The House of God.

Key Scripture: Psalm 23:6 (KJV) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

SUMMARY

We see numerous disturbing trends in the functionalities of churches with various wrong doctrines being taught and followed today. People come up with little knowledge about God and try to fit Him in the “small Box of their imagination.” Believer’s compromise His holiness and don’t give importance to His word and this is a dangerous advancement. The House of God in fact is a wonderful House where His presence dwells and flows into our lives. It is the body of Christ; it is from the church to the world that tomorrow’s challenges are met today in God’s word, so that we are prepared spiritually in going out to the world in proclaiming His gracious  name.

SERMON POINTS

Being in the House of the Lord is the ultimate and wonderful experience one can have in a lifetime. Its a progressive journey described in Psalm Twenty Three; our priority dwellings will shift from the world to the House of the Lord. However, this will not come to pass when we are without a Shepherd.

It is so amazing to understand how God calls us His sheep and Jesus our Shepherd. Sheep were an important part of the possession of the ancient Hebrews and of eastern nations; throughout the scripture we read a great dealing about Sheep. In the Old Testament times the Sheep were used in the sacrificial offering, as a part of food, Rams skins were used as a covering for the tabernacle so on and so forth. The Sheep is an emblem of meekness, patience and submission; It can also be innocently foolish.  Sheep likes to be in an adventurous mode and fall into misery many a time. Without His leadership and guidance the flock is likely to go astray. Likewise, in the House of God we have five-fold ministry namely those of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers who are appointed by God ,our good shepherd. He shepherds us through the pastors. They are our leaders who intercedes for us to God and is always working for us. Therefore, it is crucial on our part to align our visions and aspirations with our pastors to find our place  in the house of God.

What is the House of the Lord?

1)House of the Lord is the Local Church.

1 Timothy 3:15(KJV) But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

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. In the church we needn’t have a membership belonging to a particular caste or creed like other institutions demands, but what God looks at is the faith in Him. Once we enter His gates, there is a behavioural pattern in the church. We ought to behave in reverence to the Lord.

Your local Church is the house of the Lord which is the pillar and ground of truth . The Church is the only place where we find truth in a world filled with falsehood. If you need to hear and live on the foundations of truth, get to your local church and be active in there.

Through Haggai, the Lord declares to us to consider His ways.

What Happens When we don’t Consider the House of the Lord?

Haggai 1:4-7 (KJV) Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?  Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.

The book of Haggai says that when we don’t have a connection with the House of God we also don’t have a connection with the Lord and that is appalling. As believers when we only consider the possessions, the big houses and don’t consider the House of the Lord, then those riches wouldn’t be of any benefit. When the House of God is in ruins we may have sown much but the fruit will only be little, though we have enough to drink yet it will not quench our thirst, the clothes that we wear will not keep us warm, earnings go through empty purses Therefore the Lord commands us to consider the House of the Lord.

 Our church life matters, invest time and talent in the church. Be passionate to learn more from God and be a child of the House of God. When we are concerned about the House of the Lord, the Lord will be concerned about us and the blessings will overflow.

2 )We are the House of the Lord.

Hebrews 3:6 “But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

When we are the House of the Lord, He is faithful to us.  When we acknowledge that we are the House of God, we carry the presence of God with us; His spirit will dwell in us. The House of the Lord concept should reflect in our interpersonal relationship with God in our families and it should also reflect the spiritual truth of God.

What happens When we know we are the House of God?

Ephesians 5:21-25(KJV)Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

When we acknowledge that we are the House of God, we submit to one another in the fear of the Lord. We understand and submit to one another in love. According to the word of God the wives should submit to their husbands and husbands should love their wives. When we consider we are the House of God, we reflect Jesus in our behaviour; the love and respect will be built within us to build a good family life.

The Lord and the Church should always be our utmost importance because when we are in the Church the Lord takes care of us, if not then we are outside God’s care. Church is where we build one other; understand one another in love for the Glory of the Kingdom of God.

3) It is a Spiritual House.

1 peter 2: 4,5(KJV) To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 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.

When we come together we are built as a spiritual house. The stones don’t have life, but in the bible we are called ‘lively stones’ because as believers a life without prayer and worship would leave us lifeless as stones. However, as we worship the Lord we become lively stones, built up together in a spiritual house as holy priest hood. We ought to praise and worship God without ceasing. Our spiritual sacrifices of words, sounds should penetrate the heart of God and move His hand.

Follow the men of God closely so that our spiritual life is built up. Be there for one another so that the work of the Lord will carry through. Be accountable for the responsibilities vested in us and when we carryout His work with dedication the Lord will reveal His spiritual gifting in our Life.

What Can we offer to a Spiritual House as a living sacrifice?

Hebrews 13:15, 16(KJV)  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

We can offer our praises as a living sacrifice continually in the House of God. The language of praise and worship should come out of our mouth continually, which is the fruit of our lips. When we do well and share in our good things , we offer sacrifices pleasing to the Lord.

CONCLUSION.

When we have God as the Shepherd we have an entry into the House of the Lord.Church is the battleground, it is not a playground. Every conduct matters. Offer the bodies as a living sacrifice; don’t rejoice in the things against the word of God. Honour the men of God, because the tablets of God are carried, engraved in the hearts of the servants of God and when the time comes, it unfolds through them and it will be the time for the us to receive it.

Let’s have this thought always- We are privileged to be called as the House of God and let’s follow His ways and do everything possible to bless the work of God in and through our local church!

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THE ANOINTING AND SPEAKING OF NEW TONGUES

Key Scripture: Mark 16:17:”And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; “

SUMMARY

Reception of the Holy Spirit is an important doctrine in the New Testament. The Acts of the Apostles fully showcases the acts of the Holy Spirit through the lives of the apostles.

Thus its very important to be filled with the Holy Spirit by the Holy Spirit baptism and speak in new tongues which is the manifest evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit

SERMON POINTS

What is the Sign of Receiving the Holy Spirit?

Mark 16:16,17 (KJV)  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

The sign of a believer in receiving the Holy Spirit is not just coming to church on Sundays or performing any ritual but it is much more than that. When we have the Holy Spirit the signs will be the signs which Jesus showed:

  • Jesus said in His name we shall cast out devils. When we are anointed by the Holy Spirit we will be able to cast out demons and the legions of enemy powers. When a man of God walks in the devil possessed territory the devils flee. Many a times we see in some families there is always a fight, a health issue or perhaps dying in the same pattern, which signifies that evil spirits are present and it can possess our body. Therefore we need to receive the Holy Spirit otherwise the evil spirit will follow us. Once we are filled by the Holy Spirit it changes the pattern, the cycle and the destiny of a person. We need to be filled by the Holy Spirit so that evil spirits wont take a hold of us.
  • In Greek ‘Kainos’ means new, fresh. Jesus said that when we believe Him, we shall speak a new and a fresh language through our tongues. The gift of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues.

When Can We Receive The Holy Spirit?

Act 8:12-15(KJV)  But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.  Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:

As Philip preached in the name of Jesus the people of Samaria received the word of God, they believed in the kingdom of God and were baptised. The apostles at Jerusalem didn’t leave them like that. They sent Peter and John so that they might receive the Holy Spirit . Therefore its not enough that we receive the word of God, believe in His kingdom and take baptism. Its equally important that we receive the Holy Spirit too.

1) When Men of God lay their hands:

Acts 8:17,18 (KJV)  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

When the men of God lay their hands in an anointed environment, we can receive the Holy Spirit and we will know it. The Holy Spirit will come like a rushing fire over us; we will feel the mighty touch and the anointing hand of God that will fill every spine.

Simon saw that as Peter and John laid their hands upon people, everyone was filled with the Holy Ghost. Therefore he offered them money so that the same anointing should fall on him, but Peter said he will perish with the money. Remember that the gifts of the Holy Spirit can’t be bought with money. It is a Holy gift from God and it can’t be traded for anything.

2) When we Hear the Word of God:

Acts 10:44(KJV) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.

Hearing the word of God is important in receiving the Holy Spirit. As we become keen in hearing the word of God, He will give us the mystery. As God pours out the Holy Spirit in us whatever He gives will be a blessing. Once we have His gift, it will no longer be our will or way but only His thoughts will prevail. The gift of God should come upon every believer because the gift seals our salvation.

3) Prayer

In the chapter 2 of Acts we read on the day of Pentecost when they were praying together, the Holy Spirit descended and they all spoke in tongues.

Three Things That Seals Our Salvation:

Acts 10:45, 46(KJV) And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,

In the book of Acts we read that many Jews were astonished, because as they came with Peter they heard the Gentiles receive the Holy Ghost and speak in tongues. The question is have we received the Holy Spirit yet? If so are we exercising the gift of the Holy Spirit? Sadly if we don’t have an active gift of talking in tongues then we haven’t received the Holy Spirit which seals our salvation.

Three things required to seal the salvation:

  • Accepting Lord Jesus as our Saviour and crying for the remission of our sins.
  • Baptism by immersion.
  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

When we have the baptism of the Holy Spirit everything changes in our life. Our church life, priorities and focus will change. We will look for things pertaining to the kingdom of God, we will long for His word and we will ask God to fill us more and more. Therefore, nothing should prevent us in speaking in tongues. The gift of the Holy Spirit is a promise from God for us and for our children.

How do we Receive the Holy Spirit?

Galatians 3:14(KJV) That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

When Abraham believed in God, the blessing was credited to him as righteousness. Similarly, when God has promised us the Holy Spirit, it will be credited to us when we receive it by faith. We should start operating in faith and God will pour out His gift and fill our tongues.

Speaking in Tongues, The Gift of the Holy Spirit:

Speaking in tongues is the gift of the Holy Spirit and when we have the Holy Spirit our life changes for better. Holy Spirit is the gift of God which cannot be purchased or traded for anything in the world. When we have the Holy Spirit we think holy, every evil will flee and our lives will be filled with joy, peace, love and harmony and everything changes for better.

Four reasons why God gives us tongues:

1) For Evangelisation:

Acts 2:1-4(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. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

At the day of Pentecost when 120 men gathered in the upper room in one accord, the Holy Spirit came and there was a sound from heaven like a mighty rushing wind that filled the house. Likewise when we receive the Holy Spirit it comes like the rushing wind and fills us. At that moment the flesh loses control of our tongues and the Holy Spirit takes control and gives us utterance. This was understandable to the jews who came from other regions of the world and they were astonished to hear the normal people speaking their language fluently as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance.

What does the Holy Spirit Say?

Acts 1:4(KJV) And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

Jesus wants us to be filled with the Holy Spirit and commands us to wait for the promise of the Father. Without the Holy Spirit we can’t be an evangelist but God gives us unknown tongues so that we can touch people, nations and communities and bring them to Christ.

2) For Personal Edification:

1 Corinthians 14:2-4(KJV) For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.  He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

Many a times we are broken, discouraged and hurt and if our spiritual life is not being built we will lose on things. We lose our faith, we ignore reading the bible and we lose our adoration in praising and worshipping God but in the midst when we speak in tongues it will edify us. Have a personal time with God; speak in tongues and as we do that all the discouragement evaporates and our spirit is rejuvenated again.  Therefore speak in tongues to build the spiritual faith.

3) For interpretation:

1 Corinthians 14:13(KJV) Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.

St. Paul says when we pray in tongues we should also ask for interpretation. Praying in tongues is praying in spirit which the devil doesn’t know. Therefore when we pray in the spirit, The Holy Spirit will speak mysteries unto God. It is like speaking the secret army code to our Commander.

We need to ask God for interpretation because it can be understandable to people who come newly to the church and will not create an aversion in them. Spiritual sight, spiritual sound, spiritual voice can only be heard when we start operating the gift of tongues. And as we operate in speaking in tongues the Lord will bless us.

4) For Intercession:

1 Corinthians 14:14,15(KJV) For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Romans 8:26(KJV)Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

The gift of tongues gives us an extra mileage and effort in prayer. When we talk in tongues the spirit intercedes for us. The Holy Spirit gives us a specific burden to pray and it helps us overcome situation abiding in prayer.

When we intercede in tongues we pray according to God’s heart, and abide in His will and the answers to our prayers would be inevitable.

CONCLUSION.

Our spiritual life is very important, every act on earth counts. Therefore we are to live according to His purpose so that we are not consumed to what we do but have His spirit live in us. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit; speak in tongues so that we are sealed in His salvation to carry out the relationship with God. Speaking in tongues is the gift of the Holy Spirit and when we have the Holy Spirit our life changes for better. Use the tongues to evangelise, edify, interpret and intercede for nations for the kingdom of God and the Lord will bless us!

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The Keys to Good Success – Part II

Key Scripture: Joshua1:8 (KJV)This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

SUMMARY

God has made everyone unique. We cannot fathom God’s enormity. God is simply too immense in His ways and His thoughts, far beyond our human understanding to describe. He is a Holy God who created mankind in His own image with unique identity, thoughts and appearance. From our finger prints to the colour of our iris we are uniquely different and so is our calling. God has a unique set plan and purpose in each one of our lives; we got to discover our calling being set apart from the debris of world. If we know the calling of God then success is unquestionable!

SERMON POINTS

How do we Evaluate Success?

In the book of Isaiah we read that God says that the heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool, such mighty is our God! He knows each one of us by name and has numbered the very hairs of our head. God created us and gave an individual identity so that we are made unique in God and God wants to fit in that call.

Seven Factors That Contribute to Success:

1) Call of God:

Acts 26: 19 (KJV) Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

St. Paul says that he was not disobedient or incredulous but he yielded himself to the heavenly command. As St. Paul obeyed the calling, he was made a Christian by divine power; by the revelation of Christ both to him and in him. It is only because of the calling of God that the gospel could reach to the gentiles. Therefore having received the gospel we come under God’s grace to an everlasting peace and an access to the kingdom of God.

Are We Aware of God’s Calling?

Once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we belong to a heavenly vision. Everyday we live under His grace and big things happen in our lives. The Lord fights the battle for us, knocks off the enemy and encourages us to praise and worship Him continually. Therefore, when we are year marked by God don’t be disobedient to the heavenly call.

1 Corinthians 1:26 (KJV) For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Throughout the bible we read that God always chose the weaker vessels to His calling. Moses was slow of speech and tongue, David was a shepherd, Joseph was despised yet God lifted them, empowered His might upon them and used them for His glory. In this pretext we might not be smart, eloquent or noble however, God says not many wise men have the heavenly calling! Let us look unto our calling today and travel towards the journey. If we are in the calling of God, we have success! We are called to the marvellous light, to impart it to the dark and the diminishing world.

Hebrews 3:1 (KJV) Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

Once we know our heavenly calling, a deeper saintly divergence should come into our lives. The walk, our talk and our thought pattern should be  to the partake  of the heavenly calling. We should but consider Christ Jesus in the pursuit of our ultimate calling.  As we heed to our calling God will grant us success!

2) Courage:

II Timothy 4:16,17 (KJV)  At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Once we know that we are in the heavenly calling of God, understand we are billed and charged under His name. If the enemy tries to steal and touch the apple of His eye, God will in turn charge them. Therefore go courageously, and the Lord God will deliver the enemies to our hand.

How Does the Courage Come?

Isaiah 45:23,24(KJV)I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

As we pursue the calling of God in preaching the Gospel till the day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord; until then He will stand with us in righteousness and strength. Therefore as the knowledge of God will fill us with His strength, His strength in turn will give us courage.

3) Conviction:

2 Timothy 3:10,11 (KJV)  But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

As Christians we should have doctrine. Jesus has always warned us about the things that we will endure as Christians. He mentions us as “Sheep amongst the Wolves.” People can take, harm and defame us to one life however be rest assured because God will take it from where the world will leave us. The world is glaring at us all the time therefore, as Christians we cannot afford to be loose by character but instead be a testimony wherever we go.

Do We Know The Doctrine?

Pursuing Jesus means understanding and agreeing to carry the cross for a lifetime. Christianity is not a mere religion, but an intimate relationship we share with God. It comes with the cost of long suffering, afflictions and persecutions. Joseph was tested of His faith on God but as he chose not to sin against God, his conviction made him stronger in faith and the presence of God was with Joseph throughout his life.

So what is our conviction today as a believer? Is it just our attendance on Sunday service or are we convicted to please God by marking our attendance in whatever areas He calls us to? Know the doctrine well set the beliefs right and as we declare our conviction God will gives us success!

4) Character:

Galatians 5:22 (KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Character is an important factor that builds every individual. In the scripture God has repeatedly reminded that though faith, hope and love remain but the greatest is love. God’s love should be our framework. The ‘Agapo love’ the unconditional divine love of God should flow through and within us. We have to be ambassadors of God’s word bringing peace and joy. Therefore if we have a good character, we will have good success.

What can Spoil Our Character?

1 Corinthians 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Friends can either make or break our character. We need to be vigilant of bad companies and continually pray to God to bless us with godly friends; otherwise the enemy will rob us of our character and morality. Therefore we should be watchful in choosing friends.

5) Communication:

Ephesians 4:19 (KJV)  Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

Words are precious. Speaking words of faith and words of life is an important aspect in a believer’s life. Encouraging fellow brothers and sisters in Christ is vital too.

How Can We Communicate?

Luke 4:22 (KJV) And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

When we see our enemy how do we communicate? Do we follow the world policy tit for tat or do we analyse on our communication with what, when, how, where and why.

Jesus has taught us the way of speech. People witnessed and were amazed at His gracious words that could come out of a carpenter’s son. Likewise when we choose to follow Jesus, our speech should be dictated by the word of God and mentored graciously as it comes out of our mouth.

Proverb 16:24 (KJV) Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

The book of proverbs says that a pleasant word is like a honey comb, sweet to the soul that can speak health and create life. Therefore speak word of faith to encourage and create life!

6) Commitment:

Ephesians 6:18-20 (KJV) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

One of the greatest gifts of God to mankind is ‘Free Will.’ From the Garden of Eden to this day God doesn’t impose His will on us. However, when we make our choice to follow Him it then becomes imperative on our part to stay focused and committed to Him. Staying committed is the key to success.

We see that Ruth and Orpah did have a free will to choose. While Orpah chose to leave Naomi, Ruth clung to her mother-in-law to return to Judah. She was committed to her inheritance and nevertheless became the great grandmother of our Lord Jesus. God regards us when we stay committed to our endeavours. Ruth certainly didn’t have any clue what God had stored for her, likewise when we stay committed the rich rewards of heaven will fill us.

Therefore stay committed to the local church, marriage or any task and long as we have the tongue to speak, speak boldly to stay committed!

7) Contribution:

II Timothy 4:6-9 (KJV) For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

Without contribution to the kingdom of God we are just wasting away. When we are determined to move, think and act to contribute for the kingdom, God will give us success.

St. Paul says that he has fought a good fight and asks the Ephesians to pray for him. As believers can we announce the same like St. Paul? It is crucial that we stop being the back benchers and arise to contribute to the kingdom of God. God doesn’t look at the multitude but he looks at the availability and the diligence of the heart. Therefore, be diligent in contributing to the kingdom of God.

John Wesley an English Anglican cleric and theologian once said, “God grant that I may never live to be useless.” It is such a powerful message to us Christians that till whatever time we may live in this earth, Lord help us to be use-able for the kingdom.

CONCLUSION.

When we accepted Jesus into our heart and confessed Him as our Lord and Saviour, He forgave us of all our sins. Grace came knocking at our door, with a calling in each of our lives. He never looks out for the smart or eloquent but chooses to lookout for the broken and lost. So, that all the things of God will work for good for those who love him and who have been called according to His purpose. Therefore let us look at our calling.

Jesus has set us apart on a heavenly mission, a big calling by God. Go with courage, conviction, setting a beautiful character for people to observe and follow. Communicate life and vibrancy of Jesus into them. Stay rooted and committed to the doctrine, help in contributing much to the kingdom of God. Therefore, when we know the calling of God and do His will, we will be successful!

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The Keys to Good Success.

Key Scripture: Joshua1:8 (KJV)This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

SUMMARY

Success has by far and near been explained, experienced and emphasised by many scholars and psychologist. They have defined success in various ways which has no end. The craze behind money, power, fame, worldly luxuries has become an accomplishing factor for every individual. However, in a realistic composition the amount of wealth, value, degree or qualification will never determine success. It is not the worldly crowns that we wear on the earth but true success comes when we evaluate how many crosses we bear for Christ. As we gain God, understanding that anointing is the key to success and incline to do the will of God, He will shower His blessings to Success!

SERMON POINTS

Larry Crabb an author and founder director of the Institute for Biblical Community once developed a model counselling for the ‘Security’ and ‘Significance’ in an individual. According to him, man has these two basic ‘needs’ at the core of his being that motivates one’s  behaviour. When people don’t have security they crave for power and when they don’t have significance they involve into immorality. This is exactly ‘The worldly gain to success’ However, God has a distinctive and an exclusive meaning to success!

How Does Our God Look at Success?

The word of God says that in the beginning the earth was formless and void, the darkness was upon the earth. God had created this earth within six days which can never be comprehended and compared to the world which men have created over the era.

Today the world might be in the verge of developing artificial intelligence and replacing humans with computers as a talk over success however, God exemplifies ‘Success’ as doing His will and being driven for the expansion of His kingdom.

How Does The Kingdom of God Expand?

The world might be going through different doors to gain success. They might go through a pool of sin factors like lying, murder, stealing etc. which is an absolute sham. However, as children of God we should only go through His door in expanding God’s kingdom and that is true success. In John 10:9 Jesus says, “He is the door of the sheep.” Jesus further says that if any man enters in he shall be saved and will find pasture. Therefore it is imperative for us, before we breathe our last that we enter “The Door” and act in accordance to attain God’s kingdom. Let us share the gospel to the dying world, spread His love, joy and peace, live a testimonial life for people to know God deeply. The bible has stories of success of faith heroes like Abraham, Noah, Moses, Abel, Daniel, Nehemiah and many more so now the question is can we find our place in the bible? Have we distinguished our mark like these heroes in the bible? David was called ‘a man after God’s own heart.’ So assess on what God calls us today in the expansion of His kingdom!

Three Things That Determine Our Success:

1) Identity Who are we?

Joshua 1:1 (KJV) Now after the death of Moses the servant of the Lord it came to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,

If we haven’t understood or known who we are or what we are then it is likely that we will rise to the level in understanding self. From a child to an adult every one of us would strive for identity. It is during those early days when we have identity crisis that might lead us in becoming insecure and fearful. However, once we resolve to know who we are, then God promises us good success.

Like Moses is referred to as the servant of God and Joshua as Moses’ minister. Moses and Joshua knew their identity in God, they walked with God. God was with Moses in the cloud by day and fire in the night likewise as Joshua followed Moses, God promised him victory over the Canaanites. Understand that there is no shortcut to ministry. We must follow the servant of God. The blessings, encouragement and instruction that the servants of God speak is our identity and not what the world would define us. If we are dependent on what the world would say, we will become identity less and our identity will be in danger forever.

Always be a helper to the men of God and follow the church Pastor. Deliberate on things on how we can make things better for His kingdom and God will ordain us to be successful.

God’s Word Determines and Frames our Identity:

2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV)  For we must all appear before the judgment 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.

Death is an inevitable factor and the word of God says that we will all appear before the judgement seat of Christ for all the things we have done. However the good news is that all who are called by Him have an identity in Jesus.

Our Identity in Jesus:

In Ephesians 1:3-13, God gives us an identity. He says we are:

  • Blessed
  • Chosen
  • Adopted
  • Accepted
  • Redeemed
  • Forgiven
  • Predestined
  • Sealed

Let us rejoice because we are seasoned with salt-‘Grace’ in Him. We are all chosen and accepted by Him. Therefore when we acknowledge the truth of His acceptance we’ll never get offended by the world. Walk in accordance to the word of God and know that our identity is in Jesus.

2) Significance- How Are We Important to God?

Joshua 1:3,4 (KJV) Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.

Psalm 138:8 (KJV) The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.

Psalm 129:8 (KJV)  Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we bless you in the name of the Lord.

God has a purpose for us. The word of God says that He formed and fashioned us before the foundation of the earth; He knows the plans that He has for us. In the gospel of Matthew Jesus commands us to go to the ends of the earth preaching the gospel and baptising them in the name of the Father, Son the Holy Ghost, therefore understand that we are not jobless, we are significantly assigned to make disciples for the Kingdom of God.

Our strength, hope and life is in the Lord. We are nothing apart from Jesus, well recruited in Jesus. The purpose of God is fulfilled when we identify ourselves in Jesus and by having understood our significance it determines our success.

3) Security – Who is With Us?

Joshua 1:5 (KJV) There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

The God of Moses is with us. The God who led the Israelite’s in the wilderness and provided manna from heaven, water from the rock is with us.

Joshua 1:9 (KJV)  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

We needn’t look for security from the worldly source because there isn’t any. However the Lord Almighty commands to be strong and courageous because the God who delivered Israel from Egypt is with us wherever we go.

Isaiah 43:1,2 (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. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

In the book of Isaiah the Lord reaffirms us saying that He has redeemed us and we are His beloved people. Neither the powers of the water will take us nor shall the fire kindled burn us because He is the Creator and is more powerful than the water and the fire. Therefore let us vest all our security unto the Lord and as we remain faithful to the gracious God, He will give us good success!

CONCLUSION.

Seeking more of Jesus is finding the identity, significance and security in Him. As we acknowledge our mark in Jesus we will further choose to be sealed in Him, knowing our calling and vesting our security in Him. God loves to have a fellowship with us and takes great pleasure when we do His will and doing the will of God is success. Therefore, lets us do His will in expanding the kingdom to have good success!

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Good Success over Great Giants.

Key Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:13,14(KJV) Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him.

SUMMARY

Church is the body of Christ; it is where His presence dwells. It is from the church to the world that tomorrow’s challenges are met today, in God’s word. Great success is gaining God in the church and going out to the world in proclaiming His name. As we dwell in the best place to have success, anointing makes a difference in the pursuit of Christ. Every believer needs to have the anointing and once we have the anointing of the Holy Spirit our life will never be the same again. Anointing is the key to success and only the Holy Spirit can help us gain good success to bring down any giants in our life. Therefore lets us look unto God, in gaining Him ‘The true success’ so that we gain good success over great giants!

SERMON POINTS

The word of God says that our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, authorities, powers of the dark spiritual forces in the heavenly realms. We live in the spirit filled world and the anointing helps us to fight the enemy. The Holy Spirit doesn’t need any denomination to come and fill the place. The decisive moment is when the Holy Spirit will come upon us and we will know it! And we will never be the same again.

Every one of us in the world has giants like Goliath in our lives. It could be the giants of loneliness, depression, preconceived notion, anger or frustration which we have to face and to overcome these giants we need to gain God first to have His anointing in our life. Once we have the anointing we have good success to overcome these giants.

What does the anointing do in our life?

1 Samuel 10:6(KJV) And the Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.

The word says that God doesn’t simply white wash us when we accept Him but He changes us inside out to be a different man. The anointing shall break the yolk; and it will set us apart from the rest, a royal priesthood chosen by God. The most distinguishing factor in David from the rest was that he had the oil, which signifies the anointing. Oil is important once we have the oil we are changed forever.

The Anointing helps us to Overcome The Three Giants:

  1. The Giants inside our emotions.
  2. The Giants in our flesh.
  3. The Demonic Giants.

Seven Aspects of Life to have Good Success:

1)Anointing causes us to be faithful.

1 Samuel 17:17(KJV) And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp of thy brethren;

David was somehow not regarded in his family as someone very important. When Samuel came to anoint , all the others were present except David.

In the same place where you are rejected, His anointing oil will exalt you.

Through the life of David God teaches us an important lesson that He doesn’t look at the outer appearance but He looks at the heart.

The world we live in a superficial world, we are judged by how we look and pretend outwardly. However, our God who chose David as a king doesn’t judge people by the outer appearance but He looks at the heart. God considers true greatness not by the outward appearance but to the greatness that resides in the soul.

1 Samuel 16:11,12 (KJV)  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

Samuel takes the oil, pours it on David’s head and anoints Him. As God chose David He will also bring us to the table to anoint us. We needn’t be beautiful to the world but we have to be beautiful in the sight of God so that we can be the one for the Lord and can be mightily used by God.

1 Samuel 17:20(KJV) And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.

David rose up early in obedience to His Father.He left the sheep with the keeper. The anointing causes us to be faithful. It could be in the ministry or in the church every little thing that we do, always remain faithful to take up every responsibility with joy and gladness. Be faithful in where God placed you. God promises us that the day is coming soon when He would uplift us to our designated position for the people to see that the Lord our God is on our side!

2) Anointing Propels us to the Kingdom Destiny.

1 Samuel 17:17(KJV)  And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp of thy brethren;

The anointing has a different agenda in our life. David was sent to deliver the food to his brothers in the battle field but God had a different plan for him. The anointing ushers us to the kingdom to meet the giant Goliath and once the anointing comes the purpose of our life changes.

Habakuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

We are year marked by God. The anointing ushers us to the calling of God for an appointed time and His word says that it will surely come and not fail. He will give us the anointing to good success which will propel us to the kingdom destiny and help us slay every giant that comes our way.

3)Anointing Causes Shift in the Environment:

1 Samuel 17:26(KJV)  And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

We might all be upset because of the giants in our life; one character in us like giant might scare and disappoint us. Many a times just one fall of the giant and we are victorious but if not then we are likely to fall prey to the giant. However, when the anointing comes there is a change in the environment. As David stepped into the battlefield they heard a new voice. A new sound of hope,faith and victory. David brought a shift in the camp of Israel.

 

4) Anointing causes to Spot the right enemy and moves with Persistence:

1 Samuel 17:28-30(KJV)  And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.

The anger of our brothers cannot stop the anointing. As David volunteers to fight Goliath, he has a hard time convincing everybody to let him go into the field. Eliab David’s brother gets angry at his announcement and discouraged  him to the core but David with his steadfast faith in God spotted the right enemy and moves with persistence to kill Goliath. He didn’t bother about Eliab. He knew the real enemy was Goliath.

1 Peter 5:8,9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

God directs us to be watchful of the enemy, the enemy who is ready to devour us. As we volunteer to fight Goliath like David did with his steadfast faith in God, God will in turn fill us with the anointing to spot the giant and accomplish to kill it!

5) Anointing causes us to say ‘NO’ to the Worldly Armour:

1 Samuel 17:38,39(KJV) And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

David goes out to meet Goliath without any sword or armour. David said ‘No’ to the armour that King Saul offered. David carried his shepherd’s staff and sling,, a few stones with his deep abiding faith in God. Like wise, as believers when we say ‘No’ to the worldly armour and rely more on our praise and worship, fasting and praying ready to go with the staff of faith in God victory is ours. The Lord will empower us  to put down the weapons of Saul .

6) Anointing causes Grace to bring down the Enemy:

1 Samuel 17:40(KJV) And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

David took the staff and chose five smooth stones out of the brook to kill Goliath. The anointing will lead us to the brooks of God’s presence where we can find grace to bring down the giants. The anointing will overflow with God’s Graciousness that will never miss the mark to bring the enemy down.

7) Anointing causes the Final Victory:

1 Samuel 17:45-47(KJV) Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.

The words that David spoke on the battlefield are very powerful. He emphasizes that the true strength comes from the Lord. Anointing causes us to be fighters with courage and complete reliance on God. As we step into the battlefield with the anointing as a fighter, the Lord will deliver and grant us the victory. Gaining God and claiming good success with His anointing is the ultimate sword over every giant in our life. All will know that there is a God in Israel, in your church, in your family.

CONCLUSION.

God has chosen us to be of Him and not of the world. Remember we are a ‘New Creation’ in Him. The world system is different with the devouring giants in every nook and corner we can possibly imagine. The moment we pursuit worldly gain, these giants will reign and succumb us to death. Therefore, as believers in Christ walk by faith with His anointing as how David walked danced and sang rejoicing in the Lord! As God chose David and anointed him similarly, God has chosen and anointed us today.  Be faithful concerning Him and His works so that He can prepare us for the kingdom destiny. Let us be steadfast in faith in God, saying ‘No’ to the worldly armour, spotting the right enemy and bringing the giants down to proclaim that our God still sits on the throne and He reigns forever to give us good success!!

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The Way To Success.

Key Scripture: Joshua 1:8 (KJV) Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

SUMMARY

In the worldly terms success has no end. We have been running behind money, power, fame, worldly luxuries so on and so forth and we will still continue to run till our death bed in accomplishing what is termed as ‘Success.’ It has greatly influenced and impacted people at every level. The craze to become rich and influential is supposedly a default set pattern imbibed by every individual. However, no matter what our interests, our goal and perspectives are God has an explicit definition of success that was set apart and taught to us thousands of years ago. If in the Old Testament times gaining the land was a success for Joshua then in the New Testament times absolute success is gaining the Lord. Success is gaining everything what God wants us to have and possess!!

SERMON POINTS

Joshua 1:1-5 (KJV) After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west

After the death of Moses, Joshua takes in charge of possessing the Promised Land. It was not an easy shoe to fit in. The Israelite’s looked upon Moses for leadership as he had set himself a dynamic leader to lead them through the wilderness.

As Moses lays his hand upon Joshua in commissioning to possess the land, a great spirit of wisdom was imparted that filled Joshua. We need to understand that when men of God lay their hands upon us, a blessing is bestowed in leading us to success.

Perspective of True Success:

If in the Old Testament times gaining the Promised Land was a success for Joshua then in the New Testament times gaining the Lord is the absolute success. Success is gaining everything what God wants us to have and possess. Being a child of God our success is evaluated on how many promises God has given us and how many are we gaining it for His glory!

Positioning to Success:

Joshua 1:6-7(KJV) Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest

God gave Joshua the authority of every place that he would set his foot into. Like wise, we need to believe that no man on earth can determine our success but our Lord will be our coast. When we want to gain success there are two things that God wants us to position ourselves into:

  • To be strong and courageous because when God gives us the promise, He will never fail nor forsake us rather the promises given to our ancestors will be ours.
  • In the Old Testament the Law of the Lord was to be taken seriously but in the New Testament we have Jesus and everything revolves around the knowledge of the Son of God. Therefore God wants us position ourselves to revere His name and follow what is right in the sight of the Lord and success will be just round the corner!

Practising Success:

Success is by far and near practising and operating in a Godly attitude. Being the children of God it is crucial that we acknowledge His truth and impart success through:

1) Mouth– James 3:8-11 (KJV) But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

Psalm 39:1 (KJV) I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

Psalm 141:3(KJV) Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

It is very important to operate in His word. The words which we speak will determine our success. As the word of God says the tongue is very powerful, it defiles the whole body and is deadly poisonous. Therefore say blessed things and take a decision not to sin with our mouth. Hear the word of God so that faith will build up to confess and speak the right things. Tame our tongue to praise the Lord, bless others and impart life and in doing so, the Lord will turn every curse into a blessing for us to gain success in Him.

2) Meditate on the Word Psalm 1:1,2 (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.

Psalms 63:6 (KJV)   When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

As believers we need to examine and meditate the scripture daily. The scripture from the book of Genesis to Revelation is all about Jesus; when we seek to see His image we are allowing God to correct and mould us to be like Him. Therefore seek His face daily so that He will make us prosperous and successful.

3) Mode Matthew 7:24,25 (KJV) Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

 James 1:22 (KJV) But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

James 1:25 (KJV) But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

The good news should be in our mouth and good works in our hands. It is important that we always depend and act on God’s Word. The word of God in turn demands immediate response, as we act on His word we will have good success.

What is Gaining God?

Philippians 3:7 (KJV)  But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

Philippians 3:4 (KJV) Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

Though Paul had every reason to boast in flesh- he was circumcised on the eighth day, he was from the tribe of Benjamin, spoke Hebrew still he counted everything as loss for Christ. St. Paul clearly states that whatever aura or the beam of success we are running after, we have to count it as loss for Christ because nothing is bigger than gaining God and when we gain God it is absolute success!

How to Gain God?

Philippians 3:12-14 (KJV) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

As believers it is very important for us to bifurcate between the knowledge on things of the world and the knowledge of Christ. We cannot attain God when we hold unto the things of the world. However, choosing to forget the past, the present and striving to achieve Christ would lead us to attain success!

How To Attain Success?

1)Presence of the Lord: Genesis 39:4 (NIV) Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.

Romans 8:31 (KJV) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Joseph found favour in the eyes of his master because God was with him and didn’t leave him. The secret of success is when we have the presence of the Lord with us. We will prosper any idea that we present and it will yield the fruit. Though we might be in a difficult place but remember the God of Joseph is with us and He will make us prosperous. The presence of God will bring the taste effect and extra grace in our lives to success.

However, if we have tasted the presence of God, we might also come across a test to success. Making every effort to flee from it is attaining success.

Test to Success: Genesis 39:5-10 (NIV)  From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her.

God blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. Like wise God would also make us an overseer in the household and for our sake the Lord will bless the house. Our country will be blessed because of the church, the body of Christ.

However, in the midst of God’s blessing we will have the test to success like Joseph. We need to be careful of every lie. Remember the thief has come to steal, kill and destroy but God has come to give us an abundant life. Therefore, we cannot sin against God but be pure in our heart keeping ourselves away from every temptation and lies of the enemy. Only then we will have success in our life.

2) Keeping Our Sexual Life Clean: Proverbs 7:5 (KJV) That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

Proverbs 7:22 (KJV) He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

Proverbs 7:25 (KJV) Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths

If our sexual life is not correct in the eyes of the Lord we’ll not have success. The enemy is subtle to devour and lead us astray in gaining God. The word of God says that enemy flatters with the words leading to destruction and darkness. The enemy will lead us like an ox going to the slaughter, with no understanding of its own. However, God tells us not to have any smell of adultery within us, to live a pure and a holy life so that we will have success.

3) Skill and Wisdom: Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV)If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.

When we sharpen the skills and understanding in foreseeing Godly things it will lead us to success. We need to be fast in our processing, reflex and thinking. Making the best use of the relevant skills to understand the will of God in our life and success will come our way.

Proverbs 1:7(NIV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 8:12-17(NIV)“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I posses  knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

The word of God says that when we fear the Lord, it is the beginning of knowledge. When we have the wisdom we dwell with prudence. Wisdom is precious than rubies. It teaches us to hate the evil, pride and arrogance, its gives us an insight to seek and gain Him more. As we gain God in wisdom, it brings success.

4) Prayer Life: Genesis 24:12 (KJV) Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.

Prayer life is very important in a Christian life, it is essential that we set a disciplined time for prayer. Eliezer prayed to God for the best suited alignment, a suitable wife for Isaac and the Lord granted his petition to success! Similarly Nehemiah prayed to God before going to the king so that the king would be favourable to him and God did hear him too! Therefore it is very important to understand that prayer allows us to hold the hand of God and move it for us to success.

CONCLUSION.

We might have different perspectives and illustrations on success. It might mean possessing all the luxuries of the world for many and for some it might mean taking victory and rejoicing in every step. However, success in a believer’s life holds much more meaning than simply possessing or accomplishing worldly materials. It means to be steadfast in love and being faithful to God. Understanding His calling and gaining everything that He has called us for. True success comes when we have the presence of God, when we choose to be pure in heart, dwelling in prudence with wisdom and continually pray to God. As we gain the promises of God, He will give us success!!

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Publishing Salvation- Our God Reigns!

Key Scripture:Isaiah52:7 (KJV)How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

SUMMARY

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, planned and purposed everything for good. We further read in the Bible that God was so happy with His creation because it was so beautiful! However, today the beautiful world God created is tumbling down. The peace and love between us is fading away and we all are stuck with insanity. People desperately go to different places in search of ‘Moksha’ as they term it for liberation or realise from the cycle of death but the Bible says it very clearly that only Jesus can save us. He is our Salvation! We needn’t travel a long way, bare feet and rugged in search of salvation because we already have a faithful and a loving Father in heaven who gave us His only begotten Son to die for us, so that when we believe in Him, we will not perish but have an everlasting life! Therefore believe in Jesus and may God publish salvation today in our hearts.

SERMON POINTS

Salvation in Old Testament times meant deliverance from Egypt. The Israelites were under a gruesome slavery and God promised them salvation. In Hebrew Salvation means ‘Yeshua’ and In Matthew 1:25 (KJV) And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

In other words God’s only begotten son Jesus is the salvation-Yeshua. There is a beauty in calling out His name Yeshua. When we publish Yeshua in our hearts it means that God has published salvation into our lives. There is no good news without Jesus. We are one in Christ; there is no caste or creed, no status quo, every men and women are one in Him. When we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Saviour He forgives us from our past and present sins. We have Jesus and we have the Salvation.

Psalms 3:8 (KJV) Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

In Jesus our identity is lost and we incline with the identity of Jesus and our Identity is revealed in Him. Salvation from our sins is very important and it can only come from Yeshua. Only Jesus can save us. He came in flesh to save and redeem humanity from the clutches of sin and set us free from the penalty of sin.. As we accept Jesus in our hearts the blessings of God will come upon us.

Three Kings That once Controlled us and Three Things from Where Jesus has delivered us:

1) Sin reigned over us

Romans 6:11,12 (KJV)  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

We shouldn’t allow sin to reign our mortal body. Anything that comes in between the love of God is idolatry and allowing the idol to reign over us is sin. It might be a lust or a temptation we do not have the right to live how the world lives. St. Paul says, “To live is Christ and to die is gain”. When we choose to follow Jesus, we no longer live but Christ lives in us therefore let the world see Jesus in us. When we follow Jesus we reckon ourselves dead unto sin and alive unto God!

How can we come out of sin?

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

When we emerge into the water for baptism, we also emerge ourselves into the death of Jesus. Through Baptism we are sealed in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. He cleanses our sins and we are made a new creation in Him to walk in His newness and all the old things are gone. The chains of sin, death and bondage of slavery are broken.

We now claim to the world that sin has no room in our lives, instead we have His light to shine through to make a radical change in and around the lives of others.  Therefore carry the death of Jesus every day and remind ourselves that the body was broken for humanity so that He could take us out from sin to give us His righteousness.

Jesus Delivered Us :

Romans 8:2,3 (KJV) For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

In the Old Testament times, everything revolved around the Mosaic Law with the knowledge of practices leading men to fall short of the glory of God. Therefore God sent His Son Jesus who condemned the sin in His flesh. So, now in the New Testament time everything revolves around the knowledge of the Son of God.

The whip mark, the chastisement which He bore is a condemnation of sin from our lives. Therefore we are not entitled or liable to obey sin but spiritually claim the victory that the Lord Jesus accomplished in His body for us in the cross.

Romans 6:13(KJV) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

We are alive in Christ now which means we are plucked out from the jaws of sin so that we present ourselves as a living sacrifice unto God. We should devote every member of the body unto God at His service. Our tongue should be consecrated to His praise, our hands should be employed in useful labour for Him and His cause; our feet should be swift at His service not in the paths of unrighteousness. Our eyes should contemplate His works to yield thanksgiving and praise; our ears should not be employed in listening to words of deceit or songs of dangerous immoral tendency but should heed to the voice of God every day. We should not make the members of our body slaves of sin again but yield ourselves unto God as instruments of His righteousness.

Grace Reigns.

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

As believers we must know our position in Christ and present ourselves to God as dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. We need to acknowledge His sacrifice by the conviction of the Holy Spirit that we are dead to sin. Sin unto death has no dominion over us because of the atonement of Lord Jesus for our sins. Hence our Lord justified us, by His grace. Therefore we are no longer under any law, but under His Grace and mercy. Grace gives us a new beginning not to walk with the desires of our flesh but to yield unto His righteousness.

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

Grace however is not a path to perfectionism, but an ideal way to uphold one in choosing to follow the ways of the Lord. Grace is also never a licence to sin but it empowers us to deny ourselves to sin, ‘Me genoito’ a big no to sin. Through the grace and righteousness of Jesus we should now operate from the victorious ground to remove every sin from our lives.

2) Death Reigned over us:

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.

God created man in His own image, breathed His breath through the nostrils and intended never to let us die. However Adam sinned and separated us spiritually and physically from God. Sin was imputed in us. The disobedience of first Adam made him the head of all who were under sin. As sin entered, death also entered and spread to all, because everyone sinned. However, now the obedience of the second Adam made Him the head of the redeemed humanity. Jesus offers salvation which is the gift of God and is only given to us by His grace.

The sin of the first Adam lead to alienation and condemnation but the righteousness of the Jesus leads to forgiveness and reconciliation with God. As we are clothed with the righteousness of Jesus, He has increased our operational level; we have passed over from the dead to life therefore never take His grace for granted but preserve it well!

Life Reigns:

1 Corinthians 15:51-58 (KJV) Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

The wages of Sin is death and we were once members of the body which was infected by Adam’s sin of rebellion against God and the Punishment to this was death. However we have now been delivered from death sentence by the Son of God, who laid His life on our behalf. He brings release from the judgement that our sins deserved. He defeated sin and death, once for all through His resurrection on the third day. Now, in Him we have life that is eternal. An eternal life is God‘s free gift to us, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are all changed inside out by His righteousness and because we are in Jesus, victory will now swallow death. Therefore we have an absolute victory over every temptation and lust. We are to be strong, unmovable and unshakeable set apart to bring glory to His kingdom. The end of sin is death but the end of holiness is an everlasting life through Christ Jesus!

3) Satan reigned over us:

John 12:31 (KJV)  Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

John 14:30,31(KJV) Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

1 Corinthians 5:5 (KJV) To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus

Ephesians 2:2 (KJV) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

The Satan is referred as the prince of the world, prince of the power of air, a serpent, a dragon and so on and so forth. He is royal, majestic that seeks to devour. He is cunning to put us down every time. He has come to steal, kill and destroy. The Satan once ruled our lives until Jesus Christ the first member of the saved race released us from the judgement that our sins deserved.

The authority and Power of Christ cause us to reign:

Luke 10:18,19 (KJV)  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

God demonstrated His own love towards us while we were yet sinners. Jesus died for us and gave us salvation from God’s wrath. Jesus shed His blood for us, justified us by grace and made us co-heirs with Him. Our destiny has changed completely; it is no more wrath of hell fire but abounding love of God. Jesus gives us the power to tread over the Satan. He gives us the authority to trample the enemy underneath our feet and neither schemes nor the plans of the enemy would prosper because everything that meant to hurt us Jesus has turned around to make it good for us.

Our God still sits on the throne to reign our lives, it does not really matter what the devil tries to replicate but God’s goodness an mercy shall follow us all the days of our life!

CONCLUSION.

Salvation belongs to God. We are saved not because of our good works, but because of the mercy and grace of God. As believers we should understand that receiving God’s forgiveness through faith in Christ doesn’t mean that we are been forgiven of all our future sins, but it means that we pledge to convert all our ways to please the Almighty every day through our righteous living. Therefore never take salvation for granted rather preserve it with all our heart!

We should stick to the principle of dead to sin, sanctifying the deeds ever day and being alive to God by demonstrating God’s righteousness. Realise that the ‘Old self’ is gone and a new ‘Spirit Man’ lives inside of us. We are set free from the slavery of sin and are now available in service to God’s kingdom.

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