1 Chronicles 4 v 9 - 10 What is in a name?
William reminds us that if we skip over parts of the bible such as genealogy we will miss gems of scripture. In these two verses we learn that Jabez is an honourable man, he is serious in prayer and he does not dwell on the past.
What is meant be 'honourable'? Would others testify that you are an honourable person in your transactions, private life, relationships and work or do they see you as part of this corrupt world?
Do you take your prayer life seriously as Jabez did or could it be improved?
Do you live in the past? Do you look back and take your eyes off the goal? Christ has taken away all things that troubled your past, why take them back again? We should leave such things with Him.
William reads from the NIV
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1 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 4
(9) Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain."
(10) Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.
1 Samuel 17 v 1 - 54 The Battle of the Champions. (Read by G.Finnigan)
Most people are familiar with David defeating Goliath against the perceived odds and many of us face our own 'Goliaths' - the problems that come our way and like the Israelites it is all too easy be fearful of the possible outcome.
We are to learn four important points. Do not give in to fear, do not give in to opposition, God has not changed, and the battle belongs to The Lord.
David did not set out to fight the Philistines but God gave him direction from which he would not be dissuaded. He faced this problem just as he had faced a lion and a bear and trusted in God.
Like David we should not be overcome by fear. We should face any problem remembering what God has done in the past and whether in this life or in eternity we have a victory.
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1 SAMUEL CHAPTER 17
(37) The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you."
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(45) David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
Thirsting for God. Psalms 42 and 43.
Considering these two psalms as one the result can be seen as three stanzas and three choruses which William shows us can help us through times when we are troubled or facing problems.
Psalm 42 begins with thirsting for God. Unbelievers are spiritually exhausted and when they taunt you with “Where is your God?” (verse 3) do not be distressed but take that as an opportunity to share the gospel.
When things are not as you would like them to be do you blame God? Why does God not intervene when we want Him to?
The answers are given with sound biblical advice.
William reads from the N.I.V.
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(1) As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
(2) My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
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(9) I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?"
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Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
The Good Habit of Thanking and Praising God. Psalm 100.
All too often we come to God seeking help with our problems and needs and this morning William reminds us that no matter what difficulties we face we should always be thinking on our many blessings and thanking God in prayer for them.
There are three points to note and they are all seen in Psalm 100.
We have something to shout about
We should come to God with praise and thanks
We should examine our prayer needs.
Do you have a problem sleeping because of your problems? Don't try counting sheep - count your blessings.
William reads from the N.I.V.
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(1) Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
(2) Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
(3) Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
(4) Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
(5) For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Put Your Hope in God. Psalm 130.
To many people 'hope' means wishful thinking but this is not so for the born again Christian. Hope means assurance of certainty based on God's word. William looks at three aspects of our hope.
Hope - rooted in forgiveness.
Hope - resting on God's word.
Hope - loaded with expectations.
William reads from the N.I.V.
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(5) I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
(13) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Are You a Channel of Blessing? John 6 v 1 - 15.
William relates random acts of kindness and refers to the feeding of the five thousand to illustrate three questions he asks.
Do you fail the Masters test?
Are you selfish?
Are you wasteful?
The disciples had witnessed miracles. They knew what Jesus can do but when tested with a problem they looked down to earthly solutions instead of up to God and consequently concluded that it could not be done. Would you have passed this test that the disciples failed? We are to remember that with God nothing is impossible.
The boy surrendered all he had to Jesus and this was to the good of all. We all have something to contribute no matter who we are and like the boy who gave his fish and loaves it is of no importance that we are not named for what we do. God can do great things with the little we contribute. We are given examples of things we can and all should do.
The disciples were instructed to collect the leftovers - 'so that nothing is lost'. We are not to be wasteful of anything and we are to take control of our personal resources and time.
We understand about tything and give a percentage but God wants to get the best out of 100%. Examine your heart.
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(5) Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?"
(6) But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
(7) Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little."
(8) One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him,
(9) "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"
(12) So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost."
(13) Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
God's Special Book. Psalm 119 v 9 - 16 and Timothy 3 v 16 - 17.
In the materialistic word it has no great financial value but the Christian bible is the most important book ever written and of significance recognised even by those who have some god of their own making or no god at all.
The Christian bible is a unique book.
The writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write as they did. How did the disciples remember precisely what Jesus said? We have the answer in John 14 v 26 and we too have the 'Helper' with us to answer our questions as we read the bible.
The bible is essential for our pilgrim journey.
We have difficulties. We have temptations. The bible gives us all the instruction we need to stay safe.
Are you reading your bible daily?
Statistically only a small percentage of churchgoers do this. We should all read daily and apply scripture in our life. We have a lamp to light our way and the Holy Spirit our Helper. William challenges us to read daily, make written notes of our understanding of what God is saying to us and to memorise verses of scripture.
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2 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3
(16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
(17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
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JOHN CHAPTER 14
(26) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
God Is In Control. Exodus 3 v 1 - 15.
We are reminded of the upbringing and status of Moses as a Prince in Egypt and how everything changed causing him to live in humility in the wilderness. This tells us that (1) - no condition is permanent. We all face difficult times but they can be an investment for our future.
(2) When God calls me I will answer. God is with the believer always and everywhere. He knows our sorrows. Moses was reluctant to go to Pharoah thinking that he was not the right man for the job but God gives reassurance and support. We are to listen to what God asks us to do.
(3) We are not to forget Jochebed. Jochebed was the mother of Moses and her name means 'bringing glory to the name of God'. Today is 'Mother's Day' and William poses the question as to how good is our relationship with our children?
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EXODUS CHAPTER 3
(9) Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
(10) Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
(11) But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"
Is Your Love Going Cold? Revelation 2 v 1 - 7.
In these verses Christ is giving a message to the church at Ephesus. He begins with commendation but this is followed by complaint and then by counsell.
Christ knows all good that they have done and are doing but He says, "you have left your first love". Many churches and individuals are in a similar situation, their 'fire' has dimmed and although outward observation suggests otherwise they have grown cold to their fist love. William challenges us all to examine our relationship with Christ and to others who we have demonstrated great love for which may now have grown cold.
In counselling Christ tells them to remember how they were and to repent otherwise their church will be no more.
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REVELATION CHAPTER 2
(2) "I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
(3) and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary.
(4) Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
(5) Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
A Truly Safe and Secure Hiding Place. Psalm 46.
In these verses we are given three important points -
We will not fear because God is our refuge and strength.
We will not fear because God's help is readily available.
We need to 'be still'.
William asks us to consider that in our times of problems and great need how would we fare if we tried to take it to 'the top' by asking to see the queen. It would be impossible with many people standing in our way but all those who appear to be at 'the top' in this world must bow to our God and in times of trouble we can run directly to Him. Nobody can stand in our way.
Our place of safety is in God and He tells us to 'Be still' (verse 10) - let go and trust in Him. Are you keeping problems to yourself? We are to cast all our cares on almighty God. Many problems arise because people live in the 'what if?' but we should all live in the 'what is'.
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(1) God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
(2) Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
(5) God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
(6) The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
(7) The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
(10) Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
God's Gift is Too Good and it is True.
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(1) "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat.
The Lion Of Judah Is For Us.
Introduction: Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Root of David(see Revelation 5:5, Genesis 49:8-12 and Isaiah 11:10).
Do not weep!
It is alright to weep because it is a natural expression of our frustrations, stresses, sorrows and in some cases, it demonstrates our sympathy for others. By saying “Do not weep” (Revelation 5:5), one of the Elders was telling Apostle John to stop weeping because help was on the way! Whatever problems you are facing today, remember to take courage in Jesus. He cares for you and wants to put His arms around you to say things will be alright. Bring all your problems to Him today.
The Lion of Judah has prevailed!
In Revelation 5:5, it was stated that Jesus Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah had prevailed. Indeed, Jesus defeated the devil and all his agents on the Cross (Colossians 2:15) and at His resurrection. He is the Indomitable Lion with 100% winning record. The devil walks about like aroaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). We will not fear because our Indomitable Lion will protect us! However, we need to play our own parts – be vigilant and be obedient to Jesus.
The Lamb is truly worthy!
Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, but out of love for us, He became the spotless Lamb that was sacrificed for us on the cross at Calvary. This is a great example of humility which we need to follow (see Philippians 2). In Rev. 5:9 -12 we find two songs in which Jesus the Lamb was described as worthy – to open the scroll, and to receive power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and praise! He is worthy because of what He did for us on the Cross at Calvary. Have you received the free gift of forgiveness that Jesus paid for on the Cross? If not, today is another opportunity to do so. Furthermore, we need to demonstrate that we truly appreciate Jesus through the way we live our lives and the way we serve Him. Are you doing that?
Notice seen outside a Church in Czechoslovakia on November 27, 1989: “The Lamb wins.” Indeed, the Lamb always wins! It is a privilege to know this Lamb who is also the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Do you know Him?
May God interpret this message into our hearts. Amen.
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(5) Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."
"Lessons From the Life of Naomi" based on Ruth 1 and Ruth 4:13-17
Life is full of surprises!
Naomi blamed God and was bitter towards Him because of the tragic deaths of her husband and two sons while living in Moab (Ruth 1:20-21). Life is full of surprises, but God is not surprised by our surprises! He will provide the strength we need to go through our difficult times.
It is not yet over!
At God's right time, He turned Naomi's bitterness into lasting joy. Firstly, the famine was over and she was able to return to Bethlehem with Ruth (her loyal Moabite daughter-in-law). Secondly, Ruth and Boaz were blessed with a son, Obed, who was the father of Jesse, the father of David (Ruth 4:13-17). Therefore, Naomi’s family was in the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ! When things look hopeless, let us not give up. Remember that "It is not over till God says it is over". If you are bitter, please bring your bitterness to Jesus and leave it with Him.
Till death do us part!
Ruth's commitment to Naomi was exceptional (Ruth 1:16-17). Let us follow her example in our relationships with Jesus and with our spouses.
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(16) But Ruth said: "Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.
(17) Where you die, I will die, And there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, If anything but death parts you and me."
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(20) But she said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
(21) I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?"
"An Extraordinary Visit" based on Luke 1 v 39 - 56
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"Just a Closer Walk with Jesus" based on Phillipians 3:1-14.
I am sure you would agree with me that it is quite easy to make New Year Resolutions, but the difficult part is to implement them! Whatever may be your New Year Resolution, I suggest you add the title of this message to it. It is my prayer that “Just a closer walk with Jesus” will not just be our New Year Resolution, but it will be our Daily Resolution, which we will do our best to keep with the help of the HolySpirit.
Go for growth – Paul had to empty himself of his self-righteousness, before he could receive the righteousness of God that comes freely through faith in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:4-9). Have you followed this important example of Paul? His desire was to know Jesus in a deeper way (Philippians 3:10). I challenge you to prayerfully identify areas requiring growth and change in your life and willingly take appropriate actions as directed by the Holy Spirit.
Two sides of the same coin - Enjoyment of the resurrection power of Jesus (Ephesians 1:15-20) goes hand-in-hand with suffering for the sake of our faith in Him (Philippians 3:10). I encourage you to use more of that resurrection power in 2020 and be prepared to suffer for your faith whenever the situation arises.
Fix your eyes on Jesus - Like Paul, let us leave the burdens of our past failures and sins behind us and fix our eyes on Jesus as we move forward confidently on our pilgrim journey in 2020 (Philippians 3:13-14 and Hebrews 12:2). Learn lessons from your past, but don’t allow your past to slow you down as you move forward with your life. Bring all your burdens to Jesus in line with Matthew 11:28.
It is my prayer that we will all make “Just a closer walk with Jesus” our resolution for 2020 and beyond, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will not quit. Let us make Jesus proud in 2020!
May God interpret this message into our hearts. Amen
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Are you a good Samaritan? - based on Luke 10:25-37.
The parable we read in Luke 10 is popularly known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan and it involved a violent highway robbery on the Jerusalem-Jericho road. The Priests and the "Levites" worked in the Temple in Jerusalem but many of them lived in Jericho. The Priests and Levites were all from the tribe of Levi, but the Priests were also descendants of Aaron. For the purposes of this message, I have made the usual assumption that the man who was robbed was a Jew.
Knowing what to do is not enough
By virtue of their positions, the Priest and the Levite were very familiar with the Old Testament laws including the one about loving God and loving one’s neighbour (Luke 10:27). The Priest and Levite obviously knew that it was right and proper to help the injured man, but instead of doing that, they "passed by on the other side". Knowing what to do is good, but we need to take the next step of doing it. When we have opportunity to help others, let us not give excuses.
The Jews hated the Samaritans based on racial and religious reasons. The Samaritans were not pure Jews and they combined the worship of God with the worship of idols (see Ezra 4:2 and 2 Kings 17). It is therefore surprising that it was the Samaritan who took care of the injured Jewish man. Let us do good even to those who hate us and let us help others without any form of discrimination.
Jesus is our Good Samaritan
Jesus is our unique Good Samaritan. He came to rescue us from our sins and from the greatest robber - Satan!!! (see Romans 5:8 and Ephesians 2:8-9). He is always there to help us on our pilgrim journey on a 24/7 basis. Whatever may be our problems, let us be greatly encouraged by the fact that Jesus will never pass by on the other side when we are hurting.
Based on this parable, your neighbour is not just the person living next-doors to you. It is someone God brings along your way on this journey of life. The Samaritan has set us a great example and in the words of Jesus: “Go and do likewise”. May God interpret this message into our hearts. Amen.
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(25) And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
(26) He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?"
(27) So he answered and said, " 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.' "
(28) And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live."
(29) But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
(30) Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
(31) Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.
(33) But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.
(34) So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
(35) On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.' 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"
God is For Us on the Mountain and in the Valley. - based on 1 Kings 20 v 23 - 30.
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Look Beyond the Grave. - based on Ezekiel Chapter 37 v 1 - 14.
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What A Loving Father. - based on Luke Chapter 15 v 11 - 32.
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God has not forgotten you! - based on 2 Samuel 9.
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God wants to bless us! - based on Numbers 6:22-27.
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(5) which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
(6) that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel
Glorifying God in our afflictions! Based on Daniel Chapter 3.
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When temptation comes. Based on Genesis 39 v 1 - 23.
When temptation comes, honour God!
Joseph was tempted by Potiphar’s wife to commit the sin of adultery. However, as indicated in Genesis 39:8-9, Joseph refused to do such a thing for two reasons: a)he did not want to betray the trust that his earthly master, Potiphar, had in him b) he did not want to sin against his heavenly Master, the Almighty God. When we aretempted, let us follow this example of high integrity demonstrated by Joseph towards God and man. Let us bring honour and glory to God.
When temptation comes, stand firm!
In Genesis 39:10, we read: “So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.” Joseph was tempted again and again; he had many opportunities to do what was wrong, but he firmly refused to do so.
According to Luke 4:1-13, the devil tried the same tactic on our Lord Jesus Christ.The devil tempted Him three times, but Jesus defeated him 3 times by using the word of God! Let us follow that great example when we are tempted – let us strike the evil one with the word of God which is the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). It is important to put on not just the Sword of the Spirit, but the whole armour of God in line with Ephesians 6:11.
When temptation comes, take the exit door!
In Genesis 39:10 we read that Joseph refused to be with Potiphar’s wife, which meant that he avoided spending time with her. In Genesis 39:12 we read that Joseph ran out of the house leaving his garment in her hand. These two points indicate that Joseph took precautions not to fall into temptation by taking the “way of escape” that God provided (see 1 Corinthians 10:12-13). We must be humble in facing temptations, realising that it is our faithful God who can keep us from falling. He will show us the way of escape, but we must be willing to take that way out.
May God interpret this message into our hearts. Amen
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Jesus brings hope to the hopeless. Based on Luke 7 v 11 - 17.
No one understands like Jesus!
The widow from Nain had already lost her husband, and losing her son was really a double blow for her. She must have felt dejected, depressed, hopeless and exceedingly sorrowful. Jesus fully understood her pain and He showed her compassion as indicated in Luke 7:13 –When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Biblical experts indicated that He was literally telling the widow: “Do not go on weeping”. Jesus said that because of the miracle He was going to perform on her dead son.
People around us may not understand what we are going through and we ourselves may not fully understand it. However, Jesus Christ understands it all and He will have compassion on us and help us.
Even the dead obey Jesus!
There were three occasions when Jesus commanded dead people to come to life and they all obeyed Him! That was the case during the miracles He performed on the widow’s son (Luke7:14-15), Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5:41-42), and Lazarus (John 11:43-44). The three miracles confirmed that Jesus was the Messiah, and that He was more than a human being. In line with John 1:1-3, He is God and the Creator of everything.
His amazing power over death was additionally demonstrated at His glorious resurrection. He is alive today, and according to Romans 8:34, He is at the right hand of God making intercession for us. Therefore, we can confidently sing these words from a song written by Billand Gloria Gaither: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow”. Yes, because Jesus lives, we can confidently face the future!
Bring your dead situations to Jesus!
According to Luke 7:16 – Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.” Indeed, God has visited us in the person of Jesus Christ, our Immanuel, to help us in all our earthly struggles. He came to save us from our sins, give us the right to be children of God, and give us abundant life. However, sometimes that abundant life is not evident in our lives. One of the ways this problem shows up is that we sometimes feel defeated, discouraged, hopeless and helpless. I encourage you all to bring all your dead situations to Jesus today so that He would breathe life into them. It is my prayer that He would give us His hope wherever and whenever we feel hopeless.
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LUKE CHAPTER 7
(11) Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd.
(12) And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her.
(13) When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”
(14) Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.”
(15) So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
(16) Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen up among us”; and, “God has visited His people.”
(17) And this report about Him went throughout all Judea and all the surrounding region.
The prophecies were spot-on! Based on Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6-7, and Micah 5:2.
Small yet significant! Based on Micah 5:2, the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ, would be born in a small town called Bethlehem Ephrathah, near Jerusalem in the tribe of Judah. This small town is world-famous because of the birth of Jesus Christ there. As we go through life, we sometimes come across people or situations that make us feel inferior, small and insignificant. However, we must not forget that for those of us who have been born again, our significance is found in Jesus Christ (John 1:12 and 1Peter 2:9-10). Bethlehem means “House of Bread” and “Ephrathah” means “fruitful”. Therefore, the birth-place of Jesus reminds us of the fact that He is the “Bread of life” (John 6:35) and if we abide in Him, we will bear fruit (John 15:5). Are you abiding in Him? Are you bearing much fruit in your life?
God is with us! As indicated in Isaiah 7:14, the Messiah would be born by a virgin and He would be called Immanuel, which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). God is with us in at least two ways. Firstly, God became man to dwell among us. The incarnate Son of God came to live among us, to demonstrate the character of God to us, teach us the true way to God and ultimately die for our sins on the cross (Phil. 2:5-11). Secondly, God is with us in all our struggles. Let us bring all our problems to Him, irrespective of how discouraging or complex those problems are. As indicated in “Footprints” written in 1936 by Mary Stevenson, Jesus will carry us on His shoulders when necessary during tough times.
What a special Child! Isaiah 9:6 stated that the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ, would be called: “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”, and the second part of Micah 5:2 stated that His “origins are from ancient times.” All these descriptions indicate that Jesus Christ is God! Consequently, we need to take His words very seriously. For example, in John 14:6, He said - “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” There is no other way! Have you come to the Father through Jesus Christ?
Furthermore, the virgin birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem Ephrathah about 2000 years ago confirmed the prophecies made by Prophets Isaiah and Micah. This shows that we can trust God’s word completely. The remaining prophecies about Jesus Christ will surely come to pass including the Rapture which could happen any time from now! Are you ready to meet Jesus?
May God interpret this message into our hearts. Amen.
|Listen to this preached by William on 13th December 2020|
ISAIAH CHAPTER 7
(14) Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
ISAIAH CHAPTER 9
(6) For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
(7) Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
MICAH CHAPTER 5
(2) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.”