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.
To the natural mind suffering and tribulation are concepts that run counter opposite to joy. How possibly can discomfort, pain, and suffering exist in the same sentence as rejoice? Yet, in a number of places in the New Testament, the child of God is exhorted to rejoice in the midst of their suffering! How is this possible? Why is this exhortation given?
In this sermon, we seek to provide a biblical answer to the above questions and look intently at the role of tribulation in the proving and perfecting of Christian faith.