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SERMON FOR Oct 20, 2019
Introduction - It is important that we learn to give mercy. The concept of giving can apply to anything in this life. It can be giving money or giving time but the concept we need to concern ourselves is to be someone who does GIVE. When we start to GIVE then we will become merciful. The act of giving makes us merciful. You cannot give without showing mercy. The KJV calls it being moved with compassion
Focus Scripture Heb 4:14-16 14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Grace and mercy go together in the kingdom of God. The throne of grace is there so we can obtain mercy and find grace in our needs. We need to say the same thing that the Bible says. Not to say the things that we see in our flesh. Not to say what we see but say what God says. When we focus on Jesus we need to say what He said! We are in his kingdom so we need to follow his Word over our life.
Give and it is given- when I say give do you only think of giving money? You can give time and love for the principle is to give. Have a heart of giving. God is a giver! God so loved that he gave. Giving comes from love. THE level of your giving is based on the level of your love that you demonstrate to another. You cannot give without love! You cannot love without giving!
Lk 6:35-38 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Notice it says that we must love our enemies , be merciful and do not judge. That is so against the world system for we do not love those enemies or are merciful for we want to give them what they deserve and we do judge others. We only give if it is convenient, saying if I have it I will give it. God says after we forgive we can give. So this passage is not just about giving money! Give and it is given in a good measure then pressed down shaken together and more is put in until it is running over . Give wants to give to you in abundance in – money, forgiveness, mercy, love, and righteous judgment. God wants you to know that He does not condemn you or judge you. God is for you!
Mt 7:7-8 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Given when you seek or knock! To find it you must seek and then knock on the door. Jesus is the door. You can knock and the door and God will open the door. When you ask it is freely given to you so you can receive, when you seek you will find and when you knock it will be opened. God is not hiding the kingdom for He wants you to have the kingdom. So whosoever will may come! It will be given to those that desire it. Giving needs to come from the heart! You must receive things from the heart!
Ps 107:-1-2 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
Praise because we realize how great God is and focus on his mercy. His mercy is eternal because God is eternal. The redemption of the Lord needs to be spoken. When we speak what we have because of the redemption then we can be delivered. Redemption. The redemption is because of the mercy of the Lord and that is how we share it as well! As you receive him so walk in Him!
In Christ - mercy and grace came from being in Christ. You are put in Jesus Christ once you are born again. Being born again means you are born again and have the Lord of Heaven living within you. So you are able to give mercy for the Merciful One is within you. God of Creation lives so HE puts Himself within us so that we can have what God says we can have. HE provides for all we need in this life are given to us. There are so many things we have because of the atonement we have in Jesus Christ. Heaven and eternal life are only part of what we have. The verses below help us understand part of what Christ provided for us because of the atonement.
Phil 4:18-19 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
We have all things in Christ and there are so many. One of the things is that we are acceptable to God so we are now well pleasing before God. Once we know we are acceptable before God. God supplies the needs of those who are acceptable before Him. God wants to meet my need. When God sees us as His very own then he says we have a sweet smell and wants to be around us. He honors us!
Acts 17:28-32 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
Paul is talking to the Greeks and when one talks to a group of people who do not know the Scripture somehow you have to make God real to them. How can you make Jesus alive to others who do not know the Lord? He decides to quote their poets! He says and it became part of Scripture in Him we live …. SO Paul continues that God wants us to turn to him and one day be raised from the dead! So the question is how does God give to us. God is in Christ and created all things!
Eph 3:14-21 14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
This is one of the Ephesian prayers. IT is profitable to pray this prayer for us daily. The other prayer is in Eph. 1 These prayers tell us how the Apostle Paul would pray for others. Christ wants to dwell in our hearts. God wants to fill our hearts with Himself and his love. God wants to put his power within us. God wants to fill our life. God’s power will work within us. God wants the church to glorify him. When we focus on Christ then we will have everything in the Kingdom.
Victory – we have victory and know that. There are many verses that talk about our victory in Jesus. Jesus gave authority to the disciples and then also gave it to us who are in Him! What we have is because of who our Father is. We have victory because our Daddy is God and he has victory. HE gives to us what HE got! So we can walk in the victory because of Jesus and the atonement he provided for the church! Victory in Jesus is real for us now and in eternity!
1 Cor 15:51-58 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I am waiting for the day when the trumpet sounds and we are changed. The beauty of that day is not just that we go to Heaven or get new bodies. The beauty is that we see Jesus and then our loved ones. We also get to the people from the Bible we read about and then the people of history we wanted to meet. One day we will live forever! The things we do not want in our life will be gone forever! However in the presence of Jesus nothing of the curse can exist. Death is defeated and we will see the joy that brings! SO we will know that our labor is not in vain for we will be rewarded by Christ Himself! We have victor y because of being in Christ. Jesus will say thanks to us!
Ps 118:1-6 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.2 Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.3 Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.4 Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever.5 I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
God is worthy of praise for he is good! God is worthy for his mercy endures! So focus on the fact that his mercy is enduring in your life! Focus on the mercy of God and let the mercy of God flow through you! When you focus on the mercy of God then man will not be able to do anything to you! Man is powerless when God is on your side and you speak what you have because of the mercy of God in your life!
Ps 103:1-8 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
We have benefits because of what Christ has done. Some of the benefits are for this life and some are for eternity. We have forgiveness and God puts the glory around us with lovingkindness- ( crowned with glory as a shield around us). He wants to satisfy us and renew our youth. God is older than the earth and yet God feels young. A day is like a 1,000 years so God feels young. HE is full of energy and will never be a day when God is tired of us or we are tied of Him. God is full of joy and glad to be around us for HE created us. The Lord is full of mercy and grace. He does not get angry easily but has plenty of mercy and grace! He wants to bless you!
Expect Provision Expect God to provide in any situation for your good! God wants to provide for you for God wants to heal, deliver and set you free. God wants you to live in freedom for God wants you to live with power in your life so that you can set others free. When you have provision you have a desire to share that so others can have their needs met!
Ps 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
This is probably one of the best known Psalms and maybe one of the best known passages in the entire Bible. Clearly it shows God’s provision. It ends with the concept of God’s mercy following me all the days of my life. This tells me that God will give me a banquet while my enemies are watching and the enemies cannot attend. . There is no reason for fear when God is near. God wants to restore you and lead you. Unrighteousness is the absence of God but righteousness is the presence of God. The conclusion to this provision is that I will dwell with God forever. The concept of provision includes the concept of protection from God and also the presence of God. There is an anointing in His provision. So God’s provision includes his protection and presence. You cannot separate them for they are all intertwined. SO get in the presence of God and you will get his provision for you!
Phil 1:19 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
The supply for us is through the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. Jesus is the reason we have our supply. When we need something we need to identify with Jesus for he is the reason and source of supply. Too often we try to supply things through our effort and not through the provision that God made for us. What is your supply? Is your supply your job or your Lord. Do you have more confidence in your talent and ability through your job to supply your needs or your Lord?
Mt 6:30-34 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?31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
God takes care of the things we call nature. God supplies for the bees and flowers and all the animals. God supplies for Babies and takes care of us as well. He provides for us yet sometimes we do not give him the glory we should. We are of great value to Him for he died for us, yet he did not die for the flowers, animals and the rest of nature, even though they were also affected by the fall of Adam. Trust God to provide for you even when it does not seem like it will work out for you. God is greater than your problem. God will provide!
Conclusion - How do you give? Do you consider giving solely on how much money you have? Do you consider your giving to be based on your character? Giving is based on a number of things. Give and it is given to you! Giving is expected yet we limit ourselves based on our $ picture. SO stop looking at your bank account to determine how much you can give. Look first to your heart and let your giving come first from your heart!
Next week: Healing in the Bible
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