A. What provoked the four "how" of this passage ?
It is the promise of the salute for whoever will invoke the name of the Lord that triggered this process.
B. What means" to invoke the name of the Seigneur" ?
To invoke the name of the Lord means to pray with faith for the salute ; to call God in the prayer for the salute.
When does someone drown, what does he have needed ?
Is it a succulent food or a free plane ticket to go to Paris and to lodge free of charge in the hotels to five stars or a new suit ? NO !
His real need, it is the salute ; to be saved of the drowning and after you can offer him a luscious meal.
Don’t ask someone that is taken to the trap if he wants to get married.
C. What is the salute ?
The salute, it is to be saved of God’s anger and to enter in God’s Kingdom. The salute is a free grant that God grants to whoever accepts Jesus as his personal Savior (Acts 16 : 31 ; John 3:16)
The salute is again to receive the hope of eternal life after the death.
To have the salute, it is necessary to hear God’s Speech first, to repent of his sins while placing his faith in Jesus who is the only path, the truth and life.
If someone dies without having made the peace with God, he is lost eternally. The mission confided to the church that is Christ’s body is to announce the Good News to everybody.
The one that will believe will be saved ; the one that won’t believe will be condemned.
The last "how" said : "And how will have some preachers if they are not sending ? »
I would like this morning to add a fifth "how" without compromising me, without sinning against God. The fifth "how" is there but he is not written in order that the Christian themselves discover it. This fifth "how" is this : And how will they be messengers if no one contributes financially so that they go ? The" how" evoke the idea of the mission. One feels through these" how" that someone must go and another must support it. One sees here complementarities. It is the business of several people. The one that gives money to the missionary so that he goes in mission will be rewarded to the same the missionary will be rewarded fairly.
We have two fields’ missionaries currently : Niger and Mali. A couple missionary in Niger localized in Gaya, border city between Benin and the Niger ; and a missionary couple in Mali localized in Bamako, the capital. The missionary needs are immense :
1) Preparation to go
2) Expenses of journey of the missionary and his family
3) House renting and the place of cult
4) Salary of the missionary following the standard of living of the country
5) Means of displacement
8) Maintenance of the displacement means
9) Education of his children
10) Purchase of land for the mission
11) The demands of help of the church sister of the country
12) Organization of evangelism campaign.
D. To be missionary without going in mission
It is possible. An old woman was very happy when she had the visit of God’s servant. In their talk, she has said him : "I have four missionaries that I support : one in Africa, one in China, one in India, one in Europe.
The missionary who had paid a visit to him was astonished because this last lived in a modest house. Where did she find money to finance her four missionaries ? She said him : come to see : these villas are mine. I always believed in God’s Speech while giving my tithe regularly. God blessed me and I buy the first house. With the rents I could buy another again then a third and the fourth. Today I have four houses in renting. With these means I finance my missionaries.
A question has been asked to a convert chinos : That you will make when you will be to heaven ? He answered : "I will go to thank Lord Jesus to have accepted to die for me on the cross for my salute ; then I will be going to thank the missionary who arrived in China to preach me God’s Speech and after I am going to thank the one that financed so that the missionary comes in Chine ." It is very intelligent.
Dear brothers and sister of the Academic Temple, that will welcome you on the strands of gold when you‘ll arrive there ?
A man had thrown his belt full of gold in order to save a girl who had lost her mother in the dugout that capsized and that watched it and cried : save me gentleman, save me. Not can save it with his belt full of gold, he preferred to throw the belt and to save the girl. The following day, she came to him and with his two small arms, kissed his savior, gave him a kiss in saying : « Thank to have saved me." this gentleman said that this kiss passed what it lost far away.
I address you that keep your riches, accumulate the score of millions, maybe some of the billions while all around of you, the people cry : save-us ! Come to the help in Mali, to Senegal, to Niger, in Djougou, in Karimama, in Kétou ! Assembly of God of Benin, you received the salute 63 years ago. Send the missionaries to save us ; we don’t know the path that leads to God. I hear every day the scream of these lost souls, of these SOS that shout, but no one answers to them. 63 years of existence without can send some missionaries appear me carelessness. Who will be the responsible of it ?
The end of the message of July 21, 2013
III. Second disobedience of Saül. 1Sam 15 : 9-10
The order of God was definite v2-3
God gave this order because Amalek had been the first to want to destroy the people of God at his exit of Egypt. Exodus 17 :8-13. Amalekites represented the potency of evil which opposes to the saving plan of God. God sends Saül to destroy them without mercy. This type of judgment is the symbol of what will be made at the end of time. The villains which oppose to God will be severely punished in a lake of fire which will never go out. God gives an order, Saül went and spared the king and the best stupid and aspires first of all and after everything and always. God says in verse 11 ; 22-24 : « God rejects you as king » what a regrettable sentence ! God who created the sky and the earth rejects you. His disobedience changed its destiny forever. He invokes Samuel to honour it in the presence of his people. Saül is deprived of the presence of God. Ever it was not going to see again the face of the man of God. A privilege lost forever. Oh ! What a misfortune ! This good destiny knew a failure. A kingship which had to have a long length had only one length of fire of straw. Saül destroyed his happy destiny himself. Consequently, it is a poor mind which lives in it since the mind of God left it. Here is there deliberate disobedience can behavior. Consequences were big. The nation will consequently be aimed by a rejected king, moreover had by a poor mind which it is always necessary to try to calm down. The nation is going to know a hellish reign. God has already found another person to replace Saül.
For us today
How we react faced with recommendations of GOD ?
God gave us ten commands to notice scrupulously :
1. you will not have other Gods in front of my face
A command which forbids the polytheism which characterized other religions of the close east
2. not of sharpened picture, nor of any presentation God is too big to be represented, by whoever it is
3. you will not take the name of your God for nothing
The name of God must be respected, respectable because it is profoundly blessed
4. Remember repose in the daytime
Notice a day of repose to love God, the Israelites had to model them driven on the work of God
5. Honour your father and your mother
This command consists of all necessary acts of goodness of material support of respect and obedience regarding his parents. It is forbidden invidious words and insulting acts of the children towards their parents.
6. You will not kill
This command forbidden second-degree murder that is to say the abolition of life in a not allowed and illegal way. Abortions volunteers are considered to be murders.
7. You will make no adultery
Marriage must be respected. The couples have to respect wishes of marriage. You comparaitras a day in front of the court of God to answer it your acts.
8. You will not hide
9. You will carry no falsehood evidence
10. You will not covet These commands are for the happiness of the man and not the happiness of God. If we put into practice them we shall be happy all our life. Alas ! Certain Christians as Saül choose what it is necessary to leave or to save for the convenience of their flesh. Fetishes, they leave Jesus, honour their parents. But adulteries, fornication, those are fatty animals for them. They leave what people of the world can leave for the passion of a game. They leave the easy things. God knows you brother, sister ; you will not avoid his judgment. As Saül, you are now rejected. You can continue living but God rejected you because you do not respect his command. You always have excuses. The word of God declares that our celestial father is holy. We his children, we owe the being also.
The unhappy end of Saül 1 Samuel 31 : 1-5 After all evil which it made in the country, it is going to commit suicide in the course of battle.
This morning, God reserve you his favor. Regret – you.
Sin against holy mind is unpardonable ; this sin is called incredulity, fact to refuse what comes from God by allocating it to the demon although they know that it comes from God.
I contact you now which rebels you against the command of God. God had good plans as your life which he has just erased. That you will make without God in this world, without God in your family, without God in your service. Do you know what this means to be deprived of the presence of God ? You destroy the work of God by your behavior. You discuss and destroy the creed of the faithful ; today God rejects you !
Your greeting is in the abandonment of sin and in a sincere repentance. You get up against the predication of the word of God because it to reproach for you and touches your sin. Regret before it is too much late. Do not run away as Saül which had opportunities several times to regret but stopped in remorse. We serve a compassionate God. Come my brother, come my sister, he is going to excuse you.
Who is he ? It is about the first king of Israel of the name of Saül. The visit on the political stage of its country is owed to a request of Israel addressed to God in the age of Samuel, sacrificer of the Endless : « Deal we a king to consider ourselves as there is at all nations » 1 Sam8 : 4-5 This request was considered as appalls one of the authority of God on them. Samuel who was the spiritual leader saw it with disapproval but God tranquilized it in these terms : « it is not you whom they reject, it is me whom they reject so that I do not reign any more over them » God goes on by saying : « listening therefore their voice ; but give them warnings ». In spite of warnings, the Bible says to us that the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel. We want a king to reign over us and we shall be as all nations, our king will judge us, he will walk at our head and drive our wars of. God once again orders Samuel to give them a king. Here is permissive will of God.
That’s how Saül was chosen by Very God 1 Samuel 8 : 16. That day, Saül had honors worthy of the rank !
Samuel gave him a place at the head of escorts among thirty persons 1 Sam 9 : 22
the best party of the sacrifice was granted to him
Saül ate with Samuel that day.
Before, Samuel had said to him that all that there is precious in Israel is for him and for all home of his father Sam 9 : 20. Saül answered in these terms 1Sam9 : 21 By these words, it shows its humility. Samuel points out to to him the definite place where the mind of the Endless is going to grab it 5-6.
It accepted another heart v9
Even though it is the permissive will of God, Saül accepted all qualities of a spiritual leader. God had not taken into account the mediocre words of his people. It chose well them to a king he gave to all whom that was needed to reign well. The mind of God was on him, and had Samuel in its sides as adviser ; he had all that a king could hope to reign better.
The purpose of the unction of Saül was to dedicate it to the Lord with the aim of the particular task to which it was called, and to announce him favor and donations which would be necessary for him to complete his mission. Even though it is an unworthy asks of the people to have a king at the head as the other nations of the world, God had not underestimated the royal unction of Saül. It had given him all privileges, all means, human resources, had given hands of writings varied for its success. The mind of the Endless came on him, it prophesied and was changed in another man according to the chapter 10 : 6
All Samuel’s prophecies were fulfilled confirming him so that God was with shone 10 : 7
After his win on the king ammonite, all people went to Guilgal to confirm his kingship there. Oh ! What a nice destiny for Saül ! Blessings gave without measurements. They gave actions of favors in front of the Endless and there, Saül and all people devotes themselves to big celebrations. 1 Sam 11 : 15
I. Benedictions that Samuel pronounced on the people after his goodbyes
To conclude this sentence, the clairvoyant Samuel who was an old man made his speech of goodbye.
In this speech, Samuel made one review of their past. He says to them, here is your king whom you asked. Councils made them lavished 12 :14-15 to show them that he spoke on behalf of God, it made a miracle, he asked God to send thunders and rain in rain season dry v16-18. A man of God does not hide. Samuel was a true man of God. God confirmed his predications. Finally, it ended up in this advice another 20-22. They can say that Saül knew his duty as king now.
II. First disobedience of Saül 1 Sam 13 : 8-14
The philistines had prepared a big army against Israel. Samuel had to succeed give in sacrifice in the Endless. Saül waited for Samuel, for a reason or for other one, Samuel accused a delay. Saül gave the sacrifice under pretext himself that the philistines were going to attack it.
Shortly afterwards, Samuel arrived and realized what the new king had just made. Samuel says to him 13 : 13 « you acted in senseless You did not notice the command which Endless your God had given you. Here are the reproaches which show that Saül knew that sacerdotal function returned to the sacrificer and to the king.
Eternal had ordered Saül to wait for the arrival of the man pointed out for this service. God felt the obedience of Saül by allowing that Samuel arrives only after the seven days of delays ; to give sacrifices was reserved for Levities. God does not play with his command.
The consequence of this senseless act is that the reign of Saül will not last. This disobedience changed its nice destiny. When the spiritual things are taken in the light in the life of the believer, blessings do not follow any more. True obedience is played according to the terms of God and not ours. Question that each must settle is the following : do I obey the command of God such as it gives them to me, or, I change his word in my convenience ? We must know that religious activity cannot replace an obedient heart.
The most part of the Christians are rejected by God because of the lack of obedience. What we often consider to be slip or insignificant error with the eyes of God, it can be a serious error which takes from us away many points with the eyes of God. They do not give the tithe and they God as a lack of love towards him, a disobedience in its command, a contempt towards its work, it also show that silver is our idol and the one who has something else than he likes more that God is an idolatrous and any idolizes will go to the sky. If silver is your idol, you will not go to the sky. How much the heart of God is hurt when he sees that what he gave us free we refuse it when he claims it. A child who was brought up by his father, grow and refuses to give 1000f to his parent on 10.000F, it said I have 10.000F but I do not give you the 1000F for which you ask me. It is too much ! How his father is going to consider it. Who can know why certain persons always have problems, debts, diseases, famine, and poverty ? When you do not pay your tithes regularly do you know consequences which it procreates in the work of God ? The local church is blocked, the national church is blocked, the biblical school is closed ; the workers on the ground are blocked.
• The dispatch of the missionaries stops
• building of temples stops
• The evangelization stops
• win is given in Satan to destroy the work of God
Here is what your disobedience procreates on the whole work of God. Do you want God to consider such Christian, as his child ? No ! It is a rebel, insubordinate and rejected son, a destroyer, an enemy of the work of God.
Example : the rich young man and Jesus.
If because of the perishable property which you are soon going to leave, to leave, you oppose to the creator by creating disturbances, know that it will oppose to you. God bought you back by the blood of sound made and by no silver.
When we refuse to obey God, our destiny knows a change.
The first Passover has been observed by the people of Israel in Egypt. Pharaoh had refused to let leave the children of Israel his country. He held them as dedicated slaves to the hard labor. God made come of the misfortunes on Egypt but, in spite of it, the Pharaoh refuses to make leave them. God decided to kill all firstborns of Egyptian families. To be able to save the firstborns of the children of Israel, he asked them to kill a lamb and to spill his blood on the lintels of their doors so that the destructive angel, seeing blood, saves the house.
The first Passover has been celebrated by a people ready to leave.
The word Easter comes of the word Hebrew "pesah" ; in Greece "paskha" that means "passage :" To go on in the sense to save. The feast was called Easter because the eternal passed over the houses that one had sprinkled blood. The correct etymology of the word Hebrew “pesah” in Greece means to pass over or to jump overcoat to recall God’s historic act that saved Israel on this occasion.
It is from this moment that God’s people began to celebrate the Passover every year, obedient thus to his command to make of this feast a perpetual law Ex. 12 : 1 4
At every Passover, Jews assembled at home, killed a lamb, removed that was in their house and ate the bitter herbs. The important moment of the evening intervened when family’s father told what had happened when God had delivered their forebears of Egypt miraculously, where they lived in slavery. This is how each generation Hebrew remembered Redemption and delivery that God granted to them. Ex. 12 : 26. The Jewish observed this feast at the time of the New Testament. Jesus to 12 years celebrated it in Jerusalem Luke 2 : 41-50.
Jesus celebrated it with his disciples.
The Easter is the last meal that Jesus took a short time with his disciples in Jerusalem before his crucifixion. Mat. 26 : 12
Jesus has been crucified the day of Easter such the paschal lamb (1 Corinth. 5 : 7) that delivers of sin and death all those that believe.
HOW IS THE FEAST OF EASTER BOUND IN JESUS ?
The lamb that has been immolated is standard of Lord Jesus Christ 1Corinthians 5 : 7. It was necessary that he is flawless, that speaks to us Christ’s purity, dead Christ for the condemned humanity. Jesus’ blood purifies us of all sin. The one that believes some has him the salute of his soul. So by the killed lamb and whose blood has been sprinkled on the houses, Jewish have been saved, how much with greater reason, Jesus’ blood, God’s son would be capable to make it.
The Easter is bound to Jesus because it is the immolated lamb that saved the Jewish . He is the plan of our salute this lamb ! His crucifixion is considered as the setting to death of the paschal lamb.
To the eyes of the Christian, the Easter contains a very rich prophetic symbolism that speaks of Christ.
The New Testament teaches that Jewish feasts are the shade of the things to come (Corinthians. 2 : 16-17 ; Hebrews. 10 : 1) to know the redemption by Christ’s blood.
1- The whole Easter speaks of God’s grace saving. The children of Israel didn’t deserve it as us as ran away by grace ;
2- The application of the blood of the lamb sacrificed in the goal to save the life of the Jewish firstborns.
This blood speaks to us the one that Jesus poured on the cross to save us of the death and God’s anger with regard to the sin. Hebrews 9 : 22
3- The Lamb paschal was a sacrifice that has for goal to replace the firstborn. It announces his Christ’s to the sinner’s place. Roman 3 : 25 ; 1Corinthians 5 : 7.
4- The lamb offered in sacrifice had to be flawless. It prefigured Christ’s purity. Christ was perfected. John 8 : 46 ; Hebrews 4 : 15
Christ our Easter has been immolated. Matthew 26 : 26-30
"Me and my house, we will serve Eternal" says Joshua, leader of the people of Israel ; in other words, & as for me and my family, we will adore the Eternal."
What is the history of this famous declaration of Joshua ?
Why such a declaration ?
Are we also able to make such a declaration ?
HISTORIC OF THE DECLARATION
Joshua was in the evening of his life. He convenes his people and pronounced a very passionate speech. In this solemn speech, Joshua exhorts the Jewish to remain faithful to the Eternal their God, conscious of the traps and obstacles that are on their road. Two arguments are put forward.
1. The Eternal appeared faithful and his held his promises while granting to the people of this good country while fighting him for them.
2. Success and the future prosperity of Israel depend closely on his attachment to the eternal and his law, and, by way of consequence, of his non base action with the rest of the foreign peoples even present to Canaan. Joshua is going to remind to the people on history, his/her/its origins, his/ forebears, God’s kindness towards Israel, inviting them to God’s fear. He insists on their big temptation to serve other gods ; he puts them before a choice. It is at this place that he was different saying : "If you don’t find good to serve the Eternal, choose today that you want to serve ; or the gods that your fathers served beyond the stream, or the gods of the Amoreanses in the country of which you live. Me and my house, we will serve the Eternal" He arrives of moments where while being that Christian, we must take our responsibility and must unmark us before choices that entail our destiny. Under the threat of their persecutors that forbade them to speak and to teach in the name of Jesus, Peter and John answer them : " judge if it is just in front of God, to obey you rather than in God ; because we cannot speak of what we saw and heard" Acts 4 : 18-20. Their choice was clear to this subject.
We are not going to move back ever from this choice, we will continue to speak and to teach God’s Speech. It is an irrevocable choice.
There are of moments where the Christian must make a public choice.
Ruth the Moabite must make this choice when her beautiful mother persuaded it to return toward her people and her gods. Ruth must make her choice between her gods and Eternal like this : "Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you : for whither you go, I will go ; and where you lodge, I will lodge : you people shall be my people, and your God my God : Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried : the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part you and me." Ruth 1 : 16-17. Before such a choice, Naomi lost its strength and must tilt before this irrevocable choice, to see unchangeable of her beautiful girl. What hires a whole existence must not be discussed with a public that must show you what you must choose.
Jacob will tell his entire house : " T6ake away the foreign gods who are with you, purify yourselves and change clothes. We will present ourselves to Bethel owing God who granted me in the day of my distress, and that was with me during the journey that I have done. "His family’s members had some amulets, of the rings that they considered as protective gods or of the luck gods and Jacob collected all these fetishes and buried them. Genesis 35 :
2. God became Jacob’s God.
Me and my family we will adore the Eternal !
Schadrac, Meschac and Abel Nego last to make their choice in Babylon owing Nebucadnetsar Daniel 3 : 17-18. Before the king’s threats that wanted that they prostrate to adore the statue, they reply him : OH king, we won’t serve your gods, we won’t adore the statue of gold that you raised. There is a courage choice ! A choice that makes itself before a mean, cruel, murderous monarch who reigns in supreme master on his people that obeys to him blindly. These young believers choose to be pleasing to God, to serve God, to adore the true God Creative of the heaven and the earth.
Elijah the prophet during his life had invited Israel to make a choice. He tells the people : "If Eternal is God, go after him ; if it is Baal, go after him."Elijah tells them again : "I remained alone of the prophets of Eternal" 1 Kings 18 : 21. It means : me I chose the Eternal.
Abraham, Noah, Enoch, Job, the judges and the prophets had made some solemn choices : to serve only God ; No mixture ; to serve God with their family.
WHY DID JOSUAH HAVE MADE THIS PUBLIC CHOICE ?
It is because he had seen all along the history of the people of God of the weaknesses, of disloyalty, an adulterous people, that wants to say that abandons his God and short toward the pagan gods. He had since this people was always tempted toward the idols. One made them believe that these gods made the good in agriculture, the fertility, etc.
Joshua said him : me and my house, we are going to serve Eternal, it is our choice.
FOR US TODAY
We must operate such a choice. We arrived to difficult times. God seems to be put off side. The gods of that hull seem to take the place of the true God. The materialism became the new god of the world. Money, one adores it, it is necessary to win it at any price. To shortcoming drugs it, the diversion of the public deniers, of the pernicious sects, the flight. One sells his soul to the devil ; one adores "mami wata" One is in secret societies in the goal to become richer. Example of a brother : that another wanted to introduce in a secret society.
Our world adores Satan.
To have an important place in the high institutions, it is necessary to be Satan’s worshipper. To succeed in the studies, it is necessary to adore Satan ; to have a place in a financial institution, it is necessary to be a worshipper of Satan ; to become a president of republic…
Everywhere, someone proposes you Satan. Even some pastors or evangelists search for the diabolic powers to manage God’s church with false miracles. Our world is in confusion. One doesn’t know anymore that to serve. The Christian are in confusion.
To succeed in the trade, someone proposes you to serve Satan. You and me, we arrived at the end of the times. It is necessary for us to take some decisions and to operate the irrevocable choices that imply our family. If our family doesn’t want to follow us will be obliged us to make individual choices, if our wife doesn’t want to follow us, we must make our personnel choice : to adore only God.
ADVANTAGES TO ADORE ONLY GOD
God becomes our defender and our protector. God protects the three young Hebrew of the furnace ardent : Daniel 3 : 26-27. He made them prosper. They chose God and God honored them. Daniel had success in Babylon more that all Babylonians. God honors those that serve him.
1 Sam 2 : 30. God said : "Because I will honor the one that honors me, but those that despise me will be despised.
God say in Ps 91 : 14 « As he likes me, I will deliver him, I will protect him ; if he invokes me I will answer to him, I will satiate him of long days and I will make him see my salute"
Satan abridges the life of people.
All those that chose God were always happy.
The danger that threatened Israel to this time is the same that watches us today just before the third millennium.
The spiritual darkness covers the earth. We are in front of the temptation of the devil.
To Jesus after having made see kingdoms of the world and their glory, he said him : "I will give you all these things if you prostrate and me adore." Jesus said him : "Retire you Satan ! Because it is writing : you will adore Lord, your God, and you will serve him only."
There is my choice this morning. Choice operated since my childhood owing my parents. Me I will adore God and I will serve him only. Choice of my family : of a father and his son Henry.
God ridicules the worshippers of idols in Jeremiah 10 : 1-16.
To the last days, their part will be in the pond of fire that never dies out. Me and my family we will serve Eternal.
Let’s make like Jesus to this time of spiritual misplacement where the majority serves the devil.
After the salute, God called us to proclaim the Good News (his speech) in order to build his kingdom here below. We must walk with him and must depend entirely on him in order to make his will. We must know his thought for being able to communicate it. And to make a success of this, it is always necessary for us to consult it before any initiative. If we want to make all things ourselves, we won’t go far. We must always consult very God in the least details, because our nature (the pride) or the devil can speak us. We must be attentive to God’s voice to be able to know his thought and to discern his absolute and perfect will. During this meditation, we are going to consider the reasons for which we must always consult God and the ways to make it.
I. WHY MUST US ALWAYS CONSULT GOD ?
To understand the necessity to consult God always before acting in any circumstance, so small either her, let’s consider some practices in God’s Speech.
A. Case of Joshua to the head of the children of Israel
1.) Joshua after having followed God’s strategies defeated Jericho (Joshua 6 : 2-21). But face to Aï, he wanted to use their own strategy and their own wisdom without consulting God (7 : 2-5) as the last time preliminary ; and in consequence, he made the people undergo a smarting and unprecedented defeat (Joshua7 : 6-9). God made him known that there was the forbidden within the people. After having removed this forbidden, they had the victory (Joshua 7 : 10-13 ; 8 : 1-4, 18, 19, 22, 25). Do never let God of side, so small that appears the situation, let’s consult it and we will always have the victory. "With God, we will be victorious, because he floors our adversaries » (Psalms 60 : 14 (F.C.))
2) Joshua and the people didn’t consult God before signing an alliance of peace with tired Gabaonites (Joshua 9 : 14-15). Three days after having concluded the alliance with them, the Jews learned that they were actually their neighbors, and perceived that it was the ruse ; but so late (Joshua 9 : 22). Once again, always consult God before acting or to take any decision or to undertake some initiative that it is before seeing if Satan doesn’t have his hand there. Let’s pay a lot of attention in our walk with God.
B. Case of Balaam. (Numbers 22 : 1-3) : You will not go steps with them !
Balaam, facing the demand of Balak to curse God’s people, is going to consult God. In a first time God has said him : « You won’t curse this people, because I have blessed them." He executed. For a second time, Balak sends more messenger than the first time and Balaam asks to consult God again. (Numbers 22 : 18-19). This time God allows it to leave but with very precise orders (Numbers 22 : 20.) We note here that it is about God’s permissive will. Someone has said : " if man refuses to make God’s will, God tells him that your will is doing". By the intervention of donkey, God wanted to make Balaam that it was not of his perfect absolute will understand. He doesn’t serve to kidney to consult God without listening to him or to listen to him without knowing how to obey to him. Samuel said : does "God find of pleasure in the holocausts and the sacrifices, as in the obedience to the voice of God ? Here it is, the obedience is better than the grease of the rascal." (1 Samuel 15 : 22). It is necessary for us to know how to listen to God and to obey to him. As much as we will know how to listen to God, we will discover his perfect and absolute will and to accomplish it (case of young boys that searched for God’s will in their spouse’s choice).
God waits for us a total and daily obedience as Paul’s case on the path of Damascus he has said : "Lord, what want you that I do ? " And the Lord said him : "Stand up, enter in the city, and one will tell you what you must do" (Acts 9 : 6, 7 cf. acts 20 : 23 ; 21 : 11 ; 2Corinthians 6 : 4-10 ; 11 : 23-23-27 ; 2Thimothy 1 : 8 ; 2 : 3, 9). II. HOW TO CONSULT GOD ?
Two excellent ways to consult God and to know his thought and to discern his will.
It is through his speech that God reveals us his thought, his will and his plan for the humanity. (Joshua 1 : 8 ; Psalms 1 : 1-2 ; 119 : 1-2, 105, 165 ; 2Timothy3 : 15-17.)
The prayer is a dialogue between the Christian and God. It is in the prayer that God communicates us his thought Acts 10 : 9-48 ; 9 : 8-15.
Let’s be dependent of God and consult him at all times and in all things.
I- SITUATION OF JOB
Four disasters flood the restful world of Job and dive it in the suffering that the writers the best to the world would not know how to find appropriate words to describe the situation of Job.
This extremely rich believer of the orient, integrate, just and right fearing God, overnight, loses all his goods, his livestock of menu and cattle is removed by a strip of bandits and the servants passed with the passing of the sword. God’s fire falls of the sky scorch the sheep and consume all servants. It is one only that escapes from it to come to bring the news to Job, the facts repeat themselves.
The worse, it is when one of his servants survivor of the big wind came to announce to Job that all his ten children have been killed by a big wind while he feasted in their elder brother’s house.
It is whereas Job rose, tore his coat and shaved the head, throwing themselves on the floor, it prostrated.
II- THE REACTIONS
A- Reaction of Job (1 : 21-22)
1- Facing the first tragedy (Job 1 : 21-22)
"God gave, and the eternal has deducted ; that the name of the eternal either bless ! In all it, Job didn’t sin and didn’t assign anything unjust in God. »
The reaction of Job is impressive of submissiveness and piety. He adores God within the test. Job doesn’t have business nor with Satan nor with the troublesome circumstances, but with God’s hand of which it receives all. Job had a strong faith in God. Three things made possible this attitude in the heart of Job.
Three things made possible this attitude in the heart of Job.
1. He considers all his privileges like God’s grant (the eternal gave, and no like a due) ;
2. He lets to God his sovereignty (the eternal removed) estimating the donor more again that his dons ;
3. He blesses the eternal ; he proclaims that all goodness is in God. Oh ! What big believer ! Can have ourselves this faith, this stability.
No mistake, no mind of rebellion nor bad thought on God have not been demonstrated by this test.
Job disgraced Satan by his reaction. Satan expected that Job curse God, on the contrary, he rented it. Satan believed that Job venerated God by interest. He now knew it. God was happy to have won the bet.
2- Facing the second tragedy and reaction of Job (illness)
Satan is not satisfied and wants that Job is reached in his body of a painful skin illness that spreads of the feet to the head.
The illness of Job
1 - It is characterized by a rot of skin that blackens, shape of the suppurating crusts and gives awful itch ;
2 – It causes him loud of the heart (3:24) and of the suffocations (Job 7 :15 ; 17) increased by a régime that disgust him (Job 6 : 6-7) and by his breath become fetid Job 19-17.
3 – It gives him of the fever Job 30 : 27, of the insomnias Job 3 : 13 and of the nightmares (Job 7 : 13, 14) kept by pains perpetual especially nocturnal (Job 30:17)
4 – Make him considerably to get thinner (Job 16 : 8). In such an extremity, job moans (Job 3 : 24) ; cries very often and wish to die (Job 3 : 21). To it the fact is added to be repulsive by his next of kin.
He doesn’t inspire any consideration, and the young that pass spit him to the face (Job 30 : 10). He ends up losing the respect of him and spends his day sat in the ash. What pain !
Who can be felt until this point not to have the bitterness against God ? Job recognizes that his Redeemer is living. If it is we today, we are going to accuse all the church, all members, the wizards, of the enemies etc. To their time, they knew that there were beautiful strengths of darkness but they didn’t assign them anything
B- REACTION OF JOB’S WIFE
Participating and control of this distress, Job’s wife doesn’t support to see his husband, the prince of orient, the extremely rich suffering like this.
How much it is painful to attend impotent the misfortune of those that we love ! She becomes Satan’s instrument while advising Job to curse God. Job answers to him while making him understand that it expresses herself as someone that would not know God. Our words end up betraying us. And you, what do you say face of the tests of life ?
She doesn’t recognize God’s sovereignty on his creatures. When did she enjoy God’s kindness, was gratitude ? Job him, recognizes that goods and the pains come of God’s hand.
When she conceived such ideas, history forgot it. Does one ask the question to know if is she who gives birth to the ten another children of Job or was she dead and did Job marry another ? If it is her, she has must be brought back to the order and should have repented.
Our attitude facing the tests that God sends us determines our spiritual level. How someone that knows God can he abandons it because a brother or a sister would death ? Our immaturity makes that we miss God’s blessings.
C- REACTION OF JOB’S FRIENDS
Three men arrive to comfort their friend grief-stricken. They notice that their friend is reached indeed. He is hardly recognizable. It is as if they considered Job as nearly dead. They observe a mourning of seven days. What fright for a patient when it seems him that he is already considered for dead person !
All three friends concluded that the suffering of Job is due to the secret sins that it committed. They said that his sons died because of their sins and he had more luck if he repented.
They put the accent on their experiences of life, of the revelations that they had, etc.
For them, their theology is that the just must not suffer. It is the gospel of the prosperity ; a life absent of all pain.
They look strong like people of our time. When something arrives to a community, they are ready to give some interpretations. They tried to unite the elements of a game without having all pieces of it. Later, God their will say : "But you didn’t speak of me with straightforwardness, as my servant Job" made it job 42 : 8.
Their silence had been more edifying than their speech. God said : "my anger ignited against you Eliphaz and against your two friends. You are crazy" Job 42 : 7-9.
On that, I would like to invite all members of this church to make much attention to their attitudes facing God’s plan, in other words, you risk attracting God’s anger on you and on your family.
Who are you to criticize the plans and the ways of God ?
Do you know how God treats his Church ?
Why do you look at the death like a malediction ?
So God permits it in the life of a sister or a brother, he is the responsible.
What is God’s Speech about the death ? Psalm 89 : 49.
Is there a man who can live and not to see the death ?
Is there middle in this world where the death doesn’t hit pas ?
Presidents, emperors, kings, physicians, military, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, religious, white, blacks, yellow, red, etc. who the death doesn’t hit ?
Us that speak of the sky, it is we more that is afraid of the death.
Some patriarchies had lost their parents : SARA, RACHEL,
Life has been lent us. It is like a shade. It is as the dew of the morning. It is brief.
Learn us to count our days so that we apply our heart to wisdom said Moses Psalm 90 : 12.
We often forget these references. No one has the right to ask God for what he makes in his sovereignty.
This church has a good spiritual life :
1. After the two cults of Sundays, a team of intercessors gets settled since several years ;
2. Monday, the group of evangelism is to the breach ;
3. Tuesday, the women are here of 13 hours at 14 o’clock for the intercession
4. Wednesday of 13 at 14 o’clock, the cell composed of about hundred people holds to the breach ;
5. Thursday, the same cell is there from 13 to 14 o’clock
6. The same Friday to 19 hours, prayers and testimonies.
7. Saturday, the groups of prayers here and there. Of the vigils of Fridays, of the fasting and prayers collective and individual.
8. The one that left us had just finished 41 days of fasting and prayers.
9. Of Monday until Sunday, someone fasts and pray.
Attention to your speeches !
Attention to offence !
The Saint Mind is the pastor of this Church
Satan is not able to anything
The wizard doesn’t have his place here.
Jesus is victorious !
This Church is blessed. She/it will be blessed again more. We are not afraid of nothing. We are more that winner. God likes us ; it is why he feels us.
D- REACTION OF ELIHU
Elihu brings a very deep vision. God doesn’t call us before him like before a judge but as before the one that justifies on the basis of the grace. These are not our efforts or our merits that allow us to meet God.
Elihu proposes several new answers to the problem of the sufferance : He has an educational virtue. Job 33
Of by the nature, God is neither unjust nor questionable. God is present even when one doesn’t see it intervening.
He invokes God and hands itself of it to Him to be guided.
Monitoring is the first virtue in the approach of the one that surfers.
Starting up I would like to thank the pastor for the confidence that heplaced in me, To thank the committee of the church for his/her/its support this morning I would like to thank all the church that accepts me this morning also and sustain me a short time for this that we will pass together.
We are going to read Luke 16 together : 1-13
The title of the message is an imperative :
Return-account of your administration (Bible Louis Second)
Return I all accounts of my house (Bible Speech of life)
Return I counts the way of which you exercised your load (Bible current French)
Here is a surprising order, a troubling order, an order écœurant because our steward didn’t expect a report of so early. He/it certainly set in motion a scheduling with strategies and a management system that didn’t foresee this periodic report.
We will see the explanation of the proverb
In the text, it is question of a rich that confided the administration of his goods to an administrator, a financial administrator. The goal it is certainly to increase his/her/its incomes. But he/it has been surprised unpleasantly to learn that his/her/its employee wastes his goods. This information preoccupied it so that the rich committed to verify it and to take some decisions consequents : to break the contract with his/her/its employee. In the modern time, one could speak of an audit financier of which the rich already announces some provision. This audit could have nowadays for consequences, not only the layoff but also a confinement with a formal notice to pay for the wasted goods.
Return I all accounts of my house (Speech of life)
Lessons to keep
The first fundamental lesson to keep is that we are God’s administrators. He/it will ask for account of all goods that he/it confided, we must give some account one day. Maybe that it is about our family’s management, of our use, of the business of the church of which we have the load (deaconry, choir, musical group, intercession, the management of the departments etc).
Everything that God given us, we must manage it as if one confided them to us, as administrators who must give account. If this morning, Jesus descends in the church and demand to each to give him all accounts of goods confided, what would be the attitude of each.
During our reflection, I wondered if I could have a lot of references on the notion of account - returned. To this preoccupation, my surprise was big and satisfactory. Let’s see some references :
In the parabola of the talents (Matth 25:19) it is written : " Long time after, the master of these servants came back and made them return account » Heb9:27 " il is reserved to the men to die only one time after what wind the judgment"
In Rom 14 : 12 we read " Like this each of us will return account to God for himself "
In 2 Horn 5:10, it is written : "Because it is necessary for us to appear before Christ’s court, so that each receives according to the good or the pain that it will have made, being in his/her/its body
Here is the declaration of a confident and ready man to give a good account to God. I mention 2Cor5 : 8-9 "We trustworthy full sums and we like to leave this body better and to stay by the Lord. It is for it as that we endeavor to be the pleasant, or we stayed in this body, or we leave. »
The Christian must also recognize that they will not only give account of their acts but also of their words. We read it in Matthew 12:36-37 " I said you : on the day of the judgment, the men will give account of all vain words that they will have uttered. Because by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemn. »
This verse is part of the verses that frightens. Today, the Christian fate a lot of things of which he is not control and of which he doesn’t have the proof. Of the things that he/it imagines, of the prejudices without no foundation aiming to mess up and even to plunge his neighbor and his/her/its Christian brother. And of times he/it has the pleasure to make it. We must repent to be forgiven because the day of report comes.
What was the attitude of this bursar ?
He/it used the cleverness, of the providence and it is for it that he/it has been rented in the text. It is not therefore his/her/its disloyalty that has been rented. He/it planned to get used friend to the former customers so that after layoff he/it can get out business.
Why does one speak of riches unjust ?
The riches are called unjust because they have been used badly and pain possessed. The steward considered himself/itself like owner whereas he was only the property manager. These confided goods are not ours. They are others, not only to God, but to all those to that God wants to send them by our mediator. (In our service, does God wait that we helped our brothers and sisters for practicum, of the job offers but that we did make until this day ? Murdoch told Esther in Esther’s book admonishes it 4, the verses 13 and 14 : " Ne doesn’t imagine you that you will escape alone among all Jewish, because you are in the king’s house. Because if you are now quiet, the help and the delivery will emerge on the other hand for the Jewish, and you and your father’s house, you will perish. And that knows if it is not for one time as this one that you arrived to the kingship ? »)
What is ours ; these are real riches, of the imperishable riches that the death cannot remove us contrary to the unjust riches that are only lent for a short time.
1tim6:7, 17-19 ; 1Pierre1 :4 ; 2Pie1 :3-4
A spiritual lesson to remember : The steward planned and used the material things to insure a future. A lot of Christian makes use of ruses and double-dealing nowadays in the business to guarantee them a place in the society. Christ by this parabola doesn’t encourage his disciples to the dishonesty but rather to use the material things for spiritual earnings of the future. He took a bad example to teach a good lesson. As this unfaithful servant was prudent, fast to be a place in the future, God’s children must use prudence, of more than goodwill and of more than abnegation besides to inherit the things of kingdom.
We must use our goods in the goal to drive the souls to Christ or to build the church and the brothers and sisters in Christ, to make the happy. Is it that by our wealth, our brothers and sisters are happy and the pagans converted in Christ ? How much of Christian act carefully with the goods that God lent to them so that tomorrow they are secured well in the eternal kingdom of God ?
Another lesson : If the Christian uses its goods with fidelity, then one will confide him of bigger things. The real riches are the spiritual riches to which the disciples were going to have part. If the Christian is faithful in what God confided him here low, it is that they show evidence that they will be able to benefit and manage bigger things.
We must serve God with fidelity and fear of God while endowing us with the spiritual weapons mentioned in Ephesians 6 : 10-18. We don’t have anything to win with Satan but all to win with God, with Jesus. Satan is lying and the father of lie. He/it wants to come with us in the disobedience to be finally with him in hell whereas our places are prepared to the sky. Let’s not look anymore at these things that he/it makes shine around us but watch Christ and kingdom that he/it prepared for us. This kingdom, God is the constructor and the architect of it, this city that has strong foundation, that shines and in which doesn’t have of cries.
We must be clever and zealous in the management of everything that God confided us on the earth to assure us a better future in the sky. Thus, we will give a good account to God.
That God blessed us.
MATTHEW 6 : 33 "Seek first kingdom of God and the justice of God"
MARK 10 : 23-25. "Jesus, stingy around him, tells its disciples : That he will be difficult to those that have some riches to enter in God’s kingdom ! The disciples were astonished of what Jesus spoke thus. And, taking, he/it tells to them : My children, which he is difficult to those that confide in the riches to enter in God’s kingdom ! 25 he is easier to a camel to pass by the hole of a needle that to a rich to enter in God’s kingdom. 26 the disciples were even more astonished, and they told themselves the some to the other ; And who can be save ? »
Mark 1:15 "Repent you and believe in the Good News."
God’s kingdom, it is God’s reign today and beyond the death. It is the Paradise. God’s kingdom is a promise made by God to the humanity under some conditions. It is not therefore open to all humans. The God’s kingdom even named kingdom of heavens vehicle the idea of God’s arrival in the world to put forward his power, his glory and his rights against the domination of Satan and the present evolution of this world. It is an affirmation of the divine power in action. God starts his spiritual reign on the earth in his people’s heart and within (John 14 : 23 " If someone likes me, he will keep my speech, and my Father will like him ; we will come to him, and we will make our home in him".). He comes in this world with power (Mark 9 : 1 "I tell it to you in truth, some of those that are here won’t die, that they saw God’s kingdom coming with power." 1Corinthians 4 : 20 "For the kingdom of God doesn’t consist in words, but in power."). It is not about a material or political power but spiritual.
On present hour, God doesn’t have the intention not at all to purchase to reform the world through a social and political activism nor or by the violence (John 18 : 36 "Mons kingdom is not of this world, answered Jesus [to Pilate]. If my kingdom was of this world, my servants would have fought for me so that I was not delivered to the Jews ; but now my kingdom is not of this world.") It is only at the end of this age that God will reign by strength and will judge the men (Revelations 19 : 11-21 : Christ’s arrival).
Then, how does each of us have to take itself to have part in Kingdom of God ?
We are going to speak of God’s man through the Saints Writings to exhort us to make sure. Some people think that the salute cannot get lost, that being Christian evangelical, one is of office and immediately citizen of kingdom of the heaven.
Predestined and named to make to take the people of Israel of Egypt and to drive it on the promised earth, Moses was a man exceptional of that the eternal testified its fidelity, of his patience (Number 12 : 3). The children of Israel looked him for quarrel several times but every time, when God decides to make die them, it is Moses who implores it again to pacify his anger. Moses didn’t have the easy floor (Exodus 4 : 10). You have how much the stutterers get excited easily. And yet Moses was an exception. His relation with God was so deep and so pure that God spoke to him face-to-face. (Exodus 19 : 19 ; Number 12 : 6-8) : " They are not some so of my servant Moses. He is faithful in my entire house. I speak to him mouth to mouth, I am revealed to him without enigmas, and he/it sees a representation of the Eternal ")
Behavior compromising of Moses (Number 20 : 8-12) : "Take your rod, and convene the assembly, you and your brother Aaron. You will speak in their presence to the rock, and it will give its waters ; you will make come for them out of the water of the rock, and you will water the assembly and their livestock. 9 Moses took the verge that was in front of the eternal, as the eternal had ordered it to him. 10 Moses and Aaron convened the assembly in front of the rock. And Moses tells to them : Listen therefore, rebels ! Is this of this rock that we will make you come out of water ? 11 then Moses raised the hand and hit two times the rock with his rod. He came out of water in abundance. The assembly drank, and livestock also. 12 then the eternal tell Moses and Aaron : because you didn’t believe in me, to sanctify me to the eyes of the children of Israel, you won’t make enter this assembly in the country that I give to him.)
God ordered to Moses and Aaron to speak to the rock ; they have to however hit it like that had been the case to Horeb in Exodus 17 : 1-7. Moses didn’t have the authorization to make enter God’s people in Canaan because he had not followed the order of the Lord scrupulously. Moses was the driver of the people of God ; it was his that the eternal had given its law. His duty to obey Lord was especially big than his position was raised and his considerable influence (Jacob 3:1)
Moses had committed two sins :
He spoke in an impulsive manner as if the glory and God’s power resided in Aaron and him (Psalms 106 : 32-33 " They irritated the eternal at the waters of Meribah ; And Moses was punished because of them, 33 Because they soured his mind, And he expressed himself slightly by his lips."
He had acted in a precipitate way under the effect of the anger as hitting two times the rock instead of speaking him like God had recommended it to him. Moses lost the patience. [If we lose the qualities that God gives us to us receive the corresponding punishment. We must maintain and must fructify the talents that God gives us. ]
While speaking and while acting to the light, Moses showed that he didn’t trust God (v12) and he was rebel to his order (V24). To this instant, Moses lacked faith and obedience, two attitudes that we must have facing the speech revealed of God. Besides Moses didn’t treat Eternal like a holy God and worthy to be feared since he disobeyed his order. His walk toward the promised earth was stopped therefore. In the same way our walk toward God’s kingdom can stop if we don’t respect some conditions. [God has an objective that he always reaches. In spite of Moses’s behavior, water had left in abundance. It is not a proof that God approves what we make if he accomplishes a miracle or makes see his glory by us. It is why the Bible declares in Matthew 7 : 21-23 "The persons that tell to me : Lord, Lord, won’t enter all in kingdom of heaven, but that one only that makes my Father’s will that is in heaven. 22 several tell me in that day : Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy by your name ? Didn’t we hunt some demons by your name ? And didn’t we make a lot of miracles by your name ? 23 then I will overtly tell to them : I never knew you, withdraw yourselves from me, you that commit the iniquity." ]
We are servant of God, intercessor, chorister, evangelist, or simple member ; we must respect God’s speech while acting with faith and in the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
The fundamental condition therefore and necessary to enter in kingdom of God is : "Repent you and believe in the Good New" (Mark 1:15).
The one that lives according to "justice, peace, and joy, and by the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14 : 17) demonstrates clearly that his life is based on the precepts of God’s kingdom.
The contentment : a person’s state that doesn’t want anything besides, nothing better than what she has, soft disposition of the mind that allows the Christian to behave in a balanced manner like all sorts of conditions.
Since the apparition of the strange and extra doctrines biblical in the evangelical and Pentecostal universe, one saw to be born a category of Christian that doesn’t look at all like the model of the Christian of the primitive church that has been directed by Jesus’ apostles. This difference enlarges from day to day and I am afraid that Christ doesn’t reject us at the last moment.
The Christian of the present century after have been fed of these doctors ; throw himself to arm the body in a wild race to the pursuit of goods of this world to the point to forget the contentment that is an essential biblical doctrine for the spiritual maturity. The Christian fell in the lust of this world and took it like one end in itself.
These strange doctrines generated the Christian therefore unhappy, sad, and unsatisfied, that accuse God of them constantly not to have given such thing or such other. They are not happy with the state where God places them in his wisdom and sovereignty. It is why one sees them running to all wind of doctrine not in search of the spirituality but in search of the better to be, money, the cars and the houses. They are in search of a preacher who is going to improve their conditions of life. One tells often : he has a car since he joins such a group…
These people believe that the piety is a source of gain ; in other words, they believe that the faith in God is a means to become rich.
One would say that God is standing to the crossroads to distribute goods of this world to those that proclaim themselves Christian. The faith in God can procure us a lot of blessings, but the contentment is first necessary. It is necessary to be content with what God has yen put to our disposition for saying him : thank you Lord for what you gave to me. The recognition deserted the forum, deserted the church to let place to the ambitious and worldly requests.
It seems that they don’t see everything that God made in their life. A woman who is always sad and unhappy of her husband will end up leaving it if she sees better elsewhere. It is thus of the Christian unhappy when the Antichrist is going to sparkle him the riches. The Bible warn us about the riches of this world in these terms : "But those that want to become richer fall in the temptation, in the trap, and in a lot of insane and pernicious desires that plunge the men in the ruin and the perdition." (1Tim 6 : 9)
There was a couple who lived happy with his means of side. The woman taken of lust began a trade that made it spend the night out of the home. We have said him no ! One day the husband surprises his wife with a lover in another city where she had rented a room. It followed divorce then of it her death.
Everything that a Christian wants to make should be presented to God to search for his will. It is necessary to analyze and to see if one is in the house or if one passed by the worldly lust. The Bible said : but those that want to become richer fall in the temptation.
One tells the history of Al Haffed, a rich man who possessed a big farm. One evening, a visitor spoke him of mountain of diamond that one could find in other parts of the world. While thinking about all this wealth, he felt poor in comparison. Instead of cultivating the earth, he decided to sell it and to leave in search of these treasures of which he heard to speak.
He went over there and he didn’t find diamond, nor however, nor precious stones. Finally, without one coin and desperate, he committed suicide while throwing to sea. During this time, the one that had bought his farm noticed something brilliant in the small river that passed on his property. He plunged his hand in water and, to his big surprise ; he withdrew an enormous diamond of it. Later while working in his garden, he discovered several other precious stones of it. The poor Al Haffed had spent its time traveling in the faraway countries in search of the diamonds while there was some on the farm that he sold all these precious stones that his heart could have wanted.
We must make much attention to lust. Let’s satisfy ourselves of what the Lord places at our disposal, let’s manage it with fidelity and it will be able to confide us others. The consequences of lust are incalculable.
The Bible declares : "We didn’t bring anything on this earth and we cannot carry away anything non plus." The root of all misfortunes, it is the e love money. So much homes once happy are broken because of the love of the money !
There is a danger, a lying monster that devours those that want to become richer costs that costs. They fall in the fraud, the flight, the diversion of the public denier. They can meet easily in jail.
2Kings 5 : 20-27 tell us the history of Guéhazi, servant of Elisha the prophet. The one that should replace Elisha loses all this privilege because of the lust of goods of Naaman that his master had refused for reason of integrity and compromise. The consequences were not only very big on him but also on his progeny.
That it is the men or the women who are rich ; they will tell you that they had to face big temptations.
A lot of Christian that are rich live in the immorality, the fraud and the lie. Some rich women fall in the adultery with the customs-officers and other personalities secured. There are some things that, if you are not in a stall, you cannot make (certain trade). The polyandry, the polygamy, the cohabitation is practiced by those that want to become richer.
A second case is the one of Akan in Joshua 7 : 21.
He coveted an ingot of gold, a beautiful coat, of money. He perishes with his family and all his goods.
Jesus warns us saying : he would be difficult to a rich to enter in God’s kingdom that to a camel of pass by the hole of a needle (Mark 10 : 23-27). Jacques in his epistle denounces the attitude of the rich (Jacob 5 : 1) Several recommendations are given to the riches :
• Not to be proud
• Not to put their hope in the uncertain riches
• To make the good to the poor people.
Job is a beautiful example in this domain (Job 31).
The Paul apostle is also a beautiful example. He said in Philippians 4 : 12-13 : I learned to be happy in the state in which I am…
Another case, the most striking and most flagrant, it is the one of Judas that sold his master, his friend, the best man in the world, God’s Son, for love of money. See his end.
The contentment misses to a lot of Christian homes today. The contentment doesn’t want to say : to stay in the laziness, the carelessness without trying to improve his condition of life. No ! To be content that is to be thankful to God for what he already gave us while working toughly to have what we don’t have again in order to contribute to God’s work.
When is a woman happy with her husband, does it want that the husband gives him all riches of this world ?
To be content, it knows how to live in poverty and in wealth while giving glory to God.
I am born in this village 40 years ago. I adore my forebears’ gods. I must every time pacify bad minds that try to destroy my family. I lost several members of my family. I don’t have peace. I look for a remedy. Who will bring me the light one day ? I want happiness and peace. Oh, God ! Where are you ? How to see you ? How to talk to you ? Who created this big world, the earth, the sky, the sea, and the mountains ?
My village is dived in darkness. We are sick, we live in the fear to be killed by spirits ; we fear the sorcerers ; we don’t have any remedy. I cry. I am going to die soon without anyone shows us what happens after the death.
One day, someone told to me that there are people in city that speaks of God. It appears that they are good and help people. Where are they, these people who speak of this God ? Is it that they love us ? Who will show us this way ? The Doctor Oswald Smith whose name is reminiscent of evangelism, had a passion for the lost souls. To his time, he had noticed that the missionary vision had dimmed somewhat among God’s people. This is how he motivated the church to get back to the work and to fill the order given by the Lord Jesus appropriately. Smith asked this question that must keep our attention : "Why some would hear the gospel two times before all heard at least one time ?" He used the passage of Luke 9 : 12-17 where Jesus multiplied bread and fish to feed five thousand people. He made them sit by rows of fifty. He gave the order to his disciples to share them bread and fish. When did they give to the first row, did they continue to give to the same row before the other rows receive ? If they had made it, the other rows would certainly have protested and with reason while seeing the first row receiving a second time before they have only one ration.
The Pastor concludes while saying that he is some in the same way in the spiritual domain. Some endure the spiritual famine while others suffer from the spiritual obesity.
The Pastor Smith said : "I have summer personally in contact with these men of the last ranks and I saw these millions of starved souls of the life bread. Is this situation just ? Would not have to us not rather to drag those of the first ranks to share with their starved brothers, to give and to give themselves end that the last can be reached by the message of the salute ? »
Jesus will tell his disciples that tell him : people wait for you there ; there are a lot of him that listened you yesterday and that would like to hear you again in this city. He answers them : It is also necessary that I announce to the other cities the gospel, because it is for it that I have been sent. He thought at the cities, to the villages situated beyond ; he thought about the multitudes that had not heard his voice again only one time.
We recover at the Paul apostle the same ambition. He speaks of the regions beyond, of the even vacant faraway earths. He has a longing to be going to preach where no one had ever gone.
This Church of the T.U will be going to implant Churches where no one ever went. The border villages between Benin and Niger, the inhabited islands must hear the Good News. Go everywhere the world… cities, villages and hamlets must hear.
The field, it is the world
Why go far while all peoples near don’t have heard ? Don’t forget that it is the beacon whose light goes the farthest that illuminates the more its starting point. If the first American missionaries had to wait that all American hear before they arrive in Africa, Africa would be stayed in darkness until this day. David Livingstone left Scotland to come in Africa before all Scottish accepted the salute in Christ.
I want to make of this Church a Church where each member is evangelist, affluent of the power of Holy Spirit with a heart full of love for the lost souls. William Carey left England to go to the Indies.
Today, with the high technology, we can evangelize the villages easily. We enjoy some privileges that the past generations had not had.
Let’s go to the evangelization !
Let’s go in mission !
Let’s go announce the Good News !
Paul will tell Timothy : " Preach the Word, insist in all opportunity, favorable or no….. (2Timothy 4 : 2). Only Jesus gives the salute and satisfied the spiritual thirst.
That God bless you !
George F. Vicédome, after several years of biblical studies, gave this conclusion : " La Bible in his totality expresses only one intention of god : to save the humanity. It is for that he sent his Son Jesus to perish on the cross for the salute of the humanity."
Jesus, before returning to his father, let us a big mission : to Propagate the Good News in the whole world (Marc 16 : 15-18.) The Holy Spirit put to Paul part and Barnabas while sending them in mission (Acts 13 : 1-3.)
Evangelizing refers to the original phase of the Christian ministry. It is like that the authoritative proclamation of Christ’s gospel is revealed in the Bible in sure and intelligible terms, in a persuasive manner with for final goal to win some souls for Christ. It is a presentation (penetration, infiltration, confrontation) that is not only simple information but that requires a decision. It preach Christ’s gospel for a verdict. It is the total presentation of the gospel for the non-believer’s conversion in order to bring it to Christ ; it including the Christianization.
It is bound organically to evangelism and follows this last logically. It is indoctrination and the penetration cultural of the believer in the gospel and in the Christian ethics. It is the transformation of the one that believes in Jesus in Christ’s disciple. All his life must be permeable to the thought and to Christ’s principles in the goal to return it in conformity with Christ’s picture and to give him the quality of witness and servant faithful to the Lord. He must become a conscious disciple, committed towards the master and that gives all his life to Christ while accepting his lordship. In the clean sense of the term, it will be a process that lasts the whole life. Nowadays, it is clear that a true Christian civilization doesn’t exist nowhere in the world. Even the United States, where the elected swear on the Bible, lost Christian securities. This country has need again to be evangelized. He pushes a new generation that doesn’t know God. Our countries will become like Sodom and Gomorrah if the gospel there between not. Our world doesn’t have a future without Christianity. We are going to raise the children who are going to grow without the fear of God and our countries will be ungovernable. The western countries, that once sent us some missionaries to learn us to adore the true God, are today of the countries that turn back to the Christian ethics and shout high and strong the officialization of the marriage between people of the same sex (man and man ; woman and woman) ; of the relations against nature forbidden by God’s speech. It shows us that our world lacks the gospel that gives the true civilization cruelly. Only the powerful announcement of God’s speech will be able to stop these curses. Our cities and villages, our districts of city are flooded by porno movies that destroy the good habits and replace them by the galloping immorality. Our world is to the picture of Noah’s world where the sin reigned in master and God destroyed it. Let’s save the world ! Let’s save our country of the corruption ! Let’s go preach the Good’s News where it is not even known. The power has been given us by our Lord Jesus. (Matthew 28:17)
Jesus gives us his power to make his mission. We have the power on the enemy. Here is the testimony of the seventy (70) disciples sent by Jesus in Luc 10:17-20. Our salute is assured. Let’s go announce Good News of Jesus-Christ ! The evangelist must be convinced of two realities :
1. Christ is the only path that leads to God.
2. Christ is the only Savior who comes back soon.
Please click on the audio link below to hear in french this message of comfort delivered after the death of Rev. Pastor
Basile HOUNGBEDJI that occured yesterday (...)
Who made this declaration and to whom he address ?
What are the circumstances in which this declaration was done ?
What was the outcome of this declaration ?
How could she/it be applied to each of us today ?
We add in the year 488 before JC. A certain emperor named of Ahasuerus or Artaxerxes of the Persia kingdom reigns in absolute master on 127 Provinces since India until Ethiopia. The Diaspora’s Jews is sprinkled in the whole kingdom. Because of their king’s sins, they were taken captive in this country. They had the liberty however to attend to their tasks. They were not mistreated like in Egypt.
By God’s providence, an orphan that a considerable Jew raised the name of Hadassah or Esther in Persia became queen of king Ahasuerus that wants to say the wife chosen by this king. This girl had lost her parents very early and has been raised by her cousin Mordecai. He had raised it like his own girl instilling to him God’s knowledge. She didn’t know a man. One day, one heard that the king of the country had dismissed his wife and his kingdom was in search of the virgin girls to choose some for them a wife. The decision criteria were net : virgin, beautiful of face (Esther 2 : 2).
A certain favorite of king Ahasuerus of the name of Haman had succeeded in making sign by the king a macabre decree that stipulated that one destroys, that one kills, that one makes perish all Jews, young and old, small children and women, in only one day,… (Esther 3 : 13). There is the decree. The circular letters had already left in a hurry according to the king’s order.
For what reason had such a decision been tacked ?
It is because Mordecai that, being a Jew, refused to prostrate before Haman to his multiple passages in the royal court.
What ways did he use to convince the king and to make sign him this letter ?
1) Ways overlook Esther 3 :7
2) The lie Esther 3 : 8
3) Money, the corruption Esther 3 : 9
The stake of this genocide.
God’s plan for the salute of the humanity would have known another turn since the Savior had to come out of the Jewish people. There was Satan behind this hate. There are a lot of things that Satan prepares in the secret with his agents to slow down the influence of the gospel, to stop evangelism, to delay some realizations that God’s children starts. He stops it while creating a lack of money, of good will, or even the death of God’s man.
One also threw the" pure", a sort of thimble that Haman used to determine the most auspicious day, the month. This practice lasted during one year. Who can know what the agents of the devil make against us here. Benin is a country of occultism. The devil would not like that the evangelical Churches are constructed well to attract people to the salute. To your knowledge, how many Evangelical churches are constructed the big ways well very close to of which the accessibility is easy ? Count them and come to give me the number of it. Compare it with the other religions that don’t preach the salute, the new birth, the necessity to abandon the world and his/her/its lusts to enter in God’s kingdom. These religions have their places of accessible cults and made well. Doesn’t it tell you anything ? There are the satanic incantations that Satan’s agents make against us to stop us from making God’s work.
It is within sight of this decree that Mordecai challenged Esther to act expeditiously to save the situation. Esther made him understand the existence of a law carrying capital punishment against whoever man or woman who enter at the king in the interior court without have been called. He/it is liable of death if the king doesn’t stretch him the scepter of gold (Esther 4 : 11).
Reaction of Mordecai : It is to this point that he/it had what constitutes our topic of this morning taken. Esther 4 : 13-14. " Mordecai had Esther answered : doesn’t imagine you that you will escape alone among all Jews, because you are in the king’s house ; because, if you are now quiet, the help and the delivery will emerge on the other hand for the Jews, and you and your father’s house you will perish. And that knows if it is not for one time as this one that you arrived to the royalty ? »
The declaration is that : Esther, you are the only person more close to the king capable to act facing this danger. You are the only person indicated in the Jewish community capable to play a role savior. You are the only person prepared beforehand by God’s knowledge to intervene. You have the means, affinities, the intimate ties, and the social rank to approach you of the king. Maybe, who knows if it is not for one time as this one that you arrived to royalty ?
There is a question mark that challenges us this morning facing the construction of our temple that remains incomplete at the mercy of sarcasm, of the mockeries of the pagans that pass that way while seeing our cars upscale while we adore in a chapel dressed like an impostor. Finish this shame today. If you don’t react I am going to sell everything that I have to finish God’s house and to return at home in Natitingou in order to let to the generation future a finished chapel.
Who knows why god has you bless him ?
In this text the Elijah prophet is going to make three extraordinary things.
The first act : When he asked Ahab to take his chariot and to go back at home, he went up to the summit of the Carmel and he put his head between his knees.
The second act : He is going to run before the chariot of Ahab
The third act : He is going to ask his servant to return seven times. What spiritual teachings can we pull from his three acts ?
1- Elijah went up on the Carmel and bent against earth his face between his knees.
The face is the head and the head represents the reasoning, the thoughts that bring us sure well to the concerns, that bring us to look at the world and to cast worried eyes. The knees speak of the prayer, the prayer that seizes God’s promises, the prayer that seizes the grace of Lord, the prayer that allows us to watch skywards and to achieve that the one that called us prayed. To the one that called us to serve it nothing is impossible. The prayer allows us to look at Jesus who has said : All power has been given me in the heaven and on the earth. Elijah made an extraordinary thing therefore : he is going to wedge his head between his knees. He is going to bring his captive thoughts to Christ’s obedience. He is going to submit his thoughts to God in prayer. People of God, we have need to make it. We have need not to consider the world, not to look at the world and not to let us to absorb, to invade by the world, not to let us dive in the concerns and the worries by the world. We really have needed to put our head between our knees and to achieve that the Christian is victorious in the prayer and that the church triumphs in the prayer.
Some men in the Bible victorious by prayer :
The prayer is as a zoom that permits to see an object that is very far and that one has difficulty seeing with the physical eyes. The zoom on a twin permits to bring closer the object that one sees better and better and of which one appreciates all contours, all what is not once audible it becomes thanks to this zoom. The prayer allows us to enter in God’s world and to see all blessings that the Lord disposed for us. Do we took the twins of the prayer, of the efficient intercession, of the agony prayer, not a repeated prayer quickly, recited, but the prayer of the heart, the prayer of Gethsemane where Jesus is in such an agony that sweat falls on the ground as curds of blood. Did we experiment this prayer ? It is this prayer that the prophet addressed to his God. Appears a cloud then as the palm of a hand ; actually it is God’s glory. Then a big cloud that announces an extraordinary rain and the sky darkens. And he tells his servitor : go to tell Ahab that to begin to leave. One tells that in a region, there were a big drought and the Christians assembled in the church to pray and to ask for rain. And a child came to the prayer with an umbrella. To the questioning of the other, he said them : we came to pray and to ask for rain. After the prayer it will become overcast certainly with cloud and no one will be able to go back at if it doesn’t have an umbrella. The other started laughing because they didn’t understand. But at the end of the prayer, when they left the church rain got to fall because the Lord answered their prayer. This child was the only one to be able to go back at home without have been wet while the other have been soaked, wet until the bone.
The prayer is indeed efficient and we must believe that when we ask for something God, it is faithful and just to answer us and to grant us his grace.
Elisha is in the city of Dothan and surrounded by the armies of Syria. When Gehazi saw the armies of Syria by the window, he turns toward his master and said : we are lost. And Elisha spent the night in prayer, the head between his knees. Then Elisha saw God’s glory. Elisha didn’t see the same things with Gehazi : an army very strong with their chariots, the spears and swords to destroy his life and the one of Elisha but Elisha saw the celestial armies because he watched with God’s twins and he has said : Lord opens his eyes so that he sees. Let’s pray that God opens the eyes of all Beninese so that they see the future of their country Benin, what God will make in 5years, 10 years, 20 years. They will see the reign that you are preparing and the dark things that are going to come on those that don’t know God so that we can get ready with a courage coming of the Lord. The eyes of Gehazi are himself open and he saw the same thing with his master : the armies of Eternal, his chariots of fire, God’s glory, the angels a lot more armed than the army of Syria. Then his heart has been reassured.
It is not necessary to have concern because God holds all things under his control, he masters the situation, he is the Sovereign, the God of the armies. Let’s cast worried eyes then as those that don’t know God. But believe that when we put back our life between the hands of the Lord, he drives us step-by-step until he comes back to look for his Church. He will know to every instant how to provide to all our needs according to his wealth with glory in Christ. He will know how to bring us to achieve the experience of King David that will be able to say : the eternal is my shepherd I won’t lack anything. The eternal will drive us in green grazing, he will set a table in front of our adversaries, he will anoint oil our head and our cut will start overflowing.
The prophet Adija had served the Lord with faithful. He was an old man and had lost the view. One day the son of another prophet fell sick. He sent his wife toward the old prophet to ask him if the child will live or if he will die. But she must make up herself so that the old prophet doesn’t see it. Does one have to not to make up itself before a person who ever sees ? It is not normal. But as soon as she arrives to the door of the blind prophet, this last didn’t see her again nor sensible but will say her : enters Jeroboam lady ; why you make to yourself to pass for another ? I have very hard things, very difficult to announce you. It is a terrifying warning. When one disguises himself with the Lord and that one is not truthful with God, it is like that the Holy Spirit announces us some very hard things. Because God calls us to come to him in the transparence ; we don’t have to hide from him the things. All is naked and discovered before God, that we have to give account. One cannot play the comedy in the house of the eternal. One doesn’t have to pretend to be a good Christian and to hide ignoble, unpleasant and unacceptable things by the Lord. One cannot have a double personality : one in the church and the other in the world.
Akija had the weakened eyes but he had learned to put his head between his knees and God revealed him the hidden things. We need a real prophetic ministry. I don’t speak of the prophets who get settled in our cities with big posters and that attract the souls to take their goods. I don’t speak of the prophets who only announce the blessings and the prosperity, of the untrue things. But I speak of the prophets who really warn God’s people and that bring to become aware of the things in which we live. I speak of the prophets who are as the sons of Issakar that call the people to the repentance, to give up his bad way and to come really to offer itself/themselves to God. Paul said : Give yourselves to God, offer your body like a living sacrifice, what will be of your part a reasonable cult. When one learns to put his head between his knees one is endowed with the truth mind and one can proclaim Christ’s truth. One is not there to announce some lies and to bring people to delude itself and to appear before the Lord who said them : I never knew you, withdraw you from me you that commit the iniquity. But we want to present to God of people perfected in Jesus. It was there Paul’s ministry. He said : nevertheless our outside man destroys himself (has the Christian that think that the Christian must not be sicker but must be rich and succeed in all things in his life, it is not true. Akija was believer, he feared God and had prophetic visions on behalf of God and yet he had lost the view. And although having lost the view, he saw the sky).
Brothers and sisters, nevertheless we would have lost all here low, let’s continue to have the look fixed on Christ who is the chief and the consumer of our faith. May his name is blessed !
Whereas May our prayer is a zoom on the eternity, on God’s reign. That God reigns on this country, on his Church so that we can serve it and can give him the whole glory.
2- The second act : Elijah is going to run before the chariot of Ahab.
If he ran behind the chariot, he will have the pollution, the dust that is going to choke it. It is a spiritual picture. When we will run behind the world, we collect the whole dust of the world. The church is called to remain before the world, to influence the world, to print his steps on the path and to show to the world sees it that leads toward the eternity. She must have a vision of conquest of the world and must influence the world and not the opposite. In the 1ers century he reigned within the church the action of the mind. Within this Church :
• Paul told a man : you are going to become blind because you opposed God’s will.
• Pierre could tell Ananias and Saphira : why you are granted you to lie to the Holy Spirit.
This Church that walked by the revelation and by the mind of the Lord lost its unction. It walks behind the world and is polluted by the dust of the world. It adopted the thoughts, the feelings, the manner to believe of the world and lost its identity.
Church of Benin, people of God, Guard your identity. If you run behind the thought, the politics of this world while accommodating you to its mind, very quickly you would choke yourself under the effect of its dust, you would cough and you would lose your good cadence. But run before the world where air, oxygen is pure and where is God’s Spirit. Attached by God’s Spirit, Elijah ran before the chariot of Ahab. Did you see a man running more quickly than a motorcycle or a car ? It is well what happened because he was donned of God’s Spirit. And we can defeat the world as soon as we remain dependent of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately a lot of Christian let them influenced by the world, the tradition. It is happy to understand that if one is in the Christ one is a new creature and that one must not mingle the old things anymore with the new things. The church of the benign understood that when one is Christian, one gives all his/her/its life to Jesus and one lives in novelty of life. There is not a part between darkness and light. There is not any agreement between Christ and Satan.
Dear friends may the Bible be our only reference and Jesus’ teaching our support then the church of Benin will be living until the Lord comes to look for it. Therefore that nothing separates us of the love of God shown in Christ our Lord.
One remembers the history of Lot. He is a man who experiment God’s power and glory. And then one day at the time of the discussions between his shepherds and those of Abraham, they are called to separate. Lot watches and chooses the plain that is watered and verdant of the side of Sodom and Gomorrhe. Some time after, the dust of these cities all their pollution enters in its house. When the angel of the eternal will come to take it to put it in security, his/her/its wife is going to look backward because she would run behind the chariot. She regretted what she let behind her. The one that puts the hand in the plow and watch backward is not clean to God’s kingdom. Paul will say : I forget what is backward and I carry myself toward what is forward and I run to try to seize the price of God’s celestial vocation in Christ. The woman of Lot is attached behind the chariot of Sodom ; she kissed the reason of Sodom. She accepted and beloved goods of Sodom. She was Christian half and half in the world. And yet, she/it ate with the angel of the eternal. She prepared to eat to the pastors and the deacons, she exercised the hospitality is not sufficient to be saved. What the Lord looks at that is the heart, it is the truth that is at the bottom of us, it is our intimate communion with it. Did we give up the world really, or are we Christian to be able to win the world and to enrich us, for prospering ? Or are we Christian because we know that God answers the prayers and do we want to pray to win the things of this world ? What does he serve to a man to win the world if he loses his soul ? And there is the end of the woman of Lot : whereas she/it watched behind, she became a statue of salt and when one is going to put water there of it won’t have anything anymore.
I would like to say brothers and sisters that Sodom is not very far from us. We are in the world but we don’t add the world. We coast Sodom, we meet it and it is our turn to bring it to follow us and not the inverse.
When Abraham won the victory on the enemies of Lot and Sodom, and that the king of Sodom proposes him to take his part of the loot, Abraham has said : no, I won’t take anything of that that belongs to you, not even a thread, not even a cord of shoe. Let’s not take anything of that that belongs at the world. We have need to hold us in the prayer so that God tells us how to drive us, how to live in the holiness, in the church. Paul writes to Timothy : if I linger, it is necessary that you know how it is necessary to behave in God’s house that is the column and the support of the truth.
3- Elijah is going to ask his servant to seven rounds : returns.
I will tell the one that lost God’s presence, the communion with the Lord, who continues to sing, to dance, to laugh with the brothers and sisters, but that doesn’t have a personal communion anymore with the Lord, return in God’s presence, return in the sanctuary, in the high room.
Let’s remember the disciples of Emmaus. They only knew Jesus was revived and they forgot the exhortation of the master : remain in Jerusalem in the high room until the promise came true. They went all sad toward Emmaus and Jesus meets them. He explains them through the writings everything that concerns it. He is going to open their intelligence so that they understand the writings. And when he/it broke bread with them, their eyes are open and they recognized it and the Lord disappeared. And to the instant, they took everything that they had and returned to Jerusalem, to the high room and said to the other : the Lord is revived, we met it and we spoke to him. Didn’t our heart burn us inside when it explained us the writings in path ? Maybe the heart doesn’t burn anymore but it is sad. The burden is heavy ; one has badly because one has some worries. One has badly because the things don’t work as one would have liked it. One has badly because maybe one has been disappointed in the church. A young boy has badly because he likes a girl who didn’t accept his/her/its advances, or it is a girl who likes a boy who preferred another. Then one is sad and one lost the communion with the Lord. Return ! Return in the room up ! Stop looking at the men, what your eyes see. Let you so that God opens you the eyes so that you see what he reserves to you. Return in the room of the prayer so that the Lord restores your life.
Agar is this woman put in the heart of Abraham by his main Sarah who was sterile. She wanted to precipitate the promise, to help God in the achievement of the promise. And when this woman fell pregnant, she started with despising Sarah who put it outside. She left with anger and rancor, with bitterness. She didn’t forgive. She got lost in the desert, and meet the Lord. She doesn’t want forgiven, she is bitter. And when one is bitter one cannot have a communion with the Lord. Then the angel said him : what do you make there Agar ? Return toward your maid and humiliate you.
Jesus has said : if you come to present your offering and that you remember that your brother has something against you, let your offering and go make up first with your brother, return then toward your brother come back to present your offering.
Someone maybe to the bitterness or the spite in his heart and didn’t forgive. Someone that is bitter, that refuses to forgive and whose heart is heavy must return, take courage, to humiliate itself/themselves, and make up as the angel asked for it to Agar. Agar made it and since the instant she was a lot happier, happy to have forgiven. She recovered her joie de vivre, her blossoming, her happiness.
People of the Lord, return seven times.
Does Pierre ask Jesus : how many times I must to forgive to my brother ? Must I forgive until seven times ? Jesus would say him : I ask you to forgive seventy times seven, that means 490 times in one day. And Pierre said : Lord, you ask us for the impossible things. But what is impossible to the men is possible to God. It is God who can make it in our heart. It is God who gives us the new birth by the mind and bring us to live the life of the sky.
Brothers and sisters, let’s continue to walk before the Lord, to run before the world, to put our head between our knees, to return without stop toward the Lord and let’s say him what we have on our heart and his life can continue to appear fully in the middle of his people.
May his name be blessed ! Amen !
1st CULT : Pastor LEMA DIAMONIKA Boniface de RDC
Text : 1SAMUEL 4 : 1-8 ; 1SAMUEL 7 : 1-7.
Israel, although people of God, didn’t know how to hold before the Philistines, and yet it is a people that belongs to the eternal.
The reason of his defeat was the sin of Hophni and Phinées and of the people himself. Before this situation of the sin not confessed, God’s hand had withdrawn from his people.
Instead to make a soul searching and to find the reason, the old think that it is because of the ark that was absent that Israel knew the defeat. They went to recover the ark but God was not with the ark. As consequence : to the absence of the ark, Israel had lost 4000 men of troop, but with the presence of the ark in the middle of those, Israel loses 30000 people of troop. What contrast ?
Lesson for us today
God’s will is to see us winner on our enemies. But if we behave like Israel while hiding our sins, we will never win the victory on our enemies.
God had already granted the earth promised the Jews and the conquest was certain. And to illustrate it, Jericho had fallen without problem, but because of the sin of Israel Acan knew a defeat owing the small city of Aï.
Let’s make take all that what is hidden of impure in our heart and God will grant us his/her/its victory. When Acan said the truth and showed where was hidden the things vowed to the forbidden, Israel was cleared.
We come to the church but we don’t want to repent and to abandon the sins. We will never be blessed and we will only know the defeats owing our enemies. We form a race of the hypocrites coming to the church without abandoning the impurity, the flight, the lie, the deception (to deceive God), the masturbation, abortions. All it is considered before God as the forbidden. Are going as a long time that these things to stay us of it, we are going to turn the back always to our enemies.
1- Let’s examine our course with God and let’s recognize our sins and let’s confess them.
2- That our repentance is sincere.
3- Let’s see God’s men and let’s share them our hidden life.
4- Let’s tell God that we took the decision to abandon the pain.
1) God will grant us the victory.
2) We will take the over on our enemies.
3) God is going to restore us what has been robbed by the devil.
2nd CULT : Pastor ROLAND KAMWAKA de RDC
Theme : THE RACE OF THE INTERCESSORS !
Text : Mark 2 : 1-12 ; Ezekiel 22 : 30
God always looks for the intercessors. The true intercessors became rare. The intercessor is the one that is held between the needs of the man and God. It is a defender who comes to the help of the other. He/it wants the happiness of the other.
These four men are the race of the intercessors. They put in contact the paralytic with God for his recovery, his restoration. The intercession is never a loss, it is a gain.
1- Abraham prayed for his nephew Lot who was in the danger in Sodom and Gomorrah ; following his/her/its prayer, God delivered it.
2- Moses prayed for the children of Israel. He/it told God "If not erases my name in your book" Exodus 32 : 33.
3- Samuel prayed for the restoration of Saül. 1Samuel 15 : were not 35 " Samuels going to see Saül more until the day of his/her/its death, because Samuel cried on Saül because the eternal repented to have established Saül king of Israel " 1Samuel 16 : does 1 "Eternal tell Samuel : When you to cry on Saül will stop ? I rejected it so that he/it doesn’t reign anymore on Israel."
4- Job was of this race of the intercessors because it asked every day for his children. He is said of him that this is how Job had custom to act.
5- Paul apostle prayed for the Ephesians (Ephesians 1 : 16-18).
6- Epaphras prayed for the Colossians (4 : 12) " He doesn’t stop fighting for you in his prayers."
God looks for again today the men and the women of the race of the intercessors. That God gives to the church the men who have the hearts made of materials that can take fire when the neighbor suffers. In Luke 10 : 30-37, a man beaten by the brigands is let to half-dead.
A sacrificer (pastor) passed besides
A Levite (servant) passed also besides
A Samaritan rescued it
To the V.37 Jesus said him : Goes, and you, make in the same way.
The intercessors in the church don’t look for the stocks, work in slide, but it is the race that God is looking for today.
How to recognize someone that is the race of the intercessors ? They have four main features
1) God’s knowledge
These four men had the knowledge of God :
The new birth is the first step to know God.
Romans 5 : 5 « God’s love is spilled in our hearts by the Holy Spirit" Jean 3 : 3 " Sis a man is not born again, he cannot see God’s kingdom "
The experience with God (Mark 1 : 21-28)
In Capernaüm, Jesus had to hunt the demon that possessed the demonic while he taught in a synagogue.
V. 28 "His renown immediately spilled in all surrounding places of Galilee.
These people were thirsty to experiment Jesus.
There is not an intercessor without the new birth
There is not an intercessor without the experience with God.
These four men who carried the paralytic had compassion for their friend who was paralytic.
She/it pushes us to identify us to the other. The one that has compassion knows that the neighbor it is the other myself. The one that arrived to the neighbor can also happen to me to me. Compassion always produces two things :
• She/it is ready to make us feel like what the other smells, to identify to the other in his/her/its joy, in his/her/its happiness so God visits it.
• The real compassion always pushes us to the action. As soon as they learned that Jesus is in the house, they seized the opportunity to bring the paralytic to Jesus. Every time that Jesus operated the miracles, it is always preceded of this phrase : "Being" touched of compassion"
Compassion pushed the friends of Job to come to spend three days with it.
3) The faith
Mark 2 : 5 "Jesus seeing their faith, said : My child, your sins are forgive. »
The true faith has three elements :
• It dares, takes the risk ;
• It is unassailable ;
• It is ready to pay for the price, even the most elevated price.
The faith it is our style of life. The just will live by l has faith. Without the faith, one died. Jesus has said : Your sins are forgiven. For Jesus : to forgive some sins equals recovery of the paralysis. The one that forgives the sin is capable to heal the illness.
Psalms 103 "Witch that forgive all iniquities and that heals all sick" If he forgave your sins, he can heal you, to make travel you, to give you the marriage, the children, the promotion, etc.
4) The perseverance
Only the value that we give to the other can have us, to continue until the tip, until the restoration, persevered.
The Bible said : "Witch that will persevere until the end will be saved"
The intercessor doesn’t release so much that he didn’t see the answer again coming. The Bible said : " il is necessary to pray always and not slacken" Luke 18 : 1 ; Exodus 17 : 12 "Less hands of Moses being tired, they took a stone that they placed under him, and he sat down over. Aaron and Hur sustained its hands, one on one hand, the other of the other ; and his hands remained farms until the bedtime of the sun"
Keep me Lord Faithful to you.
Joshua followed Moses to drive the people in the promised earth. The tribes began to settle on the territories that fell to them in sharing. Caleb, a former colleague of Joshua, came by him. He reminds to Joshua God’s promises to his consideration. He/it recognizes that God made it live until today forty years of it ago. Now I aged today of eighty-five years, I am even vigorous as on the day where Moses sent to me. I have as much by force now that I had some then, for the fight as to leave or to come back.
Request of Caleb
"Give me therefore this mountain" is a request of faith. The region mountain is difficult to fight. The inhabitants of this mountainous region were giants with big walled cities. Everybody was afraid of this region. Most of us like to ask God to the simple things that our weak nature can make. Our faith in God doesn’t allow us to ask for big things God. But, God’s will to our place is to ask him to big things, the things that pass the human imagination, the things that the science cannot make. Joshua stopped the race of the sun and the moon during a fight where he wanted to wipe out his/her/its enemies united against Israel (Joshua 10-12-14). It was the coalition of five kings against the small Israel. God listens to a man’s voice and stop for about one day whole the course natural of the stars until the judgment of the people’s enemies is complete.
How much he would make it today for the salute of the souls, his people’s recovery, of the spiritual, material and financial blessings of his children that we add. Doesn’t the Bible say that he doesn’t refuse any good things to those that obey him ?
What incredulous generation like our ? This generation saw and enjoys kindness of the death and Christ’s resurrection. It is a generation to the profit of the fruits that emanates Jesus and his accomplished works on the earth. The recoveries, of the miracles accomplished by Jesus should cause the faith in us.
Give me this mountain, Caleb demand. Caleb conquered this region, transformed it while giving him a new name, Hebron. And he is said that the country was from then on calm, without war thanks to Caleb. It shows us that the mountainous regions threatened the country. This big heroes defeated by Caleb, the peace arrived in the country. The action of Caleb was very useful. In our countries there was non subject regions by the Christ, regions where live in the occult strengths that throw their influence on the whole country, on the peoples that there lives in. It is necessary that God’s children rise as Joshua, of the Caleb to destroy these diabolic strengths spiritually. In every country, there is a diabolic spiritual army well organized with sophisticated weapons that fight us every day. It is necessary that we resisted to him with a steady faith ; it is necessary that we destroyed it completely.
To make it, it is necessary to fight on the spiritual mountains.
Our celestial father is generous
He tells us that everything for that we ask in his son’s name he gives it to us. Until there, some never asked for something big to the Lord. He is content with small things that the man can make by his personal efforts.
God allows us to ask him for that of which we have needs : a wife, a spouse, a motorcycle, a car, a house, a parcel, of money, a very gainful work, a purse of survey, a very any. In the spiritual domain, the Holy Spirit, the spiritual grants (to the number of nine). We are the most favored on this earth but we don’t know it. We bring God to the bed head of our feet. We put it in a small cardboard sat in with a white beard. He is not able to anything anymore to make for us ; he is an old God, tired, weakened by the problems of the world. Hereceived a lot of requests ; he is not able to anything anymore to make for us. Our God never changed, and won’t change.
Elijah waited for big things of him. The ravens fed it, the widow fed it. Let’s wait for big things of the by God
I had year appointment in city with has high personality. I had fallen in has terrifying traffic jam. I told to myself, I will be late ; I am going to Miss this big appointment, when sudden we stopped by has blind. I read this : "God’s hour is the best." God had spoken me through this writing. God’s time is the best. I had arrived instead of appointment and receive this message : the appointment is postponed to year ulterior dates. I assures you that God’s time is the best. God had placed this appointment at has date and hour of his suitability. I didn’t regret it. God blessed this encounter and the fruits stay until now.
Jesus waits has marriage ceremony at Died. His mother is there. During this ceremony, wine missed ace the ceremonies lasted has whole week. His mother knowing who her his/her/its was cam saying him : they don’t haggard wine anymore ; you will want to make something. Jesus answer her" : My hour is not coming again." Being his/her/its God of, hey didn’t dare to rise to make has miracle without his/her/its father doesn’t allow it.
What is this hour of which he often speaks ? The hour of which he speaks is the one to which direct God the staleness supremely. God stays the creator of sky and earth. Hey knows the favorable moment to intervene and imposes his thought.
When God’s hour sounded, Jesus changed water in wine ; it was the best wine. God makes what is better.
In the Bible whole, it seems that God works according to his time, his hour. Hey doesn’t come before nor after. When his hour doesn’t sound, it doesn’t make anything. The Holy declared Scripture : When the times were accomplished, God smells like his His/her/its, born of has woman, born under the law… (Gallatin 4 : 4). What times was accomplished ?
I./ The world of this time.
1- The pagan world
Politically, it was unified under the principal in purchase Rome of. The general peace and the good roads encouraged the journeys. Of the same language, Greek was understood everywhere. Morally, the world had fallen very low. It appears that hey was conscious of his sin more that to other times. Religiously, the shapes were observed drank anyone had believing in the official divinities.
2- The Jewish world
Politically, hey was enslaved. Palestine had become has Novel province and has share of Jews were dispersed in the hand cities of makes worse where they had founded some synagogues. It is necessary to note also that the Diaspora’s Jews had kept year austere states of mind goal without impetus and coils, God’s and principals in purchase was drowned in the human traditions. The religion of Israel exercised year attraction one the pagans.
Only one spoken language, Greek,
The roads well drawn
To world conscious of its sin more that to other times
To world unified under the crook of the Novel Gets worse.
The peace that reigned
The Good News could circulate quickly.
When God promised custom something, it is necessary to wait heart his hour heart the achievement. God called Abraham when hey was 75 years old (Genesis 12). Several promised heart him had been done :
I will make you has big nation
I will bless you
I will make your name big
You will be has source of blessings
I will bless those that will bless you
I will curse those that curse you
All families of the earth will be blessed in you
Your reward will be very big (Genesis 15 :1)
To son’s promised is made to him (Genesis 15 : 4)
Abraham seeing his advanced ages chooses his heir, Eliézer Damascus of, the manager of his goods.
All these promised cam true, goal Abraham had to wait has share. So many mistakes committed by Abraham and Sara not to haggard waited heart God’s hour haggard to have a son. I don’t blame them because ifI was at their places I would haggard committed the same mistakes otherwise more.
Isaac was born when Abraham had 100 years Sara and 90 years. Hey is said that Sara became pregnant in his old ages to the fixed time of God which had spoken to him. Twenty-five years waiting, it is has share. Why God didn’t given his him quickly ? Only God is in guard the secret.
Have God had promised it, Abraham exhaled after has happy aged old, aged and pudgy of days, and hey was collected by his people.
That he remembers you that after Sara’s death, he had taken has woman Ketura named ; she crams birth him six boys. With Isaac Ishmael and, that makes him eight sounds that buried it. He died aged of 175 years.
God is faithful promised in his/her/its. Today theses are Abraham’s children who possess the petrodollar. They are counted to the number of the most powerful nations of the earth (Israel).
II./ Joseph and his prophetic dreams (Genesis 37 : 5-10).
Joseph had his dreams at the age of 17 years that foretold that hey would become has leader. It was not overnight that he became has leader. God permitted tests in his/her/its life that led it toward has direction that seemed to be the opposite of his/her/its dreams. Years flowed out and to the moment marked God by, that means God’s hour sounded when Joseph was 30 bygone years old. Pharaoh said him " : Look, I give you the principal in purchase of the whole country Egypt of... " (Genesis 41 : 41-46).
When God’s hour sounds, no one can stop the staleness more from occurring.
God’s hour is the best.
To share of people haggard some needs drank God would only accomplish them in his time.
Let’s learn to wait heart God’s time heart all thing in our life. He declares that he planned good projects heart our life. Let’s remain faithful while waiting heart his hour.
The Bible says that God chose Moses and said to him that it is by him that he had to bring his people out of Egypt on the promised earth. And thereafter God tells Moses, it is not anymore you that will bring my people on the promised earth, but I chose Joshua. It is by him that I am going to bring my people to Canaan. God tells Joshua : Raise you and watch Jericho. I give Jericho to you. It is whereas Joshua was going to look at the city of Jericho. "And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand : and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Are you for us, or for our adversaries ?" Joshua 5 : 13. He saw a man who was held before him, between him and the city of Jericho that God had given to him. It is a man who can stop it from taking Jericho. Joshua tells him certainly : if you are a man who is going to stop from taking Jericho, know that I am also a man and Jericho is mine. The Eternal already gave it to me and if you think that you are going to stop me from entering there, I tell you to free the passage. We are in a period where God needs the men, where it is necessary to be a man to win. God wants some men to use his power to astound the whole world, so that the enemy’s doors moves back, so that God’s light shines and illuminate all over the world.
When one speaks about a man, it is not the physical of the person but it is the heart, it is courage, the determination that is to be valiant. And God can pass by you to reach his objectives. The Bible said us that there was a man named Goliath who rises every morning to throw a challenge to God’s people. He said them : "I throw in this day a challenge to the army of Israel ! Give me a man". Is a man in Israel, someone that has the heart and that is determined to face me in order to remove the shame of Israel ? During thirty-nine days, any man could not find able to face Goliath. The fortieth day, a young man, David, was going to see his brothers. And there, he heard Goliath insult God’s people. David asked himself : « Who is this heathen ? Why do you let him insult the Lord ? Me David I am there and Goliath will know today that there is a man among the people of God." I ask this morning that God makes you a man, a determined, powerful man, having God’s heart, the authority of God and the power of the Eternal so that by your passage the works of darkness trembles, Satan sees that his camp is threatened, the enemy can know : if I touch to this man, I will be hot. Because if you say : "Father", fire comes down from the heaven.
This man had a sword in his hand, but Joshua was not afraid of it. He asks him a question : "Are you of us or of ours enemies ?" Joshua 5 : 13. In the same way, there are people who coast you, walk with you but in their heart they are not with you. They want to destroy you, to harm you, to kill you. Did Joshua ask this man : are you there to help me to fight or to help my enemies to destroy me ? Some come to the church but are not with us. I pray that the Holy Spirit puts them aside. Several among us meet some problems because they didn’t know that some that tell themselves their friends, who eat with them, are not with them. Some were sick because they have been trapped by their colleagues, by their brothers or by their friends.
Joshua asked a question to this man to mean : if you are with me you will have the safe life, but if you are not with me I will invoke God’s fire on you.
Often for lack of authority as child of God, we are afraid of our adversaries.
For lack of God’s presence, when one speaks of the enemy, we tremble.
For lack of the presence of the Holy Spirit, when one says that someone is Satan’s agent, we don’t want any more to greet him, we don’t want to pass more before his door because God’s presence, the authority of God and the power of the Holy Spirit don’t live in us. If God’s unction, his power, his authority and his presence are there, whatever is your adversaries, those that fight against your life, that took the engagement to destroy your family, your use, your ministry, whatever is their number or their power, the Bible declares that "You are more victorious." May the Lord grant you the victory this morning in Jesus’ Name !
The Bible says that we have a God who achieves the impossible. But when we look at what happens around us, we have the impression that the miracles not exist really. What misses us, it is God’s authority, his power and his presence in our life. When the enemy rises, God is more power than him. Don’t be afraid of those that threaten you to frighten you because God defeated Satan, death and demons. And when you call Jesus’ name, all powers are subjugated because Jesus’ Name is more power than all other name. Whatever is the fate that one throws to you, or those that prowl around you and curse you, Lord told to you that you will have the blessings.
Are you there this morning to sustain God’s man and to support him in the mission that God confided to him or are you there to impede the progress, to destroy his ministry ? I am going to invoke God’s presence this morning on all satanic work, on all mean minds that fights against God’s house and against his people so that now, God can put aside those that is his, so that light sprang.
The man answered Joshua : "I am the chief of the army of Eternal, I come now." The Lord saw your difficulties, your suffering, and he sends before you his angel to walk in front of you, to drive you, to guide you, to rescue you, to protect you, to protect your life, your family, your work, etc.
I am the chief of the army of Eternal, I now arrive, with the authority, the power because there is Jericho to take in possession, but you only, you are not able to. What is your Jericho this morning ? What do you try to have in your work, in your study ? You try but you don’t arrive. Look in front of you : the angel of Eternal is there with the sword in is hand. From now, they will look for you but they won’t see you anymore but they will see the angel of Eternal who is going to fight for you so that the glory comes back to Eternal.
The angel tells Joshua : "Take your shoes of your feet, because the place on which you are held is holy. And Joshua made it." Sometimes, the miracle is there, your fulfillment is ready ; and it is sufficient to tell God : I am ready to obey you, I open you my heart. How can God operate miracle in your life if your life is in disagreement with him ? How can God drive you in green grazing if your life, your behavior and your character are in disagreement with the speech of God ? Joshua has obeyed, and the consequence : they took Jericho.
"Are you for us or for our enemies ? "Don’t you fight against the progress of God’s work in this Church ? Don’t you contribute to bring a spiritual mess in the house of God ? Do you come here of all your heart ? Are you for us ?
Do you belong to Lord ? Are you really there because you are thirsty of God or you are with those that we fight ?
When the enemy is outside, the fight is easier, but when it is inside that is complicated more.
Brothers and sisters,
God recommends you this morning to be a man with determination as David so that at all times God can use you to make his ministry. Are you with God or with the adversaries ?
All those that are tired, dejected, disorientate, God stretches his sword to drive you.
It is necessary that we can obey the voice of the Lord. The obedience brings grace, blessing of Lord, attachment to God and to his grace.
God in his grace made you something. Whatever are your projects, your ambitions, what you have in your heart, the angel of Eternal is going to accompany and you will know progress in Jesus’ name.
When God comes with you, you don’t have a fear. What God says, he will make it. That God’s hand sustains you in the fights that rise against you.
May the grace of the Lord come with you !
Toward the end of his terrestrial ministry, Jesus noticed sadness and despair on the face of his disciples. He spoke them with open heart, showing to them that the hope was not loosed ; but on the contrary, it went to the heaven to prepare them eternals homes in his Father’s house. What joy to know that God possesses a house that has several compartments ! Jesus calls it my father’s house. How must be this house of the great creator God of the heaven and the earth ?
WHAT IS A HOUSE ?
A house according to the dictionary is a domicile, a home, a building of dwelling, lodging, or a residence. It is also at home where one takes a rest. Every normal person wants to have a home, a house where he lives in with his family.
SOME EXAMPLES OF HOUSES OF THE RICH OF THIS WORLD
While leading the research on the word “house”, I wanted to know how the houses of the richest men to the world are. According to the magazine American Forbes who counts every year the multimillionaires of the planet, the world counts in 2012 now 1140 multimillionaires. Carlos Slim Helù, a Mexican of Lebanese origin is the first rich of the world with $69 milliard of dollars, either 36 thousand billions of CFA francs, comes in second position the American Bill Gates with $61 milliards equivalent of 32 thousand billions in CFA ; comes in third position another American Warren Buffet $44 billion equivalent of 23 thousand billions of CFA francs.
There are also some stars who accumulated of money. We can mention the Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o, the footballer paid best of the planet. He is at present in Russia in Moscow in a residence that costs 80 thousand euros equivalent of 52 million CFA each month as rent for that the boss of his club pays. His salary is 20 million of euros each season, equivalent of 13 billion of CFA franc. He made this declaration : "I don’t live in the place of my dream", whereas this residence is situated on 1000m², it has its private elevator, a Jacuzzi, a Turkish baths, a swimming pool in the middle of the lounge, a regular cook, fifteen pieces, 5 rooms of which a reserved for his cook, and the guard of body permanently with him, at present he lives only because his family is again in France, the owner of the club put a throw deprived to his disposition capable to take 8 persons. He possesses 17 cars of luxuries, a house in Milan in France value 17millions of euros, in CFA 11.0500.000.000.
All these rich persons of the world built themselves castles, scrapers - sky, villas to billions of dollars. Let’s go to the discovery of some such as :
- BILL GATES : The boss of the Microsoft Word Corporation, his house is situated on 6600m2. It is filled of modern technology. When you enter there one places you a flea that contains your preference of temperature and music.
- Aaron Spelling : His house has 123 pieces to a value of 48.000.000 of dollars what makes in CFA 20.400 000.000, if the dollar is 425. He has a piece solely for packing of gifts, another for the dolls of his daughter and others for the pleasures.
- Fifty hundred, the rapper : he bought the house of the boxer Tyson to 4.000.000 dollars equivalent 1.700.000.000 in CFA. This house has 7 kitchens ; a night club capable to contain 1000 persons.
- Larry Ellison the boss of the software oracle constructed his house on 2hectares during ten years. He created an artificial lake around the house that was worth him 100.000.000 of dollars = 42 500.000.000 of FCFA about.
- John Travolta : his Residence situated on 1600m2 had two garages for his two private planes, one Boeing 707, better plane that the American state so rich doesn’t even possess. He goes to the service with his plane-private and possesses his own crew. He doesn’t want to be in the plugs, of the traffic jams that often arrive with cars.
- Michael Jordan : he lives in a house of 30 000 000 dollars that has a big swimming pool. This house possesses a spellbound security that opens up with the print of his finger. His value in CFA is 12.750.000.000.
- Jelo : She lives in a house made of bronze and possesses a lot of other pretty homes again.
Another possesses his private island of 25hectares where he constructed his house of a very big value. He receives his visitors by boat.
The dearest house costs 128.000 000 of dollars = 54.400.000.000 in CFA.
They have more than what a man can wish to have on this earth, to estimate himself happy. Let me tell you that all these people are not happy in these luxurious homes.
After having my investigations, I find that in these houses all is not pink. There are some tears, sadness, suicide, multiple divorces, worries, and fear, fear of the future, and horrible sins as homosexuality and the child molestation. Yes ! There are many divorces, the sadness, the misunderstandings, the death, the illnesses, the solitude, the insomnia, the old age, and all misfortunes and their derivatives. The one whose house has 7 kitchens, said the day of the interview, "with all it I look for a person fascinated to live with me in this vast home." Could you believe that this so beautiful house provided with 7 kitchens doesn’t have a person to make the cooking ? What sadness when one has all it without Jesus.
In spite of their immense fortunes they are not saved of the illnesses, of the death because some are widowed, others suffer cancers of the prostate, of diabetes, from tension and travel with their doctors. Some divorced themselves several times, the women leave these pretty homes while cracking the doors with oaths for never to put feet there. Yes, my brothers and sisters, you who listen me, I tell you that there are some tears in these pretty homes, the sadness, the fear of the ageing and the death, of the permanent worries of that could happen to them. To another person one told that she is sifted of debts ; to the other one said that she should have stopped some of her activities by fear to have one heart attack.
The Bible does say : "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ?" Mark 8 : 36. Everything that one can have here below like homes is only the ephemeral things that never manage to secure his owner.
Now speak of the house of our father celestial :
Jesus certifies us that his father possesses a house. The Holy Writings show us that this house has several appellations : the paradise, the heaven, a city, the New Jerusalem that comes down from the heaven (Revelations 22). Such a place is prepared by God to satisfy to the demand of the justice. The sufferings of just on the earth and the prosperity of the impious require a repair of the things that justice is made so that those that accepted Jesus as Savior is rewarded in the world to come. Example : the history of the rich and the poor Lazar.
The best human language is incapable to depict the realities of happiness that wait for the elected. The Bible says that God is the only Architect and the constructor of his house according to Hebrews 11:10. In this city, there is not of night. He won’t enter anything soiled in this house (Revelations 2 : 27). Will be absent in this city, the misfortunes that hit our world : the illnesses, the death, the wars, the earthquakes, all disasters that make unhappy our world won’t exist anymore. In front of this reality, and of this happiness that waits for the Christian, we have the feeling expressed by philosopher Socrates when he said : "I only know a thing ; it is that I don’t know anything." An ant who can only browse some centimeters out of its hole can it understand when one will tell to it that man browses some kilometers, and that he possesses the planes that overfly the oceans, the deserts and the continents in some times ? God’s house will be a place of delights because the Bible declares that there are the things that the eyes didn’t see, that the ear didn’t hear, and that didn’t go up to the man’s heart, the things that God prepared for those who like him (1Corinthiens 2 : 9). Paradise cannot be described with the human language. Speaking of it, Paul said : " I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell ; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell : God known ;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell : God known ;). How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter." (2Corinthiens 12 : 2-4). The happiness that existed during the reign of one thousand years pursues us to the heaven.
The city is magnificent and precious beyond everything that one can imagine. It is filled of gold and stones precious (Apocalypse 21:18 – 21).
But the central picture is the one light, the burst, the glory that emanates some because of God’s presence in the middle of the city. The place itself is made of pure and transparent gold as the glass.
The house of our celestial father is a magnificent house where there is the peace, joy, happiness, the total satisfaction, the eternal life, the worship, the angelic music, the love, God’s presence himself, the streets paved of pure gold, the permanent light, God’s glory, etc. What happens in the luxurious homes of the rich of this world won’t be in our homes. There won’t be anything to disturb us. We will be there for the eternity.
HOW TO ENTER IN THIS KINGDOM ?
Here below, one must accept Jesus as his personal Savior.
One must repent of all his sins, and to walk every day in the sanctification,
It is necessary to keep his commands also while producing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
It is necessary to move away of the work of the flesh.
Money doesn’t have its value anymore in this place.
To understand the sense of such a question, it is necessary to consider some elements :
1) In the time of Jesus, Palestine lived under the Roman occupation.
The Jews being deprived of their national sovereignty aspired to regain their independence as a matter of course.
2) The Savior, by his teaching and his miracles, had affirmed his authority, his disciples had entertained the hope that in Messiah’s quality, Jesus would succeed sooner or later in hunting Romans of the holy earth, and would be invested as the sovereign of Jews.
Probably they had tried a first disillusion when after the miracle of the multiplication of breads, their master Jesus had moved away of the enthusiastic crowd knowing that they was decided to make him king (John 6 : 15).
But they could believe that to Christ’s conception, the favorable moment was not maybe come again.
3) When Jesus had sent his disciples to evangelize their compatriots, he had given them this order : "Go, preach, and so-called : The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 10 : 7.
In their comprehension, it meant the announcement of the imminent institution of Christ’s kingdom in Israel.
4) The day when the Lord made his triumphal entry in Jerusalem, "Those who preceded him and those that followed Jesus shouted : Hosanna ! Bless either the one that comes in the name of the Lord ! Either the reign that comes, David’s reign, our father !" Mark 11 : 9-10.
Gained by the general exaltation, the apostles believed whereas the hour was near where the Lord was going to re-establish David’s kingdom, their prestigious ancestor.
5) More, during his ministry, Christ had declared to his apostles : " Verily I say to you, that you which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." (Matthew 19 : 28).
At which time this big renewal had been realize ? Jesus had not given any indication to this topic.
Translated before Pumice Pilate, Jesus limited himself to say : "My kingdom is not in this world." (John 18 : 36).
6) In any case, the twelve last to undergo a second and cruel setback when, instead of contemplating their master sat on the throne of Israel, they turn it elevated on a cross, condemned to death like an outcast. Then, all their hopes of a restoration of messianic kingdom vanished brutally.
Also, two days after the crucifixion, disabused, they gave voice to their bitterness feelings : "We hoped that he would be he that would deliver Israel ;" Luke 24 : 21.
But when they were certain that Christ was revived, this vivid victory on his enemies made reemerge quicker than ever, the hope to attend the establishment of his reign finally on Israel. From where their question : "Lord, will you at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel ?"
Concerning Jesus, he fed other ambitions. He wanted before all to establish his throne in the heart of the believers, to some nation and to some race that they belong. It is why, far from encouraging the apostles in their nationalistic aspirations, he seizes the opportunity to widen their horizon until the measurements of the whole humanity : "You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in the whole Judea, in the Samaria, and until the extremities of the earth." (Acts 1 : 8)
May God bless you and gives you to conform your ambitions to witch is his own.
We are in one hard period ; the famine raged in Israel and touched the borderlands. Elijah has been fed by ravens close to the torrent of Cherith that is in front of the Jordan ; the Bible teaches us that the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening and he drank of the brook.
But it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land, the drought continued to rage. God sends his servant to Sarepta that belongs to Sidon, country in Canaan worshippers of idols. God said him : I ordered to a widowed woman there to feed you.
Through the Bible, we see that God has his way to act that is always contrary to reason ; he doesn’t follow scientific ideas, it is always a mad, irrational, inhuman manner that escapes the man’s control.
Yesterday, it was the ravens, impure birds ; today, it is a widow, a needy person, a social case who is going to answer his servant’s food needs. What powerful God we serve ! That his ways are unfathomable !
This manner to act of God had to create the faith in us so that we are capable to trust in him. It is this confidence that the prophet Elijah had and he didn’t ask any questions to God for what concerns his survival.
Elijah arrives to Sarepta ; he watches on the left, on the right, in search of this hospitable silhouette. Here, he sees when he enters in Sarepta city a widowed woman who collected wood for the last time. Elijah asks her to drink and then to eat.
The poor widow is going to describe him her last thought, a conclusion of her life and the one of her son like these : I row two wood pieces then I will go back and I will prepare it for me and for my son ; we will eat, after what we will die. It is the last meal after what the death will come to finish us.
Elijah said him : don’t fear. First, give me to eat. While acting thus, she gives the first place to God. By her obedience, she will learn that those who give to God the first place in their life never lack the necessary. We must learn this lesson : TO GOD THE FIRST PLACE. Jesus will make the praise of this widow’s faith when he reproached the population of Nazareth for their incredulity. He said : there were a lot of widow in Israel at the time of Elijah. But Elijah has not been sent to anyone among them (Luke 4 : 26).
He wanted to say them : You are from the house, but if you reject my words, I am going to bless the pagans.
When the widow made what God’s man asked for her, a prophecy was pronounced on her : Eternal so speaks, the God of Israel, the flour that is in the pot won’t miss and the oil that is in the crock won’t decrease until the day where Eternal will make fall rain on the face of soil (1KINGS 17 : 14).
What beautiful prophecy for this widow ! She already made a negative conclusion of her destiny, it is the death ! But now it is life, it is abundance.
You who listen to me today, you made a conclusion for your life, your destiny. Your conclusion is relative to all tests that you had cross : finally I will be alone for all my life, I won’t have a child, a husband, money, a house, health, emergency or purse of survey, I will die in misery, in my poverty, all things became expensive, the economic crisis nailed me, I won’t be able to advance anymore, my business will stop, etc. These negative findings that you made on your life are stumbled today by God’s prophecy. Eternal speaks : you have a lot of blessings again. God saw your distress ; he wants to put an end to this negative conclusion. Jesus came to give you, life and life in abundance.
If you give the first place to God at the moment, if you give God’s part, God also decide to change your conclusion today. The poor widow became rich, crossed the period of famine with joy. She could sell flour and oil to have money in order to buy condiments, or clothes. When the test came in her life, God intervened so that she has faith in him.
We will have liked to know the continuation of this widow’s life.
The lesson that can be taken out of this widow’s life is edifying. The widows must know that God considers them. God asks them to give him what they have and he will make some more for their life. They don’t owe say : We don’t have anything still the tears to eyes. God has a plan for them. Anybody doesn’t receive anything of God when he doesn’t give to God what he asks us. They must exercise the hospitality, to deliver themselves to the works in Church.
That no one be discouraged. We have a God who is sufficient to provide to our needs.
Abraham and his conclusion (Genesis 15)
I leave childless. I already chose my heir ; it is Eliezer of Damascus my servant who is born in my house.
God immediately answers him in verses 4-5. "And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying : He shall not be your heir ; but he that shall come forth out of your own bowels shall be your heir. 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them : and he said unto him : So shall your posterity be. »
God wants to change your conclusion this morning.
Remember that you serve an Almighty God to that nothing is impossible ; you will kiss a son and you will give him a marvelous name.
Job had a conclusion for his life. Job 17 : 1 ; 11-16 "My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, and the graves are ready for me." 11-16 "My days are past ; my purposes are broken off, even the thoughts of my heart."
They change the night into day : the light is short because of darkness. If I wait, the grave is mine house : I have made my bed in the darkness. I have said to corruption, Thou art my father : to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister. And where is now my hope ? As for my hope, who shall see it ? They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when our rest together is in the dust. »
What tests in the life of this just man ! Remember this girl’s declaration to the teaching of the school of Sunday : "Les histories of God always good end." God finished the history of Job well. If you want to see God changing your negative conclusion, place of him your confidence. Give him the first place in your life and you will see his glory.
Conclusion : Psalms 37 : 5-6 "Commit your way unto the LORD ; trust also in him ; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday. »
I would like that you know that God didn’t finish working in your life. You have a lot of blessings.
Today’s topic is in affirmative shape without any doubt. It is neither conditional nor subjunctive, it is a certain declaration that is located in the future and will have its achievement. Consider this topic like a prophetic declaration for your life.
People will change language about you the days or the years that are coming. Since your conversion, you go through some tests where the head winds, some hurricanes disorientate your existence, you are criticized, your friends, your family have a language of contempt towards you, but in a few time, they will change language about you.
Paul did a maritime journey most dangerous of his life or even perilous. The narrator describes us the situation in this term : "The sun and the stars didn’t appear during several days, and the storm was so strong that we finally lost all hope to be save." They had not eaten for a long time. No one among us here would not like to live such situation. Yet it is what Paul apostle lived. He went to Rome to appear at the court in front of Emperor Caesar. In this perilous journey, an Angel appears to him and assures him life in these terms : V.24. Paul rose and assured the crew that it will be like God said to him. V.25
By God’s grace all the crew was saved. Paul could say : I am saved, I will go to Rome without problem. People of Malta lit a big fire to warm the shipwrecked victims. Paul collected a heap of bushwoods and put it to fire, a viper left from it and bit his hand.
PAUL IS BITTEN BY A VENOMOUS SNAKE
There is a new test for him. What to do when the tests follow each other in the life of the Chretien ? God doesn’t permit anything given away.
This test gave an opportunity to the barbarians to slander of Paul. They concluded that Paul was probably a murderer because even as having escaped to the wreck of the ship, the justice didn’t want to let him live. In their language it meant that the gods had found another manner to make die Paul. The rumors had already circulated on Paul to speak of the bad side without saying what this man made to the shipwrecked victims. In the life of Christian some circumstances arrive and let pagans to say that they want.
INTERVENTION OF GOD
God who had saved Paul in sea is again there to save him on the earth of this snakebite. Paul didn’t feel any pain. According to them, they waited and told that Paul is going to fall suddenly dead in a little time. They waited during a long time and Paul was always living.
CHANGE OF LANGUAGE
He is a god. They changed opinion. Paul is now a god, superior to them. The bite of the snake had opened so that God’s power can appear.
You who listen to me today, you that cross hard tests at the moment, people already pulled their conclusion saying that you will never succeed in life because you became Christian, I would like to tell you that they will change language about you the days and the years which come. Do you know what they will say ? I tell it to you. Let’s go see the commissioner, the commander, the CEO, the district attorney of republic, the Rector, the Physician, the Professor, the Prime Minister, the big Evangelist, the Mayor, The President of Republic ... The next years you won’t be any more what you are today. The language of the enemies will change to your consideration. The future of this country is between your hands.
Anne the sterile of yesterday, abused, humiliated by the second wife of her husband gives birth seven times and says in her song : He raised up the poor out of the dust, and lifted up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory.1Sam2 :8 God was with Paul.
DEMONSTRATION OF GOD’S POWER IN THE ISLAND
The Main character of the island, Publius, Roman civil servant whose father was reached of the fever and the dysentery was healed. The news of this recovery spilled like a trail of powder through the island and a lot of other patients were healed. Paul received a lot of honor, and a lot of grants to continue his journey.
If the tests that assault you are not consequences of your disobedience to God, reassure you that they will bring you the blessings of all kind. If your conscience blames you for a sin, repent you and you will have the over.
Hebrew 11 : 27 « By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king : for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible »
Matthew 6 : can 27-30 "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature ? And why take ye thought for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow ; they toil not, neither do they spin : And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith ?"
The fear is one of the most dangerous weapons than the enemy uses to paralyze and to abort the destiny of God’s children. The fear is one of the biggest reasons of the failure in the society : fear to fail, fear of the price to pay, fear to give, fear of the illnesses, fear to fall in the sin, fear of the devil, fear of the critiques, of the oppositions, fear of poverty or fear of the prosperity. The fear is a shape of faith deceived.
THE TWO BIGGER SHAPES OF FEAR
The most dangerous two shapes of fear are the fear of the dismissal and the fear of the failure.
1. The fear of the dismissal drives you to not to try, to conform you to the popular thought and to ever to unmark you. It pushes you to become a photocopy of the other. It comes from the conditional love that you received on behalf of your parents. When you made something that they disapproved of, they withdrew you their love, and you interpreted it like a dismissal of their part. This fear to be rejected again drives you to search for the validation of the other constantly in everything that you make. It drives you to go in the rank and to especially not to disturb the established traditions. As expressed it so well lately a pastor, "qui doesn’t inconvenience itself range »
Does this fear of the dismissal express itself by next questions : that one goes to think on me ? If the other reject me, or, and if they didn’t approve me ?
2. The fear of the failure, as for it, drives you to especially not to take risk. You want to change, to go farther, but the following question frequently arrives in your spirit : "what proves that in this time you will succeed ?" or "If that didn’t go well ? »
The fear pushes you to not to advance, to postpone on the following day what you should make today constantly. It pushes you to choose the status quo, to remain in your zone of comfort, while waiting patiently that one day luck smiles you, or that all late are to the green before coming out of you.
You will always have a good excuse behind which you hide to justify your fear. But know that the chronic fear can become an offense towards God. It implies that you consider that God is not at your sides, and that it is not capable to make succeed you. You bind God’s arms thus…
THE ORIGINS OF THE FEAR
The development of courage starts with the understanding of the psychological origins of the fear. All child newborn only feels two fears : the fear to fall and the fear of the noises (the deafening noises). All other shapes for fear that we feel as adult are learned as we grow. These fears come mainly often from the critiques and warnings destructive of our parents even when they were filled of good intentions. When we are adult, we experiment it as the fear to fail, to take some risks, the fear to commit a mistake or the fear to fail. The fear comes from something that you don’t see.
Every time that you are afraid, it means that there is something that you don’t understand or that you don’t see. The fear also comes from the ignorance.
Moses would have had all reasons to be afraid while presenting in front of Pharaoh, king from all over the world to this time. But the Bible says that he was not afraid to go in front of the visible king (Pharaoh) because he watched to the invisible King, the eternal of the armies (Hebrews 11 : 27 above mentioned).
Satan is called the prince of darkness. The word "prince" means "first". Word "darkness" is also translated of Hebrews by "ignorance." Thus, Satan maintains his reign in you of it through your ignorance ; he reigns in all domains where you don’t have the knowledge. But when you discover and experiment the knowledge of the truth, you become really free. Jesus has said : « You will know the truth and has truth will set you free." (John 8 : 32). It is not the truth that frees, but the knowledge of this truth. The truth exists indeed, since beginning. In other words, your ignorance is you very expensive. The word knowledge here, of the Hebrews" yada", implies the intimacy, the communion and the narrow relation.
Don’t let conquer you by the fear ! Be victorious and non-victim of the fear. Watch to the invisible King, and no to the visible mountains that stand before you. Focus yourselves on the promises and no on the problems, on the opportunities and no on the obstacles. Confess your insurance in God’s Speech, and receive courage to go from the before while watching to Christ, the author of your faith and the one that leads it to perfection.
The Christian that spend their time confessing their faith in the illness exist, the failure, the weakness, the impotence, the calamities, the defeat… They don’t realize that this kind of confession deprives them of their means and their efficiency. They don’t realize that this kind of confession can change the strong and victorious way in a slushy path, obstructed and dark. The reason is that their affirmations are the expression of their faith.
I suggest you the eight following stages to free you of the ascendancy of the fear.
1) To achieve that the fear is an emotion behind which hides a mind.
2Timothy 1 : 7 : "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear ; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." A mind of fear is a mind whose nature is the fear. In other words, it is a mind that is afraid and that shows what he is. Since he is always afraid, if you stay in the fear, you invite it implicitly, and he will show in you what he is simply.
Understand me : to be afraid doesn’t mean to be possessed by a mind of fear. On the other hand, if you stay permanently in this chronic fear state, you risk attracting to you this mind of fear. Psalms 27 : 1 "Lord is the support of life, of that would have me fear ?"
2) To create an atmosphere of praise and action of grace around you by the prayer.
God sits in the middle of the praise. He goes up to the sounds of the screams of rejoicing of his people. In front of the fear, make bring up the intensity of the divine presence in you by the praise and the actions of grace. There is always a divine presence intensity before which no enemy will be able to resist.
Philippians 1 : 4-7 : " 4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now ; 6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ : 7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart ; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the protection and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace."
3) To study and to find the speech of God adapted to this situation
What does the Bible say ? What are the promises of God adapted to this challenge that is in front of you ? God already freed all provisions of which you will have need during your journey on earth. God made with you an alliance that contains the promises (of the rights) and of duties.
The particularity of the alliance with God is that nothing cannot be evoked in order to break this alliance. In other words, God is bound by what he promised. But it is your responsibility to remind him what he declared in the promises of the new alliance.
Isaiah 43 : 26 : "Put me in remembrance : let us plead together : declare you, that you may be justified."
We must believe God’s speech and must take it to the word, because God watches over his speech to accomplish it (Jeremiah 1 : 12).
4) To confess your mouth what you want and no what you see
To proclaim regularly and in a high voice what you know and not what you feel. Before the fear, it is not anymore the moment to speak to God but you owe yourselves return toward the mountain raised before you to order him to disappear in Jesus’ name. Remember that Satan only understands one language, and it is the one of the violent faith. God’s speech is in your mouth. Dare to confess.
Proverbs 18 : 20-21 "A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth ; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue : and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Dares to confess what the Bible say you ! Dare to say that that you are ! Dare to say the facts to high voice ! Confess them ! Say them to the devil ! Say them to the illness ! Affirm them at the mountain of problems ! Confess them facing the evidence contraries ! Say them while the pain is there ! God is delighted when you recall him his speech. (… It is while confessing the mouth that one arrives to the salute, to the miracle…)
Make enter God’s speech that suits your situation in your heart and believe it, confess it, and you will arrive to the delivery, to the recovery, to the security, to the holiness of the mind, the soul and the body. In other words, you can receive other miracles in the same way as you received the miracle of the salute.
If you want a miracle this morning in a domain of your life, the first thing to make is to look for seed (Speech) suitable to this problem… sows it then with your faith… (Mark 11 : 23 "Sis someone told this Jesus Mountain… " didn’t say" what it believes will be give him" ; it didn’t say either" what it says will be granted to him", but it says "what you believe in your heart and that you confess with your mouth." Yes, it is necessary to confess with your mouth : If you say : "Thank you Lord, I believe that I healed", you will be healed unless you change your confession thereafter.
It can take one day, one week, one month, six months, one year…
But if you let seed in soil, she will produce the wished result. Don’t pull it… no matter the appearances and the sensations… Believe because God’s speech affirms it.
5) Recall yourselves and count your successes
Is there something that God has fop in your life yesterday ? Does have you he delivered of the distress in the past ? Certainly, with a little receding, you will perceive that God made big things in your life, and that had not been his goodness, you would not be where you are today. Before today’s adversity, remember, as David, that the same God, who delivered you yesterday, will deliver you again today.
1Samuel 17 : 37 " David say again : the Eternal that delivered me of the claw of the lion and the paw of the bear will also deliver me of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul tells David : Goes, and that the eternal either with you."
6) Wait to win the victory
To play to win and to play not to lose makes the whole difference between a winner and a loser. When you prophesied your victory, wait for yourselves to triumph, because in Christ you triumphed already. That to what you wait for the more will be what will materialize in your life. Don’t underestimate the power of the imagination. You must discern success to conceive it, then to believe before can receive it.
7) Act ! Dominate the fear while passing to the action.
The action produces the reaction, and there is not a reaction without action. It is the convenient phase during which you are going to tame this fear while facing it. Remember-vous : courage is not the absence of fear, but the audacity to face what you fear.
8) Discipline your thoughts
Constantly put around yourselves what you want to see inside you. Since your thoughts are influenced by what you hear, discipline yourselves to listen possible as much only that what builds you. Saturate yourselves of positive, declarative words, and of faith words. Read and listen to the teachings, the cassettes of proclamation of God’s speech, or people testimonies that succeeded in defeating the fear, the procrastination and the failure. In summary, feed your mind of everything that is positive and pleasant to God regularly.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the audacity to face what you fear.
I possess what I confess.
If I confess Jesus as my Lord, I possess the salute.
If I confess that by his bruises I am healed, I possess the recovery.
If I confess that God’s Son freed me, I possess the absolute liberty.
If I confess that God’s love has been spilled in my heart by the Holy spirit, I possess the power to like others.
If I confess that the just has the insurance like a lion, I possess the insurance of the lion in the spiritual fight.
If I confess that he won’t abandon me, that he won’t abandon me, I possess God’s presence to every instant.
God bless you !
All man’s life is here below comparable to a ship in movement on big waters of the oceans. But as we know it all, the ship without a commander on board, who can take the reins of it, cannot sail in the good direction and surmount all adventures of the world dangerous of the oceans. Besides, people often say that it cannot have two captains there in a boat ? So this is the same of every person’s life, and especially of God’s child in this difficult world full of adventures, this world in which we are called to surmount high waves in order to avoid the icebergs and to arrive safely.
But how will he be able to arrive there if he is not driven by Christ the best commandant ? It is therefore in this thought that Lord would like this morning to address to each of us by this interrogation : "Is Christ really the commander of your ship ? »
The passage of this message relates a prodigy achieved by Lord Jesus ; prodigy witch demonstrates his supremacy and authority on the nature and all its components. Here, the disciples who follow the Lord are going to experiment happiness to be with Christ ! If it is true that they pass through a moment of unrest and fright, they were reassured that when someone follows the Lord, he doesn’t have to fear whatever it is, whatever it occurs. Because the Lord knows all things, He knows the best for our life and he has the control of all !
But today, it is sad to note that numerous are these Christian, God’s children, who confesses Jesus’ name, who comes to church, who reads the Bible, but who refuses unfortunately to be conduct by the Lord, and refuse to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit that stops speaking to them all the time. They prefer to direct their own life as good seems them, while putting Christ in margin of their existence, of their decisions, of their choices, of their projects, of their actions.
They even go as far as finding that God is not expeditious to act in their life. And see themselves wiser to their own eyes that God. Thus, they act of their own chief, according to what they think to be the best. He lets the flesh take the over in their life and satisfies the desires of it, ignoring that "affection of flesh is enmity against God" (Romans 8:7). They like conforming to the counter-nature practices of the world not knowing in the same way that "Who wants to be friend of the world surrenders enemy of God." But the Bible said in Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 that "There is a way which seemed right unto a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death." In other words, "many people think to be on the good path, and yet, they are on a way that, finally, leads to the death. "And elsewhere God said : "As the heaven is raised the earth above, as much my ways are raised your ways above, and my thoughts above your thought" (Isaiah 55:9). My dear brothers and sisters, how will be able to succeed ourselves our life, if we make fi of Christ that liked us and saved us so that we are delivered of our life unhappy of once. We are not blessed. We lost all joy to live. The peace of the heart, it makes us cruelly at the moment default. All it, because we decided to drive our own life without Christ ! It is dangerous ! Imagine only one instant that Christ is not in this boat with the disciples ! What would have been the fate of these miserable fishers quit to themselves and impotent in front of a high storm ?
Today it is not more about these fishers who knew how to see in Christ the only recourse to deliver them of this troublesome storm and to lead them to good carriage ; but it is concerning us, you, and me. How do we lead our life ? How do you lead your life ; with Christ or without Him ? Do you accept God’s Speech you heard ? Do you accept to walk according to the Speech of God ? Do you accept to act in all things while obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit ? Do you accept to count on Lord and no on a person ? Do you believe yourself all sufficient in the point not to have need of God anymore your savior ? Is Christ really the Sovereign of your life, the Commander of your ship ? Or you have some another one that is maybe yourself or the people ? Christ invites us this morning to more to resist his voice that since a good moment makes sound only in our heart. He stretches you the hand with so much love, you said and retell you this again : even though you had gotten lost far from me in your thoughts, your manner to lead your vie ; I am full of compassions for you and ready to forgive you to bring back you on the right path. So that you know the real happiness in Me, that I reserve to all those that let themselves direct by Me. Come back to Me my child, don’t linger anymore and seize this beautiful opportunity that I offer you in this day. I saved you, not to abandon you to yourself as someone that has person in his life, but to drive you safely, while making you to cross, excellently, the big waves of life.
What can we keep in this message ?
Beloved in the Lord, you that are here this morning and who listen to me ! You that hear these strong words that transfix you the heart ! It is yours that the Lord addresses solemnly ! It is therefore the moment for each of us, to strip itself/themselves of our human pride, to recognize the emptiness that lasts us of it, and to accept this beautiful invitation of the Lord humbly, in order to experiment again of the beautiful and happy days in company of Christ the real commander that it is necessary for us to guide all our life ! How long resist-you ? How long will you waste the time so expensive that the Lord grants you for you be restored ?
Let’s know therefore that "As for God, his way is perfect ; the word of the LORD is tried : he is a buckler to all them that trust in him" (2 Samuel 22:31).
So therefore, "Who is wise, and he shall understand these things ? Prudent and he shall know them ? For the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them : but the transgressors shall fall therein. " (Hosea 14:9).
THAT GOD BLESSED HIS SPEECH IN OUR HEART ! AMEN !
We arrived at the end of the times that is marked by acts of rebellion, of rebelliousness to the authorities. The Christian seems to forget his responsibilities concerned the authorities of his country. The Bible is clear on duties of Christian towards his government. She teaches us that the authorities’ origin is God so that there is order in the world.
I./ Who is the Christian ?
The Bible defines the Christian as someone that gave up profanity and worldly lusts, and that lives in the present century according to wisdom, to justice and to piety while waiting for the blissful hope and the demonstration of the glory of the God Almighty and Christ his Redeemer who comes back soon to take him.
It is therefore someone that accepted Christ as Savior and that leads a pure conduct, pleasant to God. He is characterized by the sweetness, goodness, the peace and the neighbor’s love. He has God’s fear in his life.
II./ Duties of Christian towards the authorities of his country
a) His first duty : the submissiveness to the authorities
The Apostles Paul and Peter remind to the Christian that they must be submitted to the authorities. Who says submissiveness says obedience. The authorities have been established by God so that the order reigns in the society. Therefore, the Christian owes them submissiveness. The authorities have been established by God for the many populates.
b) The second duty of the Christian : to honor the authorities
Christ God’s Son who was above the men was a model in this domain. He had known how to answer his detractors who set for him a trap while asking him if it was necessary to pay for the taxes to Caesar. Jesus said them : "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and God the things that are God’s." We see that Jesus respected and honored the authorities (Mark 12 : 17).
We don’t see nowhere in the Bible where the Lord incites to the rebellion, to the incivism, to the revolt and to the insurrection. On the contrary, the Christian must be pacific, moderate, and full of sweetness because he is salt and light.
If it happened to him to want to ask for his rights, he is first analyzed to see if he fills his duties appropriately before asking for his rights. And if it happened to him to ask for his rights, he would make it with the biggest respect that he owes to the superior authority of his country, while using of the soft and respectful terms or while passing by advisable ways.
c) The third duty of the Christian : to like the authorities of his country
He must like the authorities of his country because he knows that they have been chosen by God for his happiness. A child who doesn’t like his parents who put it to the world is a stray child.
God said to his Israel people in captivity in Babylonia : Search for the many cheap where I brought you in captivity and asked the eternal in his favor because your happiness depends on his.
Our happiness depends on the country where we live in. If our country knows some unrest, we are also reached by the same curses. The Christian must like its country and well to work for its development returning the easy task to the leaders.
d) The fourth duty of the Christian : the prayer.
God recommends that the Christian prays, intercede for his country. When he notices that no one intercedes he is astonished.
The Christian must sustain the authorities in the prayer because they are the weak human beings, capable to commit the mistakes that can be fatal to the economy of the country.
It is while praying for the leaders that God is going to pour on them his wisdom to be able to take decisions favorable to the development of the country. A country is not easy to manage. A family who only has some members that live in the same court is not easy to manage, to compare to a nation that is composed of millions of individuals.
Instead of spending the time to length of day criticizing our authorities, we would do well to pray for them because the Bible tells us that the fervid prayer of the just has a big efficient, that is to say that it gets extraordinary results, while giving us the example of Elijah (James 5 : 16).
If the Christian united in the prayer for their nations, the Nations would avoid the disasters that we often see.
The prayer can save a country of the war, the illnesses, the famine, the bad governance and of a lot of other curses.
We have examples of God’s big servants of once that knew to intercede for their country. Thanks to their fervid prayers, their countries benefited God’s blessings.
The history of the country makes us discover a monk of the name of Jerome Savonarola. In his time he had noticed the decadence of the church invaded by vices and the sins of all sorts. He passed of the time in the prayer. To hear it, people rose in full night to wait in the street for the opening of the cathedral. There was a big wakening, an awareness in his country. The worldly literature was abandoned in favor of Jerome’s sermons. The rich rescued the poor people. A big stake was prepared to Florence to burn the objects inciting to vices and vanities.
John Wesley that brought a big wakening in his country and saved his country of revolution said : "Adjoin me hundred men who like God of all their heart, and don’t have fear of nothing, otherwise of the sin, and I will upset the world. " He/it knew the importance of the fervid prayer of the just. The Queen of England said : "I’m not afraid of the arming of United States, but I am afraid of the prayers of John Wesley. »
Christian, we can orient the destiny of our country by our prayers.
Let’s be Christian who respect their roles and who are useful to the country.
It is impossible to read the Bible without being impressed by the fact that the worship and the experience of the first believers possessed supernatural elements indisputably.
When the ministry of Elijah pulled toward its end, Elisha who had to follow, asked him for a double portion of his mind on him. 1Kings 19 : 19-23 : 2Kings 2 : 9-10. After the abduction of Elijah, God’s mind descended on Elisha that began to make some miracles. Elisha was that one that solved the people’s social problems. People came to him to look for the solution to their problems.
1- Purification of waters 2Kings 2 : 19-22
2- The widow’s oil was blessed. 2Kings 4
3- Resurrection of the child of the Sunamite
4- He destroyed the poison of a wild plant. 2Kings 4 : 38 (One vegetable)
5- He multiplied breads. 2Kings 4 : 42-44
6- He heals Naaman of the leprosy. 2Kings 5 : 1
7- He makes remain iron. 2Kings 6 : 1-6
8- He hit blindness of the Syrians. 2Kings 6 : 8
9- He prophesied in the time of a famine that of the less expensive food will have and it arrived. 2Kings 7
10- The power of the Holy Spirit stayed on its bones after his/her/its death. 2Kings 13 : 20
Who made the occult in the former testament ? It is the Holy Spirit.
• He participated in the creation of the world according to Genesis 1 : 1-2. The symbols are clear in the Bible : dove, wind, breath, oil, waters, and fire. The word Hebrew" ruach"-mind, in Greek Pneuma
• He blew and put the red sea to dry. Exodus 14 : 21
• He brought the quails to the Jews. Number 11 : 31
If Genesis doesn’t insist on the mind, it is because the world was not ready for the revelation of the Trinidad.
Abraham and other patriarchs felt the movement of the mind but they could not understand. God spoke to Abimelec who had taken Abraham’s wife : Return this woman to her husband because he is a prophet (Genesis 20 : 7-17), he is going to pray for you. Did you see a prophet without God’s mind ?
Pharaoh recognized that Joseph had something different that the Egyptians. Joseph could explain a dream. After the interpretation of his dream, Pharaoh said : would find ourselves a man as this one, having in him the mind of God ? Genesis 41 : 38.
Moses had God’s mind ; what allows him to operate some prodigies in Egypt.
For the construction complicated of the Tabernacle, God’s mind intervened for his realization while using two persons : Betsaleel and Oholiab. The presence of the mind in the life of these men gave them wisdom, intelligence, knowledge and talent. Exodus 25 : 1-9 ; 35 : 5-9, 30-35. Moses and the old persons chosen to help it in him were filled of the Holy Spirit. Number 11 : 10-30. God’s mind descended on them like unction to qualify them. The day of the convocation, two remained at the camp and the mind also descended on them.
The mind gave strength to the judges to deliver Israel. Gédéon, Jephté, Ehud, Samson, etc.
God’s mind was on the prophets. They exercised the spiritual grants.
In the life of Joshua and all those that had a particular work, God gave them his Mind. The kings of Israel : David, Salomon. There were the fighters who were filled of the Holy Spirit and led mysterious fights. It was a calm presence. As we serve a just, equitable and generous God, he tells Joel (2 : 28) : Next I will spill my mind on all flesh. Pierre mentions this passage the day of the Pentecost to say that the prophecy came true (Acts 2 : 17-21).
On all flesh means on all the humanity your sons your daughters, your old men, your young people, servants and maids. Joel himself didn’t understand all the range of this prophecy.
This passage shows merely that there is not restriction of age or sex. This phase suppresses the limitations, the reserves, therefore etc. Slaves, men and women, rank social negligee ; kind, Jews, rich, poor people, educated, ignoramuses, without any consideration of race
"Next can want to say after the repentance and the restoration
The Holy Spirit came on the 120 united disciples in the high room. To speak it in language appeared when the Holy Spirit descended. It is necessary that our language accustomed to criticize, to insult ; to curse is seized by the mind. Why don’t some receive the Holy Spirit ? It is their language accustomed to the pain that they prevent some.
May the Holy Spirit come to take our languages this morning !
The mind gave them his power to operate some miracles (Acts 3). The limping of birth was healed.
God want that we received his free grant
Pentecost, a feast where one offered the beginnings God passed by this feast and offered us his Holy Spirit.
How to receive ?
Repentance - Obedience - and Faith
God’s mind comes on those that repented of their sins and that obey to God.
You can receive it today. The mind arranges us his nine (9) distributed grants in three groups :
1st group : Revelation Gifts : wisdom, knowledge, discernment of the minds.
2nd group : Power Gifts : Faith, Operation of miracles, Recoveries.
3rd group : Inspiration Gifts : Prophecy, Language, interpretation of the languages.
The Bible says in Romans 5 : 12 "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin ; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned :" the death reigns since Adam…
Of all mysteries that abound the human thoughts and that are sometimes enigmas disconcerting, three were fundamental :
The 1st is including : it is God himself by his origin ;
The 2nd mystery is celestial : it is well the origin of sin ;
The 3rd mystery is terrestrial : it is the death herself.
One way or another, God’s mystery himself and his origin would never be known, of the less on this earth.
The mystery of the origin of the sin is roughly known : it was celestial before being terrestrial.
But, as for the mystery of the death, his enigma is deep and is astride all biblical alliances.
Indeed, people make of journeys in souls, go in mind in airs, years the stars, in the underground places, in the sea, going aver soon the physical, soon the spiritual world. They meet the minds, the demons, the fallen angels as the good angels, the archangels, and same Satan and speak with him. They elaborate some projects, initiate of the missions with him. In his ministry, Paul went to the sky according to 2Corinthians 12 : 1-6.
But about the death, it has never been seen and known unless a caricature. The death has never been known nor in his gas, nor in his totality, nor in his totality by whoever, in spite of 24 hours of Paul in the abyss (2Corinthians 15 : 25)
She is and stays the contrary of life.
So Christ is not known in his completely, the death won’t be able being so much also that we would be on this earth.
The manner to create Adam is different from the manner of which we are created. Indeed, Adam is woven directly of God’s hand. Adam is created slightly different from us, but the death succeeded in flooring it. He resisted then until 930 years and he died.
Adam died of his death and no the one programmed by Satan and the men. You will die of your death and no of the one programmed by the men.
This same death reached Elisha the prophet : Elisha was reached of the illness of which he died (of which he was going to die).
Actually, Elijah as Elisha was highly remarkable prophets to their time. They put political, economic, social, environmental, cultural and technological acts (by means of a stick, Elisha made remain a felling ax (ax). However, there been fundamentally of the spiritual and supernatural acts. They even revived some deaths. Elijah made eight miracles but Elisha made sixteen of them. Elijah as John the Baptist is with the honey and the grasshoppers in the bush. Elisha as Christ is in the society with the politicians.
Elisha was so however powerful his departure of this world was not spectacular as the one of Elijah.
The prophet Elisha died in its bed as would die all man, but his death glorified God. In the name of Christ, your death will glorify God.
Elisha was so powerful that God’s power continued to reside in his very bones after his death. Because 2Kings 13 : 21 told us history. Certainly that this resuscitated dead, having risen on his feet took them to the neck, ran away.
Oh ! God’s power never die ; it is and living home in the aftermaths of very Elisha after one year.
God’s man, Elisha, made his sixteenth miracle after his death.
Yes, God’s power was there, in him. However the death came because he was deadly.
It is exactly the departure of this power in this prophet who was going to die because he aged, because Joash the king was crying.
"My father, my father, chariots of Israel and his cavalries" otherwise my father, my father, you are worth all chariots and all riders of Israel. He was a prophet to offensive and defensive revelation power, to power of security for Israel. He was terrifying as Elijah according to 2Kings 2 : 12
Elisha was all for Israel in front of natural calamities, foreign invasions. Only, he was more that a powerful army.
Oh ! King Joash cried and regretted the departure of this famous prophet that announces itself, a hard situation for Israel and his king. Some situations can make cry.
But why do you cry ? Why these tears ?
The death succeeded in killing Elisha but knows that the God of Elisha is living. Besides, Elijah and Elisha are all living. Your God is living ! Why do you cry ?
But why you cry when the Bible says in Revelation 5 : 2-5 "And I saw a powerful angel, who shouted a strong voice : Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals of it ? And no man in heaven, nor on earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book neither watch it.
And I wept much because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look at it. And one of the elders told to me : don’t cry ; behold, the lion of the tribe of Juda, David’s root, defeated to open the book and his seven seals. »
Jesus already defeated your situation.
If the celestial advice was in a dead end and finally the lamb rose, Jesus will rise for you ; he will rise to destroy this last enemy. You believed that you have them all defeated, but there is a last that is announced itself and it will also be defeated in the name of Jesus.
Our last enemy is the death. This enemy will be destroyed of your life, of your home, of your offspring and will finally be thrown in the hell to Christ’s Powerful Name. Yes. Everything that smells like the death in your business, in your enterprises, in your home, in your family, in your life, in your projects is destroyed. May all obstacles to your life are swept. Everything that smells like the bodily death and the spiritual death in the church is destroyed.
I order that all people who are here in this time and who died spiritually, to difficult spiritual life and rotted come back to life.
I order that everything that is contrary to life in you loose and leaves. I order that all demon of death disappears of our houses, of our motorcycles, of our vehicles, of our services. That Christ is glorifying !
And you, king of the death, drop your armor ; may Christ enter in the hearts, in the homes, in lives, in the projects.
Let’s know and recognize that the Bible doesn’t ever have said : "O Satan, where is your victory" but "O death, where is your victory ? Oh death, where is your sting ?" (1Corinthians 15 : 55) Indeed, the victory on the devil is proclaimed since Genesis 3 : 15. But the victory takes place after. Christ said : "I am the first, the last and the living ; I had died and here it is I am living to the centuries of the centuries. I hold the key of the death and the stay of the deaths. The victory is gotten on the cross.
Actually the keys are with Jesus. But the death is a dangerous enemy, it is not even destroyed. Comes one day where by order of condemnation according to Apocalypse 20 : 10, the beast and the false prophet and Satan will first be thrown in fire. Then the death and the stay of the deaths will be thrown in fire. Finally all those whose names won’t be in the book of life according to Revelation 20 : 14-15.
Dear friends !
Oh ! In this big solemn day where the death will be thrown in the eternal hell, all armies would be able to themselves cry : finally the death finally died. Yes, it would be the second death for the impious but the definitive death of the death.
The reign of the death will be finished because Satan who has the power of the death would have preceded the death in the eternal fire (Hebrews 2 : 14).
Life won’t have a competitor anymore for the eternity of the eternities.
Soon our competitor will disappear.
Let’s pray and let’s fight all minds of death, of misfortune, of poverty, of trouble in the home, and that drive in the hell.
Don’t worry about anything and don’t have any fear.
Of all times, God in his big love for his people, always caused the men and women to very precise moments to save his people or to bring back it to him. The history of the church through the centuries, reveal this principle more with regard to God’s love for his people. When God notes a weakening or an upsurge of the sin, or his people’s spiritual deterioration, he always causes someone to blow a wakening, a restoration and to put a stop to the enemy’s plan. To every time that Israel fell in disloyalty, or took to pagan practices, God always caused someone to bring back his people on the good way.
Nowadays, the church crosses of the dangerous and difficult moments in his history. Satan in his rage against the church uses all possible strategies, in order to divert the church of his mission first, and to make the Christian lose their identity. Strong of it, we can understand then that we are all challenged by the theme of this national week : raise you and act because this business looks at you. Then, why must rise and act ? How do we have to act ? There are two important questions that will be landed in our message. After having spent 70 years of captivity, in Babylon, God’s people had begun to come back on the promised earth. Back from the exile, the temple had been constructed by the Jewish, under the direction of Zorobabel after several obstacles. And to the arrival of Ezra, this sacrificer poured in Moses law, with another group of exiles, he discovers a situation desolated : the infiltration of the world and the marriages with the inhabitants of the country. The Jewish had not parted with the peoples among which they lived. More serious thing, not only they practiced and imitated their abominations ; they had contracted mixed marriages with these peoples. (Ezra 9.1 - 2) The service makes once with heart attached to the eternal became a service of pure shape. The compromises generated the disobedience and blindness. The separation asked by the eternal in Deuteronomy 7.3 has not been maintained and the disastrous consequences appeared. Ezra was afflicted then deeply to discover that of the Jews of Palestine and even some sacrificers had, contrary to Moses law, married of the pagan women. (Ezra 9.10) The world that surrounded it had invaded the assembly of Israel gradually and, if they were not all contaminated, they were in big danger of the being, because their drivers had been the first to conclude profane alliances. It is in such an atmosphere that Ezra should accomplish its mission. He/it was in a big desolation while learning this sad news that revealed the spiritual decline of God’s people.
I./ The spiritual situation nowadays
The spiritual state of the Christendom nowadays, let to want for all aware people. The people of God composed of women and named men to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth, put aside for God, seems sometimes to confound itself/themselves with the world like that was the case in the time of Ezra. Some Christian behaves currently as in the time of Ezra in compromises with the world. The principles of the world sometimes guide our behaviors. The walk of the faith, made place more and more to a walk where calculations, ambitions and human supports adjust the conduct of several people. In that the necessity to raise the challenges.
II./ The challenges to relever :
The conformity to the world was and home one of the major challenges to raise by God’s people. We are constantly submitted to the pressures of conformism.
After the exodus, the Lord puts the children of Israel in garde : " Vous won’t make what makes itself in the country of Egypt where you lived in, and you won’t make what makes itself in the country of Canaan where me you mène : you won’t follow their practices. You will practice my orders, and you will observe my lois : you will follow them. I am the eternal, your God". (Lév 18.3-4). Yet once arrived to Canaan, the people will tell Samuel : " maintenant, establish on us a king to judge us, as there is some at all nations " (1S 8.5). And more Ezéchiels should take Israel because of his/her/its idolâtrie : " vous dites : We want to be as the nations, as the families of the other countries, we want to serve wood and the pierre " (Ez 20.32). In the New Will or in our contemporary time, one recovers the same situation. In spite of the precise orders of Jésus : doesn’t resemble to them…. " (Mt 6.8) and the pressing recommendations of the Paul apostle : " Ne you flow not merely in the mold of everybody. Don’t conform your life to the principles that govern the century présent ; don’t copy the fashions and the habits of the jour. " (Rom 12.2). God’s people was always and was always minded in " faire as the païens " until sometimes more nothing distinguishes the church of the world, the Christian of the non Christian. However the work of the cross, withdrew us from this bad century, that means the system organized of a world without God, dived in the pain, so that we are a people put to part for God, a light for this world of darkness. The Bible declares that we are called to live in the world but not as the world. And yet how much we let easily train to act as those that naturally is from the world. For example in the sartorial domain, the church conformed at the world. Otherwise, the Christian ethics made place to the worldly behavior. Several Christian lost their Christian identity while introducing in their life of the worldly practices, in order to appear as the other, to be to the page, such que : the drunkenness, the adultery, the calumnies, the wild love of money, the divorce, the illicit marriages, the juvenile delinquency, the gossips, the calumnies, the loss of the brotherly love etc., In short, the œuvres of the flesh (Gen. 5.19-21) took place within the church. The idea that Christianity is disconnected of the realities, obsolete and maladjusted is spilled very. Several people consider the gospel or the biblical principles today as not being on their length of waves. It is for it that one hears some expressions such que : " ça it is passed, it is for the former times, the world evolved, and the Bible owes évoluer " That it is regrettable for the church of Christ ! Facing all this, we are all challenged, it is necessary to act and this situation must concern each of us. This business also concerns you, we must be unanimous to maintain the sartorial ethics, the holiness, the purity, in our houses and in the church. Who will rise to denounce these pratiques ? Ezra in in his/her/its time rose against the practice of the mixed marriages and ordered the divorce of with all foreign women and their children. (Ed 10.5-7). A courage needed a determination to act of the sort. III./ How do we have to agir ? By the life of Ezra, we can mention some means 1. Awareness of the situation The all first step is the awareness. When one doesn’t realize his/her/its situation, one won’t be able to measure his/her/its size either. If a sick person doesn’t realize that she is sick, she will never look for the remedy of his/her/its pain. Ezra, as having been informed of his/her/its people’s spiritual situation took conscience and was touched deeply. " Lorsque I heard these words, I tore my coat and my clothes, I pulled to myself hair and the beard and I sat down accablé " completely. (Ed 9.3). 2. To humiliate itself/themselves before the Lord The awareness must be come with by a deep humiliation before the Lord. Ezra prostrated before the Lord to confess the people’s sin to which he identified. " Et me, I remained seated and sorry, until the offering of in the evening. Then, at the time of the offering of in the evening, I rose of the breast of my humiliation, with my clothes and my coat torn, I fell on the knees, I spread the hands toward the eternal, my God, and me dis : My God, I am in confusion, and I am ashamed, oh my God, to raise my face toward toi ; because our iniquities increased over our heads, and our mistakes reached until the cieux " (Ed 9. 4-6). There is an attitude of someone that wants to see a real change, in the people’s life. He/it considers the people’s sin as being his/her/its sin and confess their sin before the Lord. Only an attitude of humility before the Lord can bring a wakening, because God resists the proud but he makes thanks to the humble. (1 P 4.7). Before a situation of sin, we must learn to humiliate us before the Lord, and no to think that we are better than the other as in the prayer of the Pharisee (Lc 11.16). The one that wants to act appropriately must learn to humiliate itself/themselves before the Lord while recognizing that it is not by his/her/its strength nor by his/her/its wisdom, but only God can raise the guilty party and no the haughty words with regard to the guilty parties. The sin of the brothers and sœurs must touch us instead of becoming a topic of our talks, gossip and our useless comparisons. On the contrary we must go before the face of the Lord and must cry for the situation. As made it in the same way Joshua after the defeat of Israel owing Aï. (Joshua chap 7) 3. To rise After the stage of humiliation and confession, it is necessary to rise. This action consists in passing a stage to another. Of a position given to another. Nothing acts as to remain to lie down, to bend the whole time if one doesn’t rise to look at the situation in the face. Some often take pleasure in speaking of weaknesses of the church in these termes : nothing goes in the church, we died spiritually, the persons responsible don’t pray, the world is in the church etc… then they don’t make anything thereafter. They can spend all their time criticizing the leaders, to reveal the weaknesses of their church, of the brothers and sœurs without taking a time ever to counsel these last, everywhere to take one day to fast and to pray so that the situation changes. That it is dommage ! And Satan uses these similar languages a lot to weaken the church better. Beloved in the Lord the hour is not anymore to the chats inutiles ; it is the moment to act, to put concrete acts to take a decision, to rise and to see than it calm action. 4. To act to the appropriate moment The action is what it is necessary to make. The beautiful words, the good propositions, the beautiful intentions would remain dead letters if they are not followed of concrete acts. To act and especially to know how to act to the appropriate moment is very capital. In the Bible we have examples of the men and women that knew how to act to the appropriate moment to save their people of a situation given. In the books of the Judges, we find there a woman’s history whose name was not even known and that yet to put a beneficial act for his/her/its people (Judges 9). Abimelech, an usurping king who murders his/her/its 70 brothers in the same way father (Gédéon) on a same stone, was going to fire the tower of Sichem then (Jg 9.49) where had taken refuge about 1000 people (men and women) that died. Still uncompromising in his/her/its sordid acts, he/it attacks Thébets. The inhabitants of the city run to take refuge in a strong tower. Having learned it, Abimelech attacks the tower, and decide to put fire there. Then just to this precise moment a woman got in action. She/it used the simplest weapon, the instrument the less waited in a field of fight, that she/it had to her/its portée : a millstone of mill, a big stone. She/it threw this stone on Abimelech that broke the skull. (V 53) thanks to this action courageous of this woman, the worse didn’t arrive to this city. We arrived to one dangerous time in the history of Christ’s church. She/it is threatened with the inside and the outside by the enemy who uses the men and women become worldly, power-hungry and of the popularity, sowing confusion, the mess within the local churches, of people filled of themselves, full of cupidity that tries to divide God’s church, to destabilize whole families. These are the Abimelech of our century. Unfortunately, because of our lack of discernment, or sometimes of our lack of courage to act in time, we undergo the ominous consequences of their machiavellian actions. We need the women and the courageous men within our local church, of the fighters who will rise to break and to destroy all movement that doesn’t glorify God’s name. Raise you to defend the truth, raise you to destroy Satan’s work within your church (Ps 45.4-5). As this woman, raise you in the prayer to stop the spiritual hemorrhage that sows the dwindle in your assembly. Why are you going to remain there as contemplating the spiritual death who destroys your assemblée slowly ? The devil attacks the church of several manières : the division to weaken the church, the false doctrines to divert the supporters of the truth, the jealousies, the love of money and the popularity, regionalism etc… God searches for a man, a woman having a ministry within his/her/its church to destroy the work of the devil. You are that woman, you are this man, who will hold to the breach to prevent the enemy’s progress. Stop Satan’s work. Thin dish to the spiritual war that rages in your country, in your church and in your denomination, in your family, in your home in your personal life. Who will rise and will act like this femme ? In order to stop the mal ? If this woman had not considered this situation as her concerning, could she have reasoned in disant : " je is not the people’s leader, the king is there the notables of the city there are, are the warriors there, who be-je ? No one knows me etc… ." But she/it considered this situation as his and didn’t hesitate to act with the means that she/it arranged. God used this humanly talking weak means, petty to put an end to the people’s suffering, then. You that listen me this morning, if you rise to act, God will use you to accomplish big things. The Lord didn’t say - it not in Gédéon : goes with strength that you as ." Know that God uses the weak things of this world to confound the strong. Don’t disregard what you have hand-held therefore, don’t disregard the grant that is in you. You have a role to play in the work of the Lord. Each is important and useful in God’s house. Who that you are, you can make something in God’s house. God is in search of the men and women who can rise in the prayer to intercede in favor of the brothers and sœurs who cross the difficult situations, or that intercede in favor of the church. Of the men and women who won’t hesitate to give that that they possess for God’s glory. Each must rise to its level. Instead of remaining aside to observe while declaring that nothing goes, raise you and act. Listen to the voice of the Lord, he/it will certainly show you what you can make for his/her/its glory. Your action will save someone and will bring a more in God’s work. Another example is the one of Esther. This queen knew how to act also to the appropriate moment to save his/her/its people of genocide planned by the enemy of the juifs : Haman. Mardochée made this important declaration to Esther : " si you are quiet, the help and the delivery will emerge on the other hand for the Jewish… and that knows if it is not for one time as this one that you arrived to the royauté ? " (Esther 4.14). It is not a luck so that you are to this position, to this place, in this church. It is so that you are useful to the Lord. You owe impacter your time by your actions, mark your generation by concrete acts for God’s glory. But if you are quiet, if you remain aside, you remain in margin of everything that makes itself in God’s house, know that God will never miss those that will make his/her/its work and you you will be the biggest loser. It is why, you must rise and must act because this business concerns you. Don’t be aside. No one is of too much in God’s house. We are saved to serve 5. To have courage and the determination Courage is indispensable for all action. For lack of courage, of determination, the good initiatives, or the beautiful decisions are not achieved sometimes ever. Satan in his/her/its ruse uses this instrument to stop several people in their decisions. Ezra took courage and asked positively for the return of all foreign women while starting with the families of the leaders. For lack of courage sometimes, we let some situations last until the worse arrives. For all work we need courage. To several resumptions in the Bible we see the Lord telling his/her/its serviteurs : « fortifie you and take courages " (Js 1.7) 6. To act in a good collaboration For this reform among the people, Schecania declared what follows to Ezra : " nous will be with toi " In other versions he is written that that suit : " nous sums ready to you seconder » ; " nous sums with toi " it expresses the idea of a truly collaboration of an unit in the work. We cannot succeed the mission that the Lord confided us without the unit. To work in a line scattered only benefits the enemy who likes to divide to reign better. Facing the enemies, cooperation was a big support for God’s people. Josué being in the valley to the forehead, Moïse went up on the mountain to intercede, seeing that he was tired, Aaron and Hurs came to sustain it in his/her/its moments of weakness, and the victory was won on the enemies. Josué defeated Amalek and his/her/its people to the cutting of the sword. It is of this same manner that we are called to work for the Lord. If you are not Josué, you can be Moïse. And if you are not Moïse, you can be Aaron or Hur. We must sustain ourselves mutually. That the one that is standing help to raise the one is weak. Conclusion The Lord challenges his/her/its church in this last time. Facing mundanity and the spiritual compromises of the church, God looks for a person who wants to intercede while raising a fence and while being held on the breach, that shouts against the spiritual and moral decadence. A person who shows the example of a humble prayer, of the true repentance of research serious of God in view of the wakening. Who will raise the défis ? Who by his/her/its fervid prayers will extinguish the arrows inflamed of the enemy ? Who will stop the progress of the pain, the penetration of the world in the Church ? God searches some persons like Ezra and Esther today, courageous men, of the women directed by the Saint - Mind, that will put an end to the actions of the Abimelech of our time, of the reformers who will bring a wakening in the church, of the builders who will accomplish big works for the Lord, of the intercessors who construct a rampart and that are held up on the breach, before the Lord in favor of the country, in favor of the brothers and sisters, in favor of the church, in order to divert the anger and God’s judgment. Of the men and women capable to plead the reason of God’s people. Raise you and act because this business concerns you !
Of moments ago where all seems to really go with our Christian life. We don’t find any serious sin and our lives are in agreement with the writing. He/it seems that we are" OK", but for a reason or for another, we are inefficient for God’s Kingdom. We have needed to be reformatted", that means to erase our slate completely and to restart to zero.
There are the people who live this way. They make best that they can but get a result never. They think that they don’t have an importance for God’s kingdom. They don’t believe that they can make a difference. They can be in the church since several years without can evoke an important thing to which they could have contributed in the church. The inefficient and fruitless Christianity is so tragic, because the whole Bible calls us to use God’s power to reach people so that they are transformed.
If you avoid this transgression, my brother my sister, you will become a Christian five on five.
I./ To discover the last idol
During his ministry, Jesus met a rich youngster and Jew. This young man was certainly born in a privileged family. Obviously, he had followed a religious teaching. The Bible said : "A chief interrogated Jesus, and says : Good master, who must make me to inherit eternal life ?" (Luc 18 : 18). This young rich man had this devouring question in his heart. Jesus answered this question of various manners on different occasions. To a jurist who asked the same question, he tells him to like God and to like his neighbor (Luc 10 : 25). But to this young man, he says to sell everything that he possesses, to give to the poor people, to come and to follow it. The Lord didn’t call all rich to abandon their wealth. But for this young man, it was his guideline. There is a principle behind it.
The Lord unveiled the heart of this young man and found the last idol. It is always something that we like more that God. She/it hides in a secret corner of our heart. We can say « Holy Spirit, I am distressed. But it is the only place where you are not able to enter. « Be sure that Jesus is going to aim his light on this domain of your heart with a piercing light. He knows that a hidden idol conceals itself in darkness of your soul.
A lot of Christian is inefficient because although they gave 90% of their life to the Lord and that they live in agreement with his commands, they kept with precaution the last 10% - or maybe less and they cling of it firmly. The problem is that even though someone observes all points of the law with the exception of one, it becomes guilty to transgress them all. Jacques 2 : 10. We cannot remain neutral. No of God’s laws is not petty. All must be honored.
Maybe you tell : « I’m not sure to have given 100% of my life to the Lord. There is an idol that remains in my heart maybe. There is a domain that I didn’t abandon in Jésus6Christ. Maybe « You don’t discourage. You can clear the following stages for a total abandonment.
II./ The stages for a total abandonment
If you hid some idols, decide today to remove them of your life.
These six stages are going to knock the last gate that hinders your spiritual life and hindrance efficiency in the ministry down.
A. Call good Jesus, but know that he/it is God.
The young man in Luc 18 had good intentions. In another narration of his history in another gospel, he is said that him "run and throwing to his knees before him… (Mark 10 : 17). He/it was very respectful towards Jesus, and good master called it. But it was not sufficient. It was as if Jesus said him : "If you call me good, you will make to achieve better that I am God. Otherwise is not called. « It is what arrives to the Christian today.
The religion can become a superficial thing. Jesus is more that good master. He/it is the Lord the Almighty. He said that those that would adore it would make it " en Spirit and in truth" (John 4 : 23). We must pass admirers to worshippers. Mathew 7 : 21-23 are revealing to this topic.
B. Keep the commands and listen to the Command
In Luke 18 : 19, Jesus invited the young man to the obedience, to be receptive and to a complete abandonment. A lot of people try to keep the commands, but they don’t listen to the command (what God says to the church today).
Do you know that the human heart is able all to transform in an idol ? Fashionable clothes, meal, relations
C. Thank God for the passed religious fidelity but don’t count on her for the present spirituality.
Jesus tells the young chief rich : "You know the commands : You won’t commit adultery ; you won’t kill ; you won’t steal ; you won’t say false evidence ; honors your father and your mother. I have, he/it says, observed all these things since my youngness. « Luke 18 : 20-21.
In other words, this young man declares : "I have the good doctrine. I have the good origins. I am an obedient person and disciplined. What can I give you again ?" We shall always meet problem when we think that our past obedience or our good doctrine will save us.
The Ezekiel prophet treated this point while clearly declaring and unequivocally how we had to look at our past obedience (Ezekiel 33 : 12-13).
All our religious past, all our good education, all our good preparation and our good practice in the ways of the Lord won’t count if we walk today in the disobedience.
We must make a distinction between the ministry of the Holy Spirit and Satan’s work. Satan brings in our heart and our minds a vague and general guilt sense, he provokes crises of guilt but the Holy spirit reveals something precise, of individual in our heart and said : « It’s an idol."
D. Be ready to identify, to delimit and to destroy the last idol.
In Luke 18 : 22 Jesus tells the young chief riche : "You miss something again » He/it didn’t ask him to all to change in his/her/its life-just one. You can lack a thing rightly, but once this idol will be removed, your soul will be free to serve God as ever before.
You are maybe a person who already took in rule his/her/its life with God’s speech. However, if there is even only one domain of sin, God calls you to abandon your last idol. Your last idol is not maybe something of so terrifying. It can be your pride, a lack of forgiveness. It is marvelous to see the believers getting rid of their last idols.
E. Adopt a radical philosophy towards money.
The people who are serious about all to give to the Lord in their lives are as radical about their money. John Wesley had said : « Have everything that you can ; save everything that you can ; give everything then that you can. « I believe that it is one of the best and the most biblical philosophies for a management of the finances. I don’t preach the poorly ; I preach the goodwill.
For the people Jew, the material prosperity (temporal) was considered like a sign of the divine favor. He/it hardly made a worry about his riches while prostrating before Jesus (Mark 10 : 17).
Jesus didn’t deny that the prosperity was a blessing of the Lord. But the problem is that the prosperity can become a malediction when we refuse to submit it to God’s will.
F. Practice a work of ethics radical
Jesus worked hard. He tells the young man riche : « I don’t want that you are just my admirer and that you call me good ; I want that you abandon your idol and that you my follows. I have work for you. « He retorted all sad and sorry.
Those that refuse to abandon the last idol, who refuses to commit of all their heart, will have the pain. They know that they missed the biggest opportunity of their lives-the luck to join Jesus’ team.
Some people feel that they missed the last" spiritual plane ; they believe that they will be never happy or happy anymore. Are maybe you one of these people ? Think yourselves maybe that you missed the plane and didn’t have any means to return you to your divine destination. But I want to tell you that there is an opportunity again. We are in the time of the salute ; we are again under the grace of the Holy Spirit. The last judgment didn’t yet come. He/it is not too late. He/it is again time to abandon your last idol.
Zacchaeus, rich man, made some restitution because of his dishonesty. He gave up his love of money and committed his life to follow Jesus (Luke 19 : 8).
Satan wants to attract God’s people with small things. Some people are trapped by petty things. They refuse to abandon these small things, these decoys, because they believe that these sins are not important. Their hands are shaken around their minuscule idols. They are determined to ever to release. They pull and pull on these things, and they don’t know that a net is about to fall on them.
The net doesn’t come of God-it is the destroyer’s trap (1Pierre 5 : 8)
I implore you to open your hands and to release what stops you from following Christ completely. It can be a relation that turned of a good Christian appointment into an immoral trap : A relation in love or an affection of the heart out of the will of God. Of the emotions entangled in a bad friendship or relation, and you know it, you say "yes, I want to serve God" but you have the fist firmly closed around this relation. It can be the material blessings or a professional career. It can be of the attitudes or emotions in your heart that have not been solved to God’s manner. It can be something of which you are alone informed, a secret idol that hid in a small breach of your heart.
What do you have need to deposit it on the altar of the Seigneur ? The young rich chief was very sad because it was incapable to give up what represented his/her/its last transgression, his/her/its last idol. But Zacchaeus was happy when he met Jesus because it was ready to all to quit.
It doesn’t have an importance, how many sins or how many transgressions were parts of your past. If you repent today, God will erase the page completely.
It doesn’t have an importance either, how much justice or religious activities are in your past. If you refuse to abandon your last idol, you are in a state of sin, and God’s favor will move away of you.
My desire : Put back your last idol to God and make the experience of his/her/its power that transforms your life in a love and an unreservedly committed devotion for him.
The faith is a powerful weapon that God put at the disposal of all man and woman who believe in Jesus. Paul apostle, while speaking of this armor that is the faith, said : "Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all arrows inflamed of the wicked." Ephesians 6 : 16.
Another translation makes clearly us saying : "Always and everywhere take the shield of faith. With will be able to extinguish yourselves to him the burning arrows of the mind of the bad. "The New Testament "The Book" translated in Greek word to word, said : "You will be able to stop the flaming arrows shot by Satan. »
The faith can stop Satan’s attack.
The Prophet Habakkuk said : "just will live by the faith" Habakkuk 2 : 4.
The faith is an important weapon for the Christian to the point that the authors of the Bible reserved him a whole chapter in order to make take out again his importance in the spiritual fight. Without her, declare the writing Saint, it is impossible to be pleasant to God. God sees himself/itself by the faith. It is her that allows us to understand that God created the world.
How does God want that she is in nous ?
a) A triumphant faith in the worse situations.
b) A faith that believes in the spiritual realities.
c) A faith that drives to the justice.
d) A faith that looks for God and believes in his/her/its goodness.
e) A faith that has confidence in God’s speech and that obeys to his commands. V8
f) A faith that aligns his/her/its life on God’s promises. 13 ; 39.
g) A faith that rejects the mind of the present bad century (V13) and that looks for the celestial domicile (V14-16).
h) A faith that perseveres in the test (V17-19), that blesses the generations to come (V21).
i) A faith that refuses the enjoyment of the sin (V25) [Moses].
j) A faith that supports the persecutions. V27
k) A faith that accomplishes powerful acts of justice (V33-35), that suffers for God.
The exploits of the faith
The inspired author, after having described the faith, said : "Le time would miss me to speak of… and it started mentioning the names.
By the faith, they defeated some kingdoms. While mentioning these exploits, the author thinks about the wars of King David, to the Judges, etc. By the faith, they won the victory on the stronger kingdoms than Israel.
I would like to invite all one each of us to defeat these kingdoms that wants to say the difficulties of life that oppose our Christian walk : Illnesses, unemployment’s persecutions, etc. By the faith move away these things of your life. They got what had been promised them while expecting God fully. Us also, God made us a lot of promises for that we must ask by the faith while waiting for their achievement every day, every week, every month and every year.
The deliveries in the extreme circumstances.
By the faith some closed the muzzles of the lions, killed and chase them
As David 1Samuel 17 : 34-36.
As Renaja 2Samuel 23 : 20-22.
As Daniel. Daniel 6 : 21
The manner of which these people defeated the annoyances of life and the powerful enemies must challenge us. Of the lions, of the giants hundred times stronger than them, but by l faith in God, they defeated them. There are the eloquent testimonies of the faith in God. Even the animals, of the inanimate elements (wind, waves, and the nature) are defeated by the faith.
By the faith, they extinguished the strength of fire. (Shadrac, Meshac, Abed Nego) Daniel 3.
By the faith, they transform their tests in blessings. They showed another aspect of this weapon.
• She refuses the pleasures of this world and sometimes prefers the suffering to the temporary enjoyment of goods of this world. (Example of Moses that leaves the manorial house of Egypt. V24-27.)
• She accepts to undergo the mockeries, the torments in some opportunities (V35) because she knows what she waits at the end for it. Pastor’s child refused to be delivered by her executioners who kicked it of strokes to his father’s eyes.
This weapon not only delivers always us but permits us to support the relative sufferings to life Christians. Jesus on the cross ; some prophets killed.
God’s Speech invites us to be strong in the Lord. We add some winners before going to the fights.
When one puts a weapon sophisticated in a soldier’s hands, if he refuses to use it, she won’t serve him to anything ; even risk the death. It is necessary to use the weapons that God places at our disposal. It is not the pastor who will use it at your place.
He is told the verse 35 " Deses women regained their deaths by the resurrection"
In the time of Elijah : the child of the Sarepta 1Kings 17 widow : 21-23.
In the time of Elisha : the child of the Sunamite 2Kings 4 : 36-37.
David exclaimed in these term : Blessed either the eternal, the God of eternity in eternity. Amen.
Rent the eternal because his hard mercy to always.
He is infinitely grand ; my God you are infinitely big.
David’s subjects are full of sense and recognition.
But before coming from it to David who was exploded itself in sign of joy, triumph and recognition, let’s make a tour toward a man, a sold man and resold ; a man who escaped at least two times the death, of the less three times. It is well Joseph.
The Bible says in Genesis 37 : 18-19 : "They kick out Joseph from afar and before he was close to them, they plotted to make die him. They told themselves one to the other : has the maker of dreams who arrives. Do now come, kill-le… "That could deliver Joseph ? Exactly Joseph tried but could not prevent the artful to sell it. Maybe that he asked them in vain forgiveness. Yes, sold to the madianites, Joseph has been resold to Potiphar again ; but in all it, God was with Joseph. God was with him and made prosper between his hands everything that he undertook.
But in all it, that could think that Joseph could think that Joseph who had escaped a 1st death could escape a 2nd death, a slave who is accused of looking for his master’s woman. Worse, the accusation emanates of the woman herself. Potiphar could kill it but threw it in jail.
Joseph having escaped this 2nd death, it is clear that he won’t escape the 3rd death, the one that consists that he is executed the day where he will leave the jail, as it was the case of the pantler. (Genesis 40 : 16-22) But he escaped.
So Joseph escaped the 3rd death, you will escape in the same way. Where your death has been stopped, they will only see your life. Be faithful in God ; no of their missile, malediction, incantatory speech, none of their bad fate, of their bewitchment, will reach you. God will preserve you. Since Joseph was not a being for the death, you in the same way you won’t die. Better, you will leave grown of this test. After this test, the Lord will raise you as loud to the point that anything in you won’t deserve this station, but all and all in you will reflect that all is grace.
Joseph took shaven head of the jail to receive the stick of command of Pharaoh’s hand. (Genesis 41 : 14 ; 41 : 39-44)
To savor God’s prodigies who exploded themselves while changing the course of history, God getting round the texts and the Pharaoh’s laws to send Joseph with the head of the country of Egypt by means of a dream, suddenly.
Oh ! God’s paths are impenetrable.
What impenetrable God we adore.
The dream that will raise you is on the way.
So God makes prosper thus Joseph in the middle of the brambles and thorns, you in the same way, are faithful to God, he will make you prosper. Because of you, God will disturb the sleep of someone.
Young boys, girls, people of social rank here, stay faithful to God and he will honor you. To Christ’s powerful name, be honored in your fidelity ; you never regret your fidelity.
Since Satan doesn’t have the ink that could erase that that God wrote on you, hold yourselves alone, remain exact ; what God wrote is written.
The delivery, the victory, the elevation, the blessing that God wrote on you is those that will come true.
Let’s recall that she even died waited Moses carefully before his birth. That so-called Pharaoh to the women (midwives) Hebrew in Exodus 1 : 15-16 : "Le king of Egypt also spoke to the midwives of the Hebrews, named one Schiphra, and the other Stank. He tells to them : When you will deliver the women of the Hebrews and that you will see them on the seats, if it is a boy, make die him ; if it is a girl, let it vivre. »
It is well in this context that Moses is born. He escaped the death thanks to God’s fear that was on these midwives. God made prosper their house (Exodus 1 : 21). Pharaoh doesn’t want to see the children boys of the Hebrews. But he will see one of it, he will see it and will feed it without giving himself account of it. What had to arrive arrived. (Exodus 2 : 5-10).
As big as are your problems, as big are the solutions that God places at your disposal. The meanest very law won’t know how to govern you. We, children of God, are not law-abiding of the devil, better it is we that submit the devil and the demons to our laws. Christ said : "Je saw Satan falling of the sky like a flash" (Luke 10).
Now understand that God can even bring Satan to serve it without that he doesn’t realize it.
He would have finished before biting the finger in saying : "He has me"
Our God is capable to bring our enemies to change language. Yes, your enemies will change language.
Paul da the island of Malta made the experience in Acts 28 : 3-6.
Moses escaped then a second death because, having defended a Jew while killing an Egyptian, he was sought-after by the Egyptian police.
Moses, called by God to be sent in Egypt, got under way. But he escaped of exactness a 3rd death. God wanted to kill it for the non-respect to the instruction of the circumcision (Exodus 4 : 24-26).
See what this man became. A very patient man recognized God and the Bible confirmed it. Powerful instrument used to spill the prodigies ever lived in the past. His patience has been reinforced by the fact that it surrendered eight (8) times on the mountain, a high mountain measuring some kilometers.
Our situation today would not know how to foretell what will be us tomorrow. Not only tomorrow will be beautiful but also he will be better.
Today the problems search for you, wait for you, pursue you, you harass ; the death haunts you incessantly, you don’t know if you will even survive. But to Jesus’ powerful name, you will survive.
So Moses is not among the deaths, but among the living because stood up on the mountain of transfiguration (Matthew 17), you in the same way you will live, you will live and will appear one day on God’s holy mountain.
Be faithful to God because soon your nights of grief and worries will disappear. Moses died and buried by God himself. Be faithful in God ; your end will be happy.
For David, you know some implicitly by his declarations : my God, you are infinitely big ; I will sing in your honor and will speak of all your marvels.
Having escaped repeatedly the death-you know the best of it : he faced the lions, he faced Goliath who wanted to kill it and succeeded in slaughtering it, he escaped the spear of Saül to become finally king-after so many flight years, of suffering, of galley but of fidelity, he/it became so much king on Judah that on Israel. He escaped the death for the 4th times owing his son Absalom (2Samuel 18 and 19).
Oh ! What God wrote, he has wrote ; what he initiated, He initiated it.
Be faithful, let your worries and your burdens, and watch to your God, he will honor you.
I announce to you that what you cross won’t continue, he won’t continue. You are faithful and you will see like Joseph, Moses and David saw and you will say : oh God ! You are infinitely big.
Joseph’s God is also your God.
Moses’s God is also your God.
Is David’s God also your God ?
Your God is there ! Be exact ! You won’t regret it ! You won’t regret your fidelity.
Philippians 2 : 15 « In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world"
The world, in which we live, has the tendency to impose us daily his laws and his practices to such sign that Christianity sees itself threatened more and more by the perversity and the corruption of this present century. Facing this actual position what must be therefore the position, the testimony of the Christian in front of this perverse and corrupt world ? Paul’s exhortation in the Philippians illuminates us on the value of the testimony that we must bring. In this context, the verb "to shine" means "to make itself to notice, to distinguish itself".
1. DEFINITION OF THE TORCH
I would like that we stopped during some instants on this term torch ! The torch, according to the dictionary, it is a bundle of wicks smeared of wax to illuminate, to direct, to guide, to warn, to reassure (to perfume). One used the torch nowadays in the former time, pocket-size lamp or torchlight ! The biblical significance is deeper and more implicit. God, who is light, came in our world by his Speech to illuminate the lost.
2. THE DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS OF THE TORCH
The role of light is to illuminate, to make visible and legible everything that is in the obscurity.
A.) THE TORCH SHOWS THE TRUTH
We use some torches to make manifest what is hidden. The life of the Christian should shine, to the point that no one can live with it during one week without knowing the gospel. His conduct should be as those that surround it should discern clearly to that it belongs, and to see Jesus’ picture reflecting itself in his daily actions. Not only to show the truth on what we add, on the one that lives us, that directs us, but to show the truth also to those that are wrong, that don’t know happiness, the peace and the true joy.
How much we hide our torch often, we darken our torch by our whispers and the influences that the world has on us ! It is necessary to recover, it is necessary to shine again well strong, so that the world sees the truth !
B.) THE TORCH SERVES TO GUIDE
It is necessary for us to help those that, around us, wander in darkness. We must present them the Speech of life, and to direct the sinners toward the Savior, as well as to drive those that are tired toward the place of the divine rest. If we are God’s torches, then our goal is to guide all toward the Savior, not in a gathering, in a movement, toward the sensational, but in the truth, and the truth it is Jesus.
C.) THE TORCH ALSO SERVES to WARN
The devil projects a false light, and it belongs us to hoist the true light. It is our duty !
D.) THE TORCH SERVES TO MAKE MOVE BACK THE ENEMY.
When you are in the jungle of this world, it is as when you camp, you surround yourselves with a fire, and it moves away the predators and the wild beasts.
"Resist to the devil and he will run away far from you", exhort us God’s Speech. The torch, it is also this fire that God communicates us by the power of the Holy Spirit. Are you full of God’s mind ? Didn’t you extinguish the Holy Spirit in you ? Didn’t you sadden by your manner to live and your testimony in this world perverse this flame that burned in the beginning of your conversion ? To find again is necessary ! Let’s ask the Lord then to come to shine in us ! Come to shine us, Jesus, of it burn us of it ! Come to illuminate us, so that we illuminated this dark world. We add God’s sentries, we add those that must stay up, that must also shine so that no one lets itself surprise by the enemy, and we add those that must carry high and strong God’s torch, this truth that frees, that comforts, that heals.
3. HOW WILL WE BECOME, OR STAY TORCHES IN THIS WORLD ?
Our light it is the testimony that we return to Christ, present in us. You, on the contrary, you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a peculiar people ; that you should show forth the praises of him who have called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
It is important that our life is Christ’s reflect, as the writing the Paul apostle : If I live, it is not anymore I that live, it is Christ who lives in me ; Galatians 2:20
In fact the real light that we carry that is Christ,
This light was the real light that, while coming in the world, illuminates all man. John 1:9
It is therefore he that we must show by our words and by our work, his life being demonstrated in us by his Mind.
These are the things that we know, also pass to the practice, since we add carriers of light. Here are some instructions :
Let’s declare our identity
It is necessary that your setting knows that you are. One doesn’t light a lamp to put it under the bushel.
Let’s have an obvious testimony
Our words and our acts, our conduct, our way of life must correspond with what we declare to be.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5.16
Have in the middle of the pagans a good conduct, so that, there same where they calumniate you as if you were malefactors, they notice your good works, and glorify God, on the day where he/it will visit them. 1 Peter 2:12
Torch always lit
It is necessary to recognize that sometimes our flame lowers and can be going as far as dying out. It is necessary for us to be therefore the attentive watchers, who don’t fall asleep.
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning. Luke 12:35
About these lamps lit two things are important :
The fuel, in the circumstances, oil that imbibes the wick and nourishes the flame is as we have all understood, the Holy Spirit. Be filled of the Holy Spirit, it is he that makes shine the light, that is the strength of our testimony.
The wick, is our heart, us same. She must be clean and from time to time the wipe is necessary to cut what is burnt to the tip and that makes smoke. She must constantly soak in oil in order to not to consume itself her even.
Of the torches to the outside
The particularity of the torches it is to illuminate the way, to signal the presence in the night, but also to help us to distinguish for what we look. It means that we must be the watchers, the lookouts, the researchers, who discern and seize the opportunities.
Of the persistent blimps
Let’s continue to live in the middle of them, our fidelity and our attachment to the Lord Jesus Christ, without speech solely, but with a good conduct. Our light will continue to shine to their eyes… and one day God will visit them. Then they will glorify God because of us and of our perseverance.
Light and fire come of the Lord Jesus Christ
There are two things over which we must watch and in which it is necessary us to persevere, to be the carriers and the communicators of light : it is the prayer and the communion with the Lord. Sometimes, our flame lowers or vacillates. If we maintain our communion with our Lord Jesus Christ, by a real attachment, his/her/its Mind will maintain the divine fire that will constantly burn in our heart and will make shine the flame of our testimony. When we are filled of the Holy Spirit us become audacious and active witnesses : of the lamps, of the lit torches, that shine in the world carrying the Speech of life.
Once you were darkness, and now you are light in the Lord. You must walk as children of light because the fruit of light consists in all sort of goodness, justice and truth. Ephesians 5:8/9
Currently, Satan, the" prince of this world" increases in perversity and destructive seduction. He runs him also, in order to win some souls to his ignoble reason. And it is precisely in this difficult context that he is asked us to raise us and to shine, such an illuminating beacon the sailors in the middle of the night. Are you ready to answer this call ? If you remain hidden under a bushel, overcome by the fear or the shyness, what will become the world, your family or your setting ? Be these torchlights through of which the Lord will shine to be revealed to those that don’t know it.
My brothers and sisters, too often we are not what God wants that we are. We are not these torches, we are not the light of the world, and of this fact we enter fully in the contrary of the verse 14 : "Make all things without whispers or hesitations !" How much we whisper, we are hesitant, we don’t know what to do, we get bored.....
Where did we put our torch, our lamp, our torchlight ? Do we again illuminate ? Or is our gleam pallid ? Are the batteries flatbed ? By the grilled bulb, the crushed wick, by so many worries, whispers and complaints ?
What to keep this message ?
The disciple who submits his life to God’s will becomes by makes it even a spiritual light in a world darkened by the immorality. His Christian character returns testimony to Christ. He distinguishes himself of the world, not because he is better, but because God’s power is to the work in it. The world has the possibility to return glory to God when it recognizes, while observing us, which we are what we are by God’s grace. The men will note as well as our light comes from the one of God and that our works is those that God accomplishes in us. In this way, Christ makes himself know and we pray that several come to him.
Let’s be these flames of fire, these torches for the glory of our Lord. Our responsibility is big, to us to assume it. To us to choose what life we want ! Can God, by his Holy Spirit, to appear with burst in each of our lives for his glory and his only glory ! Amen !
They are numerous these men and these women who marked the history of Christianity by their work of beneficence. I leave to mention some only because he/it would be impossible in a sermon to enumerate all these people of which the Writings of the Bible made mention.
The old as the new will overflows many these people who made famous by their work of beneficence.
I./ Joseph of Arimathée and Nicodemus doctor of the law John 19 : 38-42
You know all in what circumstances Jesus, Son of God, died on the cross out of Jerusalem.
His burial was a difficult case. His disciples were dispersed, lived in the fear of a possible pursuit.
It is whereas Joseph of Arimathée came out of his anonymity as disciple of the Christ, was going to ask Pilate courageously for Jesus’ body to be buried.
That one as that had come of night to converse with Jesus, the doctor of the Nicodemus law joins Joseph of Arimathée to help the last to God’s Son. Precise Matthew that a man of Arimathée named Joseph deposited Jesus in a new sepulcher that he had made himself/itself carve in the rock. He gave to Jesus his tomb.
Matthew describes it like being a rich man of the city of Arimathée. He was disciple of Jesus.
Luc speaks of him like an adviser, a good and just man who had not participated in the decision and the acts of the other and waited God’s kingdom.
Marc describes it like an adviser of distinction who dared to go toward Pilate.
It is he that took down Jesus of the cross, put him the shroud and deposited it in a sepulcher carved in the rock.
Nicodemus brought perfumes of big prices to embalm Jesus’ body.
There are two big benefactors who intervene to one appropriate moment. Their love for Jesus doesn’t calculate itself. Jesus the king of the Jews received honors reserved to David’s descendant. Born Jesus of a virgin is deposited in a virgin tomb, tomb of a rich man. Isaiah 53 : 9.
He is born in a poor family but he is buried by the rich according to the prophecies. The poor people and the rich have their part to play in the achievement of God’s work.
The rich and the poor people meet within the Churches. He arrives of the situations within the assembly that require the intervention of the rich. They must not cross the arms to let God’s work in the shame.
Let’s do suppose that Joseph of Arimathée and Nicodemus refused to act and said : that is a national business that the remains of the Son of God would have become ? He was going to be buried in a common pit and his/her/its resurrection would be covered with doubt. The detractors of Christianity would have found strong arguments to muddle this doctrinal basis. Although Jesus has been buried in a clear manner, it is necessary to see how the enemies of Christianity invented some theories :
1 - The disciples stole his body
2 - The body has been flown by someone remained in the shade
3 - Nothing arrived to the body
4 - The body has been removed by the Roman authorities, etc.
What would it occur so Jesus had been buried in a commune pit ?
Jesus’ tomb is empty. The proofs of his resurrection are incontestable. The theories advanced by enemies annul themselves one after the other to the arrival of the palpable proofs of Jesus’ resurrection. Joseph of Arimathée and Nicodemus played an important role. You my brother and my sister, what do you within the Church make ? So God blessed you materially and financially, it is that you also blessed his/her/its work, that you make the good to his servants.
Everywhere where one will speak of Jesus, his life and his death, he will always be mentioned that two people took care of his deadly remains. All two gave their goods, their precious objects, their money, and their time to offer to Jesus a funeral worthy of his person.
You and me, what goods will make ourselves to be counted like having contributed to the advancement of God’s work ? The resurrection took place, it passed but the continuity of the work is there and asks the investments. To celebrate Easter that is well, to give to make advance the work that is even better.
Other benefactors appeared. For this time it is a group of bound women.
II./ The group of Mary Magdalene. Marc 16 : 1
A group of women that had a deep attachment to their Lord came at dawn, the first day of the week to embalm the body of the Lord Jesus. Does one embalm the body with the hands empty ? No. They bought the aromatics, of the perfumes of big prices to return their last duties to Jesus that they liked all heart.
The angel said them : "He is not here. He is revived of the death. "What good new ! They looked for Jesus among the deaths.
III./ The importance of the resurrection.
1- Central truth of the Gospel : 1Corinthians 15 : 1-8.
2- Proof that Jesus is the Son of God : Jean 10 : 17-18.
3- She is the guarantee of the efficiency of his redeeming dead : Romans 6 : 4 ; 1Corinthiens 15 : 17.
4- She is the proof of the judgment to come of the wicked : Acts 15 : 30-31.
5- She assures the believers of their abduction and their resurrection at the time of Jesus’ return.
6- She assures our future inheritance.
IV./ What God now asks us ?
1- Propagation of the good news all over the world. Matthew 22 : 19
2- To give our time, our money to spread his work.
3- To lead a holy life in conformity with his while waiting for Jesus’ next return.
Let’s not be speaking of Easter, of the feast while forgetting the essential : to Live a sanctified life.
This truth fundamental of Christianity constitutes for us Christian a topic of joy. She becomes a reality in our life when we live in harmony with God’s recommendations.
Some religions are specialists of organization of religious feasts ; they don’t miss some a. But how the Christian life of their adepts is ? That that God demand, it is not only the celebration, it is to put in practice God’s commands.
Let’s celebrate Passover far from the orgies of this world. Let’s celebrate Passover in the holiness.
Some Christian comes to church, serve God, but miss the scent for the things dedicated to God’s service. They don’t consider the objects dedicated to God’s service. Serve God without spiritual smell of the things or persons dedicated to his service will make us commit a lot of mistakes and sometimes our life can be in peril. In the Bible we see several persons who carelessness didn’t have consideration towards things or persons dedicated to God and attracted on them misfortunes. To have a flair for persons and things dedicated to God brings us blessings and prosperity. When a person lacks the spiritual scent, he shows evidence of deficiency in Christian education ; his spiritual level can be valued from there.
When the apostle speaks of whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of Lord, unworthily, that they are guilty towards the body and the blood of the Lord, he addresses this category within the church. 1Corinth. 11 : 27
It is the Christian that take without due reflection spiritual things, they don’t know the importance of the holy things ; they are also called laymen like Esau that sold his right of primogeniture.
Paul said : "But let a man examine himself … Because the person who eats and drink unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to him, not discerning the Lord’s body. Each feels itself therefore oneself…. "1Corinth. 11 : 28-29 and he adds in verse 30 : "For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many are dead." He adds an advice to the verse 31-33 "Sis us judged ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, so that we should not be condemned with the world. Thus, my brothers, when you meet for the meal, tarry one for another. »
These are verses to read well.
When one asks for those that are sick in the church, many of the Christian rises. Why ? Why so much sick ? Are the holy things, the persons dedicated are respected ? Is the Communion taken in the purity in thought and in action ?
Ask you why sometimes the church is struck of misfortunes, of sudden deaths of the young, of the couples ? The spiritual things are not treading ? Some things can arrive within the church because we are on the earth, but others arrive like a consequence of the spiritual things trodden by the Christian. We are not able to tell you what happens in secret in the life of the Christian as in the life of the pastors that preach God’s speech. God’s servant who lives in the immorality with his its Christians, who have fun with the holy things, what can you hope in the assembly ?
There is a denomination that had taken the decision to celebrate the marriage of the homosexuals. But a powerful wind came to remove the cross of the church.
When are the spiritual things trampled by God’s people, did the Communion take shamefully, that want you that God do ? Increase of the invalids, of the patients, of the deaths. One could mention some things like this : the barrenness, poverty, misery, the non-fulfillment of the prayers.
When the spiritual conditions are not united and are observed by an assembly, let’s not expect that God grants the prayers. The Bible said : "But only one sinner destroys a lot of good things. « Ecclesiastes 9 : 18.
Example of Akan : when he/it stole the things to the hold of Jericho, this sin entailed 36 deaths in Israel. Joshua 7 : 5.
1- King Belschatsar and the vases dedicated to God (Daniel 5 : 1-6.)
During a feast organized by Belschatsar to his/her/its big to the number of one thousand people, he/it invited on this occasion his/her/its concubines and his/her/its official wives to be delighted. He/it has since the vases of Babylon were not at the height of the ceremony. It is whereas he/it asked that one brings him of the vases of gold that had been removed of the temple in Jerusalem ; the king, his/her/its big, his/her/its wives and his/her/its concubines used some to drink. It is since the time of his/her/its grandfather Nebucadnetsar that the vases dedicated to the eternal had been brought to Babylon whereas he/it was not born. He/it dared to use these vases in his/her/its orgies to glorify and to rent the gods of gold, money, bronze, and iron, wood and stone.
The length, the distance, owner’s change, could not damage the mark of holiness of the living and true God of Israel on the objects dedicated to his/her/its person.
2- Reaction of God facing such contempt
She/it didn’t make herself/itself wait. Man’s one-handed fingers wrote on the defensive wall writing that none of theirs could not decipher. The king was frightened and distorted it in a crazy.
He/it promised a lot of things to the one that would be capable to read him the writing and to give him the explanation of it. Daniel said him : "Keep your grants… Nevertheless I will read you the scripture… » (Verse 17) "Mene, lead, tekel, parsin=compté, counted, weighed and divided. 4 words only. Verse 25 " This is the writing that has been drawn : Counted, counted, weighed, and divide. »
This same night, he/it was killed by a coup. Daniel had said him in verse 23 : "… you didn’t glorify the God who has in his hand your breath and all your roads. »
Why all this judgment fell on him ? Because he/it had not had nose for the elements dedicated to the eternal nevertheless these things changed hands. He, he/it was a pagan, worshipper of idols. However God didn’t excuse it because Daniel recalls him higher than he knew what had arrived to his/her/its grandfather who had been punished by God and became like an animal and that ate the grass.
Brothers and sisters, you all that come in this assembly to adore God, I add you and I warn you about taking your Christian life, to have a nose, seriously the faculty to discern the spiritual things and to respect them scrupulously because your happiness depends on some.
We called light those that don’t have a respect for people and the things dedicated to God. Know that God is in his/her/its house and eve on what is him. Jesus had respect for the temple that he called my Father’s house.
3- Aaron’s sons. Exodus 30 : 7-10.
Nadab and Abihu all two sons of the big sacrificers Aaron had been taught by Moses on the importance of the ministerial service, but one day they believed that they could make what they wanted while bringing the fire of a source forbidden on God’s altar.
The routine can bring us to lose view the sacred things. One speaks anyhow in God’s house, one goes up, one comes down from the altar, etc. without thinking that God is present. Of the profane talks, immoral in God’s house, one dresses anyhow.
4- Consequences on Aaron’s two sons
They were consumed by God’s fire. They committed this mistake under the effect of the alcohol. Some commentaries tell to some because one sees what the eternal tells Aaron to the continuation. This profanation cost them life. Fire should be taken of the altar of the holocausts (Leviticus 10 : 1-7.), but they are saying him : fire it is fire, one can take it where so long as that is fire. When one desecrates the sacred things, it is as if one despised God.
5- The condemnation of Uzza 2Samuel 6 : 3-8.
Uzza was to the number of those that drove the ark to bring it in Jerusalem within music. Along the way the plow leaned the ark and Uzza spread the hand toward God’s ark and seizes it. God’s anger ignited against Uzza and God hit it there. No one had to touch the ark, symbol of God’s presence, except the Levites.
Uzza missed the scent of the things dedicated. Him he/it was very zealous but he lacked the scent of the things dedicated to the eternal. He/it showed evidence of lightness with regard to the rules of God’s Speech.
6- The dangers caused by the ark at the laymen. 1Samuel 5
While wanting to equal the ark of the eternal to their fetish, the ark broke these last. They were hit of hemorrhoid and desolation, of consternation, of deadly terror and some died.
So God condemns those who touch the objects dedicated to his service thus, that will say us those that have no consideration towards anointed them of God ?
Two battalions that had not respected Eli the prophet 1Rois 1 : 7-10. Fire consumed the first battalion, and then the second was also consumed (verses 11-12). The third battalion respected God’s man while bending the knees owing Elija and implored it (V. 13).
7- The children of Bethel and Elisha 2Rois 2 : 23.
They insulted God’s man, ridiculed him. He/it curses them and two bears tore 42 of these disrespectful, impolite children that certainly were recalcitrant to the moral teachings given by the parents.
8- The rebels who opposed Moses Number 16 : 1.
Korea, Dothan and Abirams had lacked respect to Moses, the man chosen by God since Egypt to direct toward the promised country. They rebelled while dragging 250 people with them. (V.3)
God immediately reacts to crush the rebellion. (V 29-33 ; 35) He/it punishes the authors, their accomplices, their families and all their goods severely. One doesn’t speak quite a lot of the servants of God dedicated to his/her/its service. I address you that lack the spiritual scent, you whose mouth utters mean words towards your pastors, you that lie on their account, you already carry God’s condemnation on you and on your family. Does one ask the question to know why so much people are not they blessed spiritually and material ? They constitute their own problem. Do they have the nose of the things spirituals ? They are not laymen sat to the Church ?
Moses met a lot of problems but God always defended his/her/its reason. In another opportunity, it is his/her/its own family who gets involved in the critiques.
9- Marie and Aaron oppose Moïse Nombre 12 : 1-14.
As Moses’ woman was a stranger, Marie got involved in the critiques. Then God takes the front of the stage and guiltiest Marie was hit. All these events are lessons for us. It is to teach us to respect God’s servants, to not to speak to them as one wants, as if they were plain people.
The New Will drives the nail while saying in Hebrews 13 : 17 " Obey to your drivers and have for them of the deference [that is to say of the consideration]... « We know David’s example towards Saul.
Not only have to obey to them but God gone until to say : "The one to that one teaches the speech announces all his goods to the one that teaches. "(Gallatin 6 : 6)
Not only we must respect God’s men but also we must share our goods with them. Don’t wonder when I will come to take your car to go to the north if mine is spoiled. Outside of your wife and your children, all your goods must be shared with the one that teaches you God’s speech. A blessed tradesman bought a car 4WD Prado’s to hand to his Pasteur. A house has been bought to 40 millions francs and discount to a Pasteur in a country of the under-region. Etc.
When the sacred things are taken seriously, the much sustained servants of God, the Christian are also blessed. Don’t you know it ?
The members of the choir and the musical group are dedicated to sing in God’s house. They must move away of the sin. The altar is a holy place ; one doesn’t go up there anyhow. The Temple is dedicated to God ; one doesn’t come there to lead the talk’s pain famous, to roar with laughter, to sit down anyhow. To every time that you are in God’s house, it is necessary to keep the silence because you are in presence of God, of the King. Ananias and Saphiras have been hit in God’s house because of the lie. The communion is a holy ceremony. One must examine itself before taking part in it.
The Pastors are people to God’s service. One must not approach them without respect.
Let’s respect the sacred things, let’s have a nose, of the spiritual smell and God will bless us. Come out of small groups of men and women chatterboxes that make to criticize God’s servants, to criticize the brothers and sisters of the church, only. Respect the Communion, live in the holiness. You risk to die young or to become infirm if you don’t stop your manner unhealthy to live.
A girl fell sick and was evacuated to the hospital. But Sunday, she didn’t present any sign of malaise ; she was at her station to the choir, dancing and renting God of all his heart.
Whereas the couple pastor took arrangements to be going to inquire of his/her/its health state, two Christian made their entry in the pastor’s office. They had the aghast face. Pasteur, Marianne has just died, says one of them. Of what ? Are you sure ? Yes pastor, she/it has just died to the instant and the pain is to the height in their house.
To what happened to this girl of 24 ages old ? Why did she die brutally in the flower of the age ? All those that learned the news didn’t come back from it. His/her/its death was a shock for all. It is an attack of the devil, sustained some.
Some weeks later, the church made him of the funerals worthy of his/her/its devotion. Choir, musical and same group the fanfare was the part. Abundant tears were poured that day for her.
The most unbearable stage to the cemetery was the pain expressed by a young man who seemed inconsolable. It is the girl’s fiancé whispered the crowd. Sunday following a lot of tears was flowed again by the sensitive souls while seeing the place where Marianne had custom to sit down to the cult.
One month went by and whereas everybody began to get over the shock, a girl tried to meet the pastor’s woman. « Tanti, I know what killed Marianne. She/it was my friend as you had to notice it maybe. I warned it but she/it didn’t want to listen to me. In fact Marianne was enclosed of her fiancé and wanted to abort. Since the other times concealed succeeded him, she/it tempted again and unfortunately it was him fatal. »
The pastor’s wife said her : "Why didn’t you contact me before the worse arrive ? Why do you make it today ? Do you be aware ? All hymns sung all good words pronounced to his/her/its place can be he of no help today because she/it is lost.
Marianne sang in the musical group ;
Marianne danced in the chorale ;
Marianne didn’t have a nose for the spiritual things, she aborted. As established God servant on this Assembly, I am even of the blood of all ; I announced you and taught God’s speech.
If you behave otherwise that God’s Speech doesn’t recommend it, you will also harvest the salary of the sin.
Live for Jesus !
Walk in the Spirit !
Keep your holy body because he is the temple of the Holy-Spirit !
Respect the holy things !
May God bless you !
The survey of the speech of God of the former Will until the New Will brought me to make this report that God always has nearby a solution for his child who crosses a difficult situation.
I. Pursuit of the Egyptians to bring back the children of Israel in Egypt. Exodus 14 : 5
Six hundred elite chariots and all chariots of Egypt with a big number of fighters were expanded by Pharaoh to bring back the children of Israel in Egypt. The children of Israel saw them from afar and they took fear. One can hear their laments to the verses 11 and 12.
God put in the mouth of Moses of encouragement words to the verses 13-14.
II. Solutions of the problem :
So that the two camps can reach themselves, the eternal had a solution nearby. God’s angel who went before the camp of Israel left and went behind them. The column of cloud that preceded them also left and dyes behind them. It stood between the two camps ; it was on one hand gloomy that wants to say the side of the enemies, and of the side of the children of Israel it illuminated the night. Because of it, the two camps didn’t approach one of the other during all night long.
Moses spread the hand on the sea and the eternal drove back the sea by a wind of Orient and waters cracked ; the sea is put to dry. The children of Israel crossed the sea.
The pursuit of the Egyptians was delayed by a mess caused by the fire of cloud. The wheels of the chariots were removed and returned the difficult walk of it (Verse 24-25). The Egyptians perished in the sea because waters came back on them, on order of God. (Verse 28)
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, God is with you. Some either the problem, the difficulty that you face, knows that God already prepared you the solution. Keep the faith and pray, and you will see God’s glory appearing in your life.
Hey ! It is an astonishing narration moving of the confrontation between Moses and his God.
In a dialogue of a big freshness, Moses confesses his inability and his tears before the size of the divine mission. But long before, let’s note the insistence of the call by the repetition of his name : "Moses, Moses", It is exactly about an unconditional obedience act to the call. It is an obligatory call.
We find some various echoes in the Bible.
• Abraham (Genèse22:11)
• Jacob (Genesis 46 : 2)
• 1Samuel 3 : 4-8)
• Paul (Acts 9 : 4)
God presented himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He made it in order to make Moses that the call that he hears doesn’t come of one of the divinities he knew in Egypt.
God enumerates the reasons of the call in Exodus 3. Two reasons fundamentals :
• God saw the sufferings, heard the screams and known his people’s pains.
• God descended himself to deliver his people.
He will make it thereafter in Christ’s person to save, through the cross, his people of slavery of sin.
Moses’ mission is therefore strong person of the orders and God’s help.
In the same way, Christ would give the same order to his disciples : « Go, make all nations disciples… "
However, the doubts of Moses and God’s insurances incite our curiosity. Oh ! That are multiple, our excuses !
I./ The 1st resistance of Moses : « Who am I to go circa pharaoh ?" (Exodus 3 : 11)
Moses expresses his humility thus, but also his smallness facing pharaoh ; yes his uselessness owing Pharaoh.
Remind that Moses was a runaway, rejected by his brothers and sought-after by the Egyptian police. Who is he before Pharaoh who is a powerful monarch ? Pharaoh always looked at the shepherds with horror. In a general way, the shepherds of small sheep are in horror to the Egyptians. However, here, it is God who sends his servant Moses.
God could answer the concerns of Moses : I will be with you.
Christ has said : I will be with you until the end of the world. Also, such Christ has us his presence, it is in the same way as the angel of the eternal, who is Christ incarnate meadow has his presence to Moses.
Why do you think that you are a child ?
II./ The 2nd résistance or doubt or concern or excuse of Moses : Who I will tell them that sends me ? Exodus 3 : 13-14
God said him" : The one that is called I am" What great answer of God : the "I am", the God of all eternity, the alpha and the omega, the first and the last. God anticipated on all. So God had answered" Eternal", nearly all men will say that God’s name is Eternal (as some Jehovah). It is why Christ could say" later I am light, I am life, I am the truth, I am the path, I had died and here it is I am living to the century of the centuries. I am the "I am." God added his promises :
• I will spread my hand and I will hit Egypt of all sorts of pains.
• I will make you find thanks to the eyes of the Egyptians and you will strip them.
It is so much marvelous to notice that God has all means to put the man in possession of his rights, all means to oblige the man to pay.
III./ 3rd résistance : "They won’t believe me, they won’t listen to me." What other excuse again ? Exodus 4 : 1
Certainly you give yourself the same reasons, but they will believe you.
The miracle of the famous snake shows the power of God and Moses’ courage facing God’s orders.
Let’s recall that the snake is an animal divinize in Egypt. The Cobra is symbol of life power and to can on life. While commanding Moses to seize the snake by the tail, God demonstrates the power that he has on the elements of the creation.
In relation to the leprosy, she/it symbolizes the incurable character of some illnesses. The fact that the hand affected by leprosy became again as Moses’ flesh stipulates that nothing is impossible to God. God can hit wound and can remove the wound again.
With regard to the water of the stream, this stream is for the Egyptians the very source of life and the productivity to the point that the stream of the Nile is divinize.
Then this water that became blood would like to mean that God is capable to change the stream god of life in stream god of death.
Finally, Moses can brave the powers that embody the divinities of Egypt and even the Pharaoh.
IV./ 4th excuse " : I am not a man who has the easy floor." Exodus 4 : 10
God answered : "It is I that made the mouth and I will be with your mouth…"
Don’t be afraid, God will be with your mouth.
Indeed our God is almighty. He changed Moses and made of him an eloquent man. Etienne testified of him while saying that he was powerful in speech and in work.
V./ 5th excuse : "Lord, send that you will want to send" Exodus 4 : 13.
Otherwise said : I am not able to go ; me refuse ; I don’t accept all these promises ; I say no, no and no.
Was the answer of the eternal the colère " : did the anger of the eternal ignite Then against Moses, and does it say : has t there it not your brother Aaron, the Levite ? I know that he will speak easily."What confirms that had not been God’s miracle, Moses spoke with difficulty.
How much do hold this language again to God and continuous of hold it ? Let’s go and let’s quit to make stand God thus.
Although Moses finally accepted, the eternal always exhort him to leave, because since his return, God addressed Moses at home again. Exodus 4 : 19 " : Goes, return in Egypt, because all those that were angry at your life died." You also, go, because all those that you fear are not more capable to harm you. It is whereas in Exodus 4 : 21 the promise comes back encore " : see all prodigies that I put in your hand." Christ said : "I give you the power to walk on the demons." This speech pronounced by Christ incarnate meadow came back again in his/her/its mouth when it got ready to leave his disciples in Mark 16 : 17 "This is the miracles that will follow them that believe : in my name, they will hunt the demons ; they will speak of new languages ; they will seize some snakes ; if they drink some deadly beverage, they won’t make them a pain ; they will lay hands to the patients, and they shall recover."
Oh ! Misfortune will be to us if we don’t announce the gospel. Oh, how much die in conditions regrettable ! Where are they now ; and where will be another ?
Dear friends !
When will advance ourselves of the excuses ? Moses, the champion in it, did he be able to resist ? He ended up giving up. As well as Christ says it loud and fort : "I am with you ; it is me who send you ; they will believe, they will let themselves persuades ; Go, make all nations of the disciples… ; I will be with your mouth, don’t even premeditate what you will say beforehand, all will be given you on time ; my miracles will come with you", some rewards wait for us.
Dear friends, if the death of Pharaoh’s firstborn caused the delivery of the Jews of Egypt, and if Christ’s death (God’s firstborn) generated our salute, let’s give us a pain, a pain, and then a suffering for the salute of the souls that perishes.
Oh ! So much apology of our part : it is my profession, it is my job, it is my family, I don’t have the time, I am sick (always sick) ; oh, my business, my goods, my machine ; alas, I don’t understand French, I am ashamed !
When do we continue our excuses ?
Let’s ask for forgiveness for our apologies, because misfortune to us if we don’t announce the gospel.
God is a God of personal relation. He tries to walk and to live with us. He promised us the eternity. But before it is possible, he/it requires us some conditions to fulfill :
• To send back Ismael.
• To sacrifice Isaac.
1. To send back Ismael. Genesis 21 : 9-14
Ismael symbolize :
The lack of faith,
The works of the flesh,
God’s non implication in our projects.
What type of Ismael do we have produce ?
2. To sacrifice Isaac. Genesis 22 : 1 -
Some either the length of the promise, it will be achieved. It is not the birth for that God looks but the place that he occupies in our life and before God. God wants that Isaac is given to him like a victim.
It is what he makes with Abraham. After the return of Agar and his/her/its son Ismael, God asks Abraham thereafter to sacrifice him Isaac : " After these things, God put Abraham to the test, and says to him : Abraham ! And he answered : has me ! God says : Take your son, your unique, the one that you like, Isaac ; goes from it to the country of Morija, and there offer it in holocaust on one the mountains that I saw you. »
Isaac is the symbol of :
The hope, the promise , ;
The faith and the confidence, the benediction , ;
The heir, the posterity , ;
The future, the destiny, milk and the honey
The sacrifice of Isaac was a test and no a temptation. It is the devil who tempts us, but God feels us.
To accept the test, it opens up to the miracle. It allows God of power.
May God bless you !
God’s Speech declares that God liked the world that he gave his only son so much so that whoever grows in Him didn’t perish but that he has the eternal Life. (John 3:16)
But it was necessary that his Son becomes man in order to know the weaknesses of this last to be able to save it.
Two evangelists led some research to retrace us the authentic history of the birth of God’s Son in the world. It is about Matthew and Luc. In the introduction of his/her/its gospel, Luc said : "Many people having undertaken to compose a narration of the events that came true among us, following that that transmitted us those that were eyewitnesses since beginning and became ministers of the speech, he seemed also good to me, after having made exact research on all these things since their origin, to expose them to you in writing of a manner consistent, excellent Theophile, so that you recognize the certainty of the teachings that you have received. » (1 : 1-4)
The birth of God’s Son in the world is filled of mysteries ; what gives him his divine value.
A virgin gives birth
The repeated theophany (apparition of the angels to the men)
The kings mages come from afar to adore the child
A star guides them.
There are as many mysteries that surround this happy event that the angels described in these terms : "I announces you good news that will be for the whole populates the topic of a big joie… »(Luke 2 :10)
This announcement of a joy was only reserved to a small group of men and women sensitive to the spiritual realities.
We are going to identify these three groups of persons :
1- The shepherds in the fields (Luke 2 : 8-20)
It is only Luc who tells us this apparition of the angel to the shepherds.
They had in them some spiritual realities, some securities that the rest of the men didn’t have. They represent the simple class of people in the society that the civilizations separate, but however these are them often that keep remembering them the things that of others forgot. God didn’t send his angel toward the proud of the society that lose view the spiritual things, blinded by the ambitions and the modern things of the world.
There were the rich, of big tradesmen, of big politicians preoccupied by the things of this world ; those that lost the vision of the beyond and that take this world like one end in itself. God has them all ignored to go toward the simple shepherds, the low class, marginalized them, the villagers.
According to the research, in the society of the time, the shepherds were peasants situated at the bottom of the social ladder. God doesn’t reject what people of this world despise.
2- Someon and Anne (Luke 2 : 26-40)
a) Simeon, an inhabitant of Jerusalem, a just and devout man who waited for the consolation of Israel.
God have identified it, he will say : "You, you won’t die before having seen the Christ." He is said that the mind Saint was on him.
There is the picture of a Christian truth that is filled of the Holy Spirit and that waits Jesus’ return patiently.
I understood once again as will say it later the Pierre apostle at Corneille : « Truth, I recognize that God doesn’t make meaning of people, but that in all nations, the one that fears it and that practices the justice is him agreeable. « (Acts 10 : 34-35)
Me also I confess it and I confirm it that the one that likes God and that serves it with a devoted and sincere heart, the one that fears God on this earth and that keeps his commands, that he is African, Asian, European, etc. that he/it lives in the north or south pole, in the forest or the desert, or all at the end of the world, unknown of the men, God will send him his/her/its light, his/her/its love, and his/her/its blessings will reach this last inevitably because we serve a just and equitable God. No distance with him. God gave a long life to Simeon so that he sees the Savior of the world. Simeon took it in his hands.
A soul sensitive to the spiritual realities will always be warned by God on the arrival of some things.
Noah has been warned divinely of the arrival of the deluge in his time because he lived differently in relation to his/her/its fellow citizens. (Genesis 6 : 8)
God is going to remove Hénoc without he dies because of his justice. (Genesis 5 : 34)
God will always honor the faith of those that serves it in the sincerity.
God perfectly knows you in this Church and will return you to the hundredfold for everything that you make for him. Our fidelity only benefits to ourselves.
b) Anne (v.36)
She was a woman whom knew the joy of the marriage 7 years only. One would be able to say : has a woman who would remain sad all her life in God cursing to have pulled him her husband very early. She let everything and oriented her destiny toward what has eternal value, the communion with God.
She made prayer and fast her daily food. This manner to live made of it a prophetess.
She was also very happy with the Savior’s birth. Remained widowed and aged of 84 years, she/it didn’t leave the temple. There is an old supporter. She presents us a model of life that is pleasing to God.
3- The mages
There are the scientists who came from afar while following a star. Who are these orient mages ? These are scientists poured in the astronomy. Members of the scholarly class, they were depositories of the science, philosophy, the religious mysteries and the medical practice of the countries on the other side of the Euphrates. Is there a tie between the stars and the man’s life on the earth ? The Bible doesn’t speak of it to us and even bars this practice. What happened there ?
It was a temporary star installed by God to pave the path to the mages. It was God’s Shekinah, this same glory that had driven the children of Israel during 40 years in the desert, this column of cloud that guided Israel. It was maybe what they had in orient and due to a lack of a better term ; they called it" star." All efforts to explain this star are insufficient.
Who did they come to adore ? There is a verse that confounds other religions that chose to adore Marie, Joseph and the men.
When the mages arrived, the Bible said : They prostrated and adored it. However Marie and Joseph were seated holding the child. They didn’t say anything on the parents, anything on the mother.
No worship given to Marie like some make it today while displacing Jesus’ worship on his mother. Do you know why ? Satan is artful.
A worship sustained by precious grants to the child. They opened him their treasure :
What gift can be more important, more precious than one cannot give to God ? The grants worthy of a king :
Or : divinity or purity
The incense : perfume of his life
The myrrh : his sacrifice and his death.
Joseph used these grants to bring his family in Egypt and to provide over there to his needs until the death of Herode.
You and me, after this act of God to our place, God’s love towards each, how answer-us ? By our worship, our grants, our seriousness, our life of holiness, our devotion to only God.
The shepherds, Simeon and Anne, the mages let us a beautiful example to follow. God is glorified !
To build a strong and resistant house, no one would dare, after so many years of efforts, to choose an unsteady and swampy earth. Today, with the evolution of the science, the competent structures conduct the survey of soil before all constructional works (it is the example of the CNERTP in Benin).
For these structures, the zones where one finds the rocks are the best zones for the construction of building.
Jesus is going to push this truth in Matthew 7 : 24 "This is why, whoever hears these words that I say and puts them in practice, will be similar to a prudent man who built his/her/its house on the roc. »
How then to build his/her/its life on the roc ?
To build on the rock, it is necessary to try first to discover the rock.
In Jean 3, we see Jesus’ interview with Nicodemus, the doctor of the law. Jesus called Nicodemus to be born again that wants to tell to be born of God’s mind.
The new birth allows us to discover the rock of the centuries that is Jesus. Today in our Churches, many want to build on the rock without discovering the roc ; what is impossible. They live several years in the church for vain motives : miracles, protection, etc.
After the new birth, one belongs henceforth to a new world in which one walks by the faith and no by the view.
According to Romans 10 : 17, “ … the faith comes of what one hears, and what one hears comes of the speech of Christ.” In other words, the source of the faith is God’s Speech. The Paul apostle addressed in the Colossians in Colossians 3 : 16a : " May Christ’s speech lives abundantly among you ; instruct yourselves and exhort you one another in all sagesse "
Today God’s people has little interest for the Parole ; he rather becomes attached to the miracles, to the sensual, falling thus in the net of the false prophets and doctors.
The rigorous and daily meditation of God’s Speech is indispensable for our success as Joshua teaches us in Joshua 1 : 8.
The assiduity to the meetings of teaching, to the school of Sunday and other, is necessary for our spiritual growth.
The obedience or the submissiveness to God is also necessary.
It only is not sufficient to know the Speech, to listen to it, but most important is to put it in practice.
Very Jesus who is our rock was par excellence subject of obedience. When his/her/its death approached, it saw the difficulties that waited for it and it asked God for the Father that if it was possible, that it moves away this cut of it, but however that God’s will the Father is made.
In Jean 4 : 34 Jesus had said : « My food is to make the will of the one that sent to me, and to accomplish his work. »
As imitator of Christ, we owe to the first place of our lives the will of the Very High, which must excel on ours.
The advantages of one life built on the rock.
A victorious and steady life in all circumstances of life. (Matthew 7 : 25) Joy, the peace, and quietude
The blessings mentioned in Deuteronomy 28 : 1-14.
To our time, when two political or Ecclesiastical authorities meet in a country, they don’t escape the gnarls of the International Press that always return the object of their interview. They often sacrifice to the tradition while discussing on the questions of public interests. The topics of the social and economic development are landed with such a seriousness that lets believe that of here to there, there will always be a clean improvement of the conditions of life of the populations, These, naive, applaud with joy following such declarations and treaties signed. Unfortunately, the months and years flow out and the populations always in the waiting finish by discouraging itself/themselves, or even disappointed.
The evangelist Jean in his time, while returning the big Evenements of Jesus’ life, didn’t overlook his interview with Nicodemus, Doctor of the law of the time, very cultivated religious man, Member of the Sanhedrin, class leader of the Nation,. During this interview, important declarations have been made relative to the conditions to enter evidently in God’s kingdom after the death, topic of a high importance that interests the whole world since the big Religions of the world speak to of it, each to his/her/its manner.
But if there is life after the Tomb, only the one that comes of in top of by God, who died and resuscitated, will be able to illuminate this question. That one, it is Jesus God’s son who is made itself flesh to come in the world. An expression she/it doesn’t say that if the frog comes out of water and declare that today the crocodile to pain to the eyes, no one can contradict it, since one is not aquatic. In this interview, Jesus will specify that no one went up to the sky, otherwise the one that descended of the sky, the man’s son who is in the sky, talking of Him.
Dear brothers and sœurs, there is the question that we are going to land today therefore, since she/it dons a fundamental importance, I would like that you prepared a particular attention there in order to share it with your friends, your colleagues and friends, your family, while opening their eyes on the eternal life and the conditions to have it. Let’s go discover these marvels together.
It is about Nicodemus, Doctor in theology with Christ God’s Son, two big faces of the New will. What will be the subject today ? On what are they going to converse, this two big faces of religion ? Their country is not under the domination of the romans ? Are they going to be interested in the polities ? Certainly they are going to pass social and economic questions of the country with a fine-toothed comb. Why choose the night ? They want maybe to have silence. It is necessary to underline this probability also : Nicodemuswas afraid of his/her/its colleagues of the sanhédrin because whoever recognized Jesus as Son of God was sent back of the sanhédrin.
Nicodemus was Jesus’ disciple in secret because of his/her/its social rank. What big meeting ! Two big religious authorities, of the scholars of the time, of the people’s blimps, those that show the signposts that illuminate the Path of the salute, two rabbis that the people admired, one are secured of the knowledge acquired on the earth, the other those of in top. Two scientists, one doesn’t operate any miracles while the other makes the miracles and the convincing prodigies that attest his/her/its divine origins. Nicodemusrepresents the religious system that one often sees on the earth, that pretends to be the depository of the theological knowledge, appreciated highly by the world but that God doesn’t consider. This interview must interest us because Jesus is going to take advantage of this opportunity to teach a fundamental truth when to what concerns God’s kingdom that interests us all. This interview only contains one agenda to know the new birth, only condition to enter in God’s kingdom.
WHO IS NICODEMUS ?
Member of the party of the Parisians, a chief of the Jewish, a Doctor of the law.
Doesn’t become doctor of the law who wants. It was necessary to study the thora during years ; it was necessary to be a person who observes with a finicky rigor the precepts of a morals all formal, and that lands in model of morality and virtue. The Rabbi or the Mr. was a person respected in the society. Nicodemushad seen his/her/its interlocutor’s miracles. He/it knew that Jesus was a Mr. particular come on behalf of God because his/her/its miracles prove it.
Contrary to the other pharisiens, Nicodemuswas not hostile to Jesus. As Parisian, Nicodemus believed that the one that observed the Jewish law and the tradition of the old scrupulously, got the salute. As his/her/its Jewish compatriots, he/it believed therefore that the salute won itself by the œuvres of the law. Jesus knew that Nicodemussincerely tried to obey God and to enter in kingdom of the heaven. For the Lord Jesus the agenda will include one point only to know : The new birth.
NICODEMUS FACE TO THE NEW BIRTH
Jesus doesn’t waste the time when he finds an opportunity to tell the truth to a person. Ex. his/her/its meeting with the woman samaritaine in Jean : 4 In his/her/its interview with the big nicodème, Jesus jumps on the essential and makes this declaration importante :<
If the Lord came back to have an interview with the religious of the world of today, it would show to them that they teach some falsities to people. Nicodème that the first was between the men, are less that a child, that must us to think the rest, of the commun ?
CONDUCTED OF THE PHARISEES TO JESUS’ TIME
They carried on their forehead a strip of parchment on which was written of the verses of the law. They made some fringes to their clothes to recall commands of the law. These fringes showed to all how much the piety of these men was big Jesus condemns their conduct in Matt 23 They liked the best places in the banquets and the seats of honor in the synagogues. They required a lot of the people, while interpreting the law to the letter, but they didn’t make anything to alleviate this heavy burden. They fulfilled their religious duty to be seen of the men and no by motive of conscience. He/it came of night, because he/it saw himself/itself big and had fear to lose his/her/its reputation, because he/it seems to the ambitious that this is made some of their honor if of their masterly size they descend once to the rank of the apprentices. Doesn’t our world overflow t it not of such personalities religieuses distinguées by their clothes sacerdotaux ? What the world sometimes considers is not what God considers. The man watches to what hits to the œil but God watches at the heart. The pharisiens is ten times better that the religious of our time but however, Jesus has since they ignored the unique condition that permits to enter in God’s kingdom. That would say - them to those of our time that swim in the mire of the sin and the erreur !
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS to SEE KINGDOM OF Dieu :
To be born again
To be born of water and mind
To see God’s kingdom, to enjoy kindness introduced by the Messiah’s reign, was the wish of all Jewish devout. to enter there, Jesus says that it is necessary to be born again. It is about a spiritual and divine operation that produces a new life that escapes the terrestrial contigencies. Here water is the symbol of God’s speech, the mind is the agent that applies the speech to our conscience and that renews our to be interior. Jesus approaches one of the doctrines fundamental of the faith chrétienne : REGENERATION or spiritual Birth. Without the new birth, no one can see God’s kingdom.
The new birth, is the recreation and the transformation of the human being. Rom 12,2 by the help of The mind, the man receives this change in him, that makes that he becomes like a newborn in God’s kingdom. His/her/its conduct changes, it is not anymore as it was. He/it repents of his/its sins, and turn toward God and confide some him. Of thief, liar, adultery, that he/it was he/it is not anymore. Those that live again in the immorality and follow the ways of the world, no matter that that they profess their mouth, demonstrate that they stay the children of non Satan régénérés.1 Jean 3 : 6-10
The one that is again born leads a just life, he/it sins fortuitously he/it doesn’t practice the sin anymore. He/it likes God, keep his/her/its commands, like his/her/its neighbor, free of the slavery of the sin, he/it tries to be pleasing to God, sanctify Himself every day.
Nicodème could not consist of Jesus’ declarations by that he had human reasonings. He/it wanted to know that was Jesus. The Lord doesn’t answer this need without exercising his/her/its faith. By the recall of the bronze snake, Jesus turns his looks toward God and touch his/her/its conscience to make know him God’s love for the world. This meeting had a decisive effect for Nicodème ; it is some thus for us when God’s speech challenges us.
To first view, the answer of the Lord Jesus in Nicodème doesn’t appear in relation with the subjects of this last. Here is what Jesus wants him dire however : Nicodème, you come to me to receive a teaching, but that of which you really have need, it is to be born again. It is necessary to be born of in top, otherwise, you will never see God’s kingdom. All as the first birth proves to be indispensable to communicate us the physical life, a second birth is necessary to communicate us the divine life. Born means born again also of in top. In other words, only those whose life has been changed can enter in Christ’s kingdom.
Dear brothers and sœurs, there is the point culminating of our sermon. Did each of us know this new birth of which speaks the Lord Jésus ? Did each of us receive this new vie qui permits him to enter in kingdom of Dieu ? The new birth is as wind, one doesn’t see it but the consequences that they drag in life see themselves. One sees in this person the abandonment of the péché : Limp of night no, flight no, lie non ! Adultery non ! To smoke non ! To take the alcohol as far as getting drunk Non ! To go to the impostors to consult non ! To like the quarrels non ! Diversion of the denier public non !
One sees that the person endeavors to keep God’s commands The positive things begin to be born in lui : the brotherly love, to go to the cult, to read God’s speech, to visit the brothers, to give for God’s work, to like God’s Servants, to sing for God, becomes his/her/its passion. Anyone believes in the Lord Jesus receives this new life.
The Bible presents the faith like an act of the heart. She includes an intellectual, emotional and volitive change therefore. What does it want dire ? It means that for our salute, it is necessary that our intelligence, emotion and will participate there. The Men believe the heart to be saved. Nicodème had the faith in this sense of the term when he came toward Jesus. The demons also believe is us he/it says because they know God (Jacq 2. 19). We conclude some therefore that the faith must be more that a simple intellectual assent. No one can be saved if he/it doesn’t appropriate the Lord Jesus voluntarily.
The results of Jesus’ interview with Nicodème
Our curiosity would have liked to know the results of this big maintenance of Nicodème with Jesus. But while probing the Writings, we realize that Nicodème had accepted Jesus as his/her/its personal savior. Here is the preuves of it :
Because it is he that took Jesus’ defense later before the sanhédrin. (Jean 7.50-52) After Jesus’ death, whereas all disciples had fled, Nicodème came to help Joseph of Arimathée to put Jesus’ body in the tomb (Jean 19.39). so in the beginning, Nicodème proved to be a shy and apprehensive disciple, at the end, he came out of his/its hiding place to show off like disciple of Jesus
As Nicodème, you and I must also accept Jesus as our personal Savior, to believe that he/it is God’s Son and be born again. Because it is the only condition to be saved. Jesus himself Declares that " personne didn’t go up to the sky, if it is not the one that descended of the sky, the man’s Son who is in the ciel " (Jn3.13). By this declaration, he/it shows than him only Jesus detains the criterias of entry in his/her/its Father’s kingdom. Otherwise he/it adds that he/it is the path, the truth and life and no one comes to the Father that by him. (Jean 14.6).
Therefore, whoever invents his/her/its criterias or paths to reach God, would be only an impostor.
That the Lord blessed you.
Reverend SAMBIENI K. Pascal Pasteur titular Academic Temple Of the Assemblies of God of Benin
There is a question that was always the subject of my reflections. I asked several questions and the Holy spirit gave me a certain light on what stops Africa from being blessed by God, what stops the Christian African from being blessed by God.
In the western countries, Christianity lowered lamentably. However God continues to bless these countries that have a food self-dependence. These countries had a strong enough Christian plane rear that forged their thought, their character, their conduct, and placed in them of the virtues that the Africans miss strongly. It is true that morally they fell low but their manner to work, their respect of the public thing, their market and manner to market don’t look at all like our manner in Africa. In their market, the White doesn’t have his/her/its price and the Black his.
I bought a picture of Africa that is currently in my office. On this picture, him is écrit : Africa with a hot tear, to when the end of his/her/its problèmes ? Let’s pray together for the continent of Africa.
What scream of alarm threw this artiste !
Why did Africa remain to the low of the scale of the monde ? She/it endures several maux : drought, famine, lack of water, poverty, the scarcity, the underdevelopment and all consequences that he/it drags.
Why didn’t God trigger the blessings on the Christian africains ? Here are the causes of it :
1- The Christian African cruelly trustworthy lack in God
He/it believes at the diabolic demonstrations more that God. His/her/its confidence in God is superficial. If he/it occupies an important place, he/it searches for the protection of the devil. He/it is afraid of the threats of those that exercises the satanic strengths. He/it wants to see before believing. His/her/its faith is ruined by its rear plan féticheur. Therefore, God cannot bless the one that doesn’t have confidence in him. For example, Abraham believed in God and it was imputed to him to justice. In spite of the progress of Christianity in Africa, the Black man believes more in the demonstrations of the devil more that to those of God. He/it believes more in the protection of the devil that to the one of God.
2- The African market system based on the false balances, the deception.
Proverbs 11 : 1 " La swings false is in horror to the eternal, But the just weight is him agréable.”
For the African, to become richer to deceive his/her/its neighbor in the sale of his/her/its goods is necessary. No merchandise to the market has a flat rate. For the sale of all product, the African uses false balances. The Christian himself not of pain in cela ; he/it makes as the pagan (meat, fish and other commodities are weighed on false weight).
God condemns the use of improper balances in the goal to injure someone. Lévitique 19 : 35-36 " Vouses won’t commit an iniquity nor in the judgments, nor in the measures of dimension, nor in the weights, nor in the measures of capacity. You will have the just balances, the just weights, the just épha and the justes. hin " He/it orders us to act honestly so much towards everybody in the financial domain that in all circumstances where it is possible to cheat. God doesn’t bless in a system based on the flight, the fraud, the deception. The White has its price to the marché ; the strangers who come from another African country especially have their price when one recognizes their accent. The system to trick his/her/its neighbor is the practice of the African. God recommends the just weights, the just balances. God likes the just measures. The African can unearth a rotted meat and can sell it to his/her/its neighbor. Not to deceive tells him anything. To lie not to reach gene his/her/its conscience. A peasant went to buy a mill in an African country and discovered that these are the stones that one sold him in cardboard. A brother in Ouidah bought for 1 500 000 FCFA of the enveloped bricks that one made him believe that these are computers for sound cyber. One can quote to not to finish this cases counterpart of it.
Here to Benin, some swindlers exploited an old peasant while making him believe that his/her/its land is an oilfield. To convince it, they buried a can of oil there unknowingly. God condemns in his speech the system of fraud, of flight, of cheating. Michée 6 : 10-15.
These practices make us lack material and financial blessings. God will never modify his/her/its speech to conform to our rotted system. Not to win money throughout middle gene the Christian African. He/it meets in the same practices. How can be blessed him by God who requires just weights.
Daring 12 : 8. Daring lets hear that the Jews delivered themselves to the practices commercial cananéennes that was contrary to the rules of honesty required by God. But the merchants didn’t think that will be asked them to give account of their dishonesty. As the Christian of today doesn’t know it non plus ; a brother made you an orders to buy him something, you deceive it to sell him it another price.
The third reason that makes that one is blessed is the dishonesty.
3- The dishonesty
The Christian African lack of honesty in his/her/its business. He/it lives on the flight and it doesn’t tell him anything. The surfacturation doesn’t say anything to his/her/its conscience. Amos 1 : 8
We see the materialistic merchants here. They waited with impatience for the end of the Sabbath to take their false commerce :
• To decrease the épha
• To increase the prices
• To falsify the balances
• To deceive the purchasers
• To buy the poor persons
• To buy the poor people (less dear)
There is a system similar to the one of Africa.
God’s maledictions on the country.
Amos 8 : 9
• Feasts changed in mourning
• Songs in lament
The continuous Africa to suffer with a basement filled of riches. One speaks of the democratic Congo, ex Zaire, as being a geological scandal, a country that can feed all the Africa. But no African country has its sons as scattered in the world as Congo. They are in search of the well-being that is at home. Do you see it as normal ? The 4th reason is the following.
4- The corruption
So much that the Africans will continue to swim in the corruption, their countries will never be blessed.
The taxes are not well perçus ; the clearance of the goods is not made well. Of false statements faites is ; money enters in the pockets of the individuals while the state suffers. Will come one day and God will condemn us for everything that we won in the corruption and the fraud. To be tidy, it is necessary to corrupt the médecins ; for a childbirth, it is necessary to corrupt the midwives. They ask you to buy some medicines for your wife in work that they resell to the other needy persons.
To be affected to some stations, it is necessary to corrupt the superior. When God looks at our thus rotted environment, he be able to only turn us the back.
5- The bad governance
Of the unjust taxes
Non payment of a correct salary
Retained fraudulent of the salary
Delay in payment.
The governing become richer on the back of the other. The employee is not considered. The good manners are there but one doesn’t put them in practice. To create a school, one requires you a lot of things that the government himself doesn’t have in his/her/its own schools, him that pretends to give the morals to the other. The riches of the country are not shared in an equitable manner. To Benin, the government wants to put back the pendulums on time while speaking of the revision. It is not today that one spoke of the unique ticket window. In the time of president Kérékou, one had made him believe that it is made. When president Tandja was in visit at home, he noted that one had it trompé ; he was obliged to say that he is surrounded with bandits, that his/her/its ministers are bandits. Why don’t people want that the things is claires ? Because that profit to some corrupt individuals who like to fish in troubled water. One doesn’t count the cadavers said a briber.
God cannot bless a corrupt country.
6- The laziness (Proverbs 6 : 6-11)
God’s speech sends us toward the ant to pull lesson. The African doesn’t work enough. This laziness makes that one doesn’t walk bien ; one doesn’t raise the feet to walk. One drags the feet as old men. Go in the services, especially in the CNHU, and you will see how we walk.
The slowness to treat a file or even to take something that is nearby. Compare how people of the private sector write to the manner of those of the government. There is a difference. One day, the evangelist Jacques Halépian that had to work with us in Benin, told one our pasteurs : " Toi, you are too slow. You cannot work in France. " In Europe, people walk in courant ; in America, it is the same thing. But in Africa, one takes all his/her/its time. One wastes the time. One wants to win without effort. One walks while sleeping. One sleeps while walking.
Instead of working, one believes in the lottery, to the magic, one believes to collect what another would have lost, one believes in the easiness, to the gri-gri. The White believes in work. God encourages work. The ant is given us in example in Proverbs 6 : 6.
Here are other reasons that deprive us of God’s blessings
7- The spitefulness (The very formed people prefer to work in Europe to the risk to make itself/themselves kill at home in Africa by their brothers, by the sorcery)
8- The hiding (behavior of a person that hides his/her/its thoughts, his/her/its feelings)
9- Breach of confidence (one doesn’t pay for our debts)
10- Insoluble debtor
11- The subordination (to divert itself/themselves from the right path)
12- The extortion (to swindle, to extract)
To Benin, he/it arrived that a swindler let make his/her/its funerals after having swindled the Whites of billions of francs. One Whites fell of the top of a floor after a swindle.
Someone sold its lands to contribute to buy a white rat is saying that the whites want to buy it to 25 millions francs for the scientific researches in a laboratory in France.
In a class, a teacher asked the following question to his/her/its élèves : " Quelle function wants to exercise you when you will be grands. " 34% have dit : " L’escroquerie " because they saw a swindler’s realizations in their locality. In what country to the world does the seller ask you after the purchase of a car" piece you do want what sum that I put on the facture ? You are going to eat, I also leave to eat."
In what countries to the world, when the government throws an order for printing, restoration, purchase of material, toilet paper, etc., one makes him an invoice so elevated because it is the government.
All people chain becomes richer to the same moment. It is in Africa. In what country to the world the NGO is considered as the free money for which it is necessary to multiply the journeys, seminaries to become richer. Expenses of missions, of the surfacturations, of the indemnities are caused to win money.
To tar a road, one diverts bags of cement, of the important material destined to work.
The bridges and pavements are made badly. A lends White mocked of the Black disant : " Si a Black constructs a bridge, I won’t pass thereon. If he/it manufactures a plane, I will enter in because I know that this plane won’t take off because the elements that it is necessary to buy to really make work are détournés. »
The misfortune follows the African everywhere in Europe, in America because of his/her/its dishonesty. I saw Blacks cursed to the United States, always poor.
One speaks of the" white elephants" in Africa, of the non finished factories, the incomplete public housing and badly facts.
So much indirect large sums in Afrique ! Of the projects inachevés ! And there is in what middle the Christian African exercises his/her/its faith, his/her/its believer’s life.
As Christian in a similar environment, we sin every day. How do we treat our ouvriers ? To want too many earnings is a sin. A Christian western had sold his/her/its old car. After, he/it comes with tears to the eyes by his/her/its pastor in disant : " Voici the price of the sale. Is what I didn’t sell it too cher ? " Are going to find you this behavior at a Christian africain ?
For us, it is the ruse, the double-dealing, the fraud, the lie, etc. who characterize us.
So that the Christian African is blessed, it is necessary that he/it comes back on the norms required by God. It is necessary that the Christian African rest to make his/her/its business in a pagan manner.
What to do so that God us bénisse ?
To have the balances and weights justes ;
To have confidence entirely in Dieu ;
To practice the honesty, the integrity, the justice and the fairness.
That our yes either yes and our no either non ;
To say the vérité ;
To give our tithe juste ;
To work strong to come out of the pauvreté ;
To pay for our dettes ;
To pay for our ouvriers ;
To have the fear of Dieu ;
Let’s clear our choses ;
Let’s respect the autorité ;