You are Enqueued for Resurrection

Series: General | Title: You are Enqueued for Resurrection |  Sermon by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Sunday April 01, 2018

The resurrection of our lord Jesus Christ gives us hope.We are not hopeless people in this world.We are full of hope that we are already in the queue for resurrection.

A very interesting scripture passage in John 11:17-27. Context is Lazarus died and Jesus was informed that your beloved Lazarus died. Bible says Jesus came after four days to find out where Lazarus is.In olden days people use to bury immediately after death as there was no way to em-bomb or freeze the bodies.So Lazarus was already buried.As Jesus was  making his way to the tomb, Martha came running from there. A very interesting conversation between Jesus and Martha.

John 11:17-27        17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. 19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

We come across an interesting conversation between Martha and Jesus. Jesus looking at Martha in that hopeless situation.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.(John 11:25). Looking at Martha:

  • Jesus did not say that resurrection is a process of  that will take place sometime in future.
  • Jesus did not say that God will raise him one day
  • Jesus did not say that you need to do certain things: Karma yoga, Bhakti yoga, Jnan yoga, & Raj yoga in order to rise from dead.
  • Jesus did not say to do any necromancy techniques to gain access to the underworld spirits to raise them through spells.

Jesus said I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
Resurrection is not something yet to come, Jesus is the resurrection. If you have Jesus, you are not made to die. Because death has no hold on you. If we have Jesus in our lives, we are made to live.

There are three aspects of Resurrection:

1.Resurrection is possible

I want to impress the fact that resurrection is possible. With the help of word of God ,we are going to understand the resurrection is possible. I want to take you you to the couple of old testament incidents. There is a story written in the grave of Prophet Elisha.

2 Kings 13:21   So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.

Elisha died, flesh is already gone and only bones are seen. The moment dead body touched the bones of Elisha, the man revived. Who was Elisha? Elisha was a prophet called by God. As Elijah was walking & he threw the mantle over Elisha and calling him into the ministry to serve God. He was a man of God. He was a prophet. At the time Elijah was taken up to the heaven, Elisha was waiting for that moment, where God was calling him. As he was waiting he saw Elijah was taken up into the heavens. Elijah’s mantle fell on the ground & Elisha went and took the mantle. He went back & parted river Jordan. Elisha received the double portion of the anointing that was upon Elijah. That anointing continued to remain in the bones of Elisha. Now a dead body touches the bones of Elisha & we see Resurrection taking place. Resurrection is possible.

Ezekiel’s Dry bones, in Ezekiel 37  we read, Ezekiel was taken to the valley  full of dry bones. As Ezekiel was prophesying over the bones, bible says there was a rushing sound, sudden noise, rattling & sinews came over the bones of those dead people and over that flesh and over that flesh was covered with skin. Ezekiel prophesied again looking at the winds. He spoke to the fore winds & breath came into those dead bones. They started standing as mighty army, as bible says. Resurrection is possible.

What about Lazarus? Died since four days & buried in the tomb.Jesus came in front of the tomb and was standing in front of the tomb. Jesus said,”Lazarus come forth.” The dead man started walking. Resurrection is possible.

2.Resurrection is certain

Resurrection is also certain. 100% resurrection is going to take place. How do I know that, because Jesus rose from the dead.

Matthew 28:1-8 1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

Resurrection of  Lord Jesus Christ is our hope:

1 Corinthians 15:14  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. If Christ is not risen, 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

Bible says if Christ has risen from the dead, God is going to raise us.Resurrection is so real. God wants us to know that we are going to rise one day.  Sometimes we don’t think about it & at times even if you think about it, you don’t understand. At times you think about it and understand but don’t believe it. God wants us to believe in resurrection. One of the most basic foundation doctrine of Christianity is, resurrection of the believers.

1 Corinthians 6:14  And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.

God raised Jesus from the dead & God is also going to rise those who believe in Lord Jesus Christ, from the dead by the same power.  What was the same power? The power of the Holy Spirit. So as Christ has risen, resurrection is certain.

3.Resurrection is promised

Not only resurrection is possible, Not only resurrection is certain, Resurrection is also a promise. Every promise of God comes true. So many promises God made to the children of Israel, so many promises God made to the gentiles, so many promises God spoke to the disciples, so many promises God made through the prophets in old testament. Every promise that God made the generation, it came true.

What will happen when we die? When we die, where do we go? We need to know this.  Paul writes, to be absent from this body, is to be present with Lord. He really means that resurrection is going to happen. In 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul is saying, You are already in the queue.

1 Corinthians 15:20   But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.

Christ already rose from the dead as a first fruit, then those who belong to Christ at his coming. Bible says Jesus is going to come back. Bible says Jesus is going to come in the mid air to take the church. That’s why Church is important, that’s why we need to get ready as the same way bride gets ready to meet the bridegroom. That’s the comparison between Jesus & the Church  and Bride &  the Bridegroom.

1 Corinthians 15:52  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Christ is the first fruit. Those who are died in Christ, they are going to rise when he comes in the mid of the air and then who are alive and who belong to Christ, they are going to be transformed in a moment & we will be like him.It gives hope for you and me.Graves are going to open one day – those who are died in Christ are going to rise.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection (resurrection of the believers).Over such the second death (eternal death) has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Bible talks about resurrection of believers.Both believers  and unbelievers are going to rise.Resurrection of believers is going to take place first. As the church is caught up in the heaven, they are going to go to the heaven and come back to this world to rule this world for thousand long years.The thousand year reign of Lord Jesus Christ.Then eventually, before the white throne judgement happens, all the wicked will rise too, because they need to come before white throne for judgement, the throne of God. God is telling us Resurrection is not only possible, it is not only certain, it is promise to you and me. God wants us to walk in that assurance.

Paul was screaming and saying 1 Corinthians 15:55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” 

  • Death has no control over our lives.God wants us to believe that.Life on this earth is fleeting, just going to disappear.
  • Before you open your eyes and close your eyes, life is gone , number of years are gone, the days since we are born its all gone, 30 years ,40 years, 50 years, 60 years, 70 years its all done , its all gone.
  • Even people don’t remember us anymore. But the fact is we are going to live forever. Because word of God promised us saying that you are going to rise the same way, the power of God came upon the dead body of Lord Jesus Christ and rose & brought life into the dead body, same way when we are gone, God is going to rise you & me one day. That is HOPE.
  • How do you think people give their lives for Jesus.When there is persecution, even though the majority runs away. There are couple of then standing there, willing to give their heads to be chopped off. How is  it possible, because of the HOPE OF RESURRECTION.
  • Are you worried about silly things of the world? Its all going to go away. Do not worry about the things of the world. But worry about your own lives and see, are you worthy to stand before God?

I want to summarize:

  • You are not made to die, you are made to live.
  • Resurrection is the hope of Christianity.
  • God wants us to live as if we are going to live for ever. Not to worry about simple things of this world.
  • Death is going to be transfer. Promotion from earth to eternity , nothing else for a child of God. When they die, they receive death with gladness.
  • Death is not going to hurt at all, because sting of the death is broken at the cross.Its going to be easy. We will make it, because Jesus already broke the sting at the cross.

Christian Character – Introduction

Christian Character – Introduction

Series: Christian Character | Title: Christian Character – Introduction |  Sermon by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Sunday Apr 30, 2017

Sermon outline

  • What is Christian Character?
  • What we need is “Change”
  • Why is the development of Christian Character important?
  • How Is Christ-like Character Developed?
  • Developing Godly Character
  • Practical challenges for Character Development
  • Practical Character Development
  • How teachable are we?

What is Christian Character?

  • “Character is what you are in the dark.” D.L. Moody
  • Character is defined as strength of moral fiber.
  • Character is aligning our lives so our behaviors are Christ-like.
  • “the excellence of moral beings.” A.W. Tozer. As the excellence of gold is its purity and the excellence of art is its beauty, so the excellence of man is his character.
  • A person’s character is the sum of his or her disposition/ personality, thoughts, intentions, desires, and actions.
  • It is the Lord’s purpose to develop character within us.
  • Remember we are not perfect, we are just forgiven. We need to work to build character.

What we need is “Change”

  • Change is really a sign of life
  • Medical definition of death – A body that does not change
  • During my sermon – about ½ million cells in your body are going to die and be replaced with 1/2 a million new cells
  • 70-80% of the dust in your house is dead skin
  • Your stomach lining undergoes a complete change every 5 days
  • Your liver every 6 weeks
  • Your skeleton every 3 months
  • Your whole body every 5 years for men & 7 years for women
  • Change is natural – Romans 8:29 God predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son

Why is the development of Christian Character important?

  • It will determine our legacy or heritage, Psalm 112:6
  • Some one said “Sow a thought, reap an attitude; Sow an attitude, reap an action; Sow an action, reap a habit; Sow a habit, reap a character; Sow a character, reap a destiny”
  • It will determine our destiny, Galatians 6:8
  • People don’t see Christ in us, but they see our character
  • Our character has ability to influence others to follow or not follow Christ
  • Good character attracts everyone, but only Christian character attracts people to eternity

How Is Christ-like Character Developed?

  • Behavior development programs try to modify people’s behavior without making any internal change
  • They all affect the appearance of the person
  • True character starts from inside and expands outward
  • Proverbs 17:3
  • It is the purity of heart that becomes purity in action
  • Trials do not make character, it only exhibits character
  • God sometimes uses trials to strengthen character, Romans 5:3-4 3

Developing Godly Character

We can develop Godly character by

  • Controlling our thoughts, Philippians 4:8
  • Practicing Christian virtues, 2 Peter 1:5-6
  • Guarding our hearts, Proverbs 4:23;Matthew15:18-20
  • Keeping good company, 1 Corinthians 15:33
  • Setting good example – Men and women of character will set a good example for others to follow, and their godly reputation will be evident to all, Titus 2:7-8

Practical challenges for Character Development

  • The problem – “We” are the biggest problem, our selfish pride, not honoring God as God, Romans 1:21
  • The difficulty – I am the reason for all that happening to me, We are deceived thinking we can never be better than what we are. We try to save ourselves. No place for God’s truth in us.
  • The chief error – We are deceived because of our ignorance of God’s Word and Power. Matthew 22:29
  • The mistake we make is that We are not willing to learn from God’s Word and we are not willing to submit to the control of God’s Spirit.
  • The biggest hurdle – We have many ideas they don’t agree with God’s Word. We have unbiblical ideas that are erected against God’s truth, 2 Corinthians 10:5

Practical Character Development

  • Tool for character development – God uses His Word to transform our character, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Transformed by the renewing of our minds-Romans 12:1-2
  • Through assimilation of God’s Word His thoughts become our thoughts
  • Transformation agent – Holy Spirit. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring the fruit of the spirit
  • The method – Assimilate His written Word – > Word becomes living –> Allow Christ’s Word indwell within us richly

How teachable are we?

  • Wise person – Willing to learn the easy way—from God’s Word and the mistakes of others
  • Carnal person – Insists on learning the hard way—through his/her own personal mistakes
  • Foolish person – Blinded by pride refuses to accept the truth and never does learn.

Christian Character – Pillar 1: Faith

Christian Character – Pillar 1: Faith

Series: Christian Character | Title: Christian Character – Pillar 1: Faith |  Sermon by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Sunday May 07, 2017

Biblical Convictions of Christian Character

  1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the final authority in my life
  2. My purpose in life is to love God and to order my life around his priorities.
  3. My body is the temple of God and I must not defile it
  4. My church correctly teaches me the foundational truths of the Bible
  5. My children are gifts from God and I develop Godly character in them
  6. My actions must never weaken the Scriptural convictions of others
  7. My marriage is a life-long commitment to God and my spouse
  8. My money is given by God to manage faithfully and wisely, I don’t own it.
  9. My words must be in harmony with God’s Word. I am accountable.
  10. My affections should be set on things above, not on things of the earth

Pillar 1: Faith

  • First heart attitude we want to see is Faith, trust in God
  • All promises don’t mean anything if we don’t believe
  • You need to know Him to trust Him
  • The very basis of Christianity is faith
  • We believe in an unseen God is by faith
  • By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, Hebrews 11:3
  • By faith we receive salvation
  • By faith we hope for eternity
  • It is impossible to please God without faith – Hebrews 11:6

Faith – A Christian Character

  • The genuine character of a child of God
  • Shows the amount of trust we have in God
  • Here “Faith” is the fruit of the spirit, not the gift
  • Not the faith to move the mountain, but the faith to move towards Christlikeness
  • Faith that helps to walk over the difficulties
  • Faith that sets our eyes upon Jesus
  • Faith that makes us bold and courageous
  • Faith that helps us to respect, trust and love

Doubtful believers

  • Mark 9:21-25 “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief”.
  • We believe God is Sovereign, Jesus was born of virgin, He is the Son of God, He is going to come gain, but when it comes to our situation, we doubt
  • We believe in God for others, but we doubt when it comes to us
  • Moses doubted God, Gideon doubted God, Elijah doubted God, Jeremiah doubted God, the Apostles doubt
  • Faith – A character missing among believers

Not having Faith is life-threatening

  • Doubt is a struggle for believers, not for unbelievers. Doubt is different from disbelieve
  • Doubt is a momentary lapse of faith.
  • It is life-threatening, because we lose faith when it is most needed
  • Sometimes we doubt because we have wrong or unreal expectations of Jesus
  • Sometimes we doubt because of personal tragedy
  • Sometimes we doubt because of incomplete revelation

Develop Faith, a fruit of the Spirit

  • KJV – “Faith” – Root Greek Word is “pistis” – Conviction of the truth.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
  • Faith is not just hoping for the best to happen, Faith is the assurance, Faith is the confidence in God.
  • Having Confidence in Christ Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Develop Faith, a fruit of the Spirit

  • Knowing Satan’s craftiness – Faith is the lifeline that Satan wants to cut off, Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
  • Knowing God’s Word – Rom 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Habakkuk’s Faith in God

  • Judah are unfaithful to God, they were sinful, wicked
  • First Question: (V2 onwards) Why God is not doing anything.
  • Come down and bring a spiritual revival or
  • Step down and judge
  • But it appears that God is not doing anything (His complaint)
  • Lord’s Reply (V5 onwards) – God is doing something
  • Second question: (V 12 onwards)
  • Reaffirming what he knew about His God
  • Habakkuk 2:4 (Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38)
  • When I don’t understand the circumstances, I understand my God
  • Declaration of His faith – Habakkuk 3:17-19

 

God’s Time that Matters, not Ours

Series: General | Title: God’s Time that Matters, not Ours |  Sermon by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Sunday March 11, 2018

One of the paradoxes or absurdities or inconsistencies or Uncertainties of our Christian life is that, “We know that there is a time for everything, But we don’t know when”.
We don’t know when we are going to settle down in our life, but we are sure one day.

  • We don’t know when healing is going to take place for someone for whom we have been praying, but God will heal.
  • We don’t know when someone for whom we have been praying to be saved, but he or she will be saved by God.
  • We don’t know when Christ is going to come back to this world, we know for sure Jesus is going to come back.
  • We don’t know when we will die, but we are sure one day we will die.

Bible says in Ecclesiastes 3:1   There is a time for everything.
Our problem is, not knowing the timing of GOD. Most of the time, we are either ahead or behind  God’s time. We mess up so badly because we do not know God’s timing.

  • Some of us wasted most of our lives without knowing what is God’s plan for our lives
  • Some of us were forced to make wrong choices because we were trying to do things ahead of the timing of God.
  • Some of us lost the very good opportunity as we were waiting too long & God’s time has gone.
  • Some of us took wrong decisions that we are suffering lifelong just because we did not know timing of God so we missed blessings in our lives.

Most of the time we find what God wants us to do, but we fail to know when God wants us to do.
Most of the time God gives us promises, but He didn’t tell when those promises are going to fulfilled in our lives. At times people end up in waiting, waiting, and waiting.

  • Joseph waited 13 years, Abraham waited for 25 years, Moses waited 40 years David waited 20 years, Jesus waited 30 years
  • Waiting for the timing of God. Timing of God is very important in our lives.
  • Don’t be ahead of God’s timing. God promised Abraham & he could not wait.
    He thought God has given me promise, let me go forward & took wrong decision. It was a promise of God but it was wrong timing. He tried to fulfill the promise of God in the wrong timing. He missed the mark and end up in raising a generation who is in total enmity with God’s people.
  • God doesn’t want us to wait too long or to move forward but God want us to know his perfect timing in our lives.
  • Paul says, Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
  • Don’t delay, don’t procrastinate

Many times, God gives us promise from the scripture or through a prophetic word, but we don’t know when those things are going to come true in our lives.

  • If we miss God’s timing, there is going to be a great struggle in our lives.
  • It is very vital for a child of God
  • It is pivotal as it is going to change the entire course of our life.

The question is how do I know the timing of God in my life?

  1. There is a time for everything

I want to talk a little about the cyclic nature of life around us. There is a rhythm or pattern that is already set by God in the nature. This pattern or rhythm is guiding us every day.

  • For example, our breath, our heart beat, there is a pulsing rhythm within us.
  • Everyday morning sun raises and evening sun sets. There is a pattern.
  • Day & night, change of temperature, change of seasons, there is rhythm in the nature
  • Birds migrate in a rhythm, animals get out for hunting, birds building their nest, fish lay their eggs so there is rhythm in nature by our God.
  • Our life has a rhythm of its own – There is a time of birth, babyhood, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood, aging, and death
  • Women, more than men are affected by the monthly cycles that guide their energy, moods, sleep pattern, behavior.

When our rhythm is in sync with the rhythm of nature, life is easy.  When our rhythm is not in sync or breaking or goes off beat, complexities build up.

  • In the same way God works in a rhythm.
  • If we are in sync with God’s Rhythm, our life will go very well. So it is Important to know the timing of God.

Bible says, there is a time for everything. Fourteen pairs of contradictory things statements in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8   

1 To everything there is a season,  A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 
A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

There is a time appointed under heaven for all these things.

  1. God does things in His time

God is not bound by time, space and matter.

Gen 1:1   In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God was there before everything. God created time, space & matter. So, God is not bound by time, space and matter. The eternity or the timelessness of God is very difficult to understand as we are bound by time.
Psalm 90:10   The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

God operates in His time:

  • Ecclesiastes 3:11  He has made everything beautiful in its time. 
  • As Jesus’ brothers told Him to go to Judea from Galilee for the feast of the Tabernacles, Jesus said John 7:6 “My time has not yet come”
  • Romans 5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due (right) time Christ died for the ungodly.
  • Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son.
  • Psalm 75:2 “When I choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly.

Even our timing is in God’s hands:

David says, Psalm 31:15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.

God’s timing is different from our time:

John 2:1-5 (Read) On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.

  • Mother of Jesus told Jesus, they have no wine.
  • A natural concern of mother Mary by seeing the situation but not for Jesus.
  • Man is in a hurry to find a solution, but Jesus was not in hurry because timings are different
  • Many times, we are in a hurry to find a solution, but Jesus is not doing anything there.
  • When you are not sure you are operating in the timing of God, it’s better to wait. If you take wrong decision, your life will be in misery.

God’s timing is related to God’s purpose.
God’s timing is related to God’s will.
At times we don’t know his purpose & will. At times we fail to understand whether it’s right time or not.

  1. Aligning our timing with God’s timing

It is not easy to know God’s timing: But how to align so that we can take proper decisions, we will wait where we need to wait and we will act where we need to act.
2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Acts 1:6-7   6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
We don’t know when things are going to happen in our lives.  But we believe that God is going to do those things on specific day.
God doesn’t tell us the time.  In order to understand that we need to align our timing to God’s timing.

Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Mathew 25:1-13)

  • Ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom
  • Five wise took lamp and extra oil, five foolish took lamp and no extra oil
  • But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. (Bridegroom doesn’t delay, we don’t understand the perfect timing of God)
  • When bridegroom came, all trimmed their lamp, but foolish ones were running out of oil
  • When they went to buy oil, the bridegroom came, the wise virgins entered into the weeding feast and the door was shut.
  • When the foolish ones came back, they asked to open the door, request was refused.

Then Jesus said,  13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

  • Both the wise and foolish virgins were not aware of the exact timing of the bridegroom.
  • But the wise virgins were well prepared for the timing of the bridegroom.
  • We have questions concerning our future, we want to take decisions regarding our future.
  • God operate in a rhythm, God does things in pattern.
  • When we align our timing with the rhythm of God, that’s where we will find the TIMING OF GOD.

     Four Aspects to find the timing of God

  1. Knowing the mind of God1 Corinthians 2:16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
  • When our mind is in alignment with God’s mind, we know the timing of God.
  1. Abiding in HimJohn 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
  • God wants us to abide in him, then we can align our self with the timing of God.
  • Until God pushes you in a situation, you cannot move.
  1. Having intimacy with God – For an intimate relationship both the partners to be in a closer proximity. To align with God, we need to have intimate relation with God.
    James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  2. Led by the SpiritRomans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Summary

  • There is a time for everything
  • God operates in his own time
  • Aligning our time with the timing of God.

When we have the above all four in our lives, God will show us/tell us.

  • We know is it time to move forward or time to stay.
  • It is important to know the timing of God.

New Sermon Series: Mysteries of the Kingdom

A Word and A Thought – Psalm 23:4

You are not going to die, you are going to live.

Series: A Word and A Thought | Title: Psalm 23:4 |  Sermon by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Thursday August 24, 2017

Scripture

Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

A Word and A Thought – Mark 10:27

Are you praying for someone? Don’t give up, keep prying. Nothing is impossible for our God.

Series: A Word and A Thought | Title: Mark 10:27 |  Sermon by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Thursday August 24, 2017

Scripture

Mark 10:27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

A Word and A Thought – Matthew 11:28

You need to rest, but you are not sure where to find. Come to Jesus, He offers you rest.

Series: A Word and A Thought | Title: Matthew 11:28 |  Sermon by: Pastor Balan Swaminathan | Location: House of Intercessory Prayer Ministries, Halifax, NS Canada | Date: Thursday August 24, 2017

Scripture

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.