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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

MARCH 2017 SERMONS

MARCH 5, 2017

 

“WHAT ARE YOU HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR?

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 15:1-5

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 5:6

 

   Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

INTRO: Three things I hungered for when I was in Germany

 

   We often have a hunger and desire for something only to find that when we get it, it doesn’t satisfy.

 

   If we are hungering and thirsting for only things in this world we will never find satisfaction.

 

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.  

 

Isaiah 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

 

   King David was not satisfied; even though he was king, even though he had great wealth, even though he had won great victories, David was jealous.

 

I. DAVID’S GREAT DESIRE

 

NOTE: David standing looking towards the tabernacle

 

   The one things David wanted more than anything else was to enter into and dwell in the presence of God.

 

Psalm 42:1-2 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

 

Psalm 63:1-2 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

 

    Only the priest could enter into the Tabernacle, the dwelling place of God.

 

   King Uzziah tried to do what David longed for and was judge by God

 

2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

 

NOTE: Because of what Jesus did on the cross, we are now able to enter into the very presence of God.

 

Matthew 27:51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

 

Hebrews 10:19-20 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

 

II. SITTING AT THE FEET OF JESUS

 

NOTE: God invites us to come and sit at His feet and satisfy our hunger and thirst for dwelling in His presence.

 

Isaiah 55:1 (BBE) Ho! everyone in need, come to the waters, and he who has no strength, let him get food: come, get bread without money; wine and milk without price.

 

   A. THOSE THAT ARE FACING DIFFICULTIES

 

Matthew 15:30 (BBE) And there came to him great numbers of people having with them those who were broken in body, or blind, or without voice, or wounded, or ill in any way, and a number of others; they put them down at his feet and he made them well:

 

   B. THOSE THAT INTERCEDE FOR OTHERS

 

Mark 5:22-23 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.

 

   C. ANYONE CAN COME AND SEEK AT JESUS’ FEET.

 

Mark 7:25-30 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs. And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

 

   E. THOSE WHICH ARE CONTROLLED BY BONDAGE (SATAN)

 

Luke 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

 

   F. SINNERS ARE WELCOME

 

Luke 7:37-38 (GW) A woman who lived a sinful life in that city found out that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house. So she took a bottle of perfume and knelt at his feet. She was crying and washed his feet with her tears. Then she dried his feet with her hair, kissed them over and over again, and poured the perfume on them.

 

   G. THOSE WHO ARE BROKEN HEARTED

 

John 11:32-33 (GW) When Mary arrived where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who were crying with her, he was deeply moved and troubled.

 

   H. THOSE WHO LONG FOR A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH

       JESUS

 

Luke 10:39 (BBE) And she had a sister, by name Mary, who took her seat at the Lord's feet and gave attention to his words.

 

Luke 10:42 (GW) There's only one thing you need. Mary has made the right choice, and that one thing will not be taken away from her.”

 

Philippians 3:7-8 (GW) These things that I once considered valuable, I now consider worthless for Christ. It's far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I'm much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It's because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ

 

   I. SITTING AT JESUS FEET FOR WORSHIP AND SERVICE

 

John 12:3 (BBE) Then Mary, taking a pound of perfumed oil of great value, put it on the feet of Jesus and made them dry with her hair: and the house became full of the smell of the perfume.

 

CONCLUSION: Whatever you need, whatever situation you find yourself in, there is always room at the feet of Jesus.

 

MARCH 12, 2017

 

LIVING CLOSE TO GOD

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 15:1-5

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 15:2 


   He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

 

INTRO: David knew he could not enter into the Holy of Holies, but he wanted to know how he could have a closer relationship with God.

 

   When a baby is born it immediately becomes a member of the family, but it needs to grow.

 

   When someone accepts Jesus as Savior they become a member of His family but there is a lot of growing ahead.

 

   David knew his relationship with God was good, but he wanted a deeper and closer relationship, a daily relationship.

 

   So he asked God how he could have that kind of relationship.

 

Psalm 15:1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

 

   Do we want a closer relationship with God?

 

NOTE: We must first understand that Salvation comes only from God and not by anything we do.

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (GW) God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It's not the result of anything you've done, so no one can brag about it.

 

   But what happens after Salvation, are we left alone to drift without direction or purpose?

 

   God expects us to grow into fruit bearing Believers

 

John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

 

   God’s answer to David’s question centers around our character and conduct. It requires that we walk in integrity and do what is right, separating ourselves from sin and worldliness.

 

   If we want to live in close fellowship with God, here are three things we must do.

 

Psalm 15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

 

1.     WE MUST WALK UPRIGHTLY

 

NOTE: When we accept Jesus as Savior there must be a change in our daily lives.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

   Too often people think after Salvation they can continue living their old way of life.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 

   God’s answer to David’s question centers on our character and daily conduct.


   We must walk even as Jesus walked.

 

1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

   Our walk during the week reflects the Jesus in our life.

 

   We must keep our walk free from the entanglements of this world.

 

Psalm 1:1a Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly…

 

   Our walk (conduct) must be in agreement with Jesus’ walk no matter how difficult it may be.

 

ILL: The drunk driver

 

2.     DOING WHAT IS RIGHT

 

Psalm 15:2band worketh righteousness

 

NOTE: If we walk uprightly we will work the deeds of righteousness

 

   We must live righteously in our daily walk, especially in our relationships with others and our actions toward them.

   How we treat one another reveals how close we are walking with God.

 

Ø  LOVE ONE ANOTHER

 

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

 

Ø  FORGIVE

 

Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

 

Ø  HAVE MERCY

 

Proverbs 11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

 

Luke 6:35-36 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

 

   The same amount of mercy we show others is the same amount of mercy we will receive.

 

James 2:13 (TLB) for there will be no mercy to those who have shown no mercy. But if you have been merciful, then God’s mercy toward you will win out over his judgment against you.

 

3.     TRUTHFUL HEART

 

Psalm 15:2c speaketh the truth in his heart.

 

NOTE: The secret of living close to God lies within the heart.

 

Psalm 51:6  Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

 

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

 

Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

 

   We do not know our own heart

 

Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

 

   The truth that produces holiness is the truth of God’s Word

 

John 17:17 (TLB) Make them pure and holy through teaching them your words of truth.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us ask God to search our hearts.

 

Psalm 139:23-24 (TLB) Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. Point out anything you find in me that makes you sad, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.      

 

MARCH 19, 2017

 

THE TONGUE: A BLESSING OR A CURSE?

 

SCRIPTURE READING: JAMES 3:1-10

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 15:3 (TLB)

 

   Anyone who refuses to slander others, does not listen to gossip, never harms his neighbor,

 

INTRO: How we use the tongue goes a long way towards whether we live in God’s presence or not.

 

   How we use our tongue can either cause great damage or be a wonderful blessing.

 

   There are very few people who have never done damage with their tongue.

 

James 3:2 (GW) All of us make a lot of mistakes. If someone doesn't make any mistakes when he speaks, he would be perfect. He would be able to control everything he does.

 

   When the tongue begins before the mind thinks we often cause damage with our tongue.

 

   David knew the danger the tongue could be

 

Psalm 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

 

Psalm 141:3 (TLB) Help me, Lord, to keep my mouth shut and my lips sealed.

 

Psalm 141:3 (NLT) Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips.

 

   Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will break my heart.

 

I. THE TONGUE BEING A CURSE

 

James 3:6 (TLB) And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness, and poisons every part of the body. And the tongue is set on fire by hell itself and can turn our whole lives into a blazing flame of destruction and disaster.

 

   Our text tells us who will dwell in the presence of God, the one who does not use the tongue as a curse.

 

Psalm 15:3 (TLB) Anyone who refuses to slander others, does not listen to gossip, never harms his neighbor,

 

NOTE: How do we slander others?

 

A.    Unintentionally

 

   When our emotions are touched we often say things we would not normally say.

 

   Often when we get angry, hurt, frustrated or feel threatened we might say things that would be best left unsaid.

 

Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

 

   We often condemn certain sins while excusing others.

 

Romans 1:29-31 (GW) Their lives are filled with all kinds of sexual sins, wickedness, and greed. They are mean. They are filled with envy, murder, quarreling, deceit, and viciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, haughty, arrogant, and boastful. They think up new ways to be cruel. They don't obey their parents, don't have any sense, don't keep promises, and don't show love to their own families or mercy to others.

 

B.    Intentionally

 

   Gossip on the other hand is without excuse. 

 

   Gossip and backbiting is a sin, a sin that God hates.

 

Psalm 101:5a (BBE) I will put to death anyone who says evil of his neighbour secretly…

 

   The Word of God warns us against partaking in gossip.

 

Psalm 34:13 (BBE) Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from words of deceit.

 

Exodus 23:1 (NKJV) "You shall not circulate a false report. Do not put your hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

 

Leviticus 19:16a (NIV) "'Do not go about spreading slander among your people…”

 

   Gossip is in violation of the Ten Commandments:

 

Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

 

   Gossip will destroy lives

 

   Backbiting and complaining leads others into sin.

 

   The negative report of the ten spies: Numbers 13

 

   The sin of Korah: Numbers 16

 

   Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people”

 

II. THE TONGUE BEING A BLESSING

 

NOTE: Instead of using our tongue to hurt, and destroy, we should our tongue to build up and bless.

 

Proverbs 8:6-8 Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.

 

   The secret of possessing a tongue that is a blessing is found in the heart.

 

Proverbs 16:23-24 (GW) A wise person's heart controls his speech, and what he says helps others learn. Pleasant words are {like} honey from a honeycomb— sweet to the spirit and healthy for the body  

 

   Love must be the motivation of how we speak

 

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love…

 

Colossians 4:6 (GW) Everything you say should be kind and well thought out so that you know how to answer everyone.

 

NOTE: The right word at the right time can provide:

 

·         Comfort for those who are in sorrow

·         Strength for those who are weak

·         Hope for those in despair

·         Instruction for those who are searching

 

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

 

   Our thought pattern goes a long way towards what we say.

 

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

 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

NOTE: If we think negative we will speak negative, if we think positive we will speak positive.

 

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 

CONCLUSION: Our prayer should be asking God for a tongue that speaks blessings and not one that speak curses.

 

Isaiah 50:4 (TLB) The Lord God has given me his words of wisdom so that I may know what I should say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.

 

MARCH 26, 2017

 

“HATE WHAT GOD HATES, LOVE WHAT GOD LOVES”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 15:1-5

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 15:4

 

   In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

 

INTRO: The question we are seeking to answer is, “LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?” Psalm 15:1

 

   Are we like David, desiring to dwell in the presence of God continually, or are we satisfied having just an occasional relationship with God?

 

   To have a personal daily relationship with God, He sets out several things we must do:

 

1.     Walk as Jesus walked

2.     Do the works of righteousness

3.     Speak the truth

4.     Guard our tongue

 

NOTE: The next requirement to live in close relationship with God is two-fold: We are to hate what God hates and love with God loves.

 

I. HATE SIN

 

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned

 

   It used to be that sin, on the most part, was done in darkness, today sinful activity is no longer done in secret but is flaunted in the face of every True Believer.

 

   Today much of the things the Word of God calls sin are now accepted

 

   This attitude has crept into the church.

 

   Many Believers hinder their walk with God by honoring and respecting those who are committing open sin.

 

   We must not allow their personality, their looks, their talent or the size of their bank account affect our hatred for their sinful life.

 

   For instance, many of the sports figures and celebrities that people idolize in our world live in open sin and immorality.

 

ILL: My favorite Base Ball player.

 

   To live close to God we must recognize sin to be sin

 

Isaiah 5:20 (GW) How horrible it will be for those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness into light and light into darkness, who turn what is bitter into something sweet and what is sweet into something bitter.

 

   We are to hate the sin but love the sinner.

 

   We must be careful not to entangle ourselves with sinners to where we end up loving the sin. 

 

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NKJV) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people." Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty."

 

ILL: Jehoshaphat and Jehoram

 

2 Kings 3:14 And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee.

 

   Too many Believers seek to see how close they can come to sin without yielding.

 

ILL: Driving a carriage

 

II. LOVE AND HONOR THOSE WHO ARE RIGHTEOUS

 

but he honoureth them that fear the LORD

 

Romans 12:9 (BBE) Let love be without deceit. Be haters of what is evil; keep your minds fixed on what is good.

 

NOTE: The world today has reversed this instruction; it honors those who are sinners and despises those who follow righteousness.

 

   The one who fears the Lord respects His sovereignty and obeys His commands.         

 

Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV) "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

 

   Too often we honor people by their appearance instead of their hearts.

 

 ILL: Samuel’s mistake

 

1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart..

 

ILL: A repented heart is better than religious ceremony

 

Luke 18:9-14 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted”

 

NOTE: We are to honor fellow Believers regardless of age.

 

1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV) Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

 

CONCLUSION: Let us not only follow those who are righteous, but let us be examples of righteousness for others to follow.

 

Hebrews 10:24 (NLT) Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

 

 

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