Mar 11, 2018
You Can Trust The Promises God Makes To Us

2 Corinthians 1:18-24

chp 1:18 ''But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us - by me and Silvanus and Timothy - was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also through, by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. Now He who established us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. But I call God as my witness to my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy, for in your faith you are standing firm.''

chp 2: 1, ''But I determined this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again.''

''The reason I didn't come to you, and the reason that my plans got changed, is because I didn't want to come and have another sorrowful meeting with you,''

Lets return to vs 8 “…….we were burdened, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength…..”

I.You Can Trust The Promises of God

John 14, ''For I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.''

II. The Greatness of The Promises of God

2 Peter 1: 4 ''For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.''

Precious means ''valuable, costly, esteemed, beloved.''

Magnificent means ''exceedingly great.''

''For as many as may be the promises of God,in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.” Vs 20

III. Promises Belong To Us When We Say Amen

amen means ''let it be so.''

John 13:17, ''If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.''

''Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse and test Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open up for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer from you. And I'm going to do these great things if you'll bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.''

Philippians 4:19 ''And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.''

Matthew 6:33 ''And seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.''

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  • Mar 11, 2018You Can Trust The Promises God Makes To Us
    Mar 11, 2018
    You Can Trust The Promises God Makes To Us

    2 Corinthians 1:18-24

    chp 1:18 ''But as God is faithful, our word to you is not yes and no. For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us - by me and Silvanus and Timothy - was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also through, by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. Now He who established us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. But I call God as my witness to my soul, that to spare you I came no more to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy, for in your faith you are standing firm.''

    chp 2: 1, ''But I determined this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again.''

    ''The reason I didn't come to you, and the reason that my plans got changed, is because I didn't want to come and have another sorrowful meeting with you,''

    Lets return to vs 8 “…….we were burdened, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength…..”

    I.You Can Trust The Promises of God

    John 14, ''For I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.''

    II. The Greatness of The Promises of God

    2 Peter 1: 4 ''For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.''

    Precious means ''valuable, costly, esteemed, beloved.''

    Magnificent means ''exceedingly great.''

    ''For as many as may be the promises of God,in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.” Vs 20

    III. Promises Belong To Us When We Say Amen

    amen means ''let it be so.''

    John 13:17, ''If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.''

    ''Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse and test Me now in this, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open up for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer from you. And I'm going to do these great things if you'll bring the whole tithe into the storehouse.''

    Philippians 4:19 ''And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.''

    Matthew 6:33 ''And seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.''

  • Mar 4, 2018When Trouble Enters Our Lives
    Mar 4, 2018
    When Trouble Enters Our Lives

    2 Corinthians 1:3-11

    Comfort- same word used for Holy Spirit

    Paraclete – same root word means comfort

    I. Praise God In Happiness Or In Difficulty

    THOUGH I WALK THRU THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH I WILL FEAR NO EVIL BECAUSE GOD IS WITH ME

    ''Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!'' ~ Psalm 150:6

    II. When Afflicted God Promises Comfort

    vs 4. ''Who comforts us in all our affliction''

    affliction- literally means to press together a tight squeeze

    III. God Is Never More Close Than When We Are In Trouble

    Psalm 34:18, ''The LORD (Yahweh) is near to the brokenhearted, and He saves those who are crushed in spirit.''

  • Feb 26, 2018How Can I Find Peace In A World Of Turmoil?
    Feb 26, 2018
    How Can I Find Peace In A World Of Turmoil?
     
     
    2 Corinthians 1:1-3 Philippians 4:6-8
    USA TODAY TOOK A SURVEY ON THE MAJOR SOURCES OF WORRY. 36% SAID THEIR JOB 22% SAID MONEY 10% SAID CHILDREN 7% SAID HEALTH I. Peace Only Comes From God ''Grace to you and peace through our Lord Jesus Christ, peace means ''rest,'' which means ''tranquility,'' which means, ''to be undisturbed." God says. ''I want you to have tranquility in your heart, regardless of what's going on in your life - to have tranquility.'' Philippians 4:6 - '' do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God''. Philippians 4. ''Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing'' ''Be anxious for nothing, but in everything be prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.'' II. Share your heart with God “And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.'' Henry Blackaby Experiencing God, writes, ''As you no doubt have discovered, becoming a Christian does not make your problems go away. But it does give you an advocate to whom you can take every concern.''
  • Feb 18, 2018God’s Comfort When Trials Hit Our Lives
    Feb 18, 2018
    God’s Comfort When Trials Hit Our Lives
    2 Corinthians 1:1-2 vs 1 "PAUL, AN APOSTLE OF CHRIST JESUS BY THE WILL OF GOD” VS 2 "TO THE CHURCH OF GOD WHICH IS AT CORINTH WITH ALL THE SAINTS WHO ARE THROUGHOUT ACHAIA: GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.” I. Only God Gives Grace GRACE - Charis in Greek means “unmerited favor of God” 11 Corinthians 8:9''For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor so that you, through His poverty, might be made rich.'' Titus 2:11-13''For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.'' II. God Gives Grace For Salvation ''And the grace of God has appeared to all '' ''You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor.'' ''For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son'' Ephesians 2:8-9, ''For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, lest any man should boast.'' Book of Romans, ''For if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.'' III. God Gives Grace To Live IV. God Gives Grace When We Stumble ''And where sin abounds, grace does much more abound.''
  • Feb 5, 2018How To Deal With Difficult People
    Feb 5, 2018
    How To Deal With Difficult People
    Proverbs 3:5-6

    I. What Is The Church About?

    Church – biblical meaning – ecclesia, a group of people Who are called out of the world’s system by God’s Grace for the purpose of assembling to worship and serve Christ.

    Should I join the church I am attending?

    1. Do they believe and teach the Word of God Is infallible and inerrant?

    2. Does the church leadership disciple the members?

    3. Do they teach/ practice outreach?

    II. How To Identify The Difficult People

    1. The Bird Dog

    2. The Wet Blanket

    3. The Entrepreneur

    4. Captain Bluster

    5. The Fickle Financier

    6. The Sniper

    III. What Can I Do When I Encounter Difficult People?

    First, we should realize God sometimes uses difficult people to achieve his plan in our lives.

  • Jan 21, 2018How Are You Doing With God’s Command To Forgive Others?
    Jan 21, 2018
    How Are You Doing With God’s Command To Forgive Others?
    Colossians 3:12-13 “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgives you.” Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts, let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God , for he will freely pardon.” Psalm 130 “But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence serve you.” Matthew 6:12, 15 “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” I. Forgiveness Is A Choice William Willimon - “The human animal is not supposed to be good at forgiveness. Forgiveness is not some innate, natural human emotion. Vengeance, retribution, violence, these are natural human qualities. It is natural for the human animal to snarl and crouch into a defensive position when attacked, to howl when wronged, to bite back when bitten. Forgiveness is not natural.” “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day Jesus Christ returns.” ~ Philippians 1:6 “Isaiah 43:25 “I am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sin no more.” II. Character Traits Of Believers Put on- means to put on these clothes as a believer These are the qualities that indicate we are believers: A heart of compassion- 1st character trait to mark the believer Kindness - mellowing all that may be harsh in us with grace. Humility - opposite of self-love that poisons believers in church Gentleness-4th character trait not weakness – not spinelessness, Patience- one who does not get angry at others Bearing with one another- endure, hold out in spite of the murmer, insults, refuse to retaliate. “when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure” ~ 1 Corinthians 4:12 Forgiving each other -7th character trait, Means to always be gracious FORGIVING SOMEONE WHO HAS HURT YOU MAY WELL BE ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS YOU WILL EVER DO. III. Forgiveness Is Not The Same As Reconciliation “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath.” ~ Romans 12:18-19
  • Jan 14, 2018What Does Jesus Offer To Our World Today?
    Jan 14, 2018
    What Does Jesus Offer To Our World Today?
    Mark 7:31-37

    I. Introduce Jesus To Your Hurting Friends

    Vs 33-35 “Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva; and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He said to him,
    Elhphata! That is, Be opened.”

    2 Corinthians 4:4 “The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel.”

    Vs 33 “Jesus took him aside from the crowd”

    II. Jesus Understand All Manner of Pain

    Vs 34 “…looking up to heaven with a deep sigh”

    “for my sighing comes like my bread; and my groaning are poured out like water.” ~ Job 3:24

    “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin.” ~ Hebrews 4:15

    “For God so loved the world(7 billion people) that if anyone believes on Him they will not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16

    PEOPLE ARE SAYING JESUS DOES ALL THINGS WELL

    CAN YOU SAY THAT?

    “All the way my Savior leads me;

    What have I to ask beside?

    Can I doubt His tender mercy,

    Who through life has been my Guide?

    Heavenly peace, divinest comfort,

    Here by faith in him to dwell!

    For I know what’er befall me,

    Jesus doeth all things well.”
     
  • Jan 7, 2018Can We Lose Our Salvation?
    Jan 7, 2018
    Can We Lose Our Salvation?

    Revelation 3:4

    Can We Lose The Gift of Salvation ?

    Galatians 5:4 “You who have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.”

    Hebrews 6:4-6 “ For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them agan to repentance,……..”

    Galatians 6:1"If we have a brother who is caught or who falls away along the side of sin, you who are spiritual and strong lift him up."

    Revelation 3:5 “……I will not erase his name from the book of life…..”

    I John 5:4 “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world….

    Revelation 5:1 "He who overcomes, I will never blot out his name."

    John 6: 37.

    "All that the Father gives me

    will come to me and whoever comes to me I will

    never drive away."

    38. "For I have come down from heaven not to do

    my will, but to do the will of Him who sent me.

    39. And this is the will of Him who sent me,

    that I shall lose none of all that

    He has given me, but raise them up at the last day.

    40. For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

    John 10: 27-30

    "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them,
    and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of
    my Father's hand. "

  • Dec 31, 2017Can You Trust God With Your Finances?
    Dec 31, 2017
    Can You Trust God With Your Finances?

    1 Chronicles 29:10-14

    “David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, ‘Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.’ But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” ~1 Chronicles 29: 10-14

    “Lord, all of this was yours from the beginning and we have just given back to you what was already yours.”

    God Is The Source Of Every Blessing In Your Life

    Every good thing in your life has come to you as a gift from God

    “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down
    From the Father of the heavenly lights.” ~ James 1:17

    “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who give you the ability to produce wealth.” ~ Deuteronomy 8: 17-18

    11. God Designed Us To be Givers Not Takers Nor Holders

    “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
    ~ John 7: 37-38

    A. W. Tozer wrote,

    “There is a disease that is spreading rapidly in the 20th Century. It is called CIRRHOSIS OF THE GIVER. It is an acute condition, which renders the patient’s hand immobile, when it attempts to move from the billfold to the offering plate. The remedy is to remove the afflicted person from the House of God, since it is clinically observable that this condition disappears in environments such as the sports stadiums, shopping malls, and restaurants.”

    111. The More You Give, The More You Are Blessed

    “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “ ~ Luke 6: 38

    “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus and blessings. Giving, not getting , is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” (The Message)

    1V. Give To God and He Promises To Meet Your Financial Needs

    “Honor the Lord with your wealth, and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, And your vats will overflow with good wine.” ~Proverbs 3:9-10

    GIVE GOD THE FIRST 10% OF YOUR INCOME

    “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But, how do we rob you? In tithes and offerings…Bring the whole tithe into the church. Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty and see if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessings that you will not have room for it”

    ~ Malachi 3:8-10A

    2. SAVE THE SECOND 10%

    “Take a lesson from the ants…they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.: ~ Proverbs 6:6,8

    3. Live on 80% of your income

  • Dec 24, 2017The Christmas Story Told In A Bethlehem Field
    Dec 24, 2017
    The Christmas Story Told In A Bethlehem Field
    Series: Christmas
    Ruth
     
    1: vs 16 ''for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.''

    verse 2, ''I shall find favor (grace).''

    verse 10 ''Why have I found grace in your eyes.''

    I. Looking For Grace

    verse 2, ''Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace.''

    vs 3 KJV,
    ''she happened to come into the field belonging to Boaz.''

    Romans 8: 28 ''All things work together for good to them that love God.''

    II. Grace Finds Ruth

    Vs 5 “whose young woman is this?”

    ''She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi”

    vs 7 Please let me clean in this field.

    vs 8 ''Do not to glean in another field.''

    vs 10, ''Why have I found grace in your eyes.

    Psalms 32 :8 ''I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.''

    Proverbs 3: 6, ''In all your decisions acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.''

    Vs 12 ''May the Lord reward your work and your wages will be full from the Lord.”

    vs 14“Draw close, that you may eat of the bread and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar”

    vs 16, “you shall purposely pull out for her some grain and leave it for her”.

    III. Once Received Grace Is To Be Shared

    vs 17 “ She gathered in the field until evening and discovered she had about 50 lbs.”

    Vs 18-19 “She went home and showed Naomi. Naomi “Where did you work today?” “in the fields of Boaz.”

    vs 23 “She stayed close to the workers of Boaz until the end of the season and lived with Naomi.”