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Faithful to the Smallest Detail

Sermon of the Day: God Demonstrates His Love For Us

 

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

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Men this morning I wanted to share one of my favorite verses with you. This chapter was in my reading the other day, but this verse has been an anchor for me in the past. I hope that it will be an awesome reminder for some of you. Or I hope this will be a new anchor of truth for you to plant in your heart.

Especially in light of our brother Yurik, and what he is going through. I felt this would be an amazing time of encouragement with a scripture like this. For what he is going through, but also what you are going through.

Men if we are honest with ourselves we all have fear. I know a few tough guys who really don’t want anyone to think that or know that. But men the sooner we can acknowledge and admit our fears, the sooner we can look to an all-knowing, all-powerful God and say ‘I Need You’!

No matter what obstacles or hurdles come your way, Isaiah encourages us here to not be dismayed or discouraged. God is so faithful to His word.

Matthew 5:18

 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

This is an amazing scripture to break down and learn more about, but in brief; the jot and tittle were basically a small Hebrew alphabet and a font marking in the Hebrew language. Even these smallest details throughout God’s word will come to pass. How much more your life, and your salvation?

Reading God’s word is so powerful men. The more we read it, the more we become to know the God of the universe and His intimate, personal and life breathing plans for your life. I felt this following passage was an amazing description of God that illustrates how He truly is our helper and more than capable to uphold you with His righteous right hand.

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

 

Grace and Power

Sermon of the Day: How You Can Be Sure

 

Ezekiel 18:30-32 NLT

30 “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! 31 Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? 32 I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!

 

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Good Morning Men!

This passage really stuck to me the other day. It started in verse 19 and continued through 32.

Personally I saw two powerful commands that are directly connected to living or dying.

  1. Repent and Turn.

There are so many commands throughout the Bible about what this looks like. For the most part we already have the feeling in us that is saying right or wrong. Good or bad and so on. For the believer this can continue to be sharpened and grow as we become more in-tuned with the leading of the Holy Spirit. The more we seek God in prayer and in His word, the more we obey Him. The more clear this voice becomes to our heart.

Rather then listing all of the verses that could illustrate it, let me share one that Jesus shared to sum them all up.

Matthew 22:37-40 NLT

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

2. Find a new heart and a new spirit.

Again, so many verses throughout the Old and New testament that talk about the new heart that is absolutely necessary for the Christian to be saved and growing in his relationship with the Lord. Many of you may be asking, where do I find that? Let me share two verses that I hope will answer that question for you.

Ephesians 2:8 NIV

 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…

Romans 1:17 NIV

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

There are two key words here; faith and believe. I feel these two words go hand in hand but they are so critical to growing in our walk with the Lord. There is nothing we can do of our own we can only be saved by the grace of God. It is a gift that He gives by faith alone. It is a complete miracle for this to happen, that is why it says in Romans 1, that the power of God brings salvation. When we truly believe that Jesus is Lord and we truly believe what His word says. We continue learning about Him, and Gods power reveals more to our hearts and minds.

This is a deep topic that cannot be answered in an email devotion. But my hope and prayer is that it starts you in a direction of searching, of faith, and of a renewal of your heart and mind.

Grace and Peace to you.

 

 

 

Lordship…An Authentic Confession

Sermon of the Day: All Things New

Copied from Love Worth Finding Ministries – Daily Treasures

Lordship… An Authentic Confession

Let’s just imagine there’s a wedding between Tom and Susan. As they drive away in the car after the ceremony, Susan looks over to her new husband and says, “Tom, would you please take me home?” And he says, “Well Susan, I can’t take you home. You know our home won’t be finished for two weeks. We’re going on our honeymoon, and when our home is finished, I’ll take you home.”

Susie responds, “No, Tom. I want you to understand something. I’m glad you’re my husband. I’ll try to come see you on the weekends. If I need anything, I will call you. But Tom, I’m going back to my old way of life. I’m happy you’re my husband.” In other words, she’s saying, “Tom, take your hands off my life.”

Have you ever known anybody who said, “Lord Jesus, I take you as my Savior. Thank you. Now, that’s done. I’m going back to my old ways. I’ll come see you a few times during the weekend. If I need anything, if I get sick, I will call you.” Friend, that’s the kind of religion that is filling Hell. People have never really made the authentic confession that Jesus Christ is Lord.

 

Dirty Temple

Sermon of the Day: All of Life as Worship

Hope you guys don’t mind a repeat sermon. I just thought this was amazing and pertinent for today. I am going to listen again because I know there is more I can get from it. I hope you do the same.

Ezekiel 8:6 NLT

“Son of man,” he said, “do you see what they are doing? Do you see the detestable sins the people of Israel are committing to drive me from my Temple? But come, and you will see even more detestable sins than these!”

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God was revealing to Ezekiel the wicked and sinful things that the spiritual leaders were doing in God’s holy temple. This was a wicked and perverse time for these people and God was coming to the end of His grace rope. Judgement was impending.

This chapter really spoke to me; look at what it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV:

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

So although we no longer have a sacred physical temple like they did during this time period in Ezekiel, the Bible teaches our bodies are the temple.

Much more personal, much more intimate and much more private. We now have the ability to put on a good front although things may be pretty dark and sinful inside.

Yesterday morning this came to a complete standstill for me. Men I am so hungry to grow in my relationship with the Lord,I feel like the Psalmist in Psalm 42. I really feel like I need the Lord more and more each day. The Lord stopped me dead in my tracks and brought up two issues I have right now in my heart.

Two relationship issues that I have just been stonewalling in my heart. I know I need to have unconditional love in these two relationships, but I am having a really hard time. The Lord clearly told me until I make these things right there is no way I am going to grow. I can’t, it just will not happen. It made total sense to me. I am still battling and wrestling men. I do not want to give in. My pride is fighting back and making up all kinds of excuses.

I just keep reminding myself that God is so much greater than holding on to this junk. I also keep reminding myself of pertinent scriptures that fight back against every excuse.

Men I have to choose to fight this. I have to overcome it or this is all for nothing. This is all a front, right? I do not want God to look into my heart as he looks into the temple in Ezekiel 8 and hate what He sees. Most importantly I am scared of what will happen if I don’t fix this. Especially since I know what I am supposed to do.

Let me share two of the main verses going through my head that are helping me fight this battle, maybe you can relate to this kind of struggle.

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

When I try to justify that I do not need to love a person because of x,y and z, God basically just says you’ll never go wrong by showing love. I just feel like God is telling me, you don’t think so? Try it! Let’s see who is right.

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.

When I try to reason there is no point. This person can just stay there, I can stay here. We do need to talk because there is no point. It’s all good. This verse just reminds me of how limited my thoughts are. How the sovereign God of the universe is just telling me, you think you’re so smart and you got it all figured out but you don’t buddy. Just shut your mouth and obey my Word. Stop making excuses.

 

 

 

The Grind, Growth and Habits

Sermon of the Day: All of Life as Worship

 

Isaiah 28:13

But the word of the Lord was to them,
“Precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little,”
That they might go and fall backward, and be broken
And snared and caught.

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Good Morning Men.

I have to be completely honest, I have not been impacted by a verse like this is a long time. Yesterday as I was reading through a commentary on this chapter to try and get a little more depth. I was absolutely floored by what I am going through in my walk, what this verse means, and what the commentary says.

The actual translation for this verse was directed at the people of Israel during this time. Every facet of God’s Word was given to them in extreme detail and power. Literally precept upon precept, line upon line of every page of their ‘Book of the Law’.

I really could not say this any better this Dr. J. Vernon says in his commentary. I would not want to take away from it for a second. Lets read from Through the Bible, with J. Vernon McGee, Bible commentary, Vol. III,  on Isaiah 28, p.261:

Teaching is slow, patient, and continuous work. This is the way that even spiritual truth is imparted. God does not impart it in  a flash to a lazy and lethargic soul. As the people lapse into apostasy in any age, it becomes increasingly difficult to impart spiritual truth. 

There are many Christians today who are not satisfied with their Christian lives. To be brutally frank, they are ignorant of the Word of God. Then they hear about  a wonderful two-week course  that will give them the answers to all their problems. They will learn how to handle their marital problems, how to get along with their mother-in-law, how to guide their children aright, and how to become model employees. My friend, let me say this to you very candidly. Neither a little course nor some great emotional experience will solve your problems. There is no shortcut to success in the Christian life. There is only one way to grow as a Christian, and it is so commonplace and ordinary that I hesitate to say it. The Word of the Lord was given unto Israel precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, and there a little. It was the daily grind of getting into God’s Word. What happened? Israel did not follow through. They fell backward; that is, they were in a backslidden state. There are many Christians in the same condition today. It is not that they are weaker than anybody else; it is simply that they do not spend enough time in the Word of God. I realize that this method is not very exciting, but line upon line and precept upon precept is the only way you are going to grow in the Christian life. 

Men, are you tired of being un-satisfied with your relationship with God? Are you willing to allow God’s Word and Spirit to slowly transform the way you think and act? Are you willing to grind it out, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little? Are you willing to get in the grind of growth, and stop looking for the quick fix?

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I am. I hope and pray you are.

“With Strength”

Sermon of the Day: The Expedience of Obedience

All of these sermons are also available on the podcast app in the apple store. I have been pulling sermons from John Piper with Desiring God, or Adrian Rogers with Love Worth Finding Ministries. For those of you that do not have this platform I have attached the link.

 

John 14:16

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever…

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Let us rewind some 2000 years, back to the nation of Israel.

Jesus is present on earth with His disciples. There is turmoil all around them, all around the country and throughout the Jewish people. Rome is the political power looking for any excuse to come down hard on the Jewish people. There peace is a rare commodity in the land, there is extreme tension and turmoil towards anyone who follows or professes a belief that Jesus is the Messiah.

Jesus is going through the final preparations with His disciples prior to His death on the cross. Jesus knows He is about to be crucified and as Lord He knows the trials His beloved people will go through.

In the above verse Jesus tells them when He leaves He will give them another helper. This helper is also known as the Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost in some translations.

In R.C. Sproul’s book ‘Who is the Holy Spirit’ he gives us some background on the word “helper” or in some translations “comforter”. The Greek word for helper, that this was translated from was the word parakletos, the source of the English word was paraclete. The prefix, “para”-, that means “alongside”, followed by the root word “kletos” which has the meaning “to call”.

R.C expressed that he feels the New Testament translation of the word parakletos , does not do it the justice it deserves. So lets look at it a little deeper.

So parakletos was someone who was called to stand alongside another person. Technically the word was applied to the family attorney who was hired by the family to always be on call. Whenever a family problem arose he would be summoned to their immediate help and assistance.

This is exactly who the Holy Spirit is to the Christian. We are part of the family of God and the Holy Spirit is always present, always alongside of us to help us and guide us through life’s trials and challenges.

The word “comforter” came from more of a Latin-English connection. The Latin word is “comfortis”, which has a very different meaning than our word comfort. The prefix “com-” means “with”, and the root word “fortis” meaning strong. So the original word was better translated “with strength”.

In the context of what the early Christians went through, in the context of what most followers of Jesus Christ go through in this world. The Holy Spirit is there to come alongside and empower believers. To strengthen them as they go out to battle for life and survival each day. To ensure they will truly be “more than conquerors” as the Bible says.

This really fascinated me because of how different perspectives can be. How a slight change of wording, with a different perspective can be an entirely different scenario.

Of course R.C Sproul, in his book does a far better job, way more depth than I did here to explain this and give more context. However I hope that I was able to give you a snapshot, and some thoughts to meditate on and evaluate in your view and relationship with God and the Holy Spirit.

The book is free on Ibooks if your interested.

‘Who is the Holy Spirit’ , R.C. Sproul. 2012

Go and grow brothers. Search for Him like hidden treasure. Seek Him first and His righteousness.

Born Again

Sermon of the Day: Wherever He leads, I’ll Go

 

Ephesians 2:1-6 NIV

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time,gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…

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Good Morning Men! I hope and pray all is well with you, and that everyone enjoyed a great day of Thanksgiving!

I wanted to share a powerful topic today. I am reading a book right now titled ‘Who is the Holy Spirit’ by R.C. Sproul, The chapter I just finished was talking about the spiritual condition of man.

Let me start with a quote from the book;

“We are spiritually stillborn, and so we remain – unless God the Holy Spirit makes us alive.”
‘Who is the Holy Spirit’ , R.C. Sproul.

Considering the verse above, that quote sounds spot on. How many of you have heard that concept before? The fact that without the regeneration of our souls by the Holy Spirit we are spiritually lifeless. R.C. described how this is a very controversial topic. That many Christian believers and leaders do not accept this idea.

However brothers, we can clearly see what the Bible says. You can if you want, but I sure won’t argue against the Word of God.

For those of you that are passionate about soul winning, those of you that are being obedient to the command of Mark 16:15, please don’t get discouraged when hearts do not turn to the Lord. Sometimes we want to take on that burden. However this is a miracle that only God can perform through the power of His Holy Spirit.

Or maybe all of this is foreign to you. Maybe you would like to know more of God but you just don’t know how. You almost seem stuck. My dear brother know that God longs for you to know Him and give your heart and live to Him. I know this beyond a shadow of a doubt because He gave His only son to take our place. To take the pain and punishment of sin. To stand in the gap on our behalf so that we can find forgiveness and salvation by faith. We do not need anything, we do not need to do anything. You can leave your past and mistakes at the door and know that God’s love is so much greater than any fear, shame, guilt or obstacle you may have.

Let’s be a little honest here, if you are wanting this what are doing to grow here? How often are spending one on one quality time with God in prayer asking for help? How often are getting in God’s Word to learn more about Him? Are you seeking out relationships with men that have this type of fruit you are looking for? Men the only way to grow in Him is to search for Him. Good intentions are just that, intentions. My gym membership never got me in shape, I need to go and work it and use it to see changes.

My hope and prayer with this email is that you would take some time and reflect and meditate on your life. Have you been made alive and raised up with Christ (v 5,6)? Depending on where you are in your walk and relationship with God, has their been a renewing of your mind? Are you starting to have new desires, new priorities? Do you desire Jesus as more of a treasure than you have in the past?

Heavenly Father, teach me to know You more intimately. To see your infinite value above and beyond anything this world tries to offer above You. Open my heart to receive more of You everyday. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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