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  1. Where is He that is Born King of the Jews? (Christmas Day) Bible Reading: Matthew 2:1-23. Aim: To understand Jesus as King and to worship Him as King. (B66:7) Introduction: The first gentiles who came to see Jesus said that He was born King of the Jews. (Matt 2:2) So great is Jesus the King that He had a star to announce His birth. Jesus is not only King of the Jews, but He is God our Creator and Saviour Whom we must worship. Do you worship Jesus Christ as your King? I. What does the Bible Teach us about Jesus Christ as our King? 1. King is Born. Matthew 2:2 ‘Where is he that is born King of the Jews?’ 2. King is identified as Jehovah the King of Israel. ‘Thou art the King of Israel.’ John 1:49; ‘mine eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts.’ Isaiah 6:5; ‘Jehovah the King of Israel.’ Isaiah 44:6. 3. King came to Jerusalem fulfilling Zechariah 9:9 ‘Thy King cometh unto thee…riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.’ (‘Thy King cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.’ John 12:14,15). Daniel 9:25. 4. King is Blessed. John 12:13 ‘Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord’ 5. King Offered Himself as King to Israel. Luke 19:37,38. 6. King is Rejected by Israel’s leaders. Luke 19:39,40 ‘Pharisees said, Master, rebuke thy disciples.’ 7. King is Crucified (‘Shall I crucify your King?’ John 19:14-16) & Cut off (‘Messiah cut off.’ Dan 9:26) 8. King Collecting His Saints. Rev 15:3 ‘Thou King of saints.’; ‘One sat on the throne.’ Rev 4:1,2. 9. King Returning to Earth. Rev 19:11-16 ‘King of Kings.’ 10. King Conquering world’s armies. Rev 17:12-14 ‘Lamb shall overcome them: for he is King of kings’ 11. King Judging the Nations. Matthew 25:31-46 (34,40) ‘Then shall the King say unto them on his right’. 12. King Worshipped by all nations. Zechariah 14:9,16,17 ‘Jehovah shall be king over all the earth.’ (9). II. How is Jesus Christ like a King? ‘These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:’ Revelation 17:14. 1. Kings have great Qualifications, Knowledge, Wisdom and Authority. ‘In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom & knowledge.’ Col 2:3; ‘Christ the power of God, & the wisdom of God.’ I Cor 1:24; 2. Kings are Anointed. Samuel anointed Saul & David. ‘LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;’ Isa 61:1; ‘thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.’ Heb 1:9 3. Kings have a Palace. Jesus left the Palace of heaven to come to earth as a man and to die for our sins. ‘In my Father's house are many mansions:’ John 14:2; ‘they shall enter into the king’s palace.’ Ps 45:13-15 4. Kings have Great Attendants serving in their Courts and Dominions. Jesus Christ, our great King, was attended on by angels before, during & after His earthly life. ‘God was manifest in the flesh, seen of angels’ Angels ministered to Christ in: i) Predicted Christ’s birth to Mary (Luke 1:26-38); ii) Proclaimed Christ’s birth to shepherds (Luke 2:8-20). iii) Protected Christ as a baby from Herod (Matt 2:13-15); iv) Strengthened Christ during his trials in the wilderness (Matt 4:11); v) Defended Christ at his request (Matt 4:6; Ps 91:11); vi) Announced Christ’s resurrection (Luke 24:4-6); vii) Predicted Christ’s bodily return to earth (Acts 1:10,11); viii) Accompany Christ at the rapture (I Thess 4:16) and when He returns to earth (Matt 25:31); ix) Gather saved Israelites (Matt 24:31) and wicked offenders at His return (Matt 13:41); x) Worship Christ now in heaven (Rev 5:11,12), ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him.’ Heb 1:6 5. Kings have great Power and Authority. ‘All power is given unto me…’ Matt 28:18; 24:30, Rev 19:6; 6. Kings have many Subjects that submit to their Power. i) Holy angels ‘ angels, authorities, powers being made subject to him.’ (I Peter 3:22); ii) Evil angels ‘ even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.’ (Luke 10:17). iii) Believers ‘church is subject to Christ.’ (Eph 5:24). iv) Winds, sea (Mt 8:26,27). 7. Kings have Laws and Rules to Govern by. Jesus abolished the law of Moses (Eph 2:15) and replaced it with the new covenant law of Christ (NT). ‘fulfil the law of Christ.’ Gal 6:2; ‘Law of sp of life’ Rom 8:2. 8. Kings have Prerogatives to make Peace & War when they please. Jesus offered Himself as the Prince of peace at His first coming (Is 9:6); ‘on earth peace’ (Luk 2:14); ‘preaching peace by JC’ Ac10:36; ‘To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn’ Isa 61:2. 9. Kings send Ambassadors to proclaim their messages to foreign countries. Jesus sends 12,70, all saved. we are ambassadors for Christ, as tho God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead,be ye reconciled to God 10. Kings have a Crown, a Sceptre, a Throne. ‘To the Son he saith, Thy throne O God.’ Hebrews 1:8. 11. Kings have Rights to receive petitions (Acts 7:59), pardon offenders (Matt 9:6), confer honour (I Tim 1:12), give commissions (Mark 16:15), receive tribute (Luke 8:3), storehouse of riches (Phil 4:19), praise well-doers (Matt 25:21 Well done). Do you worship Christ as King? Are you a faithful ambassador of Jesus Christ?
  2. What Does Christmas Teach Us About God? Bible Reading: Matthew 2:1-18; Luke 2:1-24. Memory Verse: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. Aim: To know and understand God better by what He reveals about Himself in the birth of Jesus Christ. Introduction: Christmas is about God the Son being born as a man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas teaches a great deal about God. This is seen in God’s dealings with people at Christ’s birth.What Does Christmas Teach Us About God? 1. Mary and some Christians are highly favoured by God. Luke 1:28. 2. God has a Son Who would be born as a man at His first coming and would rule on David’s throne at His second coming. Luke 1:32,33. 3. God seeks our permission to do His will in our life. “be it unto me according to thy word.” Luke 1:38. 4. God controls ungodly emporers decrees to fulfil His prophecies and His purposes. “there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.” Luke 2:1. 5. God sets an example of humility by Christ being born in a manger because there was no room in the inn. God wants us to be humble and help those who are less fortunate and suffering. Luke 2:7. 6. God revealed Christ’s birth first to shepherds. Luke 2:8,9. God is interested in shepherds because it shows his concern to shepherd, encourage and help his people. We are the sheep of his pasture. Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd. 7. God wants all people to “fear not” and to have “great joy” at Christ’s birth. Luke 2:10. 8. Jesus Christ is both God (Lord) and Saviour. Luke 2:11. 9. God wants “peace on earth and good will toward men.” Luke 2:14. 10. God wants us to “make known abroad” the gospel of Christ. Luke 2:17. 11. God wants us to dedicate our children to God, as Jesus was. Luke 2:22. 12. The Holy Spirit reveals things to believers who are in close fellowship with God. Luke 2:26. 13. God wants all nations to be saved and receive the light of Christ. Luke 2:31,32. 14. God reveals the thoughts of people’s hearts by their response to Jesus Christ. Luke 2:35. Our response to Christ shows if we believe the Bible, if we honestly seek the truth, if we are willing to admit our sins to God, if we are humble or proud, if we value and want to follow Christ, and many more. 15. God wants us to be strong in spirit, to be filled with wisdom, & to have God’s grace on us. Luke 2:40 16. God reveals truth about Himself to people of other nations, such as the wise men who travelled a great distance to see Jesus. These are a rebuke to all who have easy access to the gospel of Christ. Matt. 2:1-3. 17. The wise men worshipping Jesus proves that Jesus is God. Matthew 2:11. 18. The wise men giving gifts to Jesus proves that we should give sacrificially to the cause of Christ. 2:11. 19. God warns people about future dangers, as he did to the wise men and Joseph in a dream. Matthew 2:12,13. Conclusion: Let us seek to know, love and serve God better because of what God reveals of Himself at Christ’s birth.
  3. The Value and Importance of Jesus Christ Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-25. Introduction: Many people do not understand or appreciate the value of Jesus Christ to individuals and to the world. Many just enjoy the benefits of Jesus Christ without recognizing that He introduced them. Question: What valuable things must we thank Jesus Christ for? 1. He created the universe, humans, earth and a life sustaining environment on earth. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:3. 2. He holds the universe together. “He is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:17 3. He is ‘God manifest in the flesh’ (I Tim 3:16). ‘The word became flesh and dwelt among us’ John 1:18 4. He visited, comforted and protected Old Testament believers as God the Son. Daniel 3:25; Exodus 3:1-16 5. He saved Israel from Egypt’s & Assyria’s armies (Isaiah 36-38). He saves us from trouble if we ask him. 6. He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rose again to give us eternal life. 7. He gives us an example of a perfect, holy life to live by. 8. He satisfies the law, justice and love of God by dying for our sins and paying our sin debt to save us from hell. “Who delivered us from so great a death.” (2 Corinthians 1:10). 9. He gives us a loving, peaceful relationship with God. Rev.3:20, Ephesians 1:6. 10. He conquered death by rising from the dead. He will raise us from the dead. 11. He sets an example of humility, love and service for us to treat others. 12. He teaches us truth, wisdom and how to live peacefully on earth. “love your enemies”. Matthew 5:44 13. He teaches us how to love one another. “A new commandment I give unto you..” John 13:34,35. 14. He comforts us in trouble and provides a way of escape from our problems. I Corinthians 10:13. 15. He gives us local churches to help each other. “I will build my church.” Matthew 16:18. 17. He answers our prayers. “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24. 18. He promises to return to earth to remove evil and rule righteously. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:3 19. He sets us an example of being a soul winner, a worker for God and using our time wisely. John 3,4. 20. He spread the Old Testament law and prophets to the world by fulfilling many OT prophecies. 21. He gives us a peaceful society that practices love for enemies, love for each other, personal freedoms and the dignity of human life. 22. He gives equality of men and women. ‘why trouble ye her?’ Matthew 26:10; Mark 14:6. 23. He endorses monogamy. Matthew 5:32. 24. He gives the world a time line dating system to date the events of history into BC and AD years. 25. He inspired the New Testament. 26. He teaches us not to take personal revenge, but to show forgiveness. ‘right cheek..’ Matthew 5:39. 27. He instituted baptism and the Lord’s Supper. ‘this do in remembrance of me.’ Luke 22:19; M28:19 28. He shows the answer to every problem in life. 29. He taught us the Lord’s Prayer and many great parables like the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son. 30. He inspired the writing of many Christian books on many subjects. 31. He taught and clarified the Trinity of God. (Matthew 28:19). 32. He taught the reality of the spiritual war. ‘now shall the prince of this world be cast out.’ John 12:31 33. He taught rewards in heaven for Christian service. ‘great is your reward in heaven’ Matthew 5:12. 34. He inspired much great Christian music, compared to no music in Islam. ‘sung an hymn’ Matt. 26:30 35. He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell believers. ‘the Comforter .. I will send him unto you.’ John 16:7. 36. He removes the wall between Jews and Gentiles. ‘broken down the middle wall…’ Ephesians 2:14. 37. He gives us assurance of heaven. ‘I go to prepare a place for you.’ John 14:2. 38. We owe holidays of Sunday, Christmas and Easter to Jesus. 39. He approves free enterprise and rejects Communism. ‘thy pound hath gained ten pounds.’ Luke 9:16. 40. He teaches us to resolve conflicts peacefully by talking to the other person privately. Matthew 18:15. Conclusion: Let us love, serve, understand and teach Jesus Christ and His ways.
  4. Jeremiah: Encouraging Words For Difficult Times Bible Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-28; 32:16-44. Memory Verse: ‘I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.’ 1:19 ‘ Call unto me and I will..’ (33:3) Aim: To receive encouragement, wisdom and strength for living from the book of Jeremiah.. Introduction: Jeremiah wrote from 629-588 BC to Judah. He was the son of Hilkiah the priest (1:1). God chose him before his birth to be a prophet (1:5). He protested God’s call because of his youth (1:6). He prophesied during the reigns of godly king Josiah, Jehoiakim (ungodly, Bible burning), Jehoiachin (90 day reign), Zedekiah (Judah’s last king), Gedaliah (Babylonian appointed governor) and Johanan. He pleaded with Judah to return to God (3:12-15). He was commanded to remain unmarried (16:2). He prophesied the Babylonian captivity would last 70 years (25:11,12; 29:10). He was the weeping prophet (9:1). He was imprisoned, but freed by Nebuchadnezzar (40:1-6). Johanan took him to Egypt 43:1. He rebuked Egypt (46), Philistia (47), Moab (48), Ammon (49), Edom(49), Damascus (49), Elam (49), Babylon. 1. 1:5 God knew us before our birth & ordained us to do a work. ‘Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, I ordained thee a prophet to the nations.’ 2. 1:6 God can overcome our fear of speaking for Him by putting His words in our mouth.‘I cannot speak: for I am a child. Say not, I am a child:.. Be not afraid of their faces:…I have put my words in thy mouth.’ 3. 1:10 How to restore a country is by uprooting error and by building truth. ‘I have this day set thee over the nations & over the kingdoms, to root out, to pull down, to destroy, to throw down, to build, & to plant’ 4. 1:19 God is with us to deliver us from trouble. ‘I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.’ 5. 2:5 God asks backsliders: What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me ? 6. 3:10 Importance of wholeheartedness. ‘Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.’ 3:12 ‘I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.’ 7. 3:15 Good pastors are a gift from God. Appreciate and value them. ‘I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.’ 8. 3:17 Jerusalem will be the throne of the LORD and the world capital in the millennium. ‘At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it,’ 9. 3:18 Israelites will return from Russia to Israel in the last days. ‘they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.’ 10. 5:5 Speak with and learn from great men. ‘I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God:’ 11. 5:25 Sin causes us to lose good things. ‘your sins have withholden good things from you.’ 5:25. 12. 6:16 Value and ask for the old paths and the good way. Peace will result. ‘ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.’ 13. 7:18 Serve God as a family. The Catholic ‘Queen of heaven’ is a pagan idea which angers God. ‘The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.’ 14. 7:31 Babies go to heaven at death, not to hell. God never thought of sending babies to hell. ‘they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.’ 15. 8:20 Get saved early in life. ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.’ 16. 9:23,24 Don’t glory in wisdom, might or riches, but that you understand and know God to be a God of lovingkindness, judgment and righteousness. ‘let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, & righteousness, in the earth’ 17. 10:1-4 Learn not the way of the heathen. Christmas trees are of pagan origin. ‘Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.’ 18. 10:21 Pastors must seek the LORD or their people will be scattered. ‘the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.’ 19. 10:23,24 A prayer for guidance and gentle correction. ‘O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.’ 20. 12:5 If you can’t solve small problems, you won’t solve bigger problems. ‘If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses?’ 1364 21. 12:10 Pastors can buld a church or destroy it by sin, laziness, wrong decisions or not appreciating it. ‘Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.’ 22. 13:23 Some things can’t be fixed. Bad habits are hard to correct. ‘Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.’ 23. 15:1 God is persuaded by Godly Christians. Yet even Godly Christians can’t change God’s mind against evil. ‘Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people:’ 24. 15:16 Take God’s word into our innermost being. It will give joy. ‘Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart:’ 25. 17:5-11 The cursed man (5), the blessed man (7), the heart (9), riches by dishonesty (11). 26. 18:7-10 God blesses repentant nations (7-8). God withholds good from sinful nations (9-10). 27. 20:9 We are created to give out God’s word. We cannot keep it in. ‘Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.’ 28. 20:13 ‘Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.’ 29. 21:8 Our choice ‘Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death’ 30. 22:1-4 Look for the way to escape trouble. God offered Judah a way to avoid destruction. 31. 22:13 Pay your debts. ‘Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;’ 32. 22:24,30 Jeconiah’s line to Joseph.(Matthew 1:11). ‘no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.’ Joseph descended from Jeconiah. 33. 23:1,2 Pastors should visit people or they scatter. ‘Woe be unto the pastors that destroy & scatter…’ 34. 23:4 Pastor’s duties: ‘I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.’ 35. 23:5,6 Messiah will descend from David. ‘I will raise unto David a righteous Branch,’ 36. 23:12 God visits nations & individuals for good or evil. ‘I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation,’ 37. 23:16 False prophets speak of their own heart. ‘they speak a vision of their own heart,’ 25,26. 38. 23:23,24 God is close to us yet fills heaven and earth. ‘Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?’ ‘Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.’ 24. 39. 23:28 ‘he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully.’ 23:36 False prophets ‘perverted the words of the living God,’ Examples are NIV, modern versions. 40. 25:9 God uses wicked people to punish wicked people: ‘Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant.’ God punishes wicked oppressors. ‘these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity,’25:11,12,14. ‘After 70 years at Babylon I will visit ‘ 29:10 41. 29:7 ‘seek the peace of the city…. in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.’ 42. 29:11-14 ‘I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, not of evil, to give you an expected end. ye shall seek me, & find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. 43. 31:3 Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. 44. 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. 30:20 I will punish all that oppress them. 45. 31:31,33,34 I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel,the house of Judah: Heb 8:8,13;12:24 46. 32:16-19 Prayer: Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power.. 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Omnipotent. 47. 33:3 ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.’ 48. 38:17,18 God provides a way of avoiding destruction (17). Verse 18 disproves the book of Mormon. Nobody named Nephi left Jerusalem in 600BC to escape Babylonian destruction as BOM claims. ‘if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.’ Answers p.794.
  5. The Book of Enoch

    so because it is quoted, it means it is scripture? Oh, enoch is not mentioned? Why would it be quoted? Hey, how about showing me where it is quoted and lets find out.
  6. The Book of Enoch

    i know that, i was wondering why some others think it is.
  7. Once Saved always Saved, Is A Doctrine Of Devils

    Rubbish. John 3:15-16 "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 10:28-30 "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." Other verses supporting this doctrine: John 8:38-39 "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Jude 24 "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy," There are many more, but i will try to be brief. Also, if that we do can make us LOOSE our salvation, that means that that what we do can also EARN our salvation. anti-once saved always saved is a false anti-Christian, anti-Biblical works based religion.
  8. The Book of Enoch

    WHAT makes the book of enoch Scripture?
  9. Allah the Moon god of Arabia.

    Yet again you totally fail to answer the question. It seems you prefer monologs rather than dialogs. I give up with you.
  10. Allah the Moon god of Arabia.

    that doesnt answer my question. do you want me to answer your questions? remember, this thread is about whether allah and Jehovah the same.
  11. Allah the Moon god of Arabia.

    Are these serious questions or rhetorical?
  12. How To Respond To Suffering, Affliction and Trouble

    Exactly, it CAN be difficult to discern HIS will from our own will, etc. Sometimes i pray and pray and the issue does not go away. THOSE times are tough. I have to keep reminding myself that hey, my God knows what is best for me more than I do.
  13. How to Handle Burdens

    How to Handle Burdens Bible Reading: Matthew 11:28-30. Aim: To show nine steps to handle burdens. Introduction: We all have burdens to bear in life. We have burdens due to: a) Other people causing us trouble; b) Burdens of our loved ones; c) The difficult nature of living in this world; d) Mistakes that we sometimes make. The question we must answer is that, when we have burdens, how do we handle them? 1. Bring the burden to the Lord Jesus. ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28). To ‘come’ means to: a) Receive Christ as Saviour; b) Fellowship daily with Christ; c) Tell Christ about the burden and ask Him to deliver you and teach you key lessons from it. 2. Cast all your care upon him. ‘Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you’ (I Peter 5:7; Psalms 55:22). This is what we are to do: Tell God ‘Here, You take the burden. I now cast this problem on You for You to work it out.’ Commit your whole cause to Him. If we suffer heavy trials; lose friends, health or property; if we feel we are in danger of being crushed, we may go and cast all upon the Lord. We may look to Him for grace and strength and feel assured that He will enable us to bear with ease what we thought we could never have done; and the burden will appear light to us. ‘For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’ (Matthew 11:30). 3. Do what God says to do while carrying the burden. In II Kings 5:1, Naaman came to the prophet of God, Elisha, for healing of leprosy. He was told to dip seven times in the Jordan river to be healed. Sometimes God wants us to do some things during our trials. Find them and do them. 4. Wait for the outcome. Answers may come later. ‘I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope’ (Psalm 130:5). ‘Let patience have her perfect work…’ (James 1:4). 5. Learn of Christ (Matthew 11:29). Question: During this time of burden, what does Christ want me to learn from this? What can I study in the Bible at this time? 6. Tell others when God gives you relief from the burden. Praise God for the victory when it comes. ‘Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee’ (Luke 8:26-39). 7. Take my yoke upon you. (Matthew 11:29) - means: a) Get busy serving God; b) Obey Christ and embrace His ways; c) Let Christ restrain your bad passions and inclinations. Christ’s laws and requirements are MILD compared to the bondage and restraints of sin. So much so that we feel that Christ’s ways are like freedom. 8. If a burden came from sin, confess it to God, then ‘Go, and sin no more’ (John 8:11). 9. If the burden doesn’t go quickly, learn the lesson that God’s grace is sufficient to carry us through the trouble day by day. (II Corinthians 12:9).
  14. How To Respond To Suffering, Affliction and Trouble Bible Reading: I Thessalonians 1; Hebrews 2. Aim: To understand and respond correctly to suffering, affliction and trouble. Introduction: We all experience trouble in life. The causes may be ourself, others or Satan. God permits trouble to bring out the best in us. Satan seeks to use trouble to bring out vthe worst in us and to cause more trouble. We can gain victory over trouble if we understand what the Bible teaches about it. We experience small, medium and large trouble. How will you respond to trouble and suffering? What Bible Truths Comfort Us In Suffering? And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; Exodus 3:7 And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression: Deuteronomy 26:7 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. I Samuel 1:11 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, I Chronicles 22:14 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 2 Chronicles 15:4 And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 2 Chronicles 33:12 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. Job 5:7 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor? Job 30:25 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? Job 38:23 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Psalm 25:18 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. Psalm 27:5: I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; Psalm 31:7 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. Psalm 41:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Psalm 50:15 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Psalm 60:11 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. Psalm 91:15 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. Psalm 107:6 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. Psalm 119:153 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. Psalm 119:92 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint. Proverbs 25:19 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: Isaiah 30:20 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. Hosea 5:15 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Nah.1:7 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. Matthew 26:10 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. Mark 4:19 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you. I Corinthians 7:28 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. 2 Corinthians 1:4 “knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.” 2 Cor. 1:7 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 2 Corinthians 4:17 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. 2 Corinthians 8:2 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. Phil 4:14 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: I Thess 1:6,7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:7 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 2 Thessalonians 1:6 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Philippians 3:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Hebrews 2:10 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Hebrews 11:25 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Hebrews 12:15 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. James 5:10 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. I Peter 4:13 Conclusion: When you experience Suffering, Affliction and Trouble will you trust God and claim these promises, or will you complain?
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