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November 13, 2019, 4:18 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 11/11/19


SERMON SEEDS

R23 – THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 11, 2019

 

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JOSHUA 6 – ACCOMPLISHING THE IMPOSSIBLE

 

I have seen God do the impossible. He has saved souls that were hardened against the Gospel.

He has provided for needs when there seemed to be no way they could be provided. He has changed attitudes in people that no human could have changed. He has healed when there was no human explanation for the healing.

 

There are times when we will be in what appears to be impossible situations.

There will seem to be no way out. There will seem to be no logical reason for expecting victory or deliverance. It is at these times that we need to remember Joshua's victory at Jericho. There are some principles found here for accomplishing the impossible.

 

INTRODUCTION

When we face impossible situations we must remember that the most important thing of all is that God's will be done! (Matthew 6:10, Luke 22:39-42)

Joshua and Israel had entered the Promised Land at God's command.

God's plan was for them to have victory over the enemy.

 

CONSIDER IT DONE - Vss. 1-2

Jericho was a formidable city.

Jericho had shut its doors to Israel.

Jericho looked like an impossible enemy, but God said to Joshua, "I have given unto thine hand, Jericho".

When God makes a promise He keeps it.

When God makes a promise to you, He will keep that promise.

Some of the promises that we can consider done are Luke 1:37, Philippians 1:6,                    Philippians 4:13, Philippians 4:19, and 1 John 5:4.

 

CIRCLE IT WITH PRAYER - Vss. 3-11

Here were some unusual orders.

This was a test of Joshua's faith.

Humanly speaking what God asked Joshua to do did not make sense.

Joshua and the people were to circle the city once a day for six days.

On the seventh day they were to circle the city seven times.

This reminds me that God wants us to circle our problems with prayer!

Before we do anything else, problems should be prayed about. 1 John 5:14-15, James 1:5-8, Jeremiah 33:3, Mark 11:22-24, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Luke 18:1

 

Some of our "Jerichos" never fall simply because we do not circle the problem enough with prayer!

Some problems will be solved after one season of prayer, while others will require several seasons of prayer. We must continue to pray until God gives victory!

 

CLAIM IT BY FAITH - Vss. 15-16

After the children of Israel had circled Jericho 13 times, the Israelites were told to shout because the Lord had given them the city. There was still no outward evidence that the city would fall, but they were to claim the victory by taking action! The action was the shout of faith.

 

I see the shout as the final claim to a conquered Jericho.

I see the shout as an outward expression of an inward confidence.

As we pray the Lord may ask us to give a "shout" by taking some sort of action.

He may ask us to talk to someone.

He may ask us to do something.

He may ask us just to have total confidence that He is about to work and to praise Him for it.

 

CONCLUSION - Vss. 20-27

God conquered Jericho!

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PSALM 119 – THE CRY OF MY HEART

Psalms for Living #13

Read verses. Notice “Teach me Your statutes” appears 7 times. This is a cry from the Psalmist’s heart that the Lord would teach him His Word. Statutes is one of several synonyms used for the Word of God in Psalm 119. This should also be the Cry of my heart and yours as well!

W. Graham Scroogie – “This word comes from a root which means to hew, cut in, engrave, inscribe; and so comes to mean what is ordained, decreed, prescribed, enacted.”

So, what am I praying when my heart cries out “ Lord, Teach me your statutes.”?

Let me teach you a little memory tool.

  • “Lord, teach me your statues…” (Pointed finger up then a Cupped Hand)
  • Let me know them. (Point to the head) What they are and what they mean. This will include listening to the Word taught, reading the Word, memorizing the Word, seeking to understand the Word.
  • Let me apply them. (Dip imaginary brush in imaginary paint can and applying it to wall.) You are asking the Lord to teach you how the Word applies to your life.
  • Let me enjoy them. (Rub tummy and smile!) If you love God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, you will love God’s Word! Psalm 119:97
  • Let me obey them. (Salute) – God takes joy in our obedience to His Word but being obedient is impossible without God’s help. Jesus said “without me you can do nothing!”

Why should we cry out to God this way?

 

BECAUSE YOU ARE GOD – TEACH ME YOUR STATUTES!

Psalm 119:12 (KJV) 12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

 – Romans 11:33-35, 1 Corinthians 8:6

BECAUSE YOU HAVE FORGIVEN ME – TEACH ME YOUR STATUTES!      

Psalm 119:26 (KJV) - I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.  – The Psalmist is probably referring to confession of sins, Psalm 51:1-4

BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME – TEACH ME THY STATUTES!

Psalm 119:64 - The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

Psalm 119:124 - Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes. (Mercy means love.)

BECAUSE YOU ARE GOOD – TEACH ME YOUR STATUES!

Psalm 119:68 - Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

BECAUSE I WANT YOUR APPROVAL – TEACH ME YOUR STATUTES!
Psalms 119:135 - Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. – Numbers 6:24-27, Psalm 19:14

I WILL PRAISE YOU – WHEN YOU TEACH ME YOUR STATUTES!

Psalm 119:171 - My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

 

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PSALM 81:8-16 – A RADICAL REQUEST

Psalms for Living #14 of 14 – Last in the Series

 

  1. THE REQUEST: LET ME DIE WITH MY MOUTH OPEN!

Psalm 81:10b - Open thy mouth wide…

  • Open Mouth of Salvation – Romans 10:9-10
  • Open Mouth of Appreciation – Psalm 34:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • Open Mouth of Dedication – Romans 12:1, Luke 9:23
  • Open Mouth of Anticipation – Titus 2:11-13
  • Open Mouth of Contrition – 1 John 1:9
  • Open Mouth of Declaration – Psalm 107:2, Matthew 28:19-20
  • Open Mouth of Emancipation (Freedom) – Ephesians 5:18, Luke 11:13
  • Open Mouth of Petition – Philippians 4:6, Ephesians 6:18, 1 Timothy 2:1-4

 

  1. RADICAL RESULTS: GOD FILLS THE OPEN MOUTH!

Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

  • Salvation – Eternal Life – John 3:16
  • Appreciation – Joy, Gratitude – Nehemiah 8:10
  • Dedication – Fruitfulness – John 12:24
  • Anticipation – Rewards – 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12
  • Contrition – Forgiveness – Psalm 32:5
  • Declaration – Power – Acts 1:8, 2 Timothy 4:2, Psalm 126:5-6
  • Emancipation – Productivity – Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:16, 22-23
  • Petition – Answers – John 14:13-14, Matthew 21:22 – Prayers for our church, for the glory of God, in the name of the Lord Jesus!

 

  1. RADICAL REJECTION: MISSING GOD’S BEST!
  • Vss. 8-10a – Idolatry
  • Vs. 11 – Unbelief
  • Vs. 12 – God lets go
  • Vss. 13-16 – God’s Blessings are missed

WILL YOU DIE WITH YOUR MOUTH OPEN?

OR WILL YOU MISS GOD’S BEST?

 

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MATTHEW 9:1-13 – SINNERS ALL!

 

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

In Matthew 9 we find different kinds of sinners who reacted to the sinless Christ.

 

THE SINNER WHO WAS FORGIVEN – Vss. 1-8

 

THE SINNER WHO FOLLOWED – Vs. 9

 

THE SINNERS WHO FELLOWSHIPPED – Vs. 10

 

THE SINNERS WHO FOUND FAULT – Vss. 11-13

 

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2 TIMOTHY 1:16-18 – A FAITHFUL FRIEND

 

Onesiphorus, a citizen of Ephesus, visited Rome while Paul was a prisoner.

He showed himself to be a good friend to Paul.

 

HE WAS DILIGENT - Vs. 17 - Evidently just to find Paul, he had to search

diligently. He did not give up easily in order to be a good friend.

 

HE WAS DELIGHTFUL - Vss. 16&18 - He refreshed Paul, meeting Paul's needs in Jail, and also ministered to him in Ephesus.

 

HE WAS DEVOTED - Vs. 16 - He didn't do this once, but often. And, he was not ashamed of being associated with a prisoner.

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2 PETER 1:12-21 – A GOOD PREACHER

A SUNDAY SCHOOL OR BIBLE STUDY LESSON

 

· Not including anyone present, who are some of the best preachers that you have ever listened to, either live or by way of the media?

· What makes a good preacher good?

· What makes a bad preacher bad?

· Why must we be careful about our evaluation of preachers?

 

Those of you who have studied Acts 2, 3 and 10 know that God made Peter a good preacher.

This passage shows us some of the reasons that Peter was a good preacher.

 

PETER'S METHOD - Vss. 12-13

· Peter’s method was to remind his hearers of truths which they had already been taught.

· Does God ever repeat Himself?

· Is there such a thing as “new Spiritual truth”?

· How can a preacher repeat himself without being boring?

· Why is repetition good even though we know certain truths and even practice them?

· Why do we need to be “stirred up” from time to time?

 

PETER'S MOTIVE - Vss. 13-15

· What are some positive motives that preachers should have?

· How should possible death or a change of ministry effect how preachers preach?

· What does verse 15 tell you about Peter as a pastor?

 

PETER'S MASTER - Vss. 16-18

· What are some “cunningly devised fables” that are being taught today?

· What advantage did Peter have over preachers today?

· According to verse 16, what are some of the things that Peter was preaching about?

 

     1 Peter 1:13 - Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the

     grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

 

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KNOWING GOD’S JOY

KNOWING GOD #7 OF 7 LAST MESSAGE IN SERIES

 

(Note: This is a series basically on the attributes of God. Very Complete Notes, so be creative in adapting them. If you don’t change some of it, be sure to give me credit for writing your sermon. Otherwise, I don’t need credit. :-)

                   

Did you know that God is happy or joyful?

 

Nehemiah 8:10…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

 

We usually think of the joy of the Lord as something God gives to us, and He does. But God can not give joy to us unless he has it himself. And He is joy!  

 

1 Timothy 1:11 – According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

 

Paul calls God the “blessed God” here.  The word blessed means “happy”.  Have you ever stopped to think that God is happy?

  • God is happy because He is the great “I am”.  He is self-sufficient. He is satisfied or happy in Himself.
  • God is happy because He is sinless.
  • God is happy because He is the one who is happiness.

 

Was Jesus happy or joyful as God the Son? But of course!

John 15:11 - These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

So, I come ask the question, “Does your joy convict you of being a Christian?” Do you know God’s joy in a personal, intimate way, or you in a constant state of stress, anxiety, business, frustration and/or uncertainty?

 

  1. Do I know the joy of Salvation?

 

The Bible is very clear that every human being has failed God. Romans 3:10, 23

 

Our sin is a problem because God is a righteous, holy God.

He demands payment for sins committed against Him.

There is payment for sin.

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death;

 

We are lost, headed for hell and punishment because “the wages of sin is death”.  But that’s not the end of the story.

God has placed a rescue plan in effect so you can be rescued from the punishment you deserve.

God sent His own Son to live a perfect life here on earth and then to take your place by bearing on His shoulders the punishment for you sins. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

 

So, because Jesus has died for you sins, He offers to you a wonderful alternative to eternal punishment.  It is called eternal life.   

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Being saved is a gift received by faith. Ephesians 2:8-9

 

When you receive the free gift of eternal life, you also receive the gift of joy that comes from knowing that your sins are forgiven and that you are headed for Heaven.   

 

If you have not received the gift of salvation, I encourage you to do so today. 

 

1 Peter 1:8-9 - Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: [9] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

 

Peter was writing to those who had not seen the Lord Jesus, but they loved Him. They realized what a great price Jesus, the very Son of God had paid for their sins

Their love for Jesus, which was a result of believing on Him as Savior produced an indescribable joy that was full of glory. The word glory, according to John MacArthur, means to ‘render highest praise’. John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary – 1Peter (Chicago, Moody Press, 2004), p.47

   

So how high is your joy level because you are saved?

Do you spend joyful times of praise during the week?

Are the times of worship here on Sunday Morning times of “joy unspeakable and full of glory?”

 

If you do not have times of “joy unspeakable and full of glory” ask yourself two questions:

  1. Am I saved? Have I truly trusted Jesus as my Savior?
  2. Am I doing something to hinder my joy? That may be a sin, or just plain neglect of time with the Lord because of business.  You need to confess and forsake whatever is keeping you from “joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

 

  1. Do I know the joy of the Savior?

 

John 15:11 - These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

Your Savior loves you so much that He wants your joy to be permanent.  Even in tough times He wants His joy to come to our rescue.

Your Savior also wants your joy to be full. 

When something is full, it’s complete and there is not room for anything else.

 

We expect our human love to be permanent, and the permanence of human love is preserved by human contact.  The more we are in intimate, frequent fellowship with the one we love, the stronger and more permanent the spiritual bond is between two people.

 

And the more we are in intimate frequent fellowship with the one we love, our joy in that relationship increases and becomes full.

 

Jesus says, These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 

What did Jesus say to the disciples that would allow them to have the joy of Jesus?

He told them to have an intimate, frequent fellowship with the One we love, the Lord Jesus. John 15:4-5

 

Spend time with Jesus in His Word and prayer.

Reflect on His Word when you aren’t reading it.

Talk to the Lord Jesus as you would to an old friend who is spending the day with you.

After all Jesus is the “friend that sticks closer than a brother”.  He is spending the day with you!

 

  1. Do I know the joy of the­­ Spirit?

 

If you are truly born again the Spirit of God indwells you.

If the Holy Spirit indwells you, you should be aware of His presence. You should feel His presence and feel the effects of His presence.  If you have no cognizance of the presence of the Holy Spirit of God, I’d be concerned. Romans 8:9

 

If the Holy Spirit is in us, we should allow Him to control us through confessing all known sin, yielding to Christ, and asking God to fill us. Ephesians 5:18, Galatians 5:16

 

So what happens when we are controlled by the indwelling Holy Spirit?  We have joy!   

   

Acts 13:52 - And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

Galatians 5:22 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

 

  1. Do I know the joy of Submission?

 

Matthew 11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

Have you noticed that nobody is happy when someone is stubborn?  Your child is stubborn and neither of you are happy.  Your mate is stubborn and neither of you is happy.  Your boss or employee is stubborn and neither of you is happy.

 

When we are stubborn, God is not pleased with our actions and will not fill us joy.  And we are unhappy because we lack God’s joy when we are stubborn.

 

The solution to this problem is really quite simple.

When we lack rest we come to Jesus for rest.

When we lack rest we take the same yoke that Jesus wore for our own.

A yoke was placed around oxen in order to control them.

Jesus says to take “His yoke”.

The yoke that Jesus wore was a yoke of obedience to the Heavenly Father.

John 4:34 - Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

 

And please notice, that Jesus’ yoke is easy and His burden is light.  There is no better way to find God’s Joy than to learn from Jesus and to obey.   

 

John 13:17 - If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

 

In this passage Jesus promises rest for our souls.

When our souls are at rest because we are being submissive to God, we will have joy.

 

  1. Do I know the joy of Supplication?

 

John 16:24 - Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

 

Has it ever occurred to you that we forfeit our own joy when we fail to ask for things in the name of the Lord Jesus?  Failure to pray is a guarantee that we will not have joy.

 

When we ask in Jesus’ name we are saying to God that we believe that we are asking is according to Jesus’ will. 

We recognize that we have no authority before God to ask, but Jesus does, and we are asking in His name, because He is our Savior and He says to ask in His name.

 

Why does Jesus choose to see that our prayers are answered?

First of all, when our prayers are answered God is glorified through the Lord Jesus.

 

John 14:13-14 - And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. [14] If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

 

God is glorified when your prayers are answered, because every answer to prayer is a miracle, even though the answer often comes through what seems to be human involvement.

 

Secondly, Jesus chooses to see that our prayers are answered because answered prayer brings us joy.

You know how joyful you are when you make a request and someone gives you what you ask for.

 

Jesus wants you be joyful with the answers that He will give you.

Of course, our prayers need to be according to the will of God.  But if we are in tune with God’s will, we will want the things that He wants and will pray accordingly. John 15:45

 

  1. Do I know the joy of Sharing?

 

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 - For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? [20] For ye are our glory and joy.

 

Paul was looking forward to the day that he would stand before His Lord in judgment.

He realized that those to whom He ministered, who had been saved our grown under his ministry would be His reward.

 

What a joy it will be to be in Heaven with us those who were reached with the Gospel through our efforts.

What a joy it will be to be in Heaven with those who grew in Christ because of our efforts.

 

We need to learn the joy of sharing Jesus Christ with those who don’t know Him.

 

Not everyone we witness to will receive Christ, but some will.

Not every Christian that we teach or encourage will grow under our tutelage, but some will.

What a joy it will be to be able to present to the Lord Jesus those we’ve led to the Lord and those we’ve helped.

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 - But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 

Another way we share is through giving of our resources to the Lord’s work and to those in need.

If we sow sparingly in the area of giving, we will reap sparingly.  But the more we invest in the Lord’s work, the more dividends there will be. Matthew 6:19-20

 

According to 2 Corinthians 9:7 sharing is to be our joy.

God has done so much for us. We should want to share what He’s given us joyfully with others.   

 

  1. Do I know the joy of God’s Strength?   

 

Nehemiah 8:10 - …for the joy of the Lord is your strength.   

   

We end where we began.

If we are going to be strong in this life, it is because we have made the joy of the Lord our strength.  It will be because we have learned to rely on Him, and to do those things which bring us His joy?

 

So my question this morning is simply this – If you were brought into a court of law being accused of being a Christian, would your Christian joy convict you?

 

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