1 Samuel 22:1-3
“The world’s greatest men usually enter incognito. The tough youngsters who gathered in Jesse’s back yard of a summer afternoon to play the ancient equivalent of piggy-move-up would not have shoved Jesse’s youngest boy around quite so freely if they had had a touch of second sight to let them see that they were taking liberties with the greatest king Israel was ever to know. But their blindness made possible many a glorious day of fun for the boys in the neighborhood...Such are the ways of God when He prepares His saints and heroes: He leaves them unrecognized by the world until the day of their “showing unto Israel””.
– A.W Tozer
1 Samuel 7:1-13
As Christians, we ought never to lose the living testimony of a Living God in our midst! The increasingly secular world in which we live declares that God is dead and as such, derides anyone who would dare to come out in the public square and declare that Jesus is real and living! The great danger in our day is that we can become so PC that we’ve nothing left of a Christian testimony whereby God can be glorified! We must resist this temptation to “fit-in”. Has not the Lord been good to us? Has He not by His mighty arm delivered us again and again out of many dangers? When we had no one else to turn to, was not the Lord our rock?
As we dig into 1 Samuel 7, we see that while Israel walked with the Lord, they had a testimony of His mighty deliverance; but when they turned their hearts from Him to serve idols, then was this testimony lost. This is a call to return unto the Lord with wholeness of heart that we might see again in our midst, a living testimony of a Living God.
When you purpose with all your heart that you are going to walk through this life with the single determination at every juncture to say, YES to the will of God and NO to the will of man! Get ready, for a life of misunderstanding; judgment, criticism, and persecution. To walk with God friends at times is to tread a lonely path of obscurity, and we have to settle it in our heart from the onset that we will seek only the smile and approval of God! If this was the path the Master went; should not the servant tread it still? Who will say YES to the Master? YES to Your way and No to Mine?
This is a sermon that will both challenge and equip believers to get ready for the Lord’s return. It is by no means exhaustive, but key principles and commands are passionately given in order to help prepare the Bride of Christ to make it through in these last days.
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Pastor John brings a very timely word for the purpose of equipping the Saints to get ready for the Lord’s return. Drawing from the Scriptures, John contrasts those who were ready at the first coming of the Lord with those who were not and in so doing shows those who will be ready and those who won’t at His second coming.
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2 Timothy 4:1-5
It is the responsibility of the minister of God to be ready to preach the word, in season and out of season; when people want to hear it and when they don’t. The man of God must settle this in his heart, ever before he thinks of getting into the pulpit. He is not there to entertain the sheep, but rather, to reprove, rebuke and exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine. Why? “...the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
This sermon is an exhortation all Christians alike, not to shy away from the spotlight of God’s Word, but rather to be ready to place oneself at all seasons, into the searching rays of God’s eternal truth!!
As one surveys the last two thousand years of Church history, one will see that sadly, anti-Semitism has plagued its ranks at every juncture, hiding beneath the thinly clad veneer of theology so-called. Replacement theology—the belief that the Church has replaced national Israel (the Jewish people) in becoming the new inheritors of the promises given specifically to Israel in the Tanakh—has caused an arrogance to arise in the Christian Church (comprising largely of Gentile believers) of which the Apostle Paul warned against in the eleventh chapter of the book of Romans; “Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee” (Rom. 11:18).
In this sermon teaching, the biblical foundation is laid and the mandate given us by God’s word, to take the gospel into all the world, first to the Jewish people and then to the Gentile. May God give us again a burden for Jewish mission!
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Which one of us, having been redeemed to God, by the blood of the Lamb; having been enlightened and having tasted of the heavenly gift; having been made partakers of the Holy Ghost, tasting the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, cannot upon hearing such precious words, well up with joy? Sinners, saved by grace, whose only plea was God be merciful to me a sinner! Having now been forgiven, cleansed, washed and sanctified, I want to ask you, by what power (in whose power) do you now go on to live this Christian life? By what strength; in whose might? I fear that there are some, who having been forgiven of much, bolt out the blocks like lightening, soaring in the steam of their own zeal; but alas, a year in and some of these poor souls come stuttering to a standstill—they’re out of fuel!!
Perhaps you’re saying, Brother, I don’t know how much longer I can go on; I’m tired, I’m weary and I’m losing heart! I think I hear the word of the Lord speaking forth from this book...can you hear it? Its voice is sure, it’s word, certain; “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 4:6). Precious one, have you come yet to learn the secret of this Christian life; that it’s not for the strong and the mighty but for the weak, who though God shall do valiantly! O to grace how great a debtor!!
1 John 3:1
Every single one of us who name the name of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour has a past do we not? A past that was stained deep by sin; we were on the highway to ruin!! Such were some you wrote Paul to the Corinthian Church. Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners. How could it be that the Holy One who inhabits eternity should shed His beams of love around us? How can it be that we could be objects of His love and come into an inheritance as children of God? This is a wonder beyond words and the statement, “For God so loved the word”, an enigma that we’ll never fully come to the bottom of. Thank you, Jesus, for loving me!
Extraordinary intervention, calls for extraordinary praise!! I’m sure that we can all relate to this—times in our lives where the mighty hand of God has intervened in our hopeless situation and has prevailed, giving to us a testimony! Praise God for such times and how our hearts overflow with the sound of thanksgiving!! Yet, I find, that what is heard in times of great victory, is seldom ever heard in the ordinary mundane affairs of everyday life. It seems here where we can be so shortsighted and fail so often to see the hand of God at work in what we would deem to be the ’lesser things of life’. Brethren, I am challenged in my own life in this matter. Each new day, when I awake, 1600 people in the UK did not make it to see another day—thank you God for waking me up this morning!! Thank you, Lord, for waking my children and my spouse; thank you for sparing my unsaved loved from the horrors of an eternal hell!! Thank you for a roof above my head, when hundreds of thousands sleep rough on the streets of Britain. Thank you for your faithful provisions—food and clothing—things we so take for granted when almost half the world’s population struggle to meet basic needs.
May this sermon stir our hearts unto thankfulness to our great God for all that He has done for us.