Treasures without Measure.

Key Scripture: Isaiah 45:1-3(KJV) Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

SUMMARY

In this fast paced generation isn’t heart warming to know that our God goes before us, who believe in Him. God gives us a commitment that He would open before us the gates that would never be shut; break into pieces the gates of brass and lay before us the treasure without measure. Our God will do it; nothing can stop the progression and plans of God provided we believe in Him and restore our faith in Jesus.

SERMON POINTS

Our God desires to give us the treasure without measure. The treasure that is hidden in secret places for us to understand that He alone is the El Elyon, the God Most High;  who is before all things and by Him all things consist.

Matthew 6:19-22 (KJV) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus says not to lay the treasure for ourselves on earth because it is likely to get corrupted and for thieves to steal. We should instead lay our treasures in heaven where both moth and rust can’t corrupt nor the thieves can break in to steal. We should diligently guard the heavenly treasure with our eyes and preserve it with all our heart.

How does Treasure of Heaven Come?

The treasures of heaven come when we become partakers of the heavenly things through our Lord Jesus Christ. We should understand that we are partakers of the heavenly calling – holy brethren with a specific culture, lifestyle. Once we know our heavenly calling a deeper saintly divergence comes in our life for us to claim the treasures which are:

1) The Treasures of darkness

Isaiah 45:3 KJV
And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord , which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

In the book of Isaiah we read the prophecy that King Cyrus, the anointed would be undertaking many conquests. God will give the nations before him. Likewise, today God is giving us spiritual victory and treasures which can only be claimed through our prayer life. As we get into the presence of God, we claim the treasures in dark places and win souls.

Luke 10:41, 42(KJV) And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

The bible tells us a beautiful story of Mary and Martha which helps us to set our life in order, in His presence from the world filled with distractions and obstruction. While Martha appeared to be more hospitable and social which is great unless it doesn’t interfere with the more important things in life; on the other hand Mary chose listening to Jesus over preparation of a meal which Jesus considered it as ‘Good part.’ Therefore, if we need treasures from heaven today, we need to set our priorities and come before God. So that God will consider our choice to be a good part that will not be taken away by any human over God.

Result of the Conquest When we are on Our Knees, in His Presence:

Genesis 22:17 (KJV) That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

We are Abraham’s seed. Therefore, as we come in His presence God promises to give us a treasure from heaven. He will bless and multiply us as the stars of heaven and the sand upon the sea. We will possess the gate of our enemies and have authority over them.

2) The Treasure of Jesus

Colossians 2:3 (KJV) In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

In Jesus is hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He is the ultimate wisdom who existed from the beginning to come down as flesh and live amongst us. Our God desires to give us the treasure ‘Jesus’ to everyone who would believe in Him today. So do you believe?

Difficulty in accepting the Treasure:

When we accept Jesus we get a divine treasure from heaven and we get divine wisdom to live a godly life. We excel in  understanding as our Lord Jesus blesses us with guidance and wisdom.The kinds of people who don’t accept the treasure of Jesus are:

  • The Fools:

Psalm 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The word of God clearly says that only the fools would deny the existence of God. Their hearts are corrupted, their ways are an abomination in the sight of God and nothing in them is good.

  • Who don’t walk Circumspectly:

Ephesians 5:15 (KJV) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

God warns us to walk circumspectly and not as fools otherwise, we will miss out on the treasure of Jesus. We are sharing Christ’s life, a representative of God so that the walk, talk and our thought pattern should emulate Jesus. We should walk in the ways of the Lord and fear His name.

  • Who don’t Tithe:

Matthew 23:23(KJV) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Jesus calls them hypocrites who would want the treasure from heaven but wouldn’t give it to the house of the Lord. There is power in tithing. Tithe releases protection over our life. Church is the house of the Lord and to give our tithes is the most important duty in every believer’s life.

Therefore, let us give our tithes and offering to the body of Christ so that He will release the hidden treasure in Him.

3) The Treasure of the Power of Gospel:

2 Corinthians 4:7(KJV)But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

St. Paul says that the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus is shone by the gospel which is our treasure.

2 Corinthians 4:4-5 (KJV) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake

The beauty of the treasure is revealed when the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus shines through every believer when we preach the power of the gospel.  We shine deeper so that no devil can thwart the plans of God.

How is the Treasure Revealed?

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (KJV) We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

The treasure of the power of the gospel is revealed when we are troubled on every side yet not distressed, perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed. As God commanded the light to shine over the darkness similarly, he commands the power of the gospel to shine in our hearts, our lives and our families so that we will be a light for His name sake.

4) The Treasure of the Kingdom of Heaven:

Matthew 13:44 (KJV)Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

The kingdom of heaven is the rule of God in our life. He takes care of us on the earth and also of our eternity. The treasure of the kingdom of heaven is life here and now on earth; it is knowing the King and His presence.

Our Lord explains the kingdom of heaven as a treasure hidden in the field. The man in the parable sold everything. He knew that the treasure was better than his home and his belongings. The treasure was very important to him, that he joyfully gave up everything else in the world to gain that treasure. Similarly, the treasure of the kingdom of God is worth more than everything else that we possess. When we have the treasure of the kingdom of God, we have His peace, His joy, His love, and His power. However, we got to pay the price first, to be able to joyfully give up everything else in the world to gain the treasure of the kingdom of heaven.

Colossians 3:15 (KJV)And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

As we willing and joyfully give up everything for the love of the King, God Himself than we have the greatest treasure; this treasure which is freely given by God to everyone who trusts in Him!

CONCLUSION

God is going before us with the commitment to give us the treasure without measure.  This treasure from God will be immeasurably and unfathomably better only if we allow God to work in us.  As we allow ourselves to be greatly filled by Jesus, the more wisdom will come to us. The store houses of our treasure will overflow with His presence and our righteousness shall be established forever.

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The Pathway to our Treasure.

Key Scripture: Isaiah 45:1-3(KJV) Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

SUMMARY

In the gospel of John we read that in the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God. Everything functioned around His word. In the Old Testament God spoke to Moses, elected him as their leader and sent the Israelite’s royally but because they were ungrateful, idolaters and lacked faith they failed in their journey. Today what is our pathway to treasure the treasure of the goodness, mercy, kindness and love of God? We need to throw the wilderness mentality baggage, align with God, His plans and He will set before us a pathway with a predestined Promise Land. So are we ready to take up the path? 

SERMON POINTS

In the book of Isaiah we read that prophet Isaiah was given the vision about King Cyrus even before he was born. The prophecy about the king which God would give him the treasures of the darkness and the hidden riches of secret places was given to Isaiah many years before. Though King Cyrus never knew about the prophecy that was made about him, it is important to know that being in the part of the scheme of God is powerful. We need to understand that whatever God says is applicable to us today. Every thing that was prophesied about King Cyrus came to pass. Therefore, our identity in the Lord determines our possessions.

There are Four Ways to Claim the Treasure of Darkness:

1) We were Predestined before the foundation of the world:

Ephesians 1:4 (KJV) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

The word of God says that we were predestined before the foundation of the world. We are not merely a fusion of any chromosome or an existence by chance but we are a fine blue print of God, who has thought, sculptured and created us. If King Cyrus, a gentile king could do so much in issuing a decree of liberation of the Jews and rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem how much more should we do? ‘We’ who have the covenant of the precious blood of Jesus in building up the churches, the missionaries, the ministries for the expansion of His kingdom?

However the building up can only happen when we are:

  • Holy- this is the attribute of God that rubs on us. It is the blueprint of us. A fine conscience to differentiate between clean and unclean things, between good and bad.
  • Blameless – Job is referred ‘blameless’ in the bible. God predestined us so that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love to build for His kingdom. Love is selfless and doesn’t keep record of any wrong doing. So, let us appear before God as Holy and blameless for the expansion of His kingdom!

Ephesians 2:10 (KJV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

King Cyrus was God’s chosen, so are we created in Christ Jesus to do good works. The Greek word for workmanship is ‘Poemia.’ We are His masterpiece to do good works; a good work in the eyes of the Lord could be as small as encouraging the maids, guards or helpers. Be kind and share God’s love to them. 

2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Church is the best place to start with our good works. A vision aligned with the pastor can fan in the flame for a good work. Ministry grows with the knowledge of God and is built to function  His purpose with grace. As we are God’s chosen let us claim the treasures of the darkness and hidden riches of secret places coming before Him in love.

2) We Were Called by Name:

If God called King Cyrus by name, God calls us by our name too. Without Him calling us and forming us we wouldn’t have been here. The scriptures say God determines the number of the stars and calls them by name; if God knows the stars how much more does He know us to be called by name to this generation.

Isaiah 40:26 (KJV) Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Prophet Isaiah describes the greatness of the might of God, His greatness is not a showpiece but a display of His might.  We are His creation and He is our Creator, who has the supernatural ability to display His greatness and name each of His creation by name.

Isaiah 43:1 (KJV)  But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, The Great I Am, the same God who called Samuel, Moses, Abraham is calling us today by our name. God says not to fear anything for He has redeemed us, called us by name to claim the treasure of the darkness. Do we hear Him today?

3) Our Hand should be Held by God

Isaiah 45:1 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

Isaiah prophesies that God will hold the hand of King Cyrus to subdue nations before him; in the similar way God has held us by hand even when we were made in secret places. God’s eyes were there to form us and He will continue to hold us. We should always remember that it is not our artificial intelligence that sustains us but it is only because of the hand of God, His grace over our lives that keeps us going.

In the gospel of Mark we read the two successive miracles of the Lord, namely feeding the five thousand and Jesus walking in the water. However, the bible records that they didn’t consider the miracle of the loaves: for their hearts was hardened and later the disciples are seen toiling in the sea. They saw Jesus walking in the water and supposed it had been a spirit and cried out: many times we also forget who God is; we lose His presence, we don’t acknowledge His hand and miracles in our lives and cry out for help. Today God is stretching out His hand to hold us, to calm the storm around us. So, that  as we on-board Him into our boat He will lead us to the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of the secret places.

4) Anointing:

Isaiah 45:1 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;

Anointing is the measure of the presence of God in our life. The more we surrender, the more is the anointing. In the New Testament times everyone who believes in Jesus, God pours out His anointing upon their life and they will never remain the same. If God calls a gentile King Cyrus the anointed and holds his hand how much more would He pour out His anointing upon us who are given an identity in Jesus as Blessed, Chosen, Adopted, Accepted, Redeemed, Forgiven, Predestined and Sealed?

Remember, we have the anointing to press against the opposition like Goliath and the anointing functions more against them. The anointing is precious and is the secret of our energy; it is the presence of the Lord in our life. Therefore, preserve it all the days of our life!

Purpose of the Anointing:

Isaiah 61:1-3 (KJV) The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

  1. To preach the good news and good tidings.
  2. To bind and bring the broken hearted.
  3. To proclaim liberty to the captives and distressed.
  4. To set free the prison door by trusting and not testing the Lord.
  5. To comfort everyone that mourns.
  6. To make them beautiful by the word of God.
  7. To rejoice in the Lord.
  8. To give the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
CONCLUSION

We serve a Living God who is Holy and righteous. All our names are written in the palm of His hand, the hair of our head are numbered and does not fall without His knowledge such is the Power of our God. Today, God has given our identity in Jesus as Blessed, Chosen, Adopted, Accepted, Redeemed, Forgiven, Predestined and Sealed so that our identity in the Lord will determine our possessions.

we were predestined, called by our name, held by the loving hand of God and anointed so that we could claim  the treasures of the darkness and the hidden riches of the secret places. So, are we ready to claim?

 

 

Prayer at Mount Carmel.

Key Scripture: James 5:17(KJV) Elias was a man subject to 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.

SUMMARY

Mount Carmel shows The Mount of Prayer. Our prayers are definitely strong prayer which has the power to change things that are against us. The prelude of what happened in Mount Carmel is Elijah prayed down fire from Heaven and brought rain where the land was barren for three and a half years. Elijah had the prayer key with him; through prayer everything is possible nothing is impossible to a man who fervently prays. As we pray, Jezebel’s table is turned down and God prepares a table before us in the presence of the enemies.

SERMON POINTS

Elijah was a man of like passions, just like us but though he was like us there was something different in him that made his payers powerful. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. Elijah was a man of faith, rising up in prayer. He climbed the Mount Carmel and released the blessings. Today we need more Elijah’s in this generation who would have the spiritual prayer quotient to move the mountain and shake the nations. The prayers of every believer ought to be powerful.

Secrets of a Powerful Prayer:

Our prayers ought to be powerful. Prayers are the greatest investment that we can make in a life time that can yield good returns to our generation. We have power and authority to bind the things of the enemy which are pulling us down. A powerful prayer in faith can not only bring fire from heaven but also can change the direction of wind. Unexpected miracles can happen through our prayers.

  • Forgiveness:

In our prayer life, forgiveness is the most important. Forgive others and the Lord will forgive our sins and forgive our land. Our prayers can change the life cycle of the devil. Be Elijah today to change the life cycle of the devil.

1 Kings 18:17,18(KJV) And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.

Elijah was called the trouble maker. We might also face extreme opposition in our life but always remember that a prayerful man is never a trouble maker, we are the destiny changers. We change the life of people by telling them of the love of God.

1 Kings 18:19(KJV) Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.

There is no secure place except Mount Carmel, it is the vineyard of the Lord so is the church. We shouldn’t go to anybody without the anointing and grace of God otherwise the chances are that it may backfire on us. However, when we go with the Lord’s anointing and authority much bondage will break and change the life of people in and around us.

Colossians 4:2 (KJV) Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

When our prayers are obstructed, continue praying by thanksgiving. Devote in prayer and be ready with the armor of God. When we put on the armor of God, we have victory against all the wicked plans of devil over our life. Be watchful and thankful and it will revive us to pray powerfully.

  • Time of Decision making:

1Kings 18:21 (KJV) and Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

It is not the intelligence quotient but spiritual prayer quotient that is important in the scheme of God. Mount Carmel is a place of wise decision making. We have to choose between two tables a) Lord’s Table and b) Jezebel’s table. We cannot take part in both the Cup of the Lord and the Cup of the Devil. If we want our prayers to be powerful, make conviction today to serve a true and a living God. Once we take a firm decision to follow the true God and not the sinful world then the Carmel prayer happens in our life. Our prayers will now become powerful. Be wise and careful to set the roots of prayers deeper and deeper.

  • We belong to Him:

1 Kings 18:30(KJV) And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.

Something was right in Elijah, the people thought. Elijah saw that the altar was broken and he repaired the altar. Today God wants us to repair the altar, the time for us to set the things right in our lives. Family prayers and the relationship that we have with God are very important. In Mount Carmel we have a scope to repair the altar because when the fire of the Lord comes down it will stamp God’s identity upon us. We live and die for Him because we belong to Him and once we understand to accept the truth that we belong to God our prayer life will be powerful.

Seven Steps to See the Fire from the Lord:

1) Invitation to Pray:

1 kings 18:30(KJV)  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

Give an invitation to pray with the constant knowledge of Jesus. Call people like how Elijah called and repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken. Elijah took twelve stones and started building it in the name of the Lord. Likewise, we also need to set ourselves in order to the Lord and pray for people so that God will change their lives through our powerful prayers. Invite and pray together with them to see fire from heaven.

Acts 3:4-6(KJV) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

It’s time to rise up and walk from discouragements, troubles and depression. Ask ourselves when is the last time that we gave an invitation to pray? At Carmel people came, so with humility invite people to pray and they will come and once they come the Lord will pour out the fire from heaven for them to see His power.

2) Introspecting our lives:

1 kings 18:30(KJV)  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

Elijah saw that the altar was broken and he repaired the altar. Today we need to introspect ourselves and repair things that are broken in our lives. Prayer is mandatory be it a personal prayer or a family prayer it needs to be examined today. Fix areas which have leakage in our life; it could be family, marriage and relationships. Introspect it now, and as we cry out to the Lord, He will hear us from heaven.

3) Initiating the Work of the Lord:

1 Kings 18:31 (KJV)And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:

Elijah took twelve stones number of the sons of Jacob and started building it in the name of the Lord. Likewise, we also need to initiate and set ourselves in order before God because God cannot come to our disordered lives. Initiate the work of the Lord today and never step back in doing His work. Examine the prayer life and initiate the work of the Lord by arranging the stones and building the altar of God by our prayer and we will receive the answers from God as a fire.

4) Imbibing the word of God:

1 kings 18:32 (KJV) And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.

Do everything in the name of the Lord, imbibing in a space for God’s word. Dig trenches; speak to one another and be filled with the living word of God. Be always ready to receive the word of God and imbibe it in the heart.

5) Infilling of the Holy Spirit:

I Kings 18:33 (KJV) And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.

Elijah put the wood in order and poured water on it before they could experience fire from heaven. Likewise, church is place for us to prepare ourselves before we see the miracle from God. We should be planted firmly in a church so that we receive the answers from God as a Fire, the anointing from heaven. The kingdom of God must be our highest priority, meditating the word of God will rebuild our life with the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

6) Intercession of Prayer:

I Kings18:36 (KJV) And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

When the word of God is flowing in us we should show His glory in whatever we do. Prepare and we will receive the answers from God as a Fire. The fire of God would fall upon everything, He will accept our offerings and all the people around us will testify saying, “Your God is a true God”. He will make it known to everyone that He is the God in our family, career and future. Be a servant of God and do as He commands us to and we will experience His glory in our life.

7) Impact of Prayer:

I Kings18:38 (KJV) Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

Those of us who choose the Lord’s Table would receive a great fire from heaven. Our prayers would change the situations and the lives of people around us. When our prayers are filled with fire the people around us will feel the presence of God. Blessings that were withheld will now pour out as a sound of joy and peace; it will reside in the house of the righteous. So, let us all turn to His side and be filled with His fire. Let us get ready for the abundance of rain by the impact of our prayers.

CONCLUSION

Elijah went up to Mount Carmel, repaired the altar of the Lord to experience the deliverance and the powerful presence of God for himself and for the people around him. He gave an invitation of prayer to everyone near him.

Today as followers of Christ, we need to stretch our hands to invite people to pray. Introspect our lives and initiate to rebuild the broken altar of God. Imbibe His words which will help us with the infilling of the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit. Intercede for the dying world and as we intercede, the impact of our prayer will rain down His glory upon us and every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that He is God just like the people at Mount Carmel.

The Unfailing Love of God.

Key Scripture: John 21:4-6(NKJV) But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”They answered Him, “No.”And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

SUMMARY

Today the world has become a busy bustling market, where every body seeks to create an opportunity for oneself, an opportunity that is greater, better and dominant. However, in the midst of this meaningless endeavour, our God has a blessed way out for every mankind. Jesus saves us now from the evil clutches of the enemy and has made a way ‘A divine opportunity’ to be reconciled with His unfailing love. He gives an invitation and says, “Come” to be fishers of men! Today Jesus seeks us, cares, helps, partners and loves us, but do we hear Him?

SERMON POINTS

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He appeared two times to His disciples who wouldn’t believe Him without seeing the wounds, the scars and putting the finger into the print of the nails. However, as the Messiah appeared the third time He says, “Come.”

John 6:37(NKJV) All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

He invites everyone who is lost, broken, shattered and calls them to come. He is ready to show us the scars and wounds that He bore for us, because He loves us and will never cast us away.

Matthew 11:28 (KJV) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Jesus always calls us to lay our sorrows, pain, anxiety upon Him and He will give us peace. Most of us might be spending six days with the world and just one day in the church, so in those  days do we rest upon Him or do we drift apart from His rest?

After the crucifixion of our Lord, we read that Judas betrayed and hanged himself, the other seven drifted away and returned to their old occupation. The same disciples who were with the Lord, ministering with Him had now drifted apart, how much pain would it have caused our Saviour to see them? Today, many of us are like those drifted disciples who had seen Jesus’ miracles, His love and compassion still we choose to go back to our original occupation to sin. A sin connected with our former habits, practices, customs and traditions. It is crucial we understand the dangers of back-sliding.It will take us away from His presence and fellowship. Understand that He is the only One who has and will save us from damnation.

The Abounding Love He Bestows.

1) Jesus Seeks.

John 21:4 (NKJV) But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 

After the resurrection of Jesus, the disciples went back to their occupation and about the morning time Jesus was seen standing on the shore. Jesus had come seeking for them, though the disciples didn’t know that it was Jesus. This is what happens when we drift away from Him, we will lose fellowship with Jesus. We will not acknowledge His presence in the shore but remember Luke 19:10 (KJV) For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. God has come to save and seek us.

1 Timothy 4:10 (KJV) For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

The word of God says that we are bound to have persecutions and suffering for Christ ‘s sake but no matter the cost our attitude should be to save everyone as He does, who has gone astray from Jesus because He is a Saviour of all men.

2) Jesus Cares.

John 21:5 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to them, “Children, have you any food?”They answered Him, “No.”

As Jesus was standing by the shore and calling them “Children,” they could not recognise Him because the fellowship was lost.

In our personal lives how do we address someone who has not listened to our advice, instruction or counsel? Do we still love and care for them unlike Jesus who lovingly called them children? Acknowledge God’s love that no matter where we stand today He still cares for us.

Psalms 147:9 (KJV) He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.

The Psalmists says that if God cares and gives food to the ravens who cry, how much more does He care for us? Understand that nobody is holy but the invitation of His care upon our life has come, would we allow Him to take care of us?

3) Jesus Helps.

John 21:6 (NKJV) And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.

As the disciples were fishing they couldn’t catch any fish and then Jesus instructed them to cast their net to the right side and they will find. Many a times we also do things on our own casting the net to the wrong side, searching and finding nothing. Jesus said, “You will find some” which means that God has already made a provision; we need to find it and not search for it.  Acknowledge the inability to find without Christ, follow His instruction and we will find.

Isaiah 65:24 (KJV)And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Isaiah 30:18 (KJV)And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.

We will find it provided we hear from the Lord. Even in the Mount of Transfiguration, as Peter was speaking suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” Do we spend time in hearing Him? Blessing from God comes only when we know to hear Him.

4) Jesus Partners Care

John 21:10 (NKJV) Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”

As Jesus prepared the breakfast He expected them to share the fish. Today Jesus awaits and expects each one of us to catch a fish and share the good news. St. Thomas came to India centuries before and preached the gospel. It is time that we ask ourselves where are we today? Have we brought one soul to the kingdom of God? What is our part of the share?

Jesus Christ laid His life for us and did His part, therefore its time that we do our part too. Its time that we partner His care to others!

5) Jesus’ Providing Love

John 21:12-15 (KJV)Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and likewise the fish. This is now the third time Jesus showed Himself to His disciples after He was raised from the dead. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

The disciples had back-slidden yet the Lord prepared the table for them and said to come and dine because Jesus loved them. He gave them bread and fish. Today our Lord provides the bread of salvation, and offers His love to come and take part and dine with Him.

The Lord said to Peter, as the son of Jonas for the first time and hit him as son of flesh. Understand that when we are in the flesh we can’t understand the calling of God. Therefore, let us throw our flesh today to hear His call in our life and reciprocate to His providing love!

CONCLUSION

We are the children of the promise more than the children of flesh. We are His beloved children, forgiven and washed of our sins. Today the Lord commands us to leave the boat and net as a fisherman and spread out to minister and evangelise as fishers of men!

Be passionate, convicted in confessing the truth of the gospel to the world. Believe Jesus as the partner and commit to His call!

 

The Power of a Praying Church!

September 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Key Scripture: Isaiah 56:7(KJV)Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

SUMMARY

Prayer is a mighty behavioural tool that can move the hand of God in our lives. Through out the scripture we read about prayers made by an individual, the priests, a corporate prayer and a prayer made our Saviour Himself. These prayers were powerful to have exemplified in our personal relationship with God, to attain the unattainable and impossible through a human ability. Prayer is also very important in the functionality of a church, when we pray together in the house of God, we don’t fall prey to sin and that’s the power of a praying church!

SERMON POINTS

Matthew 16:17,18 (KJV) And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

As Simon Peter had a revelation that Jesus is the Son of the Living God, Jesus says that He will build His church upon the rock. Here we get a glimpse of the Lord’s love for the church when He says, “My church” therefore, we ought to behave in reverence to the Lord and His servants.

The word ‘church’ comes from the Greek word “Ekklesia” which means an Assembly of God. We are called out from the world separated unto God, set apart for a particular purpose. We come to the church for various reasons; it could be for healing or peace and sometimes also for a selfish gain. However, the prime most reason for us to come to the local church should be to increase in our prayer life!

The Lord has commanded us to go into the ends of the world preaching the Gospel, here we see two things: first is going out and then working for the kingdom of God. However, both are not achievable without staying rooted to a praying church. When the church prays, it has its own power to equip us to face the enemy.

 The Holy Mountain: A House of Prayer

Isaiah 56:7 (KJV) Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

The Lord calls the church the Holy Mountain from where our sacrifices go to God to give us joy. We are made joyful in the house of prayer; Jesus is the House of Joy. The question is do the people see joy in us when everything that surrounds them is sinking and diminishing? Do they see something different in our life because of our kneeling down in prayer?

As believers we need our souls to thirst for joy in prayer. We need to inhale and exhale prayer; it should pierce through the catastrophe. A whole lot and much depend on our prayer therefore, let us be a prayerful person so that our praises will be accepted in the altar.

Remember without praying there is no healing, no breakthroughs, no revelation and presence of God but for a praying church all these adds to the beauty of the church. Therefore, let us be in our knees today to find our joy!

A Panorama of the House of Prayer

John 2:14–16 (KJV) And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

We read in the gospel of John that when Jesus sees a business outside the temple, He makes a whip and drives out people from the temple. Our God is a Holy God who is pleased with the sacrifices of an upright heart at His service but He admonishes trade of the wicked in His temple. We should never come with the business mentality in the church but rather come with the service mentality which is pleasing to the Lord. Have a zeal for the church; be zealous and passionate in praising and worshipping God and we will see His hand move in our lives.

Five hands that we see in Prayer:

1) Evil hand of Herod

Acts 12:1,2 (KJV) Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.

When we pray, the evil hand of Herod will be active to stop our ministry, to destroy the anointed and weaken the believers. Don’t forget that at certain times the evil hand of the authorities will be against the gospel and the men of God. We see that though James was in the inner circle of Jesus, he was killed by Herod. Therefore, remember there is always something that moves in the environment to annihilate us and confuse the acts of prayer in our life, but stay strong and rooted in prayer and the hands of the evil will be cut off!

2) Hand of the Church

Acts 12:5 (KJV)Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

‘Ektenes’ is a Greek word which means stretched out, without ceasing an earnest and a constant prayer. We read in Acts that when Peter is put in prison, the hand of church is stretched out to God in prayer. The church didn’t give up and succumb to the evil for one more loss which could have happened as Peter was next in line. As the church passionately prays, a stretched out , unwavering prayer the plans of the enemy will be foiled.

1 Timothy 2:8 (NIV) Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

St. Paul mentions that we should pray everywhere. We could pray in our offices, business or even when we are cooking, there is no time and no place on earth that we cannot pray. As we lift our hands in prayer the spirit of anger, ego and dispute will leave us and God will lift us up, it will be a life lifted in His grace. Remember there is no prison so dark where the hands of God and His light cannot reach us.

Psalms 141:2 (KJV)Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

The lifting up of hands is a sweet sacrifice in the eyes of the Lord.

Exodus 17:11, 12 (KJV)And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Even when Moses’ hands were lifted up, the Israelites were winning but whenever he lowered his hands the Amalekites were winning. The significance of spiritual authority and leadership is much important. When the blessed men of God and their ministry is over our lives , we are victorious. The scripture further says that when Moses’ hands were heavy ,Aaron and Hur supported up his hand which signifies the life of a church.We lift and encourage each other. The enemy doesn’t like when the hands of the church are lifted up for one another, yet when we lift our hands and pray ,we will not fall prey to the enemy.

3) Hand of the Angel

Acts 12:6,7 (KJV) And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

We read that as Peter was sleeping, the hands of the angel came upon him and the light of God shined in the Prison. Today God says its time to get up and rise up from our sleep. God is striking us to wake up so that we see the angel visiting our prison of diseases, anxieties, spiritual disabilities and spiritual stagnation. The light of God will fall on our future, family, ministry, children, husband and wives and on these prison diseases so that the chains fall off.  Remember nobody can go beyond the power of a praying church; it can shake the prison gates, the chains to fall off and doors to be  opened for us to understand the hand of angels through our prayer.

4) Hand of the Miracle

Acts 12:8-10 (KJV)And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.

As the chains fell off, the angel said unto Peter to gird himself and follow. When God’s presence come in our life we might think it as a dream but we will be instructed to put on everything as we are lead out, the iron gates will be opened for us to experience a hand of miracle.

Acts 12:13 (KJV)And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

As Peter stood knocking at the door of the gate likewise the miracle of the Lord will come knocking at our door. God will instruct us to gird ourselves and follow Him; He will lead us from the enemy’s Iron Gate to the door of the gate where we will experience the hand of miracle. Therefore, will we open when hear the knocking on the door? This moment let us comeback from our sleep to a real self into walking through the iron gates and experience the hands of the miracle!

5) Hand of God

Acts 12:23 (KJV)And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

When the hand of God moves in our life, there are only two things that can happen the first is the deliverance and the second is the destruction of the enemy. If the enemy plays against the hand of God, His mighty hand will be revealed to smite and struck the enemy and he will be eaten by the worms before he is dead.

Acts 11:21 (KJV)And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

However, as we believe in the Lord and turn out hearts unto Him, He will bless us, increase our number and above everything His hand will be upon us.

CONCLUSION

Church is the house of the Lord where the pillar and the ground are of truth. We get His precious teachings through the house of the Lord through His servants as we pray. The power of a praying church is revealed when we lift one another in prayer seeking deliverance and destruction of the enemy. However, if we do not know the prayer request of a person sitting next to us then sadly we are not in a prayerful and a powerful church.

Be a part of a powerful praying church today so that we can experience the hand of church, hand of the angels, hand of the miracles and hand of God to crush the hand of the devil; and as we participate in a powerful prayer in the church our every problem will be filled with His presence in our life.

Living Spiritual in a Natural World.

September 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Key Scripture: John 6:53,54(KJV)Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

SUMMARY

One unchanging fact about our life is that someday we will all die and the Bible makes it very clear in Job 14:5 (NIV) A person’s days are determined; you(GOD) have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.  God has numbered our days on earth and no matter how affluent or intelligent we might be, at the end of the day these temporal things will perish with our bodies. However, despite of this agonising truth we have a promise that whosoever trusts and believes in Jesus is prepared for an eternal life after death. Rev. Billy Graham once said, “Life is just a schoolroom with a glorious opportunity to prepare us for eternity.” So can we set our heart upright to Jesus as He prepares us for eternity?

SERMON POINTS

Our Lord Jesus declared that He is the “The bread of life,” who was sent from Father in heaven to save us, so that as we believe in Him we shall not grow hungry and thirsty but would be spiritual to claim the promises of an eternal life. Jesus broke the bread and said to eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood which signified that He was giving us the ‘Life giving meal.’ Its a spiritual meal that gives us life. When we identify ourselves with the body and blood of Jesus we would have life eternal and we would never allow death to overpower us.

We have to live Spiritual to have the Spiritual body when we are raised up on the day of ressurection

1 Corinthians 15:41-44 (KJV) There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

The word of God says that as the glory of the sun differs from the glory of the moon and the stars similarly, we will also differ in glory from one another after the resurrection from the dead. Our human bodies which were once perishable, dishonourable, and weak due to sin is now glorified bodies which will be imperishable, honourable, and powerful. We will all be like Jesus’ resurrected body which no longer will be ‘natural’ bodies, but will be ‘spiritual’ bodies. However, this glorious hope of not focussing upon the natural senses but one with the Holy Spirit will come only when we are in the Lord Jesus Christ. As we determine to follow and believe in Jesus we will take part in the life giving meal of the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood and inherit the promise of an eternal life with Christ.

Its therefore important to live spiritual in a natural world.

1 Corinthians 15:50 (KJV)Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

St. Paul says that neither this natural mortal body of flesh and blood nor the sinful nature of man can inherit the kingdom of God but we should be spiritual to have a spiritual covering to eat and drink the spiritual food.

1 Corinthians 10:1-4(KJV) Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;  And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

In the Old Testament times, as Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness God made a provision for the spiritual food from heaven, the spiritual drink from the Spiritual Rock that was Christ still they didn’t make it to the Promised Land because they didn’t come under the spiritual covering of Christ.

1) Spiritual Food:

Spiritual food is the word of God. As we rise up early in the morning to read the word of God with praise and worship we feed our hungry spirit with the spiritual food. The question today is how often do we feed our spiritual body? Coming to the church, listening to the word of God is the best way to feed our hungry spirit that gives nourishment to the soul and nurture us spiritually.

2) Spiritual Drink:

In John 4:14(KJV) “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Jesus said that whoever comes to Him will never thirst but will be given a well of water springing into everlasting life. As we get the nourishment with the word of God, the spiritual water is poured into us for our spiritual structure and growth. We thrive, bud and transport our spiritual knowledge to others with the help of the Holy Spirit who covers and guides us as the spiritual covering from God.

3) Spiritual Rock:

Our spiritual Rock is Jesus who supplies all our needs. He is the Rock of ages who cleanses and saves us. We can bring nothing to the Lord except our prayers and supplication like Moses who said in Exodus 32:32 (KJV) Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

Have we ever prayed like Moses did? To blot our name from the book of life or How hard it is to pray and love the fellow brother in Christ? Remember our Rock, Jesus is on our side following us and as long as we stand on Him we will never fall. We are cleansed from the guilt and power. However, if we are not spiritual then we are not going to have a part in heaven without Jesus in our life.

4) Spiritual House:

1 Peter 2:5 (KJV)Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

A spiritual man is a lively stone. He along with other believers are united in the Spirit and are built up as a spiritual house . This Spiritual house is the Church and is the covering to every believer.

What Happens When We are Not Under the Spiritual Covering?

1 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

The bible records that though the Israelite’s ate the same spiritual food; drank the same spiritual drink from the spiritual rock that followed them, yet God was not well pleased with them because they were not in Him though God was following them. Therefore, it is very important that we come under the spiritual covering in Him united in one accord and in one place otherwise we will be thrown into an everlasting wilderness.

Acts 2:1,2 (KJV)And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

Church is not a place of divided spirit but a place of united spirit and mind with one accord in one place under His spiritual covering. As we praise and worship the Lord in one accord, a spiritual blessing will overflow in our lives like the day of Pentecost when one hundred and twenty men gathered at the upper room with one accord in one place under His covering suddenly, a sound like the rushing wind filled the house and everyone was filled with the Holy Ghost.

Romans 8:14(KJV) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  If in the Old Testament times the Israelite’s had the guidance from the Law of the Lord then in the New Testament times we have the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The sign of Holy Spirit in our life is the approval of God over our life which means that We are now the sons of God, a spiritual blessing under His spiritual covering!

The Qualities of a Spiritual Man:

  • An Encourager

Philippians 2:1,2 (NIV) Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

A spiritual man is united with Christ in baptism and he is an encourager. A spiritual man in the church will always be filled with tenderness and compassion, sharing the same love to everyone in the same manner. He will always partner with the pastor to every vision for the expansion of His kingdom.

  • Humble :

 Philippians 2:3 (NIV)Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

A spiritual man would always esteem others better than himself. The Israelite’s had everything but they didn’t humble themselves before God and hence were never united with God but a spiritual man will lay down before God in humility and will always value others.

5. Spiritual Sacrifices

We thus is a spiritual house built up by the Spirit of God to offer  spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  Now we are accepted by God. This was the difference between the Old Testament Israel and New Testament Church. Every spiritual sacrifice made by us will profit much and is acceptable to the Lord. Whatever we do in the flesh can profit nothing(John 6:63). Thus its important that we allow the Holy Spirit to take over our worship and lifestyle!

 

6. Spiritual Blessings!

Ephesians 1:3 (KJV)Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

The Lord will bless a spiritual man with the spiritual blessings. In this world of dejection, rejection, sorrows and despair when a man blessed with the spiritual blessings of God speak out in the name of Jesus-powerful things happen. Destiny is created, the attacks of the devil is diffused.  Every curse will be broken, every sickness will be healed and every broken heart will be mended in the name Jesus through a person operating in the spiritual blessings of God!

7. Spiritual Songs!

Ephesians 5:19-21 (KJV) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

A spiritual man will always fear God. He will never cease to praise God with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. As he makes melody in his heart there is a change in the environment. He never indulges himself to the secular songs which displease the Lord.

The Beauty of a Spiritual Life:

When we are spiritual, the word of God says our body though sown in corruption, is raised in incorruption. Though sown in dishonour is raised in glory; though sown in weakness is raised in power and when it is sown a natural body is raised a spiritual body. Therefore, let us come before God as we partake in the ‘Life giving meal’ and experience the beauty of living a spiritual life.

CONCLUSION

The parable in Matthew 7:24-27 tells us about the wise man who built his house upon the rock and the foolish man who built his house upon the sand. The rain comes, the wind blows and the flood comes still the house that was built upon the rock stands still.

Remember God has always given us a free will; therefore it’s our choice to either build our spiritual houses on the Rock Jesus or to build foolishly on the sand that might fall when a mighty rain, wind and a flood of discouragements, weakness, betrayal comes. Today, Jesus our Rock He is able to uphold us provided we are spiritual with our dealings, sayings and thinking. So do we desire to be in Him or be sorry for the rest of our life? Choice is ours!

 

நமது ஜெப வாழ்க்கை எப்படி இருக்க வேண்டும்

September 11, 2017 Leave a comment

முக்கிய வசனம்:

லூக்கா 18:1 சோர்ந்துபோகாமல் எப்பொழுதும் ஜெபம்பண்ணவேண்டும் என்பதைக் குறித்து அவர்களுக்கு அவர் ஒரு உவமையைச் சொன்னார். 

SUMMARY

கிறிஸ்தவர்களுக்கு ஜெபமே ஜெயத்தை தருகிறது. ஜெபமே ஜெயம். நாம்
எப்பொழுதும் ஜெபம் செய்கிறவர்களாக இருக்க வேண்டும்.

SERMON POINTS

நமது ஜெப வாழ்க்கையில் நாம் தெரிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டியவை:

1. நம் பரிசுத்த பட்டணத்தில் உள்ளோமா
2. நமது நியாதிபதியின் நியாயத்தீர்ப்பின் கீழ் உள்ளோமா
3. விதவையை போல் நியாதிபதியே ஒரே வழி என்று உள்ளோமா
4. நமது எதிரியை பற்றி தெரிந்து வைத்து உள்ளோமா

1.நம் பரிசுத்த பட்டணத்தில் உள்ளோமா:

லூக்கா 18:2 “ஒரு பட்டணத்திலே ஒரு நியாயாதிபதி இருந்தான்; அவன்
தேவனுக்குப் பயப்படாதவனும் மனுஷரை மதியாதவனுமாயிருந்தான்.”
லூக்கா 18:3 “அந்தப் பட்டணத்திலே ஒரு விதவையும் இருந்தாள்; அவள்
அவனிடத்தில்போய்: எனக்கும் என் எதிராளிக்கும் இருக்கிற காரியத்தில் எனக்கு
நியாயஞ்செய்யவேண்டும் என்று விண்ணப்பம்பண்னினாள்.”
இங்கு பட்டணம் என்பது ஆவிக்குரிய கிறிஸ்துவர்களின் வாழ்க்கையை குறிக்கிறது.
சங்கீதம் 46:4 “ஒரு நதியுண்டு, அதின் நீர்க்கால்கள் தேவனுடைய நகரத்தையும்,
உன்னதமானவர் வாசம்பண்ணும் பரிசுத்த ஸ்தலத்தையும் சந்தோஷிப்பிக்கும்,”
வெளிப்படுத்தின விசேஷம் 21:2 “யோவானாகிய நான், புதிய எருசலேமாகிய
பரிசுத்த நகரத்தை தேவனிடத்தினின்று பரலோகத்தைவிட்டு இறங்கிவரக்கண்டேன்; அது தன் புருஷனுக்காக அலங்கரிக்கப்பட்ட மணவாட்டியைப்போல ஆயத்தமாக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது.”

நாம் சங்கீதத்திலும் வெளிப்படுத்தின விசேஷத்திலும் இந்த நகரத்தை குறித்து
பார்க்கிறோம். இந்த பட்டணத்தில் உள்ளவர்களுக்கு எல்லா ஆவிக்குரிய ஆசீர்வாதங்களும் கொடுக்கப்பட்டுஇருக்கிறது
எபேசியர் 1:3 “நம்முடைய கர்த்தராகிய இயேசுகிறிஸ்துவின் பிதாவாகிய
தேவனுக்கு ஸ்தோத்திரம்; அவர் கிறிஸ்துவுக்குள் உன்னதங்களிலே ஆவிக்குரிய
சகல ஆசீர்வாதத்தினாலும் நம்மை ஆசீர்வதித்திருக்கிறார்.”
மோட்ச பிரயாணம் என்கிற புத்தகம் எல்லா கிறிஸ்துவர்களும் கட்டாயம் படிக்க வேண்டிய ஒரு நல்ல புத்தகம்.

2. நமது நியாதிபதியின் நியாயத்தீர்ப்பின் கீழ் உள்ளோமா:

லூக்கா 18:2 “ஒரு பட்டணத்திலே ஒரு நியாயாதிபதி இருந்தான்; அவன்
தேவனுக்குப் பயப்படாதவனும் மனுஷரை மதியாதவனுமாயிருந்தான்.
லூக்காவில் சொல்ல பட்டது போல் நமக்கும் ஆவிக்குரிய வாழ்க்கையில் ஒரு
நீதியுள்ள நீயாதிபதி உள்ளார். அவர் நம்மை நியாயமாய் நியாயம் தீர்ப்பவர்.”
ஆதியாகமம் 18:25 “துன்மார்க்கனோடே நீதிமானையும் சங்கரிப்பது உமக்குத்
தூரமாயிருப்பதாக; நீதிமானையும் துன்மார்க்கனையும் சமமாய் நடப்பிப்பது
உமக்குத்தூரமாயிருப்பதாக; சர்வலோக நியாயாதிபதி நீதிசெய்யாதிருப்பாரோ
என்றான்.”
1 பேதுரு 2:23 “அவர் வையப்படும்போது பதில்வையாமலும், பாடுபடும்போது
பயமுறுத்தாமலும், நியாயமாய்த் தீர்ப்புச்செய்கிறவருக்குத் தம்மை ஒப்புவித்தார்.”

இயேசுவானவர் தம்மை நியாயமாய்த் தீர்ப்புச்செய்கிறவருக்கு ஒப்புவித்தது போல் நாமும் நம்மை ஒப்புவித்து நமது ஆவிக்குரிய வாழ்க்கையை வாழ வேண்டும். அப்பொழுது நம்மை நமது ஆண்டவர் நமக்கு பதில் கொடுத்து நம்மை நடத்துவார்

3. விதவையை போல் நியாதிபதியே ஒரே வழி என்று உள்ளோமா

லூக்கா 18:3-5 “அந்தப் பட்டணத்திலே ஒரு விதவையும் இருந்தாள்; அவள்
அவனிடத்தில்போய்: எனக்கும் என் எதிராளிக்கும் இருக்கிற காரியத்தில் எனக்கு
நியாயஞ்செய்யவேண்டும் என்று விண்ணப்பம்பண்னினாள். வெகுநாள் வரைக்கும் அவனுக்கு மனதில்லாதிருந்தது. பின்பு அவன் நான்
தேவனுக்குப் பயப்படாமலும் மனுஷரை மதியாமலும் இருந்தும், இந்த விதவை என்னை எப்பொழுதும் தொந்தரவு செய்கிறபடியினால், இவள் அடிக்கடி
வந்து என்னை அலட்டாதபடி இவளுக்கு நியாயஞ்செய்யவேண்டுமென்று தனக்குள்ளே சொல்லிக்கொண்டான் என்றார்.

நாமும் அந்த விதவையை போல் நம்மை முற்றிலும் நமது நியாதிபதியான
ஆண்டவரை மட்டுமே சார்த்திருந்து, அவரை விடாமல் நமது வேண்டுதல்களை
சொல்ல, நமக்கு அவர் இறங்கி பதில் தந்து நமக்கு ஆறுதல் செய்வார் .

சங்கீதம் 27: 10 என் தகப்பனும் என் தாயும் என்னைக் கைவிட்டாலும், கர்த்தர் என்னைச் சேர்த்துக்கொள்ளுவார். 
ஒருவேளை நமது தாய் மற்றும் தந்தை நம்மை கைவிட்டாலும், நம்மை கைவிடா
தேவன் நமக்கு உண்டு.

சங்கீதம் 123:2 “இதோ, வேலைக்காரரின் கண்கள் தங்கள் எஜமான்களின் கையை
நோக்கியிருக்குமாப்போலவும், வேலைக்காரியின் கண்கள் தன் எஜமாட்டியின் கையை நோக்கியிருக்குமாப்போலவும், எங்கள் தேவனாகிய கர்த்தர் எங்களுக்கு
இரக்கஞ்செய்யும்வரைக்கும் எங்கள் கண்கள் அவரை நோக்கியிருக்கிறது.”

தாவீது சொல்வது போல் நாம் நமது கர்த்தரிடத்தில் இருந்து இரக்கம் பெரும்
வரைக்கும், அவரையே நோக்கிஇடைவிடாமல் ஜெபம் செய்ய வேண்டும். லூக்காவில் பார்த்த விதவையை போலும் நமது கர்த்தரை நோக்கி இடைவிடாமல் கேட்கிறவர்களை இருக்க வேண்டும்.

நமது ஜெபத்தின் பதிலின் தாமதத்திக்கான காரணங்கள்:
1. தேவனுடைய வேலை இன்னும் வாராமல் இருக்கும்
2. நாம் நம்மை இன்னும் ஆயத்தப்படுத்தி கொள்ள வேண்டி இருக்கும்
3. இன்னும் அதிக ஜெபம் தேவையானதாக                                                                                   4. நமது விசுவாசத்தை சோதிப்பதற்க்காக
5.இன்னும் ஆண்டவருக்கு நாம் கொடுக்க\அர்ப்பணிக்க வேண்டியிருக்கும்
(அன்னாள் நிலைமை போல் 1 சாமுவேல் 1  )

4. நமது எதிரியை பற்றி தெரிந்து வைத்து உள்ளோமா:

நாம் நமது ஆவிக்குரிய வாழ்க்கையின் எதிரியை நன்கு அறிந்தவர்களாக இருக்க
வேண்டும். ஜெபம் மற்றும் வேத வசனம் மூலமாக அந்த எதிரியை வெல்பவர்களாக மாற வேண்டும். நாம் நமது எதிரியை குறித்து அஜாக்கிரதையாய் இல்லாமல், வேத வசன அறிவால் ஜாக்கிரதையாய் இருக்க வேண்டும்.
1 பேதுரு 5:8 “தெளிந்த புத்தியுள்ளவர்களாயிருங்கள், விழித்திருங்கள்; ஏனெனில்,
உங்கள் எதிராளியாகிய பிசாசானவன் கெர்ச்சிக்கிற சிங்கம்போல் எவனை
விழுங்கலாமோ என்று வகைதேடிச் சுற்றித்திரிகிறான்.”

CONCLUSION

நாம் பிசாசை வென்று நமது ஆசீர்வாதங்களை பெற்றுக்கொள்ள நமது பரிசுத்த
பிதாவை இயேசுவின் நாமத்தினால் தொழுது கொள்ள வேண்டும். அவரையே முழு மனதுடன் பின்பற்றி வாழ நம்மை ஒப்பு கொடுப்போமாக.

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