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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.

David’s Reign-The ABC Factor and Failure.

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 the shepherd boy was anointed to be king over all Israel because he was a man after God’s own heart. However David’s reign has specks of failure. This sermon helps us understand the ABC factor and failures of King David’s reign.

SERMON POINTS

David’s reign.

2 Samuel 5:2-5 (KJV)  Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel. So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the Lord: and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.

David was anointed king over all Israel and Judah at the age of thirty. King David continued to be a man after God’s own heart, but he had his shortcomings. These 3 failures in his reign can attack our lives as well and it may altogether push us away from the path of righteousness. The ABC factor of failure in David’s reign consisted of his fall in the issue of Absalom, Bathsheba and taking the census of his people. Let’s learn how we can steer clear of these 3 factors in our lives.

David’s failure – The ABC factor.

  1. A-Absalom.

 2 Samuel 13:21,22 (KJV) But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.  And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.

One of David’s failure lay with how he dealt with his children. We see David’s son Amnon raping his half-sister Tamar, Absalom’s sister. King David is angered by this but fails to address it. Absalom hated Amnon for what he had done and was brewing that bitterness against him and his father for not confronting the injustice that happened to his sister. This is what caused Absalom to rise against his father David. And to what end, only to lose his life while hanging from a tree by his hair.

This comes as a warning to us parents of what goes on in our homes. King David was probably too busy to go check up on his children or spend time with them. Had he taken some time to sit his children down and listen to what was happening with their lives. He could have saved all 3 of them from destruction.

It is high time we start to think of what we are modelling to our children. We need to take time to teach them what is right, speak to them, observe what goes on in them. We need to deal with issues that come between us and our children right away. We are called to train the Absalom generation of our time. Let us be aware of what our children are learning and teach them to live according to the standard set by the Word of God.

 

  1. B-Bathsheba

 2 Samuel 11:27 (KJV) And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.

According to Jewish tradition and Midrash, a king was allowed to have 18 wives. It is also believed that every soldier would give a writ of divorce before going to war. Maybe this justified King David sleeping with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife and then getting him killed in battle. But this thing displeased the Lord. God sent Prophet Nathan to condemn David of his mistake.

Hebrews 13:4,5 (KJV) Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Marriage is honourable in all. Our thoughts and our perceptions have to be clean. God expects utmost purity when it comes to our sexual lives. Many men and women of God have fallen prey to sexual sins. The secret, however to sexual purity is to delight yourself in the Lord. (Psalms 37:4). When our vertical relationship with God is not right that is when we falter in our horizontal relationships with one another. We cannot achieve this by ourselves. That is why we have our Advocate, our Lord Jesus  who will help us to remain pure and blameless as we are transparent in confessing our sins. (1 John 1:9). David composes Psalm 51 after he committed a grievous sin  with Bathsheba asking the Lord to create in him a clean heart and a steadfast spirit. (Psalms 51:10) Let us love the Lord wholly and show the same love to those around us.

 

  1. C-Count.

 Proverbs 30:9 (KJV)   Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

 King David decides to take a census of his army. The Bible tells us this angered the Lord. The act of taking the census implied that David’s trust was in the size of his army and not on the Lord who had given him victory every single time. We also need to be careful not to calculate the things especially when it comes to what we have achieved and how far we are successful. Success is our relationship with the Lord and not any count of any sort. God blesses us but let’s not be in the counting business.

David repents of his mistake by purchasing Araunah’s land where in the angel stood with a drawn sword, for the full price and sacrificing to the Lord. Our hearts must completely trust and depend on the Lord for that is what He requires of us. Let us  not give in to rebellion and greediness. Remember contentment with godliness is great gain.

 

CONCLUSION.

Psalms 139:23,24 (KJV) Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

This prayer of David has to become our very own. We need to have timely introspections on our spiritual lives and our families. How are we faring in the view of God’s word? Unless we are able to steer clear of sexual sins and greed, unless we are able to take time to nurture our families with the truth of God’s word, we are also bound to fail on the areas King David failed. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and see if there is any offensive way in us and lead us in the path of everlasting life.

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David-Rejected Stone to Anointed Son.

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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 is called, ‘Man after God’s own heart’. This sermon helps us understand how he got to be like that by searching the scriptures on David’s upbringing. We can also become people after God’s own heart when we learn to apply the same principles that were seen in David’s life.

SERMON POINTS

David’s upbringing.

 

Saul and David, both had the calling upon their lives; but Saul was rejected as king. We have a lesson here. God’s purpose will stand though the people He use may change. When we are faithful to the call of God, He will establish us. The reason why God didn’t reject David as king was because David was a man after God’s own heart. He was in union with the plans and purposes of God.

Psalms 118:22,23 (KJV)  The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

This Psalm is believed to be sung by David’s mother, Nitzevet.(The midrash) when David was anointed as King

Jewish tradition tells us that David’s father, Jesse or Yishai was a righteous man who was the head of the Sanhedrin in Bethlehem, married to Nitzevet. Being the grandson of Ruth the Moabite, Yishai always questioned the legitamacy of his ancestory, this made Yishai take a decision to produce a child whose ancestory was unquestionable with a Canaanite maidservant.

This didn’t take place as Nitzevet swapped places with the maidservant. As no one knew of the swap, when Nitzevet conceived everyone viewed her as adulterous and the child she bore, David as illegitimate.

For this reason David grew up despised by his family (Psalms 69:8). He was rejected and sent off to look after sheep in the hopes of getting killed by beasts.

Call of God on David’s life.

1 Samuel 16:12 (KJV) And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

When Prophet Samuel goes to Bethlehem to sacrifice, he heads to the home of Yishai, even then David is sent off to the fields to take care of the sheep. With rejection his lot, every time and from everyone, God has His call on David alone. In that very moment David the rejected stone is anointed as the King of Israel.

That is how our God works. We see this constantly through out the Bible, Moses’ calling never came as he was living in the palace of Egypt. But the call of God came to him in the wilderness. He picks up the rejected of the world. If you are rejected today by everyone and at every possible situation don’t worry, this is exactly where God’s calling is coming upon your life.

Principles learnt from David’s childhood.

We can learn some principle from David’s childhood that is important to follow especially if you want to experience God’s calling in your life.

1.Being Righteous.

Psalms 37:25,26 (KJV)  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

David was born to righteous parents. His mother as per the records of Jewish tradition we have, constantly taught him to live righteous. His father, Yishai held a prestigious position in the Sanhedrin because of his righteousness before God. This helps us understand how much our lives must be exemplary when it comes to living a righteous life.

As parents, we need to teach our children to be strong in the Lord Jesus Christ and seek Him earnestly.

David from his experience writes that the righteous were never forsaken and the blessings went to the generations.

Psalms 14:2 (KJV) The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

A righteous man is the one who seeks God. God wants us to seek Him. Jesus said seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33). Let us seek His righteousness and truth. Let’s make the word of God and our prayer times a priority.

2.Principle of waiting on the Lord

Psalms 39:7 (KJV) And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.

David went through the worst of experiences in his childhood but he never wallowed in self-pity. He never took law into his hands. He waited on the Lord (Psalms 40:1). He held the Lord as his hope. God honored David’s patience. He had to wait for some time from the time he was anointed to being the king. He respected the anointing on King Saul. David was patient and waited for the time of God.

Job 13:15  (KJV) Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

The Lord never puts to shame those who wait for Him. Job waited on the Lord, trusting in Him despite the horrible situations that surrounded him and God was faithful to give him back double fold. 

3.Being Faithful

1 Samuel 16:11 (KJV)   And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

Another principle that we see evident in David’s youth, is how faithful he was  in all that he undertook. When the Prophet Samuel comes to David’s hometown for a sacrifice, David is seen with his sheep. That shows the diligence he showed at the work assigned to him.

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

David may have been rejected and despised but he was not the one to run away from his responsibilities, rather he did his best and when couldn’t assigned it to others. This quality of being faithful and committed is the very thing that is in the heart of God.

4.Serving the Lord

Psalms 116:16 (KJV)   O Lord, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

David served the Lord. Look at his prayer, he calls himself a servant of the Lord and the son of His handmaid. He had been brought up in that culture of serving and living for the Lord. The Bible reveals to us from the psalms of David the depth of his prayers. It was not to seek material greatness or blessings; instead he wanted to feel oneness with Adonai. Let us make that our encouragement to serve the Lord wholeheartedly.

CONCLUSION.

1 Samuel 22:3,4  (KJV)  And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me. And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while that David was in the hold.

David was a rejected stone. But in his time of rejection, God’s calling came upon his life, which turned him a rejected stone into an anointed son. In the time of our rejection, God’s call comes upon our lives; He is able to do all things. In the above verse, God helps David to be a blessing to the same people who rejected him. God will do the same for you as you live righteous, patient and serve the Lord faithfully.

The Mystery Bride…

Key Scripture:

Revelation 21:2 (KJV)  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

SUMMARY

Our Lord Jesus Christ is coming back soon! He is coming as the bridegroom to claim His bride. This sermon note helps us understand who is this bride of Christ and how we can be a part of this mystery bride.  

SERMON POINTS

Are you the Mystery bride?

Ephesians 5:25-27 (KJV)  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 

The eternal plan of God is a mystery . What was God’s plan behind it all. We see the creation in 6 days and God rested on the seventh day. On the eighth day we the hidden part of Adam being unveiled in Eve. God created Man and Woman and blessed them (Genesis 1:28) The woman was inside Adam. 

The world’s first husband and wife were one, bone to bone and flesh to flesh. (Genesis 2:22-24) Similarly, the Church who is the bride of Christ is in Christ and is being revealed now.

God who is the very epitome of love, showers all His love and passion on His bride, the church. It is the same real love and oneness we share with the Lord Jesus as His Church. (Ephesians 5:28-33)

Paul says this is a mystery. The church that comprises of Jews and Gentiles. This is the splendor of the Son of God. The church is His bride and He won’t let the church be fed by wild beasts.

When we say church, in the eyes of God it is not the cathedrals but the members who form the church.

When Adam fell into sin and lost his relationship with the Lord, God sent His one and only Son Jesus Christ to pay the price to redeem His bride.

Jesus Christ said that ‘ I will build My Church.’ The mystery bride of Christ has always been in Christ and now He is shaping us into the flawless and blameless bride like Sarah, Rebecca and Abigail that we ought to be for the Lamb of God.

The Jews believe that they are the mystery bride but this call to be a part of the bride of Christ, which is the Church is for all redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. (John 1:12)

Similarly the Lord loves us so much because you and I are part of this bride. For the mystery bride, Church is the eternal purpose. The Lord is coming back very soon. The real question is, are you a part of this mystery bride. 

The Steps Christ did and will do to His  bride.

1.Christ reconciled us.

Colossians 1:21-22 (KJV) Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because ofyour evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.

When sin entered this world, it ripped us out of our relationship with the Lord. We were alienated from God. But through the shed blood of Jesus Christ we were reconciled to God.

You are reconciled to God through the shed blood of Jesus in whom the fullness of God dwelt (Colossians 1:19). There was a price paid. This is love and mercy. We are beautiful in making; we are not functioning, as we should be, because of ignorance. The price was paid for mystery bride. You and I are part of the bride, because God paid the price.

2.Christ resides in us.

Colossians 1:25-27 (KJV) I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Once we were reconciled to God by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Christ the very fullness of God came to reside within us and it is in this we have this hope to look forward to an eternity with Him.

Ephesians 5:32  (KJV) This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

This is the mystery that Apostle Paul tries to explain, that the Holy God befriends us sinners through the shed blood of Christ, sanctifies and resides in us to present us a blameless and pure bride of Christ.

3.Christ restores us.

Ephesians 3:17-19 (KJV)   so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

With Christ residing in us, our old nature passes away. We become rooted in love.  We are filled with the same power and fullness of God. We start reflecting Christ in us. He transforms us into people who love with the limitless love of Christ, which surpasses all knowledge. Let us submit to this love and let Christ restore us. Only then can we become the Bride of Christ and help many who are waiting to be reconciled with Christ.

4.Christ receives us.

John 14:1-3 (KJV)   “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Jesus Christ before leaving the earth promised to go and prepare mansions, a place for His bride. Accordingly, the Lord Jesus Christ will come to ressurect or receive His bride in glory. We must never forget that Christ’s second coming is a not a vain hope. We have a living hope.Christ will come at the appointed time to receive His bride, until then we understand He is preparing a mansion of many rooms for her.

5.Christ will reveal us to the world.

Revelation 19:7,8 (KJV)   Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”

The wedding of the Lamb! How glorious it must be! Imagine, Christ is preparing His bride these days so that she will be revealed to the whole world. Christ is working on His church, purifying and preparing us to meet the King of kings and to be united with Him forever. The world will see this event. 

CONCLUSION.

What do you think is the most important thing in this life? For Christ it is to prepare His bride for His coming. We are living in the last hour. The Coming of the Lord is at hand, are you the mystery bride of Christ?  Let the Lord minister to us today through His word, so that we will first be reconciled to God and help many waiting to be reconciled to experience this same joy and glory of being His Mystery Bride-the Church.

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