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MARCH 1, 2015






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Samuel 15:23 (NLT)


   Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the LORD, he has rejected you as king.”


INTRO: Our life is made up of choices.


   The choices we make determined the consequences we experience


   Throughout the Scripture we find times of choices:


v  JOSHUA: Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

v  ELIJAH: 1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

v  JESUS: Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT) “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.  But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.


NOTE: When we rebel against God’s will we face His Judgment


Proverbs 14:12, 16:25 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.




   What led to their rebellion? They were unwilling to accept God’s discipline for their unbelief.


Proverbs 3:11-12 (TLB) Young man, do not resent it when God chastens and corrects you, for his punishment is proof of his love.  Just as a father punishes a son he delights in to make him better, so the Lord corrects you.


   Because of their unbelief they were to wander in the Wilderness for forty years.


1.     They were dissatisfied with the decisions that were made

2.     They were dissatisfied with the leadership of Moses

3.     They were dissatisfied that only the descendants of Aaron could be the High Priest

4.     They wanted the power of the High Priest

5.     They blamed Moses for the failure to enter the Promise Land


NOTE: Rebellion comes when we refuse to obey God and seek to do things our way.




NOTE: Their rebellion incited 250 leaders to join them


Numbers 16:2-3 (NLT) They incited a rebellion against Moses, along with 250 other leaders of the community, all prominent members of the assembly. They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the LORD, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the LORD’s people?”


NOTE: The spirit of dissatisfaction leads to the spirit of rebellion


   They sought out others who were also dissatisfied


   They thought they were rebelling against Moses and Aaron but their rebellion was against God.


1 Samuel 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.


Ephesians 4:11-13 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:


   When we rebel against the leaders God has placed, we are rebelling against God.






   Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before God on behalf of the people


Numbers 16:21-22 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?


NOTE: God made a separation between those who were part of the rebellion and those who were not.


Numbers 16:26-27 (NIV) He warned the assembly, "Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins." So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents.


NOTE: There was no spirit of repentance only defiance


   God judgment was swift and final


Numbers 16:31-32 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.


Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.




   It’s hard sometimes to trust God when the leadership is wrong.


  We must allow God to deal with the situation


ILL: David and King Saul


1 Samuel 24:6 (KJV) And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD'S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.


1 Samuel 26:9-10 And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD'S anointed, and be guiltless? David said furthermore, As the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.


CONCLUSION: Instead of allowing the spirit of rebellion to lead us, let us follow the Spirit of God and wait on Him to address the situation.



MARCH 8, 2015






SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 3:14-15 (KJV)


   And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.


INTRO: How do you react when you are discouraged, tired and frustrated? Where do you look to fine peace & rest?




Numbers 21:4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.


NOTE: The people were very discouraged, weary, and frustrated.


   This caused them to be impatient and angry with Moses and God


   Have you ever been frustrated, disappointed and even angry at God?


NOTE: They felt they had a right to be angry


Ø  They had been forced to spend forty years in the Wilderness


NOTE: This event happened 38 years after the report of the spies


Ø  They had been forced to travel around Edom instead of taking the shorter path through Edom.


   The Edomites were descendants of Esau and God had said the Edom belonged to Esau


Deuteronomy 2:5 (NIV) Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own.


Ø  They despised the provisions of God


o    The manna God sent everyday


Numbers 21:5 (NLT) and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”


o    The water from the rock


Numbers 20:10-11 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.


NOTE: Both the Manna and the Water from the Rock are symbols of Jesus Christ.


John 6:35 (KJV) And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.


John 7:37-38 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.




Numbers 21:6 (KJV) And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.


NOTE: When we reject or despise the blessings God gives us we will experience the discipline and judgment of God

   There are those who despise the Word of God and want something else


Jeremiah 6:10 (NLT) To whom can I give warning? Who will listen when I speak? Their ears are closed, and they cannot hear. They scorn the word of the LORD. They don’t want to listen at all.


NOTE: When we fail to listen to and put our trust in the Word of God, we open ourselves to Satan and sin.


2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.


   The snakes brought death, sin will always bring death


Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


   The people repented


NOTE: When there is repentance there is forgiveness




Numbers 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.


NOTE: The snakes are a symbol of sin, sin brings death


Ø  The serpent on the pole does not represent Jesus, but rather our sins being nailed to the cross.


2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.


Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:


1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.


Ø  Those that looked to the serpent on the pole were healed


Numbers 21:9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.


Ø  Jesus is the fulfillment of this story


John 3:14-18 (KJV) And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.


NOTE: Only those who looked to the brazen serpent on the pole were healed.


CONCLUSION: Only those who look to Jesus Christ are cleansed from sin and given eternal life with Him.


Hebrews 12:2 (GW) We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.


In which direction are you looking?


MARCH 15, 2015






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Timothy 6:10


   For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


INTRO: Many people think that money is the root of evil, but it’s not money, it is the love of money, a love that is not controlled.


   It is not a sin to have money as long as we see money as a gift from God to be used for His glory.


I. THE STORY OF BALAAM: Numbers 22:1-25:18


NOTE: Balaam was a mercenary prophet; a prophet for hire.




·         Balak, king of Moab was fearful of Israel

·         He sought to hire Balaam to curse Israel


NOTE: The Lord told Balaam not to go; the people were not to be curse for they were blessed.


Numbers 22:12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.


·         Balak sent emissaries again offering wealth


1 Timothy 6:10 (TLB) For the love of money is the first step toward all kinds of sin. Some people have even turned away from God because of their love for it, and as a result have pierced themselves with many sorrows.


   This time God said for Balaam to go, but to only say what God gives him to say.


NOTE: Sometimes God punishes us by allowing us to have our own way.


   If we keep asking God for something He has said no too, we are headed into trouble.


   B. BALAAM AND HIS DONKEY: Numbers 22:22-35


NOTE: Three times God sent an angel to stop Balaam.


   God told Balaam once again to say only what God tells him to say.


   C.  BALAAM’S VISION AND PROPHECIES: Numbers 23:1-24:25


NOTE: Balak had hired Balaam to curse Israel but three times Balaam blessed Israel.


·         The 1st prophecy: the blessings of God's people Numbers 23:7-10


Numbers 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?


·         The 2nd prophecy: the source of the blessings, God Himself. Numbers 23:18-24


Numbers 23:19 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?


·         The 3rd prophecy: a picture of how God blesses His people. Numbers 24:1-9


Numbers 24:8-9 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows. He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

Genesis 49:9-10 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.


·         The prophecy of the coming of Jesus:

Numbers 24:17-19


Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.




NOTE: It was Balaam’s desire for wealth that was his downfall


2 Peter 2:15 (TLB) They have gone off the road and become lost like Balaam, the son of Beor, who fell in love with the money he could make by doing wrong;


   He refused to curse Israel, but he showed Balak how to destroy Israel.


Numbers 31:16 "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's people.


Revelation 2:14 (TLB) "And yet I have a few things against you. You tolerate some among you who do as Balaam did when he taught Balak how to ruin the people of Israel by involving them in sexual sin and encouraging them to go to idol feasts.




Numbers 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.



1 Timothy 6:10 (TLB) For the love of money is the first step toward all kinds of sin. Some people have even turned away from God because of their love for it, and as a result have pierced themselves with many sorrows.


NOTE: Money in not evil in its self, it is when we desire money more that we desire God.


Matthew 6:24 (GW) “No one can serve two masters. He will hate the first master and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and wealth.


NOTE: God warns us that we cannot serve two masters, in other words, there can only be one number one in our lives


   What wealth are we seeking after?


·         The world and its treasures (physical and material things)

·         God and His treasures (spiritual and eternal things)


ILL: The Rich Young Ruler: Matthew 19:16-22


Matthew 19:23-24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.


NOTE: It is too easy for the rich to get so tied up with their wealth they fail to take time for God.


   It is easy for Christians who come into great wealth to slowly drift away from God, caught up in their riches.


2 Timothy 4:10 (TLB) for Demas has left me. He loved the good things of this life and went to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.


CONCLUSION: Let us not be like Esau, Balaam and Demas and give up the blessings of God for the riches of this world.



MARCH 22, 2015






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (TLB)


   When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!


INTRO: The guilt of the past can cause us much pain and regret.


   Have you ever made a decision or done something in your past that you wish you could go back and change?


   There are many who think they are beyond God’s forgiveness


   They live in the bondage of guilt, remembering their past


   There are those who refuse to allow God’s forgiveness to change the ones forgiven.


   We remember their past and hold it against them


   When God forgives He not only removes the sin, He removes the guilt of the past, and they are changed from a sinner into a saint


   We must understand that in ourselves and in others




NOTE: Those who through the power of God’s forgiveness were changed from the bondage of sin to the children of God,


A.     RAHAB: Joshua 2:1-21


NOTE: The story of Rahab


·         She was a harlot

·         She hid the spies

·         She hung the scarlet cord out the window

·         She was accepted into Israel


Joshua 6:25 (NKJV) And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father's household, and all that she had. So she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.


·         She became the great-grand mother of David and is found in the genealogy of Jesus


Matthew 1:5-6a (GW) Salmon and Rahab were the father and mother of Boaz. Boaz and Ruth were the father and mother of Obed. Obed was the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of King David…


·         She is listed among the heroes of faith


Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.


James 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?


B.  ZACCHAEUS: Luke 19


·         Was a tax collector (publican)

·         Was rich at the expense of others

·         Was despised and hated by his fellow Israelites

·         He changed after his meeting with Jesus

·         He gave half of his riches to the poor

·         Repaid those he cheated four times the amount


Luke 19:9-10 (NLT) Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”


C.  SAUL: Acts 9


·         Saul condone the stoning of Stephen


Acts 7:58  And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul.


·         He persecuted the Church


Acts 9:1-2 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.


Acts 26:9-11 (TLB) "I used to believe that I ought to do many horrible things to the followers of Jesus of Nazareth. I imprisoned many of the saints in Jerusalem, as authorized by the High Priests; and when they were condemned to death, I cast my vote against them.  I used torture to try to make Christians everywhere curse Christ. I was so violently opposed to them that I even hounded them in distant cities in

foreign lands.


·         When he met Jesus his mission changed


Acts 26:12-18 (TLB) "I was on such a mission to Damascus, armed with the authority and commission of the chief priests, when one day about noon, sir, a light from heaven brighter than the sun shone down on me and my companions. We all fell down, and I heard a voice speaking to me in Hebrew, ’Paul, Paul, why are you persecuting me? You are only hurting yourself.’ "’Who are you, sir?’ I asked. "And the Lord replied, ’I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now stand up! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and my witness. You are to tell the world about this experience and about the many other occasions when I shall appear to you. And I will protect you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am going to send you to the Gentiles to open their eyes to their true condition so that they may repent and live in the light of God instead of in Satan’s darkness, so that they may receive forgiveness for their sins and God’s inheritance along with all people everywhere whose sins are cleansed away, who are set apart by faith in me.’




2 Corinthians 5:17 (TLB) When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!


NOTE: What does it mean to be a brand new person?




·         His desires change

·         His attitude changes

·         His conduct changes





Romans 8:1-2 (NLT) So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.




John 5:24 (GW) I can guarantee this truth: Those who listen to what I say and believe in the one who sent me will have eternal life. They won't be judged because they have already passed from death to life.


CONCLUSION: The closer we come to Christ the greater the change in our life.


MARCH 29, 2015






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 21:10

   And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?


ü  INTRO: In history there are two critical events that the faith of every Believer is built on:





   We must believe in the virgin birth of Jesus and we must believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.


   There are two questions that everyone is faced with:





Matthew 27:22 (NLT) “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”


      I.        WHO IS THIS?


NOTE: Jesus is many things to many different people, but the question you must answer is, who is Jesus to you?




v  Some saw Him as a King


Luke 19:38 (TLB) "God has given us a King!" they exulted. "Long live the King! Let all heaven rejoice! Glory to God in the highest heavens!"


NOTE: They showed their accepting Him as king, by placing their coats and cutting down tree branches and spreading them before Him


   They saw Him as the fulfillment of prophecy.


Zechariah 9:9 (KJV) Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.


NOTE: They had been long time looking for a king to come and restore Israel to be the leading nation of the world.


   They saw Jesus as a king but only as a physical king not a spiritual King


NOTE: They cried Hosanna, which is a term used when seeking help from a king (save us now).


      Many people today see Jesus as someone to meet their physical and emotional needs but not their spiritual needs.


   They wanted a king without the cross


v  Some saw Him as a threat


Luke 19:39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.


NOTE: The religious leader did not see Jesus as a King or the Messiah; they only say Him as a threat, to their teaching, to their position.


   They wanted to silence the crowd.


   There are many today who want to silence the voice of the Believers.




Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?


NOTE: The answer is not who others believe Jesus to be, but who do you say that Jesus is.


   The answer to this question is of the greatest importance; where we will spend eternity depends upon it.


   This is a personal question that we all must answer for ourselves.


v  Do you see Him as a religious leader or as the Son of God?


Matthew 16:16 (KJV) And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.


v  Do you see Him as a good man or as the Savior of the world?


NOTE: There are many who view Jesus as a good man, but have never accepted Him as Savior.


Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?


   We demonstrate our faith by how we live.


James 2:18 (TLB) But someone may well argue, "You say the way to God is by faith alone, plus nothing; well, I say that good works are important too, for without good works you can’t prove whether you have faith or not; but anyone can see that I have faith by the way I act."




Matthew 27:22 (NLT) “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”


NOTE: There were many on Palm Sunday that cried, “Hosanna”, and a few days later cried, “Crucify Him”.




NOTE: There is a large number of people who have done this, they want nothing to do with Jesus.




Isaiah 53:1-3 (TLB) But, oh, how few believe it! Who will listen? To whom will God reveal his saving power? In God’s eyes he was like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in dry and sterile ground. But in our eyes there was no attractiveness at all, nothing to make us want him. We despised him and rejected him—a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we didn’t care.


NOTE: There are many sitting in churches with this view of Jesus.


   They have sung hymns, prayed prayers, read the Word, but have never invited Jesus into their lives.




NOTE: They see there is no way to Salvation except through Jesus Christ.


Acts 4:12 (KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.


Romans 10:8-10 (TLB) For salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is what we preach—is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths. For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.


CONCLUSION: Who is Jesus to you, what have you done with Him?


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