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Judgment of Sins 2 Cor. 5:21

Judgment of Sins 2 Cor. 5:21 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

This lesson is on the judgment of sins.  There seems to be some confusion about what happens to us when we sin after we are saved.  This sermon will deal with the subject of sin at our salvation and following our salvation, all the way to the judgment seat of Christ.  The judgment of sins includes:

The judgment of sins at Calvary – 2 Cor 5:21 – when Jesus died on the cross, he became sin for us.  He took away the sin of the world, Jn 1:29.  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life, Rom 5:18.  Therefore, anyone who will receive Jesus Christ, the free gift [Jn 3:16], will be justified.

The judgment of sins at salvation – Rev 1:5 – Jesus Christ washed us from our sins in his own blood when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and received him.  We are washed, we are sanctified and we are justified by him, 1 Cor 6:9-11.  Justification basically says that you have been tried for your sins and found “not guilty.”  Rightly so, since Jesus Christ already died for them and paid for them [Rom 5:8].

The judgment of sins after salvation – 1 Cor 11:31 – sin after salvation is still sin.  You can’t be thrown into hell for your sin after salvation and you can’t die after salvation [I’m talking about the second death of Rev 21:8] because you are in Christ [Eph 5:30], you have been given eternal life [1 Jn 5:13], you have passed from death unto life [Jn 5:24] and you are seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus [Eph 2:6].  But you can suffer every temporal consequence for sin just like any lost man.  You can suffer temporal condemnation for walking after the flesh [Rom 8:1].  You can reap corruption [Gal 6:7-8].  You can get sick, grow weak and even die [1 Cor 11:28-30].  You can lose your testimony and your reputation [1 Tim 3:6-7, for instance].  Therefore, the Lord gives us the instruction to judge ourselves and to confess our sins [1 Jn 1:9; Prov 28:13].

The judgment of sins at the judgment seat of Christ – 2 Cor 5:10-11 – sins that we commit after we are saved can also have eternal consequences.  Again, you won’t wind up in hell, but you can suffer lost rewards and inheritance at the judgment seat of Christ.  Like Col 3:23-25 says, “he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”  Notice the loss of inheritance in the kingdom of God due to sin as found in these verses: 1 Cor 6:9-10, Eph 5:5, Gal 5:19-21.

The judgment of sinners for eternity – Rev 21:8 – finally we should say that if you have not believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, you will spend eternity in the lake of fire for rejecting the only remedy that can keep you out of there [Jn 3:36].  You can only be justified by the one who paid for your sin.

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Thy Face Will I Seek Ps. 24:8

Thy Face Will I Seek Ps. 24:8 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

In Ps 27:8 David said, “When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”  This is a strange request and response because, Jn 1:18 and 1 Jn 4:12 say, “no man hath seen God at any time.”  So, how are we to seek God’s face?

His face has eyes, a mouth, ears, and a nose.  So, imagine standing in front of the face of God as you approach him.  Although Moses never saw his face, God said of Moses, “With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches,” [Num 12:8].  So, when you seek the face of God, notice his:

Eyes – in the great book recording the love between Solomon and his bride, which typifies the relationship between Christ and the Church, we read, “His eyes are the eyes of doves,” [SOS 5:12].  When John saw his eyes he said, “his eyes were as a flame of fire,” [Rev 1:14].  The thing about his eyes is that they see right through you.  Prov 15:3 the eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.  Heb 4:13 all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.  And when you imagine those eyes, they affect you.  Prov 20:8, A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.  Just take off your mask of hypocrisy and deal with him face to face.

Mouth – Job said, “I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food,” [Job 23:12].  When you open the Bible to read, listen for God speaking to you out of his words.  In 1 Sam 3:9, Samuel was instructed to reply to the Lord’s voice with, “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth.”  We should come to the Bible the same way so that the Lord can reveal himself to us through the word of the Lord [1 Sam 3:21].  Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” [Matt 4:4].  This book speaks.

Ears – in Ps 141:1 David said, “Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry into thee.”  In Ps 143:1 he said, “Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.”  David knew that he had the ear of the Lord when he was speaking with him.  Remember those times when you have spoken to the Lord in prayer and you just know that he heard you.  The peace of God came over you, even though you didn’t know how or when God was going to answer.  All that mattered is that you knew he heard you.  That’s all that ever matters.

Nose – we are supposed to be a sweet savor of Christ unto God [2 Cor 2:15].  David said, “Let my prayer be set before thee as incense [Ps 141:2].  See also Rev 8:3-4.  We are to offer spiritual sacrifices to God [1 Pet 2:5] and with these, God should be well pleased [Heb 13:15-16]. Contrast what happened when Israel sacrificed to the Lord after turning so far away from him [Is 1:11-14, Is 65:2-5].  We don’t want to stink up the place with our presence.  We want to be a sweet savor to him, instead.

Conclusion: hopefully, it will be helpful to us to think about presenting ourselves before the face of God, by seeking his face.  Let’s keep his eyes, mouth, ears and nose in mind as we approach unto him.

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They Didn’t Know Him Luke 24:13-35

They Didn’t Know Him  Luke 24:13-35 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

These two disciples on the road to Emmaus were walking with Jesus and didn’t know him.  They remind me of Christians who know only enough about Jesus to know that they are saved.  But they don’t know him and have little to no fellowship with him in their lives.  These two disciples should have known him because they had been close to him; but they didn’t.

These two disciples are Cleopas and Mary.  Cleopas is identified in Lk 24:18.  Mary is identified in Jn 19:25.  She stood by the cross of Jesus when he was crucified, but she was not with the women who went early to the sepulcher after Jesus arose [Lk 24:22-24].  The Mary’s who went to the tomb were Mary Magdalene [Matt 28:1] and Mary, the mother of James [Mk 16:1].

After all the time that Cleopas and Mary had spent with Jesus, they didn’t know him.  They didn’t know they were walking with Jesus.  And you don’t know him for the same reasons that they didn’t know him.  You don’t know him because:

He is beyond reason – Lk 24:14-15 – they reviewed the facts and their assumptions based on the facts, and concluded that he wasn’t alive.  They were wrong.  You aren’t going to know Jesus by reason; he is the God of the impossible.

He is beyond sight – Lk 24:16 – their eyes were holden.  See also Lk 24:22-24.  You cannot see him.  We are supposed to live by faith, not by sight.  But since so much of what we do is by sight, we get used to only recognizing those things we can see.  You won’t know Jesus by sight.

He is beyond emotion – Lk 24:17 – they were sad.  Just because you can’t feel Jesus doesn’t mean he’s not there.  People become so overwhelmed with emotions that what they feel becomes their reality.  In fact, you can’t feel the presence of the Lord.  You may have had a feeling associated with him at some point, but the feeling is not him and the lack of feeling isn’t his absence.  Emotions are very deceiving when it comes to knowing God.

He is beyond knowledge – Lk 24:18-20 – They were already too smart, like Martha in Jn 11:21-24.  What they knew was hindering them from knowing what they still didn’t know.  You may know about Jesus; but you don’t know him.  He wants to reveal himself to you.

He is beyond expectation – Lk 24:21 – They had trusted him for the wrong thing.  They trusted that he should have redeemed Israel.  He will; but he didn’t do it at that time.  They didn’t know him because they didn’t trust him.  They trusted what they thought he should do for them.  Lots of people lose faith when Jesus doesn’t do what they think he should do, the way they think he should do it, in the time that they want him to do it.

If you want to know Jesus:

He is known by the scriptures – Lk 24:25-27 – They didn’t believe the scriptures.  That’s the biggest problem of all.  He reveals himself to you through the scriptures, just like he revealed himself to Cleopas and Mary through the scriptures [Lk 24:31-32].  Just consider some of the major prophecies Jesus could have expounded to them.  If you want to know Jesus, he reveals himself to you in this Bible.  He wants you to believe what you are reading so that you will know him.

He is known when you seek him – Lk 24:13 – Cleopas and Mary were walking to Emmaus; yet they were instructed to go to Galilee.  They were with the disciples when the women came to tell them that Jesus had risen Lk 24:23-24.  But they didn’t follow the angel’s order in Matt 28:7.  He told them that they would see Jesus in Galilee.  They obviously weren’t looking for him or else they would have been heading to Galilee.  Instead, they were going about some other business in Emmaus.  That’s the problem with most Christians who don’t know Jesus.  They are preoccupied with their own stuff.  Jer 29:13 says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Conclusion: Do you want to know Jesus?  Invite him to abide with you [Lk 24:29].  If you are lost, believe on him and receive him.  If you are saved, seek him and search for him in the scriptures.  Become preoccupied with knowing him.

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Prayers For All Men 1 Tim. 2: 1-8

Prayers For All Men 1 Tim. 2: 1-8 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Paul put a priority on prayer.  He exhorted, first of all, that prayers be made for all men.  In this lesson we are going to learn what to pray, for whom to pray, why to pray, how to pray, when to pray, and where to pray.  When you pray prayers for all men, here is:

What to pray – 1 Tim 2:1 – Paul gives us four kinds of prayers that we should pray.  Supplication is humble, earnest prayer.  The origin of the word is Latin where it meant to kneel down.  You see this word repeatedly in Solomon’s prayer in 1 Ki 8, and you’ll notice that he was kneeling on his knees when he prayed [1 Ki 8:54].  Prayer is simply talking to God and includes confession, petitions, adoration and so forth.  Prayer can be long or short.  Intercession is prayer for others.  And giving of thanks is just what it says; it’s thanking God.

For whom to pray – 1 Tim 2:1-2 – Paul said that we are to pray specifically for the following:

  • All men. In other words, there is no one for whom we shouldn’t pray, saved [Eph 6:18] or lost [1 Tim 2:4].  God will have all men to be saved and “all” means “all.”
  • Kings and all that are in authority. In our country that would be our president, vice president, cabinet members, congressmen, senators, supreme court justices, governors, lieutenant governors, state agency commissioners, congressmen, senators, county commissioners, mayors, council members, federal, state, county and municipal judges, and law enforcement officers.  That’s quite a list.
  • This is implied in verses 6-7 and stated clearly in Eph 6:18-20 & 1 Thes 5:25.

Why to pray – 1 Tim 2:2-4 – there are several reasons for us to pray mentioned in this text.  First, we pray so that we may live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Second, prayer is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour.  Third, we must intercede for the lost; Jesus does [Heb 7:25].

How to pray – 1 Tim 2:5 – we know that there is only one God and there is only one mediator between God and men.  That mediator is Jesus Christ.  So, we pray to the one God, whom we call, “Father,” [Matt 6:9; Jn 16:23].  And we pray through the mediator, Jesus Christ.  Thus, we pray in Jesus’s name [Jn 16:23-24; Jn 14:13-14].  This simple instruction excludes all other prayers to saints, to Mary, to Allah, to Buddha, or to the multiple gods of many other religions.

When to pray – 1 Tim 2:6-7 – Jesus gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.  Since the testimony of the gospel is now [2 Cor 6:2], then we should pray now for those who are lost.  Jesus said, “… men ought always to pray, and not to faint,” [Lk 18:1].  Nevertheless, when you know a preacher will be preaching the gospel to the lost, you should be particularly diligent and fervent in prayer [Col 4:3; 2 Thes 3:1].  Paul was a preacher and he wanted men praying.

Where to pray – 1 Tim 2:8 – Paul said, “I will therefore that men pray every where.”  Lifting up holy hands [1 Ki 8:54] is a posture of sacrifice and worship as in Ps 141:2 and Neh 8:6.  Since our bodies are presented to the Lord as a holy, living sacrifice [Rom 12:1] this is an appropriate gesture in prayer.  Just don’t make it a ritual where the hands go up but the heart doesn’t or the hands go up but they are not holy.

Conclusion: Paul adds final instructions at the end of 1 Tim 2:8, were he stipulates “without wrath and doubting.”  Two things, in this passage, can hinder your prayers: wrath and doubting.  Wrath will kill your prayer life.  All wrath is to be put away from you [Eph 4:30-32].  Though Mk 11:25-26 was before the cross, it shows us the Lord’s attitude toward an unforgiving spirit.  As James said, “the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God,” [Jas 1:20].  And concerning doubting, read Mk 11:22-24 and Jas 1:6-8.  Doubt will also kill your prayer life.

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Love, Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Love, Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Gal.5:22-23

Love is the first mentioned of the fruit of the Spirit. This fruit is not anything that you are producing, it only comes by the Holy Spirit’s work through you. The world’s definition and your flesh’s definition  is not the love that is produced by the Spirit.

[Eph.5:9] This is the “core” of the fruit of the Spirit, all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Most people define it with the “core” being lust.

[Gal.5:16-17] Your flesh and the Spirit are contrary to each other. The flesh lusteth against the Spirit.

[Gal.5:19-21] This is the “standard equipment” you are born with. Your car came with certain “standard equipment’ that must be included or it’s not a car, steering wheel, brakes, etc. Because of being of Adam, you have a sin nature that comes as “Standard equipment”.

Dating/Marriage

  • [Eph.5:25,28-29] Men, you are to love your wife as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it. That kind has NO lust in it. It is sacrificial, it provides, protects, and it cares for. Men, is this the driving force that encourages you to seek out your wife? When it is, it is of God, and it is fruit of the Spirit of God. When it is not, it is lust.
  • [Eph.5;22], submit, [1Pet.3:1], be in subjection, nowhere does it say for a woman to love her husband.
  • [1 Pet.3:5] it does say, holy women trusted in God being in subjection to their own husbands.
  • [Titus 2:4-5] says that women must be taught to love their husbands.
  • This all means, that a woman loves her husband by trusting God and being in subjection to her husband. Clearly no lust involved it this.
  • The love I have for my wife has come from years of fearing God and loving my wife like Christ love the church. I have failed many times, but this is something that I cannot produce! This is a fruit of the Spirit of God.
  • My wife loves me by fearing God and being in submission to me. She certainly cannot do this but for the work of the Spirit of God in her.
  • We have both had previous marriages where our spouses have died. We both can testify that our first marriages were not based on any sort of Godly Love. We both will testify that a marriage by God and for God, with love produced by the Spirit is far better.
  • My question to you, women, is your search for a husband based on a man that you can totally be in subjection to? That should be your only standard.
  • Men, are looking for a wife that you can love in a manner, that you will proudly stand before Jesus Christ at the Judgment, and have no doubt that lust was not part of the selection process?

The Things that God Loves

  • [Jn.3:16] We ought to love the things that God loves. If you are allowing the Spirit of God bear fruit through you, you will begin to love the things that God loves, lost souls, righteousness, and truth.
  • [Prov.6:16-19] we ought to hate the things that God hates also.
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The Fear of the Lord

The Fear of the Lord

 (Hebrews 12:28-29)

 Today people say that fear is a negative thing and there is really nothing to fear. But as we will see in this lesson the fear of the Lord is not only good for you it is a necessity.

In theses verses from the book of Hebrews we see an interesting fact concerning the fear of the Lord. First of all we see that the fear of the Lord is not reverential trust as most people today say it is.  Note in verse 28 we are to serve God with reverence and Godly fear. Reverence and fear are two different things just as this verse says that they are.  Therefore to fear the Lord means exactly what is says, FEAR the Lord.

In this lesson we are going to look at some definitions from the word of God for what the fear of the Lord is. Some things we must do in regards to fearing the Lord, and some benefits of fearing the Lord.

Biblical definitions for the fear of the Lord :

Job 28:28 (The fear of the Lord is wisdom)

Psalm 19:9 (The fear of the Lord is clean)

Proverbs 1:7 (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge)

Proverbs 8:13 (The fear of the Lord is to hate evil, pride, and arrogancy)

Proverbs 14:27 (The fear of the Lord is strong confidence)

Proverbs 15:33 (The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom)

Some things we must do with the fear of the Lord :

1) We must be taught the fear of the Lord (Psalm 34:11)

  • Just as with little children who have to be taught to fear things that are dangerous for them we have to be taught the fear of the Lord.
  • One of the best ways to be taught the fear of the Lord is by reading the word of God. The word of God teaches us especially in the Old Testament the power of God and how he judges sin in the lives of his people. The more time we spend in the word of God the more fear of the Lord we should have.

2)  We must understand the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 2:5)

  • It is one thing to be taught something but it is another thing to understand what you have been taught. Everyone that has taken algebra or geometry understands this principle.
  • In the passage from Proverbs we see that a requirement for understanding the fear of the Lord is to seek and cry after knowledge and understanding.
  • This is probably the reason that most people today misunderstand what the fear of the Lord is; they are not seeking after knowledge and understanding.
  • Just as with being taught the fear of the Lord we see that the word of God is the key.

3)  You must choose the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:29)

  • Once you have been taught to fear the Lord and have a real understanding of what it really is then the choice is yours. You will either choose to fear the Lord or you will choose not to.
  • The choice is completely up to you but the consequences of not fearing the Lord can be disastrous.

Benefits of having the fear of the Lord :

1)  The fear of the Lord can help you live longer (Proverbs 10:27)

  • It makes sense that by fearing the Lord we would naturally follow his word and by following his word we can possibly live longer than if we don’t follow his word.

2)  The fear of the Lord causes us to depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6)

  • One of the direct results of fearing the Lord is to realize that he will judge sin in our lives. The more we understand this the less evil we will be associated with.

3)  The fear of the Lord brings satisfaction (Proverbs 19:23)

  • One of the biggest problems for lost and saved people alike today is lack of contentment. No one is satisfied with their job, spouse, home, car, etc. We always want something bigger and better.
  • The fear of the Lord is said to bring satisfaction. If we had more fear of the Lord we could live a more content and satisfied life.

The fear of the Lord is one of the most necessary things in life and the benefits are tremendous for the saved person. Do not let anyone fool you fear means fear and there is too much at stake to not have the fear of the Lord.

 

The Fear of the Lord (Hebrews 12:28-29)

Handout

1)  What is the fear of the Lord? What is the fear of the Lord not?

 

2)  Give some biblical definitions for the fear of the Lord.

 

3)  List three things that we must do with the fear of the Lord.

 

4)  What are some of the benefits of the fear of the Lord?

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Then Will I Hear 2 Chr. 7:14

Then Will I Hear 2 Chr. 7:14 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

We have heard much preaching on 2 Chr 7:14.  The part of the verse I like is… then will I hear.  God said that, if they do four things, then will I hear.  The four things are these: humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways.

The verse is specifically aimed at Israel.  Notice that the end of the verse says, “and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  First, the sins of Christians are forgiven when we are saved.  Second, we don’t have land that must be healed; our home is in heaven.  Israel, on the other hand, has a new covenant, yet to be fulfilled at the second coming of Jesus, at which time their sins will be forgiven [Heb 8:10-13] and their land will be healed.

Nevertheless, despite the doctrinal application to Israel, we can glean a tremendous spiritual blessing from this verse.  The spiritual blessing involves the assurance that our prayers are being heard by God when we approach him the way he instructed Israel to approach him.  God says, then will I hear:

When you humble yourself.  Don’t ask God to humble you.  Humble yourself [1 Pet 5:6].  You do that by your posture.  Kneel.  Solomon started his prayer of dedication for the temple standing and finished upon his knees [1 Ki 8:22; 2 Chr 6:13].  The night Jesus was betrayed, he started praying with his eyes lifted to heaven [Jn 17:1], then he moved to the garden of Gethsemane and prayed kneeling [Lk 22:41], then on the ground [Mk 14:35], and then on his face [Matt 26:39].

You also humble yourself by making God big and making yourself little [Jn 3:30].  Jesus made himself of no reputation [Phil 2:7] and instead glorified his Father [Jn 17:4].  God will hear when you humble yourself.

When you pray.  Prayer is basically an undistracted, uninterrupted conversation with God.  A great example is Jesus’ prayer to his Father in Jn 17.  Jesus presented his petition before his Father and didn’t stop until he reached the end of his prayer.  Then he went out to Gethsemane with his disciples and when he was alone, he resumed praying.  There were times when Jesus prayed all night long [Lk 6:12].  At other times, his prayers were just a few words [Lk 23:34].  It’s not how big your prayers are [Matt 6:7b], it’s how big our God is to whom you are praying.

When you seek God’s face.  We are told to seek the Lord’s face [1 Chr 16:11].  But no man has seen his face [Jn 1:18].  If you think about it, we know that the Bible describes God with anthropomorphic characteristics.  He has a nose and mouth and eyes and ears.  So, when you pray, present yourself as a sweet savor unto God [2 Cor 2:15].  Hear the words of his mouth [Prov 8:8].  Hide nothing from his eyes [Heb 4:13].  And speak into his ears [Ps 19:14].  In this way, you can seek his face and he will hear your prayer.

When you turn from your wicked ways.  The psalmist said in Ps 119:59, “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.”  This turning is simply what it says.  You turn.  So, imagine that you are driving and make a wrong turn.  15 miles down the road, you realize that you are going the wrong direction.  When you make the U-turn, you are still 15 miles from the right road.  You must retrace your route until you get back to where you went the wrong way.  By the same token, when you turn from your wicked ways, depending on where you got off track with God, you still have a lot of ground to recover.  Most people expect that, when they turn, God will reach down and deliver them back to where they need to be.  He doesn’t.  And for this reason, many people just keep on going the wrong way away from God.

Listen, if you will turn, God will hear you.  And he will help you as you recover your lost ground.  It is important to know that God will be in the equation now.  He will help you as you pray.  He doesn’t expect you to get back on your own.

Conclusion: these four things ought to be fresh on your mind when you approach God.  And take great confidence in the fact that he is listening and he does answer [1 Jn 5:14-15].

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Samson and Delilah

Judges 16:4-31 What Samson Lost With Delilah CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Samson fell in love with Delilah.  Three times he had trouble with women down with the Philistines.  The third time was the charm in a manner of speaking.  When Samson and Delilah got together, she enticed him to tell her the source of his strength so the Philistines could take his strength away from him and then defeat him.  When Delilah succeeded in getting to the truth, Samson lost some things:

He lost his strength – Jud 16:17-19 – His Nazarite vow had been broken.  His strength came from God.  He needed a haircut and finally got it.  When his hair went, so did his strength.

He lost his Lord – Jud 16:20 – in the Old Testament, men could lose their salvation when the Lord left them [1 Sam 16:13-14].  The Spirit came on David and stayed [Ps 51:11].  The Spirit came on Saul and left.  The Spirit came on Samson and left and then returned Jud 16:28.

He lost his eyes – Jud 16:21 – They were the source of his trouble.  You reap what you sow.  A lot of times this is the way the Lord deals with men.

He lost his testimony – Jud 16:23-24 – the Lord had given him his supernatural strength.  So, when he lost it, the heathen attributed his defeat to the supernatural strength of their god [which they knew wasn’t true but in their superstition they honored him].

He lost his life – Jud 16:30 – this ultimately then was suicide.  But remember in Heb 11:32.  Samson was among the heroes of the faith.  So, this suicide did not cause him to die unsaved.  You need to remember that.  He died without reward probably, but not without the Lord.

Conclusion: there is a lot to lose by making bad choices and delving in sin.  Let what happened to Samson be a lesson to you.

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The Simplicity of Prayer II Cor. 11:1-3

The Simplicity of Prayer II Cor. 11:1-3. CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Bear with me, many of us get corrupted, and leave the simplicity in Christ. Tonight’s subject is Prayer, and if corrupted, we must get back to its simplicity. I am as guilty as others that fall into the ritual of Wednesday night prayer meeting.  Ps.46:10 “Be still and know that I am God”, sometimes we need to be still…, and get back to basics.

The Purpose of prayer is to get the thing asked for!

  1. A baby cries for milk! Or to be changed from a dirty diaper! (No training required)
  2. What are the things that you need? Pray for those!
  3. Your father knows what you need [Matt.6:8] before you ask!
  4. When you ask, you acknowledge who he is!
  5. My daughters learned to speak because we required it, we knew what they needed before they asked. It was a help to them, and a burden to us to require them to learn
  6. The time we live in, [Rev.3:17] “we have need of nothing…}”, God knows better.

Prayer is NOT a religions practice or motion, or ritual!

  1. [Matt.6:1-6] Not for a performance, or show
  2. Not a task that proves you are a Christian
  3. Not to be judged by others! Quality as judged by man is worthless!
  4. The sincerity of a sinner’s prayer for salvation, wow! That prayer is to get the thing asked for!

  M. Bounds Quotation

Prayer is the helpless and needy child crying to the compassion of the Fathers heart and the bounty and power of a Fathers hand. Get there and change your prayer life!

[Matt.7:7-8]

  1. The object of asking is to receive
  2. The aim of seeking is to find
  3. The purpose of knocking is to arouse attention and Get In.
  4. Jesus promises success!
  5. I asked my father for a pickup truck when I was a teen ager. He was the only one that I believed could help me with my request. He did! He did! He told me to get a job and earn the money and buy whatever truck I could afford! Then he helped me get that job, and select that truck. Request granted, yet not the way I expected.
  6. God will answer your prayer, maybe not as you expect.

The Value of prayer:

  1. [Matt.6:7] is NOT in the length or numbers of
  2. The value of prayer is that we are privileged by our relationship with God to unburden our desires and make our request know to Him, not the specific answer.
  3. [Phil. 1:1-4] the value of JOY. It is an extreme joy to see and have a part in answered prayer for others!
  4. [Phil.4:6-7] the value of PEACE. Every time I take my need to the lord, I receive that peace that passes all understanding.
  5. [Heb.4:16] the value of MERCY and GRACE! Your father has the storeroom of all storerooms of Mercy and Grace and wants you to have it!
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No Restraint to the Lord 1Sam. 14:6

1 Sam 14:6 No Restraint to the Lord CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

Jonathan encouraged his armor bearer to go with him to fight against a garrison of the Philistines by reminding him that there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.  So, the two of them could take on even up to 10,000 of the enemy [Deut 32:30].  His confidence was not only founded in his faith in God’s words but also in the Lord’s actions.  Notice these tremendous victories where there was no restraint to the Lord:

Gideon against the Midianites – Jud 7:4, 7 – 300 men under Gideon won against 135,000 Midianites [Jud 8:10] because of the Lord.

David against Goliath – 1 Sam 7:45-47 – Goliath the giant had armor and weapons; David had the Lord five little rocks.

Asa against the Ethiopians – 2 Chr 14:11 – 580,000 soldiers in Judah defeated 1,000,000 Ethiopian soldiers because of the Lord.

Jehoshaphat against Moab, Ammon and Seir – 2 Chr 20:12 – in this battle Judah didn’t even have to fight.

Jesus against sin, death, hell and the devil – 1 Cor 15:57 – Jesus defeated them all and now we have the victory.

The remnant of Israel against the armies of the world – Zech 14:1-5 – Israel will win because the Lord will fight for them when Jesus returns.

Conclusion: with those kinds of victories, you can be sure that God is just looking for a man [Ezek 22:30] or even a small church [Zech 4:10] to do a big work for him against his enemies because there is no restraint to the Lord!!

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