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FEBRUARY’S SERMONS

 

February 3, 2013

 

WHEN LIFE IS UNFAIR

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOB 1:1-12

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 73:14 (NIV) 

 

    All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.

 

INTRO: There are times when tragedy strikes without warning.

 

ILL: Small sailing boat caught is a sudden storm.

 

NOTE: When we experience these things we often cry out to God but He is silent.

 

   The story of Job is very difficult to understand, yet there are many who have similar experiences. 

 

I. CONSIDER JOB

 

Job 1:1 (NLT) There was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.

 

A.     HIS PERSON

 

v  HE WAS BLAMELESS

v  A MAN OF COMPLETE INTEGRITY

v  HE FEARED GOD

v  HE STAYED AWAY FROM EVIL

 

B.      HE WAS BLESSED GREATLY

 

Job 1:2-3 (NLT) He had seven sons and three daughters. He owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred teams of oxen, and five hundred female donkeys, and he employed many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area.

 

v  HE HAD SEVEN SONS & THREE DAUGHTERS

v  SEVEN THOUSAND SHEEP

v  THREE THOUSAND CAMELS

v  FIVE HUNDRED YOKE OF OXEN

v  FIVE HUNDRED FEMALE DONKEYS

v  A VERY GREAT HOUSEHOLD

v  HE WAS THE  WEALTHIEST MAN IN LAND

 

C.     HIS SPIRITUAL LIFE

 

Job 1:4-5 (NLT) Every year when Job's sons had birthdays, they invited their brothers and sisters to join them for a celebration. On these occasions they would get together to eat and drink. When these celebrations ended—and sometimes they lasted several days—Job would purify his children. He would get up early in the morning and offer a burnt offering for each of them. For Job said to himself, "Perhaps my children have sinned and have cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular practice.

 

   He was very concerned about the spiritual welfare of his family.

 

II. THE CONVERSATION IN HEAVEN

 

Job 1:6-12 (NLT) One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan the Accuser came with them.  "Where have you come from?" the Lord asked Satan.

    And Satan answered the Lord, "I have been going back and forth across the earth, watching everything that's going on."

    Then the Lord asked Satan, "Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and will have nothing to do with evil."

    Satan replied to the Lord, "Yes, Job fears God, but not without good reason!  You have always protected him and his home and his property from harm. You have made him prosperous in everything he does. Look how rich he is! But take away everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face!"

    "All right, you may test him," the Lord said to Satan. "Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don't harm him physically." So Satan left the Lord's presence.

 

NOTE: Job is totally unaware of what is taking place in heaven.

 

     There are things that are taking place in the back scenes of our life that we are not aware of.

 

NOTE: There are several lessons we can learn from this conversation that will enable us to get through the unfair times on our lives.

 

   A. SATAN IS REAL

 

NOTE: The Hebrew word for Satan means: “To be an adversary, to resist.” The Accuser.

 

Revelation 12:10 (KJV) And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

   If he stood before us we would be overwhelmed with his beauty.

 

Ezekiel 28:13 (KJV) Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

 

   He has one purpose and that is to destroy God’s people.

 

   B. THE THINGS WE EXPERIENCE ARE OFTEN UNFAIR AND WE DON’T DESERVE THEM BUT

       THEY ARE PERMITTED.

 

NOTE: This is where we must trust in the sovereignty of God.

 

Job 23:10 (KJV) But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

 

Psalm 73:16 (GW) But when I tried to understand this, it was too difficult for me.

 

Deuteronomy 29:29 (NLT) “There are secret things that belong to the Lord our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our descendants forever, so that we may obey these words of the law.

 

   C. WE EXPERIENCE DIFFICULTIES THAT ARE NOT OUR FAULT

 

John 9:1-2 (KJV) And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.  And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

 

ILL: Joseph

 

   David and King Saul

 

NOTE: David only sought to serve Saul, yet Saul sought to kill David.

 

1 Samuel 20:1 (KJV) And David fled from Naioth in Ramah, and came and said before Jonathan, What have I done? what is mine iniquity? and what is my sin before thy father, that he seeketh my life?

 

CONCLUSION: When life is unfair we must put our trust in God.

 

Job 13:15 (KJV) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

 

   When we can find no comfort in this world we must turn to God.

 

Psalm 142:4-7 (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.  I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.  Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.  Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

 

February 10, 2013

 

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT GOD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 12:1-6

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 12:2 (KJV)

 

    Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

 

INTRO: Why are there those who have great faith in God while there are others who have very little faith?

 

   What we know about God goes a long way in how much faith we have in Him.

 

   When we are experiencing testing and trials, it is our understanding of who God is that gives us the faith we need to trust Him.

 

   Therefore it is imperative that every Believer have a basic understanding of who God is.

 

Jeremiah 9:23-24 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

 

   The first step in understanding who God is; is to consider His attributes.

 

I. WHAT IS AN ATTRIBUTE?

 

   An attribute is what make that person or thing what it is.

 

   The attributes of God are what makes God whom He is and without these attributes He would not be God.

 

   God’s attributes reveals His personality or character, not His appearance.

   These attributes never contradict any other attribute.

 

   Sometimes we think they do because of our limited understanding.

 

NOTE: The attributes of God can be divided into three groups:

 

·         Absolute Attributes

·         Relative Attributes

·         Moral Attributes

 

   A. ABSOLUTE ATTRIBUTES

 

NOTE: These attribute make God who He is without any relationship to His creation.

 

   These attributes reveal God’s own inherent excellency.

 

1.     Immensity (vastness).

 

   This attribute expresses more than His omnipresence.

 

2 Chronicles 6:18 (KJV) But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

 

   All of space cannot contain Him.

 

   His center is everywhere – His circumference nowhere.

 

2.     Eternal.

 

   Not having either beginning or end, God is eternal.

 

Genesis 21:33 (NLT) Then Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and he worshiped the Lord, the Eternal God, at that place.

 

NOTE: We divide time into past, present and future, but God as eternal recognizes no division.

 

Psalm 90:2 (NLT) Before the mountains were created, before you made the earth and the world, you are God, without beginning or end.

 

NOTE: Why is God’s eternal nature important to us?

 

   If God had a beginning who was before Him and how did he come into existence?

 

Isaiah 43:10 (KJV) Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

 

Isaiah 44:6 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

 

   Everything and everyone has a beginning except God.

 

   We may have everlasting life but we have a beginning and thus we are not eternal.

 

   It is the Eternal God that sustains us.

 

Deuteronomy 33:27 (KJV) The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

 

3.     Immutability.

 

NOTE: God does not change He remains unchanged and unchangeable.

 

Numbers 23:19 (KJV) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

 

Psalm 33:11 (KJV) The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

 

Psalm 102:27 (KJV) But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

 

Malachi 3:6 (KJV) For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

 

Hebrews 1:12 (KJV) And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

 

Hebrews 6:17 (KJV) Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

 

James 1:17 (NIV) Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

4.     Self-sufficient.

 

Psalm 50:12 (NLT) If I were hungry, I would not mention it to you, for all the world is mine and everything in it.

 

NOTE: We humans need many things to exist, God needs nothing.  He exists in Himself.

 

   God is independent of everything around Him.

 

   Everything and everyone is dependent upon Him.

 

5.     Unity.

 

NOTE: The trinity of God is shown throughout the Scriptures, yet is one of the most difficult teachings to understand.

 

Matthew 3:16-17 (KJV) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

 

Matthew 28:19 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 

John 10:30 (KJV) I and my Father are one.

 

John 14:10 (KJV) Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

 

John 17:11 (KJV) And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

 

John 17:21-22 (KJV) That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

 

CONCLUSION: Let us seek to know God the best we can so that whether we face hardships or blessings we can put our trust in Him.

 

February 17, 2013

 

HOW GREAT IS YOUR GOD?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JEREMIAH 10:10-16

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Jeremiah 10:12 (NLT) 

 

   But God made the earth by His power, and He preserves it by His wisdom.  He has stretched out the heavens by His understanding.

 

INTRO: How must faith do you have in God and how much do you trust Him?

 

   The more we know about God the greater our faith will be and the more we will be willing to trust Him.

 

   The first step in understanding who God is; is to consider His attributes.

 

I. WHAT IS AN ATTRIBUTE?

 

   An attribute is what make that person or thing what it is.

 

   The attributes of God are what makes God whom He is and without these attributes He would not be God.

 

   God’s attributes reveals His personality or character, not His appearance.

 

   These attributes never contradict any other attribute.

 

   Sometimes we think they do because of our limited understanding.

 

NOTE: The attributes of God can be divided into three groups:

 

·         Absolute Attributes

·         Relative Attributes

·         Moral Attributes

 

II. ABSOLUTE ATTRIBUTES

 

NOTE: These attributes make God who He is without any relationship to His creation.

 

·         Immensity (vastness).

·         Eternal.

·         Immutability (does not change).

·         Self-sufficient.

·         Unity.

 

III. RELATIVE ATTRIBUTES.

 

NOTE: These attributes reveal God and His relationship to His creation.

 

   It is God’s Relative Attributes that inspire our faith in God more than the others.

 

Psalm 9:10 (KJV) And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

 

1.     OMNIPOTENCE (all powerful)

 

NOTE: God’s power is the first thing mentioned in the Bible and is demonstrated in the last chapter of the Bible.

 

Genesis 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

Rev. 22:3-5 (KJV) And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

Jeremiah 32:17-18 (NLT) "O Sovereign Lord! You have made the heavens and earth by your great power. Nothing is too hard for you!  You are loving and kind to thousands, though children suffer for their parents' sins. You are the great and powerful God, the Lord Almighty.

·         There are things He cannot do because they violate His nature.

 

o    He cannot lie or change His mind.

 

1 Samuel 15:29 (NLT) And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind!"

 

o    He cannot fail to keep His Word.

 

2 Timothy 2:13 (GW) If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful because he cannot be untrue to himself.

 

o    He cannot tempt us to sin.

 

James 1:13 (KJV) Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

 

o    He cannot remember sins He has forgiven.

 

Hebrews 10:17 (KJV) And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

 

·         He is never weary or grows tired.

 

Isaiah 40:28 (NLT) Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

 

·         God limits Satan’s power.

 

Job 1:12 (NLT) "All right, you may test him," the Lord said to Satan. "Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don't harm him physically." So Satan left the Lord's presence.

 

Job 2:6 (NLT) "All right, do with him as you please," the Lord said to Satan. "But spare his life."

 

·         No one is able to stand against Him.

 

Job 42:2 (NLT) "I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.

 

·         God control all nature.

 

Job 38:1-11 (NLT) Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: "Who is this that questions my wisdom with such

ignorant words? Brace yourself, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.

    "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much.  Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying?  What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone  as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

    "Who defined the boundaries of the sea as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, 'Thus far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!'

 

o    He parted the Red Sea

 

Exodus 14:21 (KJV) And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

 

o    He provides food

 

1 Kings 17:2-4 (KJV) And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.  And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

 

o    He has power over death & the grave.

 

Ephes. 1:19-20 (NLT) I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms.

 

1 Peter 1:3 (NLT) All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again. Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead.

 

CONCLUSION: How Great Is Your God?

 

February 24, 2013

 

NOTHING IS HIDDEN FROM GOD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 139:1-12

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 139:1-2 (KJV)

 

   O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.

 

INTRO: When we study the attributes of God we are limited by our human understanding.

 

Romans 11:33 (NLT) Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods!

 

   What kind of God would we have if we could understand Him?

 

Job 11:7-8 (NLT) "Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything there is to know about the Almighty?  Such knowledge is higher than the heavens—but who are you? It is deeper than the underworld—what can you know in comparison to him?

 

   If we are serious about our study of God’s attributes we must ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten our hearts and minds.

 

James 1:5 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

 

I. THE ATTRIBUTE OF OMNISCIENCE

 

   The attribute we wish to consider this morning is OMNISCIENCE (all knowing).

 

NOTE: When we begin to study God’s attributes we must remember that God is perfect, perfect without fault or error; perfect in complete, nothing can be added or taken away.

 

   God knows all things and is absolutely perfect in knowledge.

 

   A. HIS KNOWLEDGE IS WITHOUT LIMITS

 

NOTE: No matter how much we study we are unable to know everything, but God does and He does without any effort.

 

Isaiah 40:28 (NLT) Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

 

1 John 3:20 (NLT) even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

 

·         His knowledge is absolutely inclusive

 

Proverbs 15:3 (NLT) The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.

 

2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

 

   Our eyesight is limited but God’s is not.

 

Proverbs 5:21 (NLT) For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.

 

·         God has perfect knowledge of nature

 

Psalm 147:4 (NLT) He counts the stars and calls them all by name.

 

   Man is unable to count the stars

 

Genesis 15:5 (NLT) Then the Lord brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, "Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that—too many to count!"

 

·         God has perfect knowledge of what is happening in our lives

 

Isaiah 40:26-27 (NLT) Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out one after another, calling each by its name. And he counts them to see that none are lost or have strayed away.

    O Israel, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case?

 

Psalm 139:1-6 (KJV) O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.

 

·         God has perfect knowledge of our past, present and future.

 

NOTE: God knows all about us and He seeks to guide us into everlasting life.

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

 

   He knows what is best for us and seeks to guide us.

 

Psalm 139:15-16 (NLT) You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.  You saw me before I was born.            Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

 

Job 31:4 (NLT) He sees everything I do and every step I take.

 

Psalm 37:23 (NLT) The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord.  He delights in every detail of their lives.

 

Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

 

Proverbs 20:24 (NLT) How can we understand the road we travel? It is the Lord who directs our steps.

 

CONCLUSION: If God has all wisdom and perfect knowledge it would be in our best interest to listen and obey Him.

 

Proverbs 14:12 (KJV) There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

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.

 

 

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