to check the foundation wall you have built. Your refuge looks strong, but since it is made of lies, a hailstorm will knock it down. Since it is made of deception, the enemy will come like a flood to sweep it away.

 NOTE: Sometimes even Believer turn from trusting God and put their trust in the things of this world.

 Jeremiah 2:13 (KJV) 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 water.

 ILL: King Asa 2 Chronicles 14 & 16

 B.      WHERE IS IT THAT WE CAN GO AND FIND THIS HIDING  PLACE?

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

    Our only place of refuge is when we hide in the Name of the Lord.

    How do we hide in the Name of the Lord?

    When we accept Jesus as our Savior we take His Name.

    Regardless of the circumstances we may be in, when we hide in the Name of God we have perfect peace.

 Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

 A.    LET US TURN TO GOD FOR OUR PLACE OF REFUGE.

 NOTE: It is in God and God alone that we can find a place of refuge.

 Psalm 62:7-8 (NLT) My salvation and my honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.  O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

 Psalm 142:5 (KJV) I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

 B.      GOD ALONE IS THE PLACE OF REFUGE DURING THE STORMS OF LIFE.

 Isaiah 4:6 (KJV) And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.

 Isaiah 25:4 (NLT) But to the poor, O Lord, you are a refuge from the storm. To the needy in distress, you are a shelter from the rain and the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall,

 C.    IT IS LIVING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD THAT WE FIND REFUGE.

Psalm 27:5 (NLT) For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary.  He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

Psalm 31:20 (NLT) You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them.        You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues.

 CONCLUSION: When we are facing the storms of life, let us turn to God for our place of refuge.

 Psalm 57:1 (KJV) To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.

    Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

Hebrews 6:18 (KJV) That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

 

 

JUNE 10th

 THE SPIRIT OF JONAH

SCRIPTURE READING: Jonah 4:1-11

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jonah 4:2 (GW)

     So he prayed to the Lord, "Lord, isn't this what I said would happen when I was still in my own country? That's why I tried to run to Tarshish in the first place. I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, patient, and always ready to forgive and to reconsider your threats of destruction.

 INTRO: What a sad commentary to a life that was used mightily by God.

    A review of the life of Jonah:

    Jonah had one most successful ministries of all the prophets yet he was unhappy.

    The entire city repented of their sins and turned to God.

    Why was he unhappy with the results of his ministry?

    He had no love for the people of Nineveh.

NOTE: The ministry of Jonah shows us that we can have an outward successful Christian life but without love for those whom we are ministering to.

 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NLT) If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn't love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would be of no value whatsoever.

    We can be very successful in the eyes of man but if we do not have love we cannot please God.

 Jeremiah 17:9-10 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

 I. JONAH’S MINISTRY WAS WITHOUT LOVE.

 NOTE: What is our motive for doing what we are doing for God?

 ILL: The pastor who preached hell fire and brimstone.

 A.    Jonah hated and feared the people of Nineveh.

 ILL: The church in Topeka, Kansas that preaches hatred towards gays.

B.      Jonah understood God’s mercy.

 Jonah 4:2 (GW) So he prayed to the Lord, "Lord, isn't this what I said would happen when I was still in my own country? That's why I tried to run to Tarshish in the first place. I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, patient, and always ready to forgive and to reconsider your threats of destruction.

 NOTE: Jonah rejected the call of God because he knew God was merciful and forgiving.

 C.    Jonah wanted God to destroy the people of Nineveh.

 D.    Jonah became angry when God showed mercy to Nineveh.

 Jonah 4:1 (KJV) But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry.

 II. THE CHURCHES MOTIVE FOR EXISTENCE MUST BE LOVE.

 NOTE: If the churches motive is anything other than love it fails to be God’s church.

  • Love for God

 Mark 12:30-31 (NLT) And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.'  

  • Love for one another

Mark 12:31 (NLT) The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is greater than these."

 John 13:35 (KJV) By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

  • Love for the lost

 Matthew 5:44 (KJV) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 Luke 6:27 (NLT) "But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.

 NOTE: We are to love the sinner in spite of their sin.

    Too often we allow the sin to erode our love for the sinner.

 III. REACHING THE UNSAVED MUST BE THE GOAL OF THE CHURCH.

 NOTE: We cannot love God while hating the sinner.

 1 John 4:10-11 (NLT) This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.  Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

 1 John 4:19 (KJV) We love him, because he first loved us.

NOTE: God’s love for us was demonstrated while we were sinners.

 Romans 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

 NOTE: We are to love the sinner before they become a  saint.

 A.    GOD DOES NOT REJOICE IN THE DEATH OF A SINNER.

 Ezekiel 33:11 (NLT) As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?

 2 Peter 3:9 (GW) The Lord isn't slow to do what he promised, as some people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake. He doesn't want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.

 B.      IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SHARE GOD’S GRACE AND MERCY WITH SINNERS REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEY DO.

 Proverbs 24:11-12 (NIV) Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.  If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?  Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

 CONCLUSION: Think of the worst sinner you can thing of, what would you rather see; the sinner experience God’s grace and mercy or face His judgment?

    If we want our church to grow we cannot possess the spirit of Jonah.

    What spirit controls your heart; the spirit of Jonah or the Spirit of God.

 

JUNE 17th

BEING A MIGHTY MAN OF GOD

SCRIPTURE READING: Exodus 17:8-13

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Exodus 17:12 (KJV) But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

INTRO: The Church is in the midst of a battle against Satan and sin.

    What the Church needs today are not new and better programs, big and fancier churches, what ever church needs are mighty men of God who will stand in the gap and uphold the hands of the pastors and leaders of the Church.

    Leadership and ministry can sometimes be a difficult and lonely place.

Psalm 142:4 (NLT) I look for someone to come and help me,  but no one gives me a passing thought!  No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me.

   There are enough Sanballat’s and Tobiah’s to go around, what the Church needs are the Joshua’s and Jonathan’s.

    God gave David victory and the throne of Israel with the help of his mighty men.

 1 Chronicles 11:10 (KJV) These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel.

   Three characteristics of a mighty man of God

 I. HE MUST BE A MAN OF FAITH

 Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

   Having faith that there is a God is not enough, it is our belief and faith of who God is that makes the difference.

    How can you believe and have trust in God if you do not know who He is?

    Do you know God’s attributes? 

  • God is eternal
  • God has all power
  • God has all knowledge and wisdom
  • God is everywhere
  • God is love
  • God is holy & righteous
  • God is perfect, complete
  • God is just

    He must have a strong biblical faith.

 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 II. HE MUST BE A MAN THAT IS FAITHFUL

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

   God has placed us each into the Body of Believers and we must be faithful to the task He has given us to fulfill. 

  • Faithful in doctrine

 Ephesians 4:11-16 (NLT) He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.  Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God's Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.

    Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth.  Instead, we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. 

  • Faithful in service

 Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NLT) Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.  

  • Faithful in worship

 Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.  

  • Faithful in his personal relationship with God

 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.  

  • Faithful in giving

 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT) You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully.  

  • Faithful in prayers and support of the leaders of the church.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord's work. They work hard among you and warn you against all that is wrong. Think highly of them and give them your wholehearted love because of their work. And remember to live peaceably with each other.

  • Faithful in witness

 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

III. HE MUST BE A MAN OF STRENGTH AND COURAGE

 Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV) Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

 2 Chronicles 15:7 (KJV) Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

Psalm 27:14 (KJV) Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

 1 Corinthians 15:58 (KJV) Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 1 Corinthians 16:13 (KJV) Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

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

 1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT) Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.  Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

CONCLUSION: What the Church needs today is men; mighty men of God. Are you one?

 

 

JUNE 24th

 LET GO AND LET GOD

 SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 11:28-30

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 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.

 INTRO: The Christian life is likened to a race.

    There are different lengths of races: 

  • A short dash
  • A medium distance
  • A marathon

    There are different kinds of race courses: 

  • Flat course
  • Hurdles
  • Steeple Chase
  • Cross Country

 NOTE: It is God who has laid out the race course we are to run.

    Our race is in front of two different kinds of witnesses: 

  • Those who have gone before and the example they have left us
  • Those who are watching us as we run our race.

   There are four things we must consider if we are to run our race successfully.

 I. WE MUST LET GO OF EVERY WEIGHT THAT SLOWS US DOWN.

 NOTE: There are many things that can hinder us in our Christian race and not all of them are sinful, but could lead to sin. 

  1. BITTERNESS

Hebrews 12:15 (GW) Make sure that everyone has kindness from God so that bitterness doesn't take root and grow up to cause trouble that corrupts many of you.

    Bitterness comes when we feel wronged or mistreated and we continually dwell on it.

    In time we will share our bitterness with others and thus corrupt them.

    We must let go of our bitterness and let God heal our wound.

  1. UNFORGIVENESS

 Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT) If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

    Our unwillingness to forgive others, block God’s forgiveness to us. 

  Unchecked bitterness will always lead to un-forgiveness.

  1. DOUBT

Romans 14:23 (KJV) And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

   Doubt will rob us of peace and victory.

 John 20:25 (NLT) They told him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he replied, "I won't believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side."

Acts 12:14-15 (NLT) When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed that, instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and told everyone, "Peter is standing at the door!" "You're out of your mind," they said. When she insisted, they decided, "It must be his angel."  

  1. FEAR

NOTE: Fear will cause us to question God’s love.

Mark 4:38 (NLT) Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. Frantically they woke him up, shouting, "Teacher, don't you even care that we are going to drown?"

    Fear comes from taking our eyes off of Jesus. 

Matthew 14:30 (KJV) But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

  1. PAIN AND SORROW

 NOTE: We often fail to see God’s hand in our sorrow and pain.

 Ruth 1:20-21 (NLT) "Don't call me Naomi," she told them. "Instead, call me Mara, for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me.  I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why should you call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer and the Almighty has sent such tragedy?"

 II. WE MUST LET GO OF THE SIN THAT HINDERS OUR PROGRESS. 

NOTE: All sin can be traced back to disobedience. 

  • We either are disobeying by doing what we shouldn’t.

1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT) But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams.

  • Or we are disobeying by fail to do what we should.

 James 4:17 (NLT) Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

 III. WE MUST LET GO OF DISCOURAGEMENT

 NOTE: We cannot allow the running of others to discourage us.

 Only those who finish the race win the prize.

   Mark 13:13 (KJV) ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Galatians 6:9 (NLT) So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.

 Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT) 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.

 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT) I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.  And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.

 IV. WE MUST KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS

 Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 ILL:  Base Bugler.  

 CONCLUSION: Let us let Go and let God.

 

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) Then Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."

 

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