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Shema Yisrael!

September 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

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

SUMMARY

The Jews were very particular when it came to loving the Lord. They used to say the Shema every morning and evening without fail. They also recited it during Sabbaths. Our Lord Jesus also told us that loving the Lord was the greatest commandment. This sermon opens our eyes to the truth of loving the Lord our God and how should we fare when it comes to loving Him which is our whole duty.

SERMON POINTS

 Loving God –the Greatest Commandment.

Mark 12:28-30 (KJV) And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

 The Shema was recited in Jewish households every morning and evening without fail. It is the very foundation for us New Testament believers as well. When the scribes asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment, His reply was the very same “Shema”.. Jesus Christ said that this was the first and greatest commandment. For loving God we should realize who our God is.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one”- Our God is One. He is the one who created us in Christ for Himself.  Noone has seen the Father and its His Son who has revealed Him to us.(John 1:18)

If the Jews had so much passion in loving and serving God whom they have not seen, how much should we love the Lord who got a revelation of who He is.

The Shema- Realization of your God.

Psalms 40:8 (KJV)    I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

The Shema is all about the realization of who your God is. The Jews declared it all the time. They were to realize that the Lord our God is one.  The Hebrew word here for love being ‘AHA-VA’. We need to realize who our Lord God is and learn what it means to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength because our whole spiritual life depends on it.

 What it means to love the Lord?

  1. Ahava’ with all your heart.

 Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

 We need to love the Lord with a reverential love that comes right from within our hearts. The Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above all else and that we need to guard our hearts.

Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 We have to love the Lord with all our will, desires, passions and affections. Only when we love God can we love others. Thinking, seeking God always creates in us a heart of love.

Let’s pray that we may know Jesus, realize who our God is and love Him more for His love.

Our Lord Jesus modeled this love for us by loving us with all His heart. He gave it up all for us that we might be His children. He desires that we respond with the same intensity.

  1. Ahava’ with all your soul.

 Psalms 103:1 (KJV)   Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

To love the Lord with all our soul means to love the Lord with all our being and in all that we do. This implies that we love the Lord with our talk, our hands and talents. When we love the Lord with all our soul, the way we react to  challenges change. Tribulations cannot separate us from the love of Christ. We pour out our soul in the service of our Master and we become more like Him.

Isaiah 53:10,11 (KJV)   Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

  1. Ahava’ with all your might. :   Loving God with all our might means loving God with all what we have. With what He has given us we have to love the Lord.Jesus Christ when He gave His life as a sacrifice for mankind, He offered up everything He had. We ought to love God with our possessions,positions, family, wealth and influence. We love God with every single breath that we take by doing His will. Let us offer to love God with all our heart,soul and might.

 

CONCLUSION.

Loving the Lord doesn’t just consist of words and actions; loving the Lord-AHAVA, includes loving the Lord with all our heart, with all our being and soul, with all our might and power by doing His will.

Let us ask the Lord to fill us with His love and help us realize who He is so that we can love Him more.

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At the Feet of Jesus!

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

John 12:3 (KJV)  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment

SUMMARY

This sermon helps us understand that God has a plan for your life that you may not even be able to comprehend. We learn from the life of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the three visits of Jesus to their hometown Bethany, we see that when we are at the feet of Jesus, we find His wonderful grace following us through the good and the bad times.

SERMON POINTS

Mary sat at the feet of Jesus.

Luke 10:39 (KJV) And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

 The first time Jesus went to Lazarus’ house. Martha was preparing a huge banquet for Jesus; however Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to the wonderful things that Jesus was telling her. She chose the best place in the whole house.

Sitting there at the feet of Jesus, Mary built a relationship with the Lord, communicating and interacting with Him. This was the first experience Jesus had with this family.

 

Mary fell at the feet of Jesus.

 John 11:32 (KJV) Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Jesus comes to Bethany a second time, 4 days after the death of Lazarus. The world thought that Jesus was late to help this beloved family. Martha couldn’t believe that Jesus could raise him up from the dead right then. But when Mary heard that Jesus was nearing their town she ran and fell at the feet of Jesus and wept. Her tears and weeping moved Jesus.

It was not that Jesus couldn’t raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew that Lazarus will come back from the dead. But this Mary who was at His feet when all was well, but when tragedy hit her, it bothered Jesus so much He groaned in His spirit and called out Lazarus back to life.

Today, all the answers to your life’s problems are at the feet of Jesus. Let’s make sure we go there at every season of life.

 

Mary anointed the feet of Jesus.

 John 12:3 (KJV) Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

 Jesus Christ was going to Bethany for the third time, six days before Passover. Now the once dead brother Lazarus is sitting hale and healthy with Jesus at the table. Martha was serving. People from all over came to see Jesus and Lazarus whom He raised from the dead. But Mary couldn’t keep herself from honoring Jesus. She broke the alabaster jar of costly perfume at anointed the feet of Jesus. She gave her all and the perfume filled the whole house. Many Jews believed in Jesus at that house.

When you give what is precious to you at the feet of Jesus in worship, we can shine as a light in this dark world for the glory of God.

 

CONCLUSION.

Mary was familiar with the feet of Jesus; it was her go to place when things were going well or when they were at their worst. For such a woman, who wouldn’t leave His feet alone, who was connected to Jesus, the Lord called out her miracle by name and delivered her from what broke her heart.  Today, the Lord will bring out alive everything that is dead in your life. Let’s hold on to the feet of Jesus because all you need is right there.

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The Kingdom Agenda!

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

Romans 14:17 (KJV)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

SUMMARY

In this world there are 2 kingdoms, the kingdom of light and kingdom of darkness. We as believers in Christ belong to the Kingdom of God. This sermon helps us understand what is the kingdom of God and how the Kingdom of God has been advancing. Only on understanding the Kingdom of God, will we understand the kingdom culture we ought to live by.

SERMON POINTS

 Understanding the Kingdom of God.

Mark 1:14,15 (KJV)  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

The Kingdom of God is not just some place as many say. It is where Jesus Christ reigns as the King. Jesus said so much about the Kingdom of God. He preached the gospel or good news about the Kingdom of God. To understand the Kingdom, we need to go back in time, where God called Abraham to become a nation. The Kingdom of God is not only an aspect of a place of rule but also a time of God’s rule.

  1. Abraham called By God.

 We need a faith lifestyle to embrace the Kingdom culture. The Lord was not visibly seen by Abraham. He heard the voice of God and that started the kingdom move in His life. He left his ancestral culture and home and obeyed the voice of God to go to the place God would show him. The Lord blessed him so much so that even when the situations were negative, God worked in Abraham’s favor. He begat a Son when He was hundred years old.

  1. Jacob’s household in the land of Egypt.

 Isaac also lived like his father, trusting in God. The family split and God called Jacob. Jacob had two wives-Leah and Rachel. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son. Joseph was elevated to be the prime minister of Egypt, hence to take care of God’s chosen people. God ordained a provision for them in Egypt when the world was suffering famine. The family of Jacob became 70 by then, living in the land of Goshen; the children of light were living amidst a different culture as Egyptians  were into worshipping several gods .

  1. The people of Israel under Pharaoh

 The Pharaoh treated Abraham’s descendants as slaves but God Almighty was their real King. He raised Moses right in Pharaoh’s courtyard. With a choice between the comforts of the palace and suffering with his brethren, Moses went to be among slaves, knowing that his kingdom was not that of Egypt. The Lord used Moses to bring the people of Israel, almost 7 million of them out of bondage towards their promised land. 

  1. Israel led by Judges and Prophets.

After Moses and Joshua, the Lord used the judges and prophets to lead the people of Israel, throughout all this He was the reigning King over His people. The Israelites however kept backsliding and went away from the Lord time and again.

Some of the issues that the Israelites had when it came to following God:

  • Idolatary
  • Oppression of the poor.
  • Sexual Immorality.

 

  1. Israel rejects God as their king.

 1 Samuel 8:6,7 (KJV)  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

 During the time of Prophet Samuel, God’s people demanded to have a king over them just like the other nations of the world; in saying so they rejected God as their king who was guiding and leading their affairs all along. Then began the golden years for Israel as a nation as David reigned. Israel was politically established and hence became a strong nation. But again they refused to obey the Lord and they were delivered to oppressors.

  1. The Prophesied Day of the Lord.

 Luke 1:33 (KJV)  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

 As Israel suffered in captivity and exile, prophets continued to prophesy about the Day of the Lord, where He will come and reign over His people Israel, trampling upon their enemies. The Jews were looking forward to that redemption, they wanted the Davidic reign of the Lord and gain the political upper hand.

  1. John the Baptist speaks of the Messiah.

 Luke 3:15,16 (KJV)   And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

 After nearly 400 years of silence, the Jews were being oppressed and sidelined by the Romans. John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness about repentance and the coming of the Messiah, who will bring condemnation of the wicked and judge the world. The Jews came from all over to hear John because they thought the Messiah would come and overthrow the Romans.

  1. Jesus Christ the true Kingdom of God.

 Luke 17:20,21 (KJV)   And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you

 Jesus Christ of Nazareth brought the Kingdom of God in action on earth once again. He was the Kingdom of God. Jesus came preaching the acceptable year of the Lord and the good news to the poor. The prophesy foretold by Isaiah was fulfilled through Jesus in Luke 4:20, 21. The sign of His Kingdom included healing of the sick, deliverance of the oppressed and sat with sinners to eat. The Kingdom of God was Jesus and He is within us and among us.

 

  1. Jews missed the Kingdom of God.

 Luke 23:51 (KJV) (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. 

 The Jews did not appreciate the Kingdom culture that Jesus portrayed. They were looking forward to a king who will rule over them and overthrow their enemies. So only a few entered the Kingdom of God that was brought to this earth through Jesus Christ; many missed entering the Kingdom of God because of their preconceived notions of the Messiah being a political leader. The Jews made another blunder as they crucified Jesus, forsaking the kingship of Jesus. Hitler massacred 70 million of them.

  1. The Violent take on the Kingdom by force.  

Luke 16:16 (KJV)   The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

 Up until the time of John the Baptist, the Law and Prophets were preached, since then the Kingdom of God is preached and many are forcing their way into it. In the Bible we see that many received their healing and deliverance not by sitting silent but by rising in faith and taking it by force like Bartimaus and the woman with the issue of blood. Let us stop being ruled by the human culture and man’s governance, let the King of kings rule through you in your house, workplace, community and city, dictating everything in your life. Force your way into His kingdom.

CONCLUSION.

Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not just an aspect of the place of His rule but the time of God’s rule over our lives. Let’s introspect how the Kingdom of God has changed us today. Jesus has taught us to pray ‘Let thy Kingdom come.’ (Matthew 6:10) as you follow the Kingdom culture health, prosperity and a spiritual awakening will automatically be present in every area of your life.