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      Today is March 2, 2018. I am glad to bring you another sermon which is titled "Grace." We have the audio with it as well. You can read it as you listen, or you can listen on the go with the mobile version on your phone using m.georgebaker.vpweb.com. Click on the Home button, (in the mobile version) and this will take you to the audio sermons. If you cannot listen to audio with your browser, you will have to get Google Chrome for your browser. Thank you for coming by.



       This is April 1, 2017. Today I will give you a sermon concerning "Flesh". That is the title, "Flesh". This sermon is after "Grace."Also we have this sermon in audio as well. Scroll down on this page. Even though we are in the fleshly bodies, yet we are not to follow our fleshly appetites. The Bible calls them the works of the flesh. These are mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21. This sermon will be posted on the more sermons page as well as this page.


       Today is March 24, 2017. This is the third sermon on the subject of choosing a pastor. In these three sermons there is enough instructions to guide any congregation on how to approach this subject in selecting a leader. So this sermon is "God's Leadership." I'll post this sermon above "The Selecting of the Twelve Apostles." I'll post it also on the More Sermon page.


     The sermon which I posted March 22, 2017 is a follow up
of "What to do when Leadership is needed? "The Bible teaches us that out of the mouth of two or three witnesses let every word be established. This sermon is a continuation of the same thought. The title of this sermon is "The Selecting of the Twelve Apostles."  I'll post this sermon in the More Sermons page and on this page as well. Just below the video trailer of my book on this page.



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"GRACE."
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Grace is the Dominant Theme of the Gospel!

Introduction: Very few times, in the nearly fifty years that I've been saved, has the Lord given me a passage of scripture that has impacted me as much as this text. When the Spirit spoke these words  to me, it was as though he was saying that grace was the primary thing in the gospel, and in order to be strong in the grace of our Lord I would need to exercise myself by preaching and teaching more on this subject.

          Text: "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." 2 Tim 2:1

I. When the Lord gave me this passage, he also gave me this revelation. He was telling me in order to be strong in this grace I must exercise myself routinely by preaching and teaching more on grace. The reason that I understood that was that He showed me a body builder had to exercise himself in lifting in order to get strong. People who train themselves in body building or strength training have to lift weights with repetition on a regular basis, and must not allow anything to hinder them from their exercises in order to get strong and stay strong. In order for me to get strong and stay strong in the grace that is in Jesus I must exercise myself in teaching and preaching grace by lifting up Jesus. When preaching grace I am lifting up Jesus. The more I lift Him up, the stronger I will become.

          Exercise

          A. By Lifting

            "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die." John 12:32-33
          Moses lifted up Jesus with the message of grace to those in the wilderness by lifting up the serpent. Moses exercised the message of the cross which is grace, by lifting up the brazen serpent.
          Num 21:8-9 "And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."

          B. By Repetition

            a. Like Jesus who repeats the message of grace to Nicodemus, we must repeat this same message on a regular basis in order to be strong in the grace of the Lord Jesus.
          John 3:14-18 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

II. Israel sinned by complaining for the people were much discouraged because of the way and the people were bitten by the serpents. Death was certain if they would not look upon the brazen serpent.
           
           Israel

          1. The Sin - Complaining
          2. The Results - Death - By the Serpent
          2. The Grace - Believing the message
          3. The Salvation - Looking upon the brazen Serpent on the pole.

          The first Adam sinned.

          1. The Sin - Disobedience
          2. The Results - Death - By the Serpent
 
          The Second Adam (Jesus)

            Lifted up and died on a cross. As the people who were instructed to look upon the brazen serpent in order to live, we are instructed to look upon the cross of Jesus in order to live eternally and not to perish.
 
III. Grace is the unmerited favor that God bestows upon man. God provided grace for those in the wilderness who would believed the message and then confirm their belief by  looking upon the brazen serpent, has also provided grace to all that believe the Gospel (which is that Jesus died for our sins, buried, and rose from the dead.)

          Eph 2:8- 9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
 
IV.When we speak of being saved, what is that saying? Saved from what? Sin.
          1 John 3:4-5 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin."
 
V. So we now know that Jesus came into this world to save us from sin in order for us to be able to go to heaven when we die.
          John 8:21"Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come."
          John 8:24 "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins."
 
VI. How did we become sinners? We are sinners by nature.
          Rom 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
          1 Cor 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
          Ps 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
          Ps 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
          Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
          Eph 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Conclusion: The message of Grace is not what we can do for God, but what God has done for man.
          John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
 
 
 

 




                                             " FLESH"

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Introduction: In my Scripture reading today we see that being in Christ is not a guarantee that you will stay in Christ if you are bent on walking after the flesh. I hope to show you that we have power to overcome the flesh, the world, and sin, but each one of us has a responsibility to ourselves and to God to walk this out.

          Text: "Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." Rom 8:12-13

 

I. This statement is to those who are in Christ Jesus. The saved. Those who have the spirit of God living in them. The instruction for the Christian is to walk after the things of the spirit, and not after the things of the flesh. If they did not continue to walk in the spirit, but start walking in the flesh they would die spiritually. The decisions we make will decide whether we live, (stay in Christ) or die (go back to our former self). The church of Galatians made this mistake.

          Gal 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

 

II. Let us go to the Bible and find out what God said to Adam and Eve when they were in their perfect state, without sin, and were able to make a decision whether to walk after the flesh which would ultimately bring them certain spiritual death, or to walk after the spirit by obeying God. This a perfect example of a Christian who comes to Christ. It is not enough to be in Christ, but we must abide in Christ. Adam and Eve was in the garden eating the tree of life and would have lived eternally had they not walked after the flesh.

 

          "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Gen 2:15-17  

 

III. What was the means by which Satan caused Adam and Eve  to commit the first sin? The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. These are the tools if you will, by which Satan uses even today.

          "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:15-17

 

IV. The steps leading to sin. The lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

          "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,(lust of the flesh) and that it was pleasant to the eyes,(lust of the eyes) and a tree to be desired to make one wise,(pride of life) she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat,(in the day you eat you die) (spiritually) and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons." Gen. 3:6-7

          "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." James 1:13-15

 

V. What Adam and Eve did in reality was declare their independence from God. They wanted to do it their way. We will define sin as the Bible says it. Sin is the transgressing of God's law. So their sin has been passed upon everyone that is born into the human family. It is not only their sin, which is passed to us, but their death as well.

          "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." 1 Cor 15:21-22  

          "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Ps 51:5

           "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Rom 5:12

 

VI. What we lost in the first Adam, we have regained in the second Adam which is Christ Jesus. The test that Adam failed was given to Jesus. Jesus passed with flying colors. Now let us see the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life which Satan offers to Jesus.

          "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.(lust of the flesh) And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.(lust of the eyes) And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.(pride of life) And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. Luke 4:1-13

VII. Christ Jesus is our role model. He showed us that we can overcome the world, the flesh, and the Devil.

          "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" 1 John 5:3-5

 

VIII. Adam and Eve was in their perfect state without sin, they did not have to sin, but chose not to obey God. They sinned when they ate of the fruit God told them not to eat, and they died spiritually.  My point is this, even though we are in Christ if we choose to follow the flesh by living or walking after the flesh we will die. This is intended to be a warning, not to condemn you or imply that we are never going to sin, but if we practice sin by fulfilling the desires of the flesh, the Word of God tells us we will not inherit heaven.

          "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Gal 5:19-21

 

IX. The Lord knows that we all will sin along the way, but to practice sin and live in sin will cause you to die spiritually. What happens if you die in your sins?

 

          "And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame." Luke 16:22-24

          "But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence." Luke 16:25-26

 

X. The greatest sin. Those who refuse to believe on Jesus.

          "I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." John 8:24

 

XI. The point of this message is to remind us that we can be in Christ and still choose not to follow the Lord, but our fleshly desires. Is God's word any less to us than to Adam? Did Adam escape the judgment of God? Will grace keep us if we are bent on following our own ways. Be not deceived my brothers and sisters, God who cannot lie says what he means and means what he says. "If you walk after the flesh you will die, but if you put to death the deeds of the body you shall live."

          "God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged." Rom 3:4

Conclusion: Eternal Security in heaven did not keep Satan from falling, neither did eating of the fruit in the garden which gave eternal life keep Adam and Eve in the garden after they sinned. Will we stay in Christ if we decide to walk in our own ways? Our own ways are the works of the flesh. Did Israel go into their promise land when they walked after their fleshly ways. These are examples for us today. The Lord came to save us from our sins, not for us to live in them.




God's leadership
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Introduction: "Salvation is of the Lord." That was what Jonah spoke when he had his whale of a time (literally), in finding out the importance of obedience. Jonah was called of God to preach to a people who would have otherwise been destroyed had not Jonah obeyed. The success of his ministry was because God had appointed him to this particular cause. Even though Jonah reluctantly obeyed, the mission was accomplished because God had called him, and he obeyed. The success of any ministry is to have the man whom God calls for that particular work. So it is not enough to meet all of the qualifications laid down in Scripture for certain roles (like pastors) in the church, but having the man whom God calls for that work. We can find men like Saul who are a head taller than anyone else, and be little in their own eyes yet be lacking in the heart of doing all that God commands. Therefore we need God in sending us our leaders and giving wisdom in our selecting of them.

I. The best way for certain failure in any work is looking on the outward appearance of the situation and not seeing the heart of the matter. In the history of Israel we find that the people wanted a king like all of the other nations.

           "And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 1 Sam 8:5-7

II. The people went by the way of other nations in selecting a king, but was not concerned enough of what God thought about it. Therefore God gave them a king, but it would not be the one that would serve them well.

          "O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes? I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath." Hos 13:9-11

III. God gave to Israel King Saul in his anger. Wow, that means that God gives us leaders conditionally. When God gave them Saul he was angry with them. Why was he angry? The people were not earnestly desiring for God to be their leader. So God said, You'll get your King, but he will not serve you well. He will not be the man after mine own heart.

         "And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee." 1 Sam 13:13-14

IV. When God gives in his angry, he takes away in his wrath. In seeking God's leadership we must pray for God's will to be done, and give us a man after his own heart. A man who will fulfill all of God's commands.

         "And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Acts 13:21-22

V. Here are the decisions you must make in order for you to have a successful church and the leadership which God can bless.

         "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:" Ex 18:21

         "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." Josh 1:8

VI. The Administration of the Church

          1 Tim 3:1 "This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop,  he desireth a good work."

  • The Appellation of the Office - A man.
  • The Aspiration for the office - Desire.
  • The Administrator in the office - The bishop.   
          
         1 Tim 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

  • The Authority - Must be.
  • The Above suspicion - Blameless.
  • The Accountability - The husband of one wife.         
                        
                         A. The Husband                   
                              a. Does that mean that he must be a man? Probably.                                        b. Does that mean that he must be married? No.         

                         B. One wife                  
                              a. Does that mean one wife at a time or one in his entire life?
                               I wish I knew.         
                              b. Does that mean if his wife dies that he has no right to pastor
                               if he decides to marry again? Don't think so.

  • The Attentiveness - Vigilant.
  • The Abstinence - Sober.
  • The Admirable actions - Good behavior.
  • The Amiable acts - Given to hospitality.
  • The Appropriate advice - Apt to teach. 
     
         1 Tim 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but      patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

  • The Abstaining - Not given to wine.
  • The Agreeable - No striker.
  • The Abstinent - Not greedy of filthy lucre.
  • The Abiding - Patient.
  • The Appeaser - Not a brawler.
  • The Appeased - Not covetous.

         1 Tim 3:4-5 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

  • The Achiever - Ruleth well his own house.
  • The Assumption - For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

         1 Tim 3:6-7 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

  • The Advanced - Not a novice.
  • The Accused - Fall into the condemnation of the devil.
  • The Admirable - Have a good report.
  • The Allurement - Fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Conclusion: Apart from the Bible we would never know who is qualified to be a pastor, however, we can still meet all the requirements in being considered for this noble position, yet the ultimate choice in that decision should come from the Lord. So we as members of the congregation should pray for God's guidance as well as using the Bible qualifications in selecting a pastor.



The Selecting of the Twelve Apostles                   
Audio of the Selecting of the Twelve Apostles
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Introduction: This morning we will discuss from the Bible how God would have us to choose those who are to be leaders among us. Since we are in the process of trying to find a pastor for Pine Hill Holiness Church this message is timely and necessary.

          Text: "And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,  And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor." Luke 6:12-16

 

I. The Selecting Process begins in prayer.

            a. What is Prayer? Prayer is the activity of speaking to God.

            b. How are we able to say in another way to what prayer is? Prayer is the words a person says when they speak to God.

 

II. There are three elements or factors which we will discuss that brings about success in making right decisions in selecting people for Church service. In our text today we will see how Jesus goes about reaching his decision on who would be his Twelve Apostles out of all the disciples which followed him.

 

III.The first step in His process of prayer was:

            A. The length of Time - "And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

            Night speaks of a certain period of time, which one is in darkness. A time in which there is no light. A time in which one has eyes to see but still yet cannot see. Jesus was in a time of darkness and needed to see or understand who God wanted to be his twelve Apostles. Jesus had to wait through his night to enter his day. Let me speak of another man who was in his night.

            John 3:1-4 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?

            1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

            Nicodemus could not see ( which meant understand) the things of God because he was not born again. He was religious and a ruler of the Jews but he was spiritually blind, and could not see. He was in his night. Jesus would bring Nicodemus from his darkness to his light by the Words which he spoke to Nicodemus. Whether Nicodemus took this time to enter his day we don't know but we know that the door of opportunity was open to leave his night, because Jesus makes the way of salvation known. The entrance of God's words bring light, and understanding.


IV. The second step in the process of this prayer is:

            A. The Laboring in Time - All night in prayer speaks of labor which most of us are not willing to do. Another time which Jesus labored in prayer to show us the way to success.

            "And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners." Matt 26:37-45

 
IV. The Third and final step in the process of this prayer is:

            A. The Light in Time -  "And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

            Jesus prays all night until the light came. The day speaks of light and light speaks of the understanding that comes when we enter that light. Jesus now has  the answer. He knew who to choose out of all those disciples. When God brings his Words (in this event with Jesus choosing his 12 Apostles) there will be light which will be an understanding of whom God chooses.

            "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Ps 119:130

            "For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Ps 30:5

Conclusion:  Let me say that in order to get answers to our questions in life we must go to God in prayer, and stay with it, just like the Word of God says, "whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:"



Time to Wake up!
"Time to Wake up!"
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(What to do when there is a Need for New Leadership)
Introduction: Israel's history is somewhat like that of the Church. They were delivered from Egypt and had their wilderness experience. Once in their promise land they lost their way, and became just like the people of the land. They had adopted the lifestyles of the people and incorporated Baal worship and offering up their children to the god of Molech, the fire god. Because of this God began to judge Israel by allowing the Assyrians to invade the land and take the northern kingdom to Assyria. The ten tribes which were called Samaria were carried away around 720 BCE. The Southern kingdom which was Judah lasted until 606 BCE and the final deportations ended somewhere around 586 BCE. Judah was taken to Babylon. God allowed a space of time for Israel to change their ways, and gave them instructions from the prophet Jeremiah, from which we will take our text, and with all of this they still failed to take the warning.

          The years prior to 1776 which was the year the America colonies declared their independence from their mother country Great Britain, the people of England decided to move to the American colonies to flee the tyranny of the King of England. The people wanted freedom of religion and many more liberties which are mentioned in our great constitution. America's beginnings are somewhat like Israel's beginnings. God has blessed America because she trusted God and had God in her form of government. The people who came here from England were willing to adopt God's way of living and God has blessed us for that.

          The American Church is repeating the history of Israel. We are in our promise land and have turned to our own ways, which are the ways of the ungodly. We are adopting the ways of the peoples of our land. The ways of the ungodly. In the sixties we took prayer out of schools and the Ten Commandments were outlawed in our public places. In 1973 the supreme court passed laws to abort babies, and since that time over 56,662,169 babies have been killed. In our recent years, back in 2015 the supreme court passed a law 5-4 in favor of same- sex marriage in all of the states. The supreme court reinterpreted the 14th amendment which was intended to protect the black man who had just come out of slavery. The judges broaden the protection clause to allow protection for gay men and gay women. In other words gave homosexuals the same rights as straight people.  I guess most of you saw the White House with the rainbow colors in light when this law was passed. What a sad day for America.

          On November 8, 2016 the American people brought about an historic victory which shock the entire world. The Church in America and those who still have some fear of God knew that America was at a crossroad. They knew in their hearts that if Hillary Rodham Clinton got the presidency the country would never be the same. It would be over, as far as being a country which represented God. There was a miracle took place, which I believe that God's people began to pray for God's intervention. There is no way that I would believe anything else than that God heard his people's prayer. I think we can believe that God forgave us for our past actions as well as given us this victory in the election. We as a country need to continue to turn from wicked ways and continue to pray in order for God to finish his promise to heal our land.

          "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chron 7:14

          We as the American Church still have a chance to escape God's wrath against  sin. We need to get more conservative judges on the courts and reverse those ungodly laws which the liberal judges have brought into our nation. The Church which prayed and brought about this great movement for change with the Trump administration needs to remember to take God's warnings which we are to mention in the Book of Jeremiah. These warnings are for a nation, a people, and a church. Now let us turn to:

 

I. Jeremiah 3:11-12  "And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah. Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.

Announcement-If you announce something you tell people about it publicly or officially.

          We as the ministers of God have an awesome responsibility to warn those to whom we have been given the privilege of making known the Word of God. The 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York city was a wake-up call for American. This attack was to get our attention, which only lasted for a few years. So about fifteen years later we got another one. The passing of the same-sex marriage which awakened the Church. So in November 8, 2016 the Church knew that something had to be done in order for America to survive. So across America the Church through her ministers  proclaimed a warning which she believed and received. Thank God another tragedy was averted. What America had done, through God's people interceding for the nation, was that they got a postponement, a grace period, a reprieve, a deferment, a delay of God's judgment to see what we are going to do about our ways. We the church will have to make up the hedge for America by acknowledging, which is confessing our sins. We have sinned by killing the unborn, by taking prayer out of school, by taking down the commandments from our institutions, and sinning by passing laws for the gays and lesbians to practice their ungodly ways.

 

II. Jeremiah 3:13 "Only acknowledgethine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD."

          Acknowledgement- If you acknowledge a fact or situation you accept or admit that it is true.

          1 John 1:8-10  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 

III. Jeremiah 3:14 "Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

          About - face - Is a complete change of attitude or opinion. Military about- face is a 180 degree from the position of attention. No longer stuck in a position. In this case, stuck in sin. We are not only to be sorry for our sin, but we must turn away from our sin. This is repentance.

          When we confess our sins, and turn away from them then God will show up. He will intervene into our situation. Whether it be a nation or the Church. God will become our administrator. I believe that God gave us Donald Trump to show us that He heard our prayers. God loves America and He loves the Church. In our text today we are getting instructions how we are to get help for our country and the Church. In our church here at Pine Hill we are needing a Pastor. Like our nation needed a leader and God gave us one. God is telling us how to get the right one. Allow me to give you instructions by announcing, that is proclaim these words of Return to the Lord, acknowledge your sins, do A-bout face by repenting, that is no longer engaging in that sin, and then God will show up in our lives. In our nation, and in our church.

 

IV.  Jeremiah 3:15  "And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."

          Administer - If someone administers something such as a country,  or church they take responsibility for organizing and supervising it.

          Administrator - Is a person whose job involves helping to organize and supervising the way that an organization functions.

          Those pastors which God gives are able to feed with knowledge and understanding. Then there will be an increase in numbers which will be added to the church.



V. Jeremiah 3:16  "And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more."

          Addition - An addition to something is a thing which is added to it. In this passage it is people.

          When we speak of an addition to a home or building we are adding to an existing building. When we say we are adding to the church (we mean members) are being added to the existing congregation. One of the telltale signs, or the revealing signs that a church is being governed by the Lord is that it will increase in numbers. Maybe not at once, but it shall come to pass.

 

VI. Jeremiah 3:17 "At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart."

          Amassing - To amass is to come together. To gather for oneself.

          John 12:32 " And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."

          Jesus - Is God

          When Jesus is in the house (in the church).

          Mark 2:1-2 And again he entered into Capernaum, after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.

          The Holy Ghost - Is God

          When the Holy Ghost is in charge

          Acts 2:1-6 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

          The nation of Israel blessings would be delayed because they failed to heed God's instructions, and the Church of Jesus Christ is the covenant people of God today, however we must take heed to these warnings in order for God to fulfill these promises to us.

 

VII. Jeremiah 3:18 "In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers."

          Accord - To be in agreement, or harmony.

          "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, down the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore." Ps 133:1-3

Conclusion: God is still giving us advice on how to build a nation and a Church. The central message in this text is to get our house in order and then God will give us the right leaders whether it be for a nation or a Church.



"Our God is a more than enough God."

Our God is a more than enough God!
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Introduction: God is not a God who has a problem with meeting needs. The nature of God is always giving more than what is needed. In many places in the Bible we see God giving more than what is needed.

          Text: "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, "Eph 3:20

I. The five loaves and two fish is an excellent example of God's nature in regards to abundant supplies.

          "And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children." Matt 14:15-21

II. Here are some abundant supplies God has provided:

  • Abundant Grace to save us.   
                 
             "For as by one man's disobedience many were  made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more  abound:"Rom 5:19-20

  • Abundant Pardon to forgive us. 
                  
             "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye  upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way,  and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto  the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our  God, for he will abundantly pardon." Isa 55:6-7

  • Abundant Satisfaction to fill us.    
                  
              "How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy  pleasures." Ps 36:7

  • Abundant Peace to quieten us.

                    "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth  all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds  through Christ Jesus." Phil 4:6-7

  • Abundant Life to equip us.  
                   
           "Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am  the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that  they might have life, and that they might have it more  abundantly. John 10:7-10

  • Abundant joy to gladden us.'   
               
              "Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and  continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. Phil 1:24-26

  • Abundant power to energize us.    
                
                "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing  in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and  longsuffering with joyfulness; Col 1:9-11

III. What do you need tonight? I have come to tell you God is able to supply all of your needs according to His riches in Glory.

  • Are you saved? Do you need salvation. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." Rom 10:9-10 
  • Are you in need of healing? "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Ps 103:1-3 
  • Are you lonely? He said he would never leave you. "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." Heb 13:5-6 
  • Are you in need of food, shelter, or clothing?"Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matt 6:31-34

Conclusion: In a fallen world it is good to know that we have a God who is more than able to meet all of our needs. Glory to His Name.





 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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