“HAS YOUR FIRE GON OUT?” CONCLUSION!

Read Matthew 3:11-12 again.
 
I. REALIZE YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST TO LOSE IT.
II..REALIZE THE REASON THEY LOST THEIR FIRE.
 
III. REALIZE YOU CAN GET IT BACK AGAIN.
 
God loves you and wants to restore the fire you once had. The question is: “Do you really want it back?”
 
Sometimes I believe our problem is gospel hardness. That is, we have heard so much preaching and teaching that it just rolls off our backs.
 
So, how do you get it back?
 
1. Repent and call on God 1 John 1:9, James 4:8.
2. Go back to what you used to be.
3. Enjoy the trip – never give a thought to dullness, deadness and dryness.
 
Conclusion: God loves you and wants to help you get it back. He wants to forgive you and use you to the fullest. So, have a little talk with Jesus right now. If you put it off the devil will once again have the victory and laugh all the way to hell. Come back, turn back to where you put out the fire.
Get the fire back into your life!

“HAS YOUR FIRE GONE OUT?” PART 2.

I. REALIZE YOU ARE NOT THE FIRST TO LOSE IT.

Jeremiah lost it under pressure, but got it back again.

Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” 5:14“Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”

He must have recalled the promises of God – 1:4-9.

Look at Elijah in 1 Kings 19:3-4 “And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” 

And then in verse 9, “And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?”

Then came a strong and mighty wind, earthquake and fire. God told Elijah, “You are not alone,” and by the way neither are you verse 18.

The greatest revival in history resulted on Mount Carmel when Elijah got his fire back 18:17-40.

Paul was fearful of losing his fire, his burden and vision in 1 Corinthians 9:26-27.

He was not talking about losing his salvation, but his joy, power and fellowship with God.

Paul had seen others lose their fire such as John Mark in Acts 15:36-41. He mentions that Alexander and Hymenaeus have made shipwreck out of their lives.

He also warned Timothy and encourages him to “war a good warfare.” 1Timothy 1:18-20.

It is almost senseless to look at other lives when our own is under constant satanic attack or questioning God’s will for us.

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“HAS YOUR FIRE GONE OUT?”

1 Kings 18:17-40; Matthew 3:11-12.
 
Starting to go through a fairly mild winter and trying out all kinds of ways to keep warm in our homes. Why? Because it was in the middle of winter and very cold outside. The most natural thing is to dress warmly and turn up the heat. We use oil, gas or propane heaters to heat our homes, offices, factories and churches. We want to be warm and comfortable…But, what about the fire of our soul? What are we doing to keep it hot and burning? Have you lost it? Has the fire gone out?
 
There was a time when your soul was burning brightly for the Lord, lost, loved ones, friends and others. What has happened? This is a vital question.
 
Oh how we need to examine our hearts to see how cold we really are. What has happened to our Bible study, scripture memory, prayer, soul-winning, church building, giving, serving and our love for God as well as others?
 
I heard of a preacher who said during a sermon to his congregation, “Folks, I believe God wants this church to walk. I believe God wants this church to start walking.” A fellow in the front row said, “Let it walk, Lord; let it walk.” As the message continued, the preacher said, “I believe God wants this church to start running. I really do—I really believe God wants the church to run.” The man in front said, “Yes, let it run, Lord.” After a while, the preacher said, “I believe God wants this church to fly. I really believe God wants the church to just take off and fly.” The church member once again said, “Mmm, Lord, let it fly.” As the preacher continued preaching he said, “If we are going to fly, it is going to take some money to fly.” The man in front said, “Let it walk, Lord; let it walk.” Unknown.
 
Be honest, have you lost your fire? Has your fire gone out? Are you just putting in time or just existing? Are your spiritual eyes getting dim? Have you lost your vision? Is your fire dying out or have you lost it entirely? These are good questions and must be answered by each of us. How can I get it going again?
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“RESULTS and the REMEDY FOR BITTERNES!”

Read Hebrews 12:1-17.

RESULTS OF BITTERNESS.

1. Defiles others verse 15.
2. Defeats the grace of God verse 15.
3. Defies correction verses 5-6.
4. Destroys motivation verses 3-4, Ephesians 6:34, Colossians 3:19.
5. Devil is given a place of operation Ephesians 4:26-27; James 3:15-18.
A. Develops into immorality or materialism verse 16.
B. Destroys fellowship with God verse 14.

REMEDY FOR BITTERNESS.

1. Recognize it as sin and not just the way you are Ephesians 4:26, 3-32.
2. Repent and confess Matthew 18:15-33.
3. Replace the focus verses 1-2.
4. Reconcile with the offender ASAP Matthew 5:23-24; 7:14-15.
5. Remember the Biblical examples:
a. Joseph, Genesis 37-50.
b. Christ, Luke 23:34.
c. Stephen, Acts 7:50-58.
6. Renew the mind Philemon 2:5.

What a way to finish…that’s the answer: Have the mind of Christ. Bitterness is crippling more servants than any other sin. It probably is the root of more symptom sins than any other sin. The joy of the Lord instead of bitterness will eliminate a lot of temptation to the pleasure of sin for a season.

“HOW TO HANDLE BITTERNESS!”

Hebrews 12:1-17
 
I believe the first thing we must recognize that there is or has been some bitterness in our heart. Another important thing is that bitterness will rarely admit it to another. So, don’t bother telling or asking someone if they are bitter, because they will probably deny it.
 
A bitter person may say, “I just want what I deserve out of life,” or I want to be treated like any other human being.” Those feelings may not be necessarily wrong, but why not look at it this way. If I get what I deserved I would be in hell. Or, if I got what I deserved I probably would not have much. Why not be thankful for what you do have.
 
Somebody in the family has to try to keep oneness in the family or group or church. Have you made the statement, “He makes me angry” (mad) or “it’s all her fault?”
 
No one can make you angry. You make yourself angry. That does not mean that anger is always a sin. Sometimes it is of God: Example, we ought to get angry at sin and the devil, never at a person. So, how do we deal with bitterness of heart?
 
I. RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT THERE IS BITTERNESS IN YOUR HEART.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HARK THE HERALD ANGEL SING” CONCLUSION!

Luke 2:8-20.

Isaiah 9:6-7 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”

NOW, LOOK AT THE LAST STANZA:

Come Desire of Nations, come! Fix in us Thy humble home:
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed, Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness now efface, Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above, reinstate us in Thy love. HARK…

Haggai 2:7, “And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.”

To think that the AlMIGHTY CREATOR, THE JUDGE OF ALL THE EARTH, THE RIGHTEOUS SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS, THE CONQUEROR OF DEATH WOULD TAKE UP RESIDENCE IN OUR OWN HEARTS!

Adam’s sin nature was passed on to all his descendants, and likewise the unacceptability of sinful mankind to stand in the presence of a Holy God. But his work in fulfillment of the prophecy, crushed Satan’s hold on the claim over us.

1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING!

“HARK THE HERALD ANGEL SING!” PART 2.

Luke 2:8-20
 
Have YOUR Song Book open!
 
THE CREATOR DYING FOR THE CREATION. THE JUDGE PAYING THE PENALTY FOR THE GUILTY. THE SINLESS CHRIST SUBSTITUTING FOR SINNERS…
 
Philippians 2:5-7, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:”
 
But, make no mistake: The babe in the manger was the Creator, Holy and eternal! Colossians1:15-16 “Who is the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature..all things were created by Him and for Him.”
 
He had to live a sinless life. He had to be fully human, but also fully God. He had to be “God with us,” as prophesied years before.
 
LET’S LOOK AT THE THIRD STANZA OF THE SONG.:
 
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory y, Born that man nor more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.
 
There will come a time when the Creator’s work of salvation will be complete, and we will fully realize the eternal life we now have. The fact that He was born into the human race qualified Him as a sacrifice for us. He had to be human, and a sinless human at that, to die for humans.
 
The fact that He died freed us from paying for our own sin.