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God For Us-God Who Works For Our Good.

Key Scripture:

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

SUMMARY

This sermon on ‘God for Us’ helps us understand how exactly God is working out everything for our good. The Lord works on certain principles and this sermon note helps us learn those principles and evaluate whether we are following the very same.

SERMON POINTS

God working for us!

Romans 8:28 (KJV)  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

In our study of God’s word, we see that God is for us in how He is working for us. The world is filled with so much evil. The majority stands for the wrong. While this could make us retreat from having our faith and hope in Christ, the Bible tells us that God is able to work everything out for our good, even through the evil that the enemy plans. That is why He helps us in our weakness, when we are unable to pray, the Spirit of God helps us by interceding for us according to the will of God. When loud voices claim that God is silent in our pain, openly declare that God is working everything out for our good.

Key truths behind God’s working.

  1. God is in control of every situation we face.

 Isaiah 35:4 (KJV) Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

God is in control of all things. That can get hard to believe when things that were supposed to go right go wrong. When we get negative reports of finances, health and relationship we wonder when will God come and take over. But we need to always remember that even in the midst of trouble, trauma and depression God reigns and not the enemy. For the suffering saint, the spirit of God is active. He was able to save Shadrach Meshach and Abednego from the fire (Daniel 3:16,17). They strongly believed He could save them, that was their reply to the king when threatened to be thrown into the furnace.

What is our conviction? Will we able to stand up for the Lord in our generation even when things get rough? Let’s be encouraged by the promises of our Lord for He will surely come to save be it fire or flood.

 

  1. God works in every situation to reveal His glory

 Romans 8:18 (KJV) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

When you are the child of God, His very purpose is to be glorified through your life. We need to remember that everything we go through has been intended to give God the glory. Jesus tells Martha if you believe you will see the glory of God. (John 11:40) If we believe ,our story will end in glory. The tougher the situation the greater the glory!

We cannot compare the glory that awaits us with our present sufferings because of how great it’s going to be.

As long as we are in God’s territory even in the midst of suffering we are bound to see the Lord reveal His glory through our situation.

 

  1. God works it all for our good.

 Luke 18:19 (KJV)   And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

 God knows what we need. We can be sure of that because of all the blessings we have received from Him. We can trust in his goodness even in the darkest of situations. Every closed door is as much as a blessing as every opportunity the Lord has granted in our lives. Thank God for these closed doors because the ultimate good is found in the Lord. The Lord has plans only to prosper us and never to harm us.

 

  1. God works with those who work with Him.

Ephesians 1:10 (KJV)   That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

 We need to work together with the God who works all things for good. We live in a fallen hurting world. And this world needs us; Our community needs us.

Nothing can change unless we take up the challenge to work together with God. The ultimate aim of god is seen in Ephesians 1:10. For the good of the world we need to be people who love God so as to work together with him to bring about redemption to those around us in Christ Jesus.

 

CONCLUSION.

2 Corinthians 4:15-17 (KJV)   For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Our story never ends in decay or on the predictions of others. We are marching towards glory. God is not quiet; He is working things out for our good. It’s time we start realizing that and work with him as well for his glory to be revealed in this hurting world.

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God For Us-The Spirit’s Intercession.

Key Scripture:

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

SUMMARY

In a world which searches for answers and meaning for all the evil that takes place, we have a great promise and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. This sermon series-‘God for us’ helps us understand that no matter what the situation, God is for us and nothing can seperate us from His love.

SERMON POINTS

God for us!

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

A lot of things are happening around us and we all want to know how to respond to such evil. Persecutions, troubles and sufferings are not newbies for christians. In the First-century church, Christians were persecuted in ways unimaginable and Apostle Paul addressed the dilemma and fear that gripped the early believers in all his epistles. Those days it was a known fact that if one was a christian, he would be entitled to suffer. Christianity has not grown because of favourable situations or due to the contribution of great people. Yet the spiritual blessings that govern us surpass the power of hurt and sufferings

Law that has governed us has changed.

 Romans 8:1,2 (KJV) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

God reveals His love towards us by the laws that He has established for us to follow. The Law that was given through Moses was the law that revealed our sin and brought death. This Mosaic law points out sin in us and its consequences. We were governed by this law of sin and death; but once we accepted Jesus Christ the Lord of our lives, when we believe in Him, we are ruled no longer by the law of sin and death but by the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Now anyone can call the Lord, his Father.

When we walk according to the law of the Spirit, there is now no more condemnation, guilt or the weight of sin holding us down, we have freedom through the life of Christ. As we walk according to His Spirit that is what makes us more than conquerers and hence when God is for us, no one can stand against us.

How is God for us? 

Romans 8:26,27 (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. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8 records groanings. We groan when under tremendous pressure. In the face of danger or trouble we are unable to pray or think. God cannot do anything but in response to prayer. But alas, we can only groan we don’t know how to pray and what to pray when struggling with our families, our sicknesses and finances.However our prayers are not always according to God’s will.

Romans 8:23 (KJV)  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 Our bodies are groaning for its redemption from all its pain and fallen nature. The whole of creation is groaning, ever since the fall of man, for the revelation of the Sons of God.(Romans 8:22)

God takes us through this path of suffering so that we can be worthy of the glory that is awaiting us. The Bible tells us that the glory that is kept in store far outweighs the suffering we go through. (Romans 8:18)

Therefore the Holy Spirit helps us get through these sufferings. Hopeless situations curb our ability to pray. We offer imperfect, messed up prayers and groan under the weight of our agony. That’s when the Holy Spirit takes control of our prayer. He starts interceding on our behalf to the Father in heaven according to God’s perfect will. He does this in two ways:

 

  1. Tongues

 1 Corinthians 14:4 (KJV)   He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

 Apostle Paul says that praying in the spirit involves speaking in tongues. The Spirit of God helps us, while praying in tongues He edifies us,builds us up. We come before God, broken and unable to pray. But the Spirit Himself prays within us and we are built up. Never forbid speaking of tongues.

 

  1. Groanings of the Holy Spirit.

 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.

 This beautiful scripture describes the precious manner in which the Holy Spirit aids us in prayer by groaning from within us. This indicates those sweet hours of prayer when the overwhelming presence of God surrounds you; so powerful that even a word fails to escape our lips. Those quiet moments the Holy Spirit searches our hearts and turns us broken people into His prayer centres.

 

CONCLUSION.

God for us is a powerful statement and we as believers need to live with the realisation that we are not alone, God is for us through the Spirit’s intercession. So even if the world stands against us we have nothing to fear because the sufferings and persecution we may face now are not worthy to be compared with the glory that awaits us. With this hope, let us allow the Holy Spirit to transform us into His prayer centres until the redemption of our mortal bodies in His Coming!

Where is God when it hurts?

Key Scripture:

Matthew 16:24 (KJV) Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

SUMMARY

The age old question-“Where is God when it hurts?”, haunts even the strongest Christian. This sermon helps us understand why suffering comes and what’s the attitude we need to have while facing such. Let us get encouraged from God’s word how suffering fit into the very plan of God.

SERMON POINTS

Path of suffering.

Matthew 16:24 (KJV)  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

When we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are taught that everything will be as great as it could possibly get. However the Bible never teaches us this concept. The first century church never believed that being a Christian was a path of roses. In fact at that time to be a Christian meant to be persecuted and hated, but they nevertheless rejoiced in the Lord.

Jesus Christ said to follow Him, we have to deny ourselves and take up the cross. Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ takes us on a path of suffering. It is in this path of suffering He becomes real to us. All the New Testament books written with the context of suffering.

 

Two kinds of suffering we face.

  1. As a Church.

 Matthew 5:11-12 (KJV) Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

We become a part of suffering by becoming a part of the Church body as a whole. Being a part of our local churches, we are also corporately a part of the universal church of Christ and being so does not absolve us from the suffering.

Jesus taught us that we are blessed when we are persecuted for we have our reward in heaven. Apostle Paul in the Prison at Philippi writes to us to rejoice in the Lord always.

Our modus operandi as a church in the midst of these sufferings is to become like Jesus and take a stand for Him.

 

  1. As an individual.

 1 Peter 4:1 (KJV) Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

Apart from the sufferings we face as a church, each one goes through individual suffering.It comes in the form of a negative health report or a negative bank balance, struggles and conflicts at home, hit our faith hard. Now some of these sufferings can be due to our poor lifestyle choices and negligence. But what we do when trials assail us. The Bible asks us never to run away from it, instead we are encouraged to face all hardships like a good soldier and arm ourselves to endure suffering. We don’t have to lose heart. The Lord who blessed us with every good thing, is faithful to work through the evil as well.

 

Where is God in suffering?

  1. He is right in the midst of it.

 Revelation 1:13 (KJV)  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

 Atheists believe if there were a God, He wouldn’t allow suffering upon the earth. But the Bible tells us, in a world ruled by evil and filled with wickedness, we will have sufferings and trials. As we go through hard times, we are not alone. Where is God when it hurts- He is right in the midst of it. The power of Christ that is in the midst of our problem is able to make a way for us out of that problem! The God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3) is able to use every evil directed towards us to accomplish His plans to prosper us.

 

  1. His spirit of glory rests on us.

 1 Peter 4:14 (KJV) If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

The difference between a follower/fan and a disciple is that the latter denies every pampering his flesh desires. A disciple is ready to face anything to follow his master and become like him. Jesus has called us to be His disciples because of which we are strangers in this world. But take heart though the world doesn’t love us, the spirit of the glory of God rests on us. What the pleasures of this world cannot give, we experience as we pass through the pressures of life. He uses the evil for His glory.

 

  1. Draws us closer to Himself.

 Psalms 119:71 (KJV) It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Sufferings bring us closer to God. We see this in the lives of the saints in the scriptures and through the church history. Even in the path of suffering, God is able to orchestrate a personal revival in our souls. We learn the depths of God’s word. We realize the depth of Jesus through our hardships and lonely times. Finding Jesus in our suffering must be our main goal. When we do that we have the potential to revive an entire community. Let’s allow the Lord to use the sufferings to make us more like Him.

 

  1. Identifies with us.

 Hebrews 4:15 (KJV)   For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 The Lord as He called His disciples to follow Him, asked them to leave everything and come after Him. That seems as hard as it could get. But the Lord Himself left heaven’s glory and became one of us to reconcile us with God. therefore He is able to identify with us. He was tempted and persecuted in every way and yet He didn’t falter or give up. Through the sufferings we face we are able to identify with Him. We become like Him more and more. And that’s what the writers of the Bible believed; they rejoiced that they were worthy to have fellowship in the sufferings of their Lord and that should be our attitude as well.

CONCLUSION.

2 Timothy 2:3 (KJV) Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

 Unchecked emotions can be very dangerous. Our attitude while going through inevitable sufferings plays a key role on how we are going to overcome them. Let us look to Jesus Christ who won it all. We have to be armed and ready to endure trials like a good solider of Christ. Let us rejoice and thank God that through this school of suffering, we will graduate to His glory.

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Blessings of the Resurrection.

Key Scripture:

Luke 24:6 (KJV) He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

SUMMARY

The resurrection of our Lord Jesus opens up a new world of spiritual blessings, riches and knowledge for a person who crowns Him as Lord of his life. A christian ought to live by the spiritual blessings and not by being materialistic. This sermon gives an overview of the blessings we received as a result of Christ’s resurrection from the passage in Ephesians 1:15-23

SERMON POINTS

Evidences of Jesus’ Resurrection.

Luke 24:6 (KJV)  He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,

Easter marks the day Jesus resurrected. However the question ailing many are the evidences for the resurrection of our Lord. Two main evidences that no one can deny include:

1, The Execution– it was a well-known fact that Jesus was crucified by the Roman soldiers and died a horrible death. History records that His body was mangled beyond any human recognition.

2, The Empty Tomb-even today, one can find the tomb of Jesus empty. Like the angels announced on the day of His resurrection-“He is not here” and that is the greatest proof that Jesus was raised from the dead and He still lives.

Seven blessings of resurrection.

  1. Life of prayer.

 Ephesians 1:15,16 (KJV) Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

The first and foremost blessing we receive because Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead is that we can have a life of prayer. We were dead in our sins but through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, we now have a relationship with the Father. St Paul states here about his prayer life on how he does not cease to give thanks for the believers and mentions them in his prayers.

John 14:12-14 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

A gentile who never knew God can now boldly approach the throne room of God by the new and living way opened by our Lord in his flesh. Our Lord Jesus referred to this telling

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”(John 16:24)

 

  1. Life of spiritual wisdom and revelation.

 Ephesians 1:17 (KJV) That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The other blessing through the resurrection of Jesus Christ is that we have a life filled with spiritual wisdom and revelation of Him. Our lives are not about what we achieve or how much we earn; its about knowing Jesus more and more everyday. The most blessed person is the one who knows Jesus better. Through His resurrection, God is able to reveal to us the issues that surround us, just like how He revealed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its meaning to Daniel.

John 16:15 (KJV) All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Our only desire must be to learn more about our blessed Lord. We need to ask the Lord to guide us and when we do He is faithful to reveal His plans to us. We discern the plan of God and with our spiritual eyes opened we can have a knowledge of Him and even other spiritual issues affecting our communities.

 

  1. Life of opened eyes.

 Ephesians 1:18 (KJV)  A The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

 Apostle Paul talks about enlightened eyes of the heart. This refers to leading a life of opened eyes wherein as a believer of Christ you don’t blindly follow rituals but learn to recognise Jesus. This eyes of our hearts are opened as we read the Word of God. The more we read His Word the more our eyes are opened. Apostle Paul, after His encounter with the Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus, felt scales fall of his eyes when Ananias prayed for him.

Luke 24:30,31 (KJV) And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

 The disciples on the Road to Emmaus had their eyes opened as our Lord Jesus broke the bread. Life in this world is all about seeing and understanding the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s ask the Lord for enlightened eyes of the heart so that we see Him and adore Him.

 

  1. Life of hope.

 Ephesians 1:19 (KJV) ..that ye may know what is the hope of his calling,

The resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us a life filled with hope. Apostle Paul tells us that our faith is not in vain. If Christ never rose from the dead then death would be our end we would have no hope.

1 Corinthians 15:17 (KJV) And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

But thanks be to God who raised Christ from the dead, now we look forward eternal life with Him and we have hope that does not end in death.

  1. Life of inheritance.

 Ephesians 1:18 (KJV)  .. and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

 When Jesus Christ rose from the grave, He gave us a heavenly inheritance. Now those who believe in Jesus have the same inheritance that He has. Our greatest need as a child of God is Jesus Christ. In Him all our needs are met ,according to the riches of His glory. Apostle Paul says that we are co-heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17). Let’s thank the Lord for giving us a life of inheritance through His resurrection, an inheritance that can never be spoilt or stolen from us! (1 Peter 1:3,4).

 

  1. Life of power.

 Ephesians 1:19-20 (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,

 Through the resurrection of Jesus, we have a life of power. Power is not just supernatural strength, but to have the same power that is working in Christ, working in us who believe in Him. This great excellency of His power is available so that we can experience resurrection like Jesus. Dunamis power is the greatest of any power and will be revealed in us when we would be resurrected.

  1. Life of the fullness of Christ.

 Ephesians 1:21-23 (KJV) 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 greatest blessing ever through Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, is we have a life of the fullness of Christ. The Bible tells us that God has put everything under the feet of Jesus and He is over all things to the church. Now this Great one for whom and through whom the world was created is the head of the Church and through His resurrection, is able to individually fill us with His fulness so that we can be living testimonies of the resurrection power. The church is the visible expression of the fulness of Christ. Let’s thank Him for we are never alone but we are are under His reign.

CONCLUSION.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was not just to be celebrated on Easter; The realisation of His resurrection should rule us every day. This helps us live a life of victory, hope and a one filled with the fullness of God. His resurrection power will be at work in us as we trust and believe in Him.

The Revelation of Resurrection Power.

Key Scripture:

Acts 13:35-37 (KJV)  Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

SUMMARY

This sermon helps us understand the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. God inspired David as he was being crowned to compose Psalm 16 which helps us get the revelation of this power and how it can work in us.

SERMON POINTS

He will not let His holy one see decay!

Psalms 16:10 (KJV)  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

If you look at God’s word, right from Genesis, all the way to the book of Revelation, we find Jesus Christ at the center of it all. The Bible and the entire world with its history and civilisation points to the life of our Lord Jesus.

King David composed this Psalm long before Jesus came into the world. Apostle Peter uses this psalm of David in his first sermon on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:25-27.

This psalm was fulfilled in Jesus. This is what St. Paul tries to reason out in his sermon recorded in Acts 13:35-37.

Our bodies are mortal and are going to decay. But thanks be to God, for Jesus Christ has reversed that cycle.

When we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the same resurrection can be experienced in our bodies as well.

How can this power start to work in us?

There is not much reference given in the Old Testament for resurrection, but King David’s miktam, Psalm 16 is said to have been inspired on one of his golden moments as the crown of kingship was placed on his head.

  1. Prayer

 Psalm 16:1 (KJV) Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

This psalm is one of relationship. It starts with a prayer of safety from all the attacks of the enemy. Only through prayer can we have a relationship with God. We need to have a relationship with the Lord only then can we experience the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. We are not safe because of our skill or ability but because of the Lord.

  1. Priority

 Psalm 16:2 (KJV) O my soul, thou hast said unto the Lord, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

Our perspective of God must change. King David says that apart from the Lord there is no good thing. We usually seek God for good.”There is no other good apart from thee..”How often do we say this to our God?  Moses said this ”If your presence doesn’t go with us, do not take us from this place’(Ex 33:15-16) ..Peter said, We will not leave you, with you there are words of eternal life.(John 6:66-68) We need to tell this repeatedly to our Lord.

 

  1. Passion

 Psalm 16:3,4 (KJV)  But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight. Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

 King David talks about His passion. He is passionate for the saints who delight in God. We should make sure that we delight in fellowship with fellow saints. When there is a culture of wickedness and sin around us, we need to understand that their sorrows will multiply. In our relationships ,we should identify with Jesus. We should be passionate about the Lord and His statutes.

 

  1. Provision of the Lord.

 Psalm 16:5,6 (KJV) The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

 Whatever happens, He is our portion and our joy! He protects our inheritance. Noone shall snatch away the lot from us. Pleasant places would be our inheritance. Whatever happens to us comes from the hand of God. God holds my lot. God decides it. God rules over it. God is sovereign over us and we are glad over His reign. I don’t just affirm it stoically; I exult in it. He gives and He protects

  1. Progression

 Psalm 16:8 (KJV) I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

There is a progression in the relationship as David continues to praise the Lord. Our eyes are always to be on the Lord. We need to keep His word constantly. and look unto Him. He takes the right hand position in our lives and   we will never be shaken by the storms that hit our lives.

  1. Peace

 Psalm 16:9 (KJV)   Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

 Trusting in the Lord brings peace. As long as we hear the word of the Lord, we can be sure of having glad hearts, rejoicing tongue and a resting body. The word of God brings about peace that transcends all understanding.

  1. Power

 Psalm 16:10 (KJV) For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

It is because of the relationship that is established with God in prayer followed by how we prioritise the relationship with God, this is what causes that greatest power to hit our lowly mortal bodies. This resurrection power is already at work in us. That is why the Bible says, the dead in Christ will rise and He will not let us  see decay.

  1. Promise

 Psalms 16:11 (KJV)  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Finally King David ends with a promise. In His presence is fulness of joy. Jesus Christ is our eternal pleasure and we can experience this only we are able to realise the power of Christ’s resurrection.

CONCLUSION.

Our life is all about the hope for which we are looking forward to. That hope is that death is not our end. We have a life after that, for which we long for. Today, if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the same resurrection power that raised Him from the dead will work in our lowly bodies as well. For that power to work in us, we need to have a relationship with Jesus. As we begin to spend more time in His presence we too can receive the revelation of this resurrection power like King David.

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Tehillim-A Study on Psalm 1

Key Scripture:

Luke 24:44 (KJV) And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

SUMMARY

This sermon note is an extensive study on Psalm 1. It not only helps us understand what David felt as he composed this psalm but we learn how to study a Bible passage by dissecting the portion and studying the depths of the truth in God’s word.

SERMON POINTS

Tehillim.

Luke 24:44 (KJV)  And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Psalms, book of the Old Testament composed of sacred songs and prayers, meant to be sung. In the Hebrew Bible, Psalms or Tehillim begins the third and last section of the biblical canon, known as the Writings (Hebrew Ketuvim).

These were the inspired utterances of the saints of God, whereby which we learn how to pray as well as how we can praise the Lord. Our Lord Jesus refered to the Tehillim when He said all that what told concerning Him in the Law, including the Psalms were to be fulfilled. This shows how important the study of Psalms is.

Psalm 1.

The Word of God is very important. If we want a real glimpse of who we are, we must go deeper into the Bible. Everything written in the Bible is written about Jesus and we should make it our pursuit to see our Lord Jesus from the scriptures.

Psalm 1 revolves around the importance of God’s word and what are the outcomes of giving it the ultimate preference. This is very instruction of God. This particular psalm has not been sung to God. It helps us see a distinction between 2 different kinds of lifestyle, one of the righteous and the other of the ungodly. This can be the fundamental to a lifestyle that God desires.

This Psalm starts with the word “Blessed”. David would have been drawing inspiration from the reading of Torah and other sacred scriptures. Undoubtedly Psalms is a book of blessing.

A Righteous Lifestyle.

  1. Blessed life.

 Psalm 1:1 (KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

David begins the Psalm by attributing that a righteous man’s life would definitely be a blessed one. The blessing of the Lord adorns the one who is keen on living righteously, pleasing the Lord his God.

  1. A life delighting in the word of God.

Psalm 1:2 (KJV) But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

The righteous live a life according to the word of God. The Bible says that their delight is in the Law of the Lord and they are constantly learning and meditating God’s word. We need to make practice of thinking about God’s word and thereby holding it always in our hearts.

  1. Planted life

 Psalm 1:3 (KJV)  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water..

 A child of God not only lives a blessed life but he leads an unwavering life, planted by the rivers of water. God desires that His children would be planted in the House of God and not swayed along by the temptations of this world.

  1. Nurtured life

 Psalm 1:3 (KJV) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

The Psalmist describes a righteous man to be one who is not only like the tree which is sturdily planted by the rivers of water but is so nourished and nurtured by the presence of God. The Spirit of God is the one who nurtures our soul. He strengthens us so that we won’t be stagnant but will receive strength and nourishment from Him resulting in growth. Planted by the rivers of the Holy Spirit ensures a good supply of His presence and word.

 

  1. Fruitful life

 Psalm 1:3 (KJV) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Every tree is judged by the fruit it gives; the Psalmist draws a simile that our lives would bear fruit in its season when it is a planted and nurtured life. The same cannot happen for someone who keeps wavering. God looks for fruit bearing believers. Joseph is referred as the fruitful wine. In the NT context, we are called to abide in the Lord Jesus and bear fruits.

  1. Healthy life

 Psalm 1:3 (KJV)   And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper..

 The Lord blesses His children with good health. This is the portion of a man who walks righteously before God. Emotionally,spiritually,physically-the Lord would be our strength and healing. Dryness around would not affect our lives. Our leaves remain green and would not wither.

 

  1. Prosperous life.

 Psalm 1:3 (KJV) … and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

As the Psalmist closes describing a righteous man’s lifestyle, he says that all he does prospers. We see this in the life of Joseph (Genesis 39:2) and Daniel (Daniel 6:28), because the Lord was with them whatever they did prospered. 

An Ungodly Lifestyle.

 Psalms 1:4 (KJV)  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

This Psalm also specifies the results of an  ungodly lifestyle. They love to heed to the counsel of the wicked, stand in the way of sinners and be mockers of the way of righteousness.

God does not entertain wickedness. The Bible tells us their way will perish. Our sins will always catch up to us. As much as enjoyment we perceive sin to bring about for us, it is that much of a snare to our feet. Only death and judgement can result from sin. Let us flee from it. 

CONCLUSION.

3 John 1: 2 (KJV)  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

The Lord wants us to prosper and the best way to do that is to receive counsel from His word. Let’s introspect whose counsel reigns in our lives, is it the counsel of the ungodly or the word of the Lord. “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.” Joshua 1:8

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David-The Sweet Psalmist of Israel.

Key Scripture:
Acts 13:22 (KJV)  And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. 

SUMMARY

David, a shepherd boy was anointed to be king of all Israel and Judah. He was also the sweet songwriter of Israel. This sermon helps us understand how we can sing unto the Lord at all times like the Psalmist David.

SERMON POINTS

David’s psalms

2 Samuel 23:1,2 (KJV)  Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

 King David the man after God’s own heart, composed most of the psalms we read in the Bible, but he was also keen to record and compose the psalms of other saints of God like Moses and the like. This was mostly because he was determined to offer his worship unto the Lord. He wanted to render something for all of God’s goodness. He was called the ‘sweet Psalmist of Israel.

The Book of Psalms is divided into five sections, each closing with a doxology, these divisions were probably introduced to imitate the five-fold division of the Torah:

  • Book 1 (Psalms 1–41)
  • Book 2 (Psalms 42–72)
  • Book 3 (Psalms 73–89)
  • Book 4 (Psalms 90–106)
  • Book 5 (Psalms 107–150)

Our Lord expects us to sing sweet psalms unto His holy Name, so that it can touch His heart. This was His purpose for all creation.

How do you sing unto the Lord?

  1. Inspiration from the Holy Spirit.

 2 Samuel 23:1(KJV) Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.

We begin to sing unto the Lord as we are moved by His Holy Spirit. David’s psalms were always inspired by the Lord, the words were put on his tongue by the Lord. Let the Holy Spirit move in us as well and inspire us to sing sweet words in praising Him. We should always wait for the quickening of the Holy Spirit to sing praises to Him. Psalms is an inspired book filled with praises and prayers to the Lord.

 

  1. Remembering our past.

 Psalms 103:2 (KJV) Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

A beauty in David’s psalms is that , they are songs of thanksgiving for all that God has done for him in the past. We need to people who remember the goodness of the Lord throughout our lives. He has been upholding us ever since we were born and remembering our past fills us with songs of gratitude.

 

  1. Realise that exaltation comes only from God.

 Psalms 75:6,7 (KJV)   For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

We sometimes fail to do things because we have failed to realize. When we realize that exaltation comes only from the Lord, it triggers a kind of marvellous praise within us towards the Lord who has led us thus far. We begin thanking Him for all He has done and His favor that has continually been upon our lives. All that we have is not by ourselves or those around us. It is only from the Lord. David always recognised that it was God who exalted Him from the bitter background.

 

  1. Anointed singing.

 Colossians 3:16 (KJV)   Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

There’s a big difference in singing and anointed singing. The Bible records David playing the harp with an anointing that the evil spirit tormenting Saul, troubled him no more. Let the word of the Lord and His wisdom dwell in us more. Let spiritual songs grace our homes, that every moment of our lives will be filled with anointed singing.

 

CONCLUSION.

David had a desire for God and he believed that God gave him everything. This attitude was the fertile ground for the Holy Spirit to work and bring forth sweet songs of praise from his mouth no matter what situation he was in. The same can happen for us today. Let us turn our situations of mess into inspired psalms of praise.

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