SERMONS FOR JUNE
“FINDING A PLACE OF REFUGE”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 18:10 (KJV)
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the
righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Can you see the storm clouds gathering?
There are great storms coming.
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:
I. GOD INVITES US TO
FIND A HIDING PLACE UNTIL
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
THERE IS NO PLACE OF REFUGE IN THIS WORLD.
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.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put
confidence in princes.
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.
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.
Sometimes even Believer turn from trusting God and
put their trust in the things of this world.
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
King Asa 2 Chronicles 14 & 16
WHERE IS IT THAT WE CAN GO AND FIND THIS HIDING
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
Regardless of the circumstances we may be in,
when we hide in the Name of God we have perfect
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
LET US TURN TO GOD FOR OUR PLACE OF REFUGE.
It is in God and God alone that we can find a place
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.
GOD ALONE IS THE PLACE OF REFUGE DURING THE STORMS
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.
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
IT IS LIVING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD THAT WE FIND
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
When we are facing the storms of life, let us turn
to God for our place of refuge.
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:
SPIRIT OF JONAH”
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
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
He had no love for the people of Nineveh.
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.
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
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.
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.
JONAH’S MINISTRY WAS WITHOUT LOVE.
What is our motive for doing what we are doing for
The pastor who preached hell fire and brimstone.
Jonah hated and feared the people of
The church in Topeka, Kansas
that preaches hatred towards gays.
Jonah understood God’s mercy.
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
Jonah rejected the call of God because he knew God
was merciful and forgiving.
Jonah wanted God to destroy the people of
Jonah became angry when God showed mercy to
But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was
THE CHURCHES MOTIVE FOR EXISTENCE MUST BE LOVE.
If the churches motive is anything other than love
it fails to be God’s church.
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
Mark 12:31 (NLT)
The second is equally important: 'Love your
neighbor as yourself.' No other commandment is
greater than these."
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another.
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
"But if you are willing to listen, I say, love
your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.
We are to love the sinner in spite of their sin.
Too often we allow the sin to erode our love
for the sinner.
REACHING THE UNSAVED MUST BE THE GOAL OF THE
We cannot love God while hating the sinner.
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.
God’s love for us was demonstrated while we were
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
We are to love the sinner before they become a
GOD DOES NOT REJOICE IN THE DEATH OF A SINNER.
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?
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.
IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SHARE GOD’S GRACE AND
MERCY WITH SINNERS REGARDLESS OF WHO THEY ARE OR
WHAT THEY DO.
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
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.
BEING A MIGHTY MAN OF GOD
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.
The Church is in the midst of a battle against Satan
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
God gave David victory and the throne of Israel
with the help of his mighty men.
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
HE MUST BE A MAN OF FAITH
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
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.
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.
HE MUST BE A MAN THAT IS FAITHFUL
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
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.
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the
grave, there will be no work or planning or
knowledge or wisdom.
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
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand
to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Corinthians 16:13 (KJV)
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like
men, be strong.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
the power of his might.
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.
What the Church needs today is men; mighty men of
God. Are you one?
GO AND LET GOD”
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.
The Christian life is likened to a race.
There are different lengths of races:
A short dash
A medium distance
There are different kinds of race courses:
It is God who has laid out the race course we are to
Our race is in front of two different kinds
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.
WE MUST LET GO OF EVERY WEIGHT THAT SLOWS US DOWN.
There are many things that can hinder us in our
Christian race and not all of them are sinful, but
could lead to sin.
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.
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
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
Doubt will rob us of peace and victory.
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
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
PAIN AND SORROW
We often fail to see God’s hand in our sorrow and
"Don't call me Naomi," she told them. "Instead, call
me Mara, for the Almighty has made life very bitter
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
WE MUST LET GO OF THE SIN THAT HINDERS OUR PROGRESS.
All sin can be traced back to disobedience.
We either are disobeying by doing what we
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
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and
then not do it.
WE MUST LET GO OF DISCOURAGEMENT
We cannot allow the running of others to discourage
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."