You’d be forgiven for thinking that the title of this morning’s sermon is a message straight out of a motivational handbook; you’ll be pleased to know it’s not!!
This sermon offers a word of hope to those who have failed the Lord through sin and who are struggling to come back. By looking at Peter’s denial and subsequent restoration, we can find great comfort in the compassionate mercies of God. The same Saviour who restored Peter, can and will restore us if we would but only come to Him.
In this sermon, we examine the Parable of the Ten Virgins and in so doing find that there are those who are going to be ready when the Lord returns to collect His bride, and those who are not going to be ready! Getting ready for the Second Coming of the Lord is not something that we can prepare for when He comes, we must be prepared for when He comes.
May the Lord speak to each one of us on this matter of preparedness.
From the very inception of Paul’s call to faith, there on that dusty Damascene road; this former persecutor of those who followed the Way was himself shown by the Lord “...how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake” (Acts 9:16). The legacy of this man’s life was nothing short of faithfulness unto the Lord. He was sold out to Christ with a one-track mind to finish the course appointed him.
During his third missionary journey, Paul received a number of prophetic warnings from multiple sources, all confirming the same thing that bonds and afflictions awaited him upon his return to Jerusalem. Many pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem so as to spare him from the danger that awaited him there. Paul’s response was decisive and final…he’d purposed to go up to Jerusalem and to there finish the course appointed Him by the Lord! May the Lord grant us such faithful unswerving conviction to ever do what is right by our God no matter what the cost!
Some things I find in life are easier said than done. As human beings, we’re generally better at giving advice than we are at taking it! How many times have we heard the saying (and no doubt probably said it ourselves), “What’s the point in worrying? It won’t change anything...”, and yet we continue right on worrying! What is worry but a manifestation of fear on account of uncertainty?
In this sermon, we dig into the Scriptures and allow the Word of God to generate faith by looking at the great providential hand of God towards His children. What have we to fear, if God be for us? Let us cast our cares upon Him and bring our burdens to the Lord in prayer, finding in place of worry, a place of sweet relief.
Could it be that corporate prayer is so lacking in the Church today because God’s people have not first been found in private prayer? It is my conviction and that also of the Scriptures; God’s people ought to have an appetite for prayer. I say appetite because it’s not a laborious thing. Is it laborious to eat? If you’ve no taste buds...ye.! But God has given us a wonderful pallet so that we can enjoy the many tastes and flavours, so that even though we must eat, we want to eat, and the whole experience is a most enjoyable one!! Tell me, have you an appetite for prayer? There is much instruction in the New Testament concerning praying for others; if we care enough for others, we’ll pray enough for others. Yet private prayer is much more than a list of names and needs. Prayer is personal and as such, when you and I go into our closets and shut the door, the most intimate exchange ought to take place in fellowship with God as we bear the secrets of our hearts to our heavenly Father, aided by the help of the Holy Spirit. May the Lord stir our hearts to get alone from the business of this world and to spend time with Him in prayer.
In Nehemiah’s day, the children of Israel did something that is seldom is heard today – they confessed their sins to God. Yet in their confession, they did not attempt to apportion blame to another, but rather, they owned responsibility for their sin and ascribe greatness to God in His chastening hand of judgment!! The true mark of sincere and genuine confession is the absence of excuses and if the bedrock of confession is faulty, then repentance upon which it rests will also be faulty and no true fruit will follow. May God help us to get a hold on the heart of true confession, that we might return again to Him in true repentance.
1 Kings 21:1-16
Where the fear of God is absent from among the people of God, there you will find a breeding ground for every wicked sin. It may begin as a soggy marsh, but it will end in a sewer of running evil!! “Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD (to the false prophets who bolstered Israel in their sins), and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD” (Jer. 23:23-24).
This sermon is an exhortation for the Body Christ to return again to a healthy fear of God, not least in our treatment of others. The God who sees, will not hold those guiltless who destroy His people with their evil deeds—He shall exact their mangled bodies at their hands. May God have mercy in bringing a people to repentance.
The word joy appears in some sixty verses in the New Testament of the King James Bible and that’s withstanding the variant occurrences of the same root word such as “joyful”, “joyfully”, “joyfulness” “joying”, “joyous” and “rejoice”. This simple three-letter word is like buried treasure, everyone searching to find it but their looking in the wrong places!
True biblical joy can be distinguished from happiness in one crucial area, namely, happiness is dependent upon favourable circumstances whereas joy is not! In this sermon, the exhortation is given for those who name the name of Christ to examine themselves to see if what they have is the joy of the Lord which is our strength.
As one dear brother said to me not so long ago, “You can’t have faith on the other side of the fence”, you can only have it on this side of the promise! Once the promise has materialised into its physical reality, faith has done its work and there’s no longer need for it!
It seems that as we go on in this Christian walk, God takes us up to every increasing cliff heights, and as we stand at the precipice looking down at the sheer drop beneath us, we hear the voice of God saying jump, with the full assurance of faith that as we do, He will bear us up with eagles wings and perform that which He said He would! In this sermon, we follow the journey of faith in the life of Abraham and take great encouragement for our souls. What God did for him; he can do for us!
When we consider the greatness of the God with whom we have to do; my dear friends, one cannot begin to grasp the magnitude of this colossal task.
In this sermon, we explore some of the glorious attributes of God in order to discover the greatness of the God with whom we have to do. Having done this, we then look to see the nature of this glorious God. Where else can such a discovery be made that as one lifts their eyes to Calvary? It is here that one beholds both the holiness of God and the love of God. It is this God I commend to you.