This is what we learned through this sermon:
• Faith without action is a dead faith, we must put our faith in action.
• Law cannot justify anyone, but faith followed by work or action justifies.
• We will not see the breakthrough unless we put our faith in action
• Jesus didn’t heal the blind man instantly by his faith, healing took place when he put his faith in action by walking towards the pool of Siloam and washing his eyes. —-more—-
• You have been praying for that particular miracle, you have enough faith for the miracle, but still it is not happening until you put your faith in action.
God wants us to revive, activate the dead faith that is within us. Listen to the sermon to learn more about this powerful scriptural truth.
In Jonah Ch.4, he was upset, angry and went out of the city to isolated himself. He was further upset and angry when the shelter that he made and the shade that God had given were taken out of him. In those moments of frustration and disappointment, God works in our lives to show what kind of people are we and what kind of God we serve.—-more—-
We make shelters around us such as distraction and finding our own solution to escape anxiety, frustration, and anger. God may give shelters around us such as the earthly blessings that we enjoy. But we need to remember that they are given to be taken away. When they are taken out of us, we know Him better as Jonah came to know that He is a compassionate God when what he got were taken out of him.
In times like this, it is easy for anyone to get discouraged. You don’t really need to do anything to get discouraged. You just give into the situation, listen to the news and analyze the statistics, you will see discouragement building up within you. God wants us to refuse to be discouraged. If we don’t refuse to be discouraged, discouragement is going to have very serious consequences in the lives of God’s children. —-more—-Few such consequences are discussed in detail here.
1. Discouragement breeds worry & anxiety, frustration & hopelessness
2. Discouragement takes you off of God’s plan (vision and goals)
3. Discouragement makes everything go wrong
4. Discouragement is very contagious
Listen to the sermon to know how important it is for us refuse to be discouraged.
Psalm 19:7-11 is the most comprehensive statement regarding the Sufficiency of Scripture. Scripture is complete in itself, has everything that is needed for one’s spiritual life.
Here are the highlights of this sermon.
• There is nothing else that needs to be revealed to humanity about God or His plan for the human race other than what is already revealed in the Book. —-more—-
• The Bible is all that is necessary for the believers to understand the character of God, the nature of man, and the doctrines of sin, heaven, hell, and salvation through Jesus Christ.”
• There is nothing else we need to know about God other than what is written.
• No human addition is required to make scripture better. Scripture is all sufficient, nothing more is needed.
• Spiritual gifts are an attack on Scriptural Sufficiency as they are capable of producing fake devotion, cause excitement and make people to go behind the gifts forgetting the All Sufficient Word of God. Long for Scripture than Gifts.
• Be careful about the non-Biblical writings such as the “lost books of the Bible” and the non-canonical Gospels. They lack Apostolic or Prophetic Authorship. They contain unbiblical concepts and some serious historical inaccuracies. Avoid reading them, even if you read for knowledge sake, read with a lot of discernment.
• Any book other than the Word of God if we read or sermon we listen to, can put us in danger of hell fire if not properly discerned as they can never replace the Scripture that is bound between two covers and given in our hands.
The Apostle James is giving guidelines on how to plan for our future in James 4:13-16. We are totally incapable of planning for our future as this life is passing and we don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. James is advising us not to predict tomorrow, instead we ought to say that I don’t know my tomorrow and I am totally depending on God.—-more—- Trying to plan our future based on the predictions and our knowledge without knowing God’s will is considered as arrogance and is a sin in the sight of God. Here are the highlights of the sermon.
1. We plan our lives based on what we know
2. We don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow
3. Our life is passing, there is no way we can plan anything beyond today
4. God’s plan for us is totally different from what we have planned for our future
5. Going ahead with our plans, not knowing God’s will is considered as boasting and is evil.
Listen to the sermon to know more on how to plan our future.
We are living in a time when we get easily discouraged if we look at the things which are seen. Paul is urging us to look at the things that are unseen. We need eyes of faith to see the things that are unseen and eternal in nature. Paul is also warning about the deceptive nature of our senses and the temporary nature of what is seen.—-more—-
Let us understand as Paul talks about the
1. Perishing nature of human body and the renewing nature of inner man
2. Afflicting nature of this world and the rewarding nature of heaven
3. Tangible nature of this life and the unseen nature of eternity
Why are we discouraged and how can we overcome the discouragement.
1. We worry about this perishing body, but God wants us to work towards renewing the inner man
2. We worry about the afflicting nature of this world, but God is asking us to think about the rewarding nature of heaven
3. We try to satisfy all the senses of our body, but God is asking us to try seeing what is unseen.
4. We think everything around us is permanent. No, its all going to go away from us, what is unseen is permanent and eternal.
Listen to the sermon and be encouraged to continue to do what you are expected to do.
God wants us to see what is happening around us, sense the time that we are living in and respond to the needs of people. As there are many out there living in hopelessness. Be the one who provided hope of eternity to those who are living in darkness. Listen to the sermon to understand the way Jesus was ministering to the paralytic as he was brought to Jesus.—-more—-
Four men saw the paralytic, sensed the need and responded by carrying him to Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, He sensed the opposition and the need and responded with words of forgiveness and healing. God wants us to see the hurting , sense the time we are living in and lead them to the one who gives eternal hope.
When Jesus performed the miracle of feeding 5000 plus people, Bible says, after the miracle took place, the disciples gathered twelve baskets full of fragments that remained. Fragments are the result of breakage. Any kind of breakage leaves fragments. Life events are capable of breaking our lives and leaving fragments.God wants to do something meaningful and beautiful with the leftover fragments of your life. Listen to the sermon.—-more—-
• Fragments are the broken pieces of the bread
• Fragments represent our lives as we are also broken in every way
Fragments have no specific shape
• Jesus didn’t make fragments.
• Fragments have no specific shape as they are broken pieces of the original substance.
• Fragments can fit into any basket or container because of their shapelessness and size.
Fragments are made of the same material
• Even though you are broken, still you are called to be what God wants you to be.
• Those gifts may be dormant in your life, God will revive them
• Still you are a child of God
Fragments can feed the dogs (gentiles), not the children
• Outcasts & Neglected
• NexGen Kids
Your Ministry is
• Not inside four walls
• Christianity is already saturated
• Christians don’t need you
Job lost just about everything; his sheep, his oxen, his camels, his servants, and all of his sons and daughters – His wife said, “Curse God and die”. Even God has not responded in any way to Job’s demand for answers. But Job is still asking and searching; maybe because if he stops, then he’ll have nothing left to live for. All along, his cry was “If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his court and plead my case, but I don’t find him anywhere”. —-more—-
Job’s words from Job Ch. 23
• Help us to know Our inability to find God
• Give us confidence to follow Him
• Help us to know how God would hide himself at times
• Help us to know our inability to influence God
• Bring a holy fear within us
Listen to the sermon to know more about the kind of God we serve. Here is the takeaway from the sermon.
1. Do not stop seeking God, if you stop, then you will have nothing left to live for.
2. As you are unable to influence God’s decision concerning your life, its better to work with God than trying to change Him
3. Blessings may not come easily, you have to wrestle with God as Jacob did.
4. God’s silence in your life doesn’t mean that God is absent.
5. You can never stop seeking and searching for God as you never know when God stops hiding himself to you.
The uniqueness of Christ is not the miracles He performed or still performs, the uniqueness of Christ is the atonement that He made for our sins by paying the penalty of our sins and making us stand before God justified.—-more—-
Eight Elements of Miracles:
3. Traditional Setting
4. Old Testament Relevance
5. Momentary Response
6. Lessons to Learn
7. Relevance to the Early Church
8. Relevance to the Modern Church
All the eight elements are explained with the help of a sample miracle Jesus performed from Mark 4:35-41. Listen to this interesting sermon.