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APRIL 2015


APRIL 5, 2015







“Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”


INTRO: A very big problem faced the women who came to worship Jesus by anointing Him with sweet spices


   There was a large stone placed in front of Jesus’s tomb; it was too big for the women to move.


   The stone would keep the women from their act of worship


   There are many who are unable to worship Jesus because of the stones that they cannot move that separate them from Jesus




NOTE: It was the enemies of Jesus who had the stone put in place to keep the disciples from coming to Jesus.


Matthew 27:62-66 (NKJV) On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, "Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, 'After three days I will rise.' Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead.' So the last deception will be worse than the first." Pilate said to them, "You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how." So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.


   Satan seeks to keep us from Jesus by placing stone in our lives that keep us from His presence




Ø  The great stone of sin


Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.


Ø  The stones of unbelief & doubt


Hebrews 11:6 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.


Ø  The stone of pride


Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.




Mark 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?


   The women come to worship Jesus but were uncertain on how they could because the tomb will sealed by a great stone.


NOTE: We are unable to move the stones in our life that keep us from worshipping Jesus.


Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?


   Men have tried many different ways to move the stone but are unable to do so.


   No matter how hard we try we cannot move the stones that hinder us from truly worship Jesus.


Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.


Romans 10:3 (KJV) For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.


   Only God has the power to move the stones


Romans 3:20-22 (TLB) Now do you see it? No one can ever be made right in God’s sight by doing what the law commands. For the more we know of God’s laws, the clearer it becomes that we aren’t obeying them; his laws serve only to make us see that we are sinners. But now God has shown us a different way to heaven —not by "being good enough" and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us "not guilty"—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like.




John 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.


NOTE: When the stone is rolled away we see three things:




NOTE: The stone was not rolled away to let Jesus out but to show that He was no longer dead but risen in victory over sin and death.


1 Corinthians 15:54-58 (TLB) When this happens, then at last this Scripture will come true—"Death is swallowed up in victory." O death, where then your victory? Where then your sting? For sin—the sting that causes death—will all be gone; and the law, which reveals our sins, will no longer be our judge. How we thank God for all of this! It is he who makes us victorious through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, my dear brothers, since future victory is sure, be strong and steady, always abounding in the Lord’s work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever wasted as it would be if there were no resurrection.


NOTE: God has removed the stone that kept us from worshiping Him. Now He asks us to move the stone that keep others bound by sin.




John 11:39 (TLB) "Roll the stone aside," Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, said, "By now the smell will be terrible, for he has been dead four days."


NOTE: To open the grave of those bound in death and sin we must be willing to put up with the stench of sin.




John 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.


Romans 8:1-2 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.


CONCLUSION: Are there stones in your life that are hindering you from worshipping God? Ask God to remove them?


   Are there those whom you know that are still sealed in the grave of sin, ask God for help you to move the stone and set them free?


APRIL 12, 2015








   “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”


INTRO: Most of us are creatures of habit


   We are more comfortable when we do things the same way we have always done them


   The crossing of the Red Sea and the Jordan River shows us that God does not always meet our needs the same way


   Moses had died and Joshua was the new leader.


   God uses different people in different ways


   We have a tendency to put God in a box


   When God meets a need one way we expect Him to meet our next need the same way


   God is a God of variety, He uses different people in different ways and He doesn’t always meet our needs in the same way


   We will miss many of God’s blessings if we fail to understand God doesn’t always move the same way




NOTE: God uses different people in different ways


   Moses was raised in Pharaoh’s court

   Joshua was raised in slavery


   Moses was highly educated

   Joshua had limited education at best


   Moses preformed many miracles

   Joshua only one


   Moses wrote five books of the Bible

   Joshua wrote none


   Moses is mentioned throughout the Bible

   Joshua only in the first six books, Judges & Hebrews


   Moses was a statesman

   Joshua was a military man


NOTE: Two different men used in two different ways




NOTE: The crossing of Jordan was different from the crossing the Red Sea.


   When the Children of Israel came to the Red Sea, the enemy was behind them and the Red Sea came between them and safety


   When they came to the Jordan River the enemy was on the other side and the river stood between them and victory


   At the Red Sea the people’s hearts were filled with fear


   At the Jordan River the people’s hearts were filled with anticipation




NOTE: At the crossing of the Red Sea there was very little time for preparation


   At the Jordon River they had a time of preparation


1.     The people were to look for the movement of the Ark


Joshua 3:3,4 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.


NOTE: God was going to show them a new thing, something they had never seen before


   The Ark signifies the presence of God; we are to be on the lookout ready to follow God by faith when He leads us even if it’s something we have never done before


2.     Joshua instructed the people to sanctify themselves


Joshua 3:5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.


   In order for us to follow God into victory we must set ourselves apart (sanctify) to God


Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.


Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


3.     Joshua instructed the Priest to lead the way


Joshua 3:6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.


NOTE: It is the responsibility of the ministry and leaders of the church to lead out by faith and trust God to provide what is needed to assure victory


4.     God encouraged and instructed Joshua


Joshua 3:7-8 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.


NOTE: Joshua was in need two things:


ü  He needed the assurance that God was with him

ü  He needed to have the courage to instruct the priest to enter the Jordan at flood time


NOTE: Before it was Moses who gave the instructions




NOTE: God chose to make the crossing of the Jordan different from the crossing of the Red Sea.


   The crossing of the Red Sea:


ü  The crossing of the Red Sea, Moses stretch his rod

ü  The sea parted

ü  The people passed over

ü  Moses stretch his rod over the Red Sea again

ü  The Egyptian army was drowned

ü  No memorial was built


   The Crossing of the Jordan River


ü  The Jordan parted as the priest stepped in

ü  The priest stood in the midst of the river

ü  They took twelve stones to build a memorial

ü  When the priest stepped out the Jordan flowed


CONCLUSION: God doesn’t always move the same way.


   We cannot put God in a box


   We must trust Him regardless how He chooses to move


APRIL 19, 2015






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Deuteronomy 11:26-28 (GW)

  Today I'm giving you the choice of a blessing or a curse.  You'll be blessed if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I'm giving you today. You'll be cursed if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God, if you turn from the way I'm commanding you to live today, and if you worship other gods you never knew.


INTRO: One of the most crucial times in a Christian’s life is following a victory.


   Satan loves to attach us when we are flying high or sinking low


   It is during these times that Satan tries his hardest to get us to disobey God’s commandments


NOTE: Many people see the crossing of Jordan as death and Canaan Land as Heaven.


   I see Canaan Land as the Christian life following Salvation and the crossing of the Jordan River as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit that gives us the power to overcome Satan and sin.


I. THE EASY VICTORY (the fall of Jericho) Joshua 6




Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.


      Who is the Captain of the Host of the Lord?


·         Joshua bowed and worshipped

·         He was told to take his shoes off


   God doesn’t chose sides; we must chose God’s side


NOTE: Jericho was shut up; none could go out or come in


   The world shuts it’s self-off to the Church




NOTE: This is one of those times when God doesn’t make a lot of sense


   The defeat of Jericho shows to us how powerful faith in God can be.


   True Faith is obedient to God


   It is only through Faith and obedience that we have victory over Satan and sin


1.     The city of Jericho


NOTE: Jericho was a fortified city with walls thick enough to have a home in them


   Man’s idea how to defeat a fortified city:


·         Use ladders and ramps

·         Tunnel under the walls

·         Use battling rams to break through the gates

·         Lay siege and starve them out

·         Use trickery


2.     God’s plan


·         The priest are to carry the Ark of the Covenant blowing their trumpets

·         Have the people march around the city one time for six days in complete silence

·         On the seventh day they were to march around seven times

·         On the seventh time the people were to shout


3.     The city of Jericho was dedicated to the Lord


Joshua 6:17-19 (GW) The city has been claimed by the LORD. Everything in it belongs to the LORD. Only the prostitute Rahab and all who are in the house with her will live because she hid the messengers we sent.  But stay away from what has been claimed by the LORD for destruction, or you, too, will be destroyed by the LORD. If you take anything that is claimed by the LORD, you will bring destruction and disaster on the camp of Israel. All the silver and gold and everything made of bronze and iron are holy and belong to the LORD. They must go into the LORD'S treasury.”




NOTE: The battle plan against Ai was different from the one against Jericho




NOTE: Joshua failed to seek God’s advice on how to defeat Ai


Joshua 7:3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.


   They may have thought that the defeat of Jericho was because of their efforts


   We must always remember it is God that gives us the victory


NOTE: Israel was routed; 36 men were killed




NOTE: Joshua blamed God for the defeat


Joshua 7:7 And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!


   God’s reply to Joshua


Joshua 7:10-12  And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.  Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.




Joshua 7:20-21 (TLB) Achan replied, "I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. For I saw a beautiful robe imported from Babylon, and some silver worth $200, and a bar of gold worth $500. I wanted them so much that I took them, and they are hidden in the ground beneath my tent, with the silver buried deeper than the rest."




Joshua 7:25 (GW) Then Joshua said, “Why did you bring this disaster on us? The LORD will bring disaster on you today!” And all Israel stoned Achan and his family to death. Then they burned the bodies and piled stones over them.


CONCLUSION: This story shows us that when we sin others are affect by our sin.


NOTE: Because of Achan’s sin 36 men were killed in the Battle of Ai, Achan and his entire family died.


APRIL 26, 2015






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;


INTRO: Prayer is one of the most important and powerful thing we can do, yet often we either forget to pray or don’t think we need to pray.


   Jesus taught His disciples that they should pray over everything and not give up until God answers their prayer


   We often categories things we need to pray for from things that don’t need our prayers.


   When we pray and seek God’s blessings and direction we will experience victory


   When we fail to pray and seek God’s blessings and direction we often suffer disappointment and remorse




NOTE: Israel had suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Ai because they failed to pray and seek God advice


   We all long to live in victory over Satan and sin, but the only way victory comes is through God and God alone


   This is why we must always seek Him in everything we do




NOTE: Sometimes God answers our prayer in extraordinary ways


§  The crossing of the Red Sea

§  The crossing of the Jordan River

§  The fall of Jericho


   Then there are times when God uses ordinary people to answer our prayers




Joshua 8:1-2 (KJV) And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: and thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.


v  Joshua was to use every soldier in the army


   take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai:


NOTE: Every member of the church should be involved in carrying out the will of God for the church.


   Instead it is ten percent that does most of the work


v  God assured Joshua that they would defeat Ai


   I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:


NOTE: To achieve victory the only thing the people had to do was believe God and obey His instructions


v  They were to destroy everyone like they did at Jericho


   and thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king


NOTE: They were to destroy everyone because if they didn’t, in time they would be turn away from God and would worship the gods of the people they left alive


   We must get rid of every sin not just some


Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,


v  They were given the spoils of war


   only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves:


   From this time on, they were able to keep the plunder of war


   When we give God the First Fruits, our tithe ten percent, God gives us the ninety percent that’s left over.


v  They were to set up an ambush


   lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.


NOTE: Victory was won Joshua 8:3-29




NOTE: One of the tricks the devil uses against Believers are deception and lies


Joshua 9:3-5 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, they did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; and old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and moldy.


NOTE: Once again Joshua and Israel’s leaders fail to seek God’s advice


   The Gibeonites were a powerful people; the city was 25 miles from where the Israelites were camped


Joshua 10:2 That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty.


   Joshua and the people did not pray, they put their trust in what they could see, smell and feel


Joshua 9:14 (GW) The men believed the evidence they were shown, but they did not ask the LORD about it.


v  Israel had been commanded by God not to make any treaties with the inhabitants of Canaan


Deuteronomy 20:16-18 But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth: but thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee: that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.


Joshua 9:15 (GW) So Joshua made peace with them by making a treaty which allowed them to live. The leaders of the congregation swore to it with an oath.


NOTE: As we go through life, Satan is constantly seeking to deceive us.


2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.


   Man’s first sin was believing Satan deception


1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.


CONCLUSION: None of us are beyond being deceived by Satan


Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.


   It is only through prayer and guidance from God that we can be delivered from Satan’s deception


John 16:13 (KJV) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.



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