“GOD’S POWER IN CREATION” PART 2.

Read Matthew 19:16-30.

Though the forces of evil and hell may seem to be victorious, yet in the end God will conquer all those opposing His great cause. Why? Because God is all powerful.

Read Exodus 15:3,6,11-12; 1 Samuel 2:6-8; Job 9:4-13; Isaiah 26:4; Psalm 77:14-18; Psalm 106:8; Jeremiah 10:6,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-21; Revelation 20:10; Matthew 4:18-22 & 19:26.

Notice the Bible says, “With men this is impossible.” Only God can take the love of the world out of the human heart, and the rich as well as the poor can only be saved by the supernatural power of God.

In our text, Jesus does not retract what he had said: but rather reinforces it, by saying that the salvation of a rich man can only come through the Omnipotence of God. With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.In other words, human efforts alone cannot save a man. The young man was zealous in keeping the commandments, but there was a great lack. He did not understand that only the grace of God can save.

Only the grace of God can break down the trust and love for wealth, and fill the heart with the love of Christ. It is the love of money, not money that is the root of all evil.

1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

We need to understand that a meager man can love money as much as a millionaire.

When Jesus beheld them, He looked on them with pity and love, and told them that God could do that which, apart from him, would never come to pass. To enter the kingdom is impossible to man without God. Only one sin of unbelief can keep us from being saved.!

Unfortunately, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches are two powerful forces that can keep a man or woman from going to heaven. The blessing is that God is not only mighty to save, but with God all things are possible. What a wonderful truth for us for the remainder of this year.

Several practical lessons:

  1. It is impossible for any man, rich or poor, to get to heaven by his own means.
  2. We need to think about the power of God, and by faith act upon it; and not rely upon our own strength or ability to do the impossible.
  3. Do not get discouraged but look to God because “With God all things are possible.”

 

CONTINUED TOMORROW

“GOD’S POWER IN CREATION!”

Matthew 19:16-30,
 
Verse 26, “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
 
Omnipotence is an attribute of God only and means “all powerful.” As with His Omniscience – God is all knowing; Omnipresence – God is everywhere.
 
God is all powerful, all knowing, and He is everywhere. That means He knew all about the attack on America on 911, the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. He knows of all the wickedness going on in America and the world today. He knows about the fires in California and the hurricanes on the eastern coastline, etc.
I used this quote several years ago and is worth repeating in this reading: Several years ago I had a call from an unbeliever who asked a logical question, “how can a loving God allow such a terrible thing?” After spending a few moments answering his question in the best way possible; he then he asked the question, “Is God up There?”
 
Certainly this is a good question for someone who does not believe in a loving God, and I can understand why others may ask the same question, “Is God up There?”
 
I am sure all would agree that things have been rather trying in the past year. Not only the politics and many other trying events in our history, and one would have to have a heart of stone not to be effected by the suffering and human loss in these great tragedies.
 
In the closing months of the year we want to teach on God’s Omnipotence, or the fact that He is all powerful. Satan also has power, however; it is a limited by a Sovereign God.
 
The Bible is filled with the power of God in every area of life and God has given us illustration after illustration of His faithfulness in granting His power to those who obey and believe.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“GOD PLAN INCLUDES TESTING” CONCLUSION!

Read Matthew 4:1-11.

Jesus is the Lord of Lord and King of kings. Yesterday # I.RECOGNIZE GOD’S PLAN.

Yesterday # I. RECOGNIZE GOD’S PURPOSE.

II. REVIEW GOD’S PURPOSE.

We ask God why? We should ask what. Why does God bring trials and testing?

Hebrews 12:6-7, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?”

Think of it! Chastening is love.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

James 1:3, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

Romans 5:3, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;”

Perseverance and steadfastness is still in style today, although it is not popular with most Christians.

III., REMEMBER GOD’S PEOPLE.

Help them and you will be helped.

“GOD’S PLAN FOR US INCLUDES TESTING!” II.

Please read Matthew 4;1-11.

Jesus was tested by the devil in THREE WAYS:

  1. The first testing was physical verses 1-3.

Just like Eve in Genesis 3:6, she saw that the food was good for food. Jesus was tempted to change the stone into bread.

  1. The spiritual test verses 5-6.
  2. The psychological test verse 7. Genesis 3:5-6.

Many Christians today fall for this same temptation today. Now, here is the meat of the whole introduction: Look how Jesus responded verse 10.

He always responded by quoting scripture accurately. So, why do so many Christians have trouble with temptation? Because of ignorance of the Bible.

Now, three lessons:

I. RECOGNIZE GOD’S PLAN.

Revelation 17:14, “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

1 Timothy 6:13, “I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession.”

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“GOD’S PLAN FOR US INCLUDES TESTING!”

Matthew 4:1-11

Let’s start with some basic principles: Jesus came to earth to be born among us and identify with us. He grew up as any other boy, except without sin. In His baptism, He was identified with us. He has literally put on our sin. Now He is going to be tested to answer some real questions:

  1. Is He able to withstand the test?
  2. Can He overcome the test?
  3. Could Jesus have fallen? NO!

Temptation has a two-fold meaning:

  1. To incite or entice to evil.

There is something in us, which causes us to yield to evil – not so with Jesus.

John 14:30, “Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”

Hebrews 7:26, “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.”

  1. God does not tempt any man.

James 1:13, “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:”

But what about Abraham in Genesis 22? God was testing the faith of Abraham.

Jesus was tested to demonstrate and prove what He claimed to be. Just like a diamond in the rough or a car off the assembly line is tested to prove it.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“GOD’S PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR MARRIAGE” CONCLUSION!

What greater goal than to have “godly” children in a godly family who desire the will of God, and want to live by The Word of God?

GOD HAS GIVEN US THE RESPONSIBILITY MATHEW 18:1-14.

A. To receive the children verse 5.

B. We must receive them as a gift from God, and to rear them for His glory.

C. We are not to offend them verse 6.

How sad when we offend our children by our neglect, by our words, by our sin, by our inconsistency, our waywardness, by our lack of leadership and our lack of godly living.

D. We are not to “despise one of these,” verse 10.

It is easy for us to “despise one”of these little ones, by our attitudes, by our words, by our reactions and again by our neglect (be it in the way of proper clothing or diet).

Sometimes it comes across to the child that you wish you never had them. They are an imposition to you or they are nothing but a problem to you. Bless God, if you have children, take care of them properly.

May I say this: PARENTS, YOU HAVE A GOD-GIVEN RESPONISIBILITY TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.

E. To win them to Christ, verses 11-14. It ought to be our desire to win them to Christ and see them living for the Saviour – that is our responsibility.

SO, HOW CAN WE HAVE A FUNCTUNAL CHRISTIAN HOME?

  1. The husband must carry out the responsibility of being the leader in the home.
  2. By loving and teaching his wife.
  3. By training his children, (Deuteronomy 6:1-12) and teaching them to obey his wife (the mother).
  4. By having daily family times together: That means, breakfast and dinner together are a must. Television off and communicating and listening to one-another.

   5. By practicing kindness, politeness and Etiquette in the home. (How archaic is that?)

   6., The wife must help the husband to carry out his biblical leadership.

   7. Children must obey and have a Christ-like spirit.

Conclusion: Revival cannot come to the church until we first have a revival in our homes. Amen and Amen!

“GOD PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR MARRIAGE!” II

Oh, how we need to see the sacredness of marriage.

His plan is that you have children and train them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (We will teach on this subject in S/S next Sunday and classes in Aud.).
His plan is that your children honor you and God.

GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR MARRIAGE 2:15.

That you may be one: walk as one, plan as one and pray as one.

That you may live in unity: of one accord. God does not have separate plan for each family member – unity – as one. It is not of God for you to make separate plan apart from the family – to go your separate way or make your own plan. No, you are one. UNITY OF PURPOSE.

You are to have the same desires, careers, etc. and not have separate desires or careers. It’s time we had some mothers and wives who made a career in their homes.
And, “wherefore one?” God’s purpose in marriage is that He seeks a godly seed. God’s desire in your marriage is that He wants to have godly children. Because they are an “heritage of the Lord.”
God’s interest is in every family having a “godly seed,” for His glory.
This will not happen by accident, but through dedication, by a determined desire and by total concern with a concerted effort. What greater goal than to have “godly” children in a godly family who desire the will of God, and want to live by The Word of God?

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!