(7) Sermon Summaries

Here I will be archiving the summaries written for Dad’s sermons…I hope they are a blessing to you!
~Madelyn

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How God Saves His Enemies [click here to download] (August 21st, 2011)

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Acts 7:58 “And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.”
Acts 8:1-3 “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

To reject God’s Word is to hate it, even though you may not realize that hate. All sinners are inwardly enemies of Christ. Man cannot naturally love God and His Word in it’s entirety. Sin brings out the enmity in one towards God.

1 Timothy 1:11-16 “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”

God can save anyone, even the worst of sinners, as Paul claimed himself to be. No one deserves to be saved. We all deserve to go to hell. But God had mercy on us and sent His Son that those who believe might be saved. All truth is liberating. Men will attempt to intimidate by condemning/judging. Let them accuse, it doesn’t matter if we are friends of our Saviour. The past is past; as Christians we are now seated in Heavenly places.

1 Corinthians 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
Philippians 3:17 “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.”

Paul is a pattern Christian, a model for others. By following Paul, you follow Jesus. Paul wasn’t “special” in a sense that makes him better than us. The same Lord that lived in him, making him the man he was, can also live in us. True Christians follow Jesus, so by following them, you are following Him. In your spirit, learn to discern whether or not someone is in tune with Jesus. If one’s words and actions are consistent with Scriptures, he is a worthy example.

Acts 9:1, 4, 5, 6 “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest…..And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.”

Can God bring a man down? Absolutely. God and God alone can save us. We could sooner create a new world than save even our most beloved acquaintances. Only He can send the truth revealing light of salvation. When Jesus intervenes, He takes over.Paul thought he was persecuting “fanatical” Christians. He thought he was doing good. What he did not realize was that he was actually persecuting Christ.

Lord means boss. Is Jesus your boss? Do you believe God can talk to you? Can you recognize His voice? In this passage we see the power of the name of Jesus demonstrated. Paul was an enemy of Christ. In one sentence from God, his life changed radically.

Most churches today are little more than religious social clubs. They just haven’t seen the light. The spirit of conviction isn’t there. Do we even believe in conviction of sin anymore? Conviction causing weeping, and life changing repentance? Theologians and religious folks don’t get to heaven, followers of Christ do. Our God is a consuming fire. We stand no chance against Him. Will you be His enemy or friend?

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Your Belief System, or, Raising Your Expectations [click here to download] (August 14th, 2011)

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2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

A system is a bunch of elements that work together. Your body is a system. You have a belief system. It effects how you see yourself and others. If things are going wrong in our lives, it means some parts of our system are not working. For instance, my body could be 99 % healthy, but that other 1% can painfully dominate my senses. Likewise, when something is wrong in belief system, it effects my actions/life.

Acts 3:1-11 “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; (3) Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. (4) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. (5) And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. (6) Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.(7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. (9) And all the people saw him walking and praising God: (10) And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. (11) And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.

To have faith in something, you act on it. As we study God’s Word, we show our faith by acting on the Word. By doing this, we “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…” Peter believed God would heal the cripple. He acted on that belief. A miracle was the result.

We are made in God’s image. The way we see ourselves is the way we see Jesus. How do you see yourself? Fearful and weak? Joyful and strong? Merciful and forgiving? Doubting and non-trustworthy? “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” How did the cripple see himself? What was his belief system? How did he change after being healed? How do you change your belief system? By studying the Word and praying for understanding. The more we tune our beliefs to God’s Word, the stronger we are in Christ.

Do we see ourselves as sufficient Christians? Do we see ourselves as able to perform miracles through Christ? What do we expect? Faith broadens our expectations. Beliefs will grow, whether they are negative or positive. Beliefs determine your expectations. “Ye have not because ye asked not.” We study the Bible to raise our expectations. Attempt great things for God, expect great things from God. When you are content to live without miracles, you will not get them. We should always be pressing on to higher ground. God wants us to abound in life by one, Christ Jesus.
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Blessings or Curses? ~ Part 1 [click here to download] (Morning, July 31st, 2011)

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Blessings or Curses? ~ Part 2 [click here to download] (Evening, July 31st, 2011)

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Galatians 3:13-14 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

We needed the blessing of Abraham by the Holy Spirit that we might be delivered from the curse of the Law. Christ bore the curse for us, so we don’t have to be under it.

Deuteronomy 28-14:
(1) And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth. (2) And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. (3) Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. (4) Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. (5) Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. (6) Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. (7) The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. (8) The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (9) The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. (10) And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. (11) And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. (12) The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. (13) And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:(14) And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

We are the Israel of God. God “waits to be gracious“. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” The Bible is the Word of God. God wants to “spoil” us. We simply have to follow His word and obey Him. We must learn to hearken to Him. Blessings upon blessings are in store for those who do. Health, prosperity, victory, fruitfulness, good weather, authority, etc are part of the blessings. Through Christ we are free from the curse, and under the blessing.

Deuteronomy 28:15-20:
(15) But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: (16) Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. (17) Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.(18) Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. (19) Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. (20) The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

Most people people stop reading this chapter after it gets into the curses. But the reason to study the curses is to realize what Christ has redeemed us from, and to help us know better how to fight Satan, who would like us to believe we are still under the curse.

If you don’t obey God, then who do you obey? In everything you do, you either obey God or the world/Satan. There is no in between. Putting anything above God or His Word is idolatry. Idolatry is serious sin. We “cannot serve God and mammon”. We are either under His wrath or mercy.

Deuteronomy 28:21-45
(21) The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. (22) The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.(23) And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. (24) The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed. (25) The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.(26) And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away. (27) The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. (28) The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: (29) And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. (30) Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. (31) Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them. (32) Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thine hand. (33) The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway: (34) So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. (35) The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. (36) The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. (37) And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee. (38) Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it. (39) Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them. (40) Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit. (41) Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.(42) All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume. (43) The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. (44) He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. (45) Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:

We can’t just blame the devil for all our troubles. Satan is under God, and can only do what God allows him to. This chapter plainly shows that the Lord sets such curses upon us, as punishment for not following Him. Deseases, divorce, unfaithfulness, family division, slavery, and debt, etc. result under the curse. Others benefit from our labors. Drought, bad weather, famine, etc are other parts of the curse. It’s our responsibility to hear God. “He that believeth not, the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Deuteronomy 28:46-68
(46) And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. (47) Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; (48) Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee. (49) The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; (50) A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young: (51) And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. (52) And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee. (53) And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee: (54) So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave. (55) So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates. (56) The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, (57) And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates. (58) If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;(59) Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. (60) Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee. (61) Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. (62) And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God. (63) And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it. (64) And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. (65) And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: (66) And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:(67) In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. (68) And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.

Look at the wickedness and immorality found everywhere. Unrighteousness destroys nations. The world is at war with God. It can only lose. When a nation rebels enough against God, He turns it’s enemies loose on them. Wickedness is released. Only reformation and revival can save the nation. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Denying and curing God does not change a thing. Man cannot make it without God. When God smites, we cannot recover except through Christ. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God…” “No man shall save thee…”

Who is under the curse? All those who do not follow God habitually. Jesus is the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament. “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.” “Our God is a consuming fire.” He is just. Why would you reject the blessing for the curse? If you don’t go to heaven, you go to hell. What do you want, the blessing or the curse? It is your choice. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “…Whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” “God is not willing that any should perish”. “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” And now, with Joshua, we say “Choose ye this day whom ye shall serve” (Joshua 24:15). There is no in between.

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Put Ye on the Lord Jesus Christ [click here to download] (July 3rd, 2011)

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Romans 13:12-14 “(12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. (13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. (14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.” How do we do this? Do you believe He really wants you to do this? When does He want us to do this? Before you put something on, you must take something off. Before we put Jesus on, we have to cast off the darkness in us. What is darkness? It is evil, unbelief, lies, sin, etc. Put on the armor of light. Make arming yourself a habit of your life. Make sure nothing comes between you and God. The armor of light is God’s word. Walk honestly. It’s our responsibility to do these commands through the strength of Christ. Is it possible to put on Jesus Christ? With God, all things are possible.

Ephesians 4:17-32 “(17) This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, (18) Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: (19) Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (20) But ye have not so learned Christ; (21) If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: (22) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (23) And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (24) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness…” The lost man walks in the vanity of his mind, understanding is darkened, he is ignorant, etc. You have to learn Christ before putting Him on. When you put Him on, you put truth on. A true Christian has been taught by Jesus. (John 6:45 “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.”)

Put off the “old man”. When we are born again, we receive eternal life. The “old man” walked in the natural life. The “new man” walks in the supernatural life (“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”). The new birth means a new creation. That new creation is Jesus Christ in us. The greatest responsibility we have is to put on Jesus Christ, accept Him in us. Use the analogy of the process of getting dressed. When you go to put your day clothes on, you can’t just put them over your night clothes. They wouldn’t fit and it’d look bad. First you have to take the night clothes off. Also, you ask yourself “does this shirt match these pants, will it work for today, etc.” The same concept applies to putting on Jesus Christ. We take off the old man, the darkness, etc. and put on the Lord Jesus. We also ask ourselves “Does this passage of Scripture fit with today’s situations?”

Collosians 3 “(1) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (4) When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. (5) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry…)” As you trust Him, you start searching for those things above. Get your affections on things above, not things below/worldly/sensual/things that don’t count in eternity. Most sins committed relate to the senses. When your senses tempt you to do evil, put those temptations to death. There is no hope for the old man, it must be cast off for the new man to take it’s place. In Christ we are a new creation, and we are one with Him.

But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ….” The key to the Christian life is putting on the Lord Jesus Christ by faith. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you how to do this. He will. This is the Christian gospel, Christ in us, the hope of Glory.
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Glorifying God In Our Bodies ~ Part 2 [click here to download] (June 5th, 2011)

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1 Corinthians 6:19&20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Our bodies are the temple of Jesus Christ. We need to recognize what Jesus has done for us. We should confess the following statements: I can glorify God in the body, I will glorify God in my body, and I am glorifying God in my body. We can do all things through Christ.

Mark 7:15 “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.”
Mark 7:18-23 “And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him. Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
If something goes in, it is up to you to receive or reject it as pure or impure because it hasn’t entered our heart yet. Our bodies aren’t junk, they are temples of God. Before something can hurt you you have to let it enter your heart. We are safe in Christ. Don’t let fear enter your heart. It’s not what goes in, but what comes out that can be sin. Wickedness all around us doesn’t have to affect us or make us impure. Titus 1:15 “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” No matter what others say or accuse us of, we can be be pure.

2 Corinthians 7:1 ” Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Cleanse yourself with the promises, perfecting holiness. Reject evil thoughts. We live by faith. We have responsibility to cleanse ourselves through God’s promises.

Romans 6:12” Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Don’t let sin reign in your body. When sin comes in, you either bow to it or King Jesus. Cast sin away. Bow to flesh or the King. Obey sin, and you glorify Satan. Reject sin and you glorify God. What is the most important thing in our body? It is our spirit. Even if our mind, will, or emotions aren’t functioning properly, our spirit remains. Our spirit can still communicate with other spirits.

Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”How can I glorify God in my body? Christ lives in me, therefore I’m free from sin. Yield yourself to Him. Sin can’t have dominion over us. We aren’t under the law, but grace. The Spirit of God dwells in us. Our spirits meet our bodies. We want a healthy body that we may serve Christ. Don’t let your body keep you from serving Christ. He can take you beyond your “limits”. The Lord is our strength. People like to talk about their pains. For instance, when you meet someone, ask how they are doing. Much of the time the response will be negative, such as “well, such and such is hurting… the doctors say…etc…” But think about it: does this kind of talk glorify God? Could God be glorified by us telling everyone about our problems? Instead of glorifying our problems, share with others your good news, Scriptures, etc! Your body is bought with a price that you may glorify Him with your body and spirit.

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Glorifying God In Our Bodies [click here to download] (May 29th, 2011)

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1 Corinthians 6:15-20 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

God wants us to live a supernatural life. As He is, so are we in this world. We are to follow in His steps. We should expect miracles regularly. We should definitely glorify God in our spirits, but today we will dwell on the importance of glorifying God in our bodies. You are bought with a price: the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is the best father anyone could ever wish to have. He loves us and will take care of us. The price God paid for us was the highest imaginable. He gave up his only begotten son who he loved more than anyone can love. He let his son be tortured and die on the cross so that we might be saved.

What does it mean to glorify God? Another word for glory is worth. Another word for worship could be “worth”ship. We glorify God by showing his worth to others. We represent our father. The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Is God glorified in a lazy person? Is he lazy? Is God glorified by our being sick all the time? Is He glorified in a miserable person? Confess to yourself, “I will be joyful, I will glorify God in my body, I will be healthy.” Glorify God with your body by showing how worthy He is and setting the example so that others may see what He is like.

What do we know about our bodies? We sure know when they are in pain! Many towns largest buildings are hospitals. People look to them to take care of their bodies, where as we should look to our Father, the one who bought us. The Holy Spirit lives in our whole body, not just parts. Deuteronomy 34:7 tells us “And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.” How was Moses in such great shape when he was what we call “so old”? Why should we not aim at such health? Don’t let Satan torment you with fear that something will happen to your body. Give your body a living sacrifice. Trust Him to care for your body. He loves you and wants to be trusted with the care of your body. “Oh, I’ll get a new, better body in Heaven!” But why wait? Confess that you are made perfect in Christ. Confess that Jesus bore your pain on the cross so you don’t have to bear it. Confess that Satan has no control over you, God is your shield and protector.

If the Lord wants you to do something, he gives you the strength and materials needed. Once again, confess “I can and will glorify God with my body. I am glorifying God with my body”. If your spirit tells you something like “no, you aren’t glorifying Him”, then then get alone and pray, seek God’s help and find out what you are doing wrong. The Holy Spirit will quicken you. Show how great God is with your body.

Further Scripture References:

Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

3rd John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Psalm 42:11 ” Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

Proverbs 12:18 “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”

Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. “

Proverbs 16:24 “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”

Isaiah 58:8 “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.”

Jeremiah 33:6 “Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.”

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The following is my first attempt to summarize Dad’s sermon. I pray that it will be helpful to you!

~Madelyn

(Please listen to the full sermon here:)

How to Overcome Fear [click here to download]

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Psalm 56:2-3: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”

The Lord is with me, so I don’t have to fear. Fear is a time thing, it will eventually pass away. For example, Psalm 30:5 tells us “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” And in Psalm 56:3, it says “What time I am afraid”. By faith we see after our fear has been conquered. Fear is time to flee to the Lord, not to things, i.e. doctors, friends, stores, etc. Trials should be times of growth. God isn’t in a hurry, we must learn patience. Don’t be a slave to fear or time.

1 John 4:16-18: ““And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

The answer to fear is love. God wants us to have what He has; blessing, love, bounty, joy, etc. When we trust God instead of fearing/doubting, the blessings, joy, bounty, peace, etc. will come. On the other hand, Satan also wants us to have what he has; torment, hate, evil, pain, etc. When we doubt God and fear dangers, Satan will try to attack us with torment, evil, etc. Hell is the ultimate fear.

Fear brings torment. Take for example some one who fears having a heart attack. This fear is a constant torment which whispers “what if, what if, what if….” In attempts to prevent the potential danger, this person runs to doctors, medicine, any”thing” that could prevent it. The other alternative is to cast that fear on the Lord. When we trust in the Lord to protect us, we gain a peace that nothing else can give. We are no longer tormented by the fear of something happening, because we know God will protect us. Again, perfect love cast out fear. This perfect love is actually Jesus living in us. Jesus doesn’t fear anything, and if he is living in us, we shouldn’t have to fear anything either.

A few more random notes: Fear makes people sin. Don’t torment yourself or let others torment you. Don’t put fear in others, rather, build them up by encouragement, reminding them that Jesus can take away their fears. Praise His word by learning, quoting, honoring, loving it. (Psalm 56:3).

~Jesus will keep you from fear, fear will keep you from Jesus.~

~Fear knocked at the door, faith answered, no one was there.~

Scriptures for further edification:

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Hebrews 13:6 “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Psalm 37 “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity…….”

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

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

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