“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
Matthew 12:34-37 KJV
WHEN THE LORD SPEAKS WE SHOULD TAKE NOTICE.
Many people talk just to have something to do. They talk because they are board. They say very little with lots of words. Out of our mouths come 1000s of words a day. Do woman more than men? I know some men who have a lot to say. Talk – Talk – Talk… It can become a habit. We start the day with good morning, this is said without feeling, are the greetings you say sincere. Do you really mean “Drive Safe” ? We will give account of our words. We as Christians need to learn how to talk like we mean it. But talk comes cheep, even in the church. The things that we have to say about what Jesus did for us could mean life or death for those who would listen. Don’t ramble on about junk. Be quick to hear, and slow to speak. Think first, talk after.
1- “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 KJV
2- “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 KJV
3- “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Ephesians 6:11 KJV
Have you ever seen so much evil in this world? Killing, stealing, cheating, lying, prideful sinners. The devil is after people and he has full bag of tricks.
Q- Are you covered by the blood of Jesus?
Q- When the devil throws stuff your way what will you do?
We are protected by a hedge that Jesus built. A child of God can stand strong because Jesus is there, so STAND. Be strong in the Lord. Don't just do a lot of talking about it, do it. Don't let the enemy take your blessings.
Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let his praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
I'm standing on the promises of God.
... What happened next?
Christianity is more than just words.
When all the trials of this life are falling into your lap, what will you be talking about?
Some people start complaining, if you are focused on the goodness of Jesus it will change your outlook. God is good to all of us.
Follow the Lord with the right motive.
“Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandment to depart unto the other side. And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”
Matthew 8:18-20 KJV
1- Put on a new man, one God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Q: Have you changed?
2- Put away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor:
The truth will never steer you wrong. NEVER.
3- Be ye angry, and sin not:
Q: How often to you lose your temper?
4- Let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Settle it. If you don't it will fester.
5- Neither give place to the devil.
Q:What parts of your heart are you not allowing Jesus in?
6- Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.
Be an example the lost is watching.
7- Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Don’t feed your heart junk.
8- Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
When the Spirit prompts listen.
9- Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Don’t feed it.
10- Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Love people, Jesus does.
When we get saved we have responsibilities.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
“Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh–barnea. Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh–barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in mine heart. Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the Lord my God. And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the Lord my God. And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said. And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.” Joshua 14:6-13 KJV
We may be the people of God, but we still face mountains and valleys. The devil will throw his stuff in our path to try to trip us up and cause us to look at problems rather then Christ. These things are troublesome but they also cause us to go to the Lord. Look around our world is in crisis and man does not hold the answer. The government does not have the answer. Jesus holds the answer. It is sad but, even in the church there is in crisis. Churches are compromising the gospel and the bible to be seeker friendly. Pastors are falling. Sin is being celebrated, how people live is being overlooked to get good talent. There is a mountain pushing into the church. An avalanche of crushing compromise.
A mountain is something that seriously hampers progress. They slow your assent to greater things, they test your ability to rise, and they give some an excuse to give up. There are mountains that hamper the growth of the church. You can not sanction or condone sin. You cannot live like the devil all week and come into church like you and Jesus are best friends. Jesus cares for you, not just on Sundays, but all week long. There are people who are determined to shut the doors of the church, silence Christians, and remove faith. NEWS FLASH.... The gates of hell will never prevail against the church that stands on truth. But when sin gets in to a church God will not condone it. IT WILL HAMPER GROWTH. Get the sin under the blood of Christ. Stop trying to his it under the rug. Call sin, sin and truth, truth. We all have sinned and all need grace. Stop promoting what the Bible calls sin, and instead promote the salvation of God.
Q: Do you think God blesses those who flaunt sin? If you are not looking for mountains, you will settle for mole hills. Don't let a Jezebel spirit into the church. It is not about who looks the best, or dresses the fanciest, for God looks at the heart, not the hair dew. We are moving forward for the Lord and NO devil can stop what God is about to do.
FIVE KEYS TO POSSESSING VICTORY OVER A MOUNTAIN.
1- Maintain REAL obedience to the things of God.
2- TRUST that God has promised to deliver.
3- Run like we have to recover the mountain.
4- As Christian people, we need to receive our blessing.
5- Remove the enemy from our life styles.
THINGS TO GET RID OF:
Get rid of stinking thoughts.
Get rid of past hurts.
Get rid of defeat-us attitude, Victory is ours.
THINGS TO DO:
Go where we have never gone before.
Do what we have never done.
Believe like never before.
Work like never before.
Fight like never before.
Pray like never before.
FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real.
It is time to put aside our fears and move forward towards what God has for us.
No giants can stop us when we have the anointing of God.
PTA: Pray to God, Think like God, and Act like God.
Pastor Lewis Cushman
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