Sun Am Worship
Text: Heb 11:1-6 (King James Version)
"Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."
The Fields are white and the laborers are
2. C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;
I read an
interesting story the other day of the couple who had been married a few
When arguments and disagreements seemed to be constant in their relationship.
They had been at each others throats for so long;
That counseling seemed to be their only hope of making the marriage work.
He was incredibly insensitive and dull;
She was hyperactive and dominant;
And that is never a good mix!
When they arrived at their first counseling session,
things did not start well:
The husband slumped in the chair, stared down at the carpet;
And gave the impression he would rather be somewhere else!
The wife however launched into a 90mph conversion;
Describing all the wrongs within their marriage.
Every problem could be traced back to him,
His failures, his insensitivities, his failure to communicate, and she went on & on & on.
After 15 minutes of the wife talking non-stop;
The counselor stood up and without saying a word,
Walked around his desk and bent over in front of the wife;
He picked her up by her shoulders, gave her a big hug, And kissed her passionately for several minutes on the lips, He then sat her down looked at the husband and said, "That is what your wife needs at least twice a week"
husband thought for a minute, scratched his head and said;
"Well I could bring her in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays"
When we mis-understand what's going on;
We can often make a situation worse and not better!
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Let's face it life is not always easy. It's not always
fair, nor is it always kind. Life can take some twists and turns that we are
simply not prepared for. And although we know that life can be cruel and
disappointing, it seems that we are rarely ever prepared for things to go wrong.
One of the facts of life is that things do go wrong. Not everything that comes
our way in life will be good, easy, and pleasant.
Life's journey is full of detours, delays, and downfalls. There are many disappointments along the way. And one thing that I've realized is that you never experience disappointment without expectation. If you were not expecting something, you would never be disappointed. So a definition of disappointment could be: A failure for conditions to meet our expectations. That's true naturally, emotionally, financially, and even Spiritually.
We all can be, have been, and probably will be disappointed many, many times in life. Even as believers, we will face times when we find ourselves scaling the wall of disappointment, trying to get over life's letdowns. The truth is that there are many times when things don't go as we expect them to, or as we desire them to.
Sometimes those expectations are merely challenged, and at other times they are crushed. It's hard for anyone to deal with disappointment, but I think there is an added struggle when disappointment comes to a believers' life. That's because of the enormous hope that we have in Christ.
We are taught to have great faith, to hope in God, to believe big things - to ignore the notions of impossibilities. There is nothing impossible with God. And so that becomes our faith, and our focus. And when that which we're believing doesn't occur, it can become our pitfall. We're then facing disappointment head on.
Faith =The believers 6th sense.
Faith is the believers ability to see what cannot be seen with the natural eye,
To hear what cannot be heard with the natural ear, and to taste what cannot be
tasted with the natural taste.
Faith is this supernatural sense that is birthed in the human heart when Gods word is heard, received, believed, and acted on.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word
It enabled Elijah to hear the sound of an abundance of rain when not one drop had fallen from the sky in 31/2 years.
It sustained a widow woman through the famine, Her meal barrel wasted not and the cruse of oil did not fail until the Lord sent rain according to the word of the Lord by Elijah.
By faith a widow woman went from nothing but a small pot of oil, to an abundance that satisfied her creditors, and blessed her family
Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, (moved) with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Heb 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, (after they were compassed) about seven days.
Notice the action words connected with faith in those sentences: Moses (moved).
The walls of Jericho were (compassed, or walked around for seven days).
Faith is not a generic mental assent to the truthfulness of the word of God.
Anyone can say: I believe in the strength and the ability of that bridge to support the weight of my car and myself, but it's not faith on your part until you are driving across yourself.
Mk 16:15-18 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
If Gods word is true (we know it is,) why do we not see more of the power of God manifested in our lives ?
I believe the answer is in understanding what Jesus meant when he said "Believe" Believers.
We have raised a generation of mental assenters = agreeing with the mind to the truth of the word.
But from Jesus perspective believers are more than agree'ers they are doers.
James 2:19 tells us that devils believe and tremble but they don't do any righteous works of faith.
The plague that has infected the church world is that of calling the agreement of the mind a vital and living faith, calling it believing, but it is not believing without corresponding actions.
According to the scripture faith has corresponding works, and without works it is dead, That means that a believer is a doer.
Illustration: To agree that tithing is a biblical principle, that transcends both old and new covenant, does not make you a believer, it just makes you an agree'er and you can agree and not be a doer.
But the minute you act on what you agree with you have become a biblical believer.
* The same with Prayer, to agree to the great need of prayer in your life does not make you a praying person.
* To agree to Jesus words (This
kind goeth not forth but by prayer and fasting) does not give you power over
*To agree to liberty of the Spirit to worship the Lord by praising, clapping the hands, shouting, dancing, does not make you a liberated worshiper.
We can agree where the spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty but do we really BELIEVE he is Here
* To agree to Jesus words concerning self denial and
taking up the cross brings us no closer to resurrection power, (we must be
doers). We must take up our own cross and follow him
Believers are Doers. And Doers are Seers.
In other words: We will only see the manifestation in the doing, not the agreeing.
The reason we haven't seen more of the power and the glory of God in our lives is because we have mistakenly accepted a mental assent = agreement of the mind for bible believing.
Many people will say they believe the bible, but if they are not living according to it's principles, they don't believe they just agree.
When we Believe we will do, and when we do or become doers of what we are agreeing with we will see the power of God .
John 11:23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
John 11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
John 11:26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
John 11:27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
THE CHARACTER OF CHRSIT - V. 27 says that you must believe in Who Christ is. A personal crisis requires a personal faith, and that faith is founded on the character of Christ
At the tomb of Lazarus Jesus says to Take away the stone
Joh 11:40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
What was between the believing and the seeing ? ( The doing= Removing the stone).
We can talk about prayer, sing about prayer, write songs about prayer, preach about prayer, teach about prayer, but we will not experience the benefits and the power of prayer until we pray.
The same with fasting: We can preach and teach about the need for fasting, and how Jesus and his disciples fasted, and the great benefits of fasting according to the bible, but until we actually push the plate away, and deny ourselves (There will be no release of power, there will be no captives set free or yokes destroyed).
The same with liberated worship: You can agree that worship is a biblical truth, and that we are free to worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth as the Spirit of God moves upon our hearts.
But until we actually respond to that touch of God upon our hearts and pour our worship out on him, we're just spectators.
James says it is not the forgetful hearer who hears and agrees with the word but does nothing with it who is blessed, but the doer is the one who is blessed.
If you want to breakthrough into a new dimension of spiritual power and authority, Just determine that from now on no matter what it looks like or feels like, you are going to be a doer of the word.
For when we believe we will do, and when we do we will see.
Remember Jesus said: These signs shall follow them that believe, not them that agree.
There are people sitting in the bars right now that will agree with you that Jesus is the son of God and that he died on the cross, but that doesn't make them saved.
And there are multitudes of people sitting in our churches all across the land that will hear the Word of God preached and nod their heads in agreement, but never lift their finger or move their foot to put it into actions.
LL. An interesting thing happened in Darlington,
Maryland, a few years ago. A woman by the name of Edith saw 5 of her children
gathered in a circle in the middle of the yard. Something had their eager
attention & she couldn't see what it was.
So, very quietly, she came up behind them & peeked over their shoulders, only to discover that in the center of their circle were 5 little skunks. Suddenly horrified at what could happen, Edith cried at the top of her voice, "Children, run!" Instantly, each child grabbed a skunk & ran, leaving Edith stunned & frustrated.
I am frustrated!
Church I am tired of seeing people running with the devil living defeated lives agreeing with the word and never believing.
I'm closing now but I have one question to ask: Is there a Believer in the House?