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JUNE 2015   SERMONS

 

JUNE 7, 2015

 

THE SECRET OF BEING BLESSED

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 1:1-6

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 1:1

 

   Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

 

INTRO: There is a desire in every heart to be blessed.

 

   Many believe that the blessings come from physical things

 

   But to be truly blessed is to be blessed by God

 

NOTE: Jabez’s prayer.

 

1 Chronicles 4:9-10 And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

 

   God longs to bless His people and He gives us guide lines to follow to receive His blessings.

 

   But many want God’s blessings but are unwilling to fulfill their part in order to receive God’s blessing.

 

  • WE CONFESS AND RECEIVE GOD’S FORGIVENESS FOR SIN

 

Psalm 32:1-2 (NIV) Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.

 

   Until we become right with God we will not enjoy His blessings

 

·         WE ARE NOT INFLUENCED BY THE UNGODLY

 

Psalm 1:1 (KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

 

NOTE: There are those who contend that Christians should have nothing to do with the ungodly.

 

   A holier than thou attitude will not win anyone to Christ

 

   Jesus spent much of His time with the sinners to witness to them not to join in their sinful acts

 

  • WE PUT OUR TRUST IN THE LORD

 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

 

Psalm 40:4 (KJV) Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 

 

   We trust in God’s wisdom, God’s Love and God’s power

 

   Those who fail to put their trust in the Lord and instead put their trust in the arm of flesh are cursed instead of being blessed.

 

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

 

  

 

  • LIVE IN A NATION THAT WORSHIPS THE LORD

 

Psalm 33:12 (NIV) Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

 

   Because our nation is turning away from God we are losing God’s blessings and protection.

 

·         WE ARE GENEROUS TO THE POOR

 

Psalm 41:1 (TLB) God blesses those who are kind to the poor. He helps them out of their troubles. 

 

Psalm 37:26 (TLB) Instead, the godly are able to be generous with their gifts and loans to others, and their children are a blessing.

 

Matthew 10:42 (GW) I can guarantee this truth: Whoever gives any of my humble followers a cup of cold water because that person is my disciple will certainly never lose his reward.”

 

  • WE SEEK TO DWELL IN GOD’S HOUSE

 

NOTE: Our attitude towards the House of the Lord goes a long way in determining whether we are blessed or not.

 

Psalm 84:4 Blessed are those who live in your house. They are always praising you.

 

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

 

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

 

  • WE ACCEPT GOD’S CHASTENING

 

Psalm 94:12 (GW) O LORD, blessed is the person whom you discipline and instruct from your teachings.

 

Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

 

Hebrews 12:11 (GW) We don't enjoy being disciplined. It always seems to cause more pain than joy. But later on, those who learn from that discipline have peace that comes from doing what is right.

 

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

 

   As we accept God’s discipline we open our lives to His blessings.

 

  • WE FEAR (BE AFRAID & REVERENCE) THE LORD

 

Psalm 112:1 (KJV) Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

 

   When we sin our fear of God’s judgment should cause us to repent

 

   When we lack this fear we will keep on sinning

 

Psalm 128:1 (TLB) Blessings on all who reverence and trust the Lord—on all who obey him!

 

CONCLUSION: Let us be as Jabez and desire God’s blessings so much that we are willing to do our part in preparing our hearts and lives to receive His blessings.

 

JUNE 14 am

 

THE CROSS OUR FLAG

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I CORINTHIANS 1:17-24

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Corinthians 1:18

 

   For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

 

INTRO: What does the American Flag mean to you?

 

   It is a symbol of our Nation

 

   It speaks of the freedom we have

 

   It reminds us for those who have given their lives for us

 

   At one time our nation was united but it has become more and more divided

 

   We need to pray and seeks God’s help in bringing our Nation back to what it once was, and what our flag represented

 

   Paul addressed the same issue to the Corinthian Church

 

   The Church was filled with division

 

1 Corinthians 1:11-13 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

 

   Today God’s Church is divided.

 

·         There are those who are more concerned with their denominational ties than their relationship with Jesus.

·         There are those who are more concerned with their position in the Church than their position in Christ

 

NOTE: Paul found the answer to this problem in the Cross

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

 

I. THE MESSAGE OF THE CHURCH

 

1 Corinthians 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

 

NOTE: The message of the Church is not about itself but about the message of the Cross

 

A.    THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS UNITY

 

NOTE: The Cross alone is the answer to division within the Church

 

Romans 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

 

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

 

Ephesians 4:13 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:

 

1 Corinthians 12:25 (GW) God's purpose was that the body should not be divided but rather that all of its parts should feel the same concern for each other.

 

B.      THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS JUDGMENT

 

NOTE: The difference between the Catholic cross and the protestant cross

 

   God pronounced the judgment for sin was death

 

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

 

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

 

   By taking our sin, Jesus took our judgment for sin

 

Isaiah 53:5-6 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

 

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.

 

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

C.    THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS SALVATION

 

NOTE: Although the Cross may speak of the judgment of sin, it also speaks of the love God has for everyone

 

John 3:16-17 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.

 

Romans 5:6-8 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

 

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

 

NOTE: The message of the Cross is more than just Salvation, the forgiveness and freedom from sin and its consequences it also restores us to a proper relationship with God.

D.     THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS REDEMPTION

 

   REDEMPTION: The purchase back of something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom.

 

NOTE: It is through the work of the cross we have been reclaimed by God

 

Colossians 1:13-14 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

 

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

 

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:

 

CONCLUSION: Through the cross we have been restored to the fellowship with God that He had intended when He created us.

 

Romans 5:10 (TLB) And since, when we were his enemies, we were brought back to God by the death of his Son, what blessings he must have for us now that we are his friends and he is living within us!

 

1 John 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

 

JUNE 14 pm

(Napavine Assembly)

 

THE ROLL OF THE SHEPHERD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: EZEKIEL 34:11-16

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ezekiel 34:16 (KJV)


   I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

 

INTRO: Israel had been taken into exile into the land of Babylon

 

   Their leaders, both spiritual and political, had led them away from following God

 

   In the 34th chapter of Ezekiel, God addresses the situation and promises deliverance

 

   He gives the roll of the True Shepherd

 

I. I WILL SEEK THAT WHICH WAS LOST.

 

NOTE: The primary purpose for Jesus coming was to seek the lost.

 

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.   

 

   This must also be the primary purpose of His Church, and every Believer within His Church

 

Luke 15:4 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?

 

NOTE: Only the lost can be saved

 

Luke 5:31-32 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

 

   A. SOME DO NOT KNOW THEY ARE LOST

 

   B. SOME WON’T ADMIT THEY ARE LOST

 

ILL: Daniel Boone

 

   C. SOME DON’T CARE THEY ARE LOST

 

NOTE: Are we willing to be God instrument in seeking those that are lost?

 

II. BRING AGAIN THAT WHICH WAS DRIVEN AWAY

 

NOTE: This speaks of those who once were in the Church but have backslidden or grown cold in their relationship with God

 

   What drove them away from God?

 

   A. BY OTHERS WITHIN THE CHURCH

 

Ezekiel 34:20-21 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;

 

1.      Spirit of judgment

2.      Spirit of un-forgiveness

3.      Spirit of un-acceptance

 

ILL: Barnabas & Saul

 

Acts 9:26-27 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

 

   B. THE ENTICEMENT OF THE WORLD

 

2 Timothy 4:10a For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica…

 

NOTE: How should we react towards those that have backslidden or grown cold?

 

   Barnabas & Mark 

 

Acts 15:39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

 

Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

 

III. BIND UP THAT WHICH WAS BROKEN

 

NOTE: We live in a broken world and there are many within the church that is broken

 

1.      Broken in spirit

 

NOTE: Things have not worked out as they thought it would

 

2.      Broken relationships

 

3.      Sinful failure

 

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

 

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

 

IV. WILL STRENGTHEN THAT WHICH WAS SICK

 

NOTE: There are those within the church that are sick and unable to function properly.

 

1.      With fear

2.      With doubt

3.      With jealousy

4.      Bitterness

 

NOTE: Those who are sick will often contaminate those who are well

 

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

 

   Jesus offers healing to all who are sick, physically or spiritually.

 

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 

CONCLUSION: God’s promises of deliverance end with a warning

 

I WILL DESTROY THE FAT AND THE STRONG; I WILL FEED THEM WITH JUDGMENT.

 

   We cannot be self-centered, only concerned with our needs, but we must have the mind of Christ;

 

Philippians 2:4-8 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

 

JUNE 21, 2015

 

MAN OF VALOR

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JUDGES 7:1-8

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 6:10

 

   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 

INTRO: Satan is on the attack against Believers and the Church.

 

1 Peter 5:8 (TLB) Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart.

 

   What the Church needs today to face the onslaught of evil that is coming upon us is “MEN OF VALOR”.

 

   To be a “MAN OF VALOR” they must be a man of faith.

 

   MEN OF VALOR: are often faced with incredible odds

   MEN OF VALOR: have great faith in God

   MEN OF VALOR: are willing to step out and trust God for the victory

 

I. GIDEON: Judges 6:11 – 8:32

 

   A. GIDEON WAS FACED WITH INCREDIBLE ODDS

 

NOTE: Israel was invaded with 135,000 Midianties

 

Judges 6:3-6 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; and they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.

 

   B. GIDEON’S GROWTH OF FAITH

 

NOTE: Gideon had no faith in himself

 

Judges 6:15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.

 

   When we have no faith in ourselves we must have faith in God

 

1.    He sought God to confirm his calling

 

Judges 6:37-40 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

 

   Once we are sure that it is God calling us, we must be ready to step out in Faith.

 

2.    God gave Gideon instructions to reduce his army

 

Judges 7:2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.

 

ü  Gideon gathered an army of 32,000 to go against Midianties army of 135, 000 (42x1)

ü  God had Gideon reduce his army to 10,000 (135x1)

ü  God had Gideon reduce his army again to 300 (450x1)

 

Judges 7:7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

 

NOTE: 300 untrained soldiers against 135,000 well trained and experienced soldiers.

 

   Only God can bring a victory to these odds

 

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

3.    A trumpet, an empty pitcher and a lamp

 

Judges 7:16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.

 

NOTE: These are mighty strange weapons

 

   How could these items bring victory?

 

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

 

NOTE: We must remember we cannot fight Satan with normal weapons, it is a Spiritual battle.

 

4.    They were to work in unity

 

NOTE: Gideon divided his army into 3 groups of 100

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

 

NOTE: When the Church begins to work together in unity God will bring the victory

 

ü  They were to surround the Midianties

 

NOTE: The faith of Gideon must have inspired the faith of the soldiers

 

ü  They were to wait for Gideon’s signal

 

Judges 7:17-18 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do. When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

 

ü  Through their obedience God gave them the victory

 

Judges 7:20-22a And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host…

 

CONCLUSION: If we want to experience victory in our lives and the life of the Church we must be men & women of valor (of faith).

 

JUNE 28, 2015

 

STRONG YET WEAK

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JUDGES 13:1-5

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 12:9a

 

   And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

 

INTRO: The story of Samson is a warning to each of us.

 

   No matter how spiritual we may be we are all subject to failing.

 

   Anyone who believes they are free from sinning is walking a dangerous path.

 

1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

I. THE LIFE OF SAMSON. JUDGES 13 – 16

 

1.      The birth of Samson was prophesied Judges 13:2-3

2.      Nazarite vow Judges 13:4-5, Numbers 6:1-12

 

·         No wine, strong drink, no grapes or raisins, nothing from the grape vine

·         Cannot cut his hair

·         Cannot come near a dead body

 

Judges 13:24-25 And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him. And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.

 

NOTE: Just because the Spirit of God is moving in our lives does not mean that we cannot fall into sin.

 

   Samson began his downward spiral by failing to keep his Nazarite vow

 

Deuteronomy 23:21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.

 

Ecclesiastes 5:4-5 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

 

   The lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh enticed and seduced him.

 

3.      Samson desires a Philistine wife Judges 14:1-2

4.      Samson rejects his parents plea Judges 14:3

5.      Samson may have eaten grapes Judges 14:5

6.      Samson kills a lion Judges 14:6 (first super act)

7.      Samson eats honey from dead lion Judges 14:8-9

8.      Samson’s riddle Judges 14:12-14

9.      Samson reveals the riddle Judges 14:15-17

10.  Samson kills 30 Philistines Judge 14:19

11.  Samson’s wife given to another Judges 14:20

12.  Samson is denied his wife Judges 15:1-2

13.  Samson uses 300 foxes to destroy Philistine’s fields Judges 15:4-5

14.  Philistine burned Samson’s supposed wife and father Judges 15:6

15.  Samson kills a large number of Philistines

Judges 15:7-8

16.  Samson turned over to the Philistines by men of Judah Judges 15:9-13

17.  Samson kills 1,000 with a jaw bone Judges 15:14-20

18.  Samson visits a harlot Judge 16:1-3 (city gates)

19.  Samson loves Delilah, who finds his secret

Judges 16:4-20

 

·         Seven fresh bowstrings Judges 16:7

·         New rope Judges 16:11

·         Weave his seven locks of hair to the web of the loom Judges 16:13-14

·         Reveals his secret Judges 16:17-20

 

   Saddest verse in the Bible

 

   Judges 16:20 (NKJV) And she said, "The Philistines are upon you, Samson!" So he awoke from his sleep, and said, "I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!" But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.

 

20.  The Philistine capture Samson

 

·         Put out his eyes and made him grind in the prison house Judges 16:21

 

NOTE: Samson’s hair began to grow Judges 16:22

 

21.  The Philistines celebrate Samson’s defeat Judges 16:21-25

 

II. HOW DOES SAMSON’S LIFE RELATE TO US?

 

A.    GOD HAS A PLAN FOR EACH OF US

 

Jeremiah 29:11 (GW) I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope.

 

B.      GOD WILL GIVE US THE STRENGTH TO SUCCEED

 

NOTE: Like Samson, God has given us the power to live a victorious life.

 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  

 

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

 

C.    WE MUST SURRENDER OUR WEAKNESS TO GOD

 

NOTE: We all battle with weakness

 

Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

·         We must first recognize our weakness

 

1 John 1:8 (KJV) If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

 

   An unrecognized weakness will always trip us up

 

   Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

 

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

 

·         We must confess our weakness to God

 

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

·         God will give us the victory over our weakness

 

2 Corinthians 12:9a And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

 

CONCLUSION: No matter what, there is forgiveness with God

 

Psalm 130:3-4 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

 

NOTE: Samson’s final victory Judges 16:26-31

 

   Samson is list among the Heroes of Faith

 

Hebrews 11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

 

 

 

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