A war has been raging for some 2000 years. Not a single generation has been exempt and not a day has passed wherein the conflict has ceased. It is a battle in the heavenly realms, reaching down to earth; a spiritual war involving the blood bought children of God and the forces of demonic darkness. It is crucial in this critical hour, that the Saints of God have a biblical understanding of Spiritual Warfare and how they are to stand in the evil day.
The passage before us in this sermon, more than adequately furnishes a sound exposition of the topic of spiritual warfare and gives plain instruction on how the child of God is to stand in the midst thereof.
There seems to be within some sectors of the Christian Church, two opposing views when it comes to spiritual warfare. On one extreme there exists those who deny that there is such a devil at work in the earth today and on the other, those who blame the devil for absolutely everything! Surely the Bible presents a middle ground, not overstating his power whilst at the same time not minimising his potential influence in the life of the believer.
Through the account given of the fall of man, this message seeks to shed light on the nature of Satan and his approach in seeking to ensnare the souls of men. This sermon is a sober warning and a caution to Christians not to spend too long in talk with the devil for one does so to the peril of his own soul!!
1 Samuel 2:1-11
So often we find ourselves on the side of unanswered prayer, looking across a vast and open gulf that seemingly separates us from that which we so earnestly seek God for; beholding by faith those things that we have yet to behold by sight. So long it seems we’ve spent in prayer and have yet to see an answer; we join with those souls who cry out from beneath the altar, how long, O Lord, how long!!
Yet Hannah was one such woman who travailed in prayer and lived to see the answer of that which she sought God for, her barren womb being opened. Hannah’s tears of sorrow were turned to tears of joy, yet her tears of joy were on account of her tears of sorrow. Before Hannah prayed the prayer of thanksgiving she first prayed the prayer of anguish. To all who labour in anguished prayer, hold fast, the prayer of thanksgiving is at hand!!
2 Peter 1:1-11
If one was to enquire from the pages of Holy Scripture what the chief reason for man’s existence is, one would have to respond by saying, to please God and to bring Him glory!! If I was to ask how one might achieve this, many no doubt would look to the area of Christian service and ministry. Yet, the Bible declares that we were predestined by God to be conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ.
This sermon is an urgent call for Christians to supply to their profession of faith fruit meet for such a profession. The apostle Peter leaves us in no doubt that as Christians, not only is such fruit to be found in us, but that they ought also to be found abounding!!
Never in the history of mankind have we ever been able to achieve more in in a single 24 hour day than we do in the age in which we live. What previous generations would have taken a week to accomplish, we can accomplish in mere hours. Yet, though man has much time free, he has no time free, for the time he would have free he fills with the pursuit of obtaining more. With the more come much anxiety!!
Anxiety is a foe of any man but in particular it is a foe of the Christian which if embraced will render one’s life unfruitful and barren! This sermon looks at the parable of the sower and in particular the application of the parable as it relates the peril of anxiety. A strong exhortation is given via a very practical message that we as Christians might break through in the area of faith and prayer to lay hold on the peace of God in the midst of the temptation to worry.
Whilst there are many wonderful portions of Scripture in God’s holy Word, among the greatest are those that relate to God’s supernatural working in the lives of natural men!! Our wonderful God takes that which the world considers mighty and noble and reduces it to powder, that from that place of nothingness, hopelessness and despair, He might perform a work to the glory of His holy name!
This sermon looks at a perfect example of the above, Moses, a man were told who was learned in all the wisdom of Egypt, mighty in words and deeds. Yet God brought this man into the wilderness for 40 years so that he might prepare him for service! The God who calls, is able to perform, not according to man’s strength, but according to His might power!!
Is there any among you that is without the pain and sorrow that accompany trials and afflictions? What is your response when such trials and afflictions come to press you out of measure? For many, their immediate response is why me? If God loves me, why would He allow such affliction to come into my life? Oh! Dear Brethren, don’t tarry long in conversation with that old serpent; well our Lord did say of him “he is a liar, and the father of it” (Jn. 8:44). Nay, in such moments of doubt, we must bring underneath that sinking sand, the sure foundation of God’s Word which cries aloud; it’s because God loves me why he allows trials and afflictions to come into my life!!
In this sermon, three key aspects of God’s chastening are brought out. Firstly, God chastens His children in retributive disciple in order that they might turn back to Him. Secondly, God chastens His children in corrective discipline that they might resemble more His image and character. Thirdly, God chastens His children in preventative discipline lest we should turn aside out of the way. The overriding message coming through in each case is the same…whom God loves He chastens!!
1 Kings 17:1-16
We are living in incredibly difficult times and difficult times call for times of encouragement!! Biblical encouragement is not airy fairy sentimentalism but rather is rooted and grounded on the steadfast faithfulness of a God who is able to sustain and provide for His people in times of great need!! You don’t need me to tell you that we are living in times of great famine. The preaching and teaching of truth is seldom to be heard in our land. Yet…the same God who was able to keep His people in the wilderness for 40 years, providing them fresh manna morning by morning is able to also feed His people! The same God who commanded the ravens to feed His faithful servant Elijah is the same God who will also feed us in the time of famine!!
This sermon is an exhortation to God’s Saints and a testimonial to the faithful mercies of a covenant keeping God who though He leads us into the wilderness, is able to sustain His beloved children.
1 Corinthians 11:24-26
The great and fundamental weakness of our make-up is that we are human – prone to discouragement, fears and doubts; afflicted with short-sightedness, so often powerless to change tomorrow! Yet, there is One who has never known defeat nor tasted of failure, One who is never worried by tomorrow for He is Lord of the past, present and future! To you who have tasted of the kindness of His mercies and have known and experienced His covenant keeping faithfulness in times of trouble, why so often in times of difficulty do you so soon forget His past deliverances?
Thus this sermon is a word of encouragement to all who have a testimony, to raise up memorials unto the Lord!! Dear Brethren, a memorial serves a purpose – it is something by which the memory of a person or an event is kept alive! God’s past mercies serve as a ground of hope and confidence for the present and future and the memorial brings those past deliverances to remembrance!!
2 Corinthians 11:2
Before ever there was the bond of parent and child, of brother and sister, there was the bond of husband and wife. There exists no closer and more sacred a bond than that of holy matrimony. In like manner, there is then no greater act of treachery and betrayal than when a spouse takes themselves and joins themselves to another lover.
This sermon sheds Biblical light on spiritual adultery. Drawing from the example of Israel, one sees the broken heart of a loving husband who is jealous for His bride. He it was that betrothed her to Himself when no none else desired her; He it was that caused her to flourish in beauty, yet with that beauty she took herself and committed whoredom on every high hill and under every green tree, committing spiritual adultery with gods of stone and wood, alliancing herself with the kings of other nations. Yet, this is not only the picture of an Old Testament Israel; sadly it is the picture of many who profess Jesus Christ whose hearts are in this world! Paul said to the Corinthian Church, “...I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:2). When will His bride return?