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Giving Thanks!

Key Scripture:

Colossians 3:17 (KJV) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

SUMMARY

The Bible teaches us to be thankful at all times . Thanksgiving is echoed all through the Bible and its the hallmark of a christian. This sermon beautifully explains the reasons why we need to be thankful.

SERMON POINTS

Being thankful.

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

The Bible tells us that we are to be thankful in all things, whether word or deed. In this day and age where everything and everyone is taken for granted, Apostle Paul in his letter to the Phillipians, lets them know that he thanks God every time he remembers them. (Philippians 1:3,4). In this context we should also make all efforts for the men of God to be thankful to God for our lives as we partner with them and be their support.

This indicates we need to be thankful continuously as well. Below are some of the reasons why we ought to be thankful.

Why should we be thankful?

1, It’s the sign of a true Christian

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

Being thankful is a sign of a true Christian. As a person who has received the Lord Jesus as his/her personal Saviour, we stop having an independent existence. We are part of the same body. We are to watch and continue in prayer and thanksgiving. Not just when we receive blessing, but in all things. Your thanksgiving is a sign that you are a true Christian. The Old Testament Israel erred in it as they cultivated an atmosphere of murmuring and grumbling. Hence St Paul repeatedly in all His epistles stresses the discipline of being thankful.

2. Helps you not take things for granted.

Luke 17:17-19 (KJV) And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?  There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Ten lepers cried out to the Lord Jesus for healing. One Samaritan decided to return to the Lord, falling at His feet and thanking Him. The Lord Jesus asked where the others were. This shows the heart of the Lord, who doesn’t want us to take things for granted. When we thank Him everyday, for the little things in our daily lives, be it our jobs, homes, family, etc. it seals our blessings. Our Lord looks for that attitude of gratitude which stands as a sign of our faith.

3. It cuts off pride.

1 Peter 5:5 (KJV)   God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Pride in any form or kind is dangerous in our walk with the Lord. The following lists pride:

  • The feeling of I’m entitled to everything
  • Not being concerned about others, but keen that all should go well with me.
  • Wasting things
  • Being spendthrift
  • Being not teachable.

But when you start thanking God, it cuts off every form of pride. Thanksgiving cannot spring out of a proud heart.

4. Makes you more Christ-like.

John 11:41 (KJV)  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

As Jesus stood in front of the tomb of Lazarus, He lifted up His eyes to the Father in heaven and thanked Him. Thanking God makes us more like our Lord Jesus. Jesus Christ thanked the Father for hearing Him always. We need to reflect on how we are faring in this respect. As we begin to thank God for His faithfulness in our lives we start to become more like Him.

CONCLUSION.

The attitude of gratitude determines our altitude. Let us become more thankful and thereby become more like Christ. Let’s cut off pride and ask Him for more grace that we would be so thankful to God. God judged the murmurer but blessed the thankful.

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Being a Soul winner.

Key Scripture:

Proverbs 11:30 (KJV) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

SUMMARY

This sermon teaches us on how to be a soul winner. This is our greatest priority in life. Jesus Christ has commissioned us to do the same with the help He gives us by the Holy Spirit.

SERMON POINTS

Following Jesus to become a soul winner.

Matthew 4:19 (KJV)  And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, when He came down to the earth brought the kingdom of God down to us. In the Gospels we read the various ways wherein God was revealed to us through Jesus Christ. However the other aspect was that Jesus wanted to make us into ‘fishers of men’ or soul winners.

That is what He said to His followers; if we follow Him, He will start His work in us, transforming us into soul winners by which we would impact lives, communities and nations

How can you become a soul-winner?

1.Have an encounter with the Lord.

2 Peter 1:16 (KJV) For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

The first and foremost thing that you need to be a soul winner is to have an encounter with God. These spiritual experiences make one a soul winner. Paul could not stay the way he was after the damascus gate encounter. Peter took the gospel to the gentiles after the heavenly vision.The Bible is a record of ordinary people having amazing spiritual experiences that transformed them to heroes of faith.

The apostles themselves didn’t just happen to follow Christ, they were eyewitnesses of His glory and majesty. It was this encounter they had with Jesus that made them into soul winners.

2. Being deeply rooted in God’s word.

Joshua 1:8 (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.

To be a soul winner we need to be deeply immersed in the word of God. We need to read the word of God from cover to cover. Sitting at the feet of God, praying and meditating on the Word, thinking about it again and again asking God to teach us His ways; this is what helps us win souls.Once the Word of God takes deep roots in our life we can’t sit quiet. We would be ambassadors of His word.

Galatians 1:17  (KJV)  Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.

Apostle Paul before being a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ, after his conversion on the road to Damascus, went of to Arabia to meditate and learn the scriptures. When we are completely given to the learning and meditation of God’s word, then we can become soul winners.

3. Cultivate a divine burden for souls.

1 Corinthians 9:16 (KJV)  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Apostle Paul says that the necessity to preach the gospel, to bring souls into God’s kingdom is laidupon each one of us. We need to cultivate this divine burden. God has already called us to carry this burden for souls. As we start to cultivate this burden, God will add grace to our lives to help fulfil it.

4. Minister with authority and grace.

1 Corinthians 2:2,4 (KJV)  For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Once you have an encounter with the Lord, get deeply rooted in His word and carry a divine burden for souls, we have to minister with authority and grace. We minister His healing and word with power and through the Spirit, but also ministering through grace and humility. This comes only through Jesus Christ who was crucified. God seeks for soul winners who minister with authority from the platform of grace.

5. Soak the ministry in prayer.

Acts 20:31 (KJV)  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

Above all of it, we need to soak the ministry in prayer. Soul winning cannot take place with talent alone. We need the Holy Spirit to minister. Let us guard the ministry with our prayers and tears.

Soul-winning- Points to remember.

Luke 12:31 (KJV)  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Below are some pointers that give us the wholesome meaning of soul winning in the view of Christ.

  • Luke 12:13- Jesus approached to play a judge in dividing inheritance between brothers. He plainly says that He is not called for that. The same applies for us.
  • Luke 12:15- Beware of covetousness. Those who covet cannot be soul winners. Once we fall into the trap of deceitfulness of riches, we tend to go for it more.
  • Luke 12:22- As we make soul winning of greatest priority, we can be sure that God will provide for us. We can choose to be a rich fool or a blessed soul winner.
  • Luke 12:31- As we seek His kingdom, all that concerns us will be perfected by God.
CONCLUSION.

The Lord has called each one of us to be soul winners. That is a necessity that has been laid upon us. Let this become our goal from this day forward, that we will give ourselves to the study of God’s word and spending time in His presence to cultivate that divine burden for souls, so that we too can follow Jesus and transform into ‘fishers of men’.

Prayer Warfare in the Heavenlies.

Key Scripture:

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)   For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

SUMMARY

This sermon gives us a glimpse into the warfare that happens in the spiritual realm of this world. We are a part of this warfare as well and God wants us to be His generals. In prayer we can overcome the evil forces that surround us. Let us learn how we can operate the prayer warfare in the heavenlies.

SERMON POINTS

A General in the Warfield!

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 Our fight is not against flesh and blood. It is against the powers of evil around us. And prayer is our weapon of warfare. God wants us to be bold in prayer, working zealously for the Lord. As the body of Christ we must be like Christ. We find demonic forces all around us to disturb us but thanks be to God because He gives us victory at all times.

Qualifications to be a general in the war.

  • Prayer

 The first and foremost thing that qualifies us for spiritual warfare is prayer. We should be able to sacrifice everything for it. All of us have a prayer ministry; let us give first priority for prayer and in all things pray. Let Jesus be revealed in our prayer. 

  • Understanding the principle of operating in the heavenlies.

 The Bible doesn’t tell us that we have a negotiation with these powers of darkness but we have a war with them. That’s why the devil tries to stop us from praying. He tries to come and disturb our spiritual lives and our families. It is easy to overcome only if you know the enemy and then attack.

  • Learning God’s word.

 We need to learn the word of God and use it while in combat against the enemy. Jesus Christ while on the earth used the Word of God to overcome the devil. We can overcome satan’s schemes when we are soaked in the rich and pure word of God.

Spirits that prevent us from advancing spiritually.

 There are four classes of Evil forces that prevent us from advancing in our spiritual lives. They endeavour to throw us off.

  • Principalitiesinfluences government, laws and kings. Also those who write policies.
  • Powersspread the power of darkness and energy, attacking feelings & imaginations, steering people to do unimaginable sins.
  • Rulers of this agebring about superstitions, self-conceit, pride, spiritual blindness, witchcraft and ignorance.
  • Spiritual forces of evil in heavenly placesthey cause people to deny God and make them work against God’s people, all forms of wickedness, religious forms of occult and extremity.

How do they attack?

  • Rules over the atmosphereruling over the areas causing rapes, murder, corruption and kidnaping.
  • Directs the demonic forces behind every sin- Luke 11:26 (KJV) Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
  • Hides the will of God-Matthew 16:23 (KJV) But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
  • Influences people with greed, envy and falsehoodMark 1:26 (KJV) And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

How do we gain victory over them?

 We don’t have to be afraid of these forces of evil. We can gain victory over them through Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Being seated with Christ in the heavenly places.

 Ephesians 1:2,3 (KJV) Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

 We have victory over the satanic forces because we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. Only in Jesus can we attack the enemy. When Jesus came into this world, on seeing Him and in His name itself , demons fled. Let’s evalute if we have Jesus within us or not.

  • Through the name of Jesus.

 Ephesians 1:19-23 (KJV)   And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all

 The name of Jesus is exalted above every other name. all these 4 powers of the enemy are under the feet of Jesus Christ and His body, the Church. Similarly being connected to your local church is very important. We need to be faithful to the church and submit to church authority. We can attack and operate in the heavenlies through the church and always be victorious.

CONCLUSION.

Demonic powers-‘are all around trying to keep believers locked and quiet like a showcase Christian. We cannot fight them by being tied to the world. We need to be seated in heavenly places with Christ and that’s when through the Name of Jesus, we find all these evil forces beneath our feet through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Let us make our prayer warfare in the heavenlies and overcome the wicked schemes of the enemy.

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God’s Passion for Souls-Part 1.

Key Scripture:

Proverbs 11:30 (KJV)   The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

SUMMARY

This sermon helps us understand God’s passion for souls. This passion of God is fulfilled when we become soul winners. Let’s learn the passion of God’s heart so that we too can become wise by winning souls to be added to the Kingdom of God.

SERMON POINTS

 God’s heart is for souls.

Luke 15:1 (KJV) Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

The passion of God for souls is seen in Luke 15. Our God is the mission of saving souls and He sent His only begotten son so that no one will perish and that all maybe saved unto eternal life. The crowd that drew around Jesus consisted of sinners, tax collectors and those far away from God. But they liked listening to His life-giving word and Jesus revealed to them the way of life

God’s passion for soul-winning.

 Ezekial 18:4 (KJV) Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

All souls belong to God.

 We need to understand that God’s passion for souls begins with the understanding that all the souls belong to Him. All souls are rightfully His but the enemy wants to steal ,kill and destroy. It is not His will that even one of them must be given over to sin and its wages of death.

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

 We also belong to the Lord and we are to live to fulfil His purpose in our lives.

 Isaiah 43:4 (KJV)   Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.

  • All souls are precious to God.

 Every soul is precious to God; if it wasn’t true then Christ wouldn’t have set out to save them. God wants all men everywhere to repent. Therefore He calls everyone to take a U-turn from living in the ways of the world unto eternal life.

 Acts 17:30 (KJV)   And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

  • God is determined to find the lost.

 Once God starts the search, He will bring the lost. He is so determined to find the Lost. That has been the very mission of Christ. (Luke 19:10) that is the purpose of God. He has chosen each one of the souls to be saved. (John 15:16)

 Luke 15:6 (KJV)   And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

  • God’s joy is in finding the lost.

 With every soul saved, there is great joy in heaven. It makes the heart of God glad when a sinner repents to become the child of God. Just like how the shepherd who found the lost sheep rejoiced instead of punishing it, the Lord is filled with joy with the repentance of the wayward.

  • God wants to bring souls into His house.

 Luke 15:6 (KJV)   And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

 God doesn’t want to just witness sinners saved, He wants to bring them into His House. The house of the Lord is the local church; a place of growth and fellowship. It is in the church that we find restoration happening. Every soul brought into the house of God learns his ways and start living with Him.

How to be a soul winner?

  • Have the heart of a shepherd.
  • Have the determination of a woman.
  • Have the passion of a father.
CONCLUSION.

Our God is the Lord of all the earth and His heart is for souls. The Lord wants us to have the same passion He has towards souls. Only by understanding this passion can we learn o become soul winners. May the Lord grant us this same passion and determination to win souls for Christ.

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