If you name the name of Jesus Christ and are found a fellow citizen in His heavenly Kingdom, then you can be assured of one thing, though all may seem calm and well. Do not be fooled; there is a vicious enemy that wars against your soul 24-7, 365 days of the week; a ferocious and tenacious foe that rests not day and night along with his band of minions, plotting your very downfall. See the many warnings given us in God’s Holy Word, calling us to be a people of watchfulness and exhorting us to prayer.
In this sermon, we discover the secrets of Satan’s wiles in the area of temptation so that we might remain firm and steadfast in the hour of his testing.
Six angels have given sound to their trumpets; two great woes have been brought upon humanity by the hand of God with the most devastating effects. One trumpet has yet to sound, the seventh and the last; the third and final woe. Just as there was an interlude between the sixth and seventh seals, so we have here, another interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets.
John beholds in a vision a mighty angel, coming down from heaven with a little book open book in his hand. We explore the events of this interesting chapter and as we do, we look a little closer at the topic of angels.
We increasingly live in a culture where responsibility is shirked, duties are neglected, and it’s far easier to blame everyone else for why things are in the mess they are. For all of man’s advancements, in the field of science and medicine, technology and industry; for all of his increase financially; it seems that he’s the worse for it! Never have we known so many divorces, so many suicides, and so many people depressed. Yet the sad reality is when one looks at the faces of many professing Christians, the same expressions of hopelessness that is seen in the world, is seen in them. Where is our joy in the Holy Spirit?
This sermon is an exhortation and an encouragement for us to return as Christians back to the simplicity of sitting at the feet of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
The longer that I’m alive and the longer that I continue in service to the Lord, is the more that I’ve come to realise, you can’t please everyone!! What will be pleasing to one, will inevitably be the cause of displeasure to another and what will serve to light a smile on one face will no doubt serve to put a frown on another. Of course, as a Christian, we’re mandated to let our light shine before men that in seeing our good works, they might give praise to God. “In all things (writes Paul to Titus) shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” (Tit. 2:7-8). But what happens when after we have done this, we are still yet the target of men’s judgment and criticism? Then, we must seek the approval and good pleasure of God alone by faithful obedience to that which He has called each of us to do!
In this sermon, we take a walk through the corridors of the Corinthian Church and in so doing, we see that carnality was alive and well! One man esteemed Paul the greatest and another Apollos. Yet when everything was said and done, Paul said: “Who…is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?" (1 Cor. 3:5). There was one thing central in Paul’s mind; one motivating factor that kept him going. It was not his popularity status before men, but the fact that one day he would stand before the judgment seat of Christ in whose presence, every man's work will be made manifest by fire! In light of this, it ought to be a small thing to every one of us that we should be judged by men! May God give us the courage to go on in the face of discouragement and criticism!
Four blasts of the trumpet have gone before us; four pronouncements of God’s judgment aimed at the earth in which men are indirectly affected by the catastrophic impact each judgment brings with it. Three great woes now await the inhabitants of the earth. In a manner reminiscent of the days of Moses in which the kingdom of Egypt was judged by ten plagues which befell it; so, in a similar fashion, God begins at the end to do that which He began to do at the start of the Exodus.
In this seventeenth teaching part, we look into the terrifying trumpet judgments of trumpets five and six.
The world as we know only too well, have a counterfeit joy called happiness, which of course is purely circumstantial and contingent upon events. Christ’s joy, on the other hand, is not mere happiness per se, but a far deeper depth of treasure unmined by this passing world. One man put it this way; “Joy is the deep-down sense of well-being that abides in the heart of the person who knows all is well between himself and the Lord”. There’s no way of getting around this fact; joy comes to the believer as a direct consequence of a conscious union between God and men, through the person of Jesus Christ. Circumstances come and go like the wind, but Christ abiding in the hearts of His people by the indwelling Holy Spirit is a fixed constant that is not subject to change!
In this sermon, we shall learn the secret of Christian joy and how this joy might remain in us.