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        This is November 30, 2017. We are pleased to say that we will have audio with many of our sermons. These first three sermons on this page is feature on the Home page with audio. We will not have audio with these three sermons on this page.

       This is April 1, 2017. We have a new sermon, titled " Flesh". This sermon is a reminder that we have a responsibility to God to walk after the things of the spirit, or we will be found walking after the things of the flesh. Also to remind us that God will not tolerate us to walk after our own ways.


       This is March 24, 2017. I'm ready to bring to you the third sermon
that relates to choosing a pastor. These three sermons covers most of the bases if you are looking for new leadership (pastor). This sermon has Old Testament instruction as well as the New Testament. The title is " God's Leadership."


       This is March 22, 2017. I am bringing you another sermon with the same principles but in a different light. The sermon in Time to Wake up was taken from the Old Testament. This sermon ( The Selecting of the Twelve Apostles) will be taken from the New Testament.





Flesh

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 at 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

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 lay 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 the 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 Administrator 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 in the Office - A man.
  • The Aspiration for the office - Desire.
  • The Administrator of 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. Maybe.

                             b. Does it mean that those who have had two wives
                                     should not pastor? ?

                             c. Does it mean that those who have divorced and remarried
                              should not pastor? ?
                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • 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: This is the third teaching on the subject of choosing a leader, namely a pastor. 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

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

(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,      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.

 


The Great Provider


Introduction: An story was told years ago of an old Indian who made his way into a western settlement in search of food in order that he wouldn't starve to death. A bright colored ribbon was hanging around his neck and a small dirty pouch hanging from it. He was asked what was in the pouch. He said it was a charm given him in his younger days. He opened the pouch and gave the paper to the man who was asking about it. It was an old crumbled looking paper which was his discharge from the Federal Army, signed by George Washington himself. It entitled him to a pension for life.

          Here was a man according to this story who was promised a pension only if he would present it to the proper authorities and by doing so he would be given ample provision for his needs. This reminds me of another man who went on a voyage with his family as the story was told who paid the fair for his entire family. On the ship the family did not eat from the dining area, but from what they had brought from home. Had not the one who were in charge overseeing the passengers told them that their meals were included in their fare they would have missed out on the free meals in the cafeteria. So my intention here this day is to inform you that God has made proper provisions for you through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
         

          Text: "My God shall supply all your need according to his  riches in glorby Christ Jesus" Philippians 4:19

 

 

 I.  The Sourceof the Supply. " God."

 

          A Personal Resource - "My God"

         

                   How Personal?

 

                    1. The Lord is "My Shepherd" -  Ps. 23

                   2. "Our Father" which art in heaven...

 

II. The Suretyof the Supply. " Pledge"

 

          A Provisional Promise - "Shall supply all your need."

 

                   Ps 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I  not seen                     the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging  bread.

 

III. The Sufficiencyof the Supply." Superabundant"

         

          A Plenteous Supply - "According to his riches in Glory."

 

IV. The Solution for the Supply. The Blessed Son.

 

          A Precious Savior - "By Christ Jesus."

 

 

V.The Saintsfor the benefit.Paul is speaking to a specific group of people here.

 

          Compensation - Payment, benefit, profit, reward, that we are entitled to           when we are the children of God, and follow the Lord in giving.

 

  • Firstly,the people in the benefit. This refers primarily to the people in the church in Philippi who had contributed to Paul's support, however this applies to all of those who follow the Lord in giving. If this happens without any conditions    applied or to be meet, (that is God supplying all your need) why give?

 

          Luke 6:38 "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good  measure, pressed         down, and shaken together, and running  over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same    measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you   again."      

 

  • Secondly,the prerequisite (requirement) for the benefit.  The requirement for this benefit is faithfulness insupporting the Gospel. If you want this text to apply to you as it applied to the Philippian believers, you must give as they gave.

         

          Phil 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at   the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

         

          Phil 4:14-16 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that   ye did communicate with my affliction. Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the    gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church  communicated with me as concerning giving and  receiving, but ye only. For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

 

          A. Conditions to meet for God to bless.

 

         Prov 3:9-10 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of        all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty and thy presses shall 
      burst out with new wine.
 

         Mal 3:8-12 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed   me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes  and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have   robbed me, even this whole nation Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there  may be meat in mine house, and prove me now                  herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I   will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a  blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive  it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,  and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in  the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall   call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land,  saith the LORD of hosts.

 

          B. The New Testament instructions for giving. We are not  under the curse, because we are not under the law. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for  us.

         

          2 Cor 9:1-8 For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is          superfluous ( unnecessary) for me to write to you: For I know the  forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of  Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath  provoked very many. Yet have I sent the brethren, lest our boasting  of you should be in vain in this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be       ready: Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find  you unprepared, we (that we say not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting. Therefore I thought it necessary to exhort  the brethren, that they would go before unto you, and make up  beforehand your bounty (offering), whereof ye had notice before,   that the same might be ready, as a matter of bounty, and not as of  covetousness. But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall also reap  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. ( This is not saying that God will not do what he  said he would do in Malachi 3:8-12 and Proverbs 3:9, but this is  the New Testament way of giving.) And God is able to make all   grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in   all things, may abound to every good work: ( This is saying that   God will supply your needs when you obey in this principle of  giving ( giving little or much, but you must give without grudging   or of necessity (requirement) and will also make you abound in blessings so you will be able to help others in all good works.


 

VI.The sourceof the benefit."According to his riches in glory." The source is the wealthiest source known to man. It is the bank of heaven ("in glory"). Thus the source will never be depleted; it will never dry up. Deflation will never affect it.

 

VII. The Saviorin the benefit. "By Christ Jesus." Our blessings as believers are all connected to Jesus Christ. Any blessing a believer receives can be said to be "by Christ Jesus." He is the means of all our blessings.

 

Conclusion: There are a of people who suffer lack today who need to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is not only the Savior but a great provider.





The Prodigal Son

Introduction: In the story of the Prodigal Son we see freedom of choice. By this I mean that God does not make robots out of His creatures. Even in heaven a long time ago when Satan was with God, God made him and his angels with freedom of choice. We who are Bible students know that Satan rebelled against God in a controlled environment. When I say controlled I mean there was no sin there. Heaven must stay free from sin because God will not dwell with sin. So when Satan made a choice to sin God kicked him and his angels out of heaven.

            In the Garden of Eden when man was created God also made man a free moral agent. By that I mean that God gave him a freedom to make choices. Adam could obey God or disobey. Adam and Eve were in a perfect environment just like Satan and his angels. In the Garden of Eden there was no sin. Man could have lived eternally because he was eating of the tree of life. To make this story short we know that Adam and Eve sinned and the result was that they lost their eternal life. They were also kicked out of the Garden.

            In the story of the Prodigal Son we see that he made a choice to leave his father's house. The Prodigal Son represents those who have had an experience with God and have made the choice of doing other things than staying with God. There is no need to tell you what happens to those who never returns back to the Father's house. Unlike Satan who never got another chance and Adam and Eve who lost their opportunity to live forever, all of the prodigals out there today have a chance to come back to God because of the Grace of God that has come through Jesus Christ His Son. In this story God reveals to all of His Prodigal's that He is waiting on their return.

 

            The Recourse

            And he said, A certain man had two sons:

             The Request

             And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the    portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

             The Response

             And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

            The Repercussions

            And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.


            The Recompense

             And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

            The Reflecting

             And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

            The Remorse

             I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

            The Return

             And he arose, and came to his father.

            The Reconciling

            But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

            The Repenting

             And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

            The Restoring

             But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

            The Renewing

             For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.

            The Rejoicing

            And they began to be merry.


            The Reception     

             Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted  calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go  in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

            The Rehearsal

             And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

            The Recovery

             And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Luke 15:11-32

 

Conclusion: Are you away from God? The door of mercy is open today. Don't wait too long. Today is the day of salvation. The Father is waiting for your return. Maybe you have never received Christ Jesus into your life. Say this prayer, " Lord Jesus I want you to save me from my sins. I am sorry for my sins and ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died for my sins and that God raised you from the dead. I am repenting of my sins by turning from them and I am going to follow you the best I can." If you said these words and truly believe what you said, you will be saved. Thank Him for saving you!





The Spirit of Python
Introduction: In ancient Greece the spirit of Python was regarded by the Greeks as information from the God Apollo who had possessed a priestess at Delphi Greece. She was called the Delphi Oracle. The temple where she gave her prediction and practiced soothsaying was called Apollo, named after the God Apollo. Legend has it that Apollo the protector of the Oracle killed a giant serpent which was called Pytho. Every four years the people would celebrate the killing of Pytho the serpent by having games and sport activities. They called them the Pythian Games. Also the Greeks had the Olympian Games which are still being played every four years around the world. Nearly 200 nations participate in these games. The city of Olympia was the site of these events. So when the Lord had put pneuma Puthona (which is transliterated as spirit of Python) in the text he knew the Greeks would understand and that God was saying that His power was greater than the power of the Greek God of Apollo which possessed the damsel. The translators put the spirit of divination for non- speaking Greeks like you and me.
 
 
Text: “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:” Acts 16:16
Acts 16:16 (Wescott-Hort)
 εγενετο δε πορευομενων ημων εις την προσευχην παιδισκην τινα εχουσαν πνευμα πυθωνα υπαντησαι ημιν ητις εργασιαν πολλην παρειχεν τοις κυριοις αυτης μαντευομενη
 
 
Acts 16:16 (Scrivener)
 εγενετο δε πορευομενων ημων εις προσευχην παιδισκην τινα εχουσαν πνευμα πυθωνος απαντησαι ημιν ητις εργασιαν πολλην παρειχεν τοις κυριοις αυτης μαντευομενη
 
 
I. The Spirit of Python
 
 
a. Div·i·na·tion( d¹v”…-n³“sh…n) n. 1. The art or act of foretelling future events or revealing occult knowledge by means an alleged supernatural agency.
 
 
b. Nec·ro·man·cy( nµk“r…-m²n”s¶) n. 1. The practice of supposedly communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future.
 
 
c.Sor·cer·y( sôr“s…-r¶) n. 1. Use of supernatural power over others through the assistance
of spirits; witchcraft.
 
 
  d. Witch·craft( w¹ch“kr²ft”) n. 1. Magic; sorcery. 2. Wicca. 3. A magical or irresistible influence, attraction, or charm.
 
 
Scripture Reading
 
 
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” 1 Sam 15:23
 
 
“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?” Gal 3:1
 
II. The Spirit of drugs.
·         Witchcraft in Galatians 5 in the original language (Greek) is pharmakeia (far-mak-i'-ah); from NT:5332; medication ("pharmacy) drugs
·         Sorcery - Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
 
 
pharmakeus (far-mak-yoos'); from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion); a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extension) a magician: KJV - sorcerer. Rev 9:21
 
 
III. The Spirit of Magic.
 
 
In both times the word sorcery is referring to magic. In the original language.
Sorcery- mageuo (mag-yoo'-o); from NT:3097; to practice magic:
Sorceries- mageia (mag-i'-ah); from NT:3096; "magic":
 
 
“But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.” Acts 8:9-11
 
 
IV. Here are some commands from the Word of God.
 
 
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” Ex 22:18
 
 
“A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.” Lev 20:27 wiz·ard ( w¹z“…rd) n. 1. One who practices magic; a sorcerer or magician.
 
 
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard,or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”Deut 18:10-12
 
 
V. The Definition of the spirit of Divination.
 
 
The practice of foretelling the future through different mediums is the spirit of Divination. The Gallop polls states that one in four adults reads astrology columns in the newspaper, and believe their lives are governed by the stars. Here in America we have Horoscope readers, palm readers, tarot cards, crystal ball, and Ouija boards.
 
 
VI. King Saul sought after a witch in the spirit of Necromancy.
 
 
nec·ro·man·cy ( nµk“r…-m²n”s¶) n. 1. The practice of supposedly communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future.
 
 
“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.  And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.” 1 Sam 28:7-13
 
 
“And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.  Then said Samuel,Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy? And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even to David: Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day. Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.” 1 Sam 28:15-19
 
 
VII. The Spirit that Deceives.
 
 
Strong Delusion
 
 
 “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thess. 2:9-12
 
 
“And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.”1 Kings 22:20-23
 
 
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Cor. 11:14-15
 
 
Conclusion: The best way to stand against this spirit is to allow the Word of God to rule our lives. God gives us power over that spirit only when we follow His commands. The spirit of deception was given to those who refused the truth of God’s Word. As Satan (in the form of a serpent) deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden by changing the Word of God, the spirit of Python is still at work today.
 
 

A revised message from "Letters From Home."
 
Hey, Listen up! God is Talking
 
Introduction: Isn’t it strange how storms always seem to have an positive effect on people of faith. The disciples were afraid and were in need of help. When Jesus shows up in the storm, they willingly received him into the ship… I have notice in my forty years of service for the Lord, that most people are more willing to surrender to the Lord when trouble comes into their lives. They become more spiritual, and more dedicated to the things of God when they are facing some dilemma that is beyond their control. They become more willing to receive the things of the Lord, all because (“By reason”) of the storm.
 
Text: "And the sea arose by reason” of a great wind that blew.
 
 
So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. “Then” ( By reason ) they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went."John 6:18-21
 
I. We really don’t know why this storm came up, but most likely to test their faith. We know that the disciples were glad when the Lord showed up. Storms are certain, inescapable, inevitable, sure, and  unavoidable. They come to the wise, and to the foolish.
 
Matt 7:24-27
 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."
 
II. Sometimes:
 
  • Storms test our faith.
 
Matt 8:24-27
 "And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!"
 
  •  Storms are for punishment.
 
2 Sam 12:10-13
 "Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die."
 
  •  Storms serve as a warning to those who sin.
 
John 5:5-6
 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
John 5:8-9
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
John 5:14
"Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."
 
  • Storms of the past are viewed as an example not to sin.
 
Jude 7
" Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
 
  •  Storms are for discipline. 
 
Heb 12:5-11
"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."
 
III. By reason of a great wind that blew, these willingly received the Lord: and immediately …
 
A.Re-spond-ed  to be a witness for God.
Mrs. Eareckson  Tada, a well known author  who was paralyzed many years ago by an accident makes an astonishing statement of her life in Christ. Had not Christ intervened in her life she would have not experienced the freedom of the spirit that came through the prison of her handicap. She gives great witness to the power of God in her testimonies and her writings.
 
B. Re-quest-ed  mercy of the Lord.
 
During 9/11 2001 when the twin towers was blown up, A man in New York city holding a sign saying, “Pray for us”.
When real trouble comes men pray.  During the wars, you could hear mothers and fathers pray for their boys.
When Apostle Paul was struck down with blindness three days he ask the Lord, “What will you have me to do.”
 
C. Re-turn-ed  his focus on God.
 
 I was talking to one of my close relatives the other day. He has been sick for a long time and getting worse as time goes by. Some time before the sickness I was impressed to go visit and to tell him that there was a storm coming and he needed to prepare for it. I didn’t really know what was coming but I knew for certain there was a storm in the making. I believed at that time it was possible that this storm could have been avoided if only he had surrendered to the Lord. The other day while visiting I asked  him this question. “Do you think that its possible that you would not have prayed if you hadn’t gotten sick? His reply, “I probably wouldn’t have.” He said, “I pray a lot now.”
 
D. Re-cover-ed  from an issue of blood.
 
Mark 5:25-29
" And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague".
 
 
This is the reason this woman willingly received Jesus during her storm. She heard of Jesus.   Jesus uses storms to draw attention to Himself. We that are in the ministry must tell others that the storm in their life can be stilled by their willingness to receive Jesus into their lives.
 
a. Issue of blood for twelve years.
b. Suffered many things of many physicians.
c. She’s broke spent everything on doctor bills.
d. There’s no improvement.
e. Getting worse.
 
This woman is at her lowest point, her resources are gone. She is getting worse from the issue of blood. By the reason of all her trouble, she hears of Jesus, then she willingly receives the Lord. It is strange, but nevertheless true, God uses storms to get men to hear and willingly receive Him into their lives. I like how immediately or straightway she was made whole when Jesus came into her life.
 
E. Re-stor-ed to life again.
 
Luke 15:11-20
"And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry."
 
F.Re-instat-ed to his former position.
 
 "Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly,
 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look agaitoward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me forever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O, Lord my God." Jonah 2:1-8
" But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. Jonah 2:9-10
 
G.Re-pent-ed of their sin and the storm was averted.
 
And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,
Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.
 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days' journey.
 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. Jonah 3:1-5
 "And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not."Jonah 3:10
 
Conclusion: Will you be wise to prepare for the storm that is approaching? Jesus is willing to come into your life if only you will receive him.
 
 
 














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