Seven Blessings of a Righteous Life.

Key Scripture: Psalm 32:8 (KJV) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

SUMMARY

Christian life is a blessed and a victorious life until we walk in the counsel of God. However, today we often see people treading in dangerous paths of an ungodly and walking just in the opposite direction of what God has instructed us to. It all starts with a glimpse of an advertisement to the other disastrous episodes shown in the television. The technology today should never determine our Christian values rather the ultimate ‘say and approval’ must come from God’s word; ‘His counsel.’ Live a righteous life before God and He will bless us as He instructs, teaches and guide us with His own eyes!

SERMON POINTS

Psalm 1:1 (KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

The book of Psalms starts with a beautiful psalm of a blessed man. A blessed man never walks in the counsel of the ungodly. He neither stands or sits in the way of the sinners but his only joy is in the Lord and His statutes. He takes delight in mediating the word of God day and night.

Let us glance at the life of a blessed man Abraham in the bible. God commanded Abraham to leave his country, relatives and father’s house behind and go to a land which God would show him. Abraham obeys God’s divine counsel and later we read in Genesis chapter 13 that Abraham went on prospering and increasing unlike Lot who chose to take greener pasture before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Understand that eyes are deceiving; not everything we see flourishing and green will prosper. Later we read that because of the petitions of Abraham made unto the Lord, Lot is miraculously delivered. Our father Abraham is a great example who walked in the counsel of God and because he did God instructed, taught and guided Abraham and made him a father of many nation.

Psalm 84:4,5 (KJV) Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

In Hebrew, the word ‘Pesha’ means transgression. It is a disturbing fact that from the very rich to the most downtrodden sections of the society everyone wants to get rid of their transgressions and the count is great in number. We all want to be forgiven and loved. However, the bible says that blessed are those who praise and worship the Lord. As we praise the Lord and love Him, we are connected to the highways of heaven.

Another word for sin in Hebrew is ‘Harmartia.’ It is like an arrow when it misses the target and the mark is missed. Therefore, sin is missing the set guidelines of God. God has given us certain boundaries never cross it! Church is the body of Christ and we ought to come without any excuses. In Matthew 16:24 Jesus said unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” God expects us to deny our flesh, take up the cross and follow Him, therefore be joyful don’t worry of getting rid of the transgressions because all our iniquities are already taken away by Jesus when He died on the cross. Now our strength will come from the Lord and as we dwell in His ways! Therefore, consider ourselves blessed and privileged men to be in His kingdom.

Who Are These Blessed Men?

Romans 4:5,6 (KJV) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

The Adamic sin was imputed in us and whatever we do in getting rid of the Adamic sin is ‘works.’ However, our works should not be compensated with attending the church, tithing or offering. These are supposed to be the basic etiquette of a believer. A blessed man believes in Jesus and understands that Jesus has cleansed us with His blood which is works. A blessed man continues to grow spiritually understanding that the imputed righteousness of God has washed away the imputed Adamic sin from its roots to live a blessed life of a righteous man.

How Should a Blessed Man Be?

Psalm 51:15-17 (KJV) O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

A blessed man should never cease to praise God. He is always broken in spirit and is contrite in heart.

Seven Blessings of a Righteous Life:

The enemy tried to thwart the plans of God in the Garden of Eden but it was an utter dismay to the enemy when God sent His Son Jesus to redeem what was lost. It twisted ‘Avon’ the enemy’s course, because of the word came to us and we got saved! As we are saved there are seven blessings of a righteous life.

1) Healing

Psalm 32:3-5 (KJV) When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

There is a mechanism and functionality of how our Creator created us. If God has forgiven us of our sins, how much more should we forgive? The bible says that the cessation for our anger is sunset but if we pretend to cover it up our bones will be waxed. The more hurts inside will result in bad health. Therefore, reconcile quickly and pray about it and as we pray the healing comes in.

James 5:13-16 (KJV) Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

God expects us to pray when we are afflicted and for those whose are hurting. As we repent and confess in praying for one another, the word says that God will heal our land because the prayer of a righteous man availeth much!

2) Praying Powerfully

Psalm 32:6 (KJV) For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

When we are righteous before God, our prayers are powerful and He hears it. Prayer is finding God in the midst of grave situation. It is like digging the well, the water comes up and floods the place but would not come near us because of His blessing. However, when we are rebellious He will not hear our prayer and we will dwell in the dry land. So be righteous before God!

3) Protection

Psalm 32:6-7 (KJV)  For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

Our God is the Rock of ages. Our God is in control of our mechanism. In Matthew 7:24,25 (KJV) Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” When we built our houses on the foundation of truth of His word He will shield and protect us from every harm.

4) Song of Deliverance

Psalm 32:7 (KJV) Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

 Singing determines a special code of conduct in our Christian faith. If in the bible, we read songs of deliverance then it is but obvious that the enemy also has songs of destruction. However, if we are a changed righteous man then it is known from the songs we sing.

Psalm 40:3 (KJV) He put a new song in my mouth,a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
 and put their trust in the Lord.

The Psalmist says, that God will put a new song of praise into our mouth and many will see and will turn their hearts to God. Understand that when we sing a song of deliverance it could also win a soul for His kingdom! Therefore, be vigilant of what you sing and say.

Zephaniah 3:17 (KJV) The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Hebrews 2:12 (KJV) Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. Jesus is singing praises over us

Our Christian life is a singing life and not a sinning life. The bible records that even God rejoices and sings over us. In Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. The bible says that as St. Paul and Silas started singing and praying to God the earth shook and later the prisoner and his household gets saved. This is the power of praising and praying to God! When we sing our bondages are broken and we are delivered.

5) Counsel of the Lord

Psalm 32:8 (KJV) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Isaiah 50:4 (KJV) The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

Isaiah 2:3 (KJV) And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Human beings like to get personal attention; they like being given the utmost importance. However, the good news is our God cares for us. The word of God says that He will instruct us, teach us and guide us with His own eyes.

As He teaches us His ways, no curses shall prevail. Our blessings come directly from His throne when we open our ears to hear His word. The church is a place from where His word is established and as we come to His house, the Lord shall teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths.

6) Understanding

Psalm 32:9 (KJV) Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

The horses are usually tied with a headgear to control them, because they lack understanding. Therefore, the word says, not to be like mules and horses who lack understanding.

1 Kings 3:9-11 (KJV) Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

Ephesians 5:17 (KJV) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

In the bible, we read a wonderful story of King Solomon who asked the Lord God for an understanding heart so that he would judge his people wisely. We further read that it greatly pleased God and because he asked for wisdom God granted it to him. King Solomon was the wisest king on earth. Therefore, ask for understanding from God, live a righteous life before Him and He will be pleased to grant it to us.

How Can We Have More Understanding?

Psalm 119:99 (KJV) I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

Understanding comes from God and His word. As we meditate the word of the Lord more we will become more understanding.

7) Rejoicing

Psalm 32:11 (KJV) Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

As we continue to live a righteous life, God will bless us with Joy. His presence in our life will never allow us to cease being joyful, it will be very hard to take a break from praising Him. Therefore, if we want to experience His joy in our life remove the cloth of unrighteousness, repent, ask the Lord to fill our hearts with Joy and He will do it!

CONCLUSION.

Live a righteous life before God, never tread into dangerous paths. Our God is a loving, kind and a merciful God who has set boundaries for us. It will be an act of foolishness who cross it and ignore Him but a wisdom and knowledge to those who know the calling of God and respect it! Once we know the calling of God, He will bless us with the healing, we will learn to pray powerfully, He will protect us, our mouths will be filled with songs of deliverance, He will counsel us, give us His understanding and we will never be the same again; it will be very hard to take a break from praising Him and rejoicing in His presence.

Therefore, let us come with an upright heart ask for salvation and it shall be freely given to us as a precious gift from the Master. So, are  you willing to ask the Son of God today?

 

No longer slaves to Fear, Am a Child(Son) of God.

Key Scripture: Galatians 3:28,29(KJV) There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

SUMMARY

In the contemporary world, people long to be identified with the enemy. They have a false perception of their life style. From the music, they listen to, to the clothes that they wear are all manipulated by the enemy which is seldom conceded. We live as though God is indebted to us. However, it is imperative in this generation to understand the importance of being a child and stepping into becoming an heir of God. In a worldly perspective children, will never inherit a father’s possession until the child grows into maturity in understanding his responsibilities. Likewise, our Heavenly Father also expects us to grow into maturity to acquire the possessions of His Heavenly kingdom by growing into maturity from a child into an heir of His Heavenly calling.

SERMON POINTS

Galatians 3:29(KJV) And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Three Important Positions Being a Child of God:

We are Christ’s:

We need to acknowledge the privilege of identifying ourselves with Christ. However, these days’ people like to be identified with the devil. They like themselves to be tagged “a bad Girl or a bad boy” or “a wicked girl.” They are easily influenced by numbers like “666” for their personal possessions so on and so forth. The excitement and thrill in publishing the devil in our lives is seen much today.  Some songs which are taken from the word of God is sung opposite to God and His word. However, it doesn’t matter what the world does or says, what really matters is what God says in His word for us proclaim that we are Christ’s.

We Are Abraham’s Seed:

God also says that we are Abraham’s seed. He is our father, a man of great faith. Wherever he went he erected places of worship to God. In the bible, it says that the Lord asked Abraham to lift his eyes to possess the land and made him the father of many nation. Therefore, when we say we are Abraham’s seed, we should walk in a manner worthy to be called his descendants.

We are Heirs according to His Promise:

God says we are heirs of God. When we say, we are heirs it means we have something to possess.

The Servant-Child equality- Maturity matters

Galatians4:1(KJV) Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;

St. Paul wrote this epistle to two groups of people who were seen predominantly in a church setting. They were:

  • The Jews – who believed that the circumcision was the key. According  to the  law ,to be a Jew was the highest provilege. The Jews thought the Mosaic Law was the supreme and hence, they did not understand the enormity of the coming of Christ.They still await a messiah.
  • The Gentiles- As St. Paul addresses to the gentiles he considers questions that if circumcision was the standard to become righteous then why did Christ come? The gentiles were regarded as slaves and outcasts having no privileges of a Jew.When a Jew was seen through the glasses of the Mosaic Law. Though the Jews were children, they fell short in observing the law and fell under the sinner category. The law ruled all were sinners as desperately needed a savior!

Romans3:23,24(KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

Therefore, the Lord Almighty put all the people- with law and without law into one class and said that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Through Adam the sin was imputed in us and we were destined to be cursed and to die. Though Israel was a chosen generation and called the sons of God yet they became children in the house of God incapable of handling the blessings of God. The word of God says that even though we are heirs but when we remain as child then we are no different than the slaves but when we grow spiritually as an heir, we possess the inheritance of salvation for the people and of the people for His glorious name sake.

Positioned and Called to be an Heir over being the Slave:

We now understand that though Israel was a chosen generation by God yet it remained a child. It showed that the Law of Circumcision availeth nothing and even though the Israelite’s were heirs but when they chose to remain a child they were considered slaves spiritually and physically for four hundred and thirty years under the Egyptians. However, now in the fullness of time God sent His Son Jesus and we no longer are a child but an heir of God. The three factors to consider in being an heir.

1)The Blood of Redemption:

Galatiants4:2-4(KJV) But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

God has an appointed time ‘Prothesmia.’ He has His own time for things that ought to happen in our lives. Both the two groups of people namely the slaves and the ones who choose to remain a child (not different from the slaves) were equally governed by the law till the appointed time of the Father. When we were children we were under the bondage of the enemy, the zodiac signs and the elemental forces of nature affected us until the appointed time of the Father. However, we are now set free by God because of His appointed time. At the right appointed time, the evil spirits that once bothered and held us captive are now overpowered by the redemptive blood of the Lamb, set free and made the sons and daughters of God.

1 Peter 1:18,19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

As the right appointed time came God sent His only begotten son for us so that we might receive adoption of His Son-ship. Today we are all struggling to acquire a land in this world, but God says the gold and silver are all corruptible things likewise, the traditions of our forefathers are vain to those that have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus.

2)Spirit of Adoption:

Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Once we are redeemed we receive the powerful position of being adopted sons. Since now we are the sons and daughters of God we are given the Holy Spirit,who adopts us to the Son-ship of God. We are no more children and not under any elementary forces that can affect us.  While we are sons and daughters God sent His spirit for us to call Him Abba Father. The implications of calling God as Abba is huge. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.

3) Riches of Possession:

Galatians 4:7 (KJV)Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Since we are now adopted into His Son-ship we are now heirs of God. Devil cannot torment us anymore because we are crafted into the holy lineage of God whom we can call Abba Father. Our prayers are answered, miracles are dispatched from the heavenly realm. All our needs are provided according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

1 Corinthians3:21(KJV)Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s; And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

St. Paul further says that as we give glory to God and because we are adopted into His Son-ship everything is ours. Those who belong to Christ have everything.

CONCLUSION.

In the Old Testament times, no one could call God, ‘The Father.’ As God sent His Son to this world when were still children and sinners through whom we could call God Abba Father and acquire the biggest inheritance of salvation.

We are no more slaves to fear , but we are heirs of God!

As long as we pause into a spiritual child age and not get into  maturity to understand the truth as adults we will never get the inheritance of salvation. However, God says as we grow spiritually and position ourselves God will enable us to move from a child to Son-ship and from Son-ship to becoming an Heir of God only if you believe in the resurrected Christ today. So do you believe?

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Grace and Our Blessed Hope!

Key Scripture: Titus 2:11 (KJV)For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.

SUMMARY

Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” This holds true when we allow God to perform His ways in our life and consider His grace to be sufficient for us. We need His grace to cleanse from our daily sins; the worldly pleasures that blind us, the sinful nature that binds us. God’s grace is the biggest miracle that has happened in our life; it’s a divine influence of God very precious to our soul. Since, we are living in end days its imperative to live righteously, to spread the gospel to the world of His grace and our blessed hope!

SERMON POINTS

Titus 2: 12, 13(KJV) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Grace Has Many Aspects:

  • To deny ungodliness and worldly lusts
  • To live soberly
  • To live righteously
  • To live godly

Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts:

Grace teaches us to say no to the sinful nature and worldly lusts. We can overcome it by reading the word of God regularly and our walk with Christ. Ask God for His wisdom and knowledge so that we can have a deeper understanding of His word.

Live soberly:

We must have self control in our thoughts and flesh; we have to be self disciplined. Never allow temptations to over rule us. Allow God to be in control and acknowledge that Jesus sacrificed His precious blood on the cross for our sins and hence we have His grace that teaches us to live soberly every moment!

To live Righteously:

Living a righteous life is not easy in this present world. We face difficulties and fall short many a times however, if we learn to lean on Him completely, though the situations might not change but He will strengthen us to overcome them.

Genesis 6:9 these are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

The bible records that Noah was a righteous man and he walked faithfully with God. Therefore, as we walk with God like Noah did and hold unto our faith God’s grace will fill us and will teach us to live a righteous life.

To live a Godly Life:

To live a godly life is following His commandments and walking in His ways. It is to lead a life led by God. We’ve to carry the cross every day and be ready to face any difficult situations with love, forgiveness and kindness. We must reflect the characters of our Lord in and through our lives.

God gave us grace because we had fallen short of the glory of God and that we could once again be united to the Father in heaven through Jesus Christ His Son. Though God’ grace has many aspects that teaches us and guides us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, live soberly, to live righteously and also to live a Godly life yet today we see numerous deadly mishaps happening around the globe. These disastrous afflictions indicate nothing but to the absolute truth and facts recorded in the Bible pertaining to the end times thousands of years ago. However, it also signifies to the glorious hope of the second coming of  our Lord Jesus Christ to them who believe!

Six Clippings that Indicate the End times with Reference to the Holy Bible:

The world is fading today. There are many incidents happening around the globe which direct to the prophecies made by the prophets both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Every calamities and disruptions indicate the end times which mean the glorious day of our Lord’s coming is near.  Are we ready for it and are we making others ready?

1) Economic Drought/ Famines:

Luke 2:11(KJV) And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

In the gospel of Luke we read that in the end days we will see many earthquakes happening, food shortages, droughts which would lead to famines in different parts of the world. The following clip shows the drought in India which has led to many suicidal death and many ongoing diseases.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWf5Y0DbORk

We are in the dangerous days as the sorrow days have begun as prophesied in the bible. Therefore let us share the gospel to many, so that many may be saved from the hell fire to the eternal blessed hope.

2) Artificial Intelligence/ Expedition New Earth:

Luke 21:25,26 (KJV)  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Steven Hawking a renowned physicist thinks we have only hundred years left on Earth because of the climatic change, asteroid strikes, epidemics, and overpopulation. The only way to survive is a need to change the planet to Mars. They intend to land people to Mars by 2025 and set up a colony by 2033.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTJ3TJysB0g

In the bible we read that in the end days there shall be a great distress upon the face of the earth, men will be in fear after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. The things happening in the world and the prophecy in the bible written thousands of years ago can’t be a coincidence. Therefore, repent now and be saved for the Lord’s coming is very near and we don’t want to be left out right?

3) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile:

Mark 13:8 (KJV) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.

In the gospel of Mark we read that in the end day’s nation would rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and this is exactly the scenario in the world today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcQjor-Y790

The above video shows a recent missile launched by North Korea to the United States on the 4th of July 17. Apart from these countries we know there are several other countries that are in conflict today, millions being homeless and hopeless. However, in Hebrews 6:19 it says, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;” As we have put our anchor on Jesus all the promises of God will come to pass through Him. The promise is obtained in Jesus; the provision is secured in Jesus who is our Hope, an anchor of the soul. Therefore trust in the Son of the Living God and He will anchor and secure our soul.

4) LSD Drugs Racket :

II Timothy 3:1-5(KJV ): This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAm6wwFn2ZE

We are in perilous times. Men have grown selfish without love, care and un-forgiveness. The bible says that in the last days, men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God and this one video clearly shows that we are indeed going away from God.

This is just one video illustrating the prophecy in the bible, imagine how many of us are falling apart each day from God with our sins. However, it is not too late to give our heart to Jesus and He shall redeem us! Keep up the faith, be pure in heart and He shall hear the cries of the righteous.

5) Israel/ Palestine Tension:

II Thessalonians 2:4(KJV): Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY-zLCtZUds

The video shows that clashes broke out inside Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound between the Israeli police and the Palestinians.  The Israelis desire to rebuild the Temple as the “Third Temple” in the most diputed real estate in the world. St John saw the temple As he writes in Revelation 11: 1(KJV) And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

The temple construction would be led by the next world dictator.

The Anti Christ is going to rise. He will say that he is God and that we should worship him but don’t get deceived; be firm in faith and don’t take things for granted for the time is near but His unfailing love and grace will be with those who believe in the Son of the Living God.

6) Micro- Chip Implantation:

Revelation 13:16, 17(KJV  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azEivPKGMvk

John the Apostle prophesied about the end times thousands of years ago. The video illustrates what God had spoken to the Apostle about the end time when we will be forced to have a mark of the beast in our right hand or forehead without which no man could buy or sell. Recently in the United States tiny micro chips were being injected in the hand of the employees through which they could pay all the bills in future and hence it signifies that we are in the end times and we ought to be spiritually ready to receive the Lord.

CONCLUSION.

All the incidents that are happening now around the globe are not a mere coincidences but a proven fact that the God of the Bible is the true and the Living God! Every word written in the bible is His words therefore let us not ignore His declaration about the end times. Be steadfast, heed to His voice and acknowledge His agape love. John 3:16(KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Do you believe in the Son of God Jesus Christ today?

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Grace Access.

Key Scripture:Titus 2:11 (KJV)For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.

SUMMARY

Who are we in Christ? Are we just the spectators of the falling world or a bygone extinct Christian celebrity whose talks, thoughts, deeds and walks all red carpeted lest the people would discover our pretentious character? This world has seen enough of those flashy- fancy things, its time for us as Christians to stand and define Jesus not on red carpets but on ‘The Blood Stained Calvary.’ There is no doubt that the world can give us pleasures, comfort, wealth but its only God who can give us grace that can satisfy our souls. Therefore, let us stop being fragile to the plans of the enemy instead be durable bold Christians to His plans and purposes!

SERMON POINTS

We read that in the Old Testament times God spoke to His servants directly. Even to King Solomon when he asked for wisdom, 2Chronicles 1:10 (KJV) Give me now wisdom and knowledge that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people that is so great? And God says that because Solomon asked for it God granted it to him. If in the Old Testament times he gave His servants what they asked for then in the New Testament times God’s grace contains all we need and we should seek His grace.

Grace in God’s term is the excellence to our performance in proportion to His help. Thus the appropriation of grace will excel in our life and in the life to come.

Defining Grace:

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

St. Paul says that God said unto him that His grace is sufficient for us. However, the affirmation of His grace is known when we take pleasure in our infirmities, in necessities, in reproaches, in distresses and in persecutions. St. Paul experienced the joy in every situation and always glorified Christ Jesus; the question is, is the conviction and ideas of Grace the same as St. Paul’s?

Our weekly attendance in the house of God is in question today. Even if we do attend the church what is the motive behind? Many a times it could be for healing, or seeking solutions to our problems, or maybe a weekend gateway. These days sadly going to churches has become a criterion for the things we want and count. However, St. Paul says, “For when I am weak, then am I strong.” Church is supposed to be a dwelling place of God and not a court room of our hearings.  A church is when His Holy Spirit dwells within us instead of our problems; we lift our hands to praise and worship God and not directing God to our solutions. Our voices and cries are supposed to be of thanksgiving in awe and not of complaining. Every reproach should be for Christ’s sake reproach so that we empty ourselves and He’ll fill us with His abundant grace.

Six Ways to Have an Access To Grace:

1) In Our Weakness

2Corinthians 12:10 (KJV) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Remember God uses the weak, afflicted and poor for His kingdom. Seek Him when we are weak and God will send His grace to make us strong in our weakness. Weakness in life will give us an access to God’s grace therefore rejoice in weakness and be willing to be used by God.

2) By Faith

Romans 5:2 (KJV) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

We read in the bible that Mary and Martha were sisters but with different personalities and disposition. However, when Lazarus dies both Mary and Martha are aligned in faith. They say that if Jesus were here he wouldn’t have died to which Jesus says, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

What is our story today?  Do our stories have the glory of God if it has, which part of story magnifies the glory of God in our life?

God can’t be contained in our theologies and our abbreviations. The truth is only if we believe in the story, we will see the glory of God.

What is Faith?

Hebrews 12:5 (KJV) And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

Faith is seeing the chastised Jesus in the midst of our grave circumstances. It is giving out and living in Jesus.

James 2:17-21 (KJV) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Faith is dedicating our houses as a place of salvation. Faith is offering our families and our children on the altar to be used by God for the extension of His kingdom. Faith is asking God for our talents to be used in the ministry for His name’s sake. Faith is asking God that our children would follow His paths and walk in His righteousness with humility and gentleness. Faith is offering our lives before the works of the Lord and dedicating it to Him, all for His glory!

Faith in Christ, What does it Produce?

James 2:20 (KJV) But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

Faith produces works. God calls us a vain man if we don’t work in Faith because the scripture says that faith without works is dead. Therefore, let us labour in faith to do the work for His kingdom!

3) By The Person of Christ

John 1:16, 17 (KJV) And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

When we receive Jesus something glorious is deposited in our and our families account and that is Christ. The law was given to Moses but then grace came in search of us through Christ Jesus. We are all the effect of the grace of God. Accept it with humility and never wander from place to place, stay rooted in the local church, carry out the duties and assignments given because the more we know Christ, the more grace of God will fill our lives.

Philippians 3:10 (KJV) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

St. Paul says in Philippians that ‘I may know Christ.’ Today as believers do we know Jesus? Our praise, talking, walking should only aim to know Him more, because the more we know Christ the more Grace of God will fill us.

4) Through Our Prayer life

Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Christian life is never about ‘Self’ it is always about ‘Us.’ It is a fellowship and togetherness. In the Old Testament times only the priest had an access to the most holy place but in the New Testament times, it’s the throne of grace and Jesus is our Great High Priest. We don’t have to look for any human high priest to offer our sacrifices. He has opened a new way, so that we can experience the presence of God and hear His voice.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV)  For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

The word of God says that one day we have to appear before the judgement seat of Christ for everything done, good or bad. Therefore, when we pray we go to the throne of grace and ask God for His forgiveness again and again. The more we go to the throne of grace the more rewards we will get. Hence be accountable for whatever we do and through prayer let us get an access to grace.

5) By being Humble:

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Respect one another and submit to one another. Church is a proper binding of love and respect for one another. Be helpful and proactive in doing God’s work with humility. When we are in the house of the Lord, egos fall and we don’t wrestle against the flesh and blood but against the principalities and powers of the darkness. Therefore, bind together in love, harmony and peace because God  gives grace to the humble but resists the proud.

6) Through the Ministry of Men of God.

1 Peter 1:2 (KJV) Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

We can have an access to grace when men of God come to our houses. As they minister to us, direct us and lead us we would lack nothing. Therefore, love and respect the apostles, pastors and their families. Understand that they are the elected ones to the foreknowledge of the God the Father and we ought to behave the best with them. As we love and respect them much God’s grace will abound much in our lives.

CONCLUSION.

William Law once said, “Receive every inward and outward trouble, every disappointment, every trial, every uneasiness, every darkness and desolation with both your hands, as a blessed occasion of dying to self, and entering into a fuller fellowship with your Saviour. Look at no inward or outward trouble in any other way; reject every other thought about it; and then every kind of trial will become the blessed day of your prosperity. That state is best, which exercises the highest faith in, and fullest resignation to God.”

Life has its ups and downs, the slower pace and faster ones, a little jerky and murky path; but in everything let us firmly hold the hand of our Saviour and His grace shall fill our life. Accept His grace with humility! Every reproach should be for Christ’s sake reproach. Let us empty ourselves so that we are made ready to be the destiny of Christ through His grace!

 

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The Power of God’s Grace.

Key Scripture: Titus 2:11 (KJV)For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men

SUMMARY

God has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings in Christ. When Jesus died on the cross and rose again from the dead, God have given us the victory over death and sin. The plan of the evil one was thwarted and we are blessed in Christ Jesus. The realm of our blessing is in Jesus. Through Jesus, God sent His grace to claim our identity in Christ which through faith can be attained. Therefore, let us all understand the power of Grace and be vibrant to the voice of God.

SERMON POINTS

Martin Luther became one of the most influential figures in Christian history when he began the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. In his early years Luther sought to become a monk, gave away all his possessions and entered the monastic life. He plunged into prayer, fasting, and ascetic practices and attempted means to love God fully but found no consolation, he was still left and held captive to sin. Finally his eyes were drawn to Romans1:17 “The just will live by faith.”  He realized the key to spiritual salvation was not to fear God or be enslaved by religious dogma but to believe that faith alone would bring salvation. Similarly, Gautama Buddha on whose teachings Buddhism was founded, he felt that material wealth was not life’s ultimate goal and that desire was the root cause of sin.

We may have so many theologies and teachings on sin going around the world but for us the ultimate manual to everything is the Bible. The scripture says that we are being justified by faith so that we have peace with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1(KJV) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Why Do We Need Justification?

According to the Jewish law it was a mandate to be circumcised. This applied for a proselyte too. Now the church is body of Christ and it contains Jews and Gentiles. When the gentiles believed in the Lord, some erroneous teachers taught them that it was necessary for them to be circumcised. However, St. Paul doesn’t find the need and defends it through “justification by faith.”

Law was not given to prevent us from seeing Christ but Law was given to experience Christ. Without the Law we cannot experience Christ because Law did not justify anybody. The Bible says all are sinners and have fallen short of the glory of God. The law could not make anyone righteous but when faith in Christ came we are no longer under a school master and we do not have to undergo any circumcision or any ritual, but we are all justified children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Being at peace with God is important because now we are being justified through His Son. As a human being we do not have anything good but when we have faith in God we are being justified. The inner man becomes vibrant to the voice of God; we now have peace and joy with God. Faith is standing, leaning and trusting in God. Faith is the finished work of Jesus.

Faith is completely trusting, relying and leaning like a little child on his father to stand, making an effort lest he should fall. That is why Jesus says in Matthew 18: 3,4 (KJV) And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Faith is trusting in the grace of God and His promises. Faith is our work; a work to choose to walk the Christian life in Jesus. But faith without works is dead.

Romans 5:2 (KJV) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God

Faith puts us to grace. Grace is the realm of God by faith. We have often heard about the grace mark in our examination, however the Grace of God is not that minimal mark that helps us get through, in fact it is an access and help given to the full marks that could be attained through faith. Hence, the grace of God is not the limited dimension of His realm but an overflowing presence in His realm with an eye of faith. Inside the grace zone there is no irritation or diseases but we have power and victory.

Seven Powerful Things That Grace Gives Us:

1) By Grace We will be Saved:

Ephesians 2:5,6 (KJV) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus

By grace we were quickened with Jesus when He rose from the dead. The scripture says that God knew us before He formed us in our mother’s womb therefore as we lay in the womb the quickening happened and He saved us as He died on the cross and rose from the dead. Jesus year marked us then and therefore by grace we are already sitting together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

2) By Grace We are Given Spiritual Gifts:

I Corinthians 1:4-7 (KJV) I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

As St. Paul gives thanks to God and says that through His grace we will lack no gift. It is only through His sheer grace that the spiritual gifts are imparted in us. We may have people passionate in praying, some gifted in singing and organising things in the church while others with prophetic gifting. However, sadly these days the enemy has sneaked in to discourage souls who are unaware of their spiritual gifting and hence they allow the enemy to demoralise them.

Remember every prophecy that comes needs to be validated with the word of God. Sit in the presence of God, go behind the men of God and the mantle shall fall upon us and His grace shall give us the power to discern the spirit. Therefore, examine what is the gift that we are living for the master today?

The Gifts of God:

Romans 12:3-8 (KJV) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Humbly use the gift of God for His glorification. The gift of God is given to us in the measure of faith and we ought to deal soberly. Remember our gifts will only thrive and grow in prayer and the more faith we have the more gifts will operate in us. Therefore operate the gift in the proportion of faith.

3) By Grace will Remove Poverty:

II Corinthians 8:9 (KJV) For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

Through grace God will meet our needs according to the proportion of our faith. In Grace our needs are taken care of because the scripture says that Jesus became poor for our name sake so that we become rich in His poverty.

Acts 4:34 (KJV)Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold.

By grace we are rich and when we stand in His grace with faith we will lack nothing.

4) Grace Will Give Us Ministry:

I Corinthians 15: 9, 10 (KJV) For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

The grace of God will give us ministry opportunities. As St. Paul says he was not deserved to be called an apostle, but only by the grace of God He was able to do things what he was doing. Likewise, for us also we might be given some ministry in the church which we don’t deserve but will be able to do so by His grace. Every ministry that God assigns us, we ought to do with passion and when we host the ministry with passion that reflects the grace of God in our lives.

5) Grace Will Give us Works:

I Corinthians 15:10 (KJV)But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

St. Paul says that he laboured more abundantly by the grace of God. Labouring more abundantly means that the grace of God will propel us to indulge our whole self in doing the work of God. Under the grace of God we go an extra mile His grace gives us an insight to do the best thing for His kingdom. Grace builds the passion for God and helps us in striving to do the best works for His kingdom.

6) Grace will enable to Build us Up:

Acts 20:32,33 (KJV)And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

Grace will build us up. When we come to the house of the Lord, we hear the word of His grace and will build us up.  We don’t know what we have next stored for us, the situations, circumstances, the challenges of life but God knows it all. Through His grace the challenges are dealt with and He will give us an inheritance, the blessings from God!

How should we serve the Lord when God gives us an inheritance?

Acts 20:19,20 (KJV) Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house.

The word of God says that we should serve Him with all humility of mind. It is written numerous times in the times in the bible that God loves the humble but he opposes the proud. Therefore when we remain humble in doing His works, He will lift and build us up!

7) Grace will give us Sufficiency:

II Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

St. Paul says that the grace of God was sufficient for him. The strength of God was made perfect in weakness and by the power of God upon him he was given revelations after revelations. Likewise when we surrender our hearts to God, His strength will overpower any weaknesses for us to go from glory to glory. His grace shall be sufficient for us to boast in our weakness, as we experience His revelations.

CONCLUSION.

Faith is more real than facts. Faith is the truth unshakeable, unmovable and it only cometh by hearing the word of God.

Our faith should revolve around Jesus. Everyday as we seek His face, He will fill us with His power. Grace saves us, gives us the spiritual gifts, removes our poverty, gives us ministry, gives us work, builds us up and gives us self-sufficiency. Remember our gifts can only thrive and grow in prayer. Therefore, stay humble in using the gift of God so that we will have more grace and more grace will gives us more gifts to operate in the realm of God by faith!

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The Reign of Grace!

Key Scripture: Titus 2:11(KJV) For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.

SUMMARY

Sin sneaked in the Garden of Eden when man rebelled and disobeyed God. As sin entered, death reigned and today the venom of sin has infested the whole world. When we were supposed to be members of the sin infected body, Jesus Christ delivered us from the death sentence. His grace delivered us from the sting of sin and death. The climax of God’s eternal plan is grace. We are now governed and empowered by grace.

SERMON POINTS

Spiritual knowledge is the key . If we follow a wrong philosophy or doctrine , our eternity is in danger. People desperately go to different places in search of ‘Moksha’ as they term for salvation or escape from the cycle of death but the holy bible clearly states that only Jesus can save us. He is our Salvation!

A Disease Called Sin:

Romans 6:6(KJV)  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Romans 6:14(KJV) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Sin is like a deadly disease that threatened the existence of the crown of God’s creation-mankind. Everyone was infected and diseased. Death reigned through all ages. However at this needful hour the atonement of Lord Jesus brought release from the judgement that our sins deserved. We have been justified and given a solution to the disease by His grace.

Grace Surpassed Every Law:

Romans 5:12-14(KJV) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

Sin was imputed in us when the law was given. Till then man did not have a standard to measure His righteousness . Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses too-even when the law was not given. Now when the law was given, noone was seen to be righteous. The law could not make anyone righteous though it was Holy.  The law diagnosed our Sinful condition and prescribed the need for a Savior. Therefore, God in His agape love gave us grace. The Lord Jesus revealed so much of grace and from His fulness we have received grace upon grace. So as sin increased, grace increased even more. Now through the righteousness of Christ Jesus, we have received Grace that we are empowered to live a righteous life.

Grace (An Anti Virus to the Sin Disease) A Free Gift from God:

Romans 5:15(KJV) But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many

The grace of God is incomparable. As we were diseased, sick and destined to die, God in all His mercy sent His Son and through Him Grace flowed. The grace of God abounded to a greater magnitude or extent than the hazardous effect of death.

John 3:16(KJV) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Death cannot be compared to the Grace of God. We need to understand that it didn’t cost us anything to receive grace but it costed heavens everything.

Baptism The treatment Against the Disease:

We know that the history of sin erupted in the Garden of Eden. Mankind was diagnosed with a disease called sin and the ultimate consequence of sin was death. The Law of Moses diagnosed the sickness of sin and hence our Father in heaven sent His Son Jesus to die for us when we were still sinners. When we accept the Lord Jesus as our savior, we immediately should seek to identify with the death,burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

The old man diagnosed by sin by law is crucified with Christ. When we go  into the waters of baptism we bury all the ungodly and unholy pursuits and rise to walk with God in the newness of life. The corrupt nature called the old self is completely crucified with Christ. Thus the old man under Sin is done away and we are clothed with a new man under grace and not under law.

No Old Man’s Nature- Freed from Sin:

Romans 6:1,2(KJV) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Romans 6:15 (KJV) What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

We are now redeemed and justified in the righteousness of Jesus by His grace.We should live in the light of this knowledge that we (our old man is crucified with Christ). Grace empowers us into the righteousness of Christ. We are suddenly credited or imputed with His righteousness and we should never go back into our old ways of life. Our life in grace should be manifested in our deeds in our body. Grace never gives us a licence to sin but empowers us to deny ourselves to sin, ‘me genoito(Greek)’ a big no to sin. Through grace we now operate from the victorious ground to remove every sin from our lives.

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

As we operate from the victorious ground, we associate ourselves with His word, His life and with His character. Our old man is dealt with by the precious blood of Jesus; every shrewdness, crookedness of adultery, envy, jealousy, selfishness and passion for the world is dealt with.  We are now a new creation with a new man created in us in righteousness and true holiness.

The Leading Spirit of God:

II Corinthians 5:21(KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Ephesians 4:21-24(KJV)  If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

As we are freed from sin, we now become the representatives of God at His service. We are now clothed with the righteousness of Jesus and the Spirit increases our operational level. The ‘Old Self’ is gone and a new spirit man lives inside of us that lead and sets us free from the slavery of sin to service in God’s kingdom.  Our Lord Jesus was hung on the cross and became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

What Happened to the Old Man?

Romans 6:6(KJV)  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

As we live under the reign of grace we know that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed and hence by no means serve sin.

CONCLUSION.

As believers we must know our position in Christ and present ourselves to God – Dead to sin but alive to God. Acknowledge His sacrifice and don’t desire to walk in the path that the flesh leads but yield unto His righteousness.

Don’t go in search of sin instead claim all the blessings of God. Understand that the permanent solution to sin is grace so walk and live by it. Desire to praise, worship and pray to God. Live under the abounding grace of God. We are no more living under the shadow of the tree in Eden, we are living under the shadow of the tree at Calvary

 

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Defence Against Offence!

Key Scripture: Matthew 24:10-13 (KJV) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

SUMMARY

Offence or being offended is one thing that everyone goes through every minute and this cruel captivity crushes a person to the core forbidding them to progress further. The bitter truth is we cannot avoid being offended it is a part of life however, harbouring offence is but wrong in the sight of the Lord! Jesus asked us to forgive seventy times seven as a Christian character, both in and outside of the church. Therefore carrying offence only makes us bitter, unforgiving and desperate which counts to be the complete opposite of what our Lord commanded. Therefore, it is high time as His children to let go of that offence in Jesus’ name and fulfil the perfect will of God!

SERMON POINTS

What is Offence?

Offence is something that causes displeasure; it causes the person to hurt and feel uneasy. The Greek word ‘Skandalon’ means a stick for the bait used to trap something. Offence is a kind of bait the devil uses to trap, kill slowly and gruesomely. People who have been offended usually carry a burden in their hearts which end up messing both their lives and the lives of others.

The Types of offences:

There are different types of offences which plague the heart of people to destroy the peace and joy.

  • Those who are treated unjustly.
  • Those who think they are treated unjustly.
  • Those who don’t even realise they have been offended.
  • Those who don’t accept that they have been offended.
  • Those who mask the fact they have been offended to avoid rejection.

However, understand whatever offence that burdens us, God is more powerful to set us free just the moment we ask Him of it!

How Offence Causes Sin to Enter Our Lives?

Luke 17:1 (KJV) Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus says that it is impossible that offences will not come but in fact He asks us to expect many to be offended. Therefore, getting offended is not a sin but harbouring an offence is a sin. To hold an offence against anyone, feeding and nurturing that offence is a ‘Great Sin’ which gives birth to many evil namely anger, bitterness, jealousy, envy, strife, etc which is not right in the sight of the Lord.

We also read about Absalom the son of King David, who had a great anger and bitterness against his father he further harbours his offence and kills his half brother Ammon. He nurtures his offence and finally becomes an enemy to His father King David. The story is abruptly ended with his fateful death.

Likewise, many a time we forget that this world is temporary and hold grudges against people for the offences done in the past; we harbour the offence which can result dangerous. Cultivating and nurturing the offence can endanger our salvation in the Lord. Therefore always declare the fruit of the spirit and live it out for people to see Jesus in and through our lives!

How Does offence Come?

  • Failed expectations from one another.
  • Harsh words.
  • Being ignored.
  • Perceptions of being overlooked or ignored
  • Falsely accused for something you haven’t done.
  • Not being recognised or given credit for good works.
  • Being used/ felt used as a doormat.
  • Betrayal by someone trusted.

I John 4:20, 21(KJV)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 bible tells us that God is love. This truth cannot be claimed when we fail to love our brother including those who have offended us. Many a times the offence is faced within the church members because the enemy is really interested to break us apart because we are in the plan of God. Offence comes not from the fellow Christian, but from the enemy who was ‘Permitted to Offend.’ However, we got to ask ourselves a simple question that if our Lord Jesus comes today, will we ever make it to heaven carrying the filth in our heart?

Beware the enemy doesn’t want us to stand and fulfil the purpose of God in our lives.  Therefore we really need His word as an equipment to fight the battle against the powers of the dark.

Ephesians 6:10(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.

We must know that it is not the fight against flesh and blood but against the rulers of the darkness; therefore it is the devil who wants to break the church the bad guy who is the root cause of all offence and not the church members.

Running away from the church is not the escape route to offence, but in case we do so it establishes the agenda of the devil. Moreover the offences in our heart could block the biggest breakthroughs, healing and blessings in our life. Therefore let us not be foolish to uphold offences and be deprived of God’s blessings; in fact let the offence be replaced with the word of God to penetrate in our lives.

Who Will Offend Us?

Psalms 55: 12-14(KJV)For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

The word of God clearly says that the one who offends us will not be an unknown person but will be usually the ones from our closest circle of loved ones, a friend, an acquaintance, a confidant in the church. That’s the reason it is difficult to forgive, forget and get over the hurt. However as Jesus has asked us to expect offence let us not be unaware but be armed and prepared to defend against any kind of offence that might come our way.

The Traits of Offended People:

Proverbs 181:9 (KJV)A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.

The Bible tells us that it is very hard to win the heart of an offended person. The traits of offended people are:

  • Only open their lives to specific people. People, who they believe will be on their side and they continue to nurture the offence in their heart.
  • They tend to build up walls and fences around their hearts in such a way that no one can get near them, know them, decode them so that no one can offend them ever again.
  • They become prone to many diseases from harbouring such hurtful offences in their hearts.
  • They tend to filter everything through their past. They let the past determine their future.
  • They also tend to be church vagabonds. They wander from one place to another. The past offence prevents them from taking root and florish in the house of God.
  • They are people who never own mistakes or correction, they always find to be right in their own eyes, by doing this they only want to preserve themselves.

How to Get Over Offence?

The story of Joseph is a wonderful way in getting over offence. He was thrown into a pit to die by his own brothers, by Potiphar and forgotten by the cup bearer in the prison. But in spite of all the wrongs and offences done to him, he still was able to let go and forgive them. As he did so God blessed, lifted him and changed all the evil that was intended on Joseph into good. Therefore understand that confession to God for His healing of our heart is the first step in getting over offence.

We can be set free from the burden of offence by:

  • Abiding in God’s word
  • Allowing the Holy Spirit to nurture.
  • Don’t let the devil change the perspective of God’s character
  • Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit such as humility and self denial
  • Letting go off the idea of revenge and forgiving the offender
  • Letting Jesus satisfy that yearning of the heart.
CONCLUSION.

Offence is a burden that takes away our joy and freedom; it sucks our peace and infill our heart with sorrow, anguish and despair. However, in Psalm 63:11 it says, “But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.”

Therefore let us all liberate ourselves with the word of God. Be free; bold, strong, more committed and passionate abiding His work. Offence will keep coming but don’t sin against God by harbouring offence rather remove offence from the root and stay on the perfect will and plan of God.

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