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JUNE’S SERMONS

 

JUNE 2, 2013

 

CROSSING OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE

 

SCRIPTURE READING: MARK 4:35-41

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 23:4 (KJV)

 

    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

  

INTRO: “Changing Pastures”

 

   Life is a journey; from the cradle to the grave.

 

   We look forward to the day of birth but dread the day of death.  

 

   One of the most difficult things to talk about is death and dying.

 

Yet we all will face death.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (KJV) To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die…

 

Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die…

 

   There is a vast difference between the death of the godly and the death of the ungodly.

 

Proverbs 14:32 (NLT) The wicked are crushed by their sins, but the godly have a refuge when they die.

 

   The ungodly does not prepare for the day of their death while the godly takes the proper steps to make sure they are ready.

 

I. PREPARING FOR THE DAY OF DEATH.

 

   A. THE LACK OF PREPARATION OF THE UNGODLY.

 

NOTE: Since we all will face the day of death, why do so many fail to prepare for it?

 

Ecclesiastes 8:8 (KJV) There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

 

·         THEY PROCRASTINATE.

 

Acts 24:25 (NLT) As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was terrified. "Go away for now," he replied. "When it is more convenient, I'll call for you again."

 

·         THEY FEEL THEY HAVE NO FEAR OF DEATH OR JUDGMENT.

 

Isaiah 28:18 (NLT) I will cancel the bargain you made to avoid death, and I will overturn your deal to dodge the grave. When the terrible enemy floods in, you will be trampled into the ground.

 

   B. THOSE WHO PREPARE FOR DEATH.

 

NOTE: The Word of God refers to death as a place of darkness.

 

Job 10:21-22 (KJV)   Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;  A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without any order, and where the light is as darkness.

 

   They come to the light of God’s grace.

 

Isaiah 9:2 (KJV) The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

 

II. THE CERTAINTY AND UNCERTAINTY OF DEATH.

 

NOTE: We will all face the day of death but for most of us we don’t know when.

 

Luke 12:20 (KJV) But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

 

   A. TWO VIEWS OF DEATH.

 

·         The ungodly see death as the final end, there is nothing after death.

 

·         The godly see death as the doorway into eternal life with Christ.

 

   B. THE TWO CONSEQUENCES OF DEATH.

  

·         The ungodly face eternal judgment.

 

Hebrews 9:27 (KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

 

·         The godly enter into the Joy of the Lord.

 

Matthew 25:23 (KJV) His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 

III. THE FEAR OF DEATH HAS BEEN REMOVED.

 

1 Corinthians 15:54-58 (NLT) When this happens—when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die—then at last the Scriptures will come true:  "Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"  For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power.  How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord!  So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

 

NOTE: God has removed the sting of death for everyone who will come to Him.

 

Ezekiel 18:23 (NLT) "Do you think, asks the Sovereign Lord, that I like to see wicked people die? Of course not! I only want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.

 

RECONSIDERING THIS MIRACLE

 

1.      Background: Jesus had been teaching all day.  What a great day with we come to accept Jesus Christ.

2.      It was the end of the day. (Life comes to an end)

3.      It was getting dark (death is like darkness)

4.      Jesus said, “Let’s go to the other side. (death is in God’s plan for us)

5.      They sent the multitude away (death is personal)

6.      Jesus entered into the boat with them. (Jesus is always with us)

7.      There arose a great storm. (death is like a storm, death can come quickly or slowly)

8.      The water filled the boat (they did all they could do but to no avail)

9.      Jesus was asleep (often times our prayers seem unanswered)

10. The disciples were full of fear (death can cause fear in the heart of a believer)

11. They thought Jesus didn’t care.

12. They awoke Jesus

13. Jesus stilled the storm

14. Jesus questioned their lack of faith.

 

CONCLUSION: Death will come to us all, how will we face death?

 

JUNE 9, 2013

 

PIGS OR REVIVAL

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 5:1-20

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

 

    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

INTRO: Every morning we wake to a day that is filled with choices.

 

   Our lives, sometimes the lives of others, and where we will spend eternity hinges on some of the choices we make today.

 

   How much do we want Jesus to move in our lives and in the life of the Church?

 

   Consider the choices made in this story.

 

I.  BACKGROUND TO THIS STORY: Mark 4

 

A.    JESUS HAD BEEN TEACHING ALL DAY

B.      HE AND THE DISCIPLES CAME ACROSS THE SEA

C.    JESUS WAS TIRED AND FELL ASLEEP IN THE BOAT

D.    A STORM AROSE

E.      THE DISCIPLES WERE FILLED WITH FEAR

F.      JESUS CALMED THE STORM

 

II. THE CHOICES MADE

 

A.    THE DEMONIAC

 

1.  The demoniac’s background: vs. 1-5

 

NOTE: This gives us the picture of the worst of all sinners.

 

·         He dwelt among the tombs

·         Men was unable to help or control him

·         He self-inflicted pain and suffering to himself

·         He must have seen the storm

·         He knew Jesus was coming before the boat arrived

 

2.  He met Jesus when the boat landed: vs. 2

 

            3.  He worshipped Jesus:  vs. 6

 

NOTE: Even the devil and his demons will worship Jesus.

 

Isaiah 45:23 (KJV) I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

 

Romans 14:11 (KJV) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

 

Philippians 2:10 (KJV) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

 

James 2:19 (KJV) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

 

            4.  He knew who Jesus was: vs. 7

 

B.      THE CHOICES JESUS MADE

 

1.  He address the man situation vs. 8 & 9

 

NOTE: When we come to Jesus He will always address our needs.

 

            2.  He delivered the man from the demons. vs. 10 – 13

 

NOTE:  Legion refers to a Roman Legion that has over 6,000 soldiers.

 

   Only Jesus has the power and authority to overthrow sin and Satan.

 

            3.  He granted the request of the demons.

 

NOTE: Why did Jesus grant the demon’s request?

·         So the demons would not enter into the Gaderenes.

·         To give the Gaderenes a choice between pigs or Jesus’ ministry.

 

4.  He not only delivered the man from the demons but He also put the

    man in his right mind vs. 15

 

NOTE: When God ministries to our needs He does a complete job.

 

C.    THE CHOICE THE GADERENES MADE.

 

1.  They had chosen to disobey God are raise pigs.

 

NOTE: God has called pig and unclean animal. 

 

Deuteronomy 14:8 (KJV) And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.

 

            2.  They chose to be afraid of Jesus instead of worshiping Him vs. 14

 

            3.  They chose pigs over Jesus’ ministry vs. 16

 

D.    THE CHOICE THE DELIVERED MAN MADE.

 

1.  He sought to go with Jesus vs. 18

 

NOTE: We often think that to follow Jesus means that we must do some certain thing.

 

   Jesus told him to stay where he was and share what God had done for him.

 

            2.  He chose to obey Jesus.

 

NOTE: The results of his obedience.

 

Luke 8:39-40 (KJV) Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.  And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.

 

CONCLUSION: The question we much each answer; Are there pigs in our life or the life of our church that we must get rid of in order for Jesus to move in our midst?

   Pigs or Revival, we must make the choice.

 

JUNE 16, 2013

 

THE THREE C’s OF A GODLY MAN

 

SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 11:24-29

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 8:4 (KJV) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

 

INTRO: What is man, and why did God create him.

 

Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

  

   God created man to care for His creation.

 

   God created man so that man would have fellowship with God.

 

   Because of sin, man has failed to meet either of these purposes.

 

   Our nation is headed in the wrong direction because our leaders are not godly men.

 

   What we need are godly men to lead in our families, in our churches and in our nation.

 

   There are many characteristic of godly men I want to only address three of them.

 

I. MEN OF CONVICTION

 

NOTE: What a man believes and holds as truth is what makes a man who he is.

 

   A man who fails to have strong conviction will often be led astray to follow that which is false.

 

   A man of strong conviction believes what he believes and nothing can shake his belief.

 

Galatians 1:8 (KJV) But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

 

   A man’s conviction can either affect him positively or negatively.

 

   A godly man’s conviction involves:

 

A.     HIS BELIEF IN GOD

 

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

B.      HIS BELIEF IN GOD’S WORD

 

Psalm 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

     

C.     HIS BELIEF IN HIS CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Micah 6:8 (KJV) He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 

·         To do what is right no matter the cost

·         To be merciful to others

·         To walk humbly (in obedience) with God

 

II. A MAN OF COURAGE

 

NOTE: It is one thing to have conviction but the godly man must be willing to stand for his conviction regardless of the consequences.

 

 

    A.  COURAGE TO TRUST GOD IN TIMES OF NEED

 

ILL: Abraham

 

Genesis 22:7 (KJV) And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

 

     B.  COURAGE IN TIMES OF TEMPTATION

 

ILL: Joseph

 

Genesis 39:7-10 (NLT) And about this time, Potiphar's wife began to desire him and invited him to sleep with her.  But Joseph refused. "Look," he told her, "my master trusts me with everything in his entire household.  No one here has more authority than I do! He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I ever do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God."

    She kept putting pressure on him day after day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept out of her way as much as possible.

 

     C. COURAGE IN TIMES OF PERSECUTION

 

ILL: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

 

Daniel 3:16-18 (NLT) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn't, Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up."

 

III. A MAN OF COMPASSION

 

     A. A LOVE FOR GOD AND THE THINGS OF GOD

 

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."

 

·         A godly man loves God more than anything or anyone else.

 

Luke 14:26 (NLT) "If you want to be my follower you must love me more than your own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, more than your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.

 

·         A godly man loves the Word of God

 

Psalm 119:97 (KJV) O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

 

Jeremiah 15:16 (NLT) Your words are what sustain me. They bring me great joy and are my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.

 

Psalm 119:165 (KJV) Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

 

·         A godly man loves the house of God

 

Psalm 27:4 (NLT)  The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord's perfections and meditating in his Temple.

 

Psalm 122:1 (KJV) I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

 

·         A godly man loves others

 

John 13:34-35 (KJV) A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

CONCLUSION: What our church needs is godly men; are you one?

 

JUNE 13, 2013

 

THREE GUARDS NEEDED

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PROVERBS 1:10-19

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Peter 5:8 (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.

 

INTRO: For the want of a nail a kingdom was lost.

 

   It is the little things that often cause us to stumble.

 

Song of Solomon 2:15 (KJV) Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

 

   Satan seeks to trip us up in any way he can.

 

   We must be constantly on guard to his tricks.

 

   There are three areas of our life that we must be sure to guard against Satan’s attacks.

 

I.  WE MUST GUARD OUR HEARTS

 

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

 

NOTE: The heart is the center of our emotions and often times it is our emotion that drives us.

 

   The Word of God tells us that we must love God more than anything or anyone else.

 

Matthew 10:37 (NLT) If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.

 

   We must guard against anyone or anything coming between us and God.

 

   Hymn: “Nothing Between My Soul and My Savior”

 

1 John 2:15 (KJV) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

ILL: The Rich Young Ruler:  Mark 10:21-23 (NLT) 

    Jesus felt genuine love for this man as he looked at him. "You lack only one thing," he told him. "Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."  At this, the man's face fell, and he went sadly away because he had many possessions.

    Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for rich people to get into the Kingdom of God!"

 

Ezekiel 7:19b (NLT)…for their love of money made them stumble into sin.

 

1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT) For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

 

Hebrews 13:5 (NLT) Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you.  I will never forsake you."

 

NOTE: We guard our hearts by asking God to search our hearts to keep it free from that which Satan would seek to deceive us with.

 

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.

 

NOTE: We cannot trust ourselves to guard our hearts we must allow the Holy Spirit to do so.

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT) "The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?  But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."

 

   The blessing of having a guarded heart

 

Jeremiah 24:7 (NLT) I will give them hearts that will recognize me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.

 

II. WE MUST GUARD OUR MIND

 

Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

NOTE: We must guard our mind by what we think and the way we think.

 

   A. WE MUST GUARD AGAINST UNCLEAN THOUGHTS

 

      1.  Thoughts of anger

      2.  Thoughts of un-forgiveness

      3.  Thoughts of greed

      4.  Thoughts of lust

 

   B. WE MUST GUARD AGAINST THOUGHS OF PRIDE

 

NOTE: Pride left unchecked will bring us to ruin.

 

Proverbs 11:2 (NLT) Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

 

Proverbs 16:18 (NLT) Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

 

NOTE: We must guard against feeling better than others.

 

Luke 18:11 (NLT)  The proud Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: 'I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else, especially like that tax collector over there! For I never cheat, I don't sin, I don't commit adultery,

 

Revelation 3:17 (NLT) You say, 'I am rich. I have everything I want. I don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

 

   C. WE MUST GUARD AGAINST NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

 

 1.  Thoughts of doubt regarding God

       2.  Negative thoughts towards others.

 

III. WE MUST GUARD OUR TONGUE

 

Psalm 141:3 (KJV) Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

 

NOTE: To guard our tongue we must first guard our heart.

 

Matthew 12:34 (NLT) You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

 

James 1:26 (NLT) If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

 

NOTE: Churches and lives are ruined by unguarded tongue.

 

James 3:5-6 (NLT) So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.  And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

 

NOTE: In Proverbs 6:16-19 three things that God hates deal with the tongue one with the heart.

 

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLT) There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things he detests…a lying tonguea heart that plots evila false witness who pours out liesa person who sows discord among brothers.

 

CONCLUSION: We must be constantly on guard against Satan’s tricks to attack our Hearts, our Minds and our Tongues.  

 

NOTHING BETWEEN

 

Charles A. Tindley, 1905
arr. by
F. A. Clark

 

Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.

 

Refrain:

 

Nothing between my soul and my Savior,

So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor;
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between.

 

Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
Habits of life, though harmless they seem,
Must not my heart from Him ever sever;
He is my all, there’s nothing between.

 

Nothing between, like pride or station;
Self or friends shall not intervene;
Though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there’s nothing between.

 

Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
Though the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self-denial,
I’ll triumph at last, there’s nothing between.

 

JUNE 30, 2013

 

“WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: HOSEA 2:2-13 (NLT)

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hosea 2:8 (NLT)

 

   She doesn't realize that it was I who gave her everything she has—the grain, the wine, the olive oil. Even the gold and silver she used in worshiping the god Baal were gifts from me!

 

INTRO: The rise and fall of the nation of Israel.

 

   Throughout the Scriptures spiritual unfaithfulness is symbolize by physical adultery.

 

   In our text, Israel had committed two terrible sins:

 

            1. She failed to acknowledge that God had given

                her everything she had.

 

            2. She took everything that God had given her and

                used it in her worship of Baal.

 

NOTE: Are we like Israel?

 

I. HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US EVERYTHING WE HAVE?

 

James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 

NOTE: It is easy to begin to believe that everything we have we have gotten through our own efforts.

 

Deuteronomy 8:10-20 (GW) When you have eaten all you want, thank the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.  Be careful that you don't forget the Lord your God. Don't fail to obey his commands, rules, and laws that I'm giving you today. You will eat all you want. You will build nice houses and live in them. Your herds and flocks, silver and gold, and everything else you have will increase.  When this happens, be careful that you don't become arrogant and forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of slavery in Egypt.  He was the one who led you through that vast and dangerous desert—a thirsty and arid land, with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He was the one who made water come out of solid rock for you.  He was the one who fed you in the desert with manna, which your ancestors had never seen. He did this in order to humble you and test you. But he also did this so that things would go well for you in the end.  You may say to yourselves, "I became wealthy because of my own ability and strength."  But remember the Lord your God is the one who makes you wealthy. He's confirming the promise which he swore to your ancestors. It's still in effect today.

    I warn you today that if you forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, and if you serve them and bow down to them, you will certainly be destroyed.  The Lord is going to destroy other nations as you enter the land. You will be destroyed like them if you don't obey the Lord your God.

 

   How often are the blessings we receive attributed to good luck and our abilities instead of God’s grace and mercy?

 

   It is God Who has given us the talent to do what we do, the time in which we are able to do it, and the treasure we receive from it.

 

   When we fail to acknowledge that it is God Who has given us what we have, we fail to give the glory and honor due unto Him.

II. WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US?

 

   A. DO WE GIVE WHAT GOD HAS BLESSED US WITH TO THE GODS OF THIS WORLD?

 

NOTE: How we use what God has given us reveals who our god is.

 

   If we take what God has given us and give it to the things of this world so that we cannot give to God, than the things of this world has become our god.

 

1 John 2:15-16 (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. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world.

 

NOTE: God and the things of God must be first and foremost in our hearts and minds.

 

Colossians 3:2 (NLT) Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth.

 

Titus 2:12 (NLT) And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion to God,

 

Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 

   B.  HOW CAN WE SHOW OUR LOVE AND APPRECIATION TO GOD FOR WHAT HE HAS

        GIVING US?

 

NOTE: God has given us everything we have and He only asks that we return 10% to Him.

 

Leviticus 27:30 (NLT) "A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.

 

   We are to bring our tithe and offerings to Whom we worship and where we worship.

 

Deuteronomy 12:5-6 (NLT) Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place he himself will choose from among all the tribes for his name to be honored.  There you will bring to the Lord your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your special gifts, your offerings to fulfill a vow, your freewill offerings, and your offerings of the firstborn animals of your flocks and herds.

 

Malachi 3:10 (NLT) Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the Lord Almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you!

 

   A. BUDGET YOUR TITHE AND OFFERINGS.

 

NOTE: It is a good idea to budget your giving so that it is the before any other spending.

 

1 Corinthians 16:1-2 (KJV) Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

 

   B. GIVE GENEROUSLY AND CHEERFULLY.

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NLT) Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.  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. 

 

   C. GOD HAS PROMISED TO HONOR AND BLESS THOSE WHO OBEY HIS COMMANDS.

 

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT) And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

 

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us not be like Israel by giving what God has blessed us with to the gods of this world, but let us give back to God, the one who has blessed us.

   Pigs or Revival, we must make the choice.

 

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