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.
When one thinks of the men and women that God has used over the millennia; if one was to look after the outward appearance with the eyes of human wisdom, who would have picked them? Yet, the great and glorious reality is that God chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty. Is it not true that “…the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner” (1 Pet. 2:7)?
In this sermon, we look at the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand and as we do, we come to understand that God does not need our natural gifts and talents in order to work a work in our day. God simply asks that we give to him the little that we have, the five loaves and two fishes, that He might work a miracle to the blessing of many and to the glory of His mighty name!
2 Timothy 4:1-4
There are some verses of Holy Scripture that by their very nature are weightier than others. The passage that comes before us in this sermon is surely one such weighty giant and one of the great go-to passages of every preacher. Worn are its pages through frequent visiting, for it is here where he gets his instructions from the Almighty and the royal commandment to preach the Word!
In an age where the Word of God is so seldom preached as it once was, in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. The exhortation is given in this sermon of the need again for such anointed preaching that God might in His mercy see fit to visit a people with great stirrings and awakening in this desperate hour of need.
As we look around at the state of a world that is stooped in darkness, and a Church that is fast asleep in this generation, one could be forgiven for thinking that all hope has long faded! For many of God’s remnant, things are waxing worse and the Lord’s coming is imminent. Brethren, I don’t disagree!! We are living right at the end…yet this does not preclude the mercy of God to bring one last awakening and revival in this hour of tremendous need.
In this sermon, we contrast the mercy of God against a mindset that delights in judgment. We conclude by looking at a brief synopsis of the last 150 years of Judah’s history and in so doing conclude, there’s still hope yet that God might awaken a sleeping Church and bring a lost and dying world unto Himself in great numbers! O Lord, do it again!!
So many in the earth begin life as bubbling happy youngsters, not a care in the world, unaware of the big bad world that they’re about to enter! Yet, by the time they’ve reached their 30’s and 40’s, that youthful optimism has pretty much been blown out of the water and aged cynicism has begun to set in. Naivety has given way to suspicion and by the time they reach their later years, full-blown pessimism has pretty much taken over every thought. As a Christian, I don’t ever want to become a cynic let alone a pessimist! Yet, as the years pass so also do the offences committed against us. The challenge facing every one of us as believers is to not allow our hearts to become hard so as to lose the tenderness.
This sermon digs into the Word of God and presents to the believer, the grace and power that is in Christ which allows us to overcome the sins of resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness.
When I think of the wasted hours spent deliberating and calculating, reasoning and second-guessing how God is going to do what He said He would do; it is of great grief. When everything has been said and done, what was it for? It was all for nothing! When God is going to something, He doesn’t need our advice or counsel; He doesn’t come knocking at our door for a plan of action! He will do what He will do, and the quicker that we settle that matter in our hearts is the more speedily one will come to enjoy the blessed rest that comes from simply trusting!!!
We need at times to be reminded of the facts—the world is His and the fulness thereof; the cattle on a thousand hills and every beast of the forest belongs to Him; what have we that He hath need of, or what can we give to Him that He does not already own? Oh God, forgive me for pigeonholing you into a tiny weeny space when your fulness fills the whole universe!! It’s not my business dear soul, and nor is it yours, to work out how God is going to do what He said He would do. That’s His business, and when we leave the matters of “how-to” for God “to do”, He’ll never cease to amaze us!!