There are some things in this life that can only be truly understood by divine revelation. No amount of seeing will ever see, and no matter how many times one might hear a thing proclaimed, it’s not until the penny drops that one really hears for the very first time!! I do not think that one can begin to comprehend, Calvary’s dying love, without the aid of divine revelation, given them by God.
In this sermon, we attempt by God’s grace to walk through the first eleven verses of Philippians and to behold the humility of our Lord Jesus Christ. In light of the depth of such humility, an exhortation is given to s, to walk in the same.
Why is it that so many who name the name of Jesus Christ, can’t ever seem to break free from the cycle of “struggle”; never coming to a place of spiritual maturity in their lives, never seeming to be able to overcome the besetting sins that have so easily entangle them for years?
At the heart of the issue lies a life that is un-surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and until one turns in full repentance, one will never know the taste of victory.
Patience is one of those virtues that we all speak about, but none of us really like to experience it. It’s a bit like “saving”, who likes to save when you can spend! Well similarly, who likes to have to endure the pain of waiting when you can have it now!! The whole of Western consumerism is built on this model— if you want it now, you can have it now!!
Solomon wrote, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Prov. 13:12). Why does God then delay? Does He not want His children happy? Our Heavenly Father is of greater substance than that! He cares for more than our mere happiness, it is character that God’s after!! He wants to work in us the precious virtue of patience so that we might stand complete in Him by faith!
Faith is to undergird our whole Christian experience, without it, we cannot function!! There is an enemy of our souls who well knows this fact. You don’t need me to tell you that we are in a spiritual battle — we feel its effects hourly!! As believers in Christ, we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices, lest he should gain an advantage over us (2 Cor. 2:11).
One of Satan’s modes of attack is to sow seeds of doubt into the mind of the Christian so as to take from under our feet, our ground of confidence in God. By looking at three examples in the Bible, we learn more about this scheme of assault and how we are to overcome it!
Four pastors were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked a particular version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another preferred a more scholarly edition because it was closer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked a contemporary version because of its up-to-date vocabulary. The fourth minister was silent for a moment, then said, “I like my mother’s translation best.” Surprised, the other three men said they didn’t know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw.
Let him that has an ear to hear, hear.
How many know that the God of history, is the same God of the present? God is known by His attributes - those characteristics and qualities which define His person and nature. For some, studying these divine attributes is nothing more than an academic exercise. Instead of the knowledge of the Holy impacting the life, for many, it merely impacts the head. Friends, God reveals Himself to us, not because He has an inferiority complex, but in order that we might know Him and in so doing draw near to Him in full assurance of faith.
In this featured sermon, we look at two of God’s attributes, namely, His omnipotence and His faithfulness. Please rest assured, this shall be no dull exercise. As we turn to look at the account of the twelve spies and the bringing up of their report to the people, we shall see that while the overwhelming majority saw only danger; two were able by faith to see past the danger unto the promised blessing because they were fully persuaded in the nature of the God who had said go up! May this sermon both challenged and encouraged you to trust the Lord so as never to retreat.
2 Chronicles 36:14-20
One of the fundamental ways by which we can know the nature and the character of God is by the attributes which He has chosen to reveal about Himself in Holy Scripture. These attributes define His person —His eternality, his sovereignty, his omnipotence and omniscience, and His spiritual and triune nature. These very attributes define His character —His love, His grace, His holiness; His justice and righteousness; His faithfulness and mercy.
In this sermon, we look at two cardinal attributes of God, namely His mercy and His wrath. May the Lord be pleased to open the understanding of our eyes to see Him in His true glory and majesty.
The little phrase, “take heed”, appears more than 50 times in the Word of God. It may only be a tiny phrase consisting of two words but boy does it pack a punch and fire a shot across the bows. It is a phrase of warning; a sound of alarm; like a bell ringing or the town crier heralding FIRE!!, so the words “take heed” call immediately to arrest one’s attention. When one sees the words BEWARE, DANGER AHEAD, it is only a fool who chooses to ignore them to his own destruction.
In this sermon, a strong warning goes forth to those who name the name of Jesus Christ. Play with sin to your ruin! God is calling, today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts!
The Church in Ephesus was a Church that was in declension in regards to love. They had departed from that they once knew in glowing fervour and had grown cold in that most vital of areas. The heat of the battle had done something to them. All that contention against the false had jaded their glow of love. Simply put, their love had grown cold in Jesus because they had lost that vital love relation with Him!! Oh, Brethren, if this can happen in a marriage, it can happen with the Lord. We grow estranged. Other things come in, we stop spending devotional time with Him and before we know it, we’re going through the religious motions. What effect do you think it will have on other relationships? Cold here...cold everywhere!!!! Brethren, it is our God-given responsibility to love others, but we can’t love as we ought without the Lord!!
Imagine being seated around the table on the night of the Last Supper with the twelve. As you’re enjoying some last and final moments together with the Lord, Jesus suddenly turns and interjects these words, “...Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me”. You try to compose yourself — who’s He talking to? Has an unwanted guest snuck in among us? Looking around, you realise, no, it’s only us—the twelve. We who have been His companions for the last 3½ years. We ate together, drank together, and slept together under the same canopy of night. We seldom ever left his side, how could it be that one of us should now betray him?
Having no idea or suspicion as to who the Lord could possibly be pointing to, they began each of them to point the finger at themselves! Oh, Brethren, we have a great need in this deceitful and perilous hour, to put the spotlight on ourselves and to ask the Lord this question in earnest. “Lord, is it I?”