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 JULY 3, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.


INTRO: At many sporting events people sing “God Bless America” but for many this is an oxymoron


   They want God to bless America, but they unwilling to allow God to lead America


   To be a Godly nation does every citizen have to be a Believer?


   What makes a Nation a Godly Nation?




   Many early pilgrims came seeking religious freedom and brought their faith with them 


   Many earlier laws were influence by Christian principles


   Many of our earlier leaders were dedicated Believers who sought the will of God in their political decisions


   God was welcome in our halls of Congress and in our public schools


   God’s hand of blessing have rested on America from the day of her beginning


   Today God is lifting His hand of blessings from America






   God is not allowed in our public schools


·         Religions that have nothing in common with the Christian Faith many are anti-Christian

·         Atheist

·         Satanic

·         Idol worshipers



   Through social pressure and coldness of their hearts they have left the Truth of God’s Word and now believe the lies of Satan.


Matthew 24:9-13 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.





Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.


   We are not to worship God anyway we want, but according to His Word


Deuteronomy 12:8 (NKJV) You shall not at all do as we are doing here today--every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes


Isaiah 5:21 (GW) How horrible it will be for those who think they are wise and consider themselves to be clever.




NOTE: When Judea and Israel turned away from God, He sent judgment against them.


   God sent judgment through:


·         Plagues

·         Disease

·         Flooding, drought, wind

·         Earthquakes

·         War


Amos 4:4-13 (TLB)


   God will do the same with America


   The non-believer does not think that God will bring judgment


   They do not fear God because they don’t believe that God exist or they believe that God is always loving and will never bring judgment


Isaiah 28:14-15, 17-18 (NIV) Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem. You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place." I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it.




2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


NOTE: God longs to bless His people if they will return to Him


Isaiah 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.


·         We must confess and acknowledge our sins as individuals


   We must deal with our relationship with God before we can expect God to deal with the sins of others


Matthew 7:3-5 (NKJV) And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.


·         We must confess and acknowledge the sins of our church


·         We must to confess and acknowledge the sins of America


NOTE: The prayer of Daniel


Daniel 9:4-6 (NKJV) And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, "O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land.


CONCLUSION: When we once again make God our Lord He will bless America


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.




JULY 10, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Chronicles 26:5


   And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.


INTRO: Are you hungry and thirsty for God’s blessings in your life?


   When you think of God’s blessing, what comes to mind?


   God longs to bless His children with blessings, both spiritual and physical


   But there is a hidden danger in experiencing God’s blessings


Proverbs 30:7-9 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.


   God warned the Children of Israel of this danger


Deuteronomy 8:10-14, 17-18  When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee. Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage…And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.


NOTE: When we fail to acknowledge God as the source of our blessings, pride enters in.


  This is what happened to Uzziah




2 Chronicles 26:5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.


   2 Chronicles 26:6-15


·         He had military success (vrs. 6-8)

·         He built military structures (vrs. 9-10)

·         He had many cattle (vr. 10)

·         He was very successful in farming (vr. 10)

·         He had a great army (vrs. 11-13)

·         He invented great war machines (vrs. 14-15)




2 Chronicles 26:16 (GW) But when he became powerful, his pride destroyed him. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God. He went into the LORD'S temple to burn incense on the incense altar.


NOTE: Uzziah thought that because of his success as the king he would bypass God’s requirement for proper worship.


   God had set forth the proper way to worship Him


   The world is always ready to take religious duties into her own hands, to tell how God is to be worshipped, what doctrines are to be preached, what duties prescribed, what sins are to be rebuked, and what sin are to be allowed.


   We can only approach God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ


   As Uzziah had to come to God by way of the priest, we also must come to God through our High Priest, Jesus Christ


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.




NOTE: Uzziah was judge with leprosy which is a symbol of sin

   Pride is the father of all sin


Isaiah 14:12-15 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.


   Pride crowds God out and replaces Him with ourselves


   Pride is a sin and is listed as such


Proverbs 21:4 (TLB) Pride, lust, and evil actions are all sin.


   Pride is the first of the seven deadly sins listed by Solomon


Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.


   Pride is one of the three deadly sins listed by John


1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.


   We often denounce other sins while allowing pride to reign in our hearts.


   Pride will produce destruction


Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.


   If God hates pride so ought we


Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.




NOTE: Pride does away with God; humility recognizes God as the giver of all blessings


James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.


Proverbs 3:7 (TLB) Don’t be conceited, sure of your own wisdom. Instead, trust and reverence the Lord, and turn your back on evil; when you do that, then you will be given renewed health and vitality.


   When we acknowledge that everything we have has come from God; He will bless us even more


James 4:6-7, 10 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you … Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.


Proverbs 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.


   God dwells in the heart of those who have a humble spirit


Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.


CONCLUSION: Let us serve God with humility knowing that without God we have are nothing


JULY 17, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Chronicles 29:10  


   Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.


INTRO: Under King Ahaz Judea had turned its back on God


   Ahaz’s grandfather, Uzziah and Jotham his father were godly kings.


   King Ahaz’s sin 2 Chronicles 28:1-4, 23-24


·         He followed the kings of Israel

·         Built molten images for Baalim

·         Offered his children as burnt sacrifices

·         Sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places

·         Sacrificed to the god of Damascus

·         Shut up the doors of the house of the Lord


   Ahaz brought ruin to Judea through his idolatry, wars and the closing of the temple


   When Hezekiah came to the throne, Judea was on the verge of collapse 


   Ahaz under the positive influence of his father and grandfather turned to wickedness, Hezekiah under the negative influence of his father turned to righteousness


   It’s all a matter of choice: Positive environment will not save us; Negative environment will not leave us without hope


   Our country is much like of Judea; we are on the brink of disaster


NOTE: The denial of God and false worship was the cause of the calamities Judea faced.




   It is the heart of man that determines the action of man


Proverbs 4:23 (GW) Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.


   The heart of Ahaz was wicked where the heart of Hezekiah was set to serve the Lord.

   Hezekiah made a decision to have a change of heart


2 Chronicles 29:10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.


   Because of Hezekiah’s change of heart, God’s judgment against Judea was delayed one hundred years.


   Hezekiah did several things that made a difference


Ø  He made the decision to turn to God with his whole heart


2 Chronicles 31:20-21 (GW) This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah. He did what was good and right and true to the LORD his God. Hezekiah incorporated Moses' Teachings and commands into worship and dedicated his life to serving God. Whatever he did for the worship in God's temple, he did wholeheartedly, and he succeeded.


Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?


Ø  He opened the door of the temple


2 Chronicles 29:3 In the first month of his first year as king, he opened the doors of the LORD'S temple and repaired them.


   Ahaz had closed the temple and had filled it with items of idol worship


   What did the closing of the temple mean?


o    The Holy Place was shut up so that the priest could not perform worship

o    The table of show bread was denied

o    The Holy Place was in total darkness

o    No prayers of Incense could be given

o    The Ark of the Covenant was denied them

o    No sacrifices could be made


2 Chronicles 29:6-7 (ASV) For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of Jehovah, and turned their backs. Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt-offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.


Ø  Hezekiah called for the priest and Levites to clean the Temple


2 Chronicles 29:4-5 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street, And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.


Ø  Hezekiah restored true worship to God


2 Chronicles 29:31 (NLT) Then Hezekiah declared, “Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the LORD, bring your sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings to the Temple of the LORD.” So the people brought their sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings, and all whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings, too.






NOTE: More and more of our leaders are becoming more and more ungodly




NOTE: The Church is the key to our Nation’s new heart


   The Church must be cleansed


1 Peter 4:17 (GW) The time has come for the judgment to begin, and it will begin with God's family. If it starts with us, what will be the end for those who refuse to obey the Good News of God?


   There must be a searching out of the things of false worship


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.


   We must worship God with our whole heart


John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.


   True worship involves these things:


1.     The sacrifice of Jesus Christ

2.     The Bread of life (the Word of God)

3.     Walking in the Light of the Holy Spirit

4.     Spending time in prayer


CONCLUSION: The changing of our Nation’s heart depends on the Church being the Church God expects us to be.


2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


   Are we willing to allow God to change our hearts so that our Nation’s heart will be changed?



JULY 24, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Chronicles 32:7-8


   Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.


INTRO: Are you tired and weary about what is going on?


   Are you concerned and maybe fearful of what is happening in our nation?


   Where are you turning to find peace and rest?


   When someone makes a decision to follow Christ, Satan attacks


   Hezekiah had brought back proper worship to God


Ø  He has opened and cleansed the Temple

Ø  He had the priest and Levites sanctify themselves

Ø  He has restored the Passover

Ø  He had invited those from Israel to join in worship

Ø  Destroyed all the items of idolatry

Ø  He restored tithing to support the ministry


   He sought to serve God with his whole heart


2 Chronicles 31:20-21 (NIV) This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. In everything that he undertook in the service of God's temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.


   You would have thought things would go great for him


2 Chronicles 32:1 (NIV) After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah. He laid siege to the fortified cities, thinking to conquer them for himself.


NOTE: This invasion of Assyria is found in three locations:


·         2 Kings 18:13 – 19:37

·         2 Chronicles 32:1 – 23

·         Isaiah 36:1 – 38


   Why do bad things happen to good people?


   Why do good things happen to bad people?




   After thirteen years of peace Sennacherib invaded Judah


Isaiah 36:1 (NIV) In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah's reign, Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.


·         According to the historical records of Sennacherib, he captured 46 fortified cities, numerous small towns or villages; captured over 200,000 people;[1]




·         Judea’s army was too small

·         Egypt would be of no help

·         He belittled Hezekiah’s faith in God


   He blamed Hezekiah for Judea’s defeat because he had destroyed all the items of idolatry


Isaiah 36:7 (NIV) And if you say to me, "We are depending on the LORD our God"--isn't he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, "You must worship before this altar"?




·         Assyria had defeated all other armies

·         None of their gods could save them

·         That the LORD Himself has sent him


Isaiah 36:10 (NIV) Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this land without the LORD? The LORD himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.




   Hezekiah went into the House of the LORD and sought God’s help.


Isaiah 37:1 (NIV) When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD.


   Hezekiah sought to comfort the people with the promises of God


2 Chronicles 32:7-8a Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles.


2 Chronicles 32: 8b And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.


   Those who put their trust in God find peace and rest in the midst of turmoil


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:




   Sennacherib sent as opened letter to Hezekiah, stating that God would not be able to deliver Jerusalem

   Hezekiah took the letter into the Temple and let God read it


Isaiah 37:14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.


   God promise to Hezekiah


Isaiah 37:33-35 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.


   God’s deliverance


Isaiah 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.


   If God could kill 185,000 soldiers with one angel, what can He do with a legion of angels?


CONCLUSION: When we face times of trouble and testing where do we turn?


   Let us not be like Israel who refused to seek God for rest and safety


Isaiah 28:12 (NLT) God has told his people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen.


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.



JULY 31, 2016






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 4:18-19 (KJV) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.


INTRO: The Christian walk is not always an easy walk


   We can face many trials and disappointments


Matthew 7:14 (NLT) But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.


John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.


Psalm 34:17-19 (KJV) The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.  The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.


   God invites us to the great exchange


ILL. The little girl with the pearl necklace


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


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.


Isaiah 1:18-19 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. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:


   God will give us joy for our sorrow


Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.


Psalm 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.


Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.


Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.


John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.


   God will give us rest and strength when we are tired and weary


Isaiah 25:4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall


Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


   God will give us peace when our hearts a filled with fear


Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.


Isaiah 43:1b-2 … Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.


Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.


      Companionship when we are lonely


Psalm 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.


Matthew 28:20 … lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."


Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV) Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."


Deuteronomy 31:8 (NKJV) And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed."


   When we are old, God will carry us


Isaiah 46:4 (BBE) Even when you are old I will be the same, and when you are grey-haired I will take care of you: I will still be responsible for what I made; yes, I will take you and keep you safe.


CONCLUSION: Will you bring all your brokenness to God and allow Him to exchange it for His blessings, or will you try and solve all your problems by yourself?


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.


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

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