Prayer Authority.

Key Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)   Pray without ceasing.

SUMMARY

Prayer is an important theme all throughout the Bible. We need to learn to pray and exercise our authority in prayer. This sermon helps us learn what is prayer authority and how we can have confidence in receiving answers from God.

SERMON POINTS

A Praying Person!

James 5:17 (KJV) Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.

 Bible is a book of prayer. God desires that we  become centres of prayer. When you look at a praying person, you can perceive the authority they carry. You will find that what they say  or desire happens. In the Bible, we find Elijah, a man of passions and trials just like us; but when he prayed fervently, his prayers could control the rain over the land.

Similarly if you are praying person, you are able to control the situations around you through your prayer. This is what is called as prayer authority and it doesn’t come overnight. It starts with a consistent relationship with the Lord and the knowledge of His ways.

How can you cultivate this prayer life?

 Prayer authority comes through praying without ceasing. When we get to this level of prayer our prayer time becomes a glorious one. Prayer authority is cultivated in the following ways.

  1. By being genuinely concerned about the people whom God has placed around us.

 Nehemiah 1:2-4 (KJV) That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

We see Nehemiah in the Persian palace enquiring about Jerusalem and the remnant people. When we are genuinely concerned about the people God has placed around us, then He gives us that authority in prayer. We have been called to serve God and pray in this generation. If we fail we run the risk of being replaced.

Philippians 1:24-26 (KJV) Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

 The ultimate aim of our lives is to glorify His Name. He gives authority for those who fight for the people of God and have a concern about them. Jesus had compassion before He did any miracle. Let us cultivate that passion and hunger for the work of the Lord. Let us become prayer generals for God.

  

  1. By hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit to carry the prayer burden.

 Jeremiah 8:6,7 (KJV)   I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord.

 The Lord laments over His people who are ignorant towards the requirements of the Lord. We fail to know or understand what our Master requires of us. We can grow in prayer authority by hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit to carry that burden of prayer.

Isaiah 64:7 (KJV)   And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

For those tuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit, He gives a burden to pray. If we don’t receive the burden of prayer, the devil will break us with his yoke. Let’s be stirred up by the Spirit from within. For only with such stirring comes the praying authority.

  1. By being ignited with passion about prayer and giving it the highest priority.

 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (KJV)  Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 St. Paul teaches us to pray fervently, passionately and give it the highest priority. Let us light that flame of prayer. God has not given us a spirit of fear but one of love and power. We should put that into our prayer.

Daniel 2:16-18 (KJV)  Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation. Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

We need people with prayer authority now like never before. King Nebuchadnezzar asked his courtiers to tell him the dream he had and its interpretation. What was otherwise impossible for any man, praying Daniel received from the Lord. That’s the prayer authority God desires to impart on us these days.

 

  1. By understanding the principles of operating in the heavenlies.

 Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)  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.

 The Bible very clearly tells us that our fight is not with flesh and blood, but with the principalities and evil spirits in the heavenlies. There are  3 heavens (2 Corinthians 12:2,3) (Genesis 1:1) The first heaven is the sky we see, over which we have limited authority. The second  heaven is where the evil forces of darkness live. It is satan’s fortress and we are surrounded by these powers in our daily lives. That is why need the prayer authority to war against these powers and overcome them in Jesus’ name. The third heaven is the planet or city heaven where the throne of God is. When we pray with authority we take victory over the evil forces responsible for every sin and demonic activity in the heavenly realms. We need people passionate for prayer.

 

CONCLUSION.

Prayer is talking to God. If we are not praying we are not functioning to our full potential. Let us take it upon ourselves to pray and keep on praying. Let’s cultivate that prayer authority and do great things for God.

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Pray without Ceasing! Necessary Qualities

Key Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)   Pray without ceasing.

SUMMARY

Praying without Ceasing is an experience that comes from a heart always connected to God and His word. These three words are easy to read  but the most difficult to practise. When we pray without ceasing, we subdue the powers of darkness and conquer lives for the Lord Jesus. Praying without ceasing is an experience that springs from the deep parts of our hearts as a result of a vibrant walk with the Lord. A prayerless christian is a lifeless christian.

SERMON POINTS

A Life of Prayer.

1 Thessalonians 3:1,2 (KJV) Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:

In the Second Missionary journey of St Paul, we see him facing hurdles one after the other. Barnabas is no more with him.About A.D. 50, he arrived in Greece for the first time. In making converts in Philippi and, soon afterwards, in Thessalonica, he was beset by persecution from Jews and Gentiles alike. Moving on to Berea, he was again harassed by enemies from Thessalonica and hurriedly left for Athens (Acts 16:1117:15). Silvanus and Timothy remained behind for a while. Paul soon sent Timothy back to Thessalonica to strengthen that community in its trials (1 Thes 3:15). Timothy and Silvanus finally returned to Paul when he reached Corinth (Acts 18:118), probably in the early summer of A.D. 51. Timothy’s return with a report on conditions at Thessalonica served as the occasion for Paul’s first letter (1 Thes 3:68).

 

How can we pray without ceasing?

  1. Connected with men of God- Healthy Church life.

 1 Thessalonians 5:12,13 (KJV) And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

The Lord uses His Servants to shape our spiritual life. A culture of honor is required to receive the things of God. When there is a servant of God among you ministering the word of God and leading the church in His ways, honor them and be faithful to your calling.  The precious word of God in our hearts will help us to cultivate an atmosphere of prayer. The Word gets rooted in our hearts when we honor the men of God and when we are at peace among ourselves. When we are connected with those who are connected with God,much grace and power would be imparted into our lives.

Our reception of God’s word depends on our perception of God’s servants. We must always remember that grace is transferable from their lives. It is through their ministry that God can lead you out of the wilderness of you life. (Hosea 12:13).

Let us heed to, honor and love the people, God has allowed to advice and lead us, that in itself is where our prayer life begins.

  1. Caring for others-Healthy character

 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (KJV)  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

 A continuous prayer life becomes operational when we start caring for others. We need to encourage one another. The Bible teaches us to be patient with everyone and support the weak. This is the very reason that God has called us for, to overcome evil with love. Let us do the same by finding a need and filing it. This will help us in being consistent in our prayer life. We cannot have a consistent prayer life without praying for others and carrying the burdens of one another.

  1. Rejoice in the Lord- Healthy Condition of your relationship with Christ.

 Habakkuk 3:17,18 (KJV)  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

 For a consistent prayer life, we need to have a healthy relationship with the Lord. The Bible tells us to rejoice in the Lord always. Being happy always no matter what the situation comes only if we experience the joy of salvation in Christ Jesus.

This is how we will pray without ceasing even when you cannot see the Lord at work but would persevere till His will is done. Delighting in His presence would cause your heart to rise heavenward. We would keep praising and trusting His name.

 

CONCLUSION.

Prayer is the oxygen of a spiritual man. But sadly, these days many of us think that there is no need to pray. When we cultivate the habit of honoring the servants of God and care for one another, we would go into a deeper spiritual lifestyle.

We need to pray and more so without ceasing! Let us introspect the condition of our spiritual lives and push ourselves to pray more and more till we see the Name of Jesus lifted high.

Praying in the Spirit!

Key Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)   Pray without ceasing.

SUMMARY

The Bible asks us to pray without ceasing and this sermon helps us understand the secret of doing that. Praying in the spirit is a vital part of prayer without which our prayers lack the effectiveness. Let’s learn how to pray in the spirit and make our prayers vibrant.

SERMON POINTS

Praying in the Spirit.

Ephesians 6:18 (KJV) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 We cannot pray continually in our flesh using our human languages. Therefore Apostle Paul teaches us a secret, which is-praying in the Spirit. Our empty lives and prayers become full of power and essence when the Spirit of God fills us.

Why should we pray in the spirit?

Matthew 26:40, 41 (KJV)    And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

We need to learn and understand the principle of praying in the spirit. Jesus Christ at the garden of Gethsemane asks His disciples to watch and pray so that they may not fall into temptation. However the weary disciples couldn’t overcome their weak flesh to allow their willing spirits to lead them into prayer.

We need to speak to God in spirit because He is Spirit.

How should we pray in the Spirit? Only if we appropriate a spiritual life can we pray in the Spirit.

  1. The gift of God-Salvation.

 Ephesians 2:1 (KJV) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Just as Jesus said, our bodies are weak. They are dead in sin and transgressions but thanks be to God, He has sent His Spirit to quicken are bodies from death! We need this very experience to be ours if we want to pray in the spirit.

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 Only through salvation can one receive this gift of God. We receive it by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Once you receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour your bodies are brought to life from dead state in sin.

 

  1. Being buried with Christ -baptism

 Romans 6:3,4 (KJV)   Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 The Bible also makes it clear to us that we need to die to the world and be buried in His death. When you take baptism by immersion you are buried with Him into His death. This is the other qualification that enables us to pray in the Spirit. It’s not enough if we receive the Lord as are Saviour we need to be buried with Him in baptism.

 

  1. Being resurrected with Christ.

 Revelation 3:1 (KJV)  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Salvation is regeneration of the Spirit and Baptism is identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Once we identify spiritually with the life, death ,burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ we move into a new spiritual realm. We cannot follow the sinful ways of the past and we start seeking things which are above.We mortify things of the earth and long for being clothed with things above. The Lord calls us to walk in the newness of life. When we constantly seek things that are above, we start praying in the Holy Spirit with groanings that cannot be uttered.

Romans 8:1 (KJV)  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

To those who are resurrected with Christ they walk not according to the flesh which is weak and prone to falling into temptation but they walk according to the Spirit.

 

CONCLUSION.

Praying in the Spirit is a powerful; weapon every believer must learn to wield. The old man in us must die and be buried into Christ’s death. We also need to be resurrected with Christ into the newness of life. These are the essentials that help us pray in the spirit and win over the enemy in Jesus’ name.

Loving God Who is Love.

Key Scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (KJV)   Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

SUMMARY

God is not love deficit. The Trinity is filled with love. God is love and He expects only love from us. This sermon on loving God helps us understand the very same idea. To love God is the very purpose of our existence.

SERMON POINTS

 Who is a Typical Lover of God?

Mark 10:27,28 (KJV) And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

 We must love God that is the most important reason why we were created. What do you think of someone who loves the Lord? We tend to think that those who love the Lord are those who pray well, are always serious and religious. But the Bible tells us that those who love God obey His commands. Their lives itself become the very picture of love. A love so distinguished that it surpasses the natural barriers of traditions, culture and other differences.

How do you evaluate a person who loves God?

Mark 10:37 (KJV)    And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

 The greatest commandment in the Bible is loving the Lord your God. Loving God is also complimented by loving others as yourself. The criteria for evaluating a person who loves God is this if you love God , you will love your neighbour. Jesus explained loving one’s neighbour through the parable of the Good Samaritan. God sees how we show love towards others, through our actions, by reaching out to those who are suffering around us in our workplace, neighbourhoods and churches. The good Samaritan broke all customs and cultural barriers when he went an extra mile on his journey to help the wounded traveller, by doing all that he needed. This is the evaluation of loving God.

 

How do we get this love for God?

 God must fill the first place in our lives. It should be our first priority in life to love the Lord. If your life seems to be mundane and monotonous then it points to the fact that you are missing love in your life. Try to start showing love, starting caring for people, visiting them in their time of need and praying for them. Then life starts to have meaning and this becomes the foundation for every decision we take. We can cultivate this love for the Lord in the following ways.

 

  1. By keeping His commandments.

 John 14:21 (KJV) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

The Law was given through Moses and this Law showed us the love of God. In the New Testament, God revealed His love in a new way when He gave His only son to die on the cross for our sins. This love is called the Agape love.

God’s love comes into us when we hear and keep his commandments. Today we need to evaluate our response to God’s word.

John 14:23 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

 Jesus Christ has taught us to keep His word. Those who keep the word of God are loved by the Father in Heaven and He makes His dwelling in their hearts. Thus we become storehouses of the Father’s love. We cannot love God with our sinful body, but giving importance to God’s word, memorizing it , reading and meditating on God’s words fills us with love anew for the Lord and others.

  

  1. By faith in Christ Jesus.

 Ephesians 3:15-17 (KJV)   Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

 In the Bible we can see only those who had faith, received their miracles. Faith in Jesus Christ sets you apart. Faith in the Lord causes Christ lives in us. If you have faith it will be seen in your works.

This faith helps you to be rooted in the love of Christ. A love that surpasses all knowledge. This is how we are filled with the fullness of God and we start to experience the power, anointing and healing of God in your worship and prayer.

This is the height, depth and width of Christ’s love. These are the same dimensions of love that you start spreading with all the saints and we can have a strong fellowship with the people of God.

 

  1. By the sufferings that we go through.

 Romans 5:2-5 (KJV)  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 Love starts with sufferings. That may sound like a strange statement, however it is the very truth which takes us to love. We can boast in our suffering and persecutions as this suffering maybe the end for a worldly person but for a christian it works patience.

Without suffering our hearts are as hard as stones. Today, if you are suffering in your body, soul and spirit that’s when the Holy Spirit is poured out on us filling us with the love of Christ

 

What kind of love will fill you?

God loved us with “agape” love. Agape is the highest form of love and He expects us to love with that standard.1 Corinthians 13 is a description of Agape. When His love fills us we would love:-

  1. Love for  Neighbours.

 Mark 12:31 (KJV)  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

When we love God with the love He loved us , we would love our neighbour too.Our neighbour is anyone who is suffering, who is living in hopeless situations.

  1. Love for your enemies.

 Matthew 5:44,45 (KJV)  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

  1. Love for one another.

 John 13:34 (KJV)  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

  

CONCLUSION.

1 John 4:20,21 says 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? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” The first four commandments given by God through Moses speaks about our love towards God. The rest are based on our love towards others. Without loving God we cannot love those around us. The word AGAPE– meaning unconditional love is found 320 times in the New Testament alone. Let everything we do be bound in love.

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Shema Israyel!-Part-2

Key Scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (KJV)   Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

 

SUMMARY

The Jews were very particular when it came to loving the Lord. The used to recite the 3 Shema passages every morning and evening without fail. Having the realization of who our God id helps us love Him more and that love is evidently seen in our behaviour. This sermon helps us understand our behavior when we carry the words of the Lord in our heart and love Him with all our being.

SERMON POINTS

Our Response to the Realization of our God.

Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (KJV) Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

 The Shema was recited in Jewish households every morning and evening without fail. This was not just important to the Jews. It is the very foundation for us New Testament believers as well. Jesus Christ said that the first and greatest commandment, was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.

The Shema begins with the realization of the Lord our God being one. He’s the only true God and no person or thing can take His place or glory. Our response to the realization of our God is we begin to love Him with all our heart, soul and strength.

God who is love created us in the image of love. He expects our love. As God spoke these words to Moses, He spoke with emotion and even today, the Lord desires that we love Him with all that we have. Let us love the Lord with all the possessions and influence, God has endowed us with.

 

Keeping His words in your heart.

Deutronomy 6:6 (KJV)    And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

 The Lord commanded His people to treasure the words He spoke in their hearts. We need to not just read God’s word but also keep them in our hearts. It is the greatest means that can keep us on the path of righteousness. (Psalms 119:9). King David said that he has hidden God’s word in his heart that he might not sin against God. (Psalms 119:11). Even today, the word of God is powerful to cleanse us and change us for the better.

 

How will the love for God in you be revealed ?

  1. The love for God should be revealed in your teaching.

 Deuteronomy 6:7-9 (KJV) And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

When you love God it will be revealed in your teaching. The Bible commanded the people of God to diligently teach their children the law of God. It is important to teach our children who our God is. When you love the Lord you would teach your children to do the same.

There are two ways you can teach your children. The first one being through your actions, lifestyle and speech. They learn to love and respect God by watching us do the same.

The other way we can teach them is by talking with them about the Bible, mentoring them in regard to what it says about God.

Psalms 119:97 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 We need to love His word, loving Him brings out the sweetness in His words. There is no break for God’s word when you have passion for His word. That is when we start teaching the word of God at all times. As you travel, relax and go about your day, let the teaching of God remain on our tongues teaching the next generation to love the Lord.

As we teach the word of God, we become like those we read about in the Bible.

  

  1. The love for God should be revealed in your serving.

 Deuteronomy 11:13-21 (KJV)  And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

 The second Shema helps us understand that when you love the Lord it will be seen in our serving. We will start loving and serving God’s people. God has a purpose for you and in all the blessings. We need to serve the Lord with all our influence and talents. Let our marketplace become our pulpit. The blessings of serving God is huge. He will multiply our days and we would possess the promises of God.

 

Matthew 6:24 (KJV)  :”No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

 

 Our lives must be a testimony attracting people to God by our lifestyle. The Bible tells us that we cannot serve both God and money. Money is important but it cannot be the ultimatum that affects our every decision in life. Let us make a choice to serve God. Possessions shouldn’t possess us. Let us be more accountable and serve more.

Serving the Lord brings a blessing on all that we have. Spiritual blessings are gathered in His presence as we are sold out for His work.

 

  1. The love for God should be revealed in your obeying.

 Numbers 15:39-41 (KJV)  And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them ; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.  I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.

 The love for God is revealed in our obedience to the word of God. The Jews would add tassels to the helm of their garments to reminder to obey God’s commandments.

 1 John 5:2,3 (KJV)  By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”

 Apostle John tells us that as children of God we love God by keeping His commandments. As we love Him more and more, His commandments don’t become a burden to us; rather they help us live pure and holy lives.

 

CONCLUSION.

Shema Yisrael helps us understand what it means to love God. Our Lord, he is one God and as we love Him that love permeates into our teaching, serving and obeying. Let us begin to love the Lord our with all our hearts and let the God of love, Jesus Christ fill us with His love.

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The Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Key Scripture:

Acts 1:11 (KJV)  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

SUMMARY

The rapture is the only exit route for a believer. We need to prepare for the second coming of Christ. Nobody can stop it. This sermon lets us know, how we can prepare so that we will be taken up in rapture because those who miss it will end up in the tribulation. Let us see the ways in which we can be ready for His coming.

SERMON POINTS

3 Aspects in the Second Coming of Christ.

  • Rapture-Believers in Christ being taken to heaven.
  • Harvest of Saints-Many saints who are saved during the tribulation period.
  • Public Coming of Christ-wherein Jesus Christ will be coming as a King and judge all the people of the world.

The Events that will follow the Second Coming of Christ.

  1. Rapture.
  2. Judgement Seat of Christ.
  3. The Seven Tribulations.
  4. The Millennium rule of Christ.
  5. Great White Throne Judgement.

 

Preparing for Rapture.

  1. It’s a secret Rapture

 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

 The Bible distinctively tells us of three sounds we will be able to hear at the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must remember that these will not be heard by everyone. Only those believers, who spend time with the Lord, at least one hour per day, will have a receptive heart. God will answer the prayers of such a heart. When we have the practice of hearing the voice of God can you be able to hear the last blast of the trumpet.

  1. It’s a sudden rapture.

1 Corinthians 15:52 (KJV) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.   

This Rapture will be sudden. In the twinkling of the eye, we will all be transformed. No one knows the time or day. There won’t be time to change when rapture takes place. To be taken up in rapture, we need to live our lives worthy of His calling; so that dead or alive when the last trumpet calls we will be taken into glory.

Matthew 24:36 (KJV) But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  

  1. It’s a selective rapture.

 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV)  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord

 The rapture is not for everyone, it’s for all those who live exclusive for the Lord. Apostle Peter asks us to be cautious of our lifestyle. We need to be sure of your calling and election; not as lifeless believers but vibrant Christians.

2 Peter 1:10 (KJV) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

 

CONCLUSION.

In 2 Kings 2:11, 12, we read of Elijah and Elisha walking together when a fiery chariot separates both of them. Elijah is an example of the raptured believer and Elisha the left-behind believer. We need to be prepared for the Second Coming of our Lord. The Lord wants the Church to be taken up at the rapture and not be judged with the rest of the world. Let’s get prepared by leading a separate, holy life , dedicated unto the Lord and prepare others as well.

Revering the Name of the Lord.

Key Scripture:

Malachi 4:2 (KJV)  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

SUMMARY

Our Great God is worthy to be praised and honored above all.  This sermon helps us understand this very aspect from the book of Malachi. We understand what it means to revere the Lord and how we need to honor Him in our daily walk.  There is a great blessing when we revere the Lord, because it is on them that the the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.

SERMON POINTS

 What does God expect us to do?

Malachi 1:11 (KJV) For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

We see a prophetic view of the future as Malachi speaks this oracle. The Lord’s name would be great among the gentiles. He was probably seeing us (gentiles) taking up our place in worship.

 The Lord is very particular about His Name. He expects us to fear His Name and honour Him as a Father and Master. The actual meaning of revere means to have a lot of admiration and respect for the Lord.

Malachi 1:6 (KJV) A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

 

Why we should heed to the Lord’s command?

 Malachi 2:2 (KJV) If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

If we miss heeding to the voice of God in the matter of honouring the name of the Lord, we bring curse on ourselves. Let us examine ourselves and change our lifestyles in a way that we can honour God.

Malachi 2:5 (KJV) My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

The greatest blessing in revering the Name of the Lord is that He makes a covenant with us, a covenant of life and peace. These days we see a culture of not honoring Him as a Father and Master.

 

With or without our knowledge we have failed to revere God. From the book of Malachi, God speaks His heart out regarding His Name. The Prophet Malachi outlined four ways in which the Israelites dishonored God . We should be aware of these so that we don’t fall into the trap of dishonoring God.

  • Worthless Gifts.

Malachi 1:12,13 (KJV) But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord.

 We have a notion in us that the Lord would accept all our gifts and offerings. God is not interested in our offerings as much as He is interested in us. When we come to God in sincerity and truth we would offer Him the best. The people of Israel brought the tor, the lame and sick as an offering and the Lord was against those.  From the story of Cain and Abel , we infer that God is interested in how we revere Him than how much we give Him. When we fear God, we give Him the best and never half heartedly.

Our worship and prayer must be in truth. Our actions and words must be an incense before the Lord.

Eli forgot to teach his sons how to honour God and that brought a curse upon his entire generation. Let us ever be careful to honour God and teach the same to our children.

 

  • Weary words.

Malachi 2:17 (KJV) Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Our words can weary God. When our words are full of negativity filled with murmuring and lamenting, we disrespect Him. We have to therefore cultivate an attitude of gratitude. We should seek the help of God to stop words of negativity and rely on His strength to speak words of faith and hope.

  • Unfaithfulness

Malachi 2:11  (KJV) Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

 Whatever God has given us, we must be faithful with it. All that we have, our family, our job, our kids and spouse, the church we go has been entrusted to us by God. We have to be faithful in the responsibility that is in our hands. Our God is a faithful God and He expects that same character from us.

 

  • Tithes

Malachi 3:10 (KJV) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Tithing is a command given by God. By choosing to follow it, we honour the Lord. When we forget to cultivate a lifestyle to give to the Lord, we rob Him.  God loves a cheerful giver. Tithing is a God honoring principle and when we do that , He is faithful to open the windows of heaven to pour out a blessing on us.

 

CONCLUSION.

Malachi 3:16 (KJV) Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

 The Bible tells us that, a Book of Remembrance was written on behalf of those who feared and honoured God. Don’t accept your troubles as they come. Let’s introspect and see if there is anything that needs to be rectified. Let’s never make the mistake of dishonoring Him. Ask God and press for deliverance . The Sun of Righteousness will rise on us with healing in His wings.

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