“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.

“HOW TO PLEASE GOD!” CONCLUSION!

Read John 8:21-30 on more time.

So, how can we please God, We said, I. EXALT HIS SON. II. DO GOOD, and

III. LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Read 1 John 4:7-21.

IV. BE FRUITFUL.

Colossians 1:10, “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

V. PRAISE HIM.

Psalm 69:30, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.”

God was pleased when the Old Testament prophets praised Him.

God was pleased when Jesus praised Him.

God was pleased when the New Testament prophets praised Him, and,

God is pleased when the New Testament Christians praise Him.

Let’s Exalt Him, Do Good, Love One Another, Be Fruitful and Praise Him this morning:

“HOW TO PLEASE GOD!” PART 2

Read John 8:21-30

So, how can we please God?

I. EXALT HIS SON.

Colossians 1:18-19, “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.”

  1. He is the Head of the church.
  2. He is Pre-eminent.
  3. He is worthy.

II. DO GOOD.

The Bible says in John 1:14, “the word became flesh,and in Acts 10:38, He went about doing good.”

We ought always to try to do good and to do what pleases Him. Hebrews 13:15-17

There are many other ways to please God:

  1. By proclaiming the message of Christ (I Corinthians 1:18-2:5)
  2. By believing God and his promises (Hebrews 11:6)
  3. By asking for God’s wisdom (1 Kings 3:10, Colossians 1:9-14; James 1:5-8)
  4. By staying away from sexual sin (Ephesians 5:3, 4, 10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)
  5. By sharing the gospel with the lost (I Corinthians 9:14-27, 10:31-33)
  6. By helping others in time of need (Philippians 4:10-20; Hebrews 13:16)
  7. By submitting to authority (Romans 8:7-8, Colossians 3:20; 1 John 3:22)

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO PLEASE GOD!”

John 8:21-30, text – vs. 28-30

 Jesus said, “I do always those things that please him.”and in Luke 19:10, the Bible says that he came to seek and to save that which was lost.

David said in Psalm 40:8, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”

God said in Matthew 17:5, “…behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am WELL PLEASED; hear ye him.”

In Luke 2:49, Jesus said to His parents, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”

In Acts 2:22, “Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.”  

Isaiah 50:4, “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.”

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Paul said in Romans 15:3, “For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”

Jesus pleased God in His birth, in His life, in His death, in His prayer life, in His work, etc.

Jesus taking upon Himself the work of redemption was pleasing to God, and He had the realization that in doing it He did those things which pleased God the Father.

Matthew 3:17, “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Philippians 2:8, “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

Isaiah 53:10-12, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

2 Peter 1:17, “For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO CONQUER TEMPTATION” CONCLUSION!

Ephesians 6;10-18

HERE IS THE KEY: USE PRAYER AS A WEAPON.

Look at John 17, and see the prayer that Jesus prayed to keep the disciples from temptation.

There are three things to target in your prayer:

  1. Unbelievers – the lost.
  2. Carnal Christians.
  3. Your leaders.

Let me explain:Every time you are tempted to sin, start praying for someone (a loved one, a friend, a school buddy, etc.) who is lost. Start praying for their salvation, or start praying for someone who is carnal, out of fellowship with the Lord, or start praying for the leaders who are in the warfare against Satan and ask God to empower them.

Here is what I am saying:Pray against Satan’s kingdom when tempted. Why? We are commanded to take the offensive when we are tempted. Confession is not necessarily the offensive, but it does make us feel good.

Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Think how these principles can help our young people and us.

Some simple thoughts:

  1. You must reset the agenda (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Pray for someone to be saved who would really damage Satan’s kingdom.
  2. Always watch and pray (Matthew 26:38-41).
  3. Yield your members as weapons of righteousness to God (Romans 6:13).
  4. Turn your temptation into power, James 5:17.
  5. Then resist the devil.

“Temptation was never meant to be a magnet to draw us to sin, but as a repellant to draw us closer to God, but we must act now, immediately. The moment the temptation enters our mind. Not only memorize the Word of God, but also use it as a weapon in prayer for those who will damage Satan’s kingdom or his goals.” Unknown!

“HOW TO CONQUER TEMPTATION” PART 2.

Read Ephesians 6:10-18.
 
Now, let’s get back to the heart of this message, on How to Conquer Temptation.
 
II. VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION REQUIRES THE USE OF GOD’S SPIRITUAL WEAPONS FOR THE WARFARE.
 
A. Use the sword of the spirit – 
The Word of God against the enemy: the world, the flesh and the devil.
 
B. Study the Word of God.
 
2 Tim 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
C. Memorize the Word of God.
 
Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
D. Use prayer as a weapon.
 
E. Be familiar with and know Satan’s goals for temptation:
 
John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Satan has come to steal and rob you of your resources.
1. He has come to kill your body.
2. He has come to destroy your relationship with God and with other people: Your Mom and Dad, etc.
 
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW! DON’T MISS IT!