SERMON SEEDS
October 2, 2017, 3:21 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 10/2/17

SERMON SEEDS

P34 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 2, 2017

 

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ACTS 4:32-37 - THE FORGOTTEN FACE OF A COURAGEOUS MAN

FORGOTTEN FACES #6 OF 8

 

2 Chronicles 18

 

In the Bible, the prophet Micaiah is the forgotten face of a courageous man. 

Courage, the ability to stand for what you know to be right, is a Biblical Principal. Joshua 1:7,9,

Psalm 27, Galatians 5:1

 

A great model for us to follow when we need courage is that of the prophet Micaiah.

 

THE HATED PROPHET - Vss. 1-7

 

When you are courageous, especially making a stand for the Lord Jesus and/or what is right, it is likely that you will be dislike or even hated.

 

Vs. 1 – We are introduced to two kings.

             Jehosaphat was a Godly king.  He loved the Lord

             and served him, mostly well.

 

Ahab was an ungodly king.  He and his wicked wife Jezebel wrecked havoc on Israel. 1 Kings 16:30-33,

 

Jehosaphat made the mistake of forming an alliance with Ahab.  When believers and unbelievers are in intimate relationship the Lord is displeased. 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

 

God was not pleased with the alliance that Jehosaphat formed with Ahab. Read 2 Corinthians 19:1-3  

 

Vs. 2-3 - Ahab and Jehosaphat got together. Ahab convinced Jehosaphat to got with him to a border town named Ramoth-gilead to try and reclaim it for Israel.   

 

Vss. 3-4 – Jehosaphat consented, but then asked about God’s

                  guidance. He wanted King Ahab to ask about the

                  word of the Lord.

Jehosaphat wanted to make sure that they were in the will of the Lord before they went forward.  That’s a good thing to do. However, it would have been better, if he had first checked with God before he said he would go with Ahab.

 

Vs. 5 – King Ahab’s prophets who claimed to prophesy for the Lord promised a victory.  They were unanimous, but they were not truly God’s prophets.  You might recall that Israel was involved in idol worship, worshipping two golden calves that had been set up.  Also, the worship of Jezebel’s gods was also being practiced.

 

Vs. 6 – I think Jehosaphat, who had Spiritual insight, realized these were not prophets of the Lord. He asked if there was another prophet who could be consulted.

 

Vs. 7 – Ahab begrudgingly concedes that there is another prophet available.  There was. Don’t you just love Ahab’s frankness?  “There’s another prophet, but I hate him. He never has anything good to say about me or to me.”

 

Ahab was looking for “yes men” like his 400 prophets.

He wanted his prophets to say “yes” to his plans.  Ahab really didn’t want to hear from God.  He just wanted God to bless Ahab’s own plans.

 

That’s exactly what a lot of people are looking for in ministers today.  They are looking for preachers who will just tell them what they want to hear.

 

Ahab hated Micaiah because Micaiah told the truth.

He didn’t tickle the Ahab’s ears.  He had a message from God, and he delivered it.

 

And let me tell you something else.  When you tell God’s truth, not everyone will like it.  Some will hate you, because you represent a righteousness they don’t have.

 

I have had people angry at me, because I told the truth.  Every pastor since Pastor Cunnings has had folk angry at them because they told the truth.

 

If you are a Christian who is trying to live a godly life there will be a time when you are hated for Christ’s sake. John 15:18-19

 

THE HONEST PROPHET - Vss. 8-22

   

Vs. 9 – There are those who feel that Micaiah was already in custody when he was called to prophesy before Ahab.

 

Vss. 10-11 – Meanwhile the false prophets put on quite a show.  One guy, Zedekiah, even gave an object lesson, making phony horns and using them to illustrate Ahab’s supposed victory.

 

What was wrong with these prophets?

They were not telling the truth.

They were deceived. They were foolish. Ezekiel 13:3

 

When we teach for the Lord, preach for the Lord, or give counsel for the Lord we must be careful to make sure that we have been in touch with the Lord so that we’ll say what He wants us to say.   

 

Vs. 12 – I think this messenger means well.  He probably didn’t want to see Micaiah get in any more trouble than he was already in.  He probably was a peace loving sort, who thought if Micaiah just spouted the “party line” all would be well.

 

But could it be that this messenger doubted that anyone spoke for God.  If the messenger really thought that Micaiah spoke for God, he would not have suggested that Micaiah would alter what God would say.

 

Vs. 13 – Micaiah was stubborn. He was saying, “That as surely as God is alive, I will speak what he tells me to speak.”

 

That is courage.

That is honesty.

That is conviction.

That is integrity.

 

Sometimes when we are asked our opinion, we will hedge, because we don’t want to hurt feelings.  But if we know God’s opinion on something according to His word, we should be honest and share God’s opinion.

 

Vs. 14 – Please understand that Micaiah is being sarcastic.

              The way he said it, made it perfectly clear to Ahab

               that he didn’t mean what he said.

 

Vs. 15 – Ahab has either heard Micaiah use a sarcastic approach before, or he was trying to look good in front of King Jehosaphat.  Ahab claims that he wants the truth.

 

Vss. 16 – In this case the shepherd of Israel would have been Ahab.  The people were scattered and told to return home in peace.  Ahab would be removed.  Ahab claimed to want the truth and he got it.

 

Vs. 17 – Ahab tells Jehosaphat, “I told you so.”  He always

               gives me bad news.

 

Vss. 18-22 - God through Micaiah answers an obvious question.  Why is it only Micaiah who is predicting doom and not all of Ahab’s prophets?  It’s because a false message was given to false prophets. Psalm 18:25-26

 

And before you get upset with God for deceiving Ahab, please realize that Ahab was told by Micaiah that he was deceived.  Ahab had opportunity to believe Micaiah and not listen to his deceiving prophets.  And that was the problem. They were Ahab’s prophets and not God’s.

 

The world has prophets today that tell the world what it wants to hear about morals, about sex, about alcohol, about abortion, and even about God.

 

THE HUMILIATED PROPHET - Vss. 23-27

 

Honest people are not always honored by the world.

Sometimes they are humiliated.

 

Vss. 23 – Micaiah was slapped by Zedekiah, an insult in itself.  Zedekiah wrongly asks how the Spirit of the Lord left him, Zedekiah to speak to Micaiah. It is a totally false claim on Zedekiah’s part.

 

And to make matters worse, Micaiah was a minority of one.

The score was 400 telling Ahab to go to battle to one telling him not to.

When you stand for what is right you will often be in the minority, and you will be told that God is not speaking through you. You will even be slapped either verbally or literally.

 

Vs. 24 – Micaiah’s response to Zedekiah was to tell him of his own impending problems on the day of Ahab’s defeat. He’d be hiding himself.

 

Vss. 25-26 – Ahab chose to punish Micaiah until, he, Ahab would return. Ahab believed the majority report. Thus was Micaiah further humiliated.

 

Let me tell you, folks, many have gone to prison for their faith in Christ, suffering humiliation for His sake. And it could happen here.

 

Vs. 27 – Micaiah makes a very honest statement here.

              If Ahab returned from battle, then God had not

              spoken through Micaiah.

 

A great test of a true man or woman of God is the outcome of their words.

 

THE HONORED PROPHET - Vss. 28-34

 

Vss. 28-34 – God honored Micaiah with the fulfillment of His prophecy. Ahab died and did not return in peace.

 

People with courage are often honored by God when their words are fulfilled. They are shown to be right. Ezekiel 2:5

 

Micaiah is still honored today.  His story is told in two books of the Bible, and he stands in Scripture as a courageous, honest man.   

And there is no doubt, that like all of God’s servants, Micaiah will be rewarded in Heaven, no matter what the opinion of others might have been about him. 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

 

Micaiah is the forgotten face of a courageous man who stood for what is right.  Let us follow his example.   

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PSALM 136 – OUR GREAT GOD!

 

HIS CHARACTER - Vss. 1-4

Note that he is good and that his mercy endures forever. Vs. 1

He is "God of gods." - Vs. 2

He is "Lord of Lords." - Vs. 3

He is the worker of wonders. - Vs. 4

 

HIS CREATION - Vss. 5-9

 

HIS CONQUESTS - Vss. 10-20

Of Egypt Vss. 10-15

Of the wilderness - Vs. 16

Of Sihon and Og - Vss. 17-20

 

HIS COMPASSION - Vss. 21-26

God took care of Israel. He takes care of us.

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PROVERBS 4:23– A KEPT HEART

 

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

 

A KEPT HEART IS A BELIEVING HEART – Romans 10:9-10   

A KEPT HEART IS A SPEAKING HEART – Romans 10:9-10

A KEPT HEART IS A SPIRIT-FILLED HEART – Ephesians 5:18

A KEPT HEART IS A SINGING HEART – Ephesians 5:19-20, Colossians 3:16

A KEPT HEART IS A SANCTIFIED HEART – 1 Peter 1:15-16, 3:15

 

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MATTHEW 6:10 – THY KINGDOM COME

THE LORDS PRAYER #3 0F 8

 

God has given us a great privilege. The privilege is to be a part of His great work here on earth.  God wants to accomplish great things in the lives of believers and unbelievers, and he wants us to be a part of it! God has chosen to get His work accomplished by answering our prayers.  That is why we are to pray, "Thy Kingdom Come". John 14:12-14, 1 Peter 4:7, 1 John 5:14-15

When we elaborate on these words in prayer, we can ask God to establish his kingdom in several ways.

 

ASK GOD TO ESTABLISH HIS MILLENNIAL KINGDOM ON EARTH

 

Jesus is coming again! When He comes He will establish His Millennial Kingdom. Acts 1:9-11, Revelation 19:11-21, Isaiah 11:1-9, Revelation 20:1-2

As Christians we should be anxiously looking forward to the coming of the Lord Jesus to establish His Kingdom, and praying for His arrival.

 

ASK GOD TO ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM IN YOUR HEART

 

Right now we should be desirous that God's Kingdom would reign in our hearts.  We should want Jesus to be Lord right now! Ephesians 3:17, Romans 12:1, Galatians 2:20

 

Our daily prayer should be that Jesus would reign in our hearts by faith!  We should examine our lives for sin, and make sure that we are on good terms with him. Psalm 66:18, Psalm 139:23-24

 

 

ASK GOD TO ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM IN YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 

You know those among your family and friends who need salvation - pray for them.

You know the weaknesses of your friends and family - pray for them.

You know the trials and tribulations of your friends, pray for them.

Ask God to bring His kingdom to their hearts. 1 John 5:14-15

 

ASK GOD TO ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM IN YOUR CHURCH

 

The more we pray for God's Kingdom to reign in the hearts and lives of our fellow believers, the more that will be accomplished.

Paul was always praying for the churches that he knew. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4, Philippians 1:3-10, Romans 1:8-9

 

ASK GOD TO ESTABLISH HIS KINGDOM IN THE UNSAVED

 

I don't really understand how God balances free will, His election and prayer.  I do know this however that God's will is that people get saved. 1 Timothy 2:1-4, 2 Peter 3:9

It is God's will that nobody perish.

It is God's plan to answer prayer.

When we pray according to God's will he hears.

Pray for the unsaved to get saved.

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MARK 1:1-8 – JESUS IS COMING!

John the Baptist had an exciting message.  The Messiah, the Lord Jesus was coming!

 

THE PROPHECY ABOUT JESUS' MESSENGER Vss. 1-3

THE PROCEDURE OF JOHN'S MINISTRY Vs. 4

THE POTENCY OF JOHN'S MESSAGE Vss. 5-6

THE POWER OF JOHN'S MASTER Vss. 7-8

 

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ROMANS 6 – THE “FORS” OF ROMANS 6

THE “FOR” OF LIKENESS – Vs. 5

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

 

THE “FOR” OF FREEDOM – Vs. 7

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

 

THE “FOR” OF LIVING – Vs. 10

For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

 

THE “FOR” OF VICTORY – Vs. 14   

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 

THE “FOR” OF REALIZATION – Vs. 20   

For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.

 

THE “FOR” OF PROMISE – Vs. 23   

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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COLOSSIANS 1:1-8 – THANKFUL FOR OTHERS

 

We can find our attitude towards other Christians not always what it should be because:

  • Other Christians do things to hurt us.
  • Other Christians do things that mess up our plans.
  • Other Christians are sometimes people we don’t care for.
  • Other Christians sometimes hold varying doctrinal positions.

 

When Paul wrote to the Colossians, he was writing to a people that he had for the most part never met. He’d never been to Colossae. And to make matters worse, he was writing to people who were guilty of doctrinal error.

 

And yet, Paul was able to share that he was giving thanks for those people on a regular basis.

 

We will learn from Paul how to give thanks to God for others, as we realize that we can give thanks for:

(Please note that I gave background to the Book of Colossians and comments on Vss. 1-2 before preaching the outline. You will probably want to do the same if you are doing a series.)

 

THE MARKS OF SALVATION

 

Vs. 3 – Notice that there is no separation between prayer and thanksgiving. Paul says, “When I pray for you I thank God for you.”

 

Philippians 4:6 makes it obvious that prayer should always be accompanied with thanksgiving.

 

Philippians 4:6 - Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

 

Paul says in Philippians 1:3 - I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,

 

It should be our personal policy not to talk to God about anyone until we have thanks God for them!

   

There are certain marks or characteristics that generally accompany believers which we can thank God for.

 

  • FAITH – Vs. 4

No one is going to heaven without saving faith. We mean faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior.  We can be thankful when another person, no matter how cantankerous in our eyes, has made a decision to trust Christ for everlasting life.   

 

1 John 5:12 - He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

 

Rejoice when you can be thankful to God that someone else is going to join you in Heaven.

 

  • LOVE – Vs. 4

When we are saved we learn to love and appreciate other believers. We should have a reciprocal love agreement with other Christians. I am to love other Christians, and they are to love me.  I should be thankful for other believers because I love them.

 

John 13:34-35 - A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 

As I am thankful for my physical brothers and sister, I should also be thankful for my spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ.   

 

  • HOPE – Vs. 5

 

Faith started it all in the past.

Love is what I operate with right now.

Hope looks forward to the future coming of our Lord and Savior.

 

We can be thankful that others besides ourselves have that precious hope we are looking forward to.

You and I aren’t the only ones looking forward to the glorious coming of the Lord Jesus. All Christians have this hope.

 

Titus 2:13 - Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 - For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. [16] 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: [17] 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 Christian who is sick, the Christian who is hurting, and the Christian that might not agree without your theology also has the same “blessed hope”.

    

THE MULTIPLICATION OF SALVATION – Vs. 6

 

When the Gospel is preached the Gospel bears fruit.

 

Not only is their fruit of souls saved, but there are the “fruits of righteousness.”  People start living Godly changed lives and we can be thankful for that.

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 - Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. [11] And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 

There is also the fruit of the Spirit that will be evident when folks are truly saved.   

 

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

 

Be thankful when you hear of believers in other parts of the world.  The Gospel is still bearing fruit all over, although it is more evident in some areas than in others.

 

THE MESSENGER OF SALVATION – Vss. 7-8

 

Why did the Colossians have the salvation message?

It was because of a fellow servant in Jesus Christ by the name of Epaphras.

He ministered the Gospel faithfully to the Colossians.

Christians are saved because of faithful ministers.

People are growing in Christ because of faithful ministers.

 

1 Timothy 5:17 - Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

 

Make sure that you give thanks for the “faithful ministers of Christ” whom you know.

 

Let’s be thankful for other Christians this week!

 

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