The Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Key Scripture:

Acts 1:11 (KJV)  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

SUMMARY

The rapture is the only exit route for a believer. We need to prepare for the second coming of Christ. Nobody can stop it. This sermon lets us know, how we can prepare so that we will be taken up in rapture because those who miss it will end up in the tribulation. Let us see the ways in which we can be ready for His coming.

SERMON POINTS

3 Aspects in the Second Coming of Christ.

  • Rapture-Believers in Christ being taken to heaven.
  • Harvest of Saints-Many saints who are saved during the tribulation period.
  • Public Coming of Christ-wherein Jesus Christ will be coming as a King and judge all the people of the world.

The Events that will follow the Second Coming of Christ.

  1. Rapture.
  2. Judgement Seat of Christ.
  3. The Seven Tribulations.
  4. The Millennium rule of Christ.
  5. Great White Throne Judgement.

 

Preparing for Rapture.

  1. It’s a secret Rapture

 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (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:

 The Bible distinctively tells us of three sounds we will be able to hear at the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must remember that these will not be heard by everyone. Only those believers, who spend time with the Lord, at least one hour per day, will have a receptive heart. God will answer the prayers of such a heart. When we have the practice of hearing the voice of God can you be able to hear the last blast of the trumpet.

  1. It’s a sudden rapture.

1 Corinthians 15:52 (KJV) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.   

This Rapture will be sudden. In the twinkling of the eye, we will all be transformed. No one knows the time or day. There won’t be time to change when rapture takes place. To be taken up in rapture, we need to live our lives worthy of His calling; so that dead or alive when the last trumpet calls we will be taken into glory.

Matthew 24:36 (KJV) But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  

  1. It’s a selective rapture.

 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV)  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

 The rapture is not for everyone, it’s for all those who live exclusive for the Lord. Apostle Peter asks us to be cautious of our lifestyle. We need to be sure of your calling and election; not as lifeless believers but vibrant Christians.

2 Peter 1:10 (KJV) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

 

CONCLUSION.

In 2 Kings 2:11, 12, we read of Elijah and Elisha walking together when a fiery chariot separates both of them. Elijah is an example of the raptured believer and Elisha the left-behind believer. We need to be prepared for the Second Coming of our Lord. The Lord wants the Church to be taken up at the rapture and not be judged with the rest of the world. Let’s get prepared by leading a separate, holy life , dedicated unto the Lord and prepare others as well.

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Revering the Name of the Lord.

Key Scripture:

Malachi 4:2 (KJV)  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

SUMMARY

Our Great God is worthy to be praised and honored above all.  This sermon helps us understand this very aspect from the book of Malachi. We understand what it means to revere the Lord and how we need to honor Him in our daily walk.  There is a great blessing when we revere the Lord, because it is on them that the the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.

SERMON POINTS

 What does God expect us to do?

Malachi 1:11 (KJV) For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

We see a prophetic view of the future as Malachi speaks this oracle. The Lord’s name would be great among the gentiles. He was probably seeing us (gentiles) taking up our place in worship.

 The Lord is very particular about His Name. He expects us to fear His Name and honour Him as a Father and Master. The actual meaning of revere means to have a lot of admiration and respect for the Lord.

Malachi 1:6 (KJV) A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

 

Why we should heed to the Lord’s command?

 Malachi 2:2 (KJV) If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

If we miss heeding to the voice of God in the matter of honouring the name of the Lord, we bring curse on ourselves. Let us examine ourselves and change our lifestyles in a way that we can honour God.

Malachi 2:5 (KJV) My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

The greatest blessing in revering the Name of the Lord is that He makes a covenant with us, a covenant of life and peace. These days we see a culture of not honoring Him as a Father and Master.

 

With or without our knowledge we have failed to revere God. From the book of Malachi, God speaks His heart out regarding His Name. The Prophet Malachi outlined four ways in which the Israelites dishonored God . We should be aware of these so that we don’t fall into the trap of dishonoring God.

  • Worthless Gifts.

Malachi 1:12,13 (KJV) But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord.

 We have a notion in us that the Lord would accept all our gifts and offerings. God is not interested in our offerings as much as He is interested in us. When we come to God in sincerity and truth we would offer Him the best. The people of Israel brought the tor, the lame and sick as an offering and the Lord was against those.  From the story of Cain and Abel , we infer that God is interested in how we revere Him than how much we give Him. When we fear God, we give Him the best and never half heartedly.

Our worship and prayer must be in truth. Our actions and words must be an incense before the Lord.

Eli forgot to teach his sons how to honour God and that brought a curse upon his entire generation. Let us ever be careful to honour God and teach the same to our children.

 

  • Weary words.

Malachi 2:17 (KJV) Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Our words can weary God. When our words are full of negativity filled with murmuring and lamenting, we disrespect Him. We have to therefore cultivate an attitude of gratitude. We should seek the help of God to stop words of negativity and rely on His strength to speak words of faith and hope.

  • Unfaithfulness

Malachi 2:11  (KJV) Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

 Whatever God has given us, we must be faithful with it. All that we have, our family, our job, our kids and spouse, the church we go has been entrusted to us by God. We have to be faithful in the responsibility that is in our hands. Our God is a faithful God and He expects that same character from us.

 

  • Tithes

Malachi 3:10 (KJV) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Tithing is a command given by God. By choosing to follow it, we honour the Lord. When we forget to cultivate a lifestyle to give to the Lord, we rob Him.  God loves a cheerful giver. Tithing is a God honoring principle and when we do that , He is faithful to open the windows of heaven to pour out a blessing on us.

 

CONCLUSION.

Malachi 3:16 (KJV) Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

 The Bible tells us that, a Book of Remembrance was written on behalf of those who feared and honoured God. Don’t accept your troubles as they come. Let’s introspect and see if there is anything that needs to be rectified. Let’s never make the mistake of dishonoring Him. Ask God and press for deliverance . The Sun of Righteousness will rise on us with healing in His wings.

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Shema Yisrael!

September 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (KJV)   Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

SUMMARY

The Jews were very particular when it came to loving the Lord. They used to say the Shema every morning and evening without fail. They also recited it during Sabbaths. Our Lord Jesus also told us that loving the Lord was the greatest commandment. This sermon opens our eyes to the truth of loving the Lord our God and how should we fare when it comes to loving Him which is our whole duty.

SERMON POINTS

 Loving God –the Greatest Commandment.

Mark 12:28-30 (KJV) And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

 The Shema was recited in Jewish households every morning and evening without fail. It is the very foundation for us New Testament believers as well. When the scribes asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment, His reply was the very same “Shema”.. Jesus Christ said that this was the first and greatest commandment. For loving God we should realize who our God is.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one”- Our God is One. He is the one who created us in Christ for Himself.  Noone has seen the Father and its His Son who has revealed Him to us.(John 1:18)

If the Jews had so much passion in loving and serving God whom they have not seen, how much should we love the Lord who got a revelation of who He is.

The Shema- Realization of your God.

Psalms 40:8 (KJV)    I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

The Shema is all about the realization of who your God is. The Jews declared it all the time. They were to realize that the Lord our God is one.  The Hebrew word here for love being ‘AHA-VA’. We need to realize who our Lord God is and learn what it means to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength because our whole spiritual life depends on it.

 What it means to love the Lord?

  1. Ahava’ with all your heart.

 Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

 We need to love the Lord with a reverential love that comes right from within our hearts. The Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above all else and that we need to guard our hearts.

Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 We have to love the Lord with all our will, desires, passions and affections. Only when we love God can we love others. Thinking, seeking God always creates in us a heart of love.

Let’s pray that we may know Jesus, realize who our God is and love Him more for His love.

Our Lord Jesus modeled this love for us by loving us with all His heart. He gave it up all for us that we might be His children. He desires that we respond with the same intensity.

  1. Ahava’ with all your soul.

 Psalms 103:1 (KJV)   Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

To love the Lord with all our soul means to love the Lord with all our being and in all that we do. This implies that we love the Lord with our talk, our hands and talents. When we love the Lord with all our soul, the way we react to  challenges change. Tribulations cannot separate us from the love of Christ. We pour out our soul in the service of our Master and we become more like Him.

Isaiah 53:10,11 (KJV)   Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

  1. Ahava’ with all your might. :   Loving God with all our might means loving God with all what we have. With what He has given us we have to love the Lord.Jesus Christ when He gave His life as a sacrifice for mankind, He offered up everything He had. We ought to love God with our possessions,positions, family, wealth and influence. We love God with every single breath that we take by doing His will. Let us offer to love God with all our heart,soul and might.

 

CONCLUSION.

Loving the Lord doesn’t just consist of words and actions; loving the Lord-AHAVA, includes loving the Lord with all our heart, with all our being and soul, with all our might and power by doing His will.

Let us ask the Lord to fill us with His love and help us realize who He is so that we can love Him more.

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At the Feet of Jesus!

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

John 12:3 (KJV)  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment

SUMMARY

This sermon helps us understand that God has a plan for your life that you may not even be able to comprehend. We learn from the life of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the three visits of Jesus to their hometown Bethany, we see that when we are at the feet of Jesus, we find His wonderful grace following us through the good and the bad times.

SERMON POINTS

Mary sat at the feet of Jesus.

Luke 10:39 (KJV) And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

 The first time Jesus went to Lazarus’ house. Martha was preparing a huge banquet for Jesus; however Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to the wonderful things that Jesus was telling her. She chose the best place in the whole house.

Sitting there at the feet of Jesus, Mary built a relationship with the Lord, communicating and interacting with Him. This was the first experience Jesus had with this family.

 

Mary fell at the feet of Jesus.

 John 11:32 (KJV) Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Jesus comes to Bethany a second time, 4 days after the death of Lazarus. The world thought that Jesus was late to help this beloved family. Martha couldn’t believe that Jesus could raise him up from the dead right then. But when Mary heard that Jesus was nearing their town she ran and fell at the feet of Jesus and wept. Her tears and weeping moved Jesus.

It was not that Jesus couldn’t raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew that Lazarus will come back from the dead. But this Mary who was at His feet when all was well, but when tragedy hit her, it bothered Jesus so much He groaned in His spirit and called out Lazarus back to life.

Today, all the answers to your life’s problems are at the feet of Jesus. Let’s make sure we go there at every season of life.

 

Mary anointed the feet of Jesus.

 John 12:3 (KJV) Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

 Jesus Christ was going to Bethany for the third time, six days before Passover. Now the once dead brother Lazarus is sitting hale and healthy with Jesus at the table. Martha was serving. People from all over came to see Jesus and Lazarus whom He raised from the dead. But Mary couldn’t keep herself from honoring Jesus. She broke the alabaster jar of costly perfume at anointed the feet of Jesus. She gave her all and the perfume filled the whole house. Many Jews believed in Jesus at that house.

When you give what is precious to you at the feet of Jesus in worship, we can shine as a light in this dark world for the glory of God.

 

CONCLUSION.

Mary was familiar with the feet of Jesus; it was her go to place when things were going well or when they were at their worst. For such a woman, who wouldn’t leave His feet alone, who was connected to Jesus, the Lord called out her miracle by name and delivered her from what broke her heart.  Today, the Lord will bring out alive everything that is dead in your life. Let’s hold on to the feet of Jesus because all you need is right there.

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The Kingdom Agenda!

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

Romans 14:17 (KJV)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

SUMMARY

In this world there are 2 kingdoms, the kingdom of light and kingdom of darkness. We as believers in Christ belong to the Kingdom of God. This sermon helps us understand what is the kingdom of God and how the Kingdom of God has been advancing. Only on understanding the Kingdom of God, will we understand the kingdom culture we ought to live by.

SERMON POINTS

 Understanding the Kingdom of God.

Mark 1:14,15 (KJV)  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

The Kingdom of God is not just some place as many say. It is where Jesus Christ reigns as the King. Jesus said so much about the Kingdom of God. He preached the gospel or good news about the Kingdom of God. To understand the Kingdom, we need to go back in time, where God called Abraham to become a nation. The Kingdom of God is not only an aspect of a place of rule but also a time of God’s rule.

  1. Abraham called By God.

 We need a faith lifestyle to embrace the Kingdom culture. The Lord was not visibly seen by Abraham. He heard the voice of God and that started the kingdom move in His life. He left his ancestral culture and home and obeyed the voice of God to go to the place God would show him. The Lord blessed him so much so that even when the situations were negative, God worked in Abraham’s favor. He begat a Son when He was hundred years old.

  1. Jacob’s household in the land of Egypt.

 Isaac also lived like his father, trusting in God. The family split and God called Jacob. Jacob had two wives-Leah and Rachel. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son. Joseph was elevated to be the prime minister of Egypt, hence to take care of God’s chosen people. God ordained a provision for them in Egypt when the world was suffering famine. The family of Jacob became 70 by then, living in the land of Goshen; the children of light were living amidst a different culture as Egyptians  were into worshipping several gods .

  1. The people of Israel under Pharaoh

 The Pharaoh treated Abraham’s descendants as slaves but God Almighty was their real King. He raised Moses right in Pharaoh’s courtyard. With a choice between the comforts of the palace and suffering with his brethren, Moses went to be among slaves, knowing that his kingdom was not that of Egypt. The Lord used Moses to bring the people of Israel, almost 7 million of them out of bondage towards their promised land. 

  1. Israel led by Judges and Prophets.

After Moses and Joshua, the Lord used the judges and prophets to lead the people of Israel, throughout all this He was the reigning King over His people. The Israelites however kept backsliding and went away from the Lord time and again.

Some of the issues that the Israelites had when it came to following God:

  • Idolatary
  • Oppression of the poor.
  • Sexual Immorality.

 

  1. Israel rejects God as their king.

 1 Samuel 8:6,7 (KJV)  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

 During the time of Prophet Samuel, God’s people demanded to have a king over them just like the other nations of the world; in saying so they rejected God as their king who was guiding and leading their affairs all along. Then began the golden years for Israel as a nation as David reigned. Israel was politically established and hence became a strong nation. But again they refused to obey the Lord and they were delivered to oppressors.

  1. The Prophesied Day of the Lord.

 Luke 1:33 (KJV)  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

 As Israel suffered in captivity and exile, prophets continued to prophesy about the Day of the Lord, where He will come and reign over His people Israel, trampling upon their enemies. The Jews were looking forward to that redemption, they wanted the Davidic reign of the Lord and gain the political upper hand.

  1. John the Baptist speaks of the Messiah.

 Luke 3:15,16 (KJV)   And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

 After nearly 400 years of silence, the Jews were being oppressed and sidelined by the Romans. John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness about repentance and the coming of the Messiah, who will bring condemnation of the wicked and judge the world. The Jews came from all over to hear John because they thought the Messiah would come and overthrow the Romans.

  1. Jesus Christ the true Kingdom of God.

 Luke 17:20,21 (KJV)   And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you

 Jesus Christ of Nazareth brought the Kingdom of God in action on earth once again. He was the Kingdom of God. Jesus came preaching the acceptable year of the Lord and the good news to the poor. The prophesy foretold by Isaiah was fulfilled through Jesus in Luke 4:20, 21. The sign of His Kingdom included healing of the sick, deliverance of the oppressed and sat with sinners to eat. The Kingdom of God was Jesus and He is within us and among us.

 

  1. Jews missed the Kingdom of God.

 Luke 23:51 (KJV) (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. 

 The Jews did not appreciate the Kingdom culture that Jesus portrayed. They were looking forward to a king who will rule over them and overthrow their enemies. So only a few entered the Kingdom of God that was brought to this earth through Jesus Christ; many missed entering the Kingdom of God because of their preconceived notions of the Messiah being a political leader. The Jews made another blunder as they crucified Jesus, forsaking the kingship of Jesus. Hitler massacred 70 million of them.

  1. The Violent take on the Kingdom by force.  

Luke 16:16 (KJV)   The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

 Up until the time of John the Baptist, the Law and Prophets were preached, since then the Kingdom of God is preached and many are forcing their way into it. In the Bible we see that many received their healing and deliverance not by sitting silent but by rising in faith and taking it by force like Bartimaus and the woman with the issue of blood. Let us stop being ruled by the human culture and man’s governance, let the King of kings rule through you in your house, workplace, community and city, dictating everything in your life. Force your way into His kingdom.

CONCLUSION.

Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not just an aspect of the place of His rule but the time of God’s rule over our lives. Let’s introspect how the Kingdom of God has changed us today. Jesus has taught us to pray ‘Let thy Kingdom come.’ (Matthew 6:10) as you follow the Kingdom culture health, prosperity and a spiritual awakening will automatically be present in every area of your life.

Entering The Kingdom Of God.

Key Scripture:

Romans 14:17 (KJV)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

SUMMARY

This sermon deals with understanding the Kingdom of God. “Kingdom of God” have been much debated among the christian circles .From the Kingdom Culture series, we learn the many facets of the kingdom of God. We need to see the kingdom of God manifested in the Lord Jesus. By faith we need to enter into this kingdom and live as the kingdom of God mandates one to be.

SERMON POINTS

Are you in the Kingdom of God?

Luke 17:21 (KJV)  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

 Jesus Christ was the one who inaugurated the Kingdom of God on earth from the moment He was conceived in His mother’s womb. He brought the kingdom culture amongst the people. The cruel Roman regime was oppressing the Jews. They were tossed to and fro by different rulers and kings. They longed for the Messiah to come and change the affairs. Yet they missed the Messiah altogether because of the mentality they had.

Our Lord Jesus in a hostile situation did the work of the Lord. They was a revival and refreshing among the people He ministered. The blind saw, the deaf heard and the dumb spoke. This was all the sign of His Kingdom among the people. We must hope and look forward to the Kingdom of God. Entering God’s kingdom is a spiritual experience, ushered in by the Holy Spirit with righteousness, peace and joy.

Luke 16:16 (V)   The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

The Kingdom of God is a present reality but also a future event. No one who has kept quiet has received anything. Let us also learn to take the kingdom of God by force and stand for the Kingdom in our generation.

 

Entering the Kingdom of God.

  1. Seeing the Kingdom of God.

 John 3:3 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

To see the Kingdom of God, we need a new pair of eyes in our inner being. How we perceive the Lord Jesus determines how we appropriate the kingdom mandate. In our sin we cannot see Him. The Holy Spirit has to do a deep work in us and reveal the Lord Jesus inside our life. This is called as being born again. We are spiritually regenerated to see the Kingdom and experience the blessedness.

 

  1. Entering the Kingdom of God.

 John 3:5,6 (KJV)  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 To actually enter the Kingdom of God, we need to born of water and the spirit. Seeing the Kingdom is different where as entering the Kingdom of God is completely different. Jesus while speaking to Nicodemus said that one had to be baptised of water and spirit, to enter into the kingdom of God. He has to completely be immersed in water and spirit to enter the Kingdom of God and that is when our life completely transforms . Being a disciple of the Lord Jesus and allowing His word to control our lives hold the key for it all.

  1. Living according to the Kingdom Culture.

 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 (KJV)   For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:  If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit

 Once we are born again and baptised in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, we are given the seal of the Holy Spirit as a guarantee for our entrance to the Kingdom of God. We long inside to be clothed by our eternal dwelling. Our mortality would be swallowed up of life As long as this earnest of the Holy Spirit is in us we would definitely be clothed with life. The Spirit of the Lord and His presence and work is the biggest factor that makes us united with the kingdom.

Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 When the Holy Spirit takes over our lives, He produced the fruit in our lifestyle and we radiate the Kingdom purpose and mandate.

CONCLUSION.

The Kingdom of God is a present reality and a future event. To enter the Kingdom of God we must first see it and then enter it by our commitment and devotion to the Lord Jesus. Let us start giving importance to spiritual experiences and allow the Holy Spirit to usher us into the Kingdom culture, wherein our daily affairs are led by the Lord. Let us pray that His reign should come in our lives and that we become ambassadors for our King of kings, and the Lord of Lord-the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ruth- A Story of Redemption.

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

SUMMARY

A Christian ought to permeate the world with our story of commitment to the Lord and His house and  being redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus. This sermon will help us understand the very same theme. Our good Boaz is the Lord Jesus who has redeemed us and is still at work in each one of our lives. Let us stay in Bethlehem ‘a house of bread’, and stay focused to experience His visitation for God will redeem and bless us!

SERMON POINTS

Ruth 4:1(KJV) Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said, Ho, such a one! turn aside, sit down here. And he turned aside, and sat down.

As we read that Boaz was up to something, making an important decision for Ruth likewise let us believe that Jesus is up to doing something important in our lives and He will not rest until it is accomplished!

In the story of Ruth, we read that Boaz went to the city gates where things were decided and he calls the nearest redeemer in the line of Elimelech. He was called ‘Ho such a one!’ because he was an irresponsible guy. It teaches us an important truth that being people of God we ought to be responsible and take responsibilities or else God might also address us as, ‘Ho such a one!’ which is not a good tag.

A Protocol:

Deuteronomy 25:5(KJV) If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband’s brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband’s brother unto her.

According to the word of God if brothers dwelled together and one of them died, the husband’s brother had to take her as wife and perform all the duties and responsibilities of a husband. Boaz knew the protocol and he didn’t over rule it!

Likewise, we should learn to manage our things in protocol. There is a protocol in the house of God and it should be our priority. However, we often put church, godly leaders and ministry as secondary which is demeaning. Protocol is protocol and God doesn’t work beyond protocol. We ought to respect our pastors, elders and take the best out of their experience to use it for the kingdom of God. Husbands are the head of the family to be respected and honoured and anything that goes beyond the protocol will not be blessed by Him.

Ruth 4:5,6(KJV)Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

Boaz knew the protocol and he knew if the kinsman buys the land he will also have to purchase Ruth and take care of her.

However, God was behind everything, and He knows how to redeem us. He knows how to purchase us from worthless fellows because we are precious to Him and He would not let anything happen to us, like Ruth who was now taken by Boaz after the kinsman denied redeeming her.

Boaz takes Ruth’s responsibility. Today the question is what are we responsible for? whom are we responsible for? Do we watch over one another and are we responsible for the church? The fact is ministry of God involves loving people, being responsible for one another and owning responsibility without which it is impossible to please God and run His ministry. We ought to be ministers of God and always remember that responsibility starts a ministry. In the bible we read about Abraham, Moses, David, Joshua and many more whom God used were responsible. The truth is if we know how to trust God the way He wants us to trust Him, He will surely lead us and redeem us!

1) Redeemed from our past.

Ruth 4:8 (KJV) Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe. And Boaz said unto the elders, and unto all the people, Ye are witnesses this day, that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi.

As Boaz raises his shoe to say unto the elders and people who were witnesses that he has bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, of the hand of Naomi similarly, Jesus is raising His precious blood to proclaim that He has bought and redeemed us. We might have had the Moabite culture or a horrific past but now we are purchased by Jesus. The transaction is done, it’s a done deal. The responsibility of taking care of each one of us is a done deal when He shed His blood to redeem us and now we belong to Him.

1 Peter 1:18, 19 (KJV) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

2) Redeemed for a relationship in the present.

Ruth 4:10(KJV) Moreover Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of Mahlon, have I purchased to be my wife, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren, and from the gate of his place: ye are witnesses this day. And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said, We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem: And let thy house be like the house of Pharez, whom Tamar bare unto Judah, of the seed which the Lord shall give thee of this young woman. And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

Though Ruth lost her husband Mahlon, God didn’t leave her. God chose Boaz to be her husband and changed her messed up life into a beautiful message of redemption. God will never leave us stranded. He will turn our mess into a beautiful message. Remember the Lord is behind it all and a redeemer’s son will also be a redeemer. Let us proclaim that by His blood; the joy, the peace, the health that was lost will soon be redeemed.

As Boaz stood in the gate the witnesses testified and blessed them. This is the church, a blessing where we come together in the house of the Lord, to praise and worship Him. We participate in lifting the name of the Lord with joy, humility and thanksgiving. Let us come to the house of Lord together so that we would be usable unto the Lord for His kingdom and bound to be redeemed for a relationship.

3) Redeemed for a future that will end in Jesus.

Ruth 4:15,16(KJV)And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.

The Lord is our Boaz. When He is for us, He will redeem us at any cost. God was with Naomi and Ruth throughout their journey and He redeemed them. We learn from the book of Ruth that the Lord has His predestined purposes behind every high and low. All our life’s events are part of the grand history of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:7 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:

Sometimes we might wonder of the various tragedies that hit us, the questions that remain unanswered but the truth is that we will all be merged to into the beautiful story of Jesus, into the great history of the Lord in heaven, on earth and in Him.

Four truths from the story of Ruth’s redemption:

  • There is a Sovereign God behind everything. He is the El-Shaddai God. We don’t have any control over our lives and everything happens beautifully in His time. Today there might be a dead Mahalon in our lives but God is preparing a good Boaz into our life to redeem us for the future.
  • When people leave you; let them go. Always remember the blood that has been shed on Calvary. The Lord is near you, with you and they are not part of our destiny.

       Isaiah 43:1,2(KJV) But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and          he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called         thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will           be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou            walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle     upon thee. He will help us in every situation.

  Isaiah 54:5(KJV)For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name;  and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

  • Stay close to God’s word. Naomi knew the word of God that helped her to guide Ruth. Therefore, when we stay close to God’s word He shall direct and open doors of deliverance.
  • Age is no bar for nursing the blessings of God. If Naomi could nurse her grandson at that old age, we can also nurse our blessing to the ministry of God. He shall nourish and restore our lives to pass on our blessing to the next generation.
CONCLUSION

The Lord has redeemed us. There is provision, protection and peace in Jesus. We ought to follow the protocol that God has laid upon us. when we take responsibilities, God will start a new ministry through us. Today, let us get into the next level of taking responsibility and being responsible for our church and ministry and make it our priority. Let us understand that God is behind everything and know that when expected sources leave us, God will open unexpected sources to meet our need!