When one thinks of the men and women that God has used over the millennia; if one was to look after the outward appearance with the eyes of human wisdom, who would have picked them? Yet, the great and glorious reality is that God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty. Is it not true that “…the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner” (1 Pet. 2:7)?
In this sermon, we look at the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand and as we do, we come to understand that God does not need our natural gifts and talents in order to work a work in our day. God simply asks that we give to him the little that we have, the five loaves and two fishes, that He might work a miracle to the blessing of many and to the glory of His mighty name!
2 Timothy 4:1-4
There are some verses of Holy Scripture that by their very nature are weightier than others. The passage that comes before us in this sermon is surely one such weighty giant and one of the great go-to passages of every preacher. Worn are its pages through frequent visiting, for it is here where he gets his instructions from the Almighty and the royal commandment to preach the Word!
In an age where the Word of God is so seldom preached as it once was, in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. The exhortation is given in this sermon of the need again for such anointed preaching that God might in His mercy see fit to visit a people with great stirrings and awakening in this desperate hour of need.
As we look around at the state of a world that is stooped in darkness, and a Church that is fast asleep in this generation, one could be forgiven for thinking that all hope has long faded! For many of God’s remnant, things are waxing worse and the Lord’s coming is imminent. Brethren, I don’t disagree!! We are living right at the end…yet this does not preclude the mercy of God to bring one last awakening and revival in this hour of tremendous need.
In this sermon, we contrast the mercy of God against a mindset that delights in judgment. We conclude by looking at a brief synopsis of the last 150 years of Judah’s history and in so doing conclude, there’s still hope yet that God might awaken a sleeping Church and bring a lost and dying world unto Himself in great numbers! O Lord, do it again!!
So many in the earth begin life as bubbling happy youngsters, not a care in the world, unaware of the big bad world that they’re about to enter! Yet, by the time they’ve reached their 30’s and 40’s, that youthful optimism has pretty much been blown out of the water and aged cynicism has begun to set in. Naivety has given way to suspicion and by the time they reach their later years, full-blown pessimism has pretty much taken over every thought. As a Christian, I don’t ever want to become a cynic let alone a pessimist! Yet, as the years pass so also do the offences committed against us. The challenge facing every one of us as believers is to not allow our hearts to become hard so as to lose the tenderness.
This sermon digs into the Word of God and presents to the believer, the grace and power that is in Christ which allows us to overcome the sins of resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness.
When I think of the wasted hours spent deliberating and calculating, reasoning and second-guessing how God is going to do what He said He would do; it is of great grief. When everything has been said and done, what was it for? It was all for nothing! When God is going to something, He doesn’t need our advice or counsel; He doesn’t come knocking at our door for a plan of action! He will do what He will do, and the quicker that we settle that matter in our hearts is the more speedily one will come to enjoy the blessed rest that comes from simply trusting!!!
We need at times to be reminded of the facts—the world is His and the fulness thereof; the cattle on a thousand hills and every beast of the forest belongs to Him; what have we that He hath need of, or what can we give to Him that He does not already own? Oh God, forgive me for pigeonholing you into a tiny weeny space when your fulness fills the whole universe!! It’s not my business dear soul, and nor is it yours, to work out how God is going to do what He said He would do. That’s His business, and when we leave the matters of “how-to” for God “to do”, He’ll never cease to amaze us!!