INTRODUCTION: THE FAMILY TREE / DEFINITION OF DESCENDANTS
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ABRAM HAD GIVEN A GREAT BLESSING TO LOT
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 13:14-18
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: THE BLESSING OF BLESSING
CTS: 3 REASONS FOR YOU TO BE GODâ€™S BLESSING TO OTHERS
WHAT DOES IT MATTER THAT I AM GODâ€™S BLESSING TO OTHERS?:
I. ITâ€™S GODâ€™S WILL AND YOUR PRIVILEGE (VV. 14-15)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: AFTER BLESSING LOT, ABRAM RECEIVES GODâ€™S BLESSING
o LOT LIFTED HIS EYES (10-11) . . . GOD TOLD ABRAM TO LIFT HIS EYES (14)
o GODâ€™S BLESSING: ALL THAT ABRAM COULD SEE FOREVER (15A)
ï‚§ LOOK TO THE NORTH / SOUTH / EAST / WEST
â€¢ INCLUDED THE LAND ABRAM HAD GIVEN LOT
ï‚§ NOT ONLY FOR ABRAM, BUT FOR ALL HIS DESCENDANTS (15B)
II. YOU ARE A BLESSING TO ABRAMâ€™S DESCENDANTS (VS. 16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAMâ€™S DESCENDANTS WOULD BE INFINITE
o WHO ARE THE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAM? (JOHN 8:34-47)
III. YOU WILL INHERIT GODâ€™S ETERNAL BLESSING (VV. 17-18)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S BLESSING TO ABRAM: PRESENT AND FUTURE
o GOD TOLD ABRAM TO OCCUPY WHAT WOULD BE ETERNAL (15b, 17)
ï‚§ A NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH FOR YOU â€“ 2 PET 3:10-13 (MSG)
ï‚§ A PICTURE OF THE FUTURE â€“ MICAH 4:1-5
o ABRAM TOOK GOD AT HIS WORD AND MOVED TO HEBRON (18)
ï‚§ HISTORICAL NOTE: HEBRON: DAVID BECAME KING
â€¢ AFTER BLESSING LOT, ABRAM RECEIVED A GREATER BLESSING FROM GOD
â€¢ GOD WOULD EVEN RESTORE WHAT ABRAM GAVE AWAY
â€¢ GOD WOULD MULTIPLY THE KINGDOM IN WHICH ABRAM HAD ENTERED
â€¢ GODâ€™S INHERITANCE FOR ABRAMâ€™S DESCENDANTS IS ETERNAL
â€¢ THE GREATEST BLESSING REQUIRES BECOMING A DESCENDANT
REFERENCES (page 1)
Definition of â€œdescendantsâ€ (noun)
: someone who is related to a person or group of people who lived in the past
: a plant or animal that is related to a particular plant or animal that lived long ago
: something that developed from another thing that was made or existed earlier
John 8:34-47 New King James Version (NKJV)
34 Jesus answered them, â€œMost assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Abrahamâ€™s Seed and Satanâ€™s
37 â€œI know that you are Abrahamâ€™s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with[a] your father.â€
39 They answered and said to Him, â€œAbraham is our father.â€
Jesus said to them, â€œIf you were Abrahamâ€™s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the deeds of your father.â€
Then they said to Him, â€œWe were not born of fornication; we have one Fatherâ€”God.â€
42 Jesus said to them, â€œIf God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears Godâ€™s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.â€
2 Peter 3:10-13 The Message (MSG)
10 But when the Day of Godâ€™s Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.
11-13 Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that dayâ€”but weâ€™ll hardly notice. Weâ€™ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.
Micah 4:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the LORDâ€™s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
2 Many nations shall come and say,
â€œCome, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.â€
For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
And rebuke strong nations afar off;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.[a]
4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
And no one shall make them afraid;
For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
5 For all people walk each in the name of his god,
But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
Forever and ever.
Genesis 13:14-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, â€œ(A)Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, (B)northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15 (C)for all the land which you see, (D)I will give it to you and to your [a]descendants forever.
16 I will make your[b]descendants (E)as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your[c]descendants can also be numbered.
17 Arise, (F)walk about the land through its length and breadth; for(G)I will give it to you.â€ 18 Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the [d](H)oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built (I)an altar to the LORD.
a. Genesis 13:15 Lit seed
b. Genesis 13:16 Lit seed
c. Genesis 13:16 Lit seed
d. Genesis 13:18 Or terebinths
A. Genesis 13:14 : Deut 3:27; 34:1-4; Is 49:18
B. Genesis 13:14 : Gen 28:14
C. Genesis 13:15 : Gen 12:7
D. Genesis 13:15 : Gen 13:17; 15:7; 17:8; 2 Chr 20:7; Acts 7:5
E. Genesis 13:16 : Gen 16:10; 28:14; Num 23:10
F. Genesis 13:17 : Num 13:17-24
G. Genesis 13:17 : Gen 13:15
H. Genesis 13:18 : Gen 14:13
I. Genesis 13:18 : Gen 8:20; 12:7, 8
INTRODUCTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF PEACEMAKING (MATT 5:8-10)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: CHARACTER OF ABRAM
ABRAM: CALLED/RESPONDED/FAILED/MERCY/ NEXT? (NEH 9:6-8)
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 13:2-13
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: BEING A PEACEMAKER
CTS: 3 STEPS TO ENABLE YOUR BEING GODâ€™S PEACEMAKER
HOW CAN GOD ENABLE ME TO BE A PEACEMAKER?:
I. BEGIN BY STAYING CLOSE TO GOD (VV. 2-4)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: OUT OF SINFUL DIFFICULTY, ABRAM RETURNS TO GOD
o GOD HAS BLESSED ABRAM WITH WEALTH (2)
o ABRAM, WITHOUT PROMPTING, RETURNED TO BETHEL (3)
â€¢ BETHEL â€“ HOUSE OF GOD
o ABRAM RETURNED TO THE PLACE OF THE ALTAR (4A)
o ABRAM RETURNED TO WORSHIPPING GOD (4B)
II. BE AWARE THAT CONFLICTS ARE FOR OUR GOOD (VV. 5-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: DISUNITY GROWS BETWEEN LOT AND ABRAM
o BOTH MEN WERE BLESSED WITH WEALTH (5-6)
o THE WEALTH BEGAN TO CAUSE PROBLEMS BETWEEN LOT AND ABRAM (7)
ï‚§ THE HERDSMEN OF LOT AND ABRAM FOUGHT (7A)
ï‚§ THE ENEMIES OF GOD WERE IN THE LAND (7B)
III. BE GODâ€™S BLESSING TO OTHERS (VV. 8-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAMâ€™S FAITH RESOLVED THE PROBLEM
o HE SOUGHT CONTINUED UNITY WITH LOT (8)
o ABRAM OFFERED ANY OF WHAT GOD HAD GIVEN HIM TO LOT (9)
ï‚§ SEE SWINDOLLâ€™S COMMENTS ON ABRAM
ï‚§ SEE SWINDOLLâ€™S MODERN DAY ILLUSTRATION NOTES
o LOT RESPONDED THROUGH THE LUST OF HIS EYES / HEART (10-11)
ï‚§ SEE SWINDOLLâ€™S COMMENTS ON LOT
o ABRAM SETTLED IN THE LAND OF CANAAN (PROMISED LAND) (12A)
o LOT CHOSE TO SETTLE IN THE CITIES OF THE VALLEY (SODOM) (12B)
o AS HE WOULD SOON FIND OUT, LOTâ€™S CHOICE WAS A FOOLISH ONE (13)
â€¢ AFTER ALMOST LOSING HIS WIFE, ABRAM RETURNED TO WORSHIP GOD
â€¢ GOD CONTINUED HIS FAITHFUL BLESSING OF ABRAM
â€¢ LOT WAS BLESSED BY BEING WITH ABRAM, THOUGH HIS HEART WAS NOT
â€¢ ABRAM DEMONSTRATED A GROWING FAITH: PLACING LOT BEFORE SELF
â€¢ LOT WAS LED ASTRAY THROUGH THE LUST OF HIS EYES
â€¢ CONSIDER THE WORDS â€œALWAYS, NEVER, FORGET, AND REMEMBERâ€
REFERENCES (page 1)
Matthew 5:8-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousnessâ€™ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Nehemiah 9:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 You alone are the Lord;
You have made heaven,
The heaven of heavens, with all their host,
The earth and everything on it,
The seas and all that is in them,
And You preserve them all.
The host of heaven worships You.
7 â€œYou are the Lord God,
Who chose Abram,
And brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans,
And gave him the name Abraham;
8 You found his heart faithful before You,
And made a covenant with him
To give the land of the Canaanites,
The Hittites, the Amorites,
The Perizzites, the Jebusites,
And the Girgashitesâ€”
To give it to his descendants.
You have performed Your words,
For You are righteous.
Swindollâ€™s comments on Abram
Abram could have called Lot to his tent and said, â€œLook, Iâ€™m the adult here and youâ€™re the nephew. Itâ€™s been great, but youâ€™ve got to go young man. Besides, God gave this land to me, not you. So, take your flocks and herds and tents, and find your own land somewhere else!â€ But Abram didnâ€™t do that. We canâ€™t help but be impressed with his response. He chose his words carefully to acknowledge the building tension and to seek a peaceful solution while affirming his love.
Think about this for a moment. By giving Lot his choice of territory and accepting whatever was left, Abram gave up control of his future. In giving Lot first choice of the land, Abram trusted that God would take care of him regardless of what happened.
Modern day example:
Lets say you and a member of your familyâ€“â€“a nephew or a cousinâ€“â€“own a business together. You own 60 percent; he owns 40 percent. Orders are rolling in and youâ€™re operating the black, but its taking a toll on your relationship. Your not as close as you once were, and now your families are beginning to quarrel. Itâ€™s time to separate.
You invite your business partner to breakfast and suggest that the best way to ensure growth is to divide the company. The eastern and western divisions would become independent companies. When you roll out a map of the country and examine the sales figures, itâ€™s clear that one division performs far better than the other. As the majority stake holder, you have the right of first choice, which presents you with an intriguing question: In what or whom do you trust for provision? Do you trust our own business sense, or God, who invites you to trust in Him?
Thereâ€™s nothing inherently wrong with choosing the better territory. Itâ€™s your right as the senior partner. But your choice reveals what you value and whom you trust.
Swindollâ€™s comments on Lot
Lotâ€™s selection of the most fertile territory reveals his true character. He should have said, â€œUncle Abram, I owe you a great debt of gratitude. In fact, I owe you everything! You brought me on this journey when you should have left me in Ur, and today I am a wealthy man because of you. Since you have been so gracious to me, I insist that you take the best land. God will take care of me either way.â€
But Lot chose greed over gratitude. He chose wealth over family. He chose to trust himself rather than God. Truth be told, most of us are more like Lot than Abram.
CONSIDER THE WORDS â€œALWAYS, NEVER, FORGET, AND REMEMBERâ€
ALWAYS â€“ always look beyond the immediate positive benefits of a decision. The positive is usually obvious and can be grasped immediately. We live in a culture driven by a desire for instant gratification. . . . We want what we want now, and our preoccupation with instant gratification is deadly.
Itâ€™s time for us to slow down. Instead of asking, â€œWhatâ€™s in it for me?â€ or â€œHow happy will she make me?â€ or â€œWhat benefits will I get from this?â€ we need to think about long term consequences.
NEVER â€“ never underestimate the impact of negative consequences. Take a few moments to reflect on your decisions. Take a few moments to reflect on your recent decisions. If youâ€™re honest with yourself, youâ€™ll discover that the positive benefits were not as good as what you anticipated, and the negative impact was usually worse than expected.
FORGET â€“ Forget about pleasing yourself. I knowâ€“â€“it seems like right now that decision would lead to great happiness, prosperity, safety or contentment. Let me warn you. Iâ€™ve regretted every decision Iâ€™ve made in which I focused only on what benefited me. Self-interested decisions have always resulted in more pain than pleasure.
REMEMBER â€“ remember that with greater independence and freedom comes the need for stronger personal discipline. If your decision is likely to compromise your walk with God, itâ€™s a bad decision, regardless of the apparent positives.
Genesis 13:2-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 Now Abram was (A)very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. 3 He went [a]on his journeys from the[b]Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, (B)between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the (C)altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
5 Now (D)Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 And (E)the land could not [c]sustain them [d]while dwelling together, (F)for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together. 7 (G)And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abramâ€™s livestock and the herdsmen of Lotâ€™s livestock. Now (H)the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land.
8 (I)So Abram said to Lot, â€œPlease let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.â€ 10 Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the [e](J)valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhereâ€”this was before the LORD(K)destroyed Sodom and Gomorrahâ€”like (L)the garden of the LORD, (M)like the land of Egypt as you go to(N)Zoar. 11 So Lot chose for himself all the [f]valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other. 12 Abram [g]settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot [h]settled in (O)the cities of the [i]valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. 13 Now (P)the men of Sodom were wicked[j]exceedingly and (Q)sinners against the LORD.
a. Genesis 13:3 Lit by his stages
b. Genesis 13:3 I.e. South country
c. Genesis 13:6 Lit bear
d. Genesis 13:6 Lit to dwell
e. Genesis 13:10 Lit circle
f. Genesis 13:11 Lit circle
g. Genesis 13:12 Lit dwelt
h. Genesis 13:12 Lit dwelt
i. Genesis 13:12 Lit circle
j. Genesis 13:13 Lit wicked and sinners exceedingly
A. Genesis 13:2 : Gen 24:35
B. Genesis 13:3 : Gen 12:8
C. Genesis 13:4 : Gen 12:7, 8
D. Genesis 13:5 : Gen 12:5
E. Genesis 13:6 : Gen 36:7
F. Genesis 13:6 : Gen 12:5, 16; 13:2
G. Genesis 13:7 : Gen 26:20
H. Genesis 13:7 : Gen 12:6; 15:20, 21
I. Genesis 13:8 : Prov 15:18; 20:3
J. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 19:17-29; Deut 34:3
K. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 19:24
L. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 2:8, 10
M. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 47:6
N. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 14:2, 8; 19:22; Deut 34:3
O. Genesis 13:12 : Gen 14:2; 19:24, 25, 29
P. Genesis 13:13 : Gen 18:20; Ezek 16:49
Q. Genesis 13:13 : Gen 39:9; Num 32:23; 2 Pet 2:7, 8
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU AFRAID OF FAILURE?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ABRAM WAS BEING BLESSED, AS GOD PROMISED
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 12:10 â€“ 13:1
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: FAILURE AND MERCY
CTS: 3 WAYS TO BELIEVE IN GODâ€™S FAITHFULNESS IN YOUR FAILURES
HOW CAN I HONOR GOD, KNOWING I WILL FAIL HIM?:
I. DONâ€™T PLACE YOUR TRUST IN CIRCUMSTANCES (VV. 10-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: TEMPTED WITH DIFFICULTY, ABRAM HEADS FOR SECURITY
o GOD LED ABRAM TO THE NEJEV; SHOULD GOD NOT PROVIDE?
ï‚§ SEE SWINDOLL COMMENTS ON FAMINE & ALLIANCE
o AS HE WENT DOWN TO EGYPT, ABRAM BECAME FEARFUL OF MAN (10-12)
o ABRAM ESTABLISHED A PLAN OF DECEPTION TO SAVE HIS LIFE (13)
II. DONâ€™T PLACE YOUR TRUST IN PEOPLE (VV. 14-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAMâ€™S DECEPTION WORKED, BUT WAS SHORT LIVED
o AS ABRAM EXPECTED, SARAIâ€™S BEAUTY WAS NOTED BY ALL (14)
o UNEXPECTED BY ABRAM, PHAROAH TOOK SARAI INTO HIS HAREM (15)
o ABIDING BY ABRAMâ€™S DECEPTION, PHAROAH GAVE MUCH TO ABRAM (16)
III. DONâ€™T DOUBT GODâ€™S CARE FOR YOU (VV. 17-13:1)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD STEPPED INTO ABRAMâ€™S IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION
o TO KEEP HIS COVENANT WITH ABRAM, GOD PLAGUED PHAROAH (17)
o PHAROAH BECAME AWARE OF ABRAMâ€™S DECEPTION:
â€¢ PHAROAH REPRIMANDED ABRAM FOR HIS DECEIPT (18-19)
â€¢ PHAROAH COMMANDED HIS MEN TO ESCORT ABRAM & FAMILY OUT OF EGYPT (20)
â€¢ ABRAM AND ALL THAT HE HAD WENT UP FROM EGYPT (13:1)
â€¢ ABRAM ALLOWED HIS CIRCUMSTANCES TO DICTATE HIS FAITH
â€¢ ABRAM BECAME FEARFUL OF THE PEOPLE IN EGYPT
â€¢ ABRAM RELIED ON TRADITION, FORMING A DECEPTIVE SCHEME
â€¢ THOUGH ABRAM DISOBEYED GOD, GOD DELIVERED HIM
â€¢ WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES AND / OR FEAR OVERWHELM US, WE HAVE THE SAME CHOICE TO MAKE: TRUST IN GOD OR OUSELVES
â€¢ EVEN IF WE CHOOSE TO TRUST IN SELF, GODâ€™S CARE REMAINS FAITHFUL
REFERENCES (page 1)
Comments on Abramâ€™s failure in faith by Charles Swindoll
For Abram, this season of hunger represented a major test. The famine carried a sobering unspoken message from the Lord: â€œIn all your praying and altar building, Abram, let Me reveal the true depth of your faith. This difficulty will show how little you trust me to provide for your needs now that circumstances have turned against you and the only thing you find in abundance is hunger. While God didnâ€™t cause the famine, He certainly used it as an instrument in the development of Abramâ€™s faith.
You can expect more than one divine test in your own faith journey, but God doesnâ€™t use difficult circumstances to find out what weâ€™ll do. He doesnâ€™t test us to observe our response of faith. He already knows us better than we know ourselves, and He already knows what the future holds. He uses tests to reveal us to ourselves.
A divine test usually exposes what might be called our default response to crisis. Everyone has a default response when confronted with a challenge to his or her faith. It starts as a self-preservation reflex. We then learn to cultivate this natural reflex into a strength. In time, we learn to respond to stress with expert agility without even thinking. And before we know it, we have a full-blown coping mechanism that takes over, keeping us from trusting God.
Swindoll quoting F. B. Meyers on forming â€œalliancesâ€ with the world.
In the figurative language of scripture, Egypt stands for an alliance with the world. . . . [Abraham] acted simply on his own judgment. He looked at his difficulties and became paralyzed with fear. He grasped at the first means of deliverance that suggested itself, much as a drowning man will catch a straw. And thus, without taking counsel of his Heavenly Protector, Abraham went down into Egypt.
Ah, fatal mistake! But how many make it still. They may be true children of God, and yet, in a moment of panic, they will adopt methods of delivering themselves that, to say the least, are questionable, sowing seeds of sorrow and disaster to save themselves from minor embarrassment.
Genesis 12:10-13:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Now there was (A)a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was (B)severe in the land. 11 It came about when he [a]came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, â€œSee now, I know that you are a [b](C)beautiful woman; 12 (D)and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, â€˜This is his wifeâ€™; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say that you are (E)my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that [c](F)I may live on account of you.â€
14 It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians [d]saw that the woman was very beautiful.15 Pharaohâ€™s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and (G)the woman was taken into Pharaohâ€™s house. 16 Therefore (H)he treated Abram well for her sake; and [e](I)gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels.
17 But the Lord (J)struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abramâ€™s wife. 18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, â€œ(K)What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, â€˜She is my sister,â€™ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, [f]here is your wife, take her and go.â€ 20 Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they [g]escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.
13 So Abram went up from Egypt to (L)the [h]Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.
a. Genesis 12:11 Lit drew near to enter
b. Genesis 12:11 Lit woman of beautiful appearance
c. Genesis 12:13 Lit my soul
d. Genesis 12:14 Lit saw the woman that she was
e. Genesis 12:16 Lit he had
f. Genesis 12:19 Or behold
g. Genesis 12:20 Lit sent
h. Genesis 13:1 I.e. South country
A. Genesis 12:10 : Gen 26:1
B. Genesis 12:10 : Gen 43:1
C. Genesis 12:11 : Gen 26:7; 29:17
D. Genesis 12:12 : Gen 20:11
E. Genesis 12:13 : Gen 20:2, 5, 12; 26:7
F. Genesis 12:13 : Jer 38:17, 20
G. Genesis 12:15 : Gen 20:2
H. Genesis 12:16 : Gen 20:14
I. Genesis 12:16 : Gen 13:2
J. Genesis 12:17 : Gen 20:18; 1 Chr 16:21; Ps 105:14
K. Genesis 12:18 : Gen 20:9, 10; 26:10
L. Genesis 13:1 : Gen 12:9
David and Deb Barton are missionaries to Papua, New Guinea, working with Wycliffe Bible Translators, taking the Bible (in the native languages of the villages they visit) to the bible-less peoples of Papua, New Guinea. They gave the church an update on their ministry, as well as David presenting a message from Exodus 4.
INTRODUCTION: A CONVERSATION WITH ABRAM (CHUCK SWINDOLL)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD ISSUED A CALL TO ABRAM WITH PROMISES
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 12:4-9
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: RESPONDING TO GODâ€™S CALL
CTS: 3 WAYS FAITH ENABLES THE BELIEVER TO ANSWER GODâ€™S CALL
HOW DOES MY FAITH RELATE TO GODâ€™S CALL?:
I. FAITH BRINGS US OUT OF IDOL WORSHIP (VV. 4-5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAM PHYSICALLY RESPONDED TO GODâ€™S CALL
o HE WENT FORTH (4A) (WIERSBE COMMENTS)
o LOT WENT WITH HIM (4B)
o ABRAM TOOK SARAI & ALL HE HAD (POSSESSIONS & SERVANTS) (5ABC)
o ABRAM SET OUT AND ULTIMATELY REACHED CANAAN (5DE)
II. FAITH BRINGS US INTO ETERNAL LIFE (VV. 6-8)
o EXPLANATION: ABRAM ENTERED A HOSTILE LAND; GOD ENCOURAGED HIM
o ABRAM PASSED THROUGH THE LAND TO SHECHEM (6A) (WIERSBE NOTES)
o THE CANAANITE WAS IN THE LAND (6B) (NEW IDOL TEMPTATION?)
o THE LORD APPEARED TO ABRAM: REASSURANCE OF GODâ€™S PROMISE (7A)
o ABRAM BUILT AN ALTAR TO GOD (7B)
o AFTER MOVING TO BETHEL, ABRAM BUILT ANOTHER ALTAR (8A)
ï‚§ SIGNIFICANCE OF BETHEL & AI â€“ JOSHUAâ€™S FUTURE AMBUSH ON AI
o ABRAM CALLED (PUBLICKLY) UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD (8B)
III. FAITH BRINGS US ON TO GLORIFY GOD (VS. 9)
o EXPLANATION: ABRAM CONTINUED TO FOLLOW GOD: THE DESERT
o ABRAMâ€™S FINAL DESTINATION WASNâ€™T GIVEN BY GOD (HEB 11:13-16)
o ABRAM CONTINUED TO TRAVEL, EVEN IF IT MEANT INTO DIFFICULTY
ï‚§ GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF NEGEV: THE DESERT (THE SOUTH LAND)
o WIERSBE COMMENTS ON ABRAMâ€™S ACTIVE FAITH (SEE NOTES)
â€¢ GOD APPEARED TO ABRAM, CALLING HIM TO A LAND OF PROMISE
â€¢ ABRAM RESPONDED AND HEADED FOR CANAAN (FAMILY & POSSESSIONS)
â€¢ ABRAM SOUGHT TO BE PURE BEFORE GOD (TENT & ALTARS)
â€¢ ABRAM FOLLOWED GOD, EVEN INTO DIFFICULTY
â€¢ WE HAVE A CHALLENGE BY GOD TO PURSUE ETERNITY WITH HIM
â€¢ WE, AS ABRAM, MUST SEEK TO BE PURE BEFORE GOD ALONG THE WAY
REFERENCES (page 1)
A Dialogue with Abram (Chuck Swindoll)
â€œCan you imagine Abramâ€™s conversations with friends and neighbors?
â€˜Oh, I see youâ€™re packing up, Abram.â€™
â€˜Really? Youâ€™re leaving town?â€™
â€˜Yes, we leave in a few days.â€™
â€˜You know, youâ€™re not getting any younger. Are you ready to start all over somewhere?â€™
â€˜Yep, Sarai and I are moving.â€™
â€˜Reallyâ€ So, where are you going?â€™
â€˜I donâ€™t know.â€™
â€˜Youâ€™re packing up everything you have, leaving everything familiar, and you have no idea where youâ€™re headed? Are you out of your mind?â€™â€
â€œEverything within us recoils from making big changes without thorough planning. Most of us need to see where weâ€™re jumping before committing to a leap. But God called Abram to obey His call without complete information. Abram didnâ€™t know where he was going, so he couldnâ€™t trust a well-thought-out long-range plan. Nevertheless, the Lord gave Abram sufficient information to make a reasonable decision.â€
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Wiersbe on commitment)
I sometimes get the impression that commitment is a vanishing commodity in todayâ€™s world. Many people donâ€™t want to be committed to their jobs, their marriage vows, or to one another. â€œIâ€™m going to do my thing my way!â€ is the essence of todayâ€™s philosophy, and this attitude has invaded the church. Many believers will not commit themselves to ministering in one church but move from church to church when pastors and music programs change. â€œTemporaryâ€ is a key word today: temporary Sunday School teachers and youth sponsors, temporary choir members, temporary church members, and even temporary pastors.
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Facing the challenges of faith)
Most of us are not commanded to pull up stakes and go to a strange country, but the challenges to our faith are just as real. Sometimes there are serious problems in the home, on the job, or in the church; and we wonder why God has permitted these things to happen. If you are to claim your spiritual inheritance in Christ, you must display faith in Godâ€™s Word and obedience to Godâ€™s will.
Wherever Abraham went in the land of Canaan, he was marked by his tent and his altar (Gen. 12:7â€“8; 13:3â€“4, 18). The tent marked him as a â€œstranger and pilgrimâ€ who did not belong to this world (Heb. 11:9â€“16; 1 Peter 2:11), and the altar marked him as a citizen of heaven who worshiped the true and living God. He gave witness to all that he was separated from this world (the tent) and devoted to the Lord (the altar). Whenever Abraham abandoned his tent and his altar, he got into trouble.
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Faith must be active)
The life of faith must never stand still; for if your feet are going, your faith is growing. Note the verbs used to describe Abrahamâ€™s life: he departed (12:4), went forth (12:5), passed through (12:6), removed (12:8) and journeyed (12:9). God kept Abraham moving so that he would meet new challenges and be forced to trust God for new â€œgrace to help in time of needâ€ (Heb. 4:16). Comfortable Christianity is opposite the life of faith, for â€œpilgrims and strangersâ€ must face new circumstances if they are to gain new insights about themselves and their Lord. â€œLet us press on to maturityâ€ is the challenge (6:1, NASB).
Genesis 12:4-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and (A)Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their (B)possessions which they had accumulated, and (C)the [a]persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they [b]set out for the land of Canaan; (D)thus they came to the land of Canaan. 6 Abram passed through the land as far as the site of (E)Shechem, to the [c]oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. 7 The Lord (F)appeared to Abram and said, â€œ(G)To your [d]descendants I will give this land.â€ So he built (H)an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. 8 Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with (I)Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and (J)called upon the name of the Lord. 9 Abram journeyed on, continuing toward (K)the [e]Negev.
a. Genesis 12:5 Lit souls
b. Genesis 12:5 Lit went forth to go to
c. Genesis 12:6 Or terebinth
d. Genesis 12:7 Lit seed
e. Genesis 12:9 I.e. South country
A. Genesis 12:4 : Gen 11:27, 31
B. Genesis 12:5 : Gen 13:6
C. Genesis 12:5 : Gen 14:14; Lev 22:11
D. Genesis 12:5 : Gen 11:31; Heb 11:8
E. Genesis 12:6 : Gen 35:4; Deut 11:30
F. Genesis 12:7 : Gen 17:1; 18:1
G. Genesis 12:7 : Gen 13:15; 15:18; Deut 34:4; Ps 105: 9-12; Acts 7:5; Gal 3:16
H. Genesis 12:7 : Gen 13:4, 18; 22:9
I. Genesis 12:8 : Josh 8:9, 12
J. Genesis 12:8 : Gen 4:26; 21:33
K. Genesis 12:9 : Gen 13:1, 3; 20:1; 24:62
INTRODUCTION: GOOD OUT OF EVIL?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: A PAGAN IS CALLED TO FORM GODâ€™S NATION
â€¢ THE NEED FOR GODâ€™S CALL (WIERSBE COMMENTS)
â€¢ WHY STUDY THE CHARACTER OF ABRAHAM?
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 12:1-3
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: GODâ€™S CALL AND PROMISES
CTS: 3 WAYS TO RELATE GODâ€™S CALL AND PROMISES TO YOUR FAITH
WHAT MEANING DOES THE CALL OF ABRAM HAVE TO MY LIFE?:
I. GODâ€™S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IS UNCONDITIONAL (VS. 1)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD TOLD ABRAM TO GO
o GO FORTH FROM:
ï‚§ YOUR COUNTRY
ï‚§ YOUR RELATIVES
ï‚§ YOUR FATHERâ€™S HOUSE (JOSHUA 24:2)
o NOTES: NELSONâ€™S COMMENTARY; WIERSBE (WHY GOD CALLED)
II. GODâ€™S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IS PERSONAL (VS. 2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD PROMISES 7 BLESSINGS TO ABRAM (2-3)
o GOD WOULD:
ï‚§ MAKE A GREAT NATION THROUGH ABRAM
ï‚§ BLESS THE LIFE OF ABRAM
ï‚§ MAKE ABRAMâ€™S NAME GREAT
ï‚§ MAKE ABRAM A BLESSING TO OTHERS
III. GODâ€™S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IMPACTS OTHERS (VS. 3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAMâ€™S ALLEGIANCE TO GOD WOULD EFFECT OTHERS
o OTHERS WOULD:
ï‚§ BE BLESSED FOR BLESSING ABRAM
ï‚§ BE CURSED FOR CURSING ABRAM
ï‚§ BE BLESSED WORLD-WIDE THROUGH ABRAM
â€¢ GOD CALLED A PAGAN IDOL WORSHIPPER TO BECOME THE FIRST JEW
â€¢ GOD SHOWED HIMSELF TO ABRAM AND TOLD HIM TO GO
â€¢ IN RESPONSE TO GODâ€™S CALL, ABRAM WOULD BE BLESSED 7 FOLD
â€¢ GOD CALLED US, WHO WERE HIS ENEMIES, TO BECOME HIS CHILDREN
â€¢ GOD SHOWED HIMSELF TO US THROUGH THE BODY OF CHRIST
â€¢ AS WE CHOOSE TO RESPOND TO GODâ€™S CALL, GOD CONTINUALLY BLESSES US
REFERENCES (page 1)
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Warren Wiersbe)
If the other planets are inhabited,â€ quipped George Bernard Shaw, â€œthen they must be using the earth for their insane asylum.â€
We may chuckle at that statement, but it reminds us of a sad fact: The world is in a mess, and it does not seem to be getting any better. What is wrong?
It all goes back to events recorded in the Book of Genesis. Except for the account in chapters 1 and 2, the first eleven chapters of Genesis record one failure of man after another, failures that are being repeated today. The first man and woman disobeyed God and were cast out of the Garden (chap. 3). Cain murdered his brother Abel and lied about it (chap. 4). Humanity became so corrupt that God cleansed the earth with a flood (chaps. 6â€“8). Noah got drunk and exposed himself to his son Ham (chap. 9). In their defiance of God, men built a city and a tower; and God had to send confusion to end the rebellion (chap. 10).
Disobedience, murder, deception, drunkenness, nudity, and rebellion sound pretty up-to-date, donâ€™t they? If you were God, what would you do with these sinners, men and women you had created in your own image? â€œIâ€™d probably destroy them!â€ you might reply; but thatâ€™s not what God did. Instead, God called a man and his wife to leave their home and go to a new land, so that He might give humanity a new beginning. Because of Godâ€™s call and their obedient faith, Abraham and Sarah* ultimately gave to the world the Jewish nation, the Bible, and the Savior. Where would we be today if Abraham and Sarah had not trusted God?
â€œAbrahamâ€ by Charles R. Swindoll: Why study the Character of Abraham?
â€œIn recent years, we have witnessed the rise of what some have called â€˜radical atheism,â€™ led by authors like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. They donâ€™t simply reject the existence of God; they aggressively attack belief in God as an evil that must be eradicated. Some worry about where this trend will take our twenty-first century Western civilization. I donâ€™t worry. While the movement might be radical, its certainly nothing new.â€
â€œToday this man is revered by the majority of the world as the â€˜father of faith.â€ His story is preserved in Genesis, and it tells us much of what we need to know about faith. While each personâ€™s faith journey is unique, Abraham blazed a trail for the rest of us; his faith journey tells us about our own. The biography of Abraham has much to teach anyoneâ€”even an atheistâ€”who wants to know the true Creator.â€
Joshua 24:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 And Joshua said to all the people, â€œThus says the Lord God of Israel: â€˜Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods.
Nelsonâ€™s New Illustrated Bible Commentary
Here are three levels of ever-increasing demands on the life of Abram and Sarai. The country was the region of his dwelling, the family was his clan, and his fatherâ€™s house was where he had responsibility and leadership.
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Warren Wiersbe)
Why God called. There are at least three reasons why God called Abraham and Sarah. In His love, God was concerned about their salvation; so He revealed His glory and shared His gracious promises. But even beyond their personal salvation was Godâ€™s purpose in blessing the whole world. This was accomplished when God sent His Son into the world through the Jewish nation. Christ died for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2; 4:14) and wants His church to tell the good news to the whole world (Mark 16:15).
But there is a third reason: The life of Abraham is an example for all Christians who want to walk by faith. Abraham was saved by faith (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:1â€“5; Gal. 3:6â€“14) and lived by faith (Heb. 11:8â€“19), and his obedience was the evidence of his faith (James 2:14â€“26). Abraham obeyed when he did not know where (Heb. 11:8â€“10), how (vv. 11â€“12), when (vv. 13â€“16), or why (vv. 17â€“19); and so should we.
Genesis 12:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 Now (A)the LORD said to Abram,
â€œ[a]Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your fatherâ€™s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2 And (B)I will make you a great nation,
And (C)I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so [b](D)you shall be a blessing;
3 And (E)I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who [c]curses you I will [d]curse.
(F)And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.â€
a. Genesis 12:1 Lit Go for yourself
b. Genesis 12:2 Lit be a blessing
c. Genesis 12:3 Or reviles
d. Genesis 12:3 Or bind under a curse
A. Genesis 12:1 : Gen 15:7; Acts 7:3; Heb 11:8
B. Genesis 12:2 : Gen 17:4-6; 18:18; 46:3; Deut 26:5
C. Genesis 12:2 : Gen 22:17
D. Genesis 12:2 : Zech 8:13
E. Genesis 12:3 : Gen 24:35; 27:29; Num 24:9
F. Genesis 12:3 : Gen 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; Acts 3:25; Gal 3:8
INTRODUCTION: THE ABSENCE OF THE FEAR OF GOD; ARE WE TO FEAR?
EXAMPLES OF FEAR TOWARD GOD
IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOVE AND FEAR GOD?
PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FEAR GOD
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 96:1-13
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DEITY
CTS: 4 WAYS TO DEMONSTRATE PROPER FEAR TOWARDS GOD
HOW DOES ONE DEMONSTRATE THE FEAR OF GOD?:
I. REJOICE IN HIS SALVATION DAILY (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF WORSHIP
o SING TO THE LORD: A NEW SONG; ALL THE EARTH; BLESS HIS NAME
o PROCLAIM GOOD TIDINGS OF HIS SALVATION DAILY
II. REPORT HIS GREATNESS TO OTHERS (VV. 3-6)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST TELLS OF GODâ€™S GLORIOUS ATTRIBUTES
o TELL: OF HIS GLORY; HIS GREATNESS; HE IS TO BE FEARED (3-4)
o GOD IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER GOD: HEâ€™S REAL! (5)
o SPLENDOR AND MAJESTY; STRENGTH AND BEAUTY (6)
III. REVERE HIM THROUGH PERSONAL HUMILITY (VV. 7-10)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR THE HUMILITY OF MANKIND
o ASCRIBE TO GOD: GLORY, STRENGTH, BRING HIM AN OFFERING (7-8)
o BOW BEFORE HIS HOLINESS (9)
o SAY AMONG THE NATIONS: THE LORD REIGNS & WILL JUDGE (10)
IV. REMEMBER HIS SOON RETURN IN JUDGMENT (VV. 11-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR CEASELESS CELEBRATION
o LET: THE HEAVENS BE GLAD, THE EARTH REJOICE, THE SEA ROAR (11)
o LET: THE FIELD EXULT & ALL THAT IS IN IT (12A)
o THE LORD IS COMING TO JUDGE THE EARTH (12B-13)
â€¢ THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR ALL TO FEAR THE LORD THROUGH:
o WORSHIP IN SONG
o TELLING OTHERS ABOUT THE GREATNESS OF GOD
o LIVING A LIFE OF REVERENT HUMILITY
o REMEMBERING THAT THE LORD IS COMING TO JUDGE ALL MEN
â€¢ WE MUST DO THE SAME
REFERENCES (page 1)
THE ABSENCE OF THE FEAR OF GOD; ARE WE TO FEAR?
Dr. David Jeremiah speaks to the concern of a proper reverential fear for God. Presenting a quote from Harold S. Kushnerâ€™s book Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World, Jeremiah points to the slowly eroding fear of God in cultural life today. Citing Kushner, He reports, â€œIf there is one phrase I would like to see banished from theological discourse, it is the four words â€˜the fear of God.â€™ I donâ€™t think much of a religion that tries to control its adherents by frightening them. . . . Where the phrase â€˜the fear of Godâ€™ occurs in the Bible, I donâ€™t believe it refers to being a afraid of God. I take it to refer to the sense of awe that overwhelms us when we contemplate the greatness and majesty of God.â€ Needless to say, Dr Jeremiah disagrees with Kushner.
Quoting A. W. Towzer concerning the absence of the fear of God in our nation, Jeremiah reports, â€œThe self assurance of modern Christians, the basic levity present in so many of our religious gatherings, the shocking disrespect shown for the Person of God, are evidence enough of deep blindness of heart. Many call themselves by the name of Christ, talk much about God, and pray to Him sometimes, but evidently do not know who He is. â€œThe fear of God is a fountain of life,â€ but this healing fear is today hardly found among Christian men.â€
The same God who invites us to come boldly into His presence (Hebrews 4:16; 10:19) also expects us to â€œserve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fireâ€ (Hebrews 12:28-29; emphasis added).
Hebrews 10:26-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Mosesâ€™ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, â€œVengeance is Mine, I will repay,â€[e] says the Lord.[f] And again, â€œThe Lord will judge His people.â€[g] 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Examples of Fear toward God
â€¢ Abraham fell on his face before God (Genesis 17:3)
â€¢ Moses â€œhid his face, for he was afraid to look upon Godâ€ (Exodus 3:6)
â€¢ Joshua â€œfell on his face to the earth and worshipedâ€ (Joshua 5:14)
â€¢ The three disciples who saw Jesusâ€™ face shining like the sun â€œfell on their faces and were greatly afraidâ€ (Matthew 17:6)
â€¢ Saul of Tarsus fell to the ground and was left blind (Acts 9:4-9; 22:11)
Is it possible to Love and Fear God? Dr David Jeremiah
Is it possible to love God and fear Him at the same time? The Bible says it is. In several places, the Old Testament commands us to both love God and fear Him. For instance: â€œNow Israel, what does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul?â€ (Deuteronomy 10:12).
Promises to those who fear God:
â€¢ The Promise of Provision (Psalm 34:9-10)
Psalm 34:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.
â€¢ The Promise of Protection (Psalm 33:18-19)
Psalm 33:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
19 To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.
â€¢ The Promise of Purity (2 Corinthians 7:1)
2 Corinthians 7:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
â€¢ The Promise of Prosperity (Psalm 128:1-4)
Psalm 128:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
128 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the LORD.
â€¢ The Promise of Prolonged days (Proverbs 10:27)
Proverbs 10:27 New King James Version (NKJV)
27 The fear of the LORD prolongs days,
But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
â€¢ The Promise of Privilege (Malachi 3:16)
Malachi 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another,
And the LORD listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the LORD
And who meditate on His name.
â€¢ The Promise of Perpetuity (Psalm 103:17)
Psalm 103:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to childrenâ€™s children,
Psalm 96 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
96 (A)Sing to the Lord a (B)new song;
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
(C)Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
3 Tell of (D)His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
4 For (E)great is the Lord and (F)greatly to be praised;
He is to be (G)feared (H)above all gods.
5 For (I)all the gods of the peoples are [a]idols,
But (J)the Lord made the heavens.
6 (K)Splendor and majesty are before Him,
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
7 [b]Ascribe to the Lord, O (L)families of the peoples,
[c](M)Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
8 [d]Ascribe to the Lord the (N)glory of His name;
Bring an [e](O)offering and come into His courts.
9 (P)Worship the Lord in [f]holy attire;
(Q)Tremble before Him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, â€œ(R)The Lord reigns;
Indeed, the (S)world is firmly established, it will not be moved;
He will (T)judge the peoples with [g]equity.â€
11 Let the (U)heavens be glad, and let the (V)earth rejoice;
Let (W)the sea [h]roar, and [i]all it contains;
12 Let the (X)field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the (Y)trees of the forest will sing for joy
INTRODUCTION: THE TRAGEDY OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA
BACKGROUND THOUGHT ON THE SUBJECT OF DEATH:
THE FACT OF DEATH â€“ EVERYONE WILL DIE (UNLESS JESUS RETURNS)
THE FACES OF DEATH â€“ PHYSICAL / SPIRITUAL / SECOND
THE FEAR OF DEATH â€“ REASONS NOT TO FEAR
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 23:4
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DYING
CTS: 3 ENCOURAGING TRUTHS IN THE FACE OF DEATH
HOW CAN MY FAITH BE REASSURED IN THE FACE OF DEATH?:
I. DEATH IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION (VS. 4A)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST IS GOING THROUGH THE VALLEY
o EVEN THOUGH â€“ THE PSALMIST HAS HOPE AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD
o THE PSALMIST IS WALKING, NOT STANDING STILL
o A VALLEY HAS A BEGINNING AND AN END (2 COR 5:8)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: OBSERVATIONS OF DEATH ( BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS)
II. DEATH IS A SHADOW, NOT A REALITY (VS. 4B)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: DEATH FOR THE PSALMIST, IS BUT A SHADOW
o DEATH IS NOT A PHYSICAL BEING, BUT A PORTAL / DOORWAY
o SHADOWS CANNOT HARM ANYONE
III. DEATH IS LONELY, BUT YOUâ€™RE NEVER ALONE (VS. 4CD)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST DOESNâ€™T FEAR DEATH
o NOTE THE PSALMISTâ€™S CHANGE FROM â€œHEâ€ TO â€œYOUâ€
o GOD IS WITH HIM
o GOD IS PROTECTING HIM DURING HIS JOURNEY (1 PETER 1:5)
â€¢ THOUGH THE PSALMIST IS AWARE OF DEATH, HE DOES NOT FEAR
â€¢ THE ELIMINATION OF FEAR IS ROOTED IN GODâ€™S PRESENCE & PROTECTION
â€¢ WE DONâ€™T HAVE TO FEAR DEATH, IF WE KNOW JESUS AS SAVIOR
â€¢ GOD IS WITH US AND WILL PROTECT US IN THE VALLEYS WE TRAVEL
REFERENCES (page 1)
The tragedy of the Space Shuttle Columbia by Dr. Jeremiah
In the mid 1970s, high-tech workers in Los Angeles began constructing a new generation of spaceships. The first to be launched was the Space Shuttle Columbia, the flagship of NASAâ€™s new fleet.
Columbia blasted off April 12, 1981, and orbited the earth thirty-six times. Twenty-seven missions followed, but Columbiaâ€™s final trip was a flight to tragedy. While reentering earthâ€™s atmosphere at nine oâ€™clock (EST) on the morning of February 1, 2003, the shuttle broke apart. A piece of insulating foam the size of a small briefcase had peeled off during launch sixteen days earlier and punctured one of the vesselâ€™s wings. The intense of reentry caused gases to penetrate the wing, triggering the catastrophe that killed the seven astronauts. Debris fell across large parts of Texas and Louisiana as thousands of people gazed upward in horror.
As part of a report later released about the destruction of Columbia, the flight director on the ground had asked the question, â€œYou know, thereâ€™s nothing we can do about damage to the TPS (thermal protection system). If it has been damaged its probably better not to know. Donâ€™t you think it would be better for them to have a happy successful flight and die unexpectedly during entry than to stay on orbit, knowing there was nothing to be done, until the air ran out?â€
After a further analysis of the damage before Columbiaâ€™s destruction, it was determined that they could safely reenter the earthâ€™s atmosphere, but, as history revealed, the analysis was faulty.
The Faces of Death â€“ Physical / Spiritual / Second
â€¢ Physical face of death â€“ James 2:26
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also (A)faith without works is dead. (NASB)
â€¢ Spiritual Death â€“ Romans 5:12, 6:23
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinnedâ€” (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
â€¢ Second Death â€“ Revelation 20:13-15
13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[a] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Reasons not to Fear Death
â€¢ The Prince of Death has been Defeated â€“ Hebrews 2:14-15
Hebrews 2:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
â€¢ The Power of Death has been Destroyed â€“ 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 New King James Version (NKJV)
55 â€œO Death, where is your sting?[a]
O Hades, where is your victory?â€[b]
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks beto God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
â€¢ The Process of Death has been Described â€“ Luke 16:19-31
This passage is a parable about what happens after an individual dies. Dr Jeremiah points out that â€œIn this parable, the lesson is about the different destinations of Lazarus and the rich man. But one of the truths employed is that angels are sent from Heaven to escort Godâ€™s people to His presence when those people die. That should be a great comfort to every Christian, another reason to have no fear of the experience of death.â€
2 Corinthians 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
1 Peter 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Psalm 23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Lord, the Psalmistâ€™s Shepherd.
23 The Lord is my (A)shepherd,
I [a]shall (B)not want.
2 He makes me lie down in (C)green pastures;
He (D)leads me beside [b](E)quiet waters.
3 He (F)restores my soul;
He (G)guides me in the [c](H)paths of righteousness
For His nameâ€™s sake.
4 Even though I (I)walk through the [d]valley of the shadow of death,
I (J)fear no [e]evil,
for (K)You are with me;
Your (L)rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You (M)prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You [f]have (N)anointed my head with oil;
My (O)cup overflows.
6 [g]Surely (P)goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will [h](Q)dwell in the house of the Lord [i]forever.
a. Psalm 23:1 Or do
b. Psalm 23:2 Lit waters of rest
c. Psalm 23:3 Lit tracks
d. Psalm 23:4 Or valley of deep darkness
e. Psalm 23:4 Or harm
f. Psalm 23:5 Or anoint
g. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
h. Psalm 23:6 Another reading is return to
i. Psalm 23:6 Lit for length of days
A. Psalm 23:1 : Ps 78:52; 80:1; Is 40:11; Jer 31:10; Ezek 34:11-13; John 10:11; 1 Pet 2:25
B. Psalm 23:1 : Ps 34:9, 10; Phil 4:19
C. Psalm 23:2 : Ps 65:11-13; Ezek 34:14
D. Psalm 23:2 : Rev 7:17
E. Psalm 23:2 : Ps 36:8; 46:4
F. Psalm 23:3 : Ps 19:7
G. Psalm 23:3 : Ps 5:8; 31:3
H. Psalm 23:3 : Ps 85:13; Prov 4:11; 8:20
I. Psalm 23:4 : Job 10:21, 22; Ps 107:14
J. Psalm 23:4 : Ps 3:6; 27:1
K. Psalm 23:4 : Ps 16:8; Is 43:2
L. Psalm 23:4 : Mic 7:14
M. Psalm 23:5 : Ps 78:19
N. Psalm 23:5 : Ps 92:10; Luke 7:46
O. Psalm 23:5 : Ps 16:5
P. Psalm 23:6 : Ps 25:7, 10
Q. Psalm 23:6 : Ps 27:4-6
INTRODUCTION: DEFINITION OF AND STATS ON DEPRESSION
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: AUTHOR: KING DAVID: POSSIBLY DURING EXILE
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 42:1-11
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DEPRESSION
CTS: 3 WAYS TO CONQUER THE FEAR OF DEPRESSION.
WHAT IS GODâ€™S WILL FOR MY DEPRESSION?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE ITS PRESENCE (VV. 1-4A, 6A, 7, 10)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST ACKNOWLEDGES DEPRESSION WITHIN
o HE CRIES OUT FOR GODâ€™S PRESENCE (VV 1-2)
o HE IDENTIFIES THE CAUSE OF HIS DEPRESSION â€“ ENEMIES (3-4, 10)
o HE IS OVERWHELMED BY THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE (6A, 7)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: EXAMPLES OF DEPRESSION: MOSES & ELIJAH
II. ASK GOD FOR UNDERSTANDING (VS. 9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST QUESTIONS GOD ABOUT HIS STATE
o WHY HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ME? (9A) (JESUS (MATT 27:46))
o WHY DO I GO ON MOURNING BECAUSE OF THE ENEMYâ€™S OPPRESSION? (9B)
III. ADDRESS THE FOCUS OF YOUR SOUL (VV. 4BCD, 5, 6B, 8, 11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST SEPARATES FACT FROM FEELING
o HE REMEMBERS WHERE HE FOUND JOY (4BCD)
o HE CALLS FOR THE EMOTIONAL REPENTANCE OF HIS SOUL (5AB, 11AB)
o HE IS CONFIDENT IN GODâ€™S CARE (8)
o HE PROVIDES THE MEANS FOR REPENTANCE: HOPE IN GOD (5C, 11C)
ï‚§ GOD IS WITH HIM (5D), GOD IS THE HELP OF HIS COUNTENANCE (11D)
â€¢ THE PSALMIST:
o ACKNOWLEDGED HIS DEPRESSION
o CRIED OUT TO GOD FOR UNDERSTANDING
o SEPARATED FACT FROM FEELING; ACTED ON THE FACTS
â€¢ RESEARCH YOUR DEPRESSION
â€¢ REPLACE YOUR DEPRESSION
REFERENCES (page 1)
Merriamâ€”Webster Dictionary definition of â€œDepressionâ€
(1) : a state of feeling sad : dejection (2) : a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies.
Statistical data on depression provided by Dr. Jeremiah
â€¢ The lifetime risk of developing major depression is about 17 percent.
â€¢ Nearly seventeen million American adults and two million teens report major depression in a given year.
â€¢ Depression is now the leading cause of disability in the United States.
â€¢ The disease costs $55 billion in lowered productivity and workplace absenteeism each year.
â€¢ Antidepressant use has soared nearly 400 percent since 1988. Antidepressants are now the most common medication for young adults.
The danger of depression in the United States
Is the United States the worldâ€™s saddest nation? The World Health Organization and Harvard Medical School suggest it could be true. They found that 9.6 percent of Americans experience bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, or chronic minor depression over the course of a yearâ€”the highest among fourteen major nations polled.
Illustration of depression and recovery (Moses and Elijah)
Numbers 11:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If You treat me like this, please kill me here and nowâ€”if I have found favor in Your sightâ€”and do not let me see my wretchedness!â€
1 Kings 19:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 But he himself went a dayâ€™s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, â€œIt is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!â€
Matthew 17:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
Matthew 27:46 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, â€œEli, Eli, lama sabachthani?â€ that is, â€œMy God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?â€
DEALING WITH YOUR DEPRESSION:
RESEARCH YOUR DEPRESSION Dr. Karl Menninger (quoted by Dr Jeremiah)
When you are in a depressed place in life, donâ€™t do what you naturally feel like doing. Donâ€™t withdraw, donâ€™t isolate, donâ€™t hunker down, and be â€œsick.â€ Instead, do the opposite. As best as you are able, with Christâ€™s help, donâ€™t let the way you feel control you. If you donâ€™t feel the presence of God, then pursue your Christian life by faith. Pray, give, worship, study, serve, encourage, minster and all the rest. We Christians walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). And that applies even whenâ€”especially whenâ€”we donâ€™t feel like it. Its not how we feel that counts; its whom we trust. When you trust Him, at times you may feel down, but you wonâ€™t be let down.
Other valuable kinds of research include counseling, medical checkups, and evaluation of your circumstances. â€œResearchâ€ your Christian life and see if you have slowly, imperceptibly, stopped doing the things that healthy Christians do. And begin doing them againâ€”by faith.
Replace your depression
When your emotions are low or muted, the important question is not â€œWhat have I done wrong?,â€ but â€œWhom should I turn to?â€ Some turn inward; others to friends; the wisest turn to God. It has been my experience that as we tell God what we want, He gives us what we need. We frequently donâ€™t know what to pray for, but He is gracious and kind, holding higher standards for us than we have for ourselves.
Psalm 42 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
For the choir director. A [a]Maskil of the sons of Korah.
42 As the deer [b]pants for the water brooks,
So my soul [c](A)pants for You, O God.
2 My soul (B)thirsts for God, for the (C)living God;
When shall I come and [d](D)appear before God?
3 My (E)tears have been my food day and night,
While they (F)say to me all day long, â€œWhere is your God?â€
4 These things I remember and I (G)pour out my soul within me.
For I (H)used to go along with the throng and [e]lead them in procession to the house of God,
With the voice of (I)joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
5 (J)Why are you [f](K)in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become (L)disturbed within me?
[g](M)Hope in God, for I shall [h]again praise [i]Him
For the [j](N)help of His presence.
6 O my God, my soul is [k]in despair within me;
Therefore I (O)remember You from (P)the land of the Jordan
And the [l]peaks of (Q)Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your (R)breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
8 The LORD will (S)command His loving kindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me (T)in the night,
A prayer to (U)the God of my life.
9 I will say to God (V)my rock, â€œWhy have You forgotten me?
Why do I go (W)mourning [m]because of the (X)oppression of the enemy?â€
10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
While they (Y)say to me all day long, â€œWhere is your God?â€
11 (Z)Why are you [n]in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
[o]Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The [p]help of my countenance and my God.
a. Psalm 42:1 Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
b. Psalm 42:1 Lit longs for
c. Psalm 42:1 Lit longs for
d. Psalm 42:2 Some mss read see the face of God
e. Psalm 42:4 Or move slowly with them
f. Psalm 42:5 Or sunk down
g. Psalm 42:5 Or Wait for
h. Psalm 42:5 Or still
i. Psalm 42:5 Some ancient versions read Him, the help of my countenance and my God
j. Psalm 42:5 Or saving acts of
k. Psalm 42:6 Or sunk down
l. Psalm 42:6 Lit Hermons
m. Psalm 42:9 Or while the enemy oppresses
n. Psalm 42:11 Or sunk down
o. Psalm 42:11 Or Wait for
p. Psalm 42:11 Or saving acts of
A. Psalm 42:1 : Ps 119:131
B. Psalm 42:2 : Ps 63:1; 84:2; 143:6
C. Psalm 42:2 : Josh 3:10; Ps 84:2; Jer 10:10; Dan 6:26; Matt 26:63; Rom 9:26; 1 Thess 1:9
D. Psalm 42:2 : Ex 23:17; Ps 43:4; 84:7
E. Psalm 42:3 : Ps 80:5; 102:9
F. Psalm 42:3 : Ps 79:10; 115:2; Joel 2:17; Mic 7:10
G. Psalm 42:4 : 1 Sam 1:15; Job 30:16; Ps 62:8; Lam 2:19
H. Psalm 42:4 : Ps 55:14; 122:1; Is 30:29
I. Psalm 42:4 : Ps 100:4
J. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 42:11; 43:5
K. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 38:6; Matt 26:38
L. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 77:3
M. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 71:14; Lam 3:24
N. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 44:3
O. Psalm 42:6 : Ps 61:2
P. Psalm 42:6 : 2 Sam 17:22
Q. Psalm 42:6 : Deut 3:8
R. Psalm 42:7 : Ps 69:1, 2; 88:7; Jon 2:3
S. Psalm 42:8 : Ps 57:3; 133:3
T. Psalm 42:8 : Job 35:10; Ps 16:7; 63:6; 77:6; 149:5
U. Psalm 42:8 : Eccl 5:18; 8:15
V. Psalm 42:9 : Ps 18:2
W. Psalm 42:9 : Ps 38:6
X. Psalm 42:9 : Ps 17:9
Y. Psalm 42:10 : Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17
Z. Psalm 42:11 : Ps 42:5; 43:5
INTRODUCTION: THE PERFECT STORM
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS HAS JUST CALLED HIS DISCIPLES (3:14-15)
SCRIPTURE: MARK 4:35-39
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DANGER
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT ENABLE CONTROL OF FEAR IN LIFEâ€™S STORMS
HOW CAN FEAR BE MIMIMIZED IN THE MIDST OF DANGER?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP (VV. 35-37)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES ENCOUNTERED A DANGEROUS SITUATION
o JESUS HAD TOLD HIS DISCIPLES TO CROSS THE LAKE (35) (SEE 5:1)
o THE PROFESSIONAL FISHERMEN TOOK CARE OF JESUS (36A)
ï‚§ OTHER BOATS WENT ALONG (36B)
o THEY ENCOUNTERED A STORM; THE LIVES OF ALL WERE IN DANGER (37)
II. ADMIT YOUR FAITH IN THE CAPTAIN (VV. 38-39)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES; THEY SOUGHT JESUS
o JESUS WAS ASLEEP IN THE STERN OF THE BOAT (38A)
o THE DISCIPLES WOKE JESUS; DONâ€™T YOU CARE IF WE PERISH? (38B)
o JESUS REBUKED THE STORM AND CALMED THE SEA (39)
III. ACCEPT THE CAPTAINâ€™S LEADERSHIP BY FAITH (VV. 40-41)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES HAVE A NEW REVERENCE FOR JESUS
o JESUS QUESTIONED THE REALITY OF THE DISCIPLESâ€™ FAITH (40)
o THE DISCIPLES BECAME VERY FEARFUL (41A)
o THE DISCIPLES BEGAN TO REALIZE THE TRUE POWER OF CHRIST (41B)
â€¢ JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES TO GO (38); THEY WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE (5:1)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD ALERTS US TO STORMY SEAS (JAMES 1:2)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD ANNOUNCES THAT THE SAVIOR IS WITH US (JOHN 14:23)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD AFFIRMS THAT GOD DRIVES OUT FEAR (PSALM 118:6)
REFERENCES (page 1)
David Jeremiah. What are You Afraid of?
Hurricane Grace decimated the eastern seaboard of the United States in October 1991, causing more than a billion dollars worth of damage. Nine people lost their lives, six of whom were the crew of a fishing boat named Andrea Gail that sank in a â€œperfect stormâ€ off the New England sea coast. In fact, The Perfect Storm was the title of a book and movie about the Andrea Gail and her crew.
Weather-wise, a perfect storm happens when several weather events converge on the same spot. Individually, none of the events would be catastrophic. But when those separate weather events collide, the effect can be devastating.
Sometimes, â€œperfect stormsâ€ happen in our lives. Financial events, relationship events, emotional events, family eventsâ€”they all happen at the same time; and before we know it, we are overwhelmed by one of lifeâ€™s perfect storms.
James 1:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
John 14:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Jesus answered and said to him, â€œIf anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Psalm 118:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
Mark 4:35-41 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Stills the Sea
35 (A)On that day, when evening came, He *said to them, â€œLet us go over to the other side.â€ 36 [a]Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them (B)in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. 37 And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.
38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, â€œTeacher, do You not care that we are perishing?â€ 39 And He got up and (C)rebuked the wind and said to the sea, â€œHush, be still.â€ And the wind died down and [b]it became perfectly calm.
40 And He said to them, â€œWhy are you [c]afraid? (D)Do you still have no faith?â€ 41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, â€œWho then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?â€
a. Mark 4:36 Or Sending away
b. Mark 4:39 Lit a great calm occurred
c. Mark 4:40 Or cowardly
A. Mark 4:35 : Mark 4:35-41: Matt 8:18, 23-27; Luke 8:22, 25
B. Mark 4:36 : Mark 3:9; 4:1; 5:2, 21
C. Mark 4:39 : Ps 65:7; 89:9; 107:29; Matt 8:26; Luke 8:24
D. Mark 4:40 : Matt 14:31; Luke 8:25
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU AFRAID OF DISAPPROVAL?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND IS ON TRIAL
SCRIPTURE: JOHN 18:15-17, 25-27
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€™Sâ€: DISAPPROVAL
CTS: 3 TRUTHS TO HELP CONQUER THE FEAR OF OTHERS
HOW CAN I OVERCOME THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL?:
I. BE AWARE OF THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL (VV. 15-17, 25-27)
o FEAR OF INDIVIDUALS (15-17)
o FEAR IN A CROWD (25)
o FEAR OF CONFRONTATION (26-27)
o OBSERVATION: WALK, SIT, STAND (PSALM 1)
II. BE ASSESSING FOR THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL
â€¢ REASONS WE FEAR DISAPPROVAL
o PRIDE â€“ FULL OF IT
o PRAYER â€“ LACK OF IT
o POWER â€“ ATTEMPT TO DO ALL ON OUR OWN
o PROTECTION â€“ UNDERCOVER CHRISTIAN
o PEOPLE â€“ TIME WITH THE ENEMIES OF GOD
III. BE ASSERTIVE TO REPLACE THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL
â€¢ REPLACE THE FEAR OF OTHERS WITH:
o HIS APPROVAL OF US
o LOVE FOR HIM
o LOVE FOR OTHERS
o FAITH IN HIM
o GLORIFYING GOD IN ALL THINGS (1 COR 10:31)
â€¢ PETER FAILED IN FOLLOWING CHRIST DUE TO HIS FEAR OF OTHERS
â€¢ PETERâ€™S FEAR OF REJECTION BY OTHERS INFLUENCED HIS DENIAL OF CHRIST
â€¢ THOUGH PETER DENIED CHRIST, CHRIST WOULD RESTORE PETER
â€¢ WHAT ABOUT BELIEVERS TODAY?
o WE WILL, AT TIMES, BE OVERCOME WITH THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL
o WE SHOULD ASSESS OUR WALK OFTEN FOR THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL
o AS WE RESOLVE TO FOLLOW CHRIST, THE FEAR OF MAN WILL FADE
REFERENCES (page 1)
Are You Afraid of Disapproval? (The plight of Marlene Dietrich)
In the 1930s-1950s Marlene Dietrich was a cinema superstar. She began acting in her native Berlin, then came to the US as her fame rose. At the peak of popularity, she commanded a huge salary; and in 1999 the American Film Institute named her the ninth-greatest female movie star of all time.
Dietrich spent her whole life searching for approval and adoration from othersâ€”her friends as well as her fans. When guests were invited to her home, she would play them recordings of the applause she received at her stage and film performances. No music, no dialogueâ€”just the wild applause of her fans around the world.
Dietrichâ€™s search for acceptance and approval was amplified by her public status, b u there was nothing unique about her desire for approvalâ€”or her fear of rejection. Whether we recognize it or understand it, deep I the human psyche there is the realization that we are not what we were created to be because of our separation from God. This dissatisfaction causes many to seek affirmationâ€”often in the wrong placesâ€”as in the case of Marlene Dietrich.
Teenagers as well as adults sacrifice their values and priorities as they yield to pressure in their search for acceptance. The Bible calls it â€œfear of manâ€â€”our need for approval leads to the opposite: the fear of disapproval. We long for othersâ€™ approval and live with the fear of their disapproval. Instead of fearing God alone, we fear people whose approval we deem to be important. But the fear of man has bad results. King Solomon sums it up pretty well in his proverb: â€œThe fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safeâ€ (Proverbs 29:25).
In biblical times, a snare (trap) for animals became a metaphor for anything that could trap a personâ€”moral failure, temptation, compromise, or the fear of man. The fear of man became a snare to King Saul (1 Samuel 15:24), the nation of Israel (Isaiah 51:12), and some followers of Jesus (John 12:42-43).
PRIDE â€“ FULL OF IT
Probably more than any other disciple, Peter was full of himself. He once rebuked Jesus (Matthew 16:21-22), jumped out of a boat to walk on water like Jesus (Matthew 14:25-31), boasted he would never deny Jesus, and cut off a manâ€™s ear to defend Jesus. Peter was impulsive and prideful and it showed.
PRAYER â€“ LACK OF IT
Peter had the opportunity to pray prior to these moments of denial. He had spent time with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus had even encouraged him to pray, lest he enter temptation (Matthew 26:41). Unfortunately, Peter and the others with him in the garden were too tired to pray.
POWER â€“ ATTEMPT TO DO ALL ON OUR OWN
Peterâ€™s sword attack on the man in the garden is evidence that Peter was functioning in the fleshâ€”his own carnal, human reasoning.
So important it is for believers to be aware that without the power of Christ, we cannot do anything (John 15:1-5). We cannot carry out the will of God in our lives without His power leading the way.
PROTECTION â€“ UNDERCOVER CHRISTIAN
Peter followed Jesus, but at a distance (Luke 22:54). He wanted to be a faithful follower of Jesus, but not follow so close that it got him into trouble.
Many believers today, unfortunately, donâ€™t live for Christ as they should. They want to know Christ personally, but donâ€™t want to get too close due to the fear of being rejected by the people in their sphere of influence (family, friends, co-workers). Often times, we choose to live as under cover Christians to escape rejection by the world.
PEOPLE â€“ TIME WITH THE ENEMIES OF GOD
Peter went from drawing a sword on these people to standing around their fire. We can give peter the benefit of the doubt, thinking he was trying to get information about Jesusâ€™ well-being. But was that the right way to get informationâ€”acting like he was part of their group?
Replace our fear of others with:
Godâ€™s Approval of us
When Jesus met Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (John 21), His goal was to replace Peterâ€™s fear of disapproval with His own approval. He wanted to show Peter that He still accepted him even though Peter momentarily rejected Him in Jerusalem.
Our love for Him
Peter denied Jesus three times and Jesus asked Peter three times, â€œDo you love Me?â€ (John 21:15-17). This time Peter answered correctly: â€œYes.â€ Jesus then gave Peter a new commission: â€œFeed My lambsâ€¦Tend My sheepâ€¦Feed My sheep.â€
Our ability to do Godâ€™s work begins with our love for Jesus.
Our love for others
Before this encounter with Jesus in Galilee, Peterâ€™s life had been all about Peter. Now, in light of his new commission, Peterâ€™s life was to become all about serving others. Instead of fearing others, Peter was to focus on loving others. Fear drains us; love empowers us. If all our energy is focused on protecting ourselves, we will have nothing with which to protect and love others. When we love others (including our enemies), life is no longer about us; and fear of disapproval is driven away.
Our faith in Him
Peterâ€™s new commission didnâ€™t mean he would never experience fear. To the contrary, Jesus told him he would one day â€œstretch out [his] handsâ€ (be crucified) and be killed (John 21:18-19a).
Our goal to glorify Him
With this new perspective, Peter would begin to live a life and willingly suffer death for the purpose of glorifying God. With the same mindset, we, as believers are able to glorify God with our lives and be Godâ€™s inspiration for others to place their faith in Christ.
John 18:15-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 (A)Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into (B)the court of the high priest, 16 (C)but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. 17 (D)Then the slave-girl who kept the door *said to Peter, â€œ(E)You are not also one of this manâ€™s disciples, are you?â€ He *said, â€œI am not.â€
A. John 18:15 : Matt 26:58; Mark 14:54; Luke 22:54
B. John 18:15 : Matt 26:3; John 18:24, 28
C. John 18:16 : John 18:16-18: Matt 26:69f; Mark 14:66-68; Luke 22:55-57
D. John 18:17 : Acts 12:13
E. John 18:17 : John 18:25
John 18:25-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Peterâ€™s Denial of Jesus
25 (A)Now (B)Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, â€œ(C)You are not also one of His disciples, are you?â€ He denied it, and said, â€œI am not.â€ 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one (D)whose ear Peter cut off, *said, â€œDid I not see you in (E)the garden with Him?â€ 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately (F)a rooster crowed.
A. John 18:25 : John 18:25-27: Matt 26:71-75; Mark 14:69-72; Luke 22:58-62
B. John 18:25 : John 18:18
C. John 18:25 : John 18:17
D. John 18:26 : John 18:10
E. John 18:26 : John 18:1
F. John 18:27 : John 13:38
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU EXPERIENCING DISCONNECTION OR ISOLATION?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL IS NEAR THE END OF HIS LIFE (2 TIM 4:6-8)
SCRIPTURE: 2 TIMOTHY 4:9-18
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAROF THE “D”S: DISCONNECTION
CTS: 3 WAYS TO BUILD CONNECTIONS THAT WON’T BREAK
HOW CAN I OVERCOME THE FEAR OF DISCONNECTION OR ISOLATION?:
I. INTENTIONAL FELLOWSHIP WITH THE CHURCH (VV.9-12,14,15,16)
• EXPLANATION: PAUL RELATES HIS NEED FOR FELLOWSHIP
o “MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO COME SOON” – PAUL LOVED TIMOTHY (9)
? 1 COR 4:16-17, PHIL 2:19-20, 2 TIM 1:3-4
o FAITHFUL FELLOWSHIP – LUKE FAITHFULLY SERVED PAUL (11A)
o OTHERS HAD LEFT PAUL ALONE IN ROME:
? DEMAS, CRESCENS, & TITUS (10), BUT TYCHICUS WAS SENT(12)
o PAUL HAD HIS ENEMIES IN ROME – ALEXANDER (14-15)
o PAUL WAS DESERTED BY ALL FOLLOWERS AT HIS INITIAL TRIAL (16)
II. INTENTIONAL SERVICE IN THE CHURCH (VS. 11B, 13)
• EXPLANATION: PAUL ASKS TIMOTHY FOR MINISTRY
o BRING MARK WITH YOU; PAUL’S VIEW OF MARK HAD CHANGED (11B)
o BRING THE CLOAK & PAUL’S BOOKS (SCROLLS) / PARCHMENTS (LTRS) (13)
III. INTENTIONAL DEPENDENCE ON GOD (VV. 17-18)
• EXPLANATION: THOUGH PHYSICALLY ALONE, PAUL WAS NOT ALONE
o GOD WAS WITH PAUL AT HIS TRIAL (17)
? PAUL WAS STRENGTHENED TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL (17ABC)
? PAUL WAS RESCUED OUT OF THE LION’S MOUTH:
• NERO?, SATAN? – 1 PET 5:8, DEATH
o GOD WOULD RESCUE PAUL FROM ALL EVIL, BRINGING HIM TO GLORY (18)
• PAUL’S WAY OF HANDLING DISCONNECTION AND ISOLATION:
o HE SOUGHT FELLOWSHIP WITH THOSE CLOSEST TO HIM
o HE SOUGHT SUPPORT FROM THE BODY OF CHRIST
o HE REMAINED CONSCIOUSLY AWARE OF HIS CONNECTION WITH GOD
• BELIEVERS TODAY CAN MINIMIZE DISCONNECTION AND ISOLATION BY:
o SEEKING CONSTANT FELLOWSHIP WITH THE BODY OF CHRIST
o SEEK SUPPORT OF THE BODY OF CHRIST IN DIFFICULTY / JOY
o SEEKING THE CLOSENESS OF GOD THROUGH PRAYER & BIBLE STUDY
REFERENCES (page 1)
Connection or Disconnection (Comments by Dr. David Jeremiah)
In his book, What Are You Afraid of?, Dr. Jeremiah offers evidence supporting the growing problem with “disconnection and isolation” Let me share with you a few of his thoughts.
Dr. Jeremiah describes the story of a Hal Niedzviecki, a man who decided to build relationships through establishing an account on Facebook. After a short time on Facebook, Niedzviecki discovered that he had 700 friends. He was amazed at his status of having so many friends. Niedzviecki decided he’d like to test the idea of traditional friendships, so he invited his 700 friends to meet him at a local establishment to share a few drinks and get to know each other. After sorting through the various responses to his invitation, Niedzviecki determined that 20 would possibly meet with him. The evening of his event came and went, leaving him with only one lady, who was a friend of a friend, showing up. She did not stay long. Most of his evening was spent alone.
Hal Niedzviecki’s experience summarizes something many of us are beginning to feel. We’ve invented so many new ways to connect with others, yet we feel more disconnected than ever. Paradoxically, our world is filled with bustling crowds of isolated people.
Disconnectedness has spread like a disease in our world, where most people live without the support of a community, where internet replaces face-to-face conversation, where the average job lasts only two years, where people often move from state to state and from marriage to marriage. In this age of technology, the possibilities of being alone have increased exponentially.
A 2008 survey found that adults were spending 30 percent of their leisure time online. By 2009, the average jumped to twelve hours a week––double the average in 2005. Today most Americans spend between eight and nine hours per day staring at some kind of glowing screen, be it a TV, a computer, or a phone.
Jeremiah’s concluding thought to this situation is that, “We need less Facebook and more “face time”––and I’m not talking about the iPhone app by that name; I mean old-school, face-to-face, eyeball-to-eyeball connection. We need closeness, and there’s no app for that.”
Speaking of isolation, Jeremiah quotes, “An article in Psychology Today called isolation a “potent killer.” It continued, ‘There is no more destructive influence on physical and mental health than the isolation of you from me and of us from them. [Isolation] has been shown to be the central agent in the etiology (study of causes) of depression, paranoia, schizophrenia, rape, suicide, mass murder, and a wide variety of disease states.”
Isolation and disconnection hurt us so severely because we were created with a built-in desire for social interaction.
If we are to remain spiritually and emotionally healthy, we cannot succumb to the temptation of depending on electronic interaction as the basis for our social connections.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
1 Corinthians 4:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
Philippians 2:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.
2 Timothy 1:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy,
1 Peter 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
2 Timothy 4:9-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 (A)Make every effort to come to me soon; 10 for (B)Demas, having loved (C)this present[a]world, has deserted me and gone to (D)Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to [b](E)Galatia,(F)Titus to Dalmatia.
11 (G)Only (H)Luke is with me. Pick up (I)Mark and bring him with you,(J)for he is useful to me for service. 12 But (K)Tychicus I have sent to (L)Ephesus.
13 When you come bring the cloak which I left at (M)Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.
14 (N)Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; (O)the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our[c]teaching.
16 At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; (P)may it not be counted against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and (Q)strengthened me, so that through me(R)the proclamation might [d]be (S)fully accomplished, and that all (T)the Gentiles might hear; and I was (U)rescued out of (V)the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will [e](W)bring me safely to His (X)heavenly kingdom; (Y)to [f]Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
a. 2 Timothy 4:10 Or age
b. 2 Timothy 4:10 One early ms reads Gaul
c. 2 Timothy 4:15 Lit words
d. 2 Timothy 4:17 Or be fulfilled
e. 2 Timothy 4:18 Or save me for
f. 2 Timothy 4:18 Lit Whom
A. 2 Timothy 4:9 : 2 Tim 1:4; 4:21; Titus 3:12
B. 2 Timothy 4:10 : Col 4:14
C. 2 Timothy 4:10 : 1 Tim 6:17
D. 2 Timothy 4:10 : Acts 17:1
E. 2 Timothy 4:10 : Acts 16:6
F. 2 Timothy 4:10 : 2 Cor 2:13; 8:23; Gal 2:3; Titus 1:4
G. 2 Timothy 4:11 : 2 Tim 1:15
H. 2 Timothy 4:11 : Col 4:14; Philem 24
I. 2 Timothy 4:11 : Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37-39; Col 4:10
J. 2 Timothy 4:11 : 2 Tim 2:21
K. 2 Timothy 4:12 : Acts 20:4; Eph 6:21, 22; Col 4:7f
L. 2 Timothy 4:12 : Acts 18:19
M. 2 Timothy 4:13 : Acts 16:8
N. 2 Timothy 4:14 : Acts 19:33; 1 Tim 1:20
O. 2 Timothy 4:14 : Ps 62:12; Rom 2:6; 12:19
P. 2 Timothy 4:16 : Acts 7:60; 1 Cor 13:5
Q. 2 Timothy 4:17 : 1 Tim 1:12; 2 Tim 2:1
R. 2 Timothy 4:17 : Titus 1:3
S. 2 Timothy 4:17 : 2 Tim 4:5
T. 2 Timothy 4:17 : Acts 9:15; Phil 1:12ff
U. 2 Timothy 4:17 : Rom 15:31; 2 Tim 3:11
V. 2 Timothy 4:17 : 1 Sam 17:37; Ps 22:21
W. 2 Timothy 4:18 : 1 Cor 1:21
X. 2 Timothy 4:18 : 1 Cor 15:50; 2 Tim 4:1; Heb 11:16; 12:22
Y. 2 Timothy 4:18 : Rom 11:36; 2 Pet 3:18
INTRODUCTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN DIDN’T QUIT
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: MOSES HAD DIED; JOSHUA’S IN CHARGE (NOTES)
SCRIPTURE: JOSHUA 1:1-9
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE “D”S: DEFEAT
CTS: 4 WAYS TO FACE DEFEAT THROUGH GOD’S POWER
HOW CAN I BEST GLORIFY GOD IN THE FACE OF DEFEAT?:
I. REST UPON GOD’S PROMISES (VV. 1-5)
• EXPLANATION: GOD GIVES JOSHUA THE LEADERSHIP MANTLE
o EVERYTHING THAT GOD HAD PROMISED WOULD BE CARRIED OUT (1-2)
o GOD PROVIDED THE DEED; HIS PEOPLE NEEDED TO OCCUPY (3-4)
o GOD WOULD BE WITH JOSHUA AS WITH MOSES (5)
II. RELY ON GOD’S STRENGTH AND COURAGE (VV. 6-7A)
• EXPLANATION: GOD’S PROVIDES CONFIDENCE FOR THE JOURNEY
o BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS (6, 7, 9): YOU WILL GIVE WHAT I SWORE (6)
o HONORING GOD’S PROMISES:BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS (7A)
III. REMEMBER THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD (VV. 7B-8)
• EXPLANATION: GOD GIVES THE SECRET TO STRENGTH AND COURAGE
o OBEYING GOD’S LAW IS KEY (7B)
o THE KEY TO OBEDIENCE: MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT; TALK ABOUT IT (8A)
? PSALM 1:1-2
? DEUTERONOMY 6:4-9
o MEDITATION + CONVERSATION = PROSPEROUS WAY / SUCCESS (8B)
IV. REFUSE TO FEAR DEFEAT; GOD IS WITH YOU (VS. 9)
• EXPLANATION: GOD WILL BE WITH JOSHUA WHEREVER HE GOES
o GOD’S COMMANDS TO JOSHUA (9A):
o BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS (9B) (JOHN 14:1-3, 26) (MATT 28:19-20)
o DO NOT TREMBLE OR BE DISMAYED: GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS (9CD)
• GOD’S COMMISSION TO JOSHUA:
o CARRY OUT GOD’S PROMISES: GOD WOULD BE WITH JOSHUA
o CHOOSE TO BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS: GOD’S POWER IS YOURS
o CONFIDENCE TO DO GOD’S WORK: HIS WORD
o MEDITATION ON AND ACTIVE DISCUSSION OF THE BIBLE = SUCCESS
o GOD WOULD ALWAYS BE WITH JOSHUA
• GOD’S EXHORTATION FOR YOU AND ME
o GOD’S WITH YOU AND ME AS HE WAS WITH JOSHUA
o MEDITATE AND TALK ABOUT GOD’S WORD WITH ALL MEN
o FACE YOUR DEFEATS WITH COURAGE: GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU
REFERENCES (page 1)
Background thought on Moses and Joshua:
1. Led god’s people out of Egypt
2. More humble than any man on the earth in his day (numbers 12:3)
3. Spoke with God face to face as with a friend (Exodus 33:11)
4. God buried Moses (Deuteronomy 34:5-6)
1. Servant to Moses
2. Experienced the Israelites rebellion to enter the promised land
a. 1 of 2 spies that spied out the land and recommended entry (Numbers 14:6-9)
b. Possible candidate for stoning (Numbers 14:10)
c. Conceivable doubts about entering the promise land?
3. Was filled with the Spirit of wisdom (Deuteronomy 34:9)
Psalm 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
John 14:1-3 , 26 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Joshua 1:1-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ [a]servant, saying, 2 “Moses (A)My servant is dead; now therefore arise, (B)cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. 3 (C)Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. 4 (D)From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. 5 (E)No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; (F)I will not fail you or forsake you.
6 (G)Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous;
[b](H)be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may[c]have success wherever you go. 8 (I)This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may [d]be careful to do according to all that is written in it; (J)for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will[e]have success.
9 Have I not commanded you? (K)Be strong and courageous! (L)Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
a. Joshua 1:1 Or minister
b. Joshua 1:7 Lit observe
c. Joshua 1:7 Or act wisely
d. Joshua 1:8 Lit observe
e. Joshua 1:8 Or act wisely
A. Joshua 1:2 : Num 12:7; Deut 34:5
B. Joshua 1:2 : Josh 1:11
C. Joshua 1:3 : Deut 11:24
D. Joshua 1:4 : Gen 15:18; Num 34:3
E. Joshua 1:5 : Deut 7:24
F. Joshua 1:5 : Deut 31:6, 7; Heb 13:5
G. Joshua 1:6 : Deut 31:6, 7, 23
H. Joshua 1:7 : Deut 5:32
I. Joshua 1:8 : Deut 31:24; Josh 8:34
J. Joshua 1:8 : Deut 29:9; Ps 1:1-3
K. Joshua 1:9 : Josh 1:7
L. Joshua 1:9 : Deut 31:8
Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit
Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who didn't quit, look no further.
Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.
He could have quit many times - but he didn't and because he didn't quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country.
Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln's road to the White House:
• 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
• 1818 His mother died.
• 1831 Failed in business.
• 1832 Ran for state legislature - lost.
• l832 Also lost his job - wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in.
• 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
• 1834 Ran for state legislature again - won.
• 1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
• 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
• 1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature - defeated.
• 1840 Sought to become elector - defeated.
• 1843 Ran for Congress - lost.
• 1846 Ran for Congress again - this time he won - went to Washington and did a good job.
• 1848 Ran for re-election to Congress - lost.
• 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state - rejected.
• 1854 Ran for Senate of the United States - lost.
• 1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party's national convention - get less than 100 votes.
• 1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again - again he lost.
• 1860 Elected president of the United States.
INTRODUCTION: CATCH AND RELEASE BY DAVID ROPER (ODB MINISTRIES)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL’S REMIDER OF THEIR FREEDOM
SCRIPTURE: GALATIANS 5:7-14
TITLE OF MESSAGE: PROTECTING YOUR FREEDOM
CTS: 3 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM IN CHRIST.
HOW CAN I PRESERVE THE FREEDOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME IN CHRIST?:
I. COMPLETE TRUST IN GOD’S TRUTH (VV. 7-9)
• EXPLANATION: THE GALATIANS WERE BEING LED ASTRAY
o YOU WERE RUNNING WELL: THEY HAD BELIEVED AND OBEYED (7A)
o THE JUDAIZERS WERE LEADING THEM BACK TO A WORKS FAITH (7B-9)
? PAUL HAD ALREADY ADMONISHED THEM FOR RECEIVING A DIFFERENT GOSPEL (GAL 1:6-10, 3:1-3)
II. CONFIDENCE IN THE CROSS (VV. 10-12)
• EXPLANATION: JUDGMENT AWAITS THOSE WHO SPREAD A FALSE GOSPEL
o PAUL ASSURES THEM OF HIS CONFIDENCE IN THEIR FAITH (10A)
o THOSE TEACHING A FALSE GOSPEL WILL BE JUDGED (10B)
o PAUL’S GOSPEL: THE CROSS, NOT CIRCUMCISION (11)
o PAUL’S WISH FOR FALSE TEACHERS: MUTILATE THEMSELVES (12)
? FALSE TEACHERS ARE DANGEROUS – 2 PETER 2:1, 1 TIM 1:3-4
III. COMMIT TO SERVING AND LOVING OTHERS (VV. 13-14)
• EXPLANATION: THEY WERE TO PROTECT THEIR FREEDOM:
o SERVING ONE ANOTHER THROUGH LOVE (13)
o LOVING ONE ANOTHER FULFILLS THE LAW (14)
? JESUS SPOKE TO THIS MATTER - MATT 22:36-40
• THE GALATIANS WERE TO:
o CLING TO THEIR FREEDOM IN CHRIST
o PROTECT THEIR FREEDOM THROUGH:
? REJECTING FALSE TEACHING (KNOW THE TRUTH)
? CHOOSING TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE
• PROTECTION OF OUR FREEDOM REQUIRES THAT WE DO THE SAME
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 1:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
Only One Gospel
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Galatians 3:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
2 Peter 2:1New King James Version (NKJV)
2 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
1 Timothy 1:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
Matthew 22:36-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Galatians 5:7-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 You were (A)running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion did not come from (B)Him who calls you. 9 (C)A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.
10 (D)I have confidence [a]in you in the Lord that you (E)will adopt no other view; but the one who is (F)disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still (G)persecuted? Then (H)the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. 12 I wish that (I)those who are troubling you would even [b](J)mutilate themselves.
13 For you were called to (K)freedom, brethren; (L)only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love (M)serve one another. 14 For (N)the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “(O)YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
a. Galatians 5:10 Lit toward
b. Galatians 5:12 Or cut themselves off
A. Galatians 5:7 : Gal 2:2
B. Galatians 5:8 : Rom 8:28; Gal 1:6
C. Galatians 5:9 : 1 Cor 5:6
D. Galatians 5:10 : 2 Cor 2:3
E. Galatians 5:10 : Gal 5:7; Phil 3:15
F. Galatians 5:10 : Gal 1:7; 5:12
G. Galatians 5:11 : Gal 4:29; 6:12
H. Galatians 5:11 : Rom 9:33; 1 Cor 1:23
I. Galatians 5:12 : Gal 2:4; 5:10
J. Galatians 5:12 : Deut 23:1
K. Galatians 5:13 : Gal 5:1
L. Galatians 5:13 : 1 Cor 8:9; 1 Pet 2:16
M. Galatians 5:13 : 1 Cor 9:19; Eph 5:21
N. Galatians 5:14 : Matt 7:12; 22:40; Rom 13:8, 10; Gal 6:2
O. Galatians 5:14 : Lev 19:18; Matt 19:19; John 13:34
November 26, 2008
Catch and Release
READ: Romans 6:15-23
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.” —John 8:34
I’m a “catch and release” fisherman, which means I don’t kill the trout I catch, but net and handle them gently and set them free. It’s a technique that ensures “sustainability,” as conservation officers like to say, and keeps trout and other target species from disappearing in heavily fished waters.
I rarely release a trout without recalling Paul’s words about those who have been “taken captive” by Satan to do his will (2 Tim. 2:26), for I know that our adversary the devil does not catch and release but captures to consume and destroy.
We may think we can deliberately sin in a limited way for a short period of time and then get ourselves free. But as Jesus teaches us, “Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). Even “little” sins lead to greater and greater unrighteousness. Sin becomes the consequence of sin. We find ourselves entrapped and enslaved, and like a luckless trout, we cannot wriggle free.
Sin enslaves us. But when we yield ourselves in obedience to Christ and call upon Him for the strength to do His will, we are “released.” The result is increasing righteousness (Rom. 6:16).
Jesus assures us, “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). — David H. Roper
Christ broke the bonds of sin, that I
Might know His strong eternal tie;
This blood-bought liberty I bring
To be Your bond-slave, Master-King. —F. Hess
Christ releases us from sin’s slavery into salvation’s liberty.
INTRODUCTION: LOSING IT ALL!? (STORY OF ETHELDA LOPEZ)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DAVID’S REFLECTION ON LIFE (PS 37:25)
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 37:1-11
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE “D”S: DEBT
CTS: 3 WAYS OF ENCOURAGEMENT DURING FINANCIAL RUIN
HOW CAN FAITH ENABLE ME TO FACE FINANCIAL RUIN?:
I. CHOOSE NOT TO FRET (VV. 1-2, 7B-9A)
• EXPLANATION: DAVID SAW THE DANGER IN FRETTING
o DECIDE NOT TO FRET OVER YOUR LOSS (1-2, 7B, 8B-9A)
? SEE DR. JEREMIAH NOTES ON FRETTING
? CEASE FROM ANGER AND WRATH (8A)
? FRETTING ONLY LEADS TO EVIL DOING (8B)
? EVIL DOERS WILL BE CUT OFF (9A)
II. COMMIT TO DEMONSTRATING TRUST IN GOD (VV. 3-6)
• EXPLANATION: DAVID EXPRESSED THE VALUE IN TRUSTING GOD
o TRUST IN THE LORD & DO GOOD (3)
o DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD / HE WILL GRANT YOUR DESIRES (4)
o COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD / TRUST HIM / HE’LL DO IT (5)
o GOD’S RESPONSE: GOD WILL HONOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO HIM (6)
III. COVENANT TO WAIT ON GOD’S HELP (VV. 7A, 9B-11)
• EXPLANATION: DAVID’S CONFIDENCE WAS IN WAITING ON GOD
o REST IN THE LORD & WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM (7A) (IS 40:27-31)
o THOSE WHO WAIT ON THE LORD WILL INHERIT THE LAND (9B)
o GOD WILL REMOVE THE WICKED (10)
o THE HUMBLE WILL INHERIT THE LAND & ENJOY PROSPERITY (11)
• GOD’S PEOPLE MAY LOSE THE TEMPORAL, BUT GOD GUARANTEES ETERNAL
• PRACTICAL APPLICATION IN FACING POTENTIAL RUIN:
o DO NOT FRET OVER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
o COMMIT THROUGH WORD AND ACTION TO TRUST IN GOD
o MEDITATE UPON GOD’S PROMISES: HE WILL NOT ABANDON YOU
o DON’T TAKE YOUR SITUATION OUT OF GOD’S HANDS. WAIT ON HIM.
REFERENCES (page 1)
The Plight of Ethelda Lopez by Dr. David Jeremiah
Ethelda Lopez was ready to let go and enjoy the golden days of her time on earth. She’d been a hard worker her whole adult life, and she had planned well for retirement. Now, when that pension check arrived each month, she felt a nice sense of security.
Then one month, the check didn’t come.
It had to be a mistake. After Eltheda made a few phone calls, her discomfort increased. A Sacramento accounting firm had managed her investments, but the company was no longer to be found. Every time she phoned she got a repeated recording: “This number is no longer in service.”
Eltheda had worked for AT&T for three decades. Her benefits should have been rock solid. She’d paid into her investment plan all those years, and now she was cut off and cast adrift like a boat from its moorings. Her ultimate worst case scenario was looming: she couldn’t make her mortgage payment.
Elthelda fired off more phone calls––to mortgage companies, to her political representatives, to bank managers––to anyone at all who might be able to shed light on this craziness. But it was all to no avail. Her money was all gone––lost, embezzled, stolen. What difference did it make how it had happened? She was suddenly, unexpectedly destitute. Every night she cried herself to sleep.
Loss is an inevitable part of life. Nothing that’s visible is lasting, and one of the first harsh realities we face is the moment we first learn that truth. We lose a friend or we lose a job or we lose our fortune, yet life goes on.
Encouraging words from the Psalmist King David
Psalm 37:25 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
Dr. Jeremiah’s comments on “fretting”
The English word for fret comes from the Old English fretan, meaning “to devour, to eat, to gnaw into something.” The Hebrew word David used was charah, which has at its root the idea of growing warm” and “blazing up.”
Here we have a mix of two metaphors illustrating the same idea––a word picture of gnawing and a word picture of fire. In the first metaphor, fretting is seen as a rat inside your soul, gnawing away at your joy and peace. (I didn’t say it was a pretty picture. But it’s a true one.)
The fire metaphor pictures Satan as the arsonist of hellfire, setting blazes of distress inside your heart. Both pictures illustrate the destructiveness of fretting. In psalm 37 David tells us not to put up with fretting: kill the rats and douse the fire, because fretting will kill you from the inside out.
Isaiah 40:27-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 37:1-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Security of Those Who Trust in the LORD, and Insecurity of the Wicked.
A Psalm of David.
37 (A)Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not (B)envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will (C)wither quickly like the grass
And (D)fade like the green herb.
3 (E)Trust in the LORD and do good;
(F)Dwell in the land and [a](G)cultivate faithfulness.
4 (H)Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will (I)give you the desires of your heart.
5 (J)Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth (K)your righteousness as the light
And your judgment (L)as the noonday.
7 [b]Rest in the LORD and (M)wait [c]patiently for Him;
(N)Do not fret because of him who (O)prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and (P)forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9 For (Q)evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the LORD, they will (R)inherit the land.
10 Yet (S)a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for (T)his place and he will not be there.
11 But (U)the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in (V)abundant prosperity.
a. Psalm 37:3 Or feed securely or feed on His faithfulness
b. Psalm 37:7 Or Be still
c. Psalm 37:7 Or longingly
A. Psalm 37:1 : Prov 23:17; 24:19
B. Psalm 37:1 : Ps 73:3; Prov 3:31
C. Psalm 37:2 : Job 14:2; Ps 90:6; 92:7; James 1:11
D. Psalm 37:2 : Ps 129:6
E. Psalm 37:3 : Ps 62:8
F. Psalm 37:3 : Deut 30:20
G. Psalm 37:3 : Is 40:11; Ezek 34:13, 14
H. Psalm 37:4 : Job 22:26; Ps 94:19; Is 58:14
I. Psalm 37:4 : Ps 21:2; 145:19; Matt 7:7, 8
J. Psalm 37:5 : Ps 55:22; Prov 16:3; 1 Pet 5:7
K. Psalm 37:6 : Ps 97:11; Is 58:8, 10; Mic 7:9
L. Psalm 37:6 : Job 11:17
M. Psalm 37:7 : Ps 40:1; 62:5; Lam 3:26
N. Psalm 37:7 : Ps 37:1, 8
O. Psalm 37:7 : Jer 12:1
P. Psalm 37:8 : Eph 4:31; Col 3:8
Q. Psalm 37:9 : Ps 37:2, 22
R. Psalm 37:9 : Ps 25:13; Prov 2:21; Is 57:13; 60:21; Matt 5:5
S. Psalm 37:10 : Job 24:24
T. Psalm 37:10 : Job 7:10; Ps 37:35, 36
U. Psalm 37:11 : Matt 5:5
V. Psalm 37:11 : Ps 72:7
INTRODUCTION: DELIVERANCE FROM DISEASE TODAY?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: HEZEKIAH’S DISEASE AND HEALING
SCRIPTURE: 1SAIAH 38:17-20
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE “D”S: DISEASE
CTS: 4 WAYS TO FACE DISEASE WITH GOD’S REASSURANCE
HOW CAN MY FAITH BE STRENGTHENED WITH THE NEWS OF DISEASE?:
I. CONFESS YOUR FRAILTY (VS. 17A)
• EXPLANATION: HEZEKIAH WAS BITTER OVER HIS DEATH SENTENCE
o HEZEKIAH ACKNOWLDGED HIS FINITE ABILITIES WITHOUT GOD
? HEZEKIAH WAS TOLD THAT HE WOULD DIE (38:1-2)
II. CONSIDER GOD’S FAITHFULNESS TO YOU (VS. 17BC)
• EXPLANATION: HEZEKIAH CONSIDERED GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
o GOD HAD KEPT HIS SOUL FROM THE PIT OF NOTHINGNESS (17B)
o GOD HAD FORGAVE HIS SINS (17C)
III. COUNT THE COST OF UNBELIEF (VS. 18)
• EXPLANATION: HEZEKIAH ACKNOWLEDGES THE EMPTINESS OF DEATH
o WITHOUT FAITH IN GOD, LIFE AFTER DEATH IS LONELY / TORMENT
IV. CRY OUT TO GOD IN PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING (VV. 19-20)
• EXPLANATION: HEZEKIAH RECOGNIZES THE VALUE OF HIS LIFE
o WHILE HE IS ALIVE, MAN HAS THE OPPORTUNITY WORSHIP GOD
OBSERVATIONS OF GOD’S INVOLVEMENT WITH DISEASE
• HEZEKIAH TOOK HIS ILLNESS TO GOD; HE WAS HEALED
• IN THE FACE OF DISEASE, BELIEVERS NEED TO:
o CONTROL YOUR MIND
o COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
o CONTINUE YOUR WORK
o CLAIM YOUR PROMISE
o CONSIDER YOUR FUTURE
REFERENCES (page 1)
OBSERVATIONS OF GOD’S INVOLVEMENT WITH DISEASE
Dr. Jeremiah’s thoughts:
• PAINFUL EMOTIONS OF DISEASE
o The Prayer
“Here is what Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight” (Is 38:3). And he wept bitterly.
We can understand Hezekiah’s feeling of panic and grief. What he heard from Isaiah was the equivalent of what some people today hear in their doctor’s office: “I’m sorry. There’s nothing we can do. Its time to set your affairs in order.”
Tears and prayers are a normal, human response to a disease that appears to be life-threatening or life-ending. Even if we don’t fear the end of life, we are frustrated by an enemy invading our body and disrupting our life. Hezekiah did the right thing. He turned to God in his grief.”
What a powerful example for the believer in Christ to follow!
o The Promise
“God granted Hezekiah’s request (38:4-5). God seems to have changed His mind for reasons it is hard for us to understand. God responded to Hezekiah’s prayer and added 15 years to the king’s life. Whether we understand God’s reasoning or not, the fact that Hezekiah had a great need, prayed, and received an answer from God encourages us to do the same thing––to pray about everything (1 Thessalonians 5:17).”
o The Prescription
God’s prescription for Hezekiah’s illness was a lump of figs (38:21). God could have spoke and healed Hezekiah, but chose to use the appropriate medicine of the day to heal the king. God may miraculously heal in response to prayers today, but utilizes modern medicine He has given to man to bring healing to the body of man. Our place is to pray, accept the prescription given to us by physicians, and trust that God will work through them, Christian or not, to bring healing to our bodies.
o The Praise
“Not only did Hezekiah do the right thing by praying, he did the right thing when God answered his prayer––He praised God: “But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption.” (38:17).”
Psalm 103:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
103 (A)Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His (B)holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And (C)forget none of His benefits;
3 Who (D)pardons all your iniquities,
Who (E)heals all your diseases;
o The Problem
“Unfortunately, Hezekiah’s story does not have the happy ending we would like. Instead of continuing to walk in complete obedience to the Lord out of gratitude for God’s grace in his life, Hezekiah allowed pride and fear of his enemies to lead him down a carnal path.”
Do we, during times of healing, take God’s grace for granted? Hezekiah serves as an example of what could happen in the lives of those who forget the healing power of salvation and physical deliverance.
• IN THE FACE OF DISEASE, BELIEVERS NEED TO:
o CONTROL YOUR MIND – Proverbs 18:4 asserts that “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness.” Many times, the attitude and mental perspective of those battling a disease is as determining a factor as is their medical treatment. I have seen many illustrations of the difference a “sound” mind can make in times of crisis––especially in keeping fear at bay when a disease is diagnosed.
Prayer and meditation on God’s word are critical in facing disease with God’s power.
o COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – “The Bible says “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
o CONTINUE YOUR WORK – (Ephesians 2:10) – tells us that God created us for “good works . . . that we should walk in them.”
Our constant perspective while on this earth is to serve Christ as a good steward of the grace of God. If illness changes the kind of work we can do, so be it. But maintaining a servant’s heart and attitude is the same regardless of our physical condition.
o CLAIM YOUR PROMISE – (John 11:4) – Speaking to the death of Lazarus Jesus didn’t say Lazarus’ illness would include death; He said it wouldn’t end in death. And neither will our illness end in eternal death. Even if our body stops working in this life (and all our bodies will if Jesus doesn’t return first), we know that life continues on the other side of death. And as long as we are here, we know Christ can be glorified even through our illness.
o CONSIDER YOUR FUTURE – (John 14:2-3) - “Finally, we should do this every single day: Consider our future. Jesus told His disciples that He was leaving to prepare a place for them and that He would return to take them to that place. With such a promise to depend on, why would we fear anything, including disease, that might happen to us in this life.
Isaiah 38:17-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 “Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness;
It is You who has [a](A)kept my soul from the pit of [b]nothingness,
For You have (B)cast all my sins behind Your back.
18 “For (C)Sheol cannot thank You,
Death cannot praise You;
Those who go down (D)to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
19 “It is the (E)living who give thanks to You, as I do today;
A (F)father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.
20 “The LORD will surely save me;
So we will (G)play my songs on stringed instruments
(H)All the days of our life (I)at the house of the LORD.”
a. Isaiah 38:17 So some versions; Heb loved
b. Isaiah 38:17 Or destruction
A. Isaiah 38:17 : Ps 30:3; 86:13; Jon 2:6
B. Isaiah 38:17 : Is 43:25; Jer 31:34; Mic 7:19
C. Isaiah 38:18 : Ps 6:5; 30:9; 88:11; Eccl 9:10
D. Isaiah 38:18 : Num 16:33; Ps 28:1
E. Isaiah 38:19 : Ps 118:17; 119:175
F. Isaiah 38:19 : Deut 6:7; 11:19; Ps 78:5-7
G. Isaiah 38:20 : Ps 33:1-3; 68:24-26
H. Isaiah 38:20 : Ps 104:33; 116:2; 146:2
I. Isaiah 38:20 : Ps 116:17-19
INTRODUCTION: THE EXPERIENCE OF A NATURAL DISASTER
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: A SONG OF TRIUMPH (MACARTHUR NOTES)
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 46:1-11
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€S: DISASTER
CTS: 3 REASSURING TRUTHS OF GODâ€™S INVOLVEMENT WITH DISASTERS
HOW SHOULD GODâ€™S PEOPLE RESPOND TO DISASTER?:
I. FACE DISASTERS WITH COURAGE (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD IS THE REFUGE AND STRENGTH OF HIS PEOPLE
o GOD IS THE SOURCE OF REFUGE AND STRENGTH FOR HIS PEOPLE (1A)
o GOD IS A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TIMES OF TROUBLE (1B):
o THEREFORE, WE WILL NOT FEAR (2-3)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOB WORSHIPPED GOD; LOST ALL (JOB 1)
II. FACE DISASTERS WITH HOPE (VV.4-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S PRESENCE GIVES HOPE IN ADVERSITY
o THERE IS A RIVER. . . (4A)â€“â€“ CONTRAST WITH TORRENTIAL STORMS (3A)
o (GODâ€™S PRESENCE)â€“â€“MAKES THE CITY OF GOD GLAD (4B-5-6)
o THE PSALMISTâ€™S AFFIRMATION: GOD IS WITH US; OUR STRONGHOLD (7)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOBâ€™S RESPONSE TO HIS CALAMITY / HIS FUTURE (1:20-21; 42)
III. FACE DISASTERS WITH TRUST (VV. 8-11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD BECKONS ALL TO SEE HIS POWER OVER ALL
o NOT ONLY NATURAL, BUT ALSO KINGDOMS ON THE EARTH
o GODS MAKES WARS TO CEASE TO THE END OF THE EARTH (9):
o CEASE STRIVING: KNOW THAT I AM GOD (10) (SEE PSALM 2)
o THE PSALMISTâ€™S AFFIRMATION: GOD IS WITH US; OUR STRONGHOLD (11)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOBâ€™S TRUST IN GOD (JOB 13:15)
NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE REALITY OF GOD (SEE NOTES)
â€¢ PSALMLISTâ€™S ASSERTION: GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRONGHOLD FOR LIFE
â€¢ DISASTERS TEACH US TO:
o REPENT OF OUR SIN
o REFLECT ON GODâ€™S GOODNESS
o RESPOND TO THE HURTING
o REMEMBER GODâ€™S PROMISE
o RELY ON GODâ€™S PRESENCE AND POWER
REFERENCES (page 1)
The MacArthur Study Bible (Background)
Psalm 46 was the scriptural catalyst for Martin Lutherâ€™s great hymn, â€œA Mighty Fortress Is Our God.â€ This psalm also launches a trilogy of psalms (i.e., 46, 47, 48); they are all songs of triumph. Furthermore, it has also been grouped among the so-called â€œsongs of Zionâ€ (cf. Pss 48, 76, 84, 87, 122). Psalm 46 extols the adequacy of God in facing threats from nature and the nations.
Job 1:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
â€œNaked I came from my motherâ€™s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.â€
Job 13:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE REALITY OF GOD (DAVID JEREMIAH)
â€¢ GOD CANNOT BE:
o DIVORCED FROM DISASTERS
Some people divorce God from disasters through a view called Deismâ€“â€“the theology that God created the world but then left it to run on its own. Therefore, He neither causes nor allows disasters; the world is simply taking its natural course. . . Other try to blame all disasters on Satan. But Satan would needs God permission as seen in Job. Neither of these views is the biblical view. We must take into account two biblical realities to explain Godâ€™s relationship to disasters.
1. God Employs the Elements of Nature in the Operation of the World
Psalm 135:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Whatever the LORD pleases He does,
In heaven and in earth,
In the seas and in all deep places.
7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
Other similar passages include Job 37:6, 10-13; Psalm 115:3; Isaiah 45:6-7; Matthew 5:45. These and other verses show God to be actively involved, especially in the natural processes we call weather, all over our planet.
2. God Employs the Elements of Nature in His Opposition to Evil
God brought a flood upon the earth to judge the sinfulness of earthly humanity (Genesis 6-8). And He used what we might call today a â€œsinkholeâ€â€“â€“a giant opening in the earthâ€“â€“to swallow up Korah and those associated with him when they rebelled against the Lord (Numbers 16:30-33).
o DISCREDITED BY DISASTERS
â€œIf God sees evil but cannot prevent it, He is not all powerful and therefore not God. If He sees evil but chooses not to prevent it, He is not all-good and therefore not God.â€
Such thinking is not truth, but man making judgments based upon the wisdom of men.
o DEFINED BY DISASTERS
â€œA third misconception that must be corrected goes like this: â€˜I could never believe in a God who would allow such awful things to happen to those He created.â€™ That is people defining God in their own image. They imagine who God is or isnâ€™t, then choose to believe or not believe in Him.
What many who raise this argument fail to consider is just the opposite: Why do so many good things continue to happen in the world? And who is responsible for them?â€
o DEFEATED BY DISASTERS
â€œSometimes we wonder if natural disasters are circumventing Godâ€™s purposes, whether events outside His control have defeated His plans.â€
We only see a tiny, limited part of what God is doing in the universe, so our judgments about Him and what happens in the word are presumptuous at best unless clearly stated in scripture. Romans 8:28 says that God causes everything that happens to work together for good (whether we understand it, or agree with it, or not). That doesnâ€™t mean that bad things are good, or that everything ultimately turns into something good. Rather, it means God is ceaselessly active in working out good things in the lives of those who love Him.â€
NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MAN
â€¢ DISASTERS TEACH US TO:
o REPENT OF OUR SIN
â€œ. . .God is free to judge sin, and man needs to live a repentant life in order to avoid such judgment. Every disaster, whether it touches our life or not, should be a reminder to examine our own life and repent of sin where necessary.â€
o REFLECT ON GODâ€™S GOODNESS
â€œOur hearts go out to those who are touched by disasters. But when we escape such events, do we pause and thank God for our safety and protectionâ€“â€“not just from that event but from all the occasions in life which we might have suffered harm? Disasters are the exception in life, not the rule. And we should daily thank God that the â€œruleâ€ is safety and provision.
o RESPOND TO THE HURTING
â€œDisaster reminds us to reach out in love to those who are hurting.â€
o REMEMBER GODâ€™S PROMISE
Revelation 21:4 reminds believers that there is coming a day when disasters will be over. God will wipe away every tear from they eyes of His children.
o RELY ON GODâ€™S PRESENCE AND POWER
When we consider the end of Jobâ€™s trials, we see that he received something better than answers for the disasters he experiencedâ€“â€“a deeper and fuller revelation of the person of God and His sovereign rule over the affairs of mankind. By the end of the book, Job had humbled himself before God and put his questions to rest in the knowledge that God is God.
Psalm 46 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
God the Refuge of His People.
46 God is our (A)refuge and strength,
[b]A very (B)present help (C)in [c]trouble.
2 Therefore we will (D)not fear, though (E)the earth should change
And though (F)the mountains slip into the heart of the [d]sea;
3 Though its (G)waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. [e]Selah.
4 There is a (H)river whose streams make glad the (I)city of God,
The holy (J)dwelling places of the Most High.
5 God is (K)in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will (L)help her [f]when morning dawns.
6 The [g]nations (M)made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He [h](N)raised His voice, the earth (O)melted.
7 The LORD of hosts (P)is with us;
The God of Jacob is (Q)our stronghold. Selah.
8 Come, (R)behold the works of the LORD,
[i]Who has wrought (S)desolations in the earth.
9 He (T)makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He (U)breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He (V)burns the chariots with fire.
10 â€œ[j]Cease striving and (W)know that I am God;
I will be (X)exalted among the [k]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.â€
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
a. Psalm 46:1 Possibly for soprano voices
b. Psalm 46:1 Or Abundantly available for help
c. Psalm 46:1 Or tight places
d. Psalm 46:2 Lit seas
e. Psalm 46:3 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
f. Psalm 46:5 Lit at the turning of the morning
g. Psalm 46:6 Or Gentiles
h. Psalm 46:6 Lit gave forth
i. Psalm 46:8 Or Which He has wrought as desolations
j. Psalm 46:10 Or Let go, relax
k. Psalm 46:10 Or Gentiles
A. Psalm 46:1 : Ps 14:6; 62:7, 8
B. Psalm 46:1 : Deut 4:7; Ps 145:18
C. Psalm 46:1 : Ps 9:9
D. Psalm 46:2 : Ps 23:4; 27:1
E. Psalm 46:2 : Ps 82:5
F. Psalm 46:2 : Ps 18:7
G. Psalm 46:3 : Ps 93:3, 4; Jer 5:22
H. Psalm 46:4 : Ps 36:8; 65:9; Is 8:6; Rev 22:1
I. Psalm 46:4 : Ps 48:1; 87:3; 101:8; Is 60:14; Rev 3:12
J. Psalm 46:4 : Ps 43:3
K. Psalm 46:5 : Deut 23:14; Is 12:6; Ezek 43:7, 9; Hos 11:9; Joel 2:27; Zech 2:5
L. Psalm 46:5 : Ps 37:40; Is 41:14; Luke 1:54
M. Psalm 46:6 : Ps 2:1, 2
N. Psalm 46:6 : Ps 18:13; 68:33; Jer 25:30; Joel 2:11; Amos 1:2
O. Psalm 46:6 : Amos 9:5; Mic 1:4; Nah 1:5
P. Psalm 46:7 : Num 14:9; 2 Chr 13:12
Q. Psalm 46:7 : Ps 9:9; 48:3
R. Psalm 46:8 : Ps 66:5
S. Psalm 46:8 : Is 61:4; Jer 51:43
T. Psalm 46:9 : Is 2:4; Mic 4:3
U. Psalm 46:9 : 1 Sam 2:4; Ps 76:3
V. Psalm 46:9 : Is 9:5; Ezek 39:9
W. Psalm 46:10 : Ps 100:3
X. Psalm 46:10 : Is 2:11, 17
INTRODUCTION: A FINAL WORD TO BE STRONG IN FAITH (JOHN 14:1-6)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: REMINDERS OF THE FIRMNESS OF FAITH
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 5:8-14
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING: GODâ€™S GRACE
CTS: 4 WAYS TO HONOR GOD WITH YOUR FUTURE
HOW CAN I BEST HONOR GOD WITH MY FUTURE?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE THE POWER OF YOUR ADVERSARY (VS. 8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: STAY ALERT: SATAN IS AFTER YOU
o SATANâ€™S POWER - SEE COMMENTS BY C.S. LEWIS (EPH 2:1-7)
o THE ROAR OF A LION CANNOT HURT YOU, UNLESS YOU YIELD TO IT
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: RESPECT FOR SATANâ€™S POWER (SEE WIERSBE COMMENTS)
II. ASSERTIVELY STAND STRONG IN YOUR FAITH (VS. 9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: RESIST SATAN (9A); FIRM IN FAITH (9B) OTHERS HAVE (9C)
o THE POWER TO RESIST SATAN (SOBER & ALERT(8AB), FIRM IN FAITH (9B))
ï‚§ SEE HOLMAN COMMENTARY COMMENTS & 1 PETER 1:5
o SAME SUFFERINGS BEING ACCOMPLISHED â€“ VICTORY (9C) (HEBREWS 11)
III. ACCEPT GODâ€™S PROMISE FOR YOUR FUTURE (VV. 10-11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SUFFERING LEADS TO GODâ€™S GLORY IN YOU
o SUFFERING IN THIS WORLD IS TEMPORAL (10A)
o THE GOD OF ALL GRACE â€“ NO OTHER RESOURCE FOR GRACE (10B)
o WHO CALLED YOU TO HIS GLORY (10C) (SEE 1:3)
o GOD WILL PERFECT, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN AND ESTABLISH YOU (10D)
o HE ALONE HAS THE POWER (11)
IV. ABSORB YOURSELF INTO GODâ€™S GRACE (VV. 12-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: FINAL SALUTATION OR CHARGE
o EXAMPLES OF GODâ€™S GRACE:
ï‚§ SILVANUS, PETER, OTHER BELIEVERS, AND MARK (12AB, 13)
o EXHORTATION TO STAND FIRM IN GODâ€™S GRACE (12C) (HEB 4:15-16)
o GREET ONE ANOTHER WITH A KISS OF LOVE (14A)
o PEACE BE TO ALL WHO ARE IN CHRIST (14B)
â€¢ PETERâ€™S FINAL CHALLENGE TO GODâ€™S PEOPLE
o SATAN â€“ BE AWARE OF HIS POWER AND RESPECT IT
o POWER TO RESIST SATAN â€“ BE SOBER, ALERT, AND FIRM IN FAITH
o OTHERS HAVE SUFFERED AND SUCCEEDED â€“ YOU CAN AND WILL
o GODâ€™S GRACE IS YOUR POWER TO SUCCEED
o ENDURANCE IS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF GODâ€™S LOVE AND PEACE
â€¢ OUR CHALLENGE TODAY â€“ TAKE PETERâ€™S WORDS TO HEART â€“ ACT ON THEM
REFERENCES (page 1)
John 14:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 â€œLet not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.2 In My Fatherâ€™s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.â€
5 Thomas said to Him, â€œLord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?â€
6 Jesus said to him, â€œI am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Holman New Testament Commentary (Background)
First Peter overflows with reminders of the firmness of the faith of believers. We have been chosen by God the Father (1:2), given a new birth into a living hope (1:3), and provided with an inheritance that can never perish (1:4) because we are shielded by Godâ€™s power (1:5). Furthermore, we have been called out of darkness into Godâ€™s wonderful light (2:9). God himself is building up individual believers into a spiritual house (2:5). He views his followers as a holy and royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people belonging to [him] (2:5, 9).
Holman New Testament Commentary (C.S. Lewis on Satan)
C. S. Lewis once suggested that the two mistakes Christians make in talking about Satan are that we either joke about him or we ignore him. According to this verse, neither of these is an option. In essence, this verse says, â€œWake up! Pay attention! We are involved in a spiritual battle. You need to know the enemy and his characteristics. You need to understand that we are in a life-and-death battle.â€
Biblically, Satan or the devil (diabolos, the slanderer) is described as the prince of this world. His residence is on this earth, and he moves from place to place. Because this earth is the devilâ€™s territory, believers are constantly under attack. Additionally, the Bible speaks of the devil as a personal spiritual being in active rebellion against God. He leads many demons like himself. Peter envisions the devil as a cunning and evil personal being who has the ability to attack Christians and to disrupt the life and unity of the church.
The Bible Exposition Commentary
Since I have no mechanical ability, I admire people who can build and repair things. During a church building program, I was watching an electrician install a complex control panel. I said to the man, â€œIt just amazes me how you fellows can calmly work on those lines with all of that power there. How do you do it?â€ The electrician smiled and said, â€œWell, the first thing you have to do is respect it. Then you can handle it.â€
Satan is a dangerous enemy. He is a serpent who can bite us when we least expect it. He is a destroyer (Rev. 12:11; Abaddon and Apollyon both mean â€œdestructionâ€) and an accuser (Zech. 3:1â€“5; Rev. 12:9â€“11). He has great power and intelligence, and a host of demons who assist him in his attacks against Godâ€™s people (Eph. 6:10ff). He is a formidable enemy; we must never joke about him, ignore him, or underestimate his ability. We must â€œbe soberâ€ and have our minds under control when it comes to our conflict with Satan.
Holman New Testament Commentary (Power to resist Satan)
To resist the devil effectively, we must draw on the power of Christ and not yield to Satan in our lives. Furthermore, to resist the devil, the believer must be standing firm in the faith. We should draw strength from what we believe.
1 Peter 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Hebrews 4:15-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
1 Peter 5:8-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 (A)Be of sober spirit, (B)be on the alert. Your adversary, (C)the devil, prowls around like a roaring (D)lion, seeking someone to devour.
9 [a](E)But resist him, (F)firm in your faith, knowing that (G)the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your [b]brethren who are in the world.
10 After you have suffered (H)for a little while, the (I)God of all grace, who (J)called you to His (K)eternal glory in Christ, will Himself (L)perfect, (M)confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11 (N)To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 Through (O)Silvanus, our faithful brother [c](for so I regard him), (P)I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is (Q)the true grace of God. (R)Stand firm in it!
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, (S)Mark. 14 (T)Greet one another with a kiss of love.
(U)Peace be to you all who are in Christ.
a. 1 Peter 5:9 Lit whom resist
b. 1 Peter 5:9 Lit brotherhood
c. 1 Peter 5:12 Lit (as I consider)
A. 1 Peter 5:8 : 1 Pet 1:13
B. 1 Peter 5:8 : Matt 24:42
C. 1 Peter 5:8 : James 4:7
D. 1 Peter 5:8 : 2 Tim 4:17
E. 1 Peter 5:9 : James 4:7
F. 1 Peter 5:9 : Col 2:5
G. 1 Peter 5:9 : Acts 14:22
H. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Pet 1:6
I. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Pet 4:10
J. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Cor 1:9; 1 Thess 2:12
K. 1 Peter 5:10 : 2 Cor 4:17; 2 Tim 2:10
L. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Cor 1:10; Heb 13:21
M. 1 Peter 5:10 : Rom 16:25; 2 Thess 2:17; 3:3
N. 1 Peter 5:11 : Rom 11:36; 1 Pet 4:11
O. 1 Peter 5:12 : 2 Cor 1:19
P. 1 Peter 5:12 : Heb 13:22
Q. 1 Peter 5:12 : Acts 11:23; 1 Pet 1:13; 4:10
R. 1 Peter 5:12 : 1 Cor 15:1
S. 1 Peter 5:13 : Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37, 39; Col 4:10; Philem 24
T. 1 Peter 5:14 : Rom 16:16
U. 1 Peter 5:14 : Eph 6:23
INTRODUCTION: A MOTHERâ€™S STRENGTH
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE BEGINNING/ENDING OF PROVERBS: FEAR GOD
SCRIPTURE: POVERBS 31:26-31
TITLE OF MESSAGE: A MOTHERâ€™S PRAISE
CTS: 5 TRUTHS CONCERNING A MOTHER WHO FEARS GOD
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD MOTHER?:
I. SHE POSSESSES A WISE TONGUE (VS. 26)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: HER WORDS ARE WISE AND KIND
o EPHESIANS 4:29, HEBREWS 13:14-16
II. SHE IS INDUSTRIOUS IN HER HOME (VS. 27)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: WORKS HARD TO CARE FOR HER FAMILY; NOT LAZY
o BIRTHING, FEEDING, CLOTHING, LOVING, EDUCATING, EXAMPLE
ï‚§ PROVERBS 19:15, 12:24
III. SHE POSSESSES THE PRAISE OF HER FAMILY (VV. 28-29)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: HER CHILDREN AND HUSBAND PRAISE HER FOR HER WORK
o HER CHILDREN CHOOSE TO BLESS HER (28)
o HER HUSBAND PRAISES HER EFFORTS (29)
IV. HER SOURCE OF BEAUTY IS HER FEAR OF GOD (VS. 30)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: APPEARANCE IS NOT AS VALUABLE AS HER WALK WITH GOD
o PSALM 112:1-6; PROVERBS 22:4
V. HER EFFORTS WILL BE BLESSED BY GOD (VS. 31)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD REWARDS HER EFFORTS FOR OTHERS
o 2 CORINTHIANS 9:5-7
â€¢ THE WRITER OF PROVERBS PRAISES THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN AS A MOTHER:
o HER WORDS AND ACTIONS GLORIFY GOD
o HER FAMILY PRAISES HER FOR HER EFFORTS TO HONOR GOD
o HER SOURCE OF STRENGTH â€“ HER WALK WITH GOD
o HER REWARD FOR HER EFFORTS â€“ FRUITS OF HER LABOR / HEAVEN
â€¢ TODAY â€“ A MOTHERâ€™S BELIEF IN AND WALK WITH GOD: THE SAME RESULTS
REFERENCES (page 1)
Ephesians 4:29 New King James Version (NKJV)
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Hebrews 13:14-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Proverbs 19:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep,
And an idle person will suffer hunger.
Proverbs 12:24 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,
But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.
Psalm 112:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
2 His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches will be in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.
4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness;
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 A good man deals graciously and lends;
He will guide his affairs with discretion.
6 Surely he will never be shaken;
The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
Proverbs 22:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 By humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches and honor and life.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
Proverbs 31:26-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
26 She (A)opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the [a]teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the (B)bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29 â€œMany daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.â€
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who [b](C)fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the [c]product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
a. Proverbs 31:26 Or law
b. Proverbs 31:30 Or reverences
c. Proverbs 31:31 Lit fruit
A. Proverbs 31:26 : Prov 10:31
B. Proverbs 31:27 : Prov 19:15
C. Proverbs 31:30 : Ps 112:1; Prov 22:4
A Motherâ€™s Strength by David Roper
Read: Proverbs 31:26-31
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. â€”Proverbs 31:26
My wife Carolyn and I were walking in a park one morning when we spotted a mother squirrel scurrying along a power line with her baby in her mouth. She delivered the little squirrel to a new nest she had built in a tree. Then she ran back across the wire to fetch another baby from the old nest and transport it to its new home. Back and forth she scampered until she had deposited all six of her babies in their new home. â€œBeing a mother is hard work!â€ Carolyn mused.
Indeed it is. The labor to bring a child into the world is only the beginning. How essential it is that she take care of herself spiritually so she can take care of her children! Of all concerns, the care for her soul is the greatestâ€”to grow in wisdom and in the knowledge of God.
Susanna Wesley was a busy mother with 19 children, yet she set aside time each day to meet with God. Some days she spent that time in a chair with her apron over her head, praying. Woe be to the child who disturbed her!
The woman described in Proverbs 31 placed a high value on wisdom, kindness, and a respect for the Lord (vv.26,30). This Motherâ€™s Day, letâ€™s honor the women in our lives who share their wisdom, show us kindness, and who seek above all to honor the Lord.
Though other scenes may be forgot,
While life shall last, this one cannot;
When mother prayed! O peace divine!
My motherâ€™s God today is mine. â€”Anon.
God bless my mother; . . . all I am I owe to her. â€”Abraham Lincoln
INTRODUCTION: PRIDE IS A PROBLEM (DANIEL 4:28-37)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ENDURANCE THROUGH SUFFERING IS POSSIBLE
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 5:5-7
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING:
HUMILITY BEFORE GOD
CTS: 3 WAYS THAT HUMILITY CAN LEAD THROUGH SUFFERING
HOW CAN HUMILITY LEAD ME THROUGH SUFFERING?:
I. CLOTHE YOURSELF WITH HUMILITY (VS. 5B)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ EXPLANATION: RELATING TO GOD AND OTHERS, HUMILITY IS MANDATORY
o JESUS DEMONSTRATED THE EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY (JOHN 13:3-5)
o SEE WUEST COMMENTS ON HUMILITY
o ALL BELIEVERS WERE TO BE HUMBLE TOWARD EACH OTHER (5B)
o GOD IS AGAINST THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE (5C)
II. CHOOSE TO HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD (VS. 6)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ EXPLANATION: PETER GIVES JUSTIFICATION FOR HUMILITY
o HUMILITY UNDER THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD
Ã¯â€šÂ§ HUMILITY OF JOSHUA (JOSH 5:13-15)
Ã¯â€šÂ§ MOSES Ã¢â‚¬â€œ MORE HUMBLE THAN ANY MAN ON EARTH (NUM 12:3)
Ã¯â€šÂ§ JESUS (PHIL 2:5-9)
Ã¯â€šÂ§ ALL ARE TO HUMBLE THEMSELVES BEFORE GOD (JAMES 4:10)
o HIS EXALTING YOU IN HIS TIME (6)
Ã¯â€šÂ§ JOSEPH (GENESIS 39-50)
III. CAST YOUR CARES UPON GOD (VS. 7)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ EXPLANATION: GET RID OF YOUR ANXIETY / WORRY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ GIVE IT TO GOD
o CASTING Ã¢â‚¬â€œ THROW THE WHOLE OF WORRY UPON GOD (7A)
o GODÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S CARE Ã¢â‚¬â€œ CONTINUAL (7B)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ PETERÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S LOVING CHALLENGE:
o CLOTHE YOURSELF IN HUMILITY
o CHOOSE TO HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD
o CAST YOUR CARES (LIFE) UPON GOD. HE CARES FOR YOU
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST
o HUMILITY IS YOUR KEY TO HONORING GOD AND SERVING OTHERS
o HUMBLE YOURSELF UNDER GODÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S LEADERSHIP; HE WILL EXALT YOU
o HUMILITY REQUIRES GIVING YOUR LIFE TO GOD
o HUMILITY IS REQUIRED FOR SALVATION AND BIBLICAL CHANGE
REFERENCES (page 1)
John 13:3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciplesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ feet, and to wipethem with the towel with which He was girded.
WuestÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament
The exhortation is to put on humility as a working virtue which would make all the other virtues what they should be, thus workable in the Christian scheme of things. The other virtues such as kindness, generosity, justice, goodness, longsuffering, when saturated with humility, are most acceptable and praiseworthy, but when seen in a proud person, are like clanging brass or a tinkling cymbal.
Joshua 5:13-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Are You for us or for our adversaries?Ã¢â‚¬Â
14 So He said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, Ã¢â‚¬Å“What does my Lord say to His servant?Ã¢â‚¬Â
15 Then the Commander of the LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s army said to Joshua, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.Ã¢â‚¬Â And Joshua did so.
Numbers 12:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)
Philippians 2:5-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
James 4:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
1 Peter 5:5-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 (A)You younger men, likewise, (B)be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with (C)humility toward one another, for (D)God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
6 Therefore (E)humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your (F)anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
A. 1 Peter 5:5 : Luke 22:26; 1 Tim 5:1
B. 1 Peter 5:5 : Eph 5:21
C. 1 Peter 5:5 : 1 Pet 3:8
D. 1 Peter 5:5 : Prov 3:34; James 4:6
E. 1 Peter 5:6 : Matt 23:12; Luke 14:11; 18:14; James 4:10
F. 1 Peter 5:7 : Ps 55:22; Matt 6:25
The Power to Crush Suffering: Leadership through Suffering
INTRODUCTION: RAW LEADERSHIP (GENERAL KRULAK)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: SUFFERING IS PART OF YOUR LIFE
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 5:1-5
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING:
LEADERSHIP THROUGH SUFFERING
CTS: 5 TRUTHS THAT CAN LEAD A CHURCH THROUGH SUFFERING
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO LEAD A CHURCH THROUGH SUFFERING?:
I. EXPERIENCE WITH SUFFERING (VS. 1)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PETER WAS FAMILIAR WITH SUFFERING
o HE WAS AN ELDER (1A)
o HE SAW HIS SAVIOR SUFFER (1B)
o HE WOULD ONE DAY RECEIVE THE SAME GLORY / REWARD (1C)
II. ENCOURAGING CARE FOR THE CHURCH (VS. 2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SHEPHERD THE FLOCK WITH CARE
o EXERCISE OVERSIGHT IAW THE WILL OF GOD (VOLUNTARILY) (2A)
o NOT FOR SORDID GAIN, BUT WITH EAGERNESS (2B) (SEE NOTES)
III. EXAMPLE TO THE FOLLOWERS (VS. 3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: MODEL THE WAY THROUGH SUFFERING
o NOT LORDING OVER THE FLOCK (3A)
ï‚§ JESUS WORD ON LORDING - MATTHEW 20:24-26
o BE EXAMPLES TO THE FLOCK â€“ BE THEIR INSPIRATION (3B)
IV. EXCITED OVER THE FUTURE (VS. 4)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: REWARD FOR YOUR WORK AWAITS YOU
o WHEN JESUS RETURNS, THE ELDERS WOULD RECEIVE A CROWN (2:25)
V. EXUDE HUMILITY AMONG THE FLOCK (VS. 5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SUBJECTION / HUMILITY WAS KEY
o THE YOUNGER MEN WERE TO BE SUBJECT TO ELDERS (5A)
o HUMILITY WAS TO BE CHARACTERISTIC OF ALL (5B)
â€¢ PETERâ€™S CHARGE TO THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHURCH:
o LEAD WITH LOVE AND GRACE
o BE THE EXAMPLE TO THOSE YOU LEAD
o BE MINDFUL OF YOUR FUTURE (GODâ€™S GLORY / YOUR REWARD)
o HUMILITY TOWARD ONE ANOTHER IS KEY
â€¢ OUR CHALLENGE:
o THE SAME COUNSEL STANDS FOR OUR LEADERSHIP TODAY
o THE FLOCK MUST STRIVE TO EMULATE THE EXAMPLE OF ELDERS
REFERENCES (page 1)
Compulsion - A force that makes somebody do something.
Sordid Gain - . . . demonstrating the worst aspects of human nature such as immorality, selfishness, and greed.
Matthew 20:24-26 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, â€œYou know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
1 Peter 5:1-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Serve God Willingly
5 (A)Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your (B)fellow elder and(C)witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a (D)partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed,
2 shepherd (E)the flock of God among you, exercising oversight (F)not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and (G)not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
3 nor yet as (H)lording it over [a]those allotted to your charge, but [b]proving to be (I)examples to the flock.
4 And when the Chief (J)Shepherd appears, you will receive the(K)unfading [c](L)crown of glory.
5 (M)You younger men, likewise, (N)be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with (O)humility toward one another, for (P)GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
a. 1 Peter 5:3 Lit the allotments
b. 1 Peter 5:3 Or becoming
c. 1 Peter 5:4 Lit wreath
A. 1 Peter 5:1 : Acts 11:30
B. 1 Peter 5:1 : 2 John 1; 3 John 1
C. 1 Peter 5:1 : Luke 24:48; Heb 12:1
D. 1 Peter 5:1 : 1 Pet 1:5, 7; 4:13; Rev 1:9
E. 1 Peter 5:2 : John 21:16; Acts 20:28
F. 1 Peter 5:2 : Philem 14
G. 1 Peter 5:2 : 1 Tim 3:8
H. 1 Peter 5:3 : Ezek 34:4; Matt 20:25f
I. 1 Peter 5:3 : John 13:15; Phil 3:17; 1 Thess 1:7; 2 Thess 3:9; 1 Tim 4:12; Titus 2:7
J. 1 Peter 5:4 : 1 Pet 2:25
K. 1 Peter 5:4 : 1 Pet 1:4
L. 1 Peter 5:4 : 1 Cor 9:25
M. 1 Peter 5:5 : Luke 22:26; 1 Tim 5:1
N. 1 Peter 5:5 : Eph 5:21
O. 1 Peter 5:5 : 1 Pet 3:8
P. 1 Peter 5:5 : Prov 3:34; James 4:6
The Power to Crush Suffering:Sharing Christ's Sufferings
INTRODUCTION: THE FIRM FOUNDATION
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PETERâ€™S CHARGE: WELCOME SUFFERING (4:1-2)
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 4:12-19
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING:
SHARING THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST
CTS: 4 TRUTHS THAT ENCOURAGE ENDURANCE THROUGH SUFFERING
HOW SHOULD A CHRISTIAN HANDLE SUFFERING TODAY?:
I. ACCEPT IT AS A PART OF FAITH. (VV. 12-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: DONâ€™T LET PHYSICAL SUFFERING SURPRISE YOU
o â€œBELOVEDâ€ â€“ RECIPIENTS OF GODâ€™S DIVINE LOVE (12A)
o DONâ€™T BE SURPRISED BY â€œFIERY ORDEALâ€ â€“ ITâ€™S A TEST (12BCD)
o THE PRESCRIPTION FOR SUFFERING: REJOICE (13) (ROM 8:16-17, JAS 1:2-4)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: TO SUCCEED, YOU MUST STRUGGLE (COCOON)
II. ACKNOWLEDGE GODâ€™S SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE (VS. 14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PERSECUTION FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN = BLESSED
o IF YOU ARE PERSECUTED FOR CHRISTâ€™S SAKE (14A)
o THE SPIRIT OF GLORY AND OF GOD RESTS ON YOU (14B)
III. AVOID UNNECESSARY SUFFERING (VV. 15-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SUFFERING FOR SINNING IS NOT BLESSED BY GOD
o CONTRAST OF SUFFERING FOR EVIL AND FOR CHRIST:
o WILLFULLY SINNING AGAINST GOD = PAINFUL SORROW (GAL 6:7-8)
o SUFFERING FOR CHRIST = GIVING GLORY TO GOD IN CHRIST (SEE 11)
IV. AWAIT GODâ€™S VENGEANCE (VV. 17-19)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD IS AWARE OF SUFFERING; HE WILL TAKE VENGEANCE
o GOD IS FAITHFUL TO JUDGE HIS CHILDREN (HEB 12:4-11) (17A)
o WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THOSE WHO REFUSE THE GOSPEL? (17B)
o COMING TO CHRIST FOR SALVATION IS DIFFICULT (18A)
o SALVATION FOR THE GODLESS MAN / SINNER IS IMPOSSIBLE (18B)
o THOSE WHO SUFFER FOR CHRIST CHOOSE TO TRUST GOD (19)
â€¢ PETERâ€™S ENCOURAGEMENT FOR SUFFERING BELIEVERS:
o ACCEPT SUFFERING AS A PART OF YOUR FAITH: BE LIKE CHRIST
o DONâ€™T ALLOW SUFFERING TO OVERTAKE YOU: TURN FROM SIN
o TRUST IN GOD TO REWARD EVIL DOERS
â€¢ GODâ€™S COUNSEL FOR BELIEVERS TODAY:
o HAS NOT CHANGED: TRUST & OBEY = JOYFUL FAITH
o YOUR INHERITANCE AWAITS YOU â€“ 1 PETER 1:3-5
o OFFER GODâ€™S DELIVERANCE FROM SUFFERING TO OTHERS TODAY!
REFERENCES (page 1)
Romans 8:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirsâ€”heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
James 1:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Galatians 6:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
1 Peter 4:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 12:4-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
â€œMy son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.â€[a]
7 If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastenedus as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
1 Peter 4:12-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Share the Sufferings of Christ
12 (A)Beloved, do not be surprised at the (B)fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you (C)share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the (D)revelation of His glory (E)you may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you are reviled [a](F)for the name of Christ, (G)you are blessed,(H)because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
15 Make sure that (I)none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a [b](J)troublesome meddler;16 but if anyone suffers as a (K)Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to (L)glorify God in this name.
17 For it is time for judgment (M)to begin [c]with(N)the household of God; and if it (O)begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those (P)who do not obey the (Q)gospel of God? 18 (R)AND IF IT IS WITH DIFFICULTY THAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS SAVED, [d]WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE (S)GODLESS MAN AND THE SINNER?
19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to (T)the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.
a. 1 Peter 4:14 Lit in
b. 1 Peter 4:15 Lit one who oversees othersâ€™ affairs
c. 1 Peter 4:17 Lit from
d. 1 Peter 4:18 Lit where will appear
A. 1 Peter 4:12 : 1 Pet 2:11
B. 1 Peter 4:12 : 1 Pet 1:6f
C. 1 Peter 4:13 : Rom 8:17; 2 Cor 1:5; 4:10; Phil 3:10
D. 1 Peter 4:13 : 2 Tim 2:12
E. 1 Peter 4:13 : 1 Pet 1:7; 5:1
F. 1 Peter 4:14 : John 15:21; Heb 11:26; 1 Pet 4:16
G. 1 Peter 4:14 : Matt 5:11; Luke 6:22; Acts 5:41
H. 1 Peter 4:14 : 2 Cor 4:10f, 16
I. 1 Peter 4:15 : 1 Pet 2:19f; 3:17
J. 1 Peter 4:15 : 1 Thess 4:11; 2 Thess 3:11; 1 Tim 5:13
K. 1 Peter 4:16 : Acts 5:41; 28:22; James 2:7
L. 1 Peter 4:16 : 1 Pet 4:11
M. 1 Peter 4:17 : Jer 25:29; Ezek 9:6; Amos 3:2
N. 1 Peter 4:17 : 1 Tim 3:15; Heb 3:6; 1 Pet 2:5
O. 1 Peter 4:17 : Rom 2:9
P. 1 Peter 4:17 : 2 Thess 1:8
Q. 1 Peter 4:17 : Rom 1:1
R. 1 Peter 4:18 : Prov 11:31; Luke 23:31
S. 1 Peter 4:18 : 1 Tim 1:9
T. 1 Peter 4:19 : 1 Pet 3:17
Read: Matthew 7:21-27
Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. â€”Matthew 7:24
Earthquakes are prevalent in the Pacific Rim region known as the â€œRing of Fire.â€ Ninety percent of the worldâ€™s earthquakes and 81 percent of the worldâ€™s largest earthquakes occur there. I learned that many buildings in the city of Hong Kong have been built on granite, which could help minimize damage in the event of an earthquake. The foundation of buildings is especially important in earthquake-prone regions of the world.
Jesus Christ told His followers that a stable foundation is critical in building lives. He said, â€œTherefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rockâ€ (Matt. 7:24-25). The foundation of Jesus Christ is what will give us the stability our hearts and lives need now and into the future.
By allowing the Lordâ€™s wisdom to guide us in our relationships, decisions, and priorities, we find that He provides the most trustworthy foundation any life could be built upon.
Gracious Father, You are the Lord God, the King of heaven, and I choose to place my hope in You because You alone are worthy of my trust.
Jesus is the best foundation upon which to build a solid life.
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS CRUCIFIED: DISCIPLES HIDING
SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 28:1-10
TITLE OF MESSAGE: LOSING YOUR FEAR AT EASTER
CTS: 2 WAYS TO GAIN CONTROL OF FEAR IN YOUR LIFE
HOW CAN EASTER REDUCE MY FEARS?:
I. LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE ABOUT JESUS (VV. 1-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: WOMEN CAME IN SORROW / LEFT IN JOY
o MARY & MARY COME TO ANOINT JESUS FOR BURIAL (1)
o EARTHQUAKE (AT HIS DEATH (27:61) / RESURRECTION) (2A)
o ANGEL â€“ APPEARANCE / GODâ€™S MESSENGER (2B)
ï‚§ TOMB OPENED TO LET IN, NOT OUT (2C-3)
o EVERYONE IN FEAR â€“ SOLDIERS AS DEAD (4)
o WOMEN ENCOURAGED â€“ DO NOT BE AFRAID (5)
o HEâ€™S NOT HERE, JUST AS HE SAID (6A)
o EVIDENCE OF THE RESURRECTION â€“ COME & SEE (6B)
o GO & TELL â€“ HE HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD (7)
â€¢ APPLICATION: BELIEVE THE MESSAGE ABOUT JESUS; TELL OTHERS
II. RESOLVE TO FOLLOW JESUS (VV. 8-10)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: WOMEN BELIEVED & TOOK ACTION
o THE LADIES LEFT WITH FEAR & GREAT JOY (8)
o JESUS APPEARED (1 COR. 15:1-6) / THEY WORSHIPPED HIM (9)
o DO NOT BE AFRAID (10A)
o GO TELL MY BRETHREN (10B)
â€¢ APPLICATION: OBEY THE COMMANDMENT OF JESUS (ACTS 1:8)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD TO HIS PEOPLE:
o JESUS HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD â€“ DO NOT BE AFRAID
o WITHOUT BELIEF IN JESUS, THERE IS CAUSE TO BE AFRAID
o JESUS HAS RISEN; GO AND TELL OTHERS OF HIS LOVE
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD TO US:
o MAKE TODAY A SPECIAL DAY TO REJOICE: JESUS HAS RISEN!
o TAKE GODâ€™S WORDS TO HEART. ACT ON WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD
REFERENCES (page 1)
1 Corinthians 15:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to youâ€”unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
Acts 1:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a] in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.â€
Matthew 28:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Is Risen!
28 (A)Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, (B)Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for (C)an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away (D)the stone and sat upon it.3 And (E)his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, â€œ[a](F)Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, (G)just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7 Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you (H)into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.â€
8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them [b]and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus *said to them, â€œ[c](I)Do not be afraid; go and take word to (J)My brethren to leave (K)for Galilee, and there they will see Me.â€
a. Matthew 28:5 Or Stop being afraid
b. Matthew 28:9 Lit saying hello
c. Matthew 28:10 Or Stop being afraid
A. Matthew 28:1 : Matt 28:1-8: Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-10; John 20:1-8
B. Matthew 28:1 : Matt 27:56, 61
C. Matthew 28:2 : Luke 24:4; John 20:12
D. Matthew 28:2 : Matt 27:66; Mark 16:4
E. Matthew 28:3 : Dan 7:9; 10:6; Mark 9:3; John 20:12; Acts 1:10
F. Matthew 28:5 : Matt 14:27; 28:10; Rev 1:17
G. Matthew 28:6 : Matt 12:40; 16:21; 27:63
H. Matthew 28:7 : Matt 26:32; 28:10, 16; Mark 16:7
I. Matthew 28:10 : Matt 14:27; 28:5
J. Matthew 28:10 : John 20:17; Rom 8:29; Heb 2:11f, 17
K. Matthew 28:10 : Matt 26:32; 28:7, 16
INTRODUCTION: CELEBRATION OF PALM SUNDAY (LUKE 19:28-40)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: 9 OUT OF 10 PLAGUES HAVE STRUCK EGYPT
SCRIPTURE: EXODUS 12:1-13
TITLE OF MESSAGE: VICTORY THROUGH THE PASSOVER LAMB
CTS: 3 TRUTHS CONCERNING GODâ€™S PLAN OF SALVATION
WHAT SIGNIFICANCE IS THERE TO THE PASSOVER LAMB?:
I. IT IS A NEW BEGINNING FOR GODâ€™S PEOPLE (VV. 1-5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD WAS CALLING HIS PEOPLE OUT OF BONDAGE
o A NEW CALENDAR, A NEW NATION, AND A NEW BEHAVIOR (1-3A)
o 10TH OF THE MONTH (3B) / PALM SUNDAY
o EACH FAMILY WAS TO TAKE A LAMB (3B-5)
II. IT PROVIDES STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY (VV. 6, 8-11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE FLESH OF THE LAMB = LIFE FOR THE JOURNEY
o KILL THE LAMB ON THE 14TH DAY (6)
o INSTRUCTIONS FOR EATING AND PREPARING TO LEAVE EGYPT (8-11)
III. IT PROVIDES DELIVERANCE FROM DEATH (VV. 7, 12-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE DELIVERANCE FROM DEATH: THE LAMBâ€™S BLOOD
o THE BLOOD OF THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB â€“ LINTELS AND DOOR POSTS (7)
o GODâ€™S JUDGMENT UPON EVIL WAS / IS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE (12)
o THE BLOOD WOULD BE THE MEANS TO DELIVER FROM DEATH (13)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD TO HIS PEOPLE:
o I AM CALLING YOU OUT OF WICKEDNESS
o I AM PROVIDING YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO ESCAPE DESTRUCTION
o I AM PROVIDING YOU THE WAY â€“ THE PASSOVER LAMB
o I AM PROVIDING YOU STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY
o I WILL DELIVER YOU THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE PASSOVER LAMB
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD TO YOU AND ME TODAY:
o ALL APPLIES TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST TODAY
o JESUS IS THE ETERNAL PASSOVER LAMB (REV 5:6, 7:9-10, 13-17, 21:22-27)
o JESUS GIVES STRENGTH FOR THE JOURNEY OF LIFE (JOHN 14:26, 15:5)
o JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE (JOHN 14:6)
o THE BLOOD OF JESUS HAS DELIVERED US FROM DEATH (EPH 1:7)
REFERENCES (page 1)
Luke 19:28-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Triumphal Entry
28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage[a] and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying, â€œGo into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, â€˜Why are you loosing it?â€™ thus you shall say to him, â€˜Because the Lord has need of it.â€™â€
32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, â€œWhy are you loosing the colt?â€
34 And they said, â€œThe Lord has need of him.â€ 35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:
â€œ â€˜Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!â€™[b]
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!â€
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, â€œTeacher, rebuke Your disciples.â€
40 But He answered and said to them, â€œI tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.â€
Revelation 5:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 And I looked, and behold,[a] in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
Revelation 7:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, â€œSalvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!â€
Revelation 7:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, â€œWho are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?â€
14 And I said to him, â€œSir,[a] you know.â€
So he said to me, â€œThese are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. 16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.[b]And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.â€
Revelation 21:22-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,[a] for the glory[b] of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved[c] shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.[d] 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.[e] 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes[f] an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lambâ€™s Book of Life.
John 14:26 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 15:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 â€œI am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Jesus said to him, â€œI am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Ephesians 1:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Exodus 12:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Passover Lamb
12 Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of [a]Egypt,2 â€œ(A)This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, â€˜On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a [b]lamb for themselves, according to their fathersâ€™ households, a [c]lamb for [d]each household. 4 Now if the household is too small for a [e]lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the [f]number of persons in them; according to [g]what each man should eat, you are to [h]divide the lamb. 5 Your [i]lamb shall be (B)an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.
6 [j]You shall keep it until the (C)fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it [k](D)at twilight. 7 (E)Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel [l]of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh (F)that same night, (G)roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with (H)unleavened bread [m](I)and bitter herbs. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather (J)roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with (K)its entrails. 10 (L)And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. 11 Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in hasteâ€”it is (M)the LORDâ€™S Passover.
12 For (N)I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and (O)against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgmentsâ€”(P)I am the LORD. 13 (Q)The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you [n]live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you [o]to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
a. Exodus 12:1 Lit Egypt, saying
b. Exodus 12:3 Or kid
c. Exodus 12:3 Or kid
d. Exodus 12:3 Lit the
e. Exodus 12:4 Or kid
f. Exodus 12:4 Or amount
g. Exodus 12:4 Lit each manâ€™s eating
h. Exodus 12:4 Lit compute for
i. Exodus 12:5 Or kid
j. Exodus 12:6 Lit It shall be to you for a guarding
k. Exodus 12:6 Lit between the two evenings
l. Exodus 12:7 Lit upon
m. Exodus 12:8 Lit in addition to
n. Exodus 12:13 Lit are
o. Exodus 12:13 Lit for destruction
A. Exodus 12:2 : Ex 13:4; 23:15; 34:18; Deut 16:1
B. Exodus 12:5 : Lev 22:18-21; 23:12; Heb 9:14; 1 Pet 1:19
C. Exodus 12:6 : Ex 12:14, 17; Lev 23:5; Num 9:1-3, 11; 28:16
D. Exodus 12:6 : Ex 16:12; Deut 16:4, 6
E. Exodus 12:7 : Ex 12:22
F. Exodus 12:8 : Ex 34:25; Num 9:12
G. Exodus 12:8 : Deut 16:7
H. Exodus 12:8 : Deut 16:3, 4; 1 Cor 5:8
I. Exodus 12:8 : Num 9:11
J. Exodus 12:9 : Ex 12:8
K. Exodus 12:9 : Ex 29:13, 17, 22
L. Exodus 12:10 : Ex 16:19; 23:18; 34:25
M. Exodus 12:11 : Ex 12:13, 21, 27, 43
N. Exodus 12:12 : Ex 11:4, 5
O. Exodus 12:12 : Num 33:4; Ps 82:1
P. Exodus 12:12 : Ex 6:2
Q. Exodus 12:13 : Heb 11:28
INTRODUCTION: IS SUFFERING A NORMAL PART OF GODÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S CHURCH?
(2 THESS 1:4-8)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ITEMS FOR THE JOURNEY THROUGH SUFFERING:
FAITH IN CHRIST, ETERNAL INHERITANCE, SUBMISSION,
IDENTITY IN CHRIST (EXAMPLE, ATTITUDE)
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 4:7-11
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING: HOSPITALITY IN THE CHURCH
CTS: 3 FACTORS INFLUENCING CHURCH ENDURANCE IN SUFFERING
HOW SHOULD THE CHURCH HANDLE SUFFERING IN OUR DAY?
I. PRAYERFUL FOCUS (VS. 7)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ EXPLANATION: THE END IS NEAR: BE PREPARED THROUGH PRAYER
o Ã¢â‚¬Å“THE END IS NEARÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ SEE COMMENTS ON Ã¢â‚¬Å“TWINKLING OF AN EYEÃ¢â‚¬Â (7A)
o POWER OF PRAYER = SOUND JUDGMENT & SOBER SPIRIT (7B) (JAS 5:16)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ ILLUSTRATION: PRAYING IN THE MOMENT (ASK HOW AND THEN DO)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ APPLICATION: PRAY FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST LOCAL / UNIVERSAL
II. POWERFUL LOVE FOR OTHERS (VS. 8)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ EXPLANATION: GODÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S LOVE IS THE KEY THROUGH SUFFERING
o Ã¢â‚¬Å“ABOVE ALLÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€œ GODÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S LOVE MUST BE MOST IMPORTANT (8A)
Ã¯â€šÂ§ FERVENT LOVE Ã¢â‚¬â€œ CONSISTENT (8B)
Ã¯â€šÂ§ WHY? Ã¢â‚¬â€œ IT COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS (8C)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ ILLUSTRATION: HOW GREAT IS YOUR LOVE IN THE CHURCH? (JOHN 15:13)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ APPLICATION: LEAD GODÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S CHURCH THROUGH SUFFERING WITH LOVE
III. PASSIONATE DIVINE HOSPITALITY TO ALL MEN (VV. 9-11)
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ EXPLANATION: SHOW HOSPITALITY THROUGH THE POWER OF GOD
o BE HOSPITABLE WITHOUT COMPLAINT (9)
Ã¯â€šÂ§ YOU ARE GIFTED TO SERVE OTHERS, NOT SELF (10A)
Ã¯â€šÂ§ YOU ARE SERVING UP THE MANIFOLD GRACE OF GOD (10B)
o DO EVERYTHING (WORDS & ACTIONS) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ IN HIS POWER / FOR HIS GLORY (11)
Ã¯â€šÂ§ EPH 4:29-30; 1 PETER 2:12
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ APPLICATION: SHOW GODÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S LOVE TO ALL MEN THROUGH WORD & ACTION
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ PETERÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S ENCOURAGEMENT:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ THE END IS NEAR, Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ PRAY IN A FOCUSED WAY!
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ THE END IS NEAR . . . LOVE ONE ANOTHER FERVENTLY
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ THE END IS NEAR . . . SPEAK LIFE AND SHOW LIFE TO ALL MEN
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ THE END IS CLOSER THAN WE THINK . . . LETÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S FOLLOW GODÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S COUNSEL
REFERENCES (page 1)
2 Thessalonians 1:4-8New King James Version (NKJV)
4 so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure,5 which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer;6 since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, 7 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Ã¢â‚¬Å“twinkling of an eyeÃ¢â‚¬Â (1 Corinthians 15:52) (www.answers.com)
There are three portions of time to consider here, The wink, the blink and the twink (no kidding-there was actually a study done). A blink is a controlled movement of the eye and so it's length of time is indeterminate, but the quickest blink lasts for a half second. A blink is a reflex action of the eye and lasts somewhere between 300 and 400 milliseconds. A twink is a reflected particle of light seen in the eye and thusly travels at the speed of light (983,571,056 feet per second) This equates to an infinitesimally small fraction of a second, so it would be fair to say it occurs in about a billionth of a second (which in itself is such a small period of time as to be nearly inconceiveable, but is gigantic compared to the actual time in which a twinkle occurs). If you blink, you will miss it. It is the same as a split second, as if a second could be split into two halves. As the dictionary says a twinkle is light reflected from the eye,
Just how fast is the 'twinkling of an eye' ?
1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
It is not the time it takes to blink an eye: for you to see someone's eyes twinkle, light must travel through the front of their eye, be reflected off their retina, and then exit their eye.
James 5:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Confess your trespasses[a] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
John 15:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life for his friends.
Ephesians 4:29-30 The Message (MSG)
29 Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
30 DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t grieve God. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take such a gift for granted.
1 Peter 2:12 The Message (MSG)
11-12 Friends, this world is not your home, so donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make yourselves cozy in it. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be won over to GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.
1 Peter 4:7-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 (A)The end of all things [a]is near; therefore, (B)be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of [b]prayer.
8 Above all, (C)keep fervent in your love for one another, because (D)love covers a multitude of sins.
9 (E)Be hospitable to one another without (F)complaint. 10 (G)As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good (H)stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 (I)Whoever speaks, is to do so [c]as one who is speaking the (J)utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving [d](K)by the strength which God supplies; so that (L)in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, (M)to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
a. 1 Peter 4:7 Lit has come near
b. 1 Peter 4:7 Lit prayers
c. 1 Peter 4:11 Lit as utterances
d. 1 Peter 4:11 Lit from
A. 1 Peter 4:7 : Rom 13:11; Heb 9:26; James 5:8; 1 John 2:18
B. 1 Peter 4:7 : 1 Pet 1:13
C. 1 Peter 4:8 : 1 Pet 1:22
D. 1 Peter 4:8 : Prov 10:12; 1 Cor 13:4ff; James 5:20
E. 1 Peter 4:9 : 1 Tim 3:2; Heb 13:2
F. 1 Peter 4:9 : Phil 2:14
G. 1 Peter 4:10 : Rom 12:6f
H. 1 Peter 4:10 : 1 Cor 4:1
I. 1 Peter 4:11 : 1 Thess 2:4; Titus 2:1, 15; Heb 13:7
J. 1 Peter 4:11 : Acts 7:38
K. 1 Peter 4:11 : Eph 1:19; 6:10
L. 1 Peter 4:11 : 1 Cor 10:31; 1 Pet 2:12
M. 1 Peter 4:11 : Rom 11:36; 1 Pet 5:11; Rev 1:6; 5:13
INTRODUCTION: ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING?!
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE SUFFERING OF JESUS REWARDED (3:18-22)
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 4:1-6
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING: ATTITUDE OF JESUS
CTS: 3 KEY ELEMENTS FOR ENDURING SUFFERING
HOW DOES MY ATTITUDE AFFECT MY FAITH?
I. MY ATTITUDE DIRECTLY AFFECTS MY FAITH (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PETERâ€™S CHALLENGE: ADOPT CHRISTâ€™S ATTITUDE
o THE ATTITUDE OF JESUS IS OUR ATTITUDE EXAMPLE (1A)(3:17-18)
ï‚§ SEE WUESTâ€™S COMMENTS
o â€œARM YOURSELVESâ€ â€“ FAITH IS NOT PASSIVE (ROM 12:1-2, COL 3:1-2)
o ADOPTING THE ATTITUDE OF JESUS = SIN REDUCTION (1C-2)
â€¢ APPLICATION: MEDITATE UPON JESUSâ€™ ATTITUDE = REDUCE SIN
II. MY ATTITUDE MAY DRIVE OTHERS AWAY (VV. 3-5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES DEATH TO SIN
o YOUR PAST SINFUL PATTERN IS BEHIND YOU; LEAVE IT THERE (3)
o OTHERS WILL BE ALARMED AT YOUR CHANGE = PERSECUTION (4)
o GOD IS AWARE OF THE WORLDâ€™S HATE; THEY WILL ANSWER (5)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: WINNING THE LOST TO CHRIST AT SEA (1985)
â€¢ APPLICATION: THOUGH YOU MAY OFFEND MANY, GOD IS USING YOU
III. GOD WILL USE MY ATTITUDE TO REACH OTHERS (VS. 6)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: IN TIME, GOD MAY USE YOU TO REACH OTHERS
o COMMENTARY THOUGHT
ï‚§ GODâ€™S GOSPEL â€“ REACHES THOSE WHO HATE HIM
ï‚§ BELIEVERS WO HAVE DIED ARE WITH HIM
o REACHING GOD HATERS WITH THE GOSPEL IS GODâ€™S DESIRE
ï‚§ 2 TIM 2:1-4
â€¢ APPLICATION: GOD WILL USE YOUR ATTITUDE TO SAVE OTHERS
â€¢ PETERâ€™S EXHORTATION â€“ CHOOSE TO HAVE THE ATTITUDE OF JESUS
â€¢ REJECTION IS PART OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH; ACCEPT IT
â€¢ HAVING THE ATTITUDE OF JESUS ENABLES ENDURANCE IN SUFFERING
â€¢ ENDURANCE THROUGH SUFFERING IS USED BY GOD TO DRAW OTHERS
â€¢ PETERâ€™S EXHORTATION DIRECTLY APPLIES TO BELIEVERS TODAY
REFERENCES (page 1)
1 Peter 3:17-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[a] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
Wuestâ€™s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament (Armor)
The Christian needs the heaviest armor he can get, to withstand the attacks of the enemy of his soul. To have the same attitude toward unjust suffering that the Lord Jesus had, will cause us to react toward this suffering as He did.
Romans 12:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Colossians 3:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, andgiving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Peter 4:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Keep Fervent in Your Love
4 Therefore, since (A)Christ has [a]suffered in the flesh, (B)arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because (C)he who has [b]suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 (D)so as to live (E)the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the (F)will of God.
3 For (G)the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, [c](H)having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and [d]abominable idolatries. 4 In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of (I)dissipation, and they (J)malign you; 5 but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge (K)the living and the dead.
6 For (L)the gospel has for this purpose been [e]preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.
a. 1 Peter 4:1 I.e. suffered death
b. 1 Peter 4:1 I.e. suffered death
c. 1 Peter 4:3 Lit having gone in
d. 1 Peter 4:3 Lit lawless
e. 1 Peter 4:6 I.e. preached in their lifetimes
A. 1 Peter 4:1 : 1 Pet 2:21
B. 1 Peter 4:1 : Eph 6:13
C. 1 Peter 4:1 : Rom 6:7
D. 1 Peter 4:2 : Rom 6:2; Col 3:3
E. 1 Peter 4:2 : 1 Pet 1:14
F. 1 Peter 4:2 : Mark 3:35
G. 1 Peter 4:3 : 1 Cor 12:2
H. 1 Peter 4:3 : Rom 13:13; Eph 2:2; 4:17ff
I. 1 Peter 4:4 : Eph 5:18
J. 1 Peter 4:4 : 1 Pet 3:16
K. 1 Peter 4:5 : Acts 10:42; Rom 14:9; 2 Tim 4:1
L. 1 Peter 4:6 : 1 Pet 3:18