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Doors to Nations.

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

SUMMARY

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

SERMON POINTS

A Great door.

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

What does God’s Think about  Nations?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peculiarity of this Nation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3) The nation has statutes, laws and righteousness.

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

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

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

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

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

The Nation of God today.

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

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

CONCLUSION.

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

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Seven Blessings of a Righteous Life.

Key Scripture: Psalm 32:8 (KJV) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

SUMMARY

Christian life is a blessed and a victorious life until we walk in the counsel of God. However, today we often see people treading in dangerous paths of an ungodly and walking just in the opposite direction of what God has instructed us to. It all starts with a glimpse of an advertisement to the other disastrous episodes shown in the television. The technology today should never determine our Christian values rather the ultimate ‘say and approval’ must come from God’s word; ‘His counsel.’ Live a righteous life before God and He will bless us as He instructs, teaches and guide us with His own eyes!

SERMON POINTS

Psalm 1:1 (KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

The book of Psalms starts with a beautiful psalm of a blessed man. A blessed man never walks in the counsel of the ungodly. He neither stands or sits in the way of the sinners but his only joy is in the Lord and His statutes. He takes delight in meditating the word of God day and night.

Let us glance at the life of a blessed man Abraham in the bible. God commanded Abraham to leave his country, relatives and father’s house behind and go to a land which God would show him. Abraham obeys God’s divine counsel and later we read in Genesis chapter 13 that Abraham went on prospering and increasing unlike Lot who chose to take greener pasture before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Understand that eyes are deceiving; not everything we see flourishing and green will prosper. Later we read that because of the petitions of Abraham made unto the Lord, Lot is miraculously delivered. Our father Abraham is a great example who walked in the counsel of God and because he did God instructed, taught and guided Abraham and made him a father of many nation.

Psalm 84:4,5 (KJV) Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

In Hebrew, the word ‘Pesha’ means transgression. It is a disturbing fact that from the very rich to the most downtrodden sections of the society everyone wants to get rid of their transgressions and the count is great in number. We all want to be forgiven and loved. However, the bible says that blessed are those who praise and worship the Lord. As we praise the Lord and love Him, we are connected to the highways of heaven.

Another word for sin in Hebrew is ‘Hamartia.’ It is like an arrow when it misses the target and the mark is missed. Therefore, sin is missing the set guidelines of God. God has given us certain boundaries never cross it! Church is the body of Christ and we ought to come without any excuses. In Matthew 16:24 Jesus said unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” God expects us to deny our flesh, take up the cross and follow Him, therefore be joyful don’t worry of getting rid of the transgressions because all our iniquities are already taken away by Jesus when He died on the cross. Now our strength will come from the Lord and as we dwell in His ways! Therefore, consider ourselves blessed and privileged men to be in His kingdom.

Who Are These Blessed Men?

Romans 4:5,6 (KJV) But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

The Adamic sin was imputed in us and whatever we do in getting rid of the Adamic sin is ‘works.’ However, our works should not be compensated with attending the church, tithing or offering. These are supposed to be the basic etiquette of a believer. A blessed man believes in Jesus and understands that Jesus has cleansed us with His blood which is works. A blessed man continues to grow spiritually understanding that the imputed righteousness of God has washed away the imputed Adamic sin from its roots to live a blessed life of a righteous man.

How Should a Blessed Man Be?

Psalm 51:15-17 (KJV) O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

A blessed man should never cease to praise God. He is always broken in spirit and is contrite in heart.

Seven Blessings of a Righteous Life:

The enemy tried to thwart the plans of God in the Garden of Eden but it was an utter dismay to the enemy when God sent His Son Jesus to redeem what was lost. It twisted ‘Avon’ the enemy’s course, because of the word came to us and we got saved! As we are saved there are seven blessings of a righteous life.

1) Healing

Psalm 32:3-5 (KJV) When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

There is a mechanism and functionality of how our Creator created us. If God has forgiven us of our sins, how much more should we forgive? The bible says that the cessation for our anger is sunset but if we pretend to cover it up our bones will be waxed. The more hurts inside will result in bad health. Therefore, reconcile quickly and pray about it and as we pray the healing comes in.

James 5:13-16 (KJV) Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

God expects us to pray when we are afflicted and for those whose are hurting. As we repent and confess in praying for one another, the word says that God will heal our land because the prayer of a righteous man availeth much!

2) Praying Powerfully

Psalm 32:6 (KJV) For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

When we are righteous before God, our prayers are powerful and He hears it. Prayer is finding God in the midst of grave situation. It is like digging the well, the water comes up and floods the place but would not come near us because of His blessing. However, when we are rebellious He will not hear our prayer and we will dwell in the dry land. So be righteous before God!

3) Protection

Psalm 32:6-7 (KJV)  For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.

Our God is the Rock of ages. Our God is in control of our mechanism. In Matthew 7:24,25 (KJV) Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” When we built our houses on the foundation of truth of His word He will shield and protect us from every harm.

4) Song of Deliverance

Psalm 32:7 (KJV) Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

 Singing determines a special code of conduct in our Christian faith. If in the bible, we read songs of deliverance then it is but obvious that the enemy also has songs of destruction. However, if we are a changed righteous man then it is known from the songs we sing.

Psalm 40:3 (KJV) He put a new song in my mouth,a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
 and put their trust in the Lord.

The Psalmist says, that God will put a new song of praise into our mouth and many will see and will turn their hearts to God. Understand that when we sing a song of deliverance it could also win a soul for His kingdom! Therefore, be vigilant of what you sing and say.

Zephaniah 3:17 (KJV) The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Hebrews 2:12 (KJV) Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. Jesus is singing praises over us

Our Christian life is a singing life and not a sinning life. The bible records that even God rejoices and sings over us. In Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. The bible says that as St. Paul and Silas started singing and praying to God the earth shook and later the prisoner and his household gets saved. This is the power of praising and praying to God! When we sing our bondages are broken and we are delivered.

5) Counsel of the Lord

Psalm 32:8 (KJV) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Isaiah 50:4 (KJV) The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

Isaiah 2:3 (KJV) And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Human beings like to get personal attention; they like being given the utmost importance. However, the good news is our God cares for us. The word of God says that He will instruct us, teach us and guide us with His own eyes.

As He teaches us His ways, no curses shall prevail. Our blessings come directly from His throne when we open our ears to hear His word. The church is a place from where His word is established and as we come to His house, the Lord shall teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths.

6) Understanding

Psalm 32:9 (KJV) Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

The horses are usually tied with a headgear to control them, because they lack understanding. Therefore, the word says, not to be like mules and horses who lack understanding.

1 Kings 3:9-11 (KJV) Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

Ephesians 5:17 (KJV) Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

In the bible, we read a wonderful story of King Solomon who asked the Lord God for an understanding heart so that he would judge his people wisely. We further read that it greatly pleased God and because he asked for wisdom God granted it to him. King Solomon was the wisest king on earth. Therefore, ask for understanding from God, live a righteous life before Him and He will be pleased to grant it to us.

How Can We Have More Understanding?

Psalm 119:99 (KJV) I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

Understanding comes from God and His word. As we meditate the word of the Lord more we will become more understanding.

7) Rejoicing

Psalm 32:11 (KJV) Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

As we continue to live a righteous life, God will bless us with Joy. His presence in our life will never allow us to cease being joyful, it will be very hard to take a break from praising Him. Therefore, if we want to experience His joy in our life remove the cloth of unrighteousness, repent, ask the Lord to fill our hearts with Joy and He will do it!

CONCLUSION.

Live a righteous life before God, never tread into dangerous paths. Our God is a loving, kind and a merciful God who has set boundaries for us. It will be an act of foolishness who cross it and ignore Him but a wisdom and knowledge to those who know the calling of God and respect it! Once we know the calling of God, He will bless us with the healing, we will learn to pray powerfully, He will protect us, our mouths will be filled with songs of deliverance, He will counsel us, give us His understanding and we will never be the same again; it will be very hard to take a break from praising Him and rejoicing in His presence.

Therefore, let us come with an upright heart ask for salvation and it shall be freely given to us as a precious gift from the Master. So, are  you willing to ask the Son of God today?