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Ruth- A Story of Commitment.

Key Scripture: Ruth 1:16 (KJV)  And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

SUMMARY

Commitment is rarity these days. It is difficult to find someone truly committed and because of the lack of commitment marriages are broken; families are split, employees are disloyal and authorities have all gone irresponsible. In this world of perfidy, sham and faithlessness we thank God for the story of Ruth; a story of love and commitment! Even though Ruth was a Moabites,  yet her character in the bible  is profound. She chose to love, follow and stay committed in what she believed! The question today is how many of us can learn the important principles of commitment, loyalty and love and  practice it in our daily lives. God calls us to be committed to Him in various ways and where there is commitment there is a blessing!

SERMON POINTS

Ruth- a story of commitment

Four Things That we need to be committed to:

1) Stay Committed to the House of God.

Ruth 1:1 (KJV)Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons. 

We need to stay committed to the house of God. Commitment brings blessings. However, in the story of Ruth we see that Elimelech,  decides to move his family out of Bethlehem- ‘The house of bread’ because of the famine that came upon the land. Many of us are like Elimelech today, who can be defined as ‘situational believers’, shifting our focus, culture and lifestyle into a sensual culture away from the house of God.  Elimelech forgot the what God desired of his Abraham and Isaac when they faced the same. He forgot that the Lord is faithful and he took the knee jerk decision to go to Moab. Remember God will visit Bethlehem and would not abandon it. He defends the church and would stand by it. We should never have less commitment to the place where God has planted us.

2) Stay Committed to our Calling.

Ruth 1:2 (KJV)   And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there

Elimelech-means “God is my King”. Elimelech had to live up to his name. Instead of allowing God’s rule in every realm of his life, he led his family away from the house of bread to Moab-the land of sin. God has called us by His name. We are in Christ and the challenge is to hold on to Christ in time of crisis. We are called to be the servants of the King of kings and not the victims of circumstances. How do you live in your calling today? How are we reflecting the kingship of God in our personal and corporate lives.

The One who calls you is faithful, He will do it.

3) Stay Committed in Character.

Ruth1:8-9 (KJV) And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

The meaning of Naomi is “pleasant one”. When unpleasant situations came her way, she was mindful of her daughters in law. She heard that God had visited Bethlehem and irrespective of the tragedies that came in her life, she decided to get back. There was a difference in the God of Naomi and the Gods of Moab. Naomi stayed true to her character. She chose not to be bitter with her daughters in law. She reflected a sound character irrespective of tragic situations.

Orpah means stiff necked and she chose to leave Naomi. Ruth however clung to Naomi. Ruth in hebrew means “beauty” and she was committed to her character. Its our character that determines our beauty.

4) Stay Committed to the Covenant.

Ruth 1:16 (KJV) And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Ruth was determined to stay with Naomi and thereby made a covenant . This covenant is the cause for the existence of this book. This book and the subsequent sequence of events revolve around this covenant. Ruth made Naomi’s God as her God and heavens heard her. She said nothing would separate her from the God  in Naomi’s household except her death and therefore pleads with Naomi not to send her back. Ruth’s statement gives us a strong sense of commitment to reflect upon. Naomi had reflected a strong covenant with God which Ruth knew and hence. Naomi saw and heard the determination of Ruth and stopped convincing her to go back to Moab. This chapter starts with a tragedy but ends with a harvest as Naomi gets back to Bethlehem. Naomi becomes the talk of the town and Naomi attributed it all to Shaddai God-(ALMIGHTY). In every situation of our life we should never forget His sovereignty. He is behind every season of our life and we should be close to Him through it all.

CONCLUSION.

In these perilous times when everything is masked by falsehood, let us be beacons of the Lord committed to His house, to our calling staying rooted to our character in faith to the everlasting covenant. Ruth is an image of the gentile church being strong in faith and entering into the covenant with God. As New Testament believers let’s stay strongly committed to the Lord. He will usher in a harvest.

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Discipling Nations by Influencing the Marketplace.

Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:9 (KJV)  For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

SUMMARY

The scripture repeatedly apprises us that the Lord has a special plan and purpose for our lives. Wherever we are placed, be it our workplaces, families or church, the Lord has kept great effectual open doors and opportunities to influence the nations! As St. Paul talked about great and effectual door that was opened for him, he talked about the enemies as well. St. Paul was a man of God, waiting for the breakthrough in his ministry. Hence, as children of God we should also ask God for a great effectual door and a breakthrough irrespective of any challenges. Oppositions will be there but when we trust in God and work hard,, the door which we are looking for will be opened for us.

SERMON POINTS

In the Bible we read in Genesis chapter ten about the beginning of the nations and in chapter eleven we read that the nations come against God. Therefore, what did God do? He confused the language in the tower of Babel and so now the nations were scattered all over. But a merciful God had a heart for the nations and He called Abraham at the age of seventy-five, and asked him to come out of his father’s house and call God his Father. Remember, our blessing is in our calling. If we want a blessing from God, it’s in our calling!

The Great Commission– Going to the Nations.

Matthew 28:19,20 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We are not called to increase the number in the church but we are called to make disciples. We are the disciples of Jesus. Jesus called Peter to be fishers of men, The Lord promised Abraham that He would make Him a great nation and if we are true disciples of Jesus we will embrace His commandment in going to the nations and teaching them.  The nation that God told Abraham is us. We are all one in Jesus to bless the nations which is the main purpose of our salvation.

Revelation 7:9 (KJV) After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

The result of the great commission is that a great multitude from every nation will be added to the Kingdom of God.

Three spiritual principles to disciple nations.

A true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ has no caste or creed. We need to change our outlook towards people and take them as our flock whom the Lord has entrusted into our hands to lead them towards the Savior with our walk, works and words.

1) Through our walk.

  • Walk in love: Ephesians 5:2 (KJV) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweets melling savour.

We read in the Bible that we need to walk in love just as Christ did. A true disciple of Jesus will have no enemies, just as our Lord forgave the greatest enemy with His greatest love we  also need to love and forgive one other to disciple the nations.

  • Walk with self-respect:Ephesians 5:15 (KJV) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

As disciples of Jesus we need to walk carefully with self-respect. Apostle Paul emphasis us to walk circumspectly like wise men because the whole world is watchful of our actions and deeds and not in any way falter into anything foolish.

  • Walk in the calling: Ephesians 4:1 (KJV) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

We need to walk in a manner worthy of our calling. The Bible teaches us to bear one another in lowliness. His love must radiate through us and within us breaking us out of our selfishness. Our walk should be pleasing and worthy to the Lord.

Colossians 1:10(KJV) That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

2) Through our works.

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 are created to do good works. Our Good works where we are placed shines as a light in the darkness. Our priority should be to excel in good works so that our heavenly Father would be glorified.

(Mark 7:37) And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

Jesus Christ  went around doing good and as His followers we need to heed to His calling by doing good works.

Matthew 5:16(KJV) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Let’s be sensitive to the need around us and it is through our good works we can shine as the light of this world and glorify the Father in heaven.

3) Through our words.

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?

Jesus Christ, spoke gracious words to everyone while He was on earth. We also need to learn to be gracious in our words to our spouses, family, friends and people around.

Proverbs 15:4(KJV) A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Colossians 4:5,6(KJV) Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

The Bible teaches us to be kind and gentle with our words that can uplift and encourage the spirit. Words that can disciple people and open the doors of their spiritual eyes.

Being an Ambassador of Christ in today’s marketplace.

  • Be Skilled:

Proverbs 22:29 (KJV)Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

The Bible teaches us to be men and women of skill. We need to learn and increase our skill level not to please men but to bring in the flock to His kingdom. Let’s be quick to learn and eager to grasp the new things that can help us perform better for the extension of His kingdom.

  • Working with all our heart:

Colossians 3:23,24 (KJV)And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ

The Bible instructs us to work with all our heart for the kingdom of God. Give the best to the Lord and His word says we will receive the reward of His inheritance.

  • Be Diligent:

Proverbs 21:5 (KJV)The thoughts of the diligent tend only plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.

To be an ambassador of Christ in the market place we should also be diligent in our workplace. We need to make sure that all our energy, time and focus is on the work at hand.

  • Be Faithful:

Proverbs 28:20 (KJV)A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent

Faithfulness which is one of the fruit of the Spirit is very important in our lives. We need to be faithful to those above us in authority and with the work being assigned to us. Our faithfulness should be seen in our relationship with one another , to the church and leadership. We should cultivate loyalty . When we remain faithful to our work, we become a testimony in the world so that they see us as His ambassadors.

  • Be Responsive:

Proverbs 16:13 (KJV) Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.

Today the world is chaotic and lawless. Everyone is seeking for a solution. We need to take the effort to speak forth and let them know our opinions. Instead of being the trouble makers we need to be problem-solvers for Christ.

  • Be a hard worker:

Proverbs 14:23 (KJV)  In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

The scripture says we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. God expects us to be laborers and just talkers. He also expects us to take ownership of the given task and finish  it and by doing so we influence the market place for His kingdom. The kingdom culture should rub in where we are placed.

CONCLUSION.

The Lord has opened a great and effectual door before us. This opportunity is available to us every day, every moment. We need to take up the opportunity and stand up for the work of the Lord. Don’t stay confined to the walls of families, obligations and workplace. The doors to nations are placed wide open between us; We are all ministers of God. We are the pastors in our company. There might not be any sheep now but the Lord will open doors to people’s heart’s to accept  the Lord and we can be ambassadors of Christ in their way to salvation any moment!

The Importance of the Day of Pentecost.

Key Scripture: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.

SUMMARY

The day of Pentecost and the events that followed on the glorious day are lessons to our Christian faith. The day of Pentecost marked the birth of the Christian church by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit that was poured out on that day is present with us this moment, if only we surrender in obedience for God to work in us.

On one hand without the power of the Holy Spirit we cannot have a victorious Christian life enjoying the beautiful relationship with God and on the other hand when we have His Spirit we have the power to expels the evil spirits and commune with God. Therefore, let us not be ignorant of what the Holy Spirit has to offer but continue to grow in our spiritual life with His Holy Spirit.

SERMON POINTS

We are a ‘Triune being.’ We have the soul that gives us an understanding of ourselves, the body that responds and has a connection with the world and the spirit that can either commune with God or evil.

The Holy Spirit connects us to the body of Christ.

The Factors that led to the Birth of the Christian Church:

1)Prayer at Pentecost:

Acts 2:1 (KJV) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

They were all praying together in one accord when God poured out His Spirit. The presence of the Holy spirit cannot be felt without prayer. Prayer is the platform and prerequisite to experience the Holy Spirit. The question today is how is our prayer life? How many times a day do we commune with God? Are we wasting and increasing our time in gadgets or are we offering prayers and supplications to God, because the scripture says that when they were together in one accord God poured out His spirit and He will do the same when we prayer together, He will pour His Spirit to dwell in us.

Let us be purposeful in prayer and be devoted in bringing a change in the community through our prayers. The scriptures say that as they prayed all one hundred twenty men were filled by the power of the Holy Spirit and there was a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house; this is the power of prayer when men and women of prayer come together it changes the situations and the spiritual environment.

2) The Presence at Pentecost.

 Acts 2:2-4 (KJV)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.

On the day of Pentecost God was coming down to be present with man. It is relevant today that when we sit in the church meetings and gathering we feel His presence. Healings happen, strong holds are broken, miracles happen and it is all because God is present in our midst. Therefore, we should yearn and thirst for His presence. We need to seek His presence as the Psalmist says in Psalm 63: 1(KJV) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

The beauty of His presence lies in the fact that the day we taste His presence it is incomparable to the riches of the world. We should let our flesh starve and let our spiritual man arise so that we will be raised and modeled to feel the presence of God. Let us all long for His presence to determine, develop and convey the work of His Holy Spirit through our lives.

3)Preaching at Pentecost.

 Acts 2:14 (KJV) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

Apostle Peter stood up lifted his voice and preached. He referred to the prophesy in the Old Testament in the book of Joel; He preached about the crucified Christ and the scripture portion being fulfilled among them. When God pours out His Holy Spirit, it will enable us with His power to teach and preach the gospel. When a believer preaches, uplifts and glorifies Jesus we know that the Holy Spirit is at work but not otherwise. Therefore, let us be vigilant to discern the power of the evil against the power of Holy Spirit. The preaching at pentecost was characterised by a good spiritual scriptural exposition by Peter referring to Psalm 16,Psalm 110 and Joel 2. A good sermon never contradicts the scriptures but enables the listener to have a deep understanding of the Lord.

4) Purpose of Pentecost.

 Acts 2:5-11 (KJV) And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

We are the purpose of Pentecost. The bible tells us that the nations that were scattered by God in the tower of Babel were united on the day of Pentecost as the disciples were enabled by His Spirit to speak in different tongues. God has given us spiritual gifts so that it will helps us to evangelize and minister to the body of Christ. Let us be hungry, more willing and more open to the work of the Holy Spirit and align our desires to the things that God wants to give us in our life and surely, we will be purposeful to the work for the kingdom of God.

5) Power of Pentecost.

Acts 2:37 (KJV)  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

There was great power on the day of Pentecost and those who heard the message were pricked in their hearts, they repented and three thousand people were baptized that very day. This is the power of the Holy Spirit. When God pours out His Holy Spirit there will not only be witnesses, guidance and boldness in His power but also it will prick our heart to repentance. Therefore, as God pours out His spirit let us accept and continue in fellowship to convey the strong message of the power of the Holy Spirit to the world around!

6) Promise of Pentecost.

 Acts 2:39 (KJV)  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

The promise of this divine infilling of the Holy Spirit is not just for us but also for our children and as many as the Lord shall call. Today, as St. Peter directed the people to repent and baptize in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins we as fellow brothers in Christ have the same promise to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and lead people to salvation.

Therefore, as we direct a way to salvation to the people, God is faithful to keep His promise!

CONCLUSION

The day of Pentecost is a remarkable event, when the power of God was poured out, displayed and manifested upon one hundred twenty people and the Holy Spirit was further conveyed to a large people in many places. Today God is looking to pour out His Spirit in the same way when we pursue Him in prayer, seek His presence and preach the gospel with determination so that God can fulfill the purpose and promise that He has for us. However, it can only be achieved when we manifest everything with power of the Holy Spirit.

Doors to Nations.

Key Scripture: Corinthians 16:9 (KJV)  For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

SUMMARY

God is  good to those who seek the Lord in truth and love! He has a special plan and purpose in our lives. Always remember wherever we are placed the Lord has kept great, effectual doors and opportunities open for us to influence the nations; provided we shift ourselves from a consumer level of only being in the receiving end to be a contributor. A contributor of our time, talent and treasure for the work of the Lord. Partnering with the Pastor and the servants of God to understand the weight of the ministry, to strengthen the work of the Lord and be a leader to represent the church in strengthening the systems of the church. Its therefore very important to fulfil your mission in life by utilizing the doors God has opened.

SERMON POINTS

A Great door.

In Greek ‘Mega’ denotes a great opportunity. As St. Paul writes the epistle  from Ephesus to Corinthians saying that God has opened a great door for him to minister effectively in the pagan city of Ephesus. It was a crucial door and Paul wanted to make the maximum utilisation of it.  Today the same God is opening a great door for us. God wants us to go through a great door in the city so that nations will be blessed. Remember we are pastors of  our workplaces so that God can work through us to bless and touch the lives of people around us.

What does God Think about  Nations?

Genesis 10:32(KJV) These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

We read in Genesis that through Noah’s son’s nations came into existence. They had families, borders, territories and language. However, sadly when pride and arrogance caught the heart of the people to reach God, God confused them by causing the people to speak different languages so that they could not communicate and work together to build the tower. Hence, people scattered across the land giving birth to new nations, territories, cultures and languages.

God who wanted a nation for Himself chose an individual from a pagan nation to influence the world.

Genesis 12:1,2 (KJV)  Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

When God called Abram to set out on a faith journey to the promised land though he was seventy five years old yet he didn’t doubt, hesitate or question God.  God promised that He would make him a great nation and would bless him and that he shall be a blessing. Today how many of us can make that commitment to the Lord? Are we ready to go out to the nations without any questions asked?

God is a good God to organize and provide things in our life, He was faithful to provide for Abraham and He is faithful to provide and bless us too. If we know that we are the descendants of Abraham we will also be a great nation and we will be blessed too.

Genesis 22:18 (KJV) “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”

After Abraham had passed his test of faith, the Lord promised him a life of blessing and multiplication. This is applicable in our life too, when we love the Lord more than anything in the world its time for a blessing!  Since Abraham loved the Lord  more than his only son Issac, the Lord promised that in his seed all nations of the world will be blessed and his offspring will capture the gates of the enemy.

So the promise of God to Abraham carried on to Isaac.

Genesis 25:23 (KJV) And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

The Lord speaks to Rebekah and gives a prophetic revelation about the two nations within her womb. Here we know that the Lord is referring to Esau and Jacob.The mantle passed on from Abraham to Isaac and Isaac to Jacob.

Genesis 27:29(KJV) Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

Jacob receives the blessings from his father Isaac and is made Lord over his brother. We as His children share the same blessings of Jacob. The magnitude of blessing is so much that if people bless us they will be blessed but if they curse us they will be cursed.

Genesis 28:14(KJV) And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

The promise that the Lord made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob includes the doors to nations for us too. It is clear that we share a special privilege to bless the  nations and through our seed the earth shall be blessed! So are we ready to take up the blessing of  Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to proclaim and inherit it to the ends of the world?

Peculiarity of this Nation.

Deut 4:6-9 (KJV) Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

In May 14, 1948 Israel was declared a nation. Many couldn’t believe their eyes, but the Lord who had prophesied thousands of years ago in the book of Isaiah had to come to pass and after seventy years of existence Israel is prosperous and advancing today. There is something different and peculiar about this nation which is also a promise that God has for us.

1) The Nation have wisdom and understanding in the sight of others:

Deuteronomy 4:6 (KJV) Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

The nation will be wise and understanding in the sight of others. If we follow the Lord Jesus, we are bound to be wise and understanding than anyone else in the whole world. If we make the bible the ground of our statues, God will change our level for other nations to hear the wisdom and understanding from us. We are blessed to bear the inheritance that distinguishes us as wise and understanding over other people of the world.

2) The Nation is  great because God is so close to them.

 Deuteronomy 4:7 (KJV)    For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

There might not be any nation that can say, “God is close to them.” Every week as we assemble in His house, He will bless us with His understanding in all things which will resolve and provide  for us.  The enemy might come to steal, kill and destroy but we have Jesus who has come to give life in abundance. Hence, when we have Jesus in our life we are always close to God.

3) The nation has statutes, laws and righteousness.

 Deuteronomy 4:8 (KJV)  And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

The nation that the Lord establishes has an order, law and righteousness. The Lord is not pleased with disorderly lifestyle. Our homes are required to be house of thanksgiving, praise and worship where He can dwell among us. As Christians when we have the basic character of tithing, offering, assembling in the name of Jesus we have order in our lives. The Lord requires us to follow His law, and live according to His righteousness. So, do we have the character to live in an order?

4) The nation has generations who are taught of the Lord.

 Deuteronomy 4:9 (KJV)  Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

This blessed nation is one where importance is given to the generation. We are to teach our children and grandchildren what God has taught us. We should be able to transfer faith to the generations and make a commitment that the law of the Lord will run in our blood line. Our bloodline should be where the faith-line will run.

The Nation of God today.

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

God is calling ‘us’ a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar nation who are being called from the deepest darkness to come to His marvelous light. We are the holy nation for whom the Lord has opened great doors to go to the ends of the earth preaching the gospel calling the nations to the light of God.

CONCLUSION.

The Lord has opened a great and effectual door before us through our marketplaces and communities. We need to take up the task and stand up for the work of the Lord. No more should we be confined to ourselves and our families, the comfort zones that make us lose the opportunity that God has  placed before us. God calls us a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar nation being called from the deepest and darkest pit to His marvelous light. So are you available and prepared to the calling today?

In the Name of Jesus!

Key Scripture: Philippians 2:9,10 (KJV)  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

SUMMARY

There is power in the name of Jesus,  when we concede to the power of His holy name our lives and situations change and we are never the same again! Though the name of Jesus is the sweetest and the most power name yet it is approachable, accessible and available to everyone. However, the greatest tragedy today is the count on how many of us thirst for His name. Therefore, let’s us pull ourselves away from a ‘spectator mode’ to being a ‘participant’ in the extension of His kingdom to magnify and glorify His name today.

SERMON POINTS

The Name of Jesus.

 2 Chronicles 15:7 (KJV)    Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

The name Jesus originates from the Latin form of Greek  name Yesous which represents Hebrew bible name Yeshua- our God saves.

We can be rest assured that at the mention of His beautiful name ‘Jesus Christ’ can save us from the darkest pit of our sin, therefore, let us strive in knowing His precious name and learn  what the Bible asks us do in His Name.

Acclamation in the Name of Jesus:

1) Believe in His Name.

 John 1:12 (KJV)  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

The Bible clearly tells us that we need to believe in His Name and in the person of Jesus; as we do that we gain the power to become sons of God. However, we can either be just believers having  distant view of God or get closer to Him as His true sons and daughters.

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (KJV)   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty

As we identify ourselves to be His children we must also separate from every unclean temptation of the world, the customs and traditions that is not of God.We should never compromise on God’s word and as we stick to His name, the word of God says that He will receive us and will be a Father unto us.

2) Call on His Name.

 Acts 2:21 (KJV)   And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved

Its a blessed privilege to call out on His name. God  created us to have fellowship with Him and He expects us to call out His name even in the most dangerous times so that we have an opportunity to be saved as we call on His name. Therefore, make it a priority to call on the name of Jesus and be saved today!

3) Gather in His Name.

 Matthew 18:20 (KJV)  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

The word of God promises that wherever two or more are gathered in His Name He would be present among our midst and when we acknowledge this we take decisions to come to His church and honor His name. Never make any excuses  for not being able to gather for prayer meetings, church gatherings or any ministry that demands our labor for the extension of His kingdom because God says that He will be present and we wouldn’t want to  miss the opportunity do we? Whatever we agree gathering together in His name, would be done by the Father in heaven.

4) Pray in His Name.

 John 16:23,24 (KJV)  And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

If our prayers were based on our righteousness or our worthiness nobody would have had the privilege to pray to God.  St. Paul says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Therefore, because of the redemptive power of God’s saving grace we have the privilege to pray to the Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ and as He continually intercedes for us to the Father our prayers are being answered. Therefore, let us take this moment of  great joy as we pray in the name of Jesus, as it is being answered in His name.

5) Minister healing in His Name.

 Acts 3:6 (KJV)  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

James 5:14(KJV) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

There is healing in the name of Jesus! As St. Peter prayed in the name of Jesus, a man who was lame from his mother’s womb rose up and walked! Such is the power in the name of Jesus. Today there is no sickness, illness or diseases that is too difficult for the Lord to heal. As we proclaim healing in His name the lame shall walk, the blind will see again and the deaf will hear. Therefore, let us minister healing in the mighty name of Jesus .

6) Cast out demons in His Name.

 Mark 16:17 (KJV)  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

In the book of Ephesians we read that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, powers of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, it is imperative for us to take authority over demonic disturbances and cast them out of our lives.  Let our prayers, fellowship, spiritual songs vibrate in our homes to create an anointed atmosphere to drive out anything that is unholy in the eyes of the Lord. We disturb the momentum of the enemy and deactivate the powers of darkness by His name.

7) Confess in His Name.

 Hebrews 13:15 (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.

Let the name of Jesus be continually in our lips. Let us continually give thanks and praise to His holy name for the things He has done and for the things yet to some. Let our praises be a sweet smelling sacrifice unto His Holy name.

8) Do everything in His Name.

 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.

There are always two ways of doing things; by word and by action. The Bible teaches us to evaluate everything and encourages us to do it all in His name. Every act ,thought or word should reverberate with the kingdom culture our Lord Jesus taught. We represent our Lord Jesus in our workplaces and communities. Bring glory to His name through it all.

9) Worship His Name.

Philippians 2:9-10(KJV) Therefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

God has highly exalted the name of the Lord Jesus because He was obedient to the Father. Now the only name that is worthy to receive worship is the name of Jesus, to the glory of God the Father. When we worship the name of the Lord Jesus, our heavenly Father is glorified.

10) Life through His Name.

 John 20:31 (KJV)But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

His name brings life in us. When we believe in the mighty name of Jesus and acknowledge His  holy name  we not only have peace, healing and freedom but we also have life in Him.  True life comes from the blessed name of Jesus.

CONCLUSION.

Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

We have the great privilege of knowing God by His name. We should not take the name of the Lord in vain as mentioned in the law.(Exodus 20:7)

Taking the name of the Lord vain has an implication that we should not walk or live in a way unaware of the greatness of the name of the Lord. Our life should be given to the lifting up of His name.

The Basics of Revival.

Key Scripture: 2 Chronicles 15:7 (KJV)  Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

SUMMARY

The word ‘Revival’ in the dictionary means an improvement in the condition or strength of something. We often hear, believe and pray for a revival in our nation, city or community but seldom know how we can bring about a revival! The good news is God has an answer to every seeking heart and He is telling us today to take courage and not let our hands be weak for our work will be rewarded! Through this sermon you will have an understanding of ushering in a revival through the life of King Asa and prophet Azariah.

SERMON POINTS

What does Revival look like?

2 Chronicles 15:7 (KJV)Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

Revival starts with individuals who are touched by the powerful presence and word of God. They give prime most importance to His word and orders their steps accordingly. As they obey God’s word, the outlook of the community and society changes. Reading, meditating and praying to God becomes an imperative factor in our life and is reflected through our walk with God. We share the gospel with utmost joy, thirsting for souls to salvation. As we undertake the great commission, God speaks to us and suddenly the love of God fills us and the people around with the presence of the Holy Spirit. People flock into the place to experience the power of the holy spirit. The lives, situations and circumstances are changed forever for good and it becomes so evident through their works! Therefore, let us work towards the ‘Revival’ with courage and never let our hands grow weak.

Requirements for a Revival.

1) The Spirit of the Lord should come upon us:

2 Chronicles 15:1 (KJV)And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:

For a revival to take place, the spirit of God should come upon us and once we have the spirit of God we will see things with the eyes of His spirit. Here we see the Spirit of God coming upon Azariah, the son of Oded. He goes to King Aza and declares the word of God boldly. If revival has to come upon a church and community, there has to be individuals fully surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Once the Holy Spirit lands on individuals, they become game changers for the better. You are anointed by the Holy Spirit to usher in a revival where you are placed. In your workplace you function as a minister of God to bring people to a revival.

In today’s world the greatest deterrent to revival is the technology gadgets; from children to adults everyone is at unrest and are held captive to sin. Remember God has called us to lead our children in the ways of the Lord and we are accountable to Him! Therefore, let the spirit of God come upon us to encourage, speak and to lead. Today the question is, do we desire and prepare ourselves for the Holy Spirit to come upon us and be used by God?

2) Seeking God in prayer.

 2 Chronicles 15:2 (KJV)And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you

The Bible clearly tells us that when we seek the Lord in prayer we will find Him but if we forsake Him He will forsake us. The Christian life is meant to be a transparent life, to live in a community sharing the love of God .However, we are in danger zone when we refuse to open our life before God, being honest and transparent. Thus when we forsake His presence and purpose, He would forsake us and it would be detrimental .

What is our passion and purpose today? Is it to establish our kingdom or His kingdom? What is the amount of time we spend with God and what is the mandate when we say ‘amen?’ If saying an amen is just a lousy ritual then it’s time for us to come back and seek the face of God. Let us be determined to find God, immersed in prayer, our knees bruised in seeking Him with a transformed, courteous heart praying out aloud.  A revival is bound to come as we seek the Lord !

3) Having the Law and The Teaching Of God as most important.

 2 Chronicles 15:3 (KJV) Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law

The book of Chronicles says that Israel had no true God, no teaching priest and no law. Sadly, many of our lives, homes and churches are infested with the similar exposition of the Israelites.  We have made a God of our imagination, with no laws in families and churches have become business centers with pulpits echoing a diluted form of God’s word. The true God is not preached or revered . There are no teaching priests as in the time of Asa. However, let us remember that if He is a true God we are His true servants. It is important to receive faithful teaching, setting spiritual principles in families like a family prayer, teaching our children the word of God and setting right priorities in our life.

Remember that our presence and prayers can make a world of difference enough to bring forth a revival when we have a true God, His teaching and His law in our lives.

4) Removing Detestable Idols from our Lives.

 2 Chronicles 15:8 (KJV)And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.

The scripture says that king Asa took courage and removed the abominable idols and destroyed it. Revival ignites courage and every detestable idol is removed from our homes and hearts.

Ezekiel 14:3(KJV)  Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?

The word says that the idols are in the heart and it prevents God from reaching to us and vice versa. The idols also can be  as simple a gadget, a television program which hinders our relationship with God. Therefore, remove the idols today because with the idol we cannot progress in our relationship with God.

Psalms 119:37 (KJV)Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

King David asks the Lord to turn His eyes from the vain things of the world so that he can see the Lord and follow His ways.

Colossians 3:5(KJV) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

As the saying goes “What I see is what I want.” The world today has become greedier than ever. We want to possess everything we see, but the word reminds us that it is idolatry and we should not have an idolatrous lifestyle.

 John 12:25(KJV) He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Therefore, let us praise God for the blessings that He has given us and remove the idols that prevents Him from reaching to us.

5) Repairing the altar of your heart.

 2 Chronicles 15:8 (KJV)And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the sabominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.

King Asa repaired the altar of the Lord, that ushered in the revival for the land of Judah. Revival starts as we repair the altar of our heart. Let us repair and ask the Lord to create in us a clean heart asking Him to remove any thing held captive for a revival.See Psalm 51 and pray it with a right spirit to rebuild the altar of your heart.

6) Praise and Worship.

 2 Chronicles 15:11 (KJV)And they offered unto the Lord the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep

Many of us believe that number seven in the bible signifies completion and perfection. Revival comes when we find ourselves given to praise and worship. The trademark of a revival is completed and perfected through our praise and worship to the Lord.

7) Seal the covenant with the shout of Praise.

2 Chronicles 15:12 (KJV)And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;That whosoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. And they sware unto the Lord with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the Lord gave them rest round about.

The scripture says that the people made a covenant with the Lord to serve Him all the days of their lives. They made loud voices of covenant. They were not singing a lie to the Lord. They were given to the work of the Lord. All Judah rejoiced at the oath. Today our praise and worship culture has become too noisy without any meaning. We should be determined to declare our covenant to God when we come to Him.

What was the result?

The scripture says as the people made a covenant and swore unto God and  was found of them. There is nothing greater in life than to find God . When we find Him, our lives become drenched by His presence. We get joy and peace from His presence and He gives us rest from all the attacks of the enemy.

A revival is bound to happen when we seal the covenant and be found of God. We will have joy, peace and rest in the covenant with God.

CONCLUSION

Revival can start now with us today when every requirement is met by us. It is imperative that we get rid of any idols in our life to find God, to seal the covenant and find rest in Him. Let His spirit come upon us, seek Him, have His word and laws in our lives. Prepare an altar to praise and worship Him today; and as all Judah rejoiced at the oath we will rejoice in the covenant with the Lord!

A Call to Persevere!

Key Scripture: Jude 1:3-8(KJV) Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

SUMMARY

The most blessed hope written and dispatched in the Holy-Writ to humanity is that our Lord Jesus is coming back very soon! We as His church have a responsibility, accountability and work to do. Without being responsible and fighting a good fight of faith we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, let us experience the joy of salvation and perceive unto our faith until the second coming of Christ!

SERMON POINTS

The Joy of Salvation:

There is joy in the presence of the Lord. Many of us today don’t give weight-age to the day that we accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior; the first joy that needs to come out from the heart of every Christian. If only we acknowledge the importance of being saved we will forever be joyful in the Lord. The joy of salvation should be daily because we are being washed by the blood of the Lamb every day. Therefore, let us stir ourselves with the joy of the Lord and He will take care of us!

One important aspect of being a child of God is to underlie our problem, trails and difficulties and still be able to testify the goodness of God. However, the bitter truth these days is we forget Him as our priority and expect the coming of the Lord to be delayed. Let us understand that the second coming of the Lord will not only be a spiritual experience but also a physical experience; He will sit on the throne and judge the whole world. Until then the church has been called and given some tasks. Therefore, let us assimilate His calling in our lives and abide by it!

How Do We Persevere to Our Calling?

1) Fight for the Faith.

Jude 1:3-4Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

As St. Paul says that he has fought a good fight of faith and the crown of glory awaits him in heaven in a similar manner we are called by God to fight a good fight of faith. Saying we don’t have opportunities or responsibilities in the church would be wrong because we are commissioned to pray and be prayer warriors. Prayer is a high calling and nobody is unemployed in the kingdom of God, but if we become like the one talent man in the bible who was lazy and buried his talent we will also be considered worthless and will be casted into the outer darkness like the servant man.

Therefore, let’s us take a share of our responsibility in the church, seek the Lord and ask how we can be usable vessels for the kingdom of the Lord. St. Paul asked his calling the moment when he received the light of the Lord and he was used mightily by Him. Like the old phrase says, “It never too late to right a wrong.” Hence, if we have the zeal and passion for Him its never too late. So what is our ask today?

2) Believe the Lord

Jude 1:5 (KJV) I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

In Jude we read that the Egyptians were destroyed because they didn’t believe. Though it is a wonderful feeling to be saved yet if we don’t continue in faith to believe and trust in the Lord, we greatly displease Him. The Israelite’s wavered in their faith. One day they worshiped the idols and the other day they came back repenting to God. Finally, a day came when they didn’t believe the Lord wholeheartedly, though the Lord had promised them a land flowing with milk and honey yet they erred and chose to believe the lie of the enemy. Similarly, today as Christians we pray to God halfheartedly, believe in the lies of the enemy and make our hearts troubled with fear and anxiety nonetheless committing a great sin against the Lord.

Remember God is a faithful God and He will give us things at the right appointed time. The world may receive it a natural way but we will get in a super natural way by a super natural power. Believe today that God has a definite work through the Pastors into our lives!

3) Protect our Calling

 Are Jude 1:6-8 (KJV) And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.

God has given as an estate a high calling. We read in the bible that the angels were given very high place in heaven to keep safe the great estate and possession. However, the angels defiled the flesh with the filth of sin. Therefore, God destroyed the whole earth except Noah and His family. Also in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah they did the same thing, they sinned against God. Hence, the angels failed in the great calling of God and they will be judged. God has placed us with a high calling, greater compared to the calling of angels but if we don’t protect our calling in purity, mix with the world and do the unwanted things of the world we might as well fall into the judgement of God.

If the Angels who were given high estates were judged how much more are we prone to the judgement of God? Therefore, let us be careful with our estate and if God has blessed us let us keep it pure and holy. Let’s us be vessels of honor to the Lord for we share the inheritance of Jesus, introspect our lives and impatiently await the Lord’s Coming.

John 1:12 (KJV) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

We share the same inheritance of Jesus of calling God, “Abba Father” which is the highest inheritance we can have on earth. Therefore, as we have become His sons, let us protect our highest estate that God has entrusted upon us.

CONCLUSION.

The biggest possession we have in our Christian life is faith.  We are all employers in the Kingdom of Heaven to fulfill His calling in our life. We fight the faith, we believe in the Lord and we also protect our calling. Remember Jesus is coming very soon and we have a lot of work in hand; let every seed that we sow fall on the fertile soil, so that it will yield and produce double fold the good work of God’s that He has assigned us. Believe in Him and He shall direct our paths!