“HOW CAN WE MAKE CHRIST SHINE IN OUR LIFE?”

How can we cause Christ to shine on our church – life?

Read Daniel 9:1-19 again.

I. SPEND MORE TIME READING AND PRAYING!

You say, preacher, I knew you would say that. Wonderful, now then let’s do it.

Four ingredients to prayer given by Daniel:

  1. Adoration verse 4.
  2. Thanksgiving verse 4.
  3. Confession verses 5-15.
  4. Petition verses 16-19.

II. AS STUDYING AND PRAYING – PAY MORE ATTENTION TO WHAT HE IS SAYING.

Dr. Scofield said, “Prophetic study is intended to lead to a deeper spiritual life.”

What you do with the Bible determines what God does with you. And you make much of the Bible and God will make much of you.

III. TALK TO HIM A LITTLE MORE OFTEN TO HELP IN UNDERSTAND HIS WORD.

IV. CONTINUALLY LIVE IN HIS WILL AND SEEK TO PLEASE HIM DAY BY DAY.

V. IF NOT SAVED, RECEIVE HIM AS SAVIOUR

Daniel was truly concerned for Israel in verses 18-19.

“HOW TO MAKE THE FACE OF JESUS SHINE!”

Daniel 9:1-19, verses 17, “Cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate.”

Comment on Daniel sitting and studying the book of Jeremiah and in particular 25:1-11.

Daniel was now 90 years old. Notice that God did not give him “visions and dreams.” He gave him His Word. Beware of those who have visions and dreams not consistent with the Word of God.

Chapter nine is the key to the prophecy in Daniel, and it is the most important prophecy concerning the end times and seventy weeks (490 years).

There are two different periods of time spoken of:

  1. The End Time.
  2. The Seventy Years captivity in Babylon.

As Daniel was studying the Word of God he found that there were only 2 more years in captivity, because he had been in for 68 years at this point. We know this because it was 68 years from Nebuchadnezzar to Darius in 539 BC. This of course caused Daniel to be very happy to say the least.

Then as he continued studying the Word of God he suddenly became burdened to pray. By the way, the two always go together: study and pray.

When you have a hard time understanding the Bible it is a warning that something may be wrong. It could be sin, if nothing else the sin of not praying.

Why did Daniel ask to go to Jerusalem when he already knew from Jeremiah that he would be delivered in two years?

Because God wanted him to find His will and then pray for it.

The same is true for us: He wants for us to find His will and then begin to pray. This is quite a truth! Most Christians are looking for His will without ever praying. It may be that they are in the perfect will of God, but do not recognize it because they fail to pray. Wow!

Obviously, this must have been a happy time in prayer for Daniel.

Daniel was burdened about the Sanctuary being desolate and asked God to shine upon it.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO MAKE CHRIST GREAT IN YOUR LIFE” CONCLUSION!

Read John 3:22-36.
 
As with Nicodemus, often, our problem is not so much conduct, as it is our condition. So, how can I make Christ great or number One in my life?
 
I. REALIZE ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM HIM VERSE 27.
 
James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
 
John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
 
II. RECOGNIZE CHRIST MUST BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE VERSE 28.
 
That is, He must be on the Throne. John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
 
III. REMEMBER ONLY HE CAN BRING JOY INTO YOUR LIFE VERSE 29.
 
IV. RECALL THAT ETERNAL LIFE COMES ONLY THROUGH HIM VERSES 31-36.
 
John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
 
1. He is above all verse 31.
2. His testimony is true verses 32-33.
3.He has power to save verses 34-35.
4. You must believe verse 36.
 
Where does He fit in, in your life? Is He great and number

“HOW TO MAKE CHRIST GREAT IN YOUR LIFE!”

Wow! Just noticed that this is my 48th Spiritual Birthday, trusted Christ, May 20, 1971.
John 3:22-36
 
There apparently arose a question between John’s Disciples and a Jew, concerning ceremonial purification. We believe this Jew could have been Nicodemus, still searching after truth.
 
Like many people today, Nicodemus was confused about baptism and religious ceremony. He may have thought “born of water” meant Jewish purification or baptism.
 
Notice how John points him to Christ, not baptism. If baptism were necessary for salvation, this would have been the place in the bible to say so – nothing is said.
 
Instead the emphasis is on believing verse 36. It is evident that Nicodemus came “out of the dark,” and finally became a born-again Christian.
 
1. Here in Chapter three we see Nicodemus in the DARKNESS OF CONFUSION.
2. In 7:45-53 we see him in THE DAWN OF CONVICTION.
He was willing to listen to Christ and John the Baptist.
In 19:38-42 Nicodemus was with Joseph of Arimathaea to claim the body of Jesus.
3. We see Nicodemus in DAYLIGHT OF CONFESSION.
 
In other words, he was openly identifying himself with Christ.
That’s what we need this morning. Nicodemus answered the two most important questions:
 
Who can purify?
Who is Master?
 
Nicodemus made Christ number One or great in his life.
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“HOW NOT TO HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT” CONCLUSION!

Today, we want to address two main lessons regarding a wounded spirit:

FIRST, DON’T HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT! HOW?

Love the Word of God verse 23. Hear and understand.

Give it all to Jesus and you will not be offended verse 23.

Think of people with a wounded spirit as broken.

Give people a little lee-way and the benefit of doubt.

Make it a project to help them. Make it a ministry.

SECOND, DON’T CAUSE A WOUNDED SPIRIT.

Proverbs 18:19, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”18:14,“The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”16:32, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”

  1. Don’t ever shoot or fight back – love your enemies.
  2. Understand those who have a wounded spirit.
  3. Understand what they may be going through.

Conclusion: The spirit keeps everything else healthy. You never catch good health. Look at Daniel, Job, Moses and David for examples.

Three observations:

  1. If you have a wounded spirit – forgive the offender or else, it will make you bitter. The end will be self-destruction.
  2. It is like any other disease – contagious.
  3. There is a cure: REPENTANCE, RESTORATION, RESTITUTION.

HOW NOT TO HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT!

Matthew 13:18-23, Verse 21 text.
 
It is extremely important that we understand that this lesson is as much for children and teens as it is for adults, as a matter of fact; perhaps even a little more so because children and teens are so easily hurt by the actions or words of another.
 
Proverbs 18:14, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
 
This is not a typical “seeds” message. This morning we are going to focus on the one offended, wounded, hurt and damaged.
 
Psalm 119:65, “Great peace have they which love Thy law and nothing shall offend them.”
 
We are going to learn that a wounded spirit can be avoided, but, there are several things we must understand:
 
I. IIT IS A SIN TO CAUSE SOMEONE TO HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT – INTENTIONALLY.
 
II. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THOSE WHO HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT AND, HOW WE CAN HELP THEM.
 
III. WE NEED TO GUARD AGAINST HAVING A WOUNDED SPIRIT.
 
Tomorrow, we want to address two main lessons regarding a wounded spirit:

“HOW IS YOUR FAITH” CONCLUSION!”

Joshua 2:1-22

Every time the Bible refers to Rahab she is called the Harlot. It is true, God forgives our sin, but the scar of its wickedness will always be with us.

I. RAHAB HAD A FRIENDLY FAITH 2:1-11.

Has your home been a friendly home? Has your faith been friendly?

II. SHE HAD A FALTERING FAITH 2:3-5. (To miss the mark).

In verse 6 she lied. God could have gotten them out of jail the way He did in Acts 12. It is never right to lie. God did not bless the lie, but blessed in spite of her lie.

Colossians 3:8-9, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.”

His Word is truth. We all have a faltering faith.

III. SHE HAD A FIRM FAITH 2:9.

She held firmly to her belief.

IV. SHE HAD A FAMILY FAITH 2:12-14.

She wanted her whole family saved. God believes in families. He setteth His solitary in families.

V. SHE HAD A FUTURE FAITH 2:18-21.

 VI. SHE HAD A FULFILLING FAITH 6:1-2, 22-25.

How is your faith this morning?