“HOW CAN WE LIMIT GOD” CONCLUSION!

Yesterday we said, I. THEIR HEARTS WERE NOT RIGHT WITH GOD, VERSE 37.

 II. THEY DID NOT FOLLOW GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS, VERSES 1-17, 37.=

Take some time to think on these verses.

III. THEY SOON FORGOT WHAT GOD HAD DONE FOR THEM VERSES 11, 42-55. Deuteronomy 6-8.

  1. He gave them angel’s food for forty years.
  2. They forgot to be thankful and to praise Him.

Lessons:

  1. Remember by giving praise and thanksgiving for deliverance from sin and hell.
  2. Remember to always give and guard your testimony.
  3. Remember to thank Him for everything.

IV. THEY GRUMBLED AND COMPLAINED VERSES 56-58.

  1. They provoked God verses 17-19.
  2. They turned back verse 41.
  3. They limited the Holy One of Israel.

Lessons:

  1. We too can limit God.
  2. Complaining is a heart attitude problem.
  3. Stop grumbling and start praising Him.

“They limited the Holy One of Israel”and so can we.

How about you and me?

“HOW CAN WE LIMIT GOD?

Psalm 78:1-20

How many of us believe that we can limit God? Yes, we can! We cannot limit or enrich God as far as His Godhead is concerned; however, we can certainly limit Him working in our lives.

Today we are going to take a little different approach to this Psalm. We have taught several messages on the first part of this chapter, but this time we are going to see how the children of Israel throughout their forty-year journey limited God in the wilderness.

We too can limit God and must learn from the example of the children of Israel. They limited God because,

I. THEIR HEARTS WERE NOT RIGHT WITH GOD, VERSE 37.

Look at verses 34-41 and Ezekiel 33:3-32 and you will see that they limited God throughout their history.

  1. They worshipped false gods.
  2. They had sin in their life.
  3. Their spirit was not steadfast.

Lessons:

  1. We must learn that our hearts too can be cold.
  2. We must confess and forsake all known sin.
  3. We must learn to praise Him more.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO SET THE PROPER PACE IN YOUR LIFE!” CONCLUSION!

Read Mark 6:30-34 one more time.

# 1 was, “REFLECT ON YOUR ACTIVITIES FOR THE DAY, WEEK, MONTH AND YEAR, VERSE. 30.”

II. GET AWAY BY YOURSELF AND REST AWHILE, VERSE 31.

That leads us to a very important part of every Christian’s life here today.

III. CREATE SOME LEISURE TIME IN YOUR LIFE.

A. For yourself

B. With your family

IV. DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT GETTING AWAY VERSE 32.

Again, if Jesus needed to get away by Himself, how much more should we?

Into a desert place by ship privately.Without making their plan known.  They intended to go privately; however, their plan became known, but multitudes followed them. 

V. GIVE THE FIRST HOUR OF EACH TO GOD VERSES 33-35.

Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

The day passes quickly and before you know it the day has passed you by with a busy schedule. Take time for God first thing in the morning.

VI. THEN TRUST GOD TO MEET YOUR EVERY NEED VERSES 39-44.

Wow, what a miracle! Once again, proving:

Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

We cannot overemphasize the importance of adults, teens and younger children making a good and right start in the very beginning of each day, week month and year and life.

Challenge: Begin to practice these principles as of today!

“HOW TO SET THE PROPER PACE IN YOUR LIFE!” PART 2.

Read Mark 6:30-34
 
# 1 was, “REFLECT ON YOUR ACTIVITIES FOR THE DAY, WEEK, MONTH AND YEAR, VERSE. 30.”
 
 
II. GET AWAY BY YOURSELF AND REST AWHILE, VERSE 31.
 
A desert place. A quiet place, across the sea from Capernaum, where they would be free from interruption.
 
Rest a while. Rest is necessary for those of us who labour; and someone said, “A zealous preacher of the Gospel will as often stand in need of it as a galley slave.”
 
Coming and going. Coming to be healed and resting, or coming to hear Him preach. Meaning: there were multitudes of people attending His preaching.
 
Matthew 12:15, “But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;”
 
A. Realize that if Jesus needed to withdraw, so must we.
B. Realize the importance of spiritual rest and refreshment.
 
And they had no leisure (eukaireo) so much as to eat. This is the only time “leisure” is used, however; in two other cases the Greek word eukaireo is used: to have good time, opportunity or leisure or have leisure (convenient time), spend time, well-timed, convenient, in time of need.
 
Acts 17:21, “(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time (eukairos) in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)”
 
1 Corinthians 16:12, “As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time” (eukairos).
 
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO SET A PROPER PACE IN YOUR LIFE!”

Mark 6:30-44

In these verses we find the apostles returning from a preaching mission Jesus sent them on in verse 7:

They are held accountable for their actions, as well as their activities.

They gave account to the Lord, Himself, teaching us that we too, must give account of our actions.

Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

Romans 14:12, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

So how can we properly prioritize our actions and activities? 

I. REFLECT ON YOUR ACTIVITIES FOR THE DAY, WEEK, MONTH AND YEAR, VERSE. 30.

And the apostles gathered themselves together.That is, those whom he had sent out two and two, verse 7.

Having traveled around the country, they returned and met Jesus at Capernaum. 

  1. Realize we too, must give account.
  2. Realize that every job is important to God.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO REAR PARENTS!”

Ephesians 6:1-3

This lesson is a little different from the usual family lessons, especially on how to rear children: Perhaps you think you heard me wrong: No, I mean how to rear parents. Children do have a part in making the family a FUNCTIONAL CHRISTIAN FAMILY.

And children can have a part in rearing them for The Glory of God.

I. LEARN TO UNDERSTAND YOUR PARENTS!

 II. LEARN TO COMPLEMENT THEM!

III. LEARN TO BE THANKFUL and SHOW IT!

 IV. LEARN TO DO THINGS FOR THEM AND WITH THEM!

Don’t be embarrassed to be around your parents, they have feelings too.

V. LEARN TO MAKE THEM PROUD OF YOU.

 VI. LEARN TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM!

  1. Spend time with them.
  2. Listen to them.
  3. Obey them in everything.
  • BOYS, LEARN TO BE TO YOUR MOTHER WHAT SOME DAY YOU HOPE (or should I say must) BE TO YOUR WIFE!
  • GIRLS, LEARN TO BE TO YOUR FATHER WHAT SOME DAY YOU HOPE TO BE FOR YOUR HUSBAND!

 VII. LEARN TO SHOW YOUR LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR THEM!

 VIII. LEARN TO BE CO-OPERATIVE WITH THEM!

HERE IS WHAT I AM SAYING:

  1. COMMUNICATE
  2. COMPLEMENT
  3. COMPASSION
  4. CO-OPORATE.
  5. CONSIDERATE

There are many kinds of parents in the Bible.  Many are not as good as your parents.

  1. Abraham: Faithful – Genesis 18:18-19.
  2. Moses: Neglectful – Exodus 4:24-26.
  3. Hannah: Holy – 1 Samuel 1:11.
  4. Eli: Non-restraining – 1 Samuel 2:22-29.
  5. David: Discouraged – 2 Samuel 18:32-33.
  6. Prodigal sons Father: Forgiving – Luke 15:17-24.

“HOW TO REACH YOUR POTENTIAL!”

Read 1 John 3:1-9

Verse 3, “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

Remember what you are, is more important than what you do. Do all you do on purpose. Make your self what you want to be.

I. CHOOSE WHAT INFLUENCES YOU.

Don’t let the commercials on TV or radio determine what influences you, but be around what will help you reach your potential and get you where you want to be.

Decide your direction and use the motivation to get you there. Find someone who has been where you want to be and you map your way. In other words; the way you want to go with the Lord’s leadership.

II. CHOOSE WHO INFLUENCES YOU.

You are going to be what you read and who you are around. You can’t go to places of influence without being influenced for good or bad.

Listen to certain radio preachers and you soon begin to question your own church. They get you on what you agree and get you hooked and your doctrine and standards have changed.  Unfortunately, rarely for the better.

Here is what happens you can’t take out the good and leave the bad because both will influence you.

III. CHOOSE WHEN TO DO IT.

Start by choosing priorities. Decide what is important in your life.

IV. CHOOSE WHAT YOU READ AND SEE.

You think what you read – read the Bible.

V. CHOOSE WHAT YOU THINK.

By that I mean, choose your thoughts and emotions. That is your responses, etc. Learn to control your thoughts like a pilot controls his cockpit. Think about what others need rather than what you want. Be in charge!

Dr. Jack Hyles said everything ought to be like a planned diet.

VI. CHOOSE YOUR SUCCESS.

When you have a good day, analyze it and try to do it again.

Conclusion: no matter how great a potential we may have, if we do not use the gifts God has so graciously given; little will change in our life.