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OF

AUGUST, 2014

 

AUGUST 3, 2014

 

“THE POWER OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 18:17-33

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 18:1 (NIV) Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

 

INTRO: Prayer is a great tool that is available to every Believer.

 

   Yet it is often unused or misused.

 

“Prayer is the key to heaven, but faith unlocks the door.

Words are so easily spoken, but prayer with faith

Is like a boat without an oar.

Have faith when you speak to the Master, That’s all He asking for.

Prayer is the Key to heaven, but faith unlocks the door.”

 

NOTE: When we pray do we truly believe that God will hear us and answer our prayer, or are we just hoping He will.

 

   I believe there are seven aspects to prayer:

 

Ø  Praise

Ø  Thanksgiving

Ø  Confession & Repentance

Ø  Personal Requests

Ø  Intercession

Ø  Adoration

Ø  Listening

 

I. INTERCESSORY PRAYER FOR SODOM & GOMORRAH

 

NOTE: Intercessory prayer is when we pray for the needs of others.

 

   Our Prayer Chain is a type of intercessory prayer.

 

   Intercessory Prayer can address several different needs:

 

Ø  Physical

Ø  Financial

Ø  Emotional

Ø  Spiritual

 

   A. ABRAHAM INTERCESSORY PRAYER

 

  1. Sodom & Gomorrah was facing God’s judgment

 

Genesis 18:20-21 (NLT) So the LORD told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.”

 

·         What was the sin of Sodom & Gomorrah?

 

NOTE: We often hear that the sin of Sodom & Gomorrah was homosexuality, but that was not the only sin that brought God’s judgment.

 

Ezekiel 16:49-50 (NLT) Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. She was proud and committed detestable sins, so I wiped her out, as you have seen.

 

   We often seek to categorize sin, but sin is sin regardless which one it is.

 

James 2:10 (NLT) For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws.

 

  1. Abraham interceded on their behalf

 

Genesis 18:22-23 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

 

NOTE: Abraham sought deliverance for both the righteous and the sinner.

 

Genesis 18:24 (KJV) Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?

 

II. THERE IS A NEED FOR INTERCESSORY PRAYER TODAY

 

   A. THE WORLD IS FACING GOD’S JUDGMENT

 

Ezekiel 18:20a The soul that sinneth, it shall die…

 

Revelation 21:8 (NLT) “But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

 

   B. GOD DOES NOT DELIGHT IN BRINGING JUDGMENT AGAINST THE SINNER

 

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

 

1 Timothy 2:1, 3-4 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men…  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

III. WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO BE AN INTERCESSOR?

 

   A. WE MUST HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST FOR THE SINNER

 

Luke 19:10 (BBE) For the Son of man came to make search for those who are wandering from the way, and to be their Saviour.

 

NOTE: Those who desire judgment against sinners more than redemption do not have the mind of Christ.

 

   The greatest intercessory prayer is that of Jesus

Luke 23:34a Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

 

   B. FEELING THE PAIN GOD FEELS TOWARDS THE SINNER

 

Ezekiel 33:11 (GW) “Tell them, ‘As I live, declares the Almighty LORD, I don't want wicked people to die. Rather, I want them to turn from their ways and live. Change the way you think and act! Turn from your wicked ways! Do you want to die, people of Israel?'

 

NOTE: We must hate the sin but love the sinner.

 

   C. BY COMING BOLDLY BEFORE GOD IN PRAYER

 

Ephesians 3:12 (NLT)  Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

 

   D. BY PERSEVERING IN CONCERN AND PRAYER

 

Matthew 7:7 (NLT) “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

 

Luke 18:1 (NLT) One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.

 

CONCLUSION: We should be in constant prayer not only for the sinner but also for each other.

 

   Those who participate in our Prayer Chain are practicing intercessory prayer.

 

Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT) Never stop praying.

 

AUGUST 10, 2014

 

OH NO, LORD I DID IT AGAIN

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 20:1-13

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Romans 7:24 (NLT) Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?

 

INTRO: Often times in our Christian walk we stumble and fall.

 

   We seek to serve God faithfully but time and time again we fail, but God never gives up on us.

 

Psalm 78:38-39 (BBE) But he, being full of pity, has forgiveness for sin, and does not put an end to man: frequently turning back his wrath, and not being violently angry. So he kept in mind that they were only flesh; a breath which is quickly gone, and will not come again.

  

Psalm 103:14 (NLT) For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.

 

   God loves us and even when we fail, He keeps His Hand upon us.

 

   Abraham failed again to trust God, even as he did when he first entered the Land of Canaan.

 

   Abraham’s sin was great for two reasons:

 

   1. He failed to trust God’s protective power

   2. He jeopardized God’s promise of a son

 

   There are several things we can learn for Abraham’s sin.

 

I. WE ARE ALL SUBJECT TO FAILURE

 

Romans 7:18-19 (GW) I know that nothing good lives in me; that is, nothing good lives in my corrupt nature. Although I have the desire to do what is right, I don't do it. I don't do the good I want to do. Instead, I do the evil that I don't want to do.

 

NOTE: As long as we are human we will struggle with sin.

 

   We all have weakness that Satan seeks to attack

 

   It is when we seek to battle Satan’s attack through the power of the flesh, we fail

 

NOTE: Abraham sought the solution through human reasoning

 

Jeremiah 17:5-6 (NIV) This is what the LORD says: "Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.  He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.

 

   Victory does not come through our strength or wisdom

 

Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

  

II. GOD DOES NOT GIVE UP ON US

 

NOTE: God preserved both Abraham and Sarah in spite of Abraham’s sin.

 

Micah 7:18 (NIV) Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.

 

   When we fall into sin, God seeks to draw us back to Him

 

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

 

   God will deal with us as a shepherd deals with a sheep that wanders away

 

Luke 15:4-7 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

 

Ezekiel 34:16a (NLT) I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak…

 

III. GOD WILL RESTORE HIS BLESSINGS ON US

 

NOTE: The question is not if we sin but what do we do when we do sin.

 

   David acknowledged his sin and sought God’s forgiveness

Psalm 51:3, 10-12 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me… Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

 

NOTE: God is longsuffering to us and seeks to forgive and restore to us all His promises

 

Psalm 86:5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

 

   God restored Sarah to Abraham and fulfilled His promise

 

Joel 2:23-26 (NLT) Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the LORD your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring. The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain, and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil. The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you. Once again you will have all the food you want, and you will praise the LORD your God, who does these miracles for you. Never again will my people be disgraced.

 

   God’s is far more willing to forgive and restore than to judge and condemn

 

Lamentations 3:22-26 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

 

CONCLUSION: If you are struggling in your life of faith, don’t give up, keep trusting God and rely on His mercy, grace and strength.

 

AUGUST 17, 2014

 

“THE SUPREME SACRIFICE”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 22:1-14

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 22:2

 

   And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

 

INTRO: There are events in the Bible that do not always make sense to us.

   The story of Abraham and Isaac is one of them.

 

   God had promised Abraham that He would bless the world through his son Isaac.

 

Genesis 17:19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his seed after him.

 

   There are three points to this story we must seek to understand.

 

1.     WHAT WAS GOD’S PURPOSE IN THIS REQUEST

2.     WHY DID ABRAHAM COMPLY

3.     HOW DOES THIS AFFECT US TODAY

 

NOTE: Throughout history the purpose of making a sacrifice was to appease God

 

   Human sacrifice has been offered to appease many different gods and is still practiced today by some

 

I. WHAT WAS GOD’S PURPOSE IN ASKING ABRAHAM TO OFFER ISAAC AS A SACRIFICE

 

·         ARE WE WILLING TO GIVE GOD EVERYTHING

 

NOTE: Are we able to trust God when He requires us to give up that which we hold most dear?

 

   What are we holding back from God?

 

Philippians 3:7-8 (GW) These things that I once considered valuable, I now consider worthless for Christ. It's far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I'm much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It's because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ

 

·         OUR SACRIFICES WILL NOT MEET OUR SIN PROBLEM

 

NOTE: The only sacrifice acceptable to God had to be without flaw or sin.

 

Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

·         GOD HAS PROVIDED THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE

 

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 

II. WHY DID ABRAHAM COMPLY WITH GOD’S REQUEST

NOTE: This story reveals Abraham’s great faith, a faith that obeyed God regardless of the cost

 

   The four P’s of Abraham’s faith:

 

·         HE HAD FAITH IN GOD’S PROMISE

 

Romans 4:20-21 (NLT) Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.  He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.

 

Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

 

Genesis 22:4-5 (NLT) On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”

 

·         HE HAD FAITH IN GOD’S PROTECTION

 

NOTE: Abraham knew that because God had promised him that through Isaac He would bless Abraham and the world, he believe that God would protect Isaac

 

·         HE HAD FAITH IN GOD’S POWER

 

Hebrews 11:19 (NLT) Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

 

·         HE HAD FAITH IN GOD’S PROVISION

 

Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

 

Genesis 22:14 (NIV) So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."

 

III. HOW DOES THIS AFFECT US TODAY

 

NOTE: There is nothing trivial in God’s Word.  Every story has a message for us today.

·         HOW STRONG IS OUR FAITH IN GOD

 

NOTE: Are we willing to give to God what we prize the most

 

   God was not testing Abraham’s faith so He could see how strong it was, He was testing Abraham’s faith to show to us the kind of faith we must have.

 

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

·         IT IS A SYMBOL AND TYPE OF GOD’S SUPREME SACRIFICE.

 

NOTE: In this story, Abraham is a type of the Father and Isaac is a type of the Son

 

   Death is the end results of our sin

 

Romans 6:23 (NLT) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

   There had to be a sacrifice that would address the sin problem

 

   All the sacrificial lambs from the beginning of time had been chosen by man and offered by man.

 

   God Himself provided the only acceptable sacrifice

 

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

Romans 8:32 (GW) God didn't spare his own Son but handed him over {to death} for all of us. So he will also give us everything along with him.

 

CONCLUSION: God has provided the supreme sacrifice that all who would accept His sacrifice might be saved.

 

   Those who reject His sacrifice will spend eternity in Hell.

 

IT’S OKAY TO ASK GOD FOR CONFORMATION

 

SCRIPTURE READING: GENESIS 24:10-21

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: James 1:5 (GW)

 

   If any of you needs wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you. God is generous to everyone and doesn't find fault with them.

 

INTRO: Have you ever been asked to do something and you had no idea how to do it?

 

   Abraham sent his servant, Eliezer, to bring back a wife for his son Isaac.

 

   How would you like the task of picking out a wife for someone else’s son?

 

   There are two ways of looking at this story:

 

v  Understanding it’s symbolism

 

ü  Abraham (God the Father)

ü  Isaac  (Jesus the Son)

ü  Eliezer (The Holy Spirit)

ü  Rebekah (The Bride of Christ)

 

v  It’s practical understanding

  

   How does this story affect us today?

 

v  WE ALL ARE GIVEN TASKS TO FULFILL

v  WE MUST SEEK TO FULFILL THE TASK WE ARE GIVEN

v  WE MUST SEEK HELP FROM GOD HOW TO FULFILL THE TASKS

v  GOD WILL PROVIDE THE HELP WE NEED

 

I. WE ALL ARE GIVEN TASKS TO FULFILL

 

   A. ELIEZER’S TASK WAS TO FIND A WIFE FOR ISAAC

     

      1. ITS STIPULATIONS

 

         a. Must not come from the Land of Canaan

 

         b. Must come from Abraham’s home land

         c. He could not take Isaac from the Land of Canaan

         d. He would only be freed from this task if no one

             responded

 

   B. GOD HAS GIVEN ALL OF US CERTAIN TASKS

 

      1. We are to be witnesses

 

Acts 1:8 (GW) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes to you. Then you will be my witnesses to testify about me in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

      2. We are to live holy lives

 

2 Corinthians 7:1 (NLT)  Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.

 

1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

2 Peter 3:11 (ASV) Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness,

 

      3. GOD HAS GIVEN EACH OF US INDIVIDUAL TASKS

 

NOTE: We are not all called to fulfill the same individual tasks

 

ILL: The parable of talents Matthew 25:14-30

 

II. WE MUST SEEK TO FULFILL THE TASK WE ARE GIVEN

 

NOTE: Eliezer sought to fulfill the task Abraham had given him.

 

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

 

NOTE:  Our talents and abilities are not as important as our faithfulness

 

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (GW) Whatever presents itself for you to do, do it with {all} your might, because there is no work, planning, knowledge, or skill in the grave where you're going.

 

III. WE MUST SEEK HELP FROM GOD HOW TO FULFILL THE TASKS

 

v  Eliezer asked God for wisdom in choosing the right wife for Isaac

 

Genesis 24:11-14 (KJV) And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water. And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

 

NOTE: He asked for God’s guidance before he spoke to anyone

 

v  David sought God’s advice at Ziklag

 

1 Samuel 30:6, 8 (GW) David was in great distress because the people in their bitterness said he should be stoned. (They were thinking of their sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.) …Then David asked the LORD, “Should I pursue these troops? Will I catch up with them?” “Pursue them,” the LORD told him. “You will certainly catch up with them and rescue the captives.”

 

NOTE: God invites us to seek Him for the wisdom we need to fulfill the task He has given us.

 

James 1:5 (GW) If any of you needs wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you. God is generous to everyone and doesn't find fault with them.

 

IV. GOD WILL CONFIRM HIS WILL TO US

 

NOTE: We often find ourselves struggling because we fail to ask God for His help

 

James 4:2b (NLT) …Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

 

   The problem we often struggle with; is really what God wants?

 

   Those who sought God’s conformation

 

   A. GIDEON

 

Judges 6:36-40 (GW) Then Gideon said to God, “You said that you would rescue Israel through me. I'll place some wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the wool while all the ground is dry, then I'll know that you will rescue Israel through me, as you said.” And that is what happened. The next morning Gideon got up early. He squeezed out a bowl full of water from the wool. Then Gideon said to God, “Don't be angry with me. But let me ask one more thing. Let me make one more test with the wool. Let the wool be dry while all the ground is covered with dew.” During the night, God did what Gideon asked. The wool was dry, but all the ground was covered with dew.

 

   B. HEZEKIAH

 

2 Kings 20:8-11 (GW) Hezekiah asked Isaiah, “What is the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I'll go to the LORD'S temple the day after tomorrow?” Isaiah said, “This is your sign from the LORD that he will do what he promises. Do you want the shadow to go forward ten steps or come back ten steps?” Hezekiah replied, “It's easy for the shadow to extend ten {more} steps forward. No, let it come back ten steps.” Then the prophet Isaiah called on the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow that had gone down on Ahaz's stairway go back up ten steps.

 

CONCLUSION: When we are seeking to do God’s will it is far better to seek His wisdom and conformation than to rely on our wisdom and urges 

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

 

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