SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF JULY 13, 2020
July 15, 2020, 1:51 PM

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S28 – JULY 13, 2020

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ESTHER 5 – COURAGE

One of the qualities which is shown by both Mordecai and Esther is courage. In this passage, we see them making a stand for what is right, and for God. God's name is not mentioned in the Book of Esther, but it appears obvious that Esther, Mordecai, and the Jews were making a stand for, and being helped by Him.

COURAGE TO TAKE RISKS Vss. 1-3

Even as queen, Esther was not allowed into the king's presence unless she were summoned. To appear without being requested was to risk one's life. If the king did not extend his golden scepter, she would be executed. Esther took the risk because wicked Haman had passed a law that would have all Jews killed. The king did extend the scepter.

COURAGE TO FOLLOW GOD'S PLAN Vss. 4-8

We do not know what human reason caused Esther to have two banquets for the king and Haman before telling the king about Haman's wickedness. We do know that God had a reason. In chapter 5, Haman is humbled and Mordecai is honored as a hero who saved the king's life. Esther obviously did things God's way and not her own.

COURAGE TO HONOR GOD Vss. 9-14

As usual Mordecai would not bow down to Haman.

He did what was right, in spite of possible consequences.

Haman's plan was to execute Mordecai.

Do we do what was in right in spite of possible negative consequences?

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NUMBERS 14:1-34 – THEY SAID “NO!” TO GOD

It was time for the people to enter the Promised land. They rebelled because of the report of unbelieving spies. Numbers 13. We must beware to act in faith to God’s commands as Joshua and Caleb did and not listen to the “Majority Report” of unbelief.

ANARCHY BY THE PEOPLE – Vss. 1-4

ARGUMENT OF JOSHUA AND CALEB – Vss.5-9

APPEARANCE OF GOD – Vss. 10-12

APPEAL TO GOD – Vss. 13-19

ANSWER FOR MOSES – Vss. 20-25

ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE PEOPLE –Vss. 26-35

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PSALM 19 – TESTIMONY TIME

THE TESTIMONY OF NATURE – Vss. 1-6

THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORD – Vss. 7-11

THE TESTIMONY OF THE SPIRIT – Vss. 12-14

(The Spirit convicts, using the Word and Nature to cause us to desire cleansing.)

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PROVERBS 3:13-26 – WONDERFUL WISDOM

Proverbs 1:1-7 – The whole purpose of Proverbs is to promote practical, Godly Wisdom. Proverbs 3:13-26 shows us some ways wisdom is wonderful.

THE JOY OF WISDOM – Job 28:28, Proverbs 9:10, John 17:17

Proverbs 3:13 (KJV)

13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

THE VALUE OF WISDOM – Proverbs 23:4-5, Matthew 16:24=26

Proverbs 3:14-15 (KJV)

14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

THE BENEFITS OF WISDOM

Proverbs 3:16-18 (KJV)

16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

AN EXAMPLE OF WISDOM

Proverbs 3:19-20 (KJV)

19 The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.

 

THE PURSUIT OF WISDOM

Proverbs 3:21 (KJV)

21 My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

THE SECURITY OF WISDOM

Proverbs 3:22-26 (KJV)

22 So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.
23 Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.
24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.

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LUKE 5:1-11 - FISHING TRIP

THE COMMAND – Vs. 4 – Peter was to launch out into the deep and put down his nets.

THE CONCESSION – Vs. 5 – Peter had worked all night and caught nothing, but was willing to do what Jesus said.

THE CATCH – Vss. 6-7 – It was phenomenal!

THE CHANGE – Vss. 8-9Peter (and those with Him) was a changed man.

THE CALL – Vss. 10-11 – From that point on they were to catch men.

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JOHN 6:1-13 – BE AN OVERACHIEVER

LIFE OF CHRIST #28

You and I each know at least one person who we consider to be an overachiever.  They never stop working.  They always need to be accomplishing something new.  They have to be the best.  They seem to work beyond their ability to get things done.

Many think that it’s wrong to be an overachiever.  “Why should we be so committed to achievement that it drives ourselves and others crazy?”

Jesus was an overachiever.

  • He walked on water.
  • He raised three people from the dead.
  • He fed thousands of people with a minimum of food.
  • He made lame men walk, blind men see, and dumb men speak.
  • He calmed storms at sea.
  • He died for the sins of the whole world.
  • He arose from the dead.
  • He ascended into Heaven.
  • He sits on the right hand of the throne of God.

“Of course, Jesus is an overachiever,” you say, “He’s God!”

Jesus wants you to be an overachiever.

But let’s define the word overachiever a little differently.

Let’s think of an overachiever as a person who accomplishes things above his own natural ability.

John 14:12, John 15:16, Acts 1:8, Philippians 4:13

Why would Jesus ever want you to be an overachiever?

  • Because much can be accomplished for His glory when we trust Him.
  • Because it shows how much we love Him.
  • Because the needs are so great and Christ is so compassionate.
  • When we overachieve properly He gets the glory.

Last time we saw Jesus take his disciples apart to a dessert place to rest awhile.  However the crowds were waiting for Him.  Jesus had compassion upon them and began to teach them.

The story continues this week as it gets late and there is a need for this huge crowd to be fed.  Jesus feeds the 5,000 men plus women and children.  This was one of his “overachievements”.

This story can teach us some lessons about being overachievers for the glory of God.  Let’s consider the following principles:

  • SUPPOSITION – JESUS WANTS YOU TO FEED THE MULTITUDES  - Vss. 1-7

A supposition is an assumption.

There is no sense in trying to be an overachiever unless our Lord and Master wants us to be overachievers.

This miracle is recorded in all four Gospels.

We learn from comparing the accounts.  Each one gives us some more information.

The other Gospels tell us that it was toward the end of the day in a desert place and the disciples encourage Jesus to send the crowd away so they can get food.

Jesus’ answers in Matthew 14:16, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

Jesus is telling the disciples that they should feed the multitude.  And of course, with His help they could have.

The disciples were stymied and could only think of going somewhere and buying food, which probably wouldn’t have been enough anyway.   

Vs. 5 – Jesus tested Phillip. “Where can we buy bread, so

            this crowd can eat?”

Vs. 6 – Jesus already knew what He was going to do.  I think that Jesus wanted Phillip to ask Jesus to do a miracle.

Vs. 7 – Phillip’s answered that even 8 months worth of daily wages would hardly be enough to give them a little.

There is a multitude of spiritually hungry people both saved and unsaved around us.  Jesus says feed them spiritually and help them physically. Mark 16:15, Matthew 5:16, Galatians 6:9-10, Hebrews 10:24-25

And like the disciples we look at the multitude and we check our resources and we begin to think that we have nothing to offer.

We look at our own abilities or lack thereof.   

We look at our own backwardness.

We look at our lack of talent or brains.

We look at our lack of learning.

We look at our lack of finances.

We get discouraged and think that we can’t help one or two people, let alone a multitude!

Jesus wants us to feed a multitude, but how?

  • SURVEY – WHAT DO YOU HAVE THAT JESUS CAN USE? – Mark 6:38

 

Mark 6:38 - He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

Vss. 8-9 – John tells us a little more.  The five loaves and two fishes that were found were a little boy’s lunch.   

Just as Jesus had the disciples make a survey of what was available, I believe that He would also have us make a survey of what we have available that Jesus might be able to use.

The list I gave you to consider is not a complete one, but should get you to thinking, “What do I have that Jesus can use?”

 

____ A driver’s license and car

____ A singing voice for solos or choir

____ A sense of humor

____ The ability to play a musical instrument

____ A friendly disposition

____ An ability to teach

____ An ability to encourage

____ A listening ear

____ An ability to cook

____ An ability to clean

____ An ability to fix things

____ An ability to plan

____ A regular income and/or bank account

____ An ability to invite

____ An ability to memorize

____ An ability to learn

____ A concern for lost souls

____ An ability to pray

____ A voice to sing praise to God at home and in church

____ Artistic ability

____ Hospitality

____ Computer skills

____ Other? ____________________________________

I suggest you take this list home and honestly check off the abilities you have, asking God for help.

In order to feed the multitudes, in order to be an overachiever, you must begin by knowing what you have available for God’s use.

  • SURRENDER – GIVE WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO JESUS – Vs. 9

In order for this miracle to take place, the little boy with the lunch had to do something with it.

HE HAD TO SURRENDER HIS LUNCH TO JESUS!

Christians who have been blessed by God with all sorts of abilities are not surrendering their abilities to God for His use. Thus, they are not overachieving. Romans 12:1-5

First, we are to surrender ourselves to God and that includes all our gifts, talents and abilities.

When we surrender our abilities we are asking God to show us how we can use them for His glory.   

Let me ask you, what are you doing right now to feed the multitudes that have so many needs?  Won’t you begin by praying over the survey and then surrendering your abilities to God for his use?  Ask Him to show you how to use your abilities?

  • SUPPLY – JESUS WILL MULTIPLY WHAT YOU HAVE – Vss. 10-11

The little boy’s lunch, so insignificant, was used to feed the multitude, because Jesus multiplied it.

Jesus can start multiplying what you have to offer once you start using what you have to offer for His glory. Romans 12:6-8

Here’s another reminder.  We can’t do anything in our own strength.  When we surrender our abilities to be used by God, we must use them in His power!

Zechariah 4:6 - …Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

John 15:5 - I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

  • SURPLUS – DON’T WASTE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU – Vs. 12

Jesus instructed the disciples to pick up the leftovers so that there was no waste.

God has given you many gifts, abilities and talents.

When we use them we bring honor and glory to God.

When we use them we show our appreciation. 

When we fail to use them, we are wasteful.

When we use them for our own benefit only, we are wasteful.

  • SUPPOSITION – JESUS WANTS YOU TO FEED THE MULTITUDES
  • SURVEY – WHAT DO YOU HAVE THAT JESUS CAN USE?
  • SURRENDER – GIVE WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO JESUS
  • SUPPLY – JESUS WILL MULTIPLY WHAT YOU HAVE
  • SURPLUS – DON’T WASTE WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU – Vs. 12

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PHILIPPIANS 1:19-26 – AT THE CROSSROADS

It was winter of 1989. Village Bible Church in Fonda, New York was in trouble.

In January another key family left. A few had already left. There were not many people attending. Moral was low. The only publicity we seemed to get in the community was negative.

It was a time of decision for myself and other members of the congregation. We were at the crossroads. Were we to give up, or were we to go on? One of our men said that he was staying until the church closed its doors. He was committed. Another one of our men took on leadership responsibility. I came to the conclusion that even if I had to take a part-time job, I would stay.

That church didn’t close!  I stayed at the church for 10 1//2 years, never had to take another job, and God turned it around. Today one of the people who joined the church under our ministry is now the pastor. We were at the crossroads, but we made the right decision.

In this life you will often find yourself "at the crossroads".  It will be a time when you must make an important decision. Such decisions might involve marriage, schooling, family, employment, church or other things.

When we come to the "crossroads" it is easy to get depressed, worried, uncertain, confused, and out of sorts. The crossroads we face usually don't bring us much joy.  Paul, however, faced a crossroads in his life and he was able to handle it with joy.

PAUL HAD A PROBLEM - Vss. 23-24

Paul's crossroad was simply this. He wanted to leave earth and go home to be with the Lord. But he also realized that it was necessary for him to remain a while longer to help the Philippians and other churches under his care. It was a tough decision.

PAUL HAD A PLAN - Vss. 20-21

Paul could handle the crossroads in life because he had a plan.

His plan was to magnify Christ no matter whether he lived or faced death.

Nothing else really mattered.

Paul's plan meant that life was centered on Christ. For Him to live was Christ, and to die was gain!

PAUL HAD A PRIORITY - Vss. 19,24-26

Paul's priority was to do what was most important for the Lord.

Paul realized that although he'd rather have Jesus take him home, it was more important for the Philippians that he be delivered and continue to minister.

Paul's decision at the crossroads was centered around the Lord's will and doing what was best for others.

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1 JOHN 2:6 ETC. – WALKING AS HE WALKED

Just about all of us have been an example to others at one time or another.  All of us have followed the example of others at one time or another. We will be an example to others. We tend to follow the example of others.

The best example we have is the Lord Jesus Christ.

He lived the perfect life.

He is God in the flesh.

He is the perfect example.

Our text for this is 1 John 2:6 - "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

After a person is saved, his life has been changed.

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."

As part of this new life in Christ, a person is to learn to walk  closely to the Lord. It is called abiding in Christ.  A person abides in Christ, as he studies God's Word, thinks on God's Word, and obeys God's Word. He also abides in Christ, as he stays in constant communication with the Lord through prayer.

The first requirement for any individual to be right with God is to be saved.

If you and I claim to abide in Christ as Christians, we are to walk as he walked! We are to follow His examples!

My challenge to you this morning is to "walk as He walked."

Follow the examples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In this message we will take all our examples from Matthew, as we show some of the examples of Jesus which we should follow.

"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."

JESUS CHRIST WAS BAPTIZED. I SHOULD BE BAPTIZED. Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 10:44-48

JESUS CHRIST RESISTED SIN. I SHOULD RESIST SIN. Matthew 4:1-11

JESUS CHRIST SERVED. I SHOULD SERVE. Matthew 8:1-4

JESUS CHRIST PLEASED THE FATHER. I SHOULD PLEASE THE FATHER. Matthew 17:1-5

JESUS CHRIST PRACTICED FAITH. I SHOULD PRACTICE FAITH. Matthew 17:14-21

JESUS CHRIST HAD COMPASSION. I SHOULD HAVE COMPASSION. Matthew 20:29-34

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