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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

APRIL 2016 SERMONS

 

APRIL 3, 2016

 

“HAVING INCHING EARS”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: I KINGS 22:1-8

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)

 

   For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

 

INTRO: King Ahab was not interested in hearing the truth.

 

   Even after hearing the truth he insisted on refusing to accept the truth, believing a lie it cost him his life.

 

   Not everyone who says “Thus saith the Lord” is speaking the truth

 

   The majority is not always right (400 t0 1)

 

   When you go to the doctor do you want him to tell you the truth or would you rather have him tell you that everything is okay?

 

   It is very important that we hear the truth about our health but it is more important to hear the truth about our soul.

 

   Today there are many people who refuse to hear God’s Word and go against what His Word teaches.

 

I.  PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT SIN

 

   A. PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO HEAR WHAT IS SIN

 

NOTE: People want to get rid of God for if there is no God morality is left to man.

 

   Our society today have sought to get rid of God and to deny what is sin

 

   We as Christians and as a church must stand against sin be seek to bring the sinner in.

NOTE: When we stand against sin we will face the wrath of sinners, even as Micaiah did.

 

1 Kings 22:24, 26-27 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? … And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's son; and say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.

 

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

 

   B. PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT THEY ARE SINNERS

 

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

 

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

 

II. PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO HEAR THEY CAN’T SAVE THEMSELVES

 

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

 

Isaiah 64:6 (TLB) We are all infected and impure with sin. When we put on our prized robes of righteousness, we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves we fade, wither and fall. And our sins, like the wind, sweep us away.

 

III. PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO HEAR THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION

 

NOTE: They don’t want to hear about the cross and God’s demand for righteousness

 

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

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

 

IV. FAILURE TO LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD WILL BRING JUDGMENT

 

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

 

NOTE: They don’t want to hear that hell is real and that without Christ they will spend eternity there.

 

   Hearing God’s Word is not enough when we hear God’s Word and fail to act upon it, this too will bring judgment.

 

Matthew 7:26-27 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.  

 

CONCLUSION: We are living in a time where the truth of God’s Word is not wanted and violently opposed.

 

   Are we willing to hear the truth and are we willing to speak the truth regardless of the consequences?

 

APRIL 10, 2016

 

“WHEN THE CHOIR SANG”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Chronicles 20:5-12

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

 

INTRO: What do you do when you are faced with an overwhelming situation?

 

   Where do you go for help?

 

   The story of Jehoshaphat gives us the recipe for victory over whatever we might face.

 

   Jehoshaphat was faced with disaster when the armies of the Moabites invaded Judea.

 

   Jehoshaphat did several things that brought him victory.

 

1.     He did not look to the arm of flesh for deliverance

 

Psalm 1:1-2 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. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

 

   Too often we turn to man to solve our problems instead of putting our trust in God.

 

   He remember how his father Asa trusted God one time and won the victory but the next time he look to man for help and faced God’s judgment

 

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.

 

2 Chronicles 16:7-9 (KJV) And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

 

2.     Jehoshaphat prayed

 

NOTE: Not only did Jehoshaphat pray but he called for the nation of Judea to join with him in fasting and praying.

 

   The nation responded, praying should not be left up to the ministry, we all should pray.

 

NOTE: Jehoshaphat’s prayer is divided into several parts.

 

·         He acknowledged the greatness and power of God.

 

2 Chronicles 20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

 

·         He acknowledged that God was their God

 

2 Chronicles 20:7a Art not thou our God…

 

·         He reminded God of what He had done in the past

 

2 Chronicles 20:7b who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend forever?

 

·         He reminded God that He dwelt among them in the Tabernacle

 

2 Chronicles 20:8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying,

 

·         He reminded God of His promise to hear their prayers and come to their aid

 

2 Chronicles 20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

 

NOTE: It wasn’t until He had prayed this portion of prayer that he finally prayed his request

 

·         He acknowledged his request

 

NOTE: Too often we have the give me spirit in our prayers

 

   He stated the problem he was facing; the Moabite coalition was coming to destroy them

 

2 Chronicles 20:10-11 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.

 

·         He ask for four things

 

2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

 

1)    That God would judge them

2)    He acknowledge that they did not have the strength to overcome them

3)    They did not know what to do

4)    They looked to God for deliverance

 

3.     God sent in the choir

 

·         The battle belonged to the Lord

 

2 Chronicles 20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.

 

·         They were not to fight but to stand still

 

2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

 

·         God sent in the choir

 

2 Chronicles 20:21-22 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth forever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

 

·         God turned the invading army against its self

 

2 Chronicles 20:23-24 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.

 

·         To the victor belongs the spoils

 

2 Chronicles 20:25 (KJV) And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

 

CONCLUSION: Whatever you’re facing, look to God and sign a song of victory.

 

 


[1] Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible - Commentary - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible – 1 Kings.

 

 

[1] Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary.

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