Sermons tagged #Drifting
If you have ever driven on a Pennsylvania or New York highway, you may have seen signs warning "Bridge May Be Icy." If you are travelling in summer, the signs appear somewhat humorous. You may think to yourself, "there is no possible way this bridge is icy on a 90-degree day in July." You wonder why the highway department didn't fine tune the warning to read "Bridge May Be Icy in Cold Weather." I wonder whether the warning becomes so familiar to the frequent commuter that it is unheeded at times when the bridge is icy. We know that bridges are the first to freeze in cold weather. The Word of God warns the Christian to be alert and watchful for there is an enemy of his or her soul. We have opposition from three: the world, the flesh and the devil. Many times we become needlessly snared because we ignore the warnings. The warnings become so familiar that they fall on deaf ears. Dangerous drifting is the besetting sin of our day. It is not so much intentional as from unconcern. Christians neglect their anchor—Christ—and begin to quietly drift away. There is no friction, no dramatic sense of departure. Temptations will surely come as cold weather comes to Pennsylvania and New York in January. We must always be alert or we will slide off the king's highway on those icy bridges of temptation. The Bible says, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (1 Peter 5:8) Run to Jesus!
Be a Man: Who keeps Good Company. Lk. 22:54-62 1 Kings 2:2 Series: Learning True Manhood.If you hang around with the wrong crowd, you will end up becoming like that crowd.You are known by the company you keep. instead of staying close to the Master's side, Peter placed himself in an atmosphere that was dangerous to his Christian faith and testimony.Instead of influencing them, they ended up influencing him. That was the tragic mistake that Peter made when he left the closeness of the Master's side and companionship of the Master's presence. You and I need to be so careful and so protective with the personal relationship we have with Jesus Christ because Satan the destroyer will do everything in his power to break- up the personal communion we have with our Lord.
THE TRAGEDY OF NEGLECT.Hebrews 2:1-4 Drifting from the Word— (neglect) We Christians must guard against inattention and neglect of God's message through His Son.We Christians must heed the things we have heard lest we slip away from them (v.1). To apply the mind tenaciously.To give total concentration to the Word of God.Reason 1: judgment under the law was strict (v.2). Reason 2: judgment under salvation is sure to be even more severe (v.3-4). Salvation is neglected because people don't understand its greatness.with so many witnesses, no person can ever expect to escape the judgment of God if he neglects the salvation of Christ—not when the two primary witnesses are God Himself and the Lord Jesus Christ, God's very own Son.
Roadblocks for the Drifter Drifting: Disbelief: Dullness: Discontentment: Discouragement: Disputing: Delusions: Disobedience: Disorderly: Depression: Despairing: Hebrews is a message that teaches us that nothing is greater nor superior to cultivating a life of intimacy and growing influence and intensity to the guidance and guardianship of Jesus over our lives. There's a lot we should do... A lot we could do... A lot we want to do... A lot we can do... But only one thing we NEED to do... And that's what God asks us to do. God's patience — with us — is often misunderstood as His permission — for us. If we're not careful, before we realize or recognize it, we can drift farther and farther away from God's presence and purpose, by mistaking His patience with us for His permission to us.: We're going to look at how even the greatest of servants are prone to drifting. When Elijah saw it… (1 Kings 19:3) he couldn't quit seeing it! It captured his mind and manipulated his heart. How did it happen so fast? God was at work exposing the heart of a drifter. Elijah didn't go from the fires of Carmel to fretting and the fears that captivated his focus overnight — he had already started drifting before the mountaintop experience. The valley of despair just revealed the folly of his misaligned vision. His attention had drifted from the Lord and now he was in a tailspin. A misplaced focus will make a show. And our missteps will be manifested in the folly of our fretting over what others are saying they can and will do because we have already shifted our focus off of what God had asked us to do. We must give Him our undivided attention and affection (Hebrews 2). "Guard your hea
Questions for A Drifter Elijah 1 Kings 19 The sweet spot of kingdom life is praying, praising, and pointing to Jesus. I love the Lord because He has heard me; listening There's a lot we should do... A lot we could do... A lot we want to do... A lot we can do... But only one thing we NEED to do... And that's what God asks us to do. I love questions... I love asking questions... I love fielding questions from people I get to serve... I love questions in the word, especially open-ended questions... Who will declare His times? This question was asked and brought to light on two different occasions in the Scriptures... OPEN ENDED Isaiah 53:8; Acts 8 Isaiah 9:6-7 Rich's dog: sawdust, paint Evidence of the master's work will be upon us We have been and ASKED AND GRACED TO DO: REACH hostiles for Jesus (Preaching) TEACH disciples about Jesus (Teaching) EQUIP the body of brethren to serve Jesus (gathering / fellowshipping ) MOBILIZE the missionaries to go with Jesus (partnering / kingdom minded thinking and living ) Like a bird that wanders from the nest is a man that has left his place proverbs 27:8 ; A fledgling out of the nest is Dying Dead Decomposing Kind of people Beat you up Pass you up Help you up Psalm 16 ; psalm 103 ; Jude (angles that left their place and those who respond at the reflection of His voice) The sweet spot of kingdom life is praying, praising and pointing to Jesus. Depending on Jesus (praying) Declaring Jesus (praising) Demonstrating Jesus (pointing) Nesting (needful… Mary ; psalm 81) Neighboring (helping people up) Navigating (shine like stars) Adam/Where are you? (Genesis 3:9) Who told you this? Our conscience condemned them Cain/
Gaffling for the Glory (When expectations and experience pushes you to go rogue.) There's a lot we should do... A lot we could do... A lot we want to do... A lot we can do... But only one thing we NEED to do... And that's what God ask us to do. God's patience — with us — is often misunderstood as His permission — for us. If we're not careful, before we realize or recognize it, we can drift farther and farther away from God's presence and purpose, by mistaking His patience with us for His permission to us. We're going to look at how even the greatest of servants are prone to drifting. When Elijah saw it… (1 Kings 19:3) he couldn't quit seeing it! It captured his mind and manipulated his heart. How did it happen so fast? God was at work exposing the heart of a drifter. Elijah didn't go from the fires of Carmel to fretting and the fears that captivated his focus overnight — he had already started drifting before the mountain top experience. The valley of despair just revealed the folly of his misaligned vision. His attention had drifted from the Lord and now he's in a tailspin. A misplaced focus will make a show. And our missteps will be manifested in the folly of our fretting over what others are saying they can and will do because we have already shifted our focus off of what God had asked us to do. The evening before he ran the fastest marathon ever recorded… he out ran, even after starting late, Ahab and his chariot. A 31 mile run in world record time… because the Spirit of the Lord was upon him. Chariots can get up to 40mph. Let's be conservative and cut it in half. The fastest ever marathon was run at an average speed of 13mph. The fastest recorded speed in a s
It is one thing to believe in Christ and another thing to persevere in faith till the end. Many claim to believe in Christ, but a few run with endurance till the end. A Christian has to face several pressures and pleasures, either pressing forward in Christ or drifting away from Christ. May the Lord use this sermon to stir up the hearts of His children to persevere in their faith and guard them against drifting!
Hebrews 1:2-4 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
God has promised wonderful things concerning our future with Him. We are to set our minds on the things above for our happiness as we live out our days walking down here in difficult things and times. This hope is an anchor to keep us from drifting into peril in the storms of life that our heavenly Father knows are coming our way. We need to lay ahold of this anchor of the soul, since it alone will protect us in the hurricanes that are headed our way.
When speaking about being at ease He not only speaks to the women but men also. Remember He told Peter that the spirit is willling but the flesh is weak. We must stay weak because the weak goes about seeking who he may devour. those that are at ease in Zion are in just as much jeopardy as those outside the Church.
Drifting • Deliverance • Damage Far Far Reaching Implications The big question: Did this message, about the ungodly man (Sennacherib), ever get to him? Did this pointed and precise message get to him? Was the word intended to reach him, in his rebellion, before he answered the call to meet God, face to face, through death? When God tells you the fate of the faithless and the fury of God, a fury and fate they're about to face. This is a far reaching word — that has far reaching implications — that includes a world that eats, breaths, walks, and plays, with no regard to living for God and His glory. God sent a word — about an individual — that would never get that word — about himself — because he didn't prepare his heart to seek God. King Manasseh is no doubt a warning. But he's also a wonder of grace — all wrapped up in one. For those of you reading with us through Jeremiah 15, I want to draw your attention to three things: (1) His drifting. (2) His deliverance. (3) His damage. To get the best picture of these three things I need to point you 2 Chronicles 33 and Jeremiah 15. This passages will help you see the consequences that fell upon the nation, years later, as a direct result to the damage he caused. Manasseh reigned for 55 years... and for the most part, the majority of those 55 years, he DRIFTED and seduced and deceived the people to follow his crooked ways. Even though he had a living example and legacy of a father, king Hezekiah, that brought great reformation and revival to the land, he rebelled and overthrew everything his father did. (I may share about rebellious children later today.) The description of his life was one of utter wickedness...