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1-15-23  Three Fixations Beneficial to Your Emotional and Spiritual Health

Summary: Psychologists would usually tell you that “fixations” are to be avoided. But there are three healthy fixations that, by contrast, are beneficial to your spiritual health and wellness and will help you to live a victorious life.

Hebrews 12:1-4  ...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. [2] Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross... [3] Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. [4] In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

•• We live lives filled with hindrances (vs. 1) — financial shortfalls, people who dislike us or oppose us, cars or plumbing breaking down, and many other negatives.

•• And, of even greater consequence, each of us also lives with the constant, daily testings and trials of our sin natures (vs. 1), our tendency to be easily entangled by sin.

•• Is there a solution to these obstacles to a victorious daily walk with the Lord?

• Is there a way to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” us?

• Is there a way to “run with perseverance”?

• Is there a way to win our “struggle against sin”?

•• Yes! The answer is a healthy fixation — “Fix [your] eyes upon JESUS ... Consider Him...” (vs. 2).

• There is a wonderful worship song with these lyrics:

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace”

•• Some years ago, after the close of a church service, a few of us were standing around when a young man with a history of seizures began to have another one. Immediately one of us encouraged him to call out the name “Jesus! Jesus!...” He did that, and the onset of the seizure stopped!

• What had just happened? He had fixed his eyes on Jesus, and Jesus met him at his point of need.

•• In 1969, after many weeks of reading the Scriptures, I set aside my prior theological “clutter” and simply fixed my focus on Jesus Christ, the Son of God. All alone in my room on an Air Force base I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and to save me. I was immediately blessed with a sense of His loving presence and forgiveness. In fact, in a vision of my mind’s eye I saw Him at the foot of my bed receiving me into the family of God!

• Again, what had happened? Simply this: I had stopped trying to intellectualize religion and instead looked directly to Jesus Himself. I had “fixed” my eyes upon Jesus.

So “healthy fixation” #1 is: FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS.

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Hebrews 2:17-3:1  For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. [18]] Because he Himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. [3:1] Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.

•• Are you suffering physically? emotionally? mentally? relationally? (vs. 18)? Is there a solution? Yes!

• Another healthy fixation — “Fix your thoughts on Jesus.... [remembering that] He Himself suffered.”

• When I was younger I became a “two-gallon donor” at a blood bank in Anchorage. I’m not too fond of being poked by needles. So as the nurse was getting the blood draw hooked up, in my mind I used to focus my thoughts on Jesus on the cross. I would ponder the thought that if Jesus could suffer so much pain for us, I could easily put up with a little needle poke! I realize that it’s silly of me even to remotely compare my discomfort to His pain. But my simple point is this: by deliberately looking unto Jesus, by focusing my thoughts on Him, I found that any earthly suffering I might have experienced faded out of sight.

•• Are you suffering temptation? — “Fix your thoughts on Jesus.... He is able to help...” (vs. 18)

• Are you tempted to retaliate to unjust persecution or slander? Fix your thoughts on Jesus before Pilate.

• Are you tempted by immoral thoughts? Fix your thoughts on Jesus and His blameless, pure conduct in the presence of many women during his years of ministry.

• Are you being tempted by pride? Fix your thoughts on Jesus successfully resisting the wilderness temptations by Satan — “All these [kingdoms of the world] will I give you...” (Matthew 4:8-9, KJV).

So “healthy fixation” #2 is: FIX YOUR THOUGHTS ON JESUS.

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2 Corinthians 4:16-18  Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. [17] For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. [18] So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

•• Are you starting to “lose heart” (vs. 16)? Do you feel like you are “outwardly ... wasting away” (16)? Are you being beset with many “troubles” (17)?

•• There is a healthy fixation available for you — “Fix your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen ... [on what is] eternal.”

• If I dwell on my aging body’s aches and pains, I could lose heart at times. But by fixing my focus on the “unseen ... the eternal”, I’m reminded of the glorious body that I’ll have for all eternity after the resurrection!

• You can dwell on “troubles” — financial, social, job-related, whatever. Or you can fix your eyes on eternity, when there will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no more death, no more tears.

• Eternity is a healthy fixation!

So “healthy fixation” #3 is: FIX YOUR EYES NOT ON WHAT IS SEEN, BUT ON WHAT IS UNSEEN.
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We’ve looked today at three “fix”-es:

1) Fix your EYES on JESUS ... Consider HIM in your struggle to persevere and to throw off hindrances and sin.

2) Fix your THOUGHTS on JESUS, who is able to help you when you are suffering or being tempted.

3) Fix your eyes on what is UNSEEN, on what is ETERNAL, when you are troubled or tending to lose heart.

In sum, three healthy, biblical “fixations” that will bless your life and greatly help your walk with God are:

• EYES on JESUS

• THOUGHTS on JESUS

• EYES on ETERNITY
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I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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1-8-23  From Joyless to Joyful--How To Get Your Joy Back

Summary: Lost your joy? Don’t feel the sense of excitement and wonder you felt in your early Christian years? Wondering how to get your joy back? God understands, and He has provided simple ways for you to get your joy restored.

I was sitting in a coffee shop in southern Oregon. At a table nearby I saw an older couple that I knew were Christians. For the 15-20 minutes that I observed them, what stood out to me was the complete, utter lack of joy on their faces. This surprised me, because I knew that they attended a good, Spirit-filled church in our city.

I realize that there are many very real reasons why people at any given time might not feel too joyful. Things like illness, relational problems, employment situations, perhaps even a death in the family. I understand that. But what I want to address today, in this message, is the fact that many sincere Christians confess that in an ongoing sense they have “lost their joy”. If that is you, my encouragement to you today is this: You don’t need to stay joyless! God has made many provisions to bring back your joy again. Come, see, and receive a new impartation of the joy of the Lord.

Psalm 51:12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation.

Psalm 85:6  Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?

1) Admit to God that you’ve lost your joy, and ask Him to restore that joy.

•• Pray — “Lord, restore my joy ... the joy of my salvation.”

• James wrote (4:2): “You do not have because you do not ask God.”

• Are you joyless? Stop everything else ... get alone with God ... sincerely pray to Him to rekindle your joy.

•• Not joy in natural things, but joy in lasting things — “the joy of [your] salvation”!

• Take time to reflect on your “great salvation” —

• Because of Jesus, all your sins are forgiven.

• God is your Father, and He loves you.

• He has given you His Holy Spirit to lead you, strengthen you, empower you...

• Reflect on these great things, and watch your joy grow.

Ezra 3:12  But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy.

2) Remember that today is a new day. Go forward! God has given you this day to be a day of joy.

•• Some of the elderly in Israel were longingly looking backward to the “good old days” and were weeping. But others properly saw what God was doing in their day (that is, the restored temple) and rejoiced over it, shouting for joy.

•• Psalm 118:24  This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

• I’m historically thankful for the great supernatural move of God many of us experienced in the 1970s, but today is the day God has given us ... to be glad in IT!

• Today is a day for the winning of souls, for the healing of sick bodies, for answered prayers.

•• Psalm 30:5  ...weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

• Maybe yesterday was a bummer. Today is a new day from the Lord, intended by Him for your joy.

• Depression, sadness, discouragement, and the like don't need to get a permanent hold on your life and emotions. Rejoicing can return, if you treat each day as a new day from the Lord.

Psalm 33:1, 3  Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.... Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

3) Singing and shouting to the Lord can turn heaviness of heart into joy.

•• Vocal rejoicing is contagious! Try it, and you’ll “catch it.”

• Downcast? Try singing for 5 minutes: “Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, the Lord reigns...” or any other favorite worship song.

• In worship services, give yourself to joyful singing.

• I recall a respected Canadian evangelist speaking of a tent meeting he held in a Caribbean nation. By Holy Ghost revelation, he saw a ring of demons surrounding the tent during the service. He shouted “Hallelujah!" and noticed the ring of demons back up a bit. So he shouted “Hallelujah!” again, and once more the demons backed up. He continued to do this until they were gone from sight. As he told it, the Hallelujahs ran the demons off. So sing and shout to the Lord, and watch things improve!

• Isaiah 61:3  ...a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.  As with clothing, praise is something we can deliberately put on. One of the best things a downcast person can do is to do what the worship song taken from this verse says: “Put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness!”

Psalm 42:4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.

4) Find great joy in being in “the house of God,” the church.

•• Give yourself to worshiping ... be touched by the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit ... let God’s Word stir you ... let the fellowship of likeminded believers uplift you.

•• I personally find joy in being in an assembly of believers whose hearts are seeking after God.

•• My heart is strengthened by the common worship, the gifts of the Spirit, the Word of God, the time of prayer for needs afterwards.

•• If your church has a midweek service, try attending that, too. It gives you an additional opportunity each week to have a joy-building encounter with God in Word, worship, fellowship, and spiritual gifts.

Luke 10:20  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

5) Find joy in the thought of eternity in heaven.

•• You don't often hear Christians talk of heaven.

• Yet the Bible speaks hundreds of times of “heaven” (singular). For example, "Our Father in heaven" ... "the kingdom of heaven," and many more.

• Colossians 1:5 speaks of the hope stored up for us in heaven.

• Jesus rejoiced at the prospect of returning to heaven (John, ch. 17). We believers should find joy, too, in the sure prospect of a heavenly home.

1 John 3:1  How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

John 3:16  God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son...

1 John 4:19  We love because he first loved us.

6) There is much joy in the knowledge that you are loved by God.

•• Despite our sins and our carnal nature

•• Not because of any good works we have done, but because of His love and grace towards us.

•• No matter who else on earth doesn’t love you, God loves you!

So don’t stay joyless, if you're feeling that way. Here are 6 ways to get your joy back

1. Admit it, and ask God to restore your joy.
2. See today as a new day, a day from God for rejoicing.
3. Take time to sing and cry out to the Lord from your heart.
4. Along with others, find joy in the “house of the Lord” — His church.
5. Think often of, and be encouraged by, your hope in heaven.
6. Be blessed and uplifted by the unshakable fact that God Almighty loves you.


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I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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1-1-23 How to Love God His Way, Not the World's Way

Summary:  When the Pharisees asked Jesus to name the most important commandment in the Law, he immediately replied: loving God. The rest of His answer confirms that love for God is emotional, yes, but also much more. Come and see how to fulfill "the first and greatest commandment".

Matthew 22:36-38  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Mark 12:29-30  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ ”

•• If the #1, greatest commandment is to love God, let’s make sure when we say "I love God" that we’re loving God the way He means it.

• Heart and soul = emotions for sure. But that’s not all.

• Mind = intellect, thoughts (with or without emotion)

• Strength = action, doing

Joshua 23:11  So be very careful to love the LORD your God.

•• “Be very careful to love the Lord...” It’s the #1 priority. I encourage you, over the next week or so, every time you awaken in the morning, pray, “Lord, let my love for you direct everything I do and say today.” Make loving God a top priority. Don’t let the greatest commandment slip to the background in importance in your life.

Psalm 18:1  I love you, O LORD, my strength.

•• Follow King David’s example and tell the Lord, often, that you love Him.

•• Your spouse and children thrive on your verbal expressions of love. Exercise the same diligence to tell God you love Him.

Psalm 26:8  I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells.

•• Under the Old Covenant, God’s people gathered at the tabernacle, and later at the temple, to worship and honor God. Under the New Covenant, we gather together as local churches.

•• Love the assembled church. Love the gathering of the saints to meet with God. Jesus Christ, our greatest example, “loved the church and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25, KJV).

Psalm 119:97  Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.

Deuteronomy 30:20  ...and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.

•• If you love someone (spouse, children, etc.), you listen to what he or she says.

•• God speaks to us in times of prayer and worship. And He speaks to us at great length in His word, the Bible.

• Listen for His voice, and listen to His voice.

Psalm 97:10  Let those who love the LORD hate evil...

•• If we love God, we will embrace His values. The Scriptures show clearly that God hates evil — so much so that He was willing to send His Son Jesus as the sacrifice to overcome the destructive results of sin in our lives.

• If God is so much against evil, God forbid that we develop a casual attitude towards sin. The verse is clear: if I love the Lord, I must hate evil.

• Don’t tolerate evil; don’t ignore it; don’t let it creep slowly into your life and habits. Hate it!

Matthew 6:24  No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

•• You can’t have divided affections. You can’t love God and love the world (1 John 2:15). You can’t love God and money. Loving the pleasures of this world is likely to diminish your love for God (2 Tim. 3:4).

•• Love God first and foremost, and He will help you keep the things of the world in a wholesome perspective.

John 14:15  If you love me, you will obey what I command.
KJV: If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:23-24a  Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. [24] He who does not love me will not obey my teaching.”

1 John 5:3  This is love for God: to obey his commands.

•• So love for God is not just mental and emotional. It is also demonstrated by our deeds — “This is love for God: to obey his commands.”

•• If we cry out to God, “I love you, Lord. I love you, Lord”, but walk in disobedience to His commands, then our professed love for God fails the test.

•• Remember our opening verses: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

• Love Him with our emotions? Yes. With our mind, our thoughts? Yes. But we must also love God with our “strength”, our actions, our deeds — in the apostle John’s words, in obedience to His commandments.

1 John 4:21  And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

•• Jesus defined the second-most important commandment of the Law as loving our neighbor (Matthew 22:39). John reminds us: if we love God, we must also love our brother. We can’t love God and dislike people! Remember, “God so loved the world...” (John 3:16), not just a select few. He expects the same of us.

Ephesians 6:24  Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.

•• Determine that your love for God and for His Son Jesus will be an “undying love”. Let nothing quench it. Let nothing diminish it. Don’t let the world, the flesh, and the devil push your love for God into the background.

•• A reminder: get up each day and pray something like this: “Lord, let everything I do this day be motivated by my love for you.” Then go out with this mindset and enjoy the day!



                 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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12-25-22 Live Life Abundantly in the Holy Spirit

Summary:  There is a joyful, victorious, abundant life available to the Christian believer that far surpasses natural limitations. It comes through the baptism of the Holy Spirit and a desire to live fully the abundant, Spirit-filled life.

As Christians — and especially as Spirit-filled Christians — we have advantages not possessed by unbelievers. The unbeliever is limited by his humanity, by his mortality. The believer is limited only by how much he limits God’s work in His life. There is available to every Christian believer an abundant, Spirit-filled life.

John 7:37-39a  On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit....

1 Corinthians 6:19  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?

•• The Holy Spirit is in believers. He is the “Spirit of life” (Romans 8:2).

•• The Spirit of God who breathed life into the primordial chaos (Genesis 1) is in you if you are a born-again, Christian believer.

•• The Spirit of God who raised Jesus from death to life is in you!

•• The Spirit of life and power who came upon the 120 at Pentecost is in you!

•• And just as wonderfully, that same Spirit, if we will allow Him, will flow out from us as a river of life.

Ephesians 5:18-19  Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.

•• The Spirit of God will put music and a song of praise on your lips and in your heart.

•• He’ll give the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3, KJV), in place of a spirit of despair (NIV).

•• He’ll draw the focus of our hearts away from ourselves and to the Lord in praise and thanksgiving.

Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

•• Righteousness! Only God’s Spirit can make us holy. He is the “Spirit of holiness” (Romans 1:4). We can’t make ourselves holy solely by our human efforts, but He can!

•• Peace! The fruit of the Spirit is peace (Galatians 5:22). Where this world brings us trouble, God’s Spirit brings us inner peace.

•• Joy! The fruit of the Spirit is joy. Where this life’s stresses and strains bring despair, He brings us joy and hope. That’s why Paul and Silas could sing praises in the prison (Acts 16:25).

Romans 8:14  ...those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

•• The Spirit who lives in us and fills us with Himself wishes to lead us, to guide us.

• A pastor friend of mine was approaching a curve in the road, when he suddenly pulled to the side of the road, for no apparent, visible reason. Then a car appeared speeding at him in the lane that he had just vacated! His astonished passenger asked, “How did you know to pull over?” To which the pastor replied with the truth, “The Spirit of God told me to.”

• My then teenage son was preparing to take a 550-mile trip on the interstate highway. My wife was praying about his trip and heard a prompting from the Holy Spirit, “Have him take our Buick” rather than his Ford. Thankfully, she obeyed that leading and we had him take our newer Buick up the interstate. While our son was gone with the new car, I was driving his old Ford slowly through a parking lot in our home town and a front wheel fell off! Imagine what could have happened if that wheel had fallen off at freeway speeds on the interstate highway with our son behind the wheel. Thank God my wife listened to the Holy Spirit’s leading and we sent our son on his trip driving our newer car.

Acts 19:6  When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

•• The baptism with the Holy Spirit — as also in Acts 2:1-4, Acts 10:44-46, and elsewhere — opens up new realms to us — the realms of the supernatural manifestations of God.

• After my wife had endured six years of infertility, a Spirit-filled woman of God spoke to her a word from the Lord: “Your barren days are over!” The next year my wife bore us the first of our four children. We saw first-hand evidence that Jesus still heals today.

• During a Sunday service, a Spirit-filled man came down from the choir and spoke into the pulpit microphone this Holy-Spirit-given word of knowledge: “Someone came this morning needing to be saved. And you know who you are, because you drank two beers before coming to church this morning.” The choir singer had no natural knowledge of this. It came from the Holy Spirit, and it convicted the heart of the man, who raised his hand and came forward to accept the Lord’s salvation.

Acts 4:31  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

•• Do you have a problem speaking out boldly for the Lord? The boldness came to the disciples “after they prayed ... [and were] filled with the Holy Spirit.”

•• No matter what your temperament is, the Spirit of God, if you ask Him, will give you confident expression of God’s Word.

Acts 1:5  For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.... (8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

•• The baptism in the Holy Spirit brings power. But it’s not just one item: “power”. It’s all of the above:

• Rivers of life flowing from within you

• Music and praise on your lips and in your hearts

• Righteousness, peace, and joy

• The sure guidance of the Holy Spirit

• Supernatural manifestations and gifts of the Spirit

• Bold speaking of God’s Word prompted by the Spirit

•• These are some of the things, some of the total package, given us by the Holy Sprit that cause us to be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ.

•• These are part of the wonderful spiritual abundance available for the Christian believer willing to live the Spirit-filled life.

Today, ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit.  That will be the best Christmas present you could ever receive.

                        Merry Christmas!
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I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.


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12-18-22 Making Wise Choices (How to Make Good Choices)

Summary: Wise choices lead to life, health, and blessings. Unwise ones can bring heartache, sickness, ruin, and death. You have the power to choose! This sermon will present you with some life-affecting choices and will offer Scriptural wisdom for making good choices.

Luke 10:41-42  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

•• Busy work, obligations, household chores, and the like are never-ending in this life.

•• But time with Jesus is “what is better”.

• Prayer time, bible reading time.

• Worship and personal meditation upon Him.

•• Martha was busy in the kitchen, while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to Him. Both Martha and Mary were doing good things, but Jesus said that, by choosing time with Him, Mary had “chosen what is better”. She had made a good choice!

Joshua 24:14-15  Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.

•• Choose to serve God over every other option.

•• Choose God over Mammon, that is, the world’s riches.

•• Choose Jesus over the fear of man’s disfavor.

•• Choose Christ’s Church over weekend self-indulgence.

Judges 5:7  Village life in Israel ceased, ceased until I, Deborah, arose, arose a mother in Israel. When they chose new gods, war came to the city gates...

•• When Israel “chose new gods”, that was an unwise choice and led war right up to their city gates.

•• Choose the God of the bible not the “new gods” of:

• Materialism

• the “idolatry” of covetousness

• The Christian Feminist movement

• Reduced evaluation of the bible as God’s Word

Psalm 119:30, 173  I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.... [173] May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.

•• The way of truth, God’s Word, God’s precepts, is the way to incurring His help in our lives.

• Choose the bible over man’s philosophies.

• Look into the bible for answers when you need help.

Proverbs 8:10-11  Choose my [wisdom’s] instruction instead of silver, [choose] knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

•• Choose the things of God over the allurements of this world.

• Read His Word for knowledge of the mind of God.

• Apply His Word to life situations, and you will find that wisdom comes more easily to you as you mature.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20  This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

•• “Choose life!” ... choose blessings! Life and blessings in your life are dependent on you making wise choices.

• Don’t choose corrupting options — drugs, immorality, alcohol. Choose edifying, life-affirming habits and practices.

• In the pro-life vs. pro-choice debate, choose life!

• In diet and exercise decisions, choose life-giving habits. It is critically important in these areas of self-control to make good choices.

• In spiritual practices, choose life — for example, regular prayer, regular Bible reading, faithful church attendance, consistent worship of God.

Deuteronomy 1:12-13  But how can I [Moses] bear your problems and your burdens and your disputes all by myself? Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you.

•• Make wise choices concerning those you place “over you” in life.

• Submit yourself to “wise, understanding, and respected men” to mentor you, to teach you, to pastor you.

• 36 years ago I chose to submit myself to the pastoral oversight of a man of God in Alaska named Dick Benjamin. That was a good choice! 36 years later, although he is retired now, Pastor Benjamin continues to have a beneficial influence on my life.

• To the extent you can, try to find a job where you can work under decent, honorable leaders.

• Don't be passive and let yourself be "a victim". You have the power to choose the right options for your life.

Acts 6:2-3  So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them.

•• In your selections of leaders, of employees, of people with whom to associate, to the extent that you can...

• Choose spiritual men and women.

• Choose to ally yourself with people who rely on God’s wisdom.

Exodus 34:16  And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.

•• Choosing wrong associations leads only to trouble!

• Wrong companions

• An unequally yoked marriage — that is, a believer married to an unbeliever.

• The wrong church, perhaps one steeped in theological liberalism or “tolerant” of values and conduct condemned in the bible, such as the practice of homosexuality.

Hebrews 11:24-26  By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

•• Like Moses, while in this world you should look ahead!

• Your eternal “reward” is preferable to the fleeting sinful pleasures of this world.

• Victory over sin requires a long-term perspective.

• As you choose the Lord over this world’s ways, be prepared for and expect mistreatment and persecution.

James 4:4  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

•• Don’t ever choose to be comfortable with “the world”.

• You cannot be the “friend” of this world and its ways.

• Paraphrasing — You cannot serve God and the world.

Making good choices is absolutely indispensable for victorious living. Some of those right choices we have looked at today are:

• Choosing “what is better” — that is, time spent with Jesus.

• Choosing to serve God over all other options this world offers.

• Not choosing “new gods”, but rather avoiding modern religious fads and notions that diminish God, Jesus Christ, or His Word.

• Choosing “the way of truth...[God’s] precepts” as laid out in His Word, the bible.

• Choosing God’s wisdom and a growing knowledge of Him over all the riches and allurements of this world.

• Choosing life — that is, making life-giving, life-affirming, wise choices in every area of your life.

• Choosing “respected men” to lead, teach, and mentor you.

• Choosing those you regularly associate with from among those who are biblically wise and spiritual.

• By contrast, choosing to avoid wrong associations.

• Making choices from a heavenly, long-term perspective, rather than indulging the sinful nature in the short term.

• Choosing never to be comfortable with “the world” and its corrupting ways.

“Choose ye this day whom ye will serve!”
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I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.


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12-11-22  The Best Is Yet to Come - Don't Quit!

Summary: There are amazing things yet to be experienced by those who in this life receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. For those who are born again through repentance and faith in Him, there are better days ahead. In fact, regardless of your life experiences to date, the best is yet to come! Don't quit. Don't get weary and give up. This message gives a glimpse of the bright futures that lie ahead for those who serve the Lord. The old saying that "you ain't seen nothing yet" accurately describes the Christian's future.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10a  ...“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— [10a] but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.

•• Natural faculties cannot grasp the greatness of what lies ahead for believers. But we get glimpses of it by God’s revelation. And we see that the best is yet to come!

Job 19:25-27a  I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. [26] And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; [27] I myself will see Him with my own eyes.

•• Revelation 22:3-4  ...The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. [4] They will see his face...

•• Born-again believers, you will see God! You will see His face!

• The Revelation 22 verses say we will see both God the Father and Jesus His Son.

• A pastor friend of mine says that his greatest moment in all of eternity will be that first experience of seeing the Lord's face. God has blessed this man's life, ministry, and family. But he understands that even better days lie ahead and the best is yet to come!

Philippians 3:20-21  [21] ...who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body...

•• At the return of Jesus Christ in His Second Coming, our vile, mortal, corruptible body will be put off and a glorious body put on, just like Jesus’ glorious body!

• Immortal, incorruptible, perfect, glorious...

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17  According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. [16] For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. [17] After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

•• Rapture? Yes! At His coming! Not before.

• The dead in Christ shall rise first.

• The living believers will be caught up with them.

• We will meet Jesus in the air.

• We will be with Him forever! Your future is secure. Yes indeed, your best is yet to come!

Revelation 20:4-6  ...They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. [5] (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. [6] Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

•• The Millennium.

• Begins at the first resurrection.

• Priests of God and of Christ

• Reign with Him 1,000 years.

Revelation 21:3-4  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. [4] He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

•• We will actually live with God.

•• God will wipe away every tear —

• No more death

• No more mourning

• No more crying

• No more pain

Matthew 8:11  I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

•• Imagine this! Sitting and eating at a feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

• Strongly suggesting also: with Paul, Peter, John, Timothy...

• With your believing loved ones!

Psalm 16:10-11  ...you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. [11] You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

11, KJV  ...in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

•• Godly pleasures and fullness of joy at God’s right hand for evermore! Throughout all eternity! Believers, comparing our present life to then, to borrow the old secular saying, "You ain't seen nothing yet!" The great apostle Paul, anticipating the great joys of heaven, exclaimed that it is "better by far" (Philippians 1:23).

Astounding things lie ahead for you.
The best is yet to come!

• Keep loving God.

• Keep serving Him.

• Stay holy, stay faithful to Him.

• Look forward to an indescribably joyful eternity in His presence!
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I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.


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12-4-22 Divine Inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God: How to Get It

Summary: It is possible — and desirable — to live our lives under divine inspiration, by the ongoing guidance of the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1:21  ...men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

•• That’s what we all need — to be “carried along by the Holy Spirit”, to get into the flow of the living water of God's Spirit.

• Our goal is to live continually under divine inspiration.

• Of course, all that we do must be Word-based.

•• However, much of what we do is not directly derived from the Word, but from the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

• E.g., (Acts 13:9) “...Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit,...” rebuked Elymas the sorcerer and called down blindness on him.

• Jesus spoke by supernatural revelation to the woman at the well in Samaria (John 4).

• Paul, spiritually discerning the cripple’s faith, said, “Stand on your feet" (Acts 14:9-10), and the man was instantly healed.

• These men to whom Peter referred in the verse above were actually writing the Bible via the “carrying along by the Holy Spirit.”

• In Acts 8:29, “The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.’ ”

Ezekiel 47:1-5, 8-9  [The water from God's throne was] "[3] ankle-deep. [4] ...knee-deep ... up to the waist. [5] ... deep enough to swim in.... [9c] Where the river flows everything will live."

•• I want to see life brought to the Dead Sea! Life brought to those in our Rogue Valley who are still “dead in sins and trespasses.”

•• That will require men and women who are full of God’s Word, but also carried along by God’s Spirit.



• Men and women who, under divine inspiration, can discern a cripple’s faith to be healed.

• Men and women who say of God's power to heal, “Such as I have give I thee...” (Acts 3:6, KJV)

•• Ankle-deep in God’s Spirit? Knee deep? Waist deep? Then you are still in control. God is not in control.

• Your feet are rooted in your comfort zone.

• The river of the Holy Spirit then cannot lead you to where it wants to give life if your feet are planted and unmoving.

• You may be feeling that wonderful life washing you, but you won’t participate in the life-to-the-“Dead Sea” ministry.

•• The solution is: get in the deep water. Lift your controlling feet off the bottom. Let the river of God's Holy Spirit carry you!

Proverbs 3:5  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”

## There is a key to being carried along by the Spirit —

John 16:13-14  Jesus said, [13] But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.... [14] He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.

•• The key is: The Holy Spirit’s focus is upon revealing the things of Jesus!

• Revelation 19:10d  “...the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

• Acts 1:8, KJV  “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses UNTO ME [Jesus]...”

•• Men of God wrote the Scriptures as they were “carried along by the Holy Spirit.” God's written Word was received under divine inspiration. What do these God-inspired Scriptures do? — Jesus said (John 5:39) “...the Scriptures ... testify about me [i.e., about Jesus].”

•• Likewise (John 15:26), Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “He will testify about me.”

• The Word of God testifies about Jesus.

• The Spirit of God testifies about Jesus.

• Want to be carried along by the Spirit? — Lift your feet off the bottom, and testify about Jesus.

## How do we get this river that will carry us along?

John 7:37-39  On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. [38] Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” [39a] By this he meant the Spirit...

•• Be thirsty — you have to want the Holy Spirit. You need to fervently desire His fullness. You need to seek His anointing daily. You need to earnestly covet to walk daily under divine inspiration.

•• Come to Jesus for this — All four Gospels say of Jesus, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

• (Acts 2:33) “He has poured out what you now see and hear.”

•• Drink — drink deeply! Don’t just take a sip. Don’t be a charismatic or Pentecostal spectator.

•• Believe in Him — Ask in faith, nothing doubting. Believe Him to fill you. Believe Him to lead you by His Spirit. Believe Him to lift you to the level of spiritual sensitivity that you are desiring today.

• Give up control.

• Lift your feet off the river bottom of your comfort zone.

• Entrust yourself totally to Jesus Christ.

• Thirst for this Holy Spirit flow.

• Come to Jesus for this living water.

• Drink deeply. Don’t settle for a small dose.

•• And today, as then, men and women will speak from God as they walk and live under divine inspiration and are carried along by the Holy Spirit.
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I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.


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11-27-22  Revival Requires Repentance Built on Godly Sorrow for Sin

Summary: You've heard the old saying, "Lord, send revival, and let it begin with me!" For that to happen, God's people will need to look deep within ourselves and repent of those things that are inhibiting revival. The oft-quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14 appropriately says, "...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." In other words, a repentance revival is a necessary part of a soul-saving revival in the land. Repentance and revival are inseparably linked.

Psalms 85:6  Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?

•• Revival begins with us, with “[God’s] people.”

• Why does revival tarry? Because often God's people fail to repent. It's not for lack of specialized revival ministries. It's for lack of repentance by God's people!

•• A key to how this works is found in Isaiah 6.

Isaiah 6:1, 5-8  In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.... [5] “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” [6] Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. [7] With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” [8] Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

•• Awareness of personal sin —> repentance —> “Here am I. Send me!”

• Revival begins with us. Isaiah felt his own sin ("I am a man of unclean lips") ... he repented (2 Cor. 7:10, NKJV, says: "Godly sorrow produces repentance") ... God took away his sin ... Then, walking in God's forgiveness and acceptance, Isaiah was ready for God to send him out and touch other people for the Lord.

•• What, then, should we be repenting of?

•• Let’s look at how Jesus answered that question in letters to five churches in Revelation.

Revelation 2:1-5b  To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:... [4] Yet I hold this against you: you have forsaken your first love [5] Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.

•• We need to repent of a loveless, formal relationship with the Lord.

• Working hard for God (vs. 2), but not centered on loving God.

• Remember the “first and great commandment” — to love God deeply.

•• Is your relationship with God works-focused or love-focused? If not love-centered, then repent! Ask God's help, by His Spirit, to bring about a restoration, a heartfelt renewal, of your first love for Him.

Revelation 2:12-16a  To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:... [14] I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. [15] Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nocolaitans. [16] Repent therefore!

•• We need to repent of holding bad teaching.

• Jesus said to be careful what and how you hear.

• We live according to what we believe, much of which comes from the teaching we receive.

•• Believers may need to repent of sexual immorality.

• Not just with our bodies, but with our minds and our eyes.

• What kind of movies and TV do we watch?

• What kind of language do we use? jokes?

• Are you at all flirtatious?

• Dressing modestly?

• If you're guilty, then Jesus’ command is: “Repent!”

•• Believers may need to repent of "Nicolaitanism” = an exaggerated doctrine of Christian liberty.

Revelation 2:18, 20-22  To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:... [20] I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. [21] I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. [22] So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.

•• We need to repent of tolerating evil influences among us.

•• Again, repenting of sexual immorality.

• A repeat warning, therefore very important to Jesus.

• Eating food sacrificed to idols is also repeated.

•• And again, repenting of subjecting yourself to erroneous teaching.

• Otherwise, how can we be influences for revival in our community if we have a wrong message?

Revelation 3:1-3a  To the angel of the church in Sardis write:... I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. [2] Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. [3] Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent.

•• We need to repent of surface Christianity — a good reputation that does not describe us within.

• Jesus, of course, saw through their outward appearance and discerned their real state.

• The unbelievers we’re trying to reach will see through us, too, if our faith is not real and vibrant.

Revelation 3:14-17, 19  To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:... [15] I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! [16] So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. [17] You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.... [19] Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.

•• We need to repent of lukewarmness — “neither cold nor hot.”

• Others are drawn to beliefs that are held and lived out passionately.

## In sum, like Isaiah, we need to come to grips with sin and to repent.

• of a loveless, formal Christianity

• of holding bad teaching

• of every trace of sexual immorality

• of exaggerated Christian "liberty"

• of tolerating evil influences in our midst

• of living our Christianity just on the surface

• of lukewarmness, neither cold nor hot for the Lord

• and of any other sins the Holy Spirit convicts us of

Then, like contrite Isaiah, we are ready for “Here am I; send me!” It seems that the Lord is calling to the church in America:  "Repent!" If we do, revival fire cannot be far behind.
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I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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11-20-22  Spiritual Renewal and Awakening

Summary: Feeling dry? spiritually stagnant? lacking energy and motivation in your Christian walk? Seven simple, biblical principles will bring renewed fire to your spiritual life.

Over the years, I have known many Christians whose spiritual lives have ground nearly to a halt. Oh yes, they still love God and are determined to live their lives for Jesus Christ. But their inner fire seems to have gone out. Their devotional lives are dry, and ministry efforts feel more like a duty than a joy.

•• If that describes you (or someone you know and want to help), read on for a spiritual recharge, kind of a heavenly shot in the arm.

•• Here are seven simple, biblical prescriptions for a “jump start” to your personal spiritual journey.
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Mark 9:20-24  ...(23) [Jesus said,] “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (24) Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

(1) ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR NEED.

•• The father did believe in Jesus’ ability to heal his son. But he also openly confessed that his faith wasn’t at the level he knew it should be. So he cried out to Jesus, “Help me overcome my unbelief!”

•• You know full well if you need a personal spiritual renewal. And it is just as certain that the Lord knows it! But as the father did in these verses, you would do well to voice your need to the Lord. Just be open and transparent before Him. Here are some possible examples.

• “Lord, I do love you, but I’m kind of dry right now, and I need your help to recover my joy.”

• “Lord, I believe the Bible, but I’m having a hard time really expecting some of its promises to work for me.”

• “Lord, I know I should pray; help me to get back on track and do it.”

•• God will certainly honor this type of humble confession to Him of our need for a personal spiritual awakening within.
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Psalm 85:6  Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?

(2) ASK the Lord for a PERSONAL REVIVAL.

•• In essence you are saying, “Lord, I want revival, but it will have to start with a revival in my own heart. And only you can cause that to happen.”

• Make this appeal on the very personal level. Appropriate the verse for yourself: “Lord, will you not revive me again?”
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Psalm 51:1-4, 10  [King David, under conviction over his adultery with Bathsheba] Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. [2] Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. [3] For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. [4] Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight ... [10] Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

(3) Seek God to FORGIVE, to CLEANSE, and to burn out the CHAFF in your life.

•• This, of course, applies broadly to all of us who fall short of Jesus’ perfect stature. But the context of these verses is speaking of sin in our lives that has not yet been dealt with and repented of before God.

•• Like the Song of Solomon’s “little foxes that spoil the vines” (2:15), even seemingly small, often hidden areas of carnality can spoil our own personal vineyards.

• With all your heart, soul, and mind, cry out to God: “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” And the clear conscience resulting from genuine repentance can be a springboard to personal awakening, spiritual renewal, and growth. Without this clear conscience, it is not possible to move forward in a vibrant walk with God.
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Deuteronomy 8:2-3  Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. [3] He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

(4) Are You Recognizing God’s HUMBLING, TESTING, and TEACHING?

•• You may be experiencing hard times in your personal “desert.” But not all hard times can be blamed on the devil. Sometimes God in His all-knowing wisdom is humbling us, testing us, and teaching us in the midst of troubling circumstances.

• A difficult time in your life may be permitted by God “in order to know what [is] in your heart” (vs. 2).

• The verses above show that at times God may even lead His people into a desert experience “to test you ... whether or not you would keep his commands” (vs. 2).

• Vs. 3 indicates that God is wanting “to teach you that man ... [lives] ... on every word ... of the Lord”. Have you begun to neglect your time in God’s word, the Bible? If so, remember God’s “teaching” lesson — that is, that we will find true life in God’s word.
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Philippians 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

(5) REJOICE in the LORD!

•• At first glance, if you are in need of a personal spiritual renewal, this may sound empty, like someone telling you, “Be warmed; be fed,” but failing to give you the clothing or food you need.

•• But in reality, according to Christian counseling professional Dr. Jay Adams, rejoicing in the Lord is a powerful prescription for recovery from a downward emotional or spiritual spiral.

•• If you are feeling spiritually dry, cast down, or stagnant, determine to rejoice in your heart before the Lord. Don’t dwell on your circumstances, but rather rejoice in Him. Praise Him, worship Him, declare to Him how blessed and glad you are to have Him as your heavenly Father, and Jesus as your Savior. And you will find that any heaviness of soul will begin to lift as you put on the “garment of praise” (Isaiah 61:3).
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1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.

(6) Consciously CAST your CARES on the LORD.

•• This takes personal discipline, and it is not intuitive or easy for many of us who tend to internalize our worries, cares, and anxieties. But much relief can come to our souls as we deliberately cast our cares upon the Lord, asking Him to resolve them and to bring aid, comfort and encouragement to us.

•• If we don’t do this, the opposite process often takes place, and we are “choked with [the] ... cares of this life” (Luke 8:14, KJV), we are “choked by life’s worries” (Luke 8:14, NIV). And then our personal spiritual growth takes a distant back seat to the stresses of modern life.
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Matthew 3:11  I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He [Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

(7) Finally, look to JESUS for a RENEWED BAPTISM “with the HOLY GHOST and FIRE”.

•• There is a “fire” that is kindled within us via the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

•• If you’ve not received the powerful baptism with the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues, look to Jesus to grant you that experience, with its heaven-sent infusion of power (Acts 1:5,8).

•• If you have already been baptized with the Spirit, ask Jesus for a rekindling in you of the fire you once felt.

• Jesus intends that we “keep our lamps burning” (Luke 12:35), so He will surely give us the ability to do that if we ask Him.

Summary of Seven Principles for Spiritual Renewal:

1) Acknowledge your need (Mark 9:24).

2) Seek the Lord for personal revival (Psalm 85:6).

3) Pursue forgiveness and cleansing from all sin (Psalm 51:1-4,10).

4) Consider if God is perhaps humbling, testing, and teaching you in your current “desert” experience (Deuteronomy 8:2-3).

5) Rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4).

6) Cast your cares on the Lord (1 Peter 5:7).

7) Seek to be continuously  filled with the Holy Spirit and fire (Ephesians 5:18; Matthew 3:11).

Follow these principles while remaining faithful in prayer, Bible reading, and church attendance, and you will find that personal spiritual awakening and renewal are ready and waiting for you!
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I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.


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11-13-22 The Holy Ghost Fire of God Can Burn Continually and Brightly in You

Summary: I don’t want my Christian life to be like a sputtering candle, but like a roaring bonfire. It takes effort to keep burning with holy fire, but the results are well worth it.

James 3:5-6  ...Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. (6) The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

•• This is a negative illustration of how a spiritual source (here, “hell”) can set a portion of a person on fire (here, the tongue), and how that in turn will affect the entire person.

•• Just change the source to heaven, change the affected portion to our hearts, and watch the holy fire burn!

•• The principle is clear: any portion of our lives that is “set on fire” has the potential to set our entire being on fire. We should be greatly desiring that our hearts be set on fire by God for Him and His work. If our hearts are on fire for God, we will begin to speak forth for Him with power and effectiveness, because “those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart” (Matthew 15:18). Lord, cause our hearts to burn with holy fire!

Zechariah 8:2  This is what the Lord Almighty says: "I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her."

•• Even God Himself is said to be “burning” with His passion for that which He cares about.

•• Personally, I’m not content to plod along day by day, just waiting to die and go to heaven. I want to “burn” with zeal for the things of God in this life ... and then go to heaven in God’s good timing.

•• This much-to-be-desired holy fire of God, this sacred passion, comes into us in several ways. Let’s go see.

Matthew 3:11-12  ...He [Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire ... gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Acts 2:1-4  ...They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit...

•• A big measure of the holy fire of God comes in the baptism with the Holy Spirit. When I was filled with the Holy Spirit in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1971, I experienced a substantial and enduring increase in my excitement for the things of the Lord.

•• Matthew 3:11 tells us that it is a baptism with Holy Spirit fire (KJV: "with the Holy Ghost and...fire"). Professor D.A. Carson writes of the Greek grammar here: “...the one preposition [en] governs both ‘Holy Spirit’ and ‘fire,’ and this normally suggests a unified concept, Spirit-fire or the like” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary on Matthew, p. 105). The Holy Ghost baptism is an impartation of Spirit-fire! (of Holy Ghost fire [KJV], as some Pentecostals call it). When the 120 were baptized in the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the tongues of fire that appeared upon them was further evidence of this being an impartation of Holy Ghost fire.

•• Matthew 3:11f also indicates that the baptism with the Spirit will have the effect of burning out the chaff. So this Holy Spirit fire has also a beneficial cleansing effect in our lives.

•• 1 Thessalonians 5:19  “Do not put out the Spirit's fire." Don’t quench it! Let it burn! Let the baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire cleanse you and empower you. Don’t resist it; “let it burn!”

Luke 24:30-32  ...[32] "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"

•• Let your heart burn from the presence of Jesus. That’s what the men on the road to Emmaus experienced when, even unknowingly, they were in His presence.

• Hebrews 12:2-3  “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.... Consider him...” Let that be your daily practice. Fix your eyes, your focus, your attention, your thoughts, on your Lord and Savior, Jesus. And begin to experience greater fire in your hearts from your awareness of His presence with you.

•• Invite Him (spiritually speaking) to sit with you and open the Scriptures to you as you read His word, the Bible. Your heart will burn within you.

Jeremiah 20:8-9  ...if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.

•• The purpose of this holy fire, of this godly passion, is expression. It must not, it “cannot”, be held in. The prophet experienced an inner pressure to speak, to declare, to express the name of God and the word of God. The bottled-up word of God was “like a fire” inside him, and he could not hold it in.

•• If you bottle up fire, pretty soon it dies out. So open up! Speak out His word from within you. Two things will happen: (1) the fire will touch others; and (2) God will feed and increase the fire within you.

Luke 12:35-36  Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return...

•• If left untended, every fire goes out. I enjoy camping, and I especially enjoy campfires in the evening. They blaze brightly and bring much cheer ... until you stop feeding them new logs, and pretty soon they go out. There is a spiritual lesson there.

•• Live a life of spiritual readiness. Tend your inner fire, keep it burning. Otherwise, it will fade out and end up being only faintly glowing embers.

• Treasure the Holy Spirit’s anointing ... stir it up.

• Fix your eyes on Jesus. Let Him talk to you and open His Word to you.

• Share the fire, express it, give it out, speak up.

•• Do these things, and God will keep His holy fire burning within you. And you will find yourself continually bearing fruit for Him, both in your own life and in the lives of others. And when growing numbers of God's people are stirred inwardly by Him, we will begin to see increasing Spirit-fire in the Church and see revival begin to break out. So keep your lamps burning for the Lord!

I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.


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11-6-22 Rivers of Living Water from God for Thirsty People

Summary: Feeling spiritually dry? in a personal desert place? God is ready and willing to pour out streams, springs, and rivers of life-giving spiritual water on your parched soul.

Deuteronomy 8:7  For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land — a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills.

•• This is God’s intention for His people —

• to bring us into a good land

• to bring us to streams and pools of water

• to bring us to flowing springs

• to refresh us from the rivers of God

Psalm 78:15-17  He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas; [16] he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers. [17] But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the desert against the Most High.

Psalm 78:19-22  They spoke against God, saying, Can God spread a table in the desert? [20] When he struck the rock, water gushed out, and streams flowed abundantly. But can he also give us food? Can he supply meat for his people?” [21] When the Lord heard them, he was very angry; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel, [22] for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.

•• Here we see God bringing His people towards the promised land —

• In the desert He gave them abundant water. It can be the same for your desert, if you’ll by faith seek and receive God’s living waters.

• In the desert He brought His people “streams out of a rocky crag”. If your life seems “rocky”, God is ready and willing to bring His streams of blessing into it.

• In their helplessness and need, God “made water flow down like rivers”. In your times of need, the refreshing, life-giving rivers of God’s blessing are available to you.

•• But watch the warnings here, too —

• They sinned and rebelled against God in the midst of His provision of rivers of water.

• They spoke against God, essentially and ungratefully saying, “Can’t God do more?”

• In their rebellion and disbelief, they “did not...trust in [God’s] deliverance.”

•• The lesson to us is: Don’t overlook and underappeciate the present rivers of living water in our lives, the present blessings of God, His present provision in our rocky places.

Isaiah 44:2-4  This is what the Lord says — he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. [3] For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. [4] They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.

•• God gave them natural water. More importantly, for them and us, He poured out on them Spirit-ual water. He poured out His Spirit and His blessing on His people. And God is the same today. He is ever ready to pour out His Spirit on you.

•• Where? On dry, thirsty ground. It is upon thirsty people that the living waters of God's Spirit are poured out. Jesus said, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink" (John 7:37).

• The result? God’s blessing.

Isaiah 41:17-18  The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. [18] I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.

•• "Search for" this water ... God will answer!

• Are your heights barren? Search for God’s water of life, and He’ll make His rivers of living water flow into your barrenness.

• Are your valleys parched? Seek after God’s water, and He’ll cause springs to burst forth in your parched land.

• Is your devotional life dry? Search for God’s water, and He’ll turn your personal spiritual desert into refreshing springs and pools.

Isaiah 43:18-21  Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. [19] See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. [20] The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, [21] the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.

•• Don’t dwell on the past. God likes to do new things in the lives of His people. Look ahead!

•• In the desert wasteland, God will “give drink to [His] people”.

• You say, “Well, it’s been awfully dry.” Remember, God says, “I am doing a new thing.... Don’t dwell on the past.” Get ready for God’s “new thing” in your life. Look for His water in your desert and His spiritually reviving streams flowing into your wasteland.

Jeremiah 17:7-8  But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. [8] He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

•• Trust God. Have faith and confidence in Him.

• You’ll be like a tree rooted by His rivers of water.

• You’ll have no fears of the heat.

• Not only will you survive times of drought, you will stay green and continue to bear fruit.

John 7:37-39a  On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. [38] Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” [39] By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.

•• You don’t need to travel to find the rivers of God. They are within everyone who will:

(1) Thirst for them...

(2) Believe in Jesus...

(3) Come to Him...

(4) and drink deeply of the Holy Spirit offered by Jesus. And that Holy Spirit, whom Jesus likened to “streams of living water,” will change your life.

I pray this message and the music this week have touched your heart.  If it has and you're ready to take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you need to do the following four things:

1. Admit you're a sinner.
2. Repent of your sins and ask God to forgive you.
3. Believe in Jesus as your only hope of salvation.
4. Confess that Jesus is your Lord.

​Repeat the following prayer, which includes numbers 1-4 above.  It's got to be from your heart and not just your head.  You don't have to be in a church to say this prayer. You can say it right now, right where you are. But after you've said it I strongly urge you to find a local church and go to the very next service. Tell the pastor what great and wonderful thing has happened to you.

PRAYER 
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus Christ. I come to you with all the sins I've committed. I admit I'm a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness. Please cleanse my body, soul and spirit from these sins with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of all those who believe in His name. I also believe that He rose from the dead so that I, too, may have victory over the works of the devil. I confess and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and ask Him to come into my heart and give me a new life that seeks after Your will and purposes. I want to serve You and obey all Your ways. I want to live for You every day of my life. Please lead and guide me into righteousness by Your Holy Spirit.

Thank you Lord, for the work of Your Son, Jesus, who shed His blood for me, and for hearing and answering my prayer. Thank you that I am now considered Your child through the work of Jesus. Thank you that I have a new life. Thank you that I've been born anew, and by faith I believe it. In the name of Jesus, Amen.


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