“GOD’S FRUIT TREES!

Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
 
I. GOD PREPARES HIS FRUIT TREES.
 
II. GOD PROTECTS HIS FRUIT TREES.
 
Please read Deuteronomy 20:19-20 and Mark 16:15-18.
 
Think of the times you have seen God’s protection of someone.
 
III. GOD PRUNES HIS FRUIT TREES.
 
Read Hebrews 12:5-8.
 
Pruning will produce one of two things: Beauty or Fruit.
 
Which is more important? John 15:2.
 
IV. GOD PLUCKS HIS FRUITLESS TREES.
 
Look again at verse 2. This is not loss of salvation; it is simply removing the tree because it is not producing fruit.
 
V. GOD PRESENTS HIS FRUITFUL TREES.
 
A. Glory of the Judgment Seat of Christ.
 
B. Glory of seeing friends, family, and loved ones in Heaven.
 
How many times has God looked at your life, looking for fruit? Are you experiencing more pruning than you should?

“GOD’S DIVING ORDER” CONCLUSION!

1 Corinthians 14:40, Colossians 2:5, Titus 1:5.
 
Let’s look at another example: Church, School, growth. Not, School, growth, church.
 
Many schools are the tail wagging the dog. Thank the Lord, we don’t have that problem here, but we need to be careful. We need to get back in the church building business.
Many may not believe this, but, Sunday school is more important than Monday school. Someone told me that their children go to bed at 7 P.M. and can’t go to church. They will be too tired. Better tired than backslide. You are better off to let them go to church on Sunday and Wednesday and trust God for their rest.
 
The greatest and cleanest churches in America are the soul-winning involved churches. Here is what happens: We disobey in one area and will in others. Things are out of order: Preaching, teaching, serving; then fellowship.
 
I believe in Christians voting, involve in Politics, but not give their life to it unless it is a calling or a job. Here is another example in closing: Pastor, deacons, people. God called deacons to follow the Pastor’s path, not pastor the deacons or board, etc.
 
Here is the proper order in the home again: Husband, wife, children. The Husband is to love his wife and the wife the husband, forsaking all others does not mean to neglect your children, but love your husband and wife more and first.
 
Everything we do is O.K. we just need to follow God’s Divine Order.

“GOD’S DIVINE ORDER!” II.

God’s Divine Order Is: Love, Marriage, Sex, Children: Not sex, children, marriage. Justification, sanctification, glorification; not the other way.

Notice God’s order: Work, money, buy – not buy, work, money, broke. That’s most of our problem:  We buy and need to work to get money, only to end up broke. Are you getting the picture:  God’s Divine Order? This order would save a lot of woman from having to go to work and broken or broke homes.

God’s Order for The Home:  Husband provide, wife keeper at home, children obey and help parents. Watch the church where people are happier during the song service than during the preaching and invitation. Whatever happened to God’s Divine Order in the church:

Prayer – weeping – rejoicing.      Look at Psalm 126:5-6, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

NOTICE THE ORDER:  GO, WEEP, SOW, REAP REJOICE. They went, wept, sowed, reaped, rejoiced. We’ll be rejoicing as we go if we do it in God’s order.

Let’s look at another example: Here’s what many Christians do:  Buy, Work, needs, luxury, give. Now, here is God’s Order:  Tithe, debts, needs, luxury.

Here is another example:  Prepare, work, success. We have become too success oriented, not work and obedience oriented in our society. We are supposed to go soul-winning whether we are successful or not.

Soul winning is God’s command: Our part is go, weep, reap, rejoice. Let’s look at another example:

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“GOD’S DIVINE ORDER!”

1 Corinthians 14:40, Colossians 2:5, Titus 1:5.

This message is not what verse 40 may indicate; however, we want to give attention to “in order.” We have certain Baptist belief’s and they were given in the proper Biblical order:

First salvation by grace alone through faith alone,

Second, baptism by immersion.

Third, membership in the local church, etc.

Now, let me take it a few steps further to continue the proper order of our Biblical Baptist Heritage. Salvation, baptism, membership, Lord’s supper, Justification, Sanctification, glorification.

Not lordship salvation.  Where you ask Him to be Lord before He is your Saviour. This is important. That is salvation by works, “For by grace are ye saved…”

Titus 3:5, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

You are saved by grace through faith plus nothing. Not by making Him Lord, not by living a good life.

Here is another: God’s Divine Order Is:

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“PROVE YOURSELF!”

Daniel 1:1-15

Verse 8, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” 

Think of the importance of making promises to God while in your youth. Oh, how many mistakes could be avoided if we would only learn to listen.

I. PURPOSE TO PLEASE GOD IN YOUR LIFE!

II. PURPOSE TO OBEY ALL AUTHORITY GOD HAS PLACED OVER YOU.

III. PURPOSE TO KEEP YOUR HEART, BODY, SOUL AND LIFE UNSPOTTED FROM THE WORLD..

A. Prove to be Holy verse 12.

B. Practice your faith and people will see it in 6:4

Ezekiel 14:14, Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.”

Daniel was blessed of God because he made some promises to God as a teen ager and simply lived what he promised God as a youth.

Daniel spoke for himself, but the other three followed, which shows he had influence with God as well as with others.

“GOD’S MARVELOUS GRACE” CONCLUSION!

Review Ezekiel 16:1-15

Judgment could no longer be held off, because it is God’s way of reproving and cleansing. He delights in mercy, but when every effort fails, God must exercise His wrath. He could no longer tolerate their behavior. Not only were they destroying themselves, but their own children by their example.

In their disobedience they sunk to the level of Sodom and Gomorrah and in some cases even worse; so that there was “no remedy.”

Proverbs 29:1, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth [his] neck, shall

suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” BUT GOD!

IV. THANK GOD FOR HIS LONG SUFFERING GRACE THAT’S SECURE. VERSES 60-63.

Worthlessness and wickedness was the reason for judgment on Jerusalem, and God reveals that in the future, in spite of their sin; He will deal with them in GRACE.

It is a blessing to know that God controls all forces of judgment He employs. Remember that our discouragements of yesterday will be our victories tomorrow.

V. THANK GOD HE STILL REMEMBERED HIS COVENANT WITH THEM.

Thank God, we have Jesus Christ…

“GOD’S MARVELOUS GRACE!” III.

Ezekiel 16:1-15.

Israel forgot God’s grace and left her first love, as did the church of Ephesus in, Revelation 2:4, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”

Pride is in all of us. We who have nothing to be proud of are prone to take credit for ourselves for any success or “FAVOR” God bestows upon us. Forgetting, all we have is of God. So, Israel became vain and trusted in her own glory and beauty. The beauty which God gave her she used to draw attention to herself. The admiration and affection from the idolatrous nations from which she had been called to separation. Like an unfaithful wife she became filthy preferring others to her own husband. That’s spiritual adultery.

James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Instead of turning from her corrupt ways, or even practice restraint, the pleading of the Prophets had the very opposite effect, she increased her wickedness. It shows how very low a people can get who turn their back on revealed truth & learned to love darkness rather than truth (LIGHT) because their deeds were evil.