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David-The Sweet Psalmist of Israel.

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

SUMMARY

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

SERMON POINTS

David’s psalms

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

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

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

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

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

How do you sing unto the Lord?

  1. Inspiration from the Holy Spirit.

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

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

 

  1. Remembering our past.

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

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

 

  1. Realise that exaltation comes only from God.

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

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

 

  1. Anointed singing.

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

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

 

CONCLUSION.

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

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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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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!

O, Holy Sight!

Key Scripture:

Matthew 2:11 (KJV) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

SUMMARY

The night Jesus Christ was born was not just a holy night, it was a time for all to experience and behold a holy sight .Mankind who saw sin and its effects had to see this heavenly sight that would turnaround their situations. God desires that we live in the light of this holy sight.

SERMON POINTS

The Holy Sight!

Luke 2:4-7 (KJV)  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Joseph was a just man and that’s why God chose Him to be the earthly father of the Lord Jesus. His mission to take Mary to be his wife and take care of Jesus as his son was a difficult thing for him. In fact it would question all the righteousness he earned till now. Yet it was through this decision that his faith would be revealed. When our faith is revealed that becomes the holy sight. We are justified by our faith and this righteousness is credited to us by the Lord when we chose to believe in Him. It is in our trying times, we can choose whether to show our faith in how we respond to it.

How can you have the Holy Sight?

1.Scriptures

Matthew 1:22-23 (KJV) Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

This prophesy by Isaiah was the sign, that a virgin will have a son who will be God with us. (Isaiah 7:14) The birth of Jesus in our lives is more important than celebrating the season. He wants us to see Him and experience His glory. This happens only when you have a close association with the Word of God and experience Him closely. All the types and images in the Old Testament points us to the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus.

2. Signs around us.

Romans 1:20-23 (KJV) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

If you are a seeker, you will find God. When you seek for the Lord who created the world, you will be able to witness the holy sight. There are signs all around and equal opportunities for all of us to know Him as God. He has been clearly seen from the creation of the world. Sometimes we tend to miss out on glorifying our God. We need to carefully consider what happens around us and give God the glory.

3. Spiritual Songs

Luke 2:13,14 (KJV)  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

The angels came to the shepherds and announced the birth of Jesus by singing praises to God in the highest. This led them to the manger. Spiritual songs are an instrument in ushering us into the presence of the Almighty God, where we can behold Him in His Majesty.

CONCLUSION.

The birth of Jesus is best celebrated when we learn to perceive of His sacrifice when He, the creator of all the earth became a man for us and took our place on the cross. This is the holy sight we should never miss out on. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the depth of Christ’s love.

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Prayer Warfare in the Heavenlies.

Key Scripture:

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)   For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

SUMMARY

This sermon gives us a glimpse into the warfare that happens in the spiritual realm of this world. We are a part of this warfare as well and God wants us to be His generals. In prayer we can overcome the evil forces that surround us. Let us learn how we can operate the prayer warfare in the heavenlies.

SERMON POINTS

A General in the Warfield!

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 Our fight is not against flesh and blood. It is against the powers of evil around us. And prayer is our weapon of warfare. God wants us to be bold in prayer, working zealously for the Lord. As the body of Christ we must be like Christ. We find demonic forces all around us to disturb us but thanks be to God because He gives us victory at all times.

Qualifications to be a general in the war.

  • Prayer

 The first and foremost thing that qualifies us for spiritual warfare is prayer. We should be able to sacrifice everything for it. All of us have a prayer ministry; let us give first priority for prayer and in all things pray. Let Jesus be revealed in our prayer. 

  • Understanding the principle of operating in the heavenlies.

 The Bible doesn’t tell us that we have a negotiation with these powers of darkness but we have a war with them. That’s why the devil tries to stop us from praying. He tries to come and disturb our spiritual lives and our families. It is easy to overcome only if you know the enemy and then attack.

  • Learning God’s word.

 We need to learn the word of God and use it while in combat against the enemy. Jesus Christ while on the earth used the Word of God to overcome the devil. We can overcome satan’s schemes when we are soaked in the rich and pure word of God.

Spirits that prevent us from advancing spiritually.

 There are four classes of Evil forces that prevent us from advancing in our spiritual lives. They endeavour to throw us off.

  • Principalitiesinfluences government, laws and kings. Also those who write policies.
  • Powersspread the power of darkness and energy, attacking feelings & imaginations, steering people to do unimaginable sins.
  • Rulers of this agebring about superstitions, self-conceit, pride, spiritual blindness, witchcraft and ignorance.
  • Spiritual forces of evil in heavenly placesthey cause people to deny God and make them work against God’s people, all forms of wickedness, religious forms of occult and extremity.

How do they attack?

  • Rules over the atmosphereruling over the areas causing rapes, murder, corruption and kidnaping.
  • Directs the demonic forces behind every sin- Luke 11:26 (KJV) Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
  • Hides the will of God-Matthew 16:23 (KJV) But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
  • Influences people with greed, envy and falsehoodMark 1:26 (KJV) And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

How do we gain victory over them?

 We don’t have to be afraid of these forces of evil. We can gain victory over them through Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Being seated with Christ in the heavenly places.

 Ephesians 1:2,3 (KJV) Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

 We have victory over the satanic forces because we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. Only in Jesus can we attack the enemy. When Jesus came into this world, on seeing Him and in His name itself , demons fled. Let’s evalute if we have Jesus within us or not.

  • Through the name of Jesus.

 Ephesians 1:19-23 (KJV)   And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all

 The name of Jesus is exalted above every other name. all these 4 powers of the enemy are under the feet of Jesus Christ and His body, the Church. Similarly being connected to your local church is very important. We need to be faithful to the church and submit to church authority. We can attack and operate in the heavenlies through the church and always be victorious.

CONCLUSION.

Demonic powers-‘are all around trying to keep believers locked and quiet like a showcase Christian. We cannot fight them by being tied to the world. We need to be seated in heavenly places with Christ and that’s when through the Name of Jesus, we find all these evil forces beneath our feet through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Let us make our prayer warfare in the heavenlies and overcome the wicked schemes of the enemy.

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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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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.