The exhortation goes forth in this sermon, "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others". Short, concise, to the point; in one sentence the challenge is brought to centre court! The great scourge of any society is selfishness; that is when a people become wholly consumed with themselves, to the neglect of everyone else around them!! As Christians, we must guard against this wickedness!
A Christians duty most certainly is to provide for his own household, but after that he must turn his eyes upon the needs of others!!
So often, when the Word of God is sounded forth in preaching, many turn to their left and right ensuring themselves that the message is for another and not for them. Yet the parable of the sower which is before us presented in this message is most assuredly for you!! Precious soul, do you find yourself struggling to bear fruit in this Christian walk? Is the Word of God failing to make inroads into your heart so as to produce fruit in your life? Say not what is wrong with the Word of God but say what is wrong with the ground into which it is being sown!!
Four different soils are presented in the parable before us, representing four different conditions of the heart; the wayside, the stony, the thorny and the good. By God's grace, may we be diligent to ascertain in honesty which ground the seed finds itself in this day!
Agur was a man of great conviction, who refused to simply allow himself to drift and to say 'what will be will be'!! Unlike Agur, so many today are inclined to allow themselves to go blindly on in this life, living in complete ignorance as to their own spiritual condition! Two great perils...two great woes...are presented in this message that ought be the fear of every true believer! Two great things that we ought enquire of God in this generation of spiritual apathy; firstly that we might be kept from spiritual blindness and secondly that we might be kept from being hearers only and never doers!!
As you listen to this message, it is my prayer that you would not be satisfied with the status quo!! God indeed is calling His people to a deeper walk in the day in which we live, may God lift the scales from our eyes that we might see our TRUE spiritual condition and in seeing, do something about it!!
The key ingredient missing in today's Christianity that was not missing in generations past is the fear and reverence of God and the things pertaining to Him! There was a time when even sinners knew, Church was not a place for joke and idle chit-chat, the sanctuary was the sanctuary!! There was no place for entertainment in the pulpit and the people of God in the pews had a great reverence for God's Word. Fast forward to this generation and the whole of worship has become one great mess of entertainment! The sacred had been consumed by the profane! Where are the clear distinguishing marks, the boundaries, separating the holy from the unholy? The clean from the unclean?
This message is a call to God's people to once again put difference between the holy and the unholy!!
What is the chief cause of the downfall of so many of God’s holy ministers? Why have so many risen through the ranks of usefulness in the kingdom of God, only to end in the dust of defeat? Why do so many after receiving a name, suddenly fall bringing great shame and reproach to that holy name to which their lives once brought glory and honour? The answer is contained in a five lettered word called PRIDE. In this message, we look at the life of a humble man who knew his place!! John the Baptist knew that he was the forerunner of the one who came after him of whose shoes he was worthy to untie! If any man had reason to boast, it was this man. Have you been given a ministry like unto this man’s? Did the prophets speak of you? Was you filled with the Holy Spirit from your mother’s womb? Did Christ ever say of you that among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater prophet? Yet John the Baptist knew his place because he knew His (Messiah’s) place. His heart’s cry and confession was simple…He must increase, but I must decrease!!
We are living in unprecedented times in this small island called Britain. Indeed, the prophet Amos warned Israel in his generation that there were days to come, when God was to send a famine into the land; not a famine of bread, nor of thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord! As we survey the climate of the land of Britain, it seems apparent that a day such as this is indeed upon us as people run to and fro seeking the word of the Lord and yet are not able to find it!!
The cry of this message goes forth to the body of Christ; we need to know the Bible in context for ourselves!! The people of God lay scattered across the mountains, perishing through lack of knowledge of the Word of God. It's time again to get into the Word of God like never before!! Who will recognise the terror of these times we live in and give themselves wholly to God?
Many speak of how they cannot wait to get to heaven; but I ask why? Is it the fact that we shall walk on streets of gold? Is it the fact that there shall alas be no more weeping, no more sorrow and no more dying? Is it the fact that you shall behold again loved ones who have gone before? Dear Brethren, what makes heaven heaven is the One who abides there!! What will make heaven heaven, is the fact that we shall at last behold Him face to face!!
This is a very challenging message, calling the Body of Christ to a closer intimacy with the LORD in the secret place. Do you want to go deeper with God?
The call to follow Christ is seldom pressed upon the hearts of those coming seeking the way of salvation. We band around such cliches as "give your life to Christ" without really pondering the depth of such words! Sadly, we see that so much of Christianity today in the West is emotionally driven. Yet when men came to Jesus seeking the way of salvation He laid down plainly the cost and requirement to be His disciples. His words are clear...His words are straight...His words are convicting!! "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Mt. 16:24).
2 Kings 3:16-24
In the midst of this super fast generation, where yesterday's news is old news and last hour's tweet has been lost in the mass of tweets coming after; how soon and how quick are we oft to forget and even blind to see, the blessings of answered prayer! All too often we look for answered prayer to come in the form of the supernatural - water coming out of a rock or manna coming from heaven. Yet, God the supernatural so often works through the natural!
Oh, that God might sharpen our discernment to recognise the supernatural hand of God working through natural occurrences on the behalf of His beloved children!! Oh, that we might more quick to see His hand of mercy and in giving thanks to count our many blessings!
Up and down the length and width of this nation we have within the professing Body of Christ, leaders who though present in person, are absent in function! Many love to occupy the seat of authority, but know nothing of the weight of accountability that rests upon them in their God given role to be a covering of protection for those God had placed in their care. Woe unto such a one, who through neglect of duty, leaves those under his care without a covering!
This is a message to pastors, to husbands and to fathers; don't neglect your God given responsibility to guard and to shepherd the flock!