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JANUARY 2016 SERMONS

 

JANUARY 3, 2016

 

“THE CONSEQUENCE OF GREED”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 12:15-21

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 16:26 (TLB)

 

   What profit is there if you gain the whole world—and lose eternal life? What can be compared with the value of eternal life?

 

INTRO: The Dog and His Bone

 

   One of Satan’s favorite ways to turn Believers away from God is to get them seeking earthly things.

 

Matthew 13:22 (TLB) The ground covered with thistles represents a man who hears the message, but the cares of this life and his longing for money choke out God’s Word, and he does less and less for God.

 

NOTE: Greed enters into the heart of a Believer when they begin to long for things other than the things of God.

 

   Jesus warns us against allow something, or someone to come between or service to God.

 

Matthew 6:24 (BBE) No man is able to be a servant to two masters: for he will have hate for the one and love for the other, or he will keep to one and have no respect for the other. You may not be servants of God and of wealth.

 

1 John 2:15-17 (NLT) Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

 

I.  WE CAN BE GREEDY FOR DIFFERENT THINGS.

 

A.    GREED FOR MATERIAL THINGS.

 

·         Demas: 2 Timothy 4:10a (NLT) Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica…

 

NOTE: Greed does not often happen overnight.

 

ILL: The minister that became a salesman.

 

B.    GREED FOR POWER AND AUTHORITY

 

·         The rebellion of Korah: Numbers 16

 

·         The story of Rehoboam: I Kings 12

 

C.   GREED FOR POSSESSION

 

·         Ahab: I Kings 21

 

D.    GREED FOR MONEY

 

·         Balaam (Numbers 22 – 24)

 

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;    

 

·         Achan: Joshua 7

 

·         Gehazi: 2 Kings 5

 

II. GREED IF LEFT UNCHECKED WILL DESTROY US.

 

NOTE: Anyone who allows greed, of any kind, to control them, will bring destruction to themselves and others. 

 

Proverbs 15:27 (NLT) Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live.

 

A.    GREED WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED.

 

Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 (TLB) He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness!  The more you have, the more you spend, right up to the limits of your income. So what is the advantage of wealth—except perhaps to watch it as it runs through your fingers!

 

Isaiah 56:11a (TLB) And they are as greedy as dogs, never satisfied;

 

Haggai 1:6 (TLB) You plant much but harvest little. You have scarcely enough to eat or drink and not enough clothes to keep you warm. Your income disappears, as though you were putting it into pockets filled with holes!

 

   Our greed may cause us to seek its fulfillment in an unlawful way and we end up losing it all.

 

Jeremiah 17:11 (TLB) "Like a bird that fills her nest with young she has not hatched and which will soon desert her and fly away, so is the man who gets his wealth by unjust means. Sooner or later he will lose his riches and at the end of his life become a poor old fool."

 

B.    GREED WILL KEEP US FROM SERVING GOD AS WE OUGHT

 

Malachi 3:8-10 (TLB) "Will a man rob God? Surely not! And yet you have robbed me. " ’What do you mean? When did we ever rob you?’ "You have robbed me of the tithes and offerings due to me. And so the awesome curse of God is cursing you, for your whole nation has been robbing me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so that there will be food enough in my Temple; if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! "Try it! Let me prove it to you!

 

C.   THE WORD OF GOD GIVES A SEVERE WARNING TO THE MINISTRY NOT TO BE CAUGHT UP WITH GREED.

 

Isaiah 56:11 (TLB) And they are as greedy as dogs, never satisfied; they are stupid shepherds who only look after their own interest, each trying to get as much as he can for himself from every possible source. 

 

1 Peter 5:2 (NIV) Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve;

 

III. BE CONTENT WITH WHAT GOD HAS PROVIDED

 

Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."

 

1 Timothy 6:6-7 (KJV) But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

 

1 Timothy 6:8-10 (NIV) But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

 

A. THE THINGS OF GOD MUST COME FIRST.

 

Matthew 6:19-20 (TLB) "Don’t store up treasures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value and are safe from thieves

 

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

 

Colossians 3:2 (KJV) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

 

CONCLUSION: When we compare the things of this world with the things of God, there is no comparison. 

 

Matthew 16:26 (TLB) What profit is there if you gain the whole world—and lose eternal life? What can be compared with the value of eternal life?

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 10, 2016

 

LOST OPPORTUNITY

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I KINGS 11:29-32, 37-39

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 48:18

 

   O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

 

INTRO: Almost every one of us can look back and see when we have experienced lost opportunity.

 

   Sometimes opportunities were lost through no fault of our own.

 

   Other times we lost opportunities because of the choices we made.

 

   Some lost opportunities turned out to be a blessings, while other lost opportunities we have regretted the rest of our life.

 

   The story of Jeroboam is a tragic story of a lost opportunity.

 

I. JEROBOAM GREAT OPPORTUNITY

 

NOTE: God divided Israel into two nations because of Solomon’s idolatry.  

 

   A. JEROBOAM’S BACKGROUND

 

NOTE: Jeroboam caught the eye of King Solomon.

 

1 Kings 11:28 (NLT) Jeroboam was a very capable young man, and when Solomon saw how industrious he was, he put him in charge of the labor force from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph.

 

   God had told Solomon that He was going to divide Israel into two nations because of his idolatry.

 

1 Kings 11:9-13 (GW) So the LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from the LORD God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. God had given him commands about this. {He told him} not to follow other gods. But Solomon did not obey God's command. The LORD told Solomon, “Because this is your attitude and you have no respect for my promises or my laws that I commanded you to keep, I will certainly tear the kingdom away from you. I will give it to one of your servants. But I will not do it in your lifetime because of your father David. I will tear it away from the hands of your son. However, I will not tear the whole kingdom away from you. I will give your son one tribe for my servant David's sake and for the sake of Jerusalem, {the city} that I chose.”

 

   God sent the prophet Ahijah to Jeroboam telling him the God was going to make him king over ten of the tribes of Israel. I Kings 11:29-39

 

   B. GOD’S PROMISE TO JEROBOAM

 

1 Kings 11:37-38 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel. And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

 

NOTE: The three promises God gave Jeroboam:

 

1.     God would be with Jeroboam

2.     God would build him an enduring dynasty

3.     God would give him the kingdom of Israel forever.

 

1 Kings 11:38b (NIV) … I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.

 

II. JEROBOAM LOST OPPORTUNITY

 

NOTE: Two things that cost Jeroboam the promises God had made him.

1.     Lack of Faith

2.     Disobedience

 

   A. JEROBOAM’S LACK OF FAITH

 

NOTE: Fear is often the destroyer of faith

 

1 Kings 12:26-27 (NIV) Jeroboam thought to himself, "The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David. If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam."  

 

   Jeroboam did not believe God’s promise that God would keep him as king of Israel.

 

   B. JEROBOAM’S DISOBEDIENCE

 

NOTE: Jeroboam’s disobedience came after following bad advice.

 

1 Kings 12:28-30 (NIV) After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan. And this thing became a sin; the people went even as far as Dan to worship the one there.

 

NOTE: Idolatry cost Solomon his kingdom, Jeroboam sought to keep his kingdom by introducing idolatry in to Israel

 

   Throughout the history of Israel, you will see how the kings that followed Jeroboam followed his sin of idolatry.

 

NOTE: Jehu also lost an opportunity

 

   Jehu after killing all the prophets of Baal and destroying all the house and images of Baal followed the sin of Jeroboam.

 

2 Kings 10:25-29 (NIV) As soon as Jehu had finished making the burnt offering, he ordered the guards and officers: "Go in and kill them; let no one escape." So they cut them down with the sword. The guards and officers threw the bodies out and then entered the inner shrine of the temple of Baal. They brought the sacred stone out of the temple of Baal and burned it. They demolished the sacred stone of Baal and tore down the temple of Baal, and people have used it for a latrine to this day. So Jehu destroyed Baal worship in Israel. However, he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit--the worship of the golden calves at Bethel and Dan.

 

III. WE CAN ALSO LOSE OPPORTUNITIES

 

NOTE: We lose opportunities the same way Jeroboam did.

 

1.     Lack of Faith

 

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.

 

NOTE: We must guard against putting our trust in ourselves or in others

 

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  

 

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NLT) “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

 

2.     Disobedience

 

NOTE: Disobedience comes from the lack of faith

 

   The greater our faith the greater our obedience

 

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

CONCLUSION: When we face impossible odds let us put our faith in God and obey His direction.

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 17, 2015

 

“FACING TEMPTATION”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I KINGS 13:1-7

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: James 1:12 (NLT)

 

   God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

 

INTRO: Temptation is like taxes, we will always battle with it and it comes in many different ways.

 

   What is temptation, it is facing the choosing between right and wrong?

 

   Are we beyond being tempted?

 

Matthew 4:1 (KJV) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

 

   Is temptation a sin?

 

   One of Satan’s cunning tricks is to try and convince us that temptation is a sin.

 

Hebrews 4:14-15 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 

   Temptation often comes as a testing of our faith and obedience.

 

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.

 

I THE TEMPTATION OF JEROBOAM

 

NOTE: Jeroboam’s temptation was quite simple, will he trust God to keep His Promise or will he seek his own solution.

 

·         He sought man’s advice instead of God’s.

 

NOTE: It is better to trust God’s promises than to take man’s advice.

 

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

 

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.

 

·         Jeroboam yielded to Satan’s temptation

 

1 Kings 12:28 (NLT) So on the advice of his counselors, the king made two gold calves. He said to the people, “It is too much trouble for you to worship in Jerusalem. Look, Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of Egypt!”

 

NOTE: Jeroboam became known as “the man who made Israel to sin”.

 

1 Kings 14:16 (ASV) And he will give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, which he hath sinned, and wherewith he hath made Israel to sin.

 

II. THE TEMPTATION OF THE UNNAMED PROPHET

 

1 Kings 13:1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

 

NOTE: The story of this man is one of the saddest in the Bible.

 

   His story shows us that none of us are above being tempted.

 

·         He was a man of God

·         He was directed by God

·         He spoke the Word of God

·         His word was fulfilled

·         He healed Jeroboam affliction

·         He resisted his first temptation

·         He yielded to the second temptation

 

III. HOW TO EXPERIENCE VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION

 

   A. RECOGNIZE WHO IT IS THAT IS TEMPTING US

 

2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

 

NOTE: Satan comes to attack us in three different ways.

 

·         As a roaring lion

 

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 

 

·         As a wolf in sheep’s clothing

 

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

 

·         As an angel of light

 

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

 

   B. WE MUST RECOGNIZE OUR OWN INABILITIES TO DEFEAT

       SATAN

 

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;)

 

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.

 

   C. GOD CAN AND WILL DELIVER US FROM TEMPTATION


1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 

·         We must submit to God and resist Satan

 

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

   D. WHAT WE CAN DO TO PREPARE US FOR TEMPTATION

 

·         We must hide the Word of God in our hearts

 

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

 

·         Does it line up with the Word of God

 

1 John 4:1 (GW) Dear friends, don't believe all people who say that they have the Spirit. Instead, test them. See whether the spirit they have is from God, because there are many false prophets in the world.

 

NOTE: Most Christians spend just one or two hours a week addressing their spiritual needs.

 

·         Be faithful to the House of God

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 (TLB) In response to all he has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good. Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.

 

CONCLUSION: The question is not will we face temptation, but rather will we defeat Satan’s attack?

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 24, 2015

 

“WITH GOD SIZE DOES NOT MATTER”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: II CHRONICLES 14:1-12

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Chronicles 14:11

 

   And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

 

INTRO: As we go through life we experience many twist and turns; some good and some difficult.

 

   One of the best things we can do is to look at the lives of those in the Bible and learn from their experiences.

 

   Asa was a good king; he sought to bring religious reform to Judah.

 

I.  ASA’S REFORMS

 

NOTE: Through in influence of Solomon and the kings that followed him, idolatry was introduced into Judah.

 

2 Chronicles 14:2-4 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God: For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.

 

   He sought to make the nation free of all ungodliness.

 

1 Kings 15:11-12 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

 

   He removed his mother, some translations say grandmother, from being queen because of an idol in a grove.

 

1 Kings 15:13 (ASV) And also Maacah his mother he removed from being queen, because she had made an abominable image for an Asherah; and Asa cut down her image, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.

 

   He led Judah by example and command

 

2 Chronicles 14:4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.

 

II. ASA ENJOYED GOD’S BLESSINGS

 

NOTE: Because of Asa’s reforms, God gave him ten years of peace.

 

2 Chronicles 14:1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.

 

2 Chronicles 14:5-7 (TLB) Also, he removed the sun-images from the hills and the incense altars from every one of Judah’s cities. That is why God gave his kingdom peace. This made it possible for him to build walled cities throughout Judah. "Now is the time to do it, while the Lord is blessing us with peace because of our obedience to him," he told his people. "Let us build and fortify cities now, with walls, towers, gates, and bars." So they went ahead with these projects very successfully.

 

   We too can enjoy God’s blessings as we seek to serve Him with all we have.

 

III. ASA’S TEST

 

NOTE: Asa was face with an insurmountable test.

 

   He had 580,000 soldiers; the enemy had 1,000,000 plus 500 chariots

 

2 Chronicles 14:8-10 (TLB) King Asa’s Judean army was 300,000 strong, equipped with light shields and spears. His army of Benjaminites numbered 280,000, armed with large shields and bows. Both armies were composed of well-trained, brave men. But now he was attacked by an army of 1,000,000 troops from Ethiopia with 300 chariots, under the leadership of General Zerah. They advanced to the city of Mareshah, in the valley of Zephathah, and King Asa sent his troops to battle with them there.

 

   Asa did three things:

 

2 Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

 

1.     He sought help from God

 

·         Lord I am facing something that I cannot handle

 

·         Asa took his eyes off his enemies and focused on God

 

Psalm 91:14-15 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

 

2.     He acknowledge that with God size does not matter

 

1 Corinthians 1:27-29 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

 

   Jonathan and his armour bearer

 

1 Samuel 14:6 (KJV) And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

 

3.     He put his trust in the Name of the Lord

 

Psalm 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD…

 

·         The Name of God is full of power and deliverance

 

Jeremiah 10:6 (GW) No one is like you, O LORD. You are great. Your name is powerful.

 

·         When we face times of difficulties we need to put our trust in the Name of the Lord

 

Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

 

·         We can find a place of refuge in the Name of the Lord.

 

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

 

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

 

·         There is no Name greater

 

Philippians 2:9-11  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

IV. GOD GAVE ASA FULL VICTORY

 

2 Chronicles 14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.

 

CONCLUSION: When we face trials of our faith, let us seek God’s help, knowing that with God the size of our problem is not a problem with God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 31. 2015

 

“COME AND DINE’

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 21:1-13

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 21:12-13

 

   Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

 

INTRO: Stop for a moment and try and think what these disciples were going through.

 

·         They had thought that Jesus was going to set up a physical kingdom freeing them from Rome

·         They saw Jesus die on the cross

·         They saw him buried

·         Now all of a sudden He was alive.

 

   How would you feel if this had happen to you?

 

   The disciples at best were confused

 

I.  THEY WENT FISHING

 

John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.

 

   A. THEY WENT BACK TO SOMETHING THEY UNDERSTOOD

 

   Often when we face times of difficulties and confusion we revert back to what we are comfortable with.

 

   The disciples hadn’t fish for three years.

 

   Did they return to fishing because they were hungry, did they need the money, the Bible doesn’t tell us.

 

   Many have experience sliding back into their former life when they experience difficulties and hardships.

 

   B. JESUS SOUGHT TO TEACH THEM A LESSON

 

   There old life was no longer able to fulfill their needs.

 

   They had to realize that they could only satisfy their needs through Jesus Christ.

 

   Jesus invited them to come to Him and allow Him to satisfy their needs and give them fulfillment in their lives.

 

II. JESUS INVITATION, “COME AND DINE”

 

John 21:12-13 Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.

 

NOTE: When the disciples arrived at the fire, Jesus had already prepared fish and bread.

 

   This is the third time Jesus satisfies hunger with bread and fish.

 

   Jesus invitation is given to us, “Come and Dine”

 

   A. JESUS INVITES US TO COME AND HAVE HIM TAKE CARE OF OUR SIN PROBLEM

 

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

   B. IF WE STRAY HE INVITES US TO RETURN

 

Hosea 6:1-2 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

 

   C. HE INVITES US TO COME AND ESCAPE THE COMING JUDGMENT

 

Isaiah 26:20-21 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

 

   D. HE INVITES US TO COME AND ALLOW HIM TO LEAD US THROUGH THIS MAZE OF LIFE.

 

Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

 

   E. JESUS INVITES US TO COME AND FIND REST WHEN WE  BECOME WEARY

 

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

   F. JESUS INVITES US TO FIND SATISFACTION FOR OUR THIRSTY SOUL

 

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.

 

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely

 

   G. JESUS CALLS US TO COME TO HIM TO FIND PEACE

 

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

Isaiah 26:3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

 

   H. JESUS OFFERS US HIS JOY

John 15:11 (KJV) These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

   It is God’s joy that gives us strength to face these times of hardship and disappointments.

 

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

 

III. THERE WILL BE THOSE WHO REJECT JESUS INVITATION

 

Isaiah 48:18  O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

 

   Not everyone will eat at Jesus’ table

 

Isaiah 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

 

CONCLUSION:  Jesus invites us to come and dine but it is up to us to choose to eat at His table or eat the scraps the world had to offer.

 

Song of Songs 1:4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

 

 

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