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October 24, 2019, 4:50 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 11/21/19


SERMON SEEDS

R20 – THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 21, 2019

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PSALM 37:1-8 – ACTION WORDS THAT HELP (CONTROL ANGER)

PSALMS FOR LIVING #9

  • “Simon Says” using action words.

 

  • I used “action words” in this little game. But these action words were basically useless.

 

  • The action words in Psalm 37, 1-8 are very valuable and helpful. They have been blessing believers for years. Words like the ones in Vss. 4-5, “Delight”, “Commit”, and “Trust”.

 

  • I believe that this passage is especially helpful when it comes to controlling something all of us have had to deal with, and still deal with. That is anger.

 

  • Whether it is inner rage or an outward rant or explosion, anger is a very real problem. Psalm 37:1-8 can help us control anger, if we obey the text.

 

  • So, let’s look at these action words. I put them in bold and underlined them, as they appear in the Bible.

 

1. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
 

2. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
 

3. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.


4. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
 

5. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
 

6. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
 

7. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
 

8. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

 

 

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PSALM 34:1-10 – WHOLEHEARTED!   

Psalms for Living #10

WHOLEHEARTED PRAISE – Vss. 1-3

  • Vs. 1 - Psalm 107:2 – There’s always something to thank God for!
  • Vs. 2 - Romans 1:16-17 – Talk like a satisfied customer
  • Vs. 3 - Ephesians 5:18-21, Colossians 3:16 – Join the “Joy Fellowship” of those who filled with His Spirit and His Word!

WHOLEHEARTED PRAYER – Vss. 4-6, 1 Samuel 21:10-15

  • Introductory Note – I think this experience taught David a lesson, and this Psalm is the result.
  • Vs. 4 – Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:8 – We know these verses, let’s live them!

(GOD’S) WHOLEHEARTED PROTECTION – Vs. 7

  • John 10:27-39

WHOLEHEARTED PRACTICES – Vss. 8-10

  • Taste and See – Jeremiah 15:16
  • Trust – Psalm 18:1-3
  • Fear – Proverbs 9:10, 29:25, Malachi 2:5, Luke 12:4-7,   Malachi 2:5 (ESV) - My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name.
  • Seek – 1 Chronicles 16:11 – “Seek the Lord and his…

(GOD’S) WHOLEHEARTED PROVISION – Vss. 9-10,

John 10:10, Matthew 6:31-34

 

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EZRA 1:1-11 – GOD IN ACTION (MISSIONS MESSAGE)

 

GOD MOVED A KING - Vss. 1-2

Cyrus was moved by God to call for the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.

 

GOD MOTIVATED A PEOPLE - Vss. 3, 5

There were those who were motivated to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple.

 

GOD MADE A PROVISION - Vss. 4, 6-11

The people who didn't go gave to the work.  Cyrus himself made donations.

 

Think of this as a picture of God's plan for missions.

 

GOD MOVED A KING - JESUS

Jesus gave the Great Commission. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15

 

GOD MOTIVATES A PEOPLE – MISSIONARIES – Acts 13:1-3

Missionaries have responded to the King's call for workers.

 

GOD MAKES A PROVISION – SUPPORT – PHILIPPIANS 4:14-19

Those who do not go to the mission field can support the work of the missionaries that do.

 

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ISAIAH 46:3-11 – FACTS FROM GOD

 

Isaiah 46:3-11

FACTS FROM GOD

 

GOD IS RESPONSIBLE – Vss. 3-4 – He takes care of His children.

 

IDOLS ARE RIDICULOUS – Vss. 5-7 – They can’t help us.

 

MEMORY IS REQUIRED – Vss. 8-10 – Remember God’s ways and know that He is faithful.

 

GOD’S PROMISES ARE RELIABLE – Vss. 11-13 – What God promises, He does!

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MATTHEW 20:17-28 – JESUS, OUR ROLE MODEL

 

First or all, Jesus is to be our Savior. John 14:6, John 3:16

Secondly, Jesus should be the role model, whose example we follow daily. Luke 9:23

 

SACRIFICE OF THE MASTER - Vss. 17-19

Jesus went to Jerusalem, knowing that He would lay down his life as a sacrifice for sin.

We are to live our lives as a "living sacrifice" for Him. Romans 12:1

 

SIMILARITY TO THE MASTER - Vss. 20-23

James and John were willing to suffer for the sake of their master, although they were wrong to seek glory. May we be willing to also suffer, if needed, for our Master's sake.

 

SERVICE LIKE THE MASTER - Vss. 24-28

Jesus served others while He was here on earth and then gave His life as a ransom for many. If we are going to follow Jesus as a role model, our lives should be given in service to others.

 

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LUKE 13:23-30 – GAINING HEAVEN

 

Have you ever given much thought about whether the people you know are going to Heaven or not?  One person once asked Jesus in Luke 13:23, if many would be saved.

Jesus' response is sobering.

 

THE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT - Vs. 24

The entrance requirement to Heaven is very simple, and yet so many people miss it because it is so simple.

The "straight gate" is through faith in Christ. John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:14-18, 36

 

THE END OF ELIGIBILITY - Vs. 25

There will be a day when it is too late to enter the straight gate.

It must be done in this lifetime.

 

THE EXCLUSION OF MANY - Vss. 26-28a

Many people, including most Jews of Jesus' day, will claim to have known Jesus, and yet Jesus will claim he never knew them.  Those who are familiar with Jesus but have not trusted Him as Savior, will be told by Him, "I never knew you."

 

THE ENTITLED WHO ENTER - Vss. 28-30

Those who are excluded will watch famous "saints" enter, and ever those from many countries.  But those who should have been "first" in the kingdom, because of their exposure to Christ, will be "last" if they have not trusted Him as Savior.

 

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ROMANS 8:31-39 – EVIDENCES OF GOD’S LOVE

 

If I asked you, "Does God love you?" you would answer, "Why of course He loves me!"

But let's face it. There are times when our faith in God's love for us has been tested.

 

· The loss of a loved one

· A misrepresentation

· The sickness and suffering of a child, teen, young adult or senior saint

· A Christian, sometimes even a pastor, disappoints you

· And many more things could make us question God' s love for us.

 

When such questions about God's love come up for me or someone else there is one final and absolute source to prove that grand love of God for every born again Christian. That source, of course, is God's Word.

 

One of the greatest passages of Scripture that show the love that God has for the believer is Romans 8:31-39. Here in these verses I see four things about the love of God that have encouraged me and should be an encouragement to you. These four things are the proofs that can refute anything that anyone, including Satan, can say against God's love for the Christian. The four evidences of God's love for you are:

 

NO LIMITATION - Vss. 31-32

 

Vs. 31 - What shall we then say to these things?…

 

In order to understand this first phrase we must look back in our text to Vss. 28-30.

 

Most of us know and love Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

Vss. 29-30 tell us why Romans 8:28 is true. There are five links to a chain that explains Romans 8:28

 

· Foreknowledge – God knows His elect.

· Predestination - Don't let the word throw you. The word means to mark out ahead of time. God marked out a plan in advance for those He knew would be saved.                         God planned ahead!

· Calling - There was the convincing, or convicting work of the Holy Spirit.

· Justification - God declared those who have trusted Christ as Savior as righteous.                                                                     Romans 5:1 - Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

· Glorification - This is not yet accomplished, but will be in the future.                                                                               1 John 3:2 - Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 

After listing these 5 wonderful things - foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification - Paul pauses and, in essence, says, "What can I say? God has done so much for us!"

 

And then he continues on to the next thought, if God be for us, who can be against us?

 

Granted, there is the curse of sin that we face each day.

Granted, there are hardships, difficulties, heartbreaks, trials and temptations.

But who can stand against us? "God plus one man equals a majority!"

 

Vs. 32 - He that spared not his own son…

 

We said there is no limitation in the love of God for us. This verse proves it. God did not even stop at the giving of His own Son for us.  God not say, "I will balk at causing my Son to suffer brutal persecution and death."  No. Instead, He allowed His Son to suffer terribly for our sakes. That's love!

 

There are probably limitations that most of us put on how much we are willing to give to show love.

Some would give money, but not themselves.

Others would give themselves, but not their children.

Some would give their children, but not their health.

 

God did not limit His love to spare His Son!

God gave His most precious possession that we might experience forgiveness and eternal life.

 

Romans 8:32 - He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

 

"All things"? - Yes in Heaven I'm sure we'll have all things that pertain to life and happiness. Our rule with Christ, our glorified bodies, and a host of wonderful other things await us.

 

"All things?" "Freely"? - Today we have access to all things that we actually need. And God is not a squanderer. God is not a tightwad.  How often have we missed the all things in this verse because we have not come to Him in prayer and faith, believing? 1 John 5:14-15, John 16:24

 

NO ACCUSATION - Vs. 33

 

There is no one.

Not an individual

Not an angel

Not the devil himself that can make an accusation to Almighty God that would make Him deny you of His love.  

   

There is a beautiful picture of there being no accusation for the believer found in Zechariah 3:1-5. Satan was not able to accuse Joshua because of God's work of justification. Satan is not able to accuse you either!

 

You will sin. There will be a break in fellowship with God. You will not sense His presence until you make it right through confession to God. But this does not mean that God has stopped loving you, or that an accusation will stick.

 

Notice the last phrase in Vs. 32.

It is God that justifies!

Who declared you righteous once and for all?

God did! Does God ever change His mind in these matters?

NEVER!

 

NO CONDEMNATION - Vs. 34

 

Romans 8:34 - Who is he that condemneth?

 

Can the devil condemn the child of God?

Can anyone condemn one that is washed in the blood?

The answer of course is no! Romans 8:1, 4

 

Jesus died for you.

Jesus rose for your benefit.

And now where is He and what is He doing?

He is at the right hand of God interceding for us!

 

As the accuser of the brethren Satan tries to accuse, tries to condemn, tries to make us lose our standing. Jesus speaks on our behalf. Imagine when we sin that Jesus speaks in our behalf, perhaps saying, "Father, He is one of mine. He is under my blood." 1 John 2:1-2

 

NO SEPARATION - Vss. 35-39

 

Vs 35 - Who do you think is trying to separate you from the love of Christ? Satan is!

 

So what does he try to use to make you feel that you are unloved?

 

· Tribulation - the vast array of circumstances that are common to life, but are unpleasant.

· Distress - "It means a very narrow place where one is crammed and pressed in by oppressive circumstances - we'd say it's like being between a rock and a hard place."

· Persecution - being picked on, hurt or even destroyed for the cause of Christ.

· Nakedness - lack of clothes

· Peril - precarious situations, automobile accidents, theft, fire, threat of loss of life

· Sword - loss of life for Christ's sake

 

Romans 8:37 - Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

In all these situations we are not just winners, not just conquerors.

We are big winners, we are "more than conquerors."   

We don't win 2-1 but 55-0!

 

More than conquerors!

 

Now you may ask, "Why is it that I have not always acted like a conqueror when I have faced trouble?" Why have my Christian friends failed to face trials successfully?

 

That’s because we leave out a phrase of this verse. Romans 8:37

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 

We are more than conquerors through reliance on Christ!

When we go in our strength and skill we will fail.

When do something in Christ's strength we are victorious.

And there is another way we are victorious. In Heaven none of these things we face now will trouble us.

 

Vss. 38-39 - None of these things can separate us from God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

These are the evidences of God's love.

 

NO LIMITATION

NO ACCUSATION

NO CONDEMNATION

NO SEPARATION

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PSALM 139:7-10 etc. – KNOWING GOD’S HOLINESS

KNOWING GOD #4 OF 7

 

(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. :-)

                   

How many people go through life never aware that they are in the very presence of God, but God is present! 

 

 

We continue our series on Knowing God.

We have already talked about Knowing God’s Sovereignty and Knowing God’s Holiness.

I think it very fitting that we speak of Knowing God’s Presence. This is an attribute of God that you should never forget.  This is an attribute of God that will affect your behavior.  This is an attribute of God that will make you different, if you let it.

 

This morning, I’d like to share with you some of the characteristics of the presence of God.

 

GOD’S PRESENCE IS PERVASIVE

 

According to the American Heritage dictionary, the word “pervade” means “To be present throughout; permeate.”

So when we say, “God’s presence is pervasive”, we are saying that “God’s presence is everywhere”, or that “God is present everywhere.” Psalm 139:7

 

God’s Word tells us in this verse that there is nowhere that we can go without God being present. Psalm 139:8-10

 

GOD’S PRESENCE IS PERSONAL

 

Although, God by nature is everywhere, it is hard to imagine that God would have the time or the interest to have a personal relationship with me.  After all each one of us, in relation to the universe, aren’t even blips on the radar screen.

 

And yet, God from the beginning had time for a personal relationship with man.

 

Genesis 3:8 talks of God walking in the Garden in the cool of the day. Although on that particular day, Adam and Eve had sinned, I believe that it was God’s habit to spend time with them on a regular basis.  They would have spent times with God until they sinned.  After their sin, they were removed from that Garden and the intimate fellowship.

Sin broke off the sense of the personal presence of God.

It does the same thing today. Isaiah 59:2, Psalm 66:18

 

Each one of us was born a sinner by nature. Psalm 51:5

 

Each one of us has a sinful heart. Jeremiah 17:9

 

Each one of us is a sinner by choice. Isaiah 53:6

 

How can we have a personal relationship with the presence of God when we have sinned against this holy God?

Isaiah 53:6 which just read gives the answer, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.   

   

God placed the punishment of our sins unto His Son’s shoulders.

The Lord Jesus died for us to pay for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

When we place our faith in Christ as the one who died for us, not only are we declared “righteous” in God’s eyes, but we also become God’s children.  Thus a personal relationship with God is established, making His presence in my life personal. John 1:12, Romans 8:15-16

 

GOD’S PRESENCE IS PRACTICAL

   

God’s presence is something that is to be practiced in our lives.

God’s presence is beneficial and useful.

God’s presence is something to be enjoyed.

 

Practicing God’s presence is called “abiding”. John 15:4-5

 

Abiding is practiced when we trust God in all situations. Proverbs 3:5-6  

 

Abiding is practiced when we worship God. Psalm 138:2, Hebrews 13:15

 

And of course, following worship is prayer.
This is certainly a way of abiding in Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 1 Peter 5:7, Matthew 7:7-11

 

John 15:7 - If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

 

We are to let God’s Word abide in us.

I believe that this includes memorization and meditation upon the Word of God. Psalm 119:97,

Joshua 1:8

 

GOD’S PRESENCE IS PEACEFUL

 

God’s Holy Spirit dwells in your life if you are saved.

He produces “fruit” in your life.

Part of that fruit is “peace”.

Most of us know and love the 23rd Psalm.

It is a conversation between a sheep and his shepherd.

And I think one of the reasons this Psalm is so loved is because it is so peaceful!

 

And think of the peace that Jesus has promised in

John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

GOD’S PRESENCE IS POWERFUL

 

One of the prayers that I pray for you as a congregation says in part in Ephesians 3:14-17a, For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, [15] Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, [16] That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; [17] That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

 

How rich is God?  He owns everything on earth.

Imagine what His riches in glory are!

According to those riches, He wants to strengthen us in the inner man by his Spirit. 

As a result, as we strengthened, Christ will dwell in our hearts.

He’ll be at home there!

He’ll rule there!

He’ll be in control there!

That’s the power of God’s presence.   

   

GOD’S PRESENCE IS PROTECTIVE

   

John 10:27-30 - My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: [28] And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. [30] I and my Father are one.

 

Nothing can happen to me today unless God permits it.

The Lord Jesus securely holds me in His Almighty hand.

I can not be more protected than that!

 

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