Romans 8:31-32 = 31 ¶ What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? 32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? WOW, how awesome is that. God gave up His own son for me. That my friends makes me a VIP. Have you accepted His gift offered through His son. If not, won’t you give your heart to Him today?
I am sitting at my desk. It is 1:00 Thursday morning and my wife is in the kitchen preparing what will surely be a feast. I am wondering how it is that she can work for hours only to see us eliminate all that food in a matter of about 3o minutes. Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green peas, green bean casurole, dessert all gone in just 3o minutes. WOW. I am so blessed to have a wife who still thinks cooking is good, baking is enjoyable and family is her life. I am so blessed to have her and even more blessed to watch the joy she has as she prepares to serve her family.
As I am here tonight, I am wondering, what if we all had that joy in serving. Our Lord Jesus served us with His life. He gave all so that we could live. Today, as your family is gathered around the table, stop, reflect and give thanks for all you have. Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Our God is good and His mercy does endure for ever.
Are you still playing the victim game
Psalms 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
David was his own worst enemy. He was so caught up in his troubles that he failed to see God working in his. All he saw was the bad around him. He focused on what he perceived, not on what was. Isn’t that what we often do, focus on the bad, the perceived, the cares and burdens, all the time missing the blessings and goodness of God? Today, we will begin something new, a journey from being the victim to being the victor. I am tired of many of you struggling just to survive when God’s promises are there for the taking.
Isaiah 55: 7-13 – 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
As a way of introduction today, let’s examine some important facts from Isaiah 55
I. God is full of forgiveness and pardon – Psalm 103:1-4 – 1 ¶ A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
A. You will find God’s mercy in abundance – Psalm 131:1 – 1 ¶ O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Read all of Psalm 131 with the congregation reading the “for his mercy endureth for ever”)
B. It is offered to all who will accept it
II. God’s blessings are abundant in your life
A. God’s word was sent to you
B. He said it would prosper you
C. Obedience to it is what is required of us – 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD
as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. James 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
III. His goal in our life is to produce joy, not sadness
A. His word will produce joy
B. His word will produce singing
C. His word will lead you to peace
D. His word will cause your blessings to overcome your sorrow
,IV. The end result is all up to you
A. Begin by obeying His word
1. Even when you do not understand why
2. Even when you do not see immediate results
3. Even when you do not see any hope
4. Even when others may not understand
B. Then live out His word in the presence of others
C. Then count your blessings – Psalms 112:1-2 – 1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
1. Write them down on paper
2. Verbalize them – Thank God out loud
3. Share them – let others know of His goodness (clarify – don’t tell them all your discouragements, tell them all your blessings
Let His life be what others see in you
Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
As we conclude the journey to the condemnation being removed, we want to look at what kind of lifestyle will lead to a guilt free life. THERE IS ONLY ONE. Allowing Christ to live HIS live through me.
1. I must have His mind – Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
A. That means a surrender on my part
B. That means a trust on my part
C. That means a dependence on my part
II. I must believe He has my best interest in mind
A. I cannot understand His thoughts – Isaiah 55:8-9 – 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my
ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and
my thoughts than your thoughts.
B. I cannot understand His ways
C. I cannot comprehend how much He loves me
III. You must quit trying to reason it out
A. Do not substitute reasoning for obedience – 1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt
offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to
hearken than the fat of rams.
B. Quit trying to always find an explanation – (Obey even when you do not understand)
C. Our weakness brings His strength – 2 Corinthians 12:10 – herefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in
necessities, persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
IV. You will become what the most important person in your life thinks of you
A God the Father thinks so much of you that He sent Christ to redeem you – John 3:16 For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
B. Jesus thinks so much of you that He became your substitute – Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be
ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
C. The Holy Spirit thinks so much of you that He chooses to live within you – John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the
world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with
you, and shall be in you.
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OK, I did it, now what!
II Samuel 12: 1-7; 13 –
1 ¶ And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: 3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. 4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. 5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: 6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity. 7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy
sin; thou shalt not die.
So, you find yourself in the same place as David found himself. You have sinned. It haunts you, it follows you, you are
tormented by it day and night, NOW WHAT
Let us look at David and see how David dealt with this sin.
I. David was a man after God’s own heart. 1 Samuel
13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.,
II. David was the apple of God’s eye – Psalm 17: 8 ¶ Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
III. David knew He had Sinned – Psalms 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
IV. So what does this have to do with me
A. I too sin – Romans 3:10;23 – 10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:; 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
B. I too am haunted by my sin
C. I too am delivered by HIS mercy – Pslam 51:1-2 – 1 ¶ Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
D. Satan throws my sin in my face all the time – Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
E. I too must realize, as David did, that I am delivered
1. that means that I am free from sin – John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Indeed:(truly, in reality, in point of fact, as opp. to what is pretended, fictitious, false, conjectural
2. that means that today is a new day – Psalms 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of
our salvation. Selah.
3. that means that I am free to live a life of joy and peace –
I Peter 1:6-8 6 ¶ Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Philippians 4:7-9 – 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
4. that means that I belong to Him
– Psalms 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
YOU FILL IN THE BLANKS WITH YOUR OWN THOUGHTS
5. that means that I _______________________________________
6. that means that I _______________________________________
Sure wish I was perfect, but I am not
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
What does it mean to walk after the Spirit? Some would say it means you must be perfect. Others may say it means that
you are a robot who has no say and still others would say it guarantees riches and wealth. So just what does it mean?
I. What it does not mean:
A. That you will have an easy time doing right
Romans 7: 14-15 – 14 ¶ For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
B. That you will know all the answers
C. That you will never worry
D. That you will never be afraid
E. Does not mean you will have lots of material things – Philippians 4: 10-13– 10 ¶ But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly,
that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
II. So what does it mean?
A. That you are not the same person you used to be – II Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
1. there will be a new desire to do right
2. there will be a struggle that you have never had before
3. you will have a new family – with God Himself as your father
B. You will have a new hope
1. you will be given a new power – Acts 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
2. you will not have to ever be alone – – Hebrews 13:5-6 – 5 Let your conversation be without
covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6. So that we may boldly say, The Lordis my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
3. you will not have to carry your burdens alone – 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
4. all your sin is forgiven – Psalms 32:1-5 – 1. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
C. It is a once for all thing – Romans 8:34-39 – 34 – Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is
risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
D. It is God’s responsibility to keep me, NOT MINE – Jude 24,25 – 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
1. I cannot keep myself from falling (I would have to be perfect to do that)
2. I still sin as His child
3. I actually control the level of fellowship I have with Him – I John 1:6-9 – 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 ¶ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.