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-The Giant Slayer and God Chaser

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 was a man after God’s own heart. He slew giants and his heart sought after God. These are two qualities a Christian needs to have. This sermon note helps us understand how we can have that passion that David carried in his heart.

SERMON POINTS

Being a Giant Slayer and a God Chaser!

Psalms 18:32-34 (KJV)  It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.

We need to be giant slayers in our spiritual and physical lives. There are many giants that threaten us and we should be keen on overcoming these giants of sin, sickness, debt and poverty. God has empowered us to be victorious over every giant by the anointing. At the same time He desires us to be His people who go after Him. We as believers in Jesus Christ have the Holy spirit residing within us when we accept Him as our Savior. But it is the power of the anointing which is experience of the infilling of the Holy Spirit that fills our lives with a zeal and passion.

This passion is what set David apart from the others. We need to make sure that passion is never diluted with the culture of the world which aduterates our minds.

David’s Life of Passion & Slaying different Giants

1.Passion for his sheep.

1 Samuel 17:34-36 (KJV) And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

David was passionate about his sheep. He never ran away to save himself at the sight of danger. We need to care for our families and those around us with the heart of a shepherd who doesn’t run away.

Proverbs 27:23″Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;”

He wouldn’t give in to the enemy. He tore apart the lion and bear that came to attack the sheep. We need to be concerned about what goes on in the lives of those God entrusted us with. Let us be aware of the condition of our flocks and pay attention to our herds. David thereby took victory over the lion and bear .

2.Passion for the Name of God.

1 Samuel 17:45 (KJV) Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

When Goliath challenged Israel to send forth a man to fight him, the army of Israel under Saul’s leadership was scared and terrified . David, however wasn’t afraid, because of the passion he had for the Name of God. He couldn’t stand the enemy insulting the name of God. He confronted Goliath with the name of God. 

1 Sam 17:45″Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”

The Bible is clear that nothing can save us except the Lord (Psalms 33:16,17). God will hand over every giant into our hands, no matter how huge the giant may look like. All we need to do is stop calculating the greatness of our problem and start praising the name of the Lord with an unshakable passion and the enemy will be defeated!

David continued his exploits against the GIANT family.

2 Samuel 21:20-22  (KJV) And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him. These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

God wants passionate warriors who will be zealous for His name and stay committed to prayer. David was able to defeat so many giants as a warrior; he was also able to raise up people who could do the same when he was exhausted. (2 Samuel 21:15-17) Prayer is our battleground. We need to be praying leaders and people who pray for our leaders.

God delivered David from the hand of Goliath the Philistine. He went after God after the exploits as he wrote Psalm 18.

3.Passion for the Purpose of God.

1 Samuel 18:16 (KJV)   But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.

David carried a passion for the purpose of God. All of the kingdom loved David and this became the very reason King Saul wanted David dead. He meant so much harm that the Bible records him trying to pin David to the wall with his spear twice and failed. David who worshipped God was able to elude King Saul’s spear.

Remember the enemy cannot pin David’s who know to worship and honor God.

The most beautiful part is when the tables were turned and David had many chances to kill his enemy King Saul, he refused to go beyond the purpose of God by raising his hand against God’s anointed.

This serves as a lesson to us as well. God wants us to be passionate about His purpose on our lives. He wants us to never take judgement into our own hands. As we worship God, He is more than able to protect us from the spear of the enemy thrown against us, our families and churches. David was delivered from the hand of King Saul.

4. Passion for the House of God.

1 Samuel 21:1 (KJV) Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee?

David goes to the house of God at his time of trouble. Jesus refers to this incident in Mark chapter 2, wherein David and his men eat the Show bread from the tabernacle. He had nothing to defend himself, but at the house of God, God equips him with what he once lost. (1 Samuel 21:9)

At such a time, David’s whereabouts at the house of God were seen and reported to King Saul by Doeg the Edomite (1 Samuel 22:10). Nevertheless, God helped David escape with his life from the schemes of Doeg as well.

As you have passion for the house of God, when you care for your local church, God is faithful to protect you from the snares and schemes of your enemy. Psalm 52 was written as he understood the schemes of Doeg.

Psalm 52:7-8″Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength;
but trusted in the abundance of his riches,
and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God:
I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.”

5. Passion for Deliverance.

1 Samuel 21:10 (KJV)   And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.

After David’s encounter at the house of God, he fled to Achish, king of Gath. What had to be a silent escape, became a trap when people recognised him to be the next king of Israel and took him to meet Achish. David had no way out but his passion for deliverance wouldn’t let him just give up. He decide to act like he was mentally ill, scrabbled the  doorposts and letting saliva down his beard. This act of insanity proved to for his deliverance, God delivered David from hands of Achish king of Gath.

Somedays we need to be willing to go to any extreme for a deliverance. God looks at our hearts, if we are willing to go that extra mile to see His hand at work. Psalm 34 was written as He took victory over Achish who was another “giant”.

CONCLUSION.

David was a giant slayer and a man who sought after God. It was his passion that made him into someone who could do the impossible. Through this sermon, the Lord speaks to us today, to check where our passion lies. If we are able to ignite that passion for God in our souls, through the power of the Holy Spirit we too can do great exploits for God.

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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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Raising a Godly Family.

Key Scripture:

Heb 11:23 (ESV) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.y faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.

SUMMARY

The world we live in is going from bad to worse. We live in a virtual world with fake relationships and emotionless emojis. It is in this world that we live and raise our family. This sermon helps us understand how we can raise godly families and withstand the pressures of the world to make a difference starting from our family.

SERMON POINTS

Need for raising a godly family.1

Hebrews chapter 11 is called the faith chapter. Here, we read the chronicles of saints who were able to live godly lives that hated the culture of this ungodly world. Similarly the Lord calls us to live and raise a godly family which will be able to stand for God in this generation. We can stay separate from the culture of this world only through our faith in Jesus Christ. This faith has to be translated into our actions and words. That’s what sets your apart. Faith spoken and nurtured into your family and children are what aids you in raising a godly family.

BEING A GODLY WOMAN-

Some Misconceptions of being a spiritual woman.

We tend to evaluate our spirituality based on the external. For example to qualify to be a “spiritual woman” we arrive at some wrong conclusions. We think its all about church attendance, dressing and the way we praise God is what makes a woman spiritual. These are needed, yet this cannot be a standard. We can do it all and neglect our relationship with God. Its never about the external, but the inner transformation should percolate to our lifestyle.The Lord requires the women also to come out of their misconceptions and live exemplary lives that resonate faith to the entire household. You can do that by following:

1.Keeping a check on your spiritual well-being.

Proverbs 31:10 (KJV)  Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Irrespective of who we are, we need to have a constant check on the spiritual well-being of both ourselves and our families. We can do that by taking time to speak to our children, getting to know what is the centre of their attention, teaching them the value of things, being particular in biblical principles like tithing, holiness and family prayer.

2. Don’t be a prisoner of the past.

Isaiah 43:18,19 (KJV) Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Some of us our prisoners of our past. We are confined in by our fears to do something for God because we want to avoid what happened in the past. But the Lord wants to deliver us from this prison. We were never meant to live by being fearful of the past. God has promised to do something new in our lives. We can be truly delivered as we read and meditate on His word. So let’s trust Him for the future, instead of letting our past defining it.Often this comes in the way between us and what God desires of us.

3. Serving the Lord.

Joshua 24:15 (KJV) And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Serving is a huge part that defines living a godly life. We serve God by Serving Him and by serving others.

The Lord requires us to serve Him with a grateful heart, full of love for Him and not for the blessing He will bestow for serving Him.

Similarly as Jesus commanded, we are to love others as ourselves, doing unto them what we would expect to be done unto us. Like Tabitha who allowed God to work through her to reach others with the work of her hands.

4. Unforgiveness or Bitterness

Proverbs 6:16-19 (KJV)  These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

Our imaginations deceive us when we think we are not guilty of the deadly sins like murder, theft or adultery. The Bible very clearly defines what God hates six things. The worst amongst them, which can eat you up from the inside is bitterness that is harboured from unforgiveness. We need to be quick to forgive as Christ forgave us liberally. Bitterness leads to gossip making you the reason for discord among God’s people. Let us ask the Lord to help us forgive as He did and uproot that bitterness out of our lives. It only cripples our ability to be happy.

5. Pride.

James 4:6 (KJV)  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

God loves the humble; He gives grace to them. God cannot lift up the proud. Pride comes in different forms and ways. By remaining unteachable, we are proud. An all-knowing attitude, stops us from restoration. God resists the proud. So let us be eager to learn, humble to accept advice and transform into the person God wants us to be.

How to setup a godly family?

1.Faith

Hebrews 11:23 (KJV) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

Faith is the first and foremost thing we need in order to raise a godly family. It starts with the faith of the parents. This shows us how important it is to marry the person of the same faith. (1 Corinthians 7). Faith is the knowledge of Jesus Christ and it has to be shown in our actions, without which it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)

This faith when portrayed in your family is like a magnet, then you can be sure that your children cannot depart from it as they pick it up and learn from you.

Like how Moses’ parent’s modelled faith, Moses was keen to model it in his generation. The biggest treasure we can give to the next generation is our faith!

2.Growth

Hebrews 11:24 (KJV) By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;

There must be growth within the family. We need to grow everyday. We grow by reading the Bible and learning the ways of God. Iron sharpens iron. Let there be everyday learning by reading various books and giving time for daily devotion. Everyone in the family is to have physical growth, emotional growth-knowing what is right and wrong along with spiritual growth .

3.Truth

John 8:44 (KJV)   Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

We need to walk in truth. When we know the truth, it shall set us free. The world and its systems run on a foundation of lies.The present day world has replaced love with lust and the generation is confused of its identity. With this as the stage for us to live on, let us spend less time on falsehood. Let our homes be places where the truth and the false are taught to the children. Moses knew to select the truth. He refused to be called as Pharaoh’s daughter. He knew to select the truth than the fleeting positions.

4.Wealth

Hebrews 11:26 (KJV)   Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

Moses by faith decided to forsake the treasures of Egypt and esteemed the reproach of Christ as greater riches. These days we run for riches and not for the reproach of Christ. We need to be eternity focussed than the fleeting pleasures of the world. This was because of his faith of the reward that was to come. Our focus is to be on the rewards that Christ has for us. Those are eternal riches, eternal in comparison to all the riches the world could ever offer.

5.Strength

Hebrews 11:27 (KJV)   By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Moses saw the invisible. Moses went on to be mistreated with the people of God. He was able to do that because he saw the invisible God in the midst of all that was going on. That was his strength.

6.Health

Hebrews 11:28 (KJV)   Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Through faith, Moses kept the Passover. The question we have to answer is, are we able to keep the requirements of the Lord, when it comes to what the Bible commands us. Everyday we need to come under the covering of the blood of Jesus, that becomes our health. When we come to His presence, His sprinkled blood is over us. We should take part in spiritual disciplines that ensures our spiritual and physical health.

CONCLUSION.

Biblical greatness is completely different from this world’s culture. If you as a family have been toiling in pursuit of greatness, in terms of the world, it’s time to stop. The Lord wants us to live godly lives and raise godly families. So let’s prioritise our times of prayer and Bible reading, creating a room to speak at home, a space of trust for you children and spouse to grow and learn in faith. Let us raise up godly families

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The Rapture.

Key Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 4:16,17 (KJV)  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

SUMMARY

“Jesus is coming soon!” We all have heard this phrase often but wonder how exactly. This sermon on the rapture helps us understand what it means, how and why it is going to happen.

SERMON POINTS

What is the rapture?

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (KJV)  I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Though the word ‘rapture’ is not there in the Bible, the closest word to it in greek, ‘Harpaso’

Means being caught up or a strong and massive evacuation. This is the perfect explanation of the rapture. Our world is going from bad to worse. It is time for the church to start standing up for Christ, pray and prepare ourselves to meet our Lord. To be a part of rapture you need to have faith in Jesus and to have lived passionatly for the Lord.

Why we need to believe in the rapture?

1.Death will be swallowed up in victory.

1 Corinthians 15:13-14 (KJV)  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

We need to believe in rapture because death is not the end. Jesus conquered death. We who believe in Christ experience everything that He went through. Death is the final enemy and Christ overpowered death and we too would overcome death.Christ is not just in this life but in the life after this as well. Therefore death is swallowed up in victory. Our focus should be on where will our life after this be

2.Faith in Christ will not be in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:17,19 (KJV)  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

Rapture is sure to happen when your hope is in Christ. When you put faith in Him then you’ll experience the same glory He experienced when He rose from the dead. We too will rise up in the twinkling of an eye and thereby our faith in Christ will not be in vain.

3.Saints have experienced harpazo in the past.

Rapture will happen; there’s no denying it as many saints in the past have experienced it. Enoch who walked with God experienced the harpazo moment , so did Elijah. Our Lord Jesus ascended on high. St Paul in 2 Cor 12 experienced this. The Bible records about 10 instances about the experience of the rapture. We need to believe this and walk closely with our Lord.

4.Jesus talks about rapture.

John 14:1-3 (KJV)   Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 11:25,26 (KJV)   Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Jesus Christ Himself spoke about rapture. He promised that He is preparing a place for us and will come back to say us. Jesus also said that whoever believes in Him will live even if he dies, these words give us hope.

How to be part of the rapture?

1.Learn to Listen to the Voice of God.

Luke 21:36(KJV)  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Our Lord Jesus clearly mentions here that we need be watchful in prayer that we may be accounted worthy. Being accounted worthy is very important statement. God is the one who judges us and it is He who would account us so that we may be worthy to escape all these things . We need to listen to His voice. God desires that we look around and watch out for the signs of His coming that He has already said that would come to pass. Without being alert and praying for these things we cannot be a part of the rapture. Let’s deepen our prayer life and cultivate an intimacy with our savior.

2. Love His Appearing

2 Timothy 4:8 (KJV)  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The Bible clearly tells us about a crown of righteousness given to those who love His appearing. Apostle Paul tells us that we need to love and wiat for His appearing. Our prayers have to be ‘Maranatha- Come, Lord Jesus!’

3.Holiness

Hebrews 12:14 (KJV)    Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

The writer of Hebrews is very clear on how important it is to have holiness in order to be a part of the rapture. Let us strive to be holy in every aspect of our spiritual and physical lives ,because without sanctification we cannot see God. Here St Paul clearly says that we need follow peace with all men. Even when there is offense, we need to forgive and let go. Sanctification is the secret to see God.

4.Denying Ungodliness.

Titus 2:11-13 (KJV)   For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Through the grace of God, salvation has been made available for all men. But to be taken up in the rapture, we need to deny all forms of ungodliness and lusts of this world. The rapture is not for the disoriented, disorganized or the irregular. Grace teaches us to say NO to the ungodly passions looking forward to the appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let’s prepare for rapture by living soberly and righteously in this ungodly world.

5.Having Spiritual Gifts.

1 Corinthians 1:7 (ESV)   “so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Spiritual gifts should be manifested from our lives for the extension of His kingdom. When a believer ceases to operate in the gifts , he becomes worldly and secular in outlook. Gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Romans 12, 1 Cor 12 should be what we are known for -not for our glory but for the extension of His kingdom. Spiritual gifts reveal the in-working of the Holy Spirit and we should allow the Holy Spirit to take all of us and use us for His glory as we wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

CONCLUSION.

The prophets of the Bible foretold the birth of Jesus and Jesus was born as prophesied. The Bible particularly repeats and emphasizes on the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is bound to happen and very soon too. It’s high time the church of Christ prepares for it. Let us ask the help of the Holy Spirit to help us prepare to meet our Lord.

Mustard Seed Faith!

Key Scripture:

Matthew 17:20 (KJV)   And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

SUMMARY

Our Lord Jesus teaches us to have faith like that of a mustard seed. This sermon talks about what it means to have faith like that of a mustard seed. Is it a small faith that Christ talked about here? Let us learn the basics of the faith in our lives and see the impossible take place.

SERMON POINTS

The Concept of mustard seed faith.

Matthew 17:20 (KJV)   And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

The disciples who could not rebuke the spirit behind the son’s epileptic attack in Matthew 17. They came to the Lord Jesus in private and asked Him on why they could not cast the spirit out. Our Lord Jesus Christ, talks about a faith that can move mountains. The faith, Jesus describes is likened unto that of a mustard seed. To understand more of what He meant by that we should know what He spoke about Mustard Seed and the kingdom of God in Matthew 13. It is implied that when Jesus spoke about the Mustard seed Faith, the disciples could figure that out easily as He had already explained about it. Mustard seed is small in a way But the man took the insignificant small sized mustard seed. Faith starts small,but when we regard this faith as important-it changes the outlook.

Faith revealed!

Romans 1:17 (KJV) For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Faith is no faith unless it is revealed. The Old Testament, under the Law given by Moses couldn’t perfectly fulfil it. Jesus Christ was the only Jew who could fulfil it and through faith in Him we are made righteous.

Now it is this truth that we ought to know and stand for it. When you stand for this truth, your faith is revealed. This is when there is nothing that shall be impossible to you.

Romans 3:23 (KJV) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Faith in Jesus Christ is the philosophy for our lifee. The disciples couldn’t understand how Jesus was able to do what they couldn’t and He points out the reason as their little faith.

Faith in Christ is not to what we profess with our mouths or the religious duties that we fulfil; Faith in Jesus fuels a passion and conviction in you that doesn’t compromise with this world.

Basics of faith.

1.Seed Faith

Matthew 13:31(KJV Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

This world we live in values the high and mighty things. However, our Lord talks about the Kingdom of God likening it to a mustard seed. So small, that it could be easily overlooked. The kingdom of God is likened unto grain of mustard seed and so is Faith. We should not ignore those small moments of faith that can just bless our lives. It might be while singing that chorus or meditating a verse. The faith moments can bless us and take us to the next level.

Never take your times of prayer and Bible reading for granted.

2. Sowed Faith

Jude 1:3 (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.

This small precious seed of faith is to be sowed. We cannot lose it. Every time we learn from the word of God, each word is like a seed that has to be sowed. This is what determines our growth in Christ Jesus. Faith is not something that we can show on the outside, it is something that you earnestly contend for . That is when the Kingdom of heaven is manifested in our lives. Mustard seed Faith thus is faith that is sowed in our hearts by the Lord Jesus Christ.

3.Cultivated Faith

Hebrews 10:35 (KJV)   Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward..

The mustard grain grew up to be a tree. The seed that was inside the soil sprout out. Our faith that is sowed inside should be cultivated.Cultivated faith grows up strong. This happens when you speak and live your faith. We need to guard our faith in a compromising world. The saints of the Old testament like Abraham, Noah, etc. were able to stand for their faith and that was credited to them as their righteousness.  We need to pray for our faith to grow. There is great reward for your faith. Cultivate it to grow more than anything else in this world.

4.Stable Faith

James 1:6 (KJV)   But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

This mustard seed faith though the smallest of all seeds grows into the greatest of all trees. As you cultivate this small mustard seed like faith, it grows to be a stable like a tree, unwavering in nature. A faith without compromises helps you stay rooted strong in the Lord, no matter what kind of life’s storms blows your way, you can be sure that you will still be standing after troubles pass. Let us cultivate our faith into a stable faith.

5.Shade-Giving faith

Acts 6:8 (KJV)   And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.

People will come to you for your faith. Stepen was a man full of faith and power. We see that this faith in him set him apart. It drew people to him to witness the power of God at work in Him. as he was stoned, Saul who witnessed this was transformed into an apostle. That’s the kind of faith God expects us to showcase. True revelation of faith starts with your forgiveness qoutient. It brings people who are in need to be rescued to you.

Colossians 1:4 (KJV)   Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Faith doesn’t work alone. Faith and love are like twins working within us by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what draws people to the love of Christ.  Let’s  introspect if the faith in us has been able to reach out to those in need around us.

6.Branching out Faith

2 Timothy 1:5 (KJV)   I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

Like the Mustard seed plant that grew and became a strong tree and had branches, our mustard faith should have branches.This mustard seed faith when it is grows is not stagnant, it branches out, spreading with it the good news of the Kingdom of heaven. It spreads from person to person, from generation to generation. We need to be people of such faith that it branches out into the lives of those around us, leaving behind a rich heritage of faith.

CONCLUSION.

Mustard seed faith necessarily doesn’t mean a small faith. It essentially means faith that starts small but grows to be a stable ,branching out faith. Allow faith inside of you to grow. Your faith will speak out and you will be a blessing!