The Two-Dimensional God – April 26, 2020

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Preached by PKO

Deuteronomy 7:9-10

Romans 11:22  

    • Can God tempt a man?  James 1:13 – 14 says. “13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”
    • God has given us free will, freedom to chose.
    • No real love when there are no choices; Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
    • Evil comes through the abuse of free will.
  1. Introduction 
    • There are two sides to a coin.
    • There are two sides to every story.
    • Compensation and Correction:  Love corrects.
    • There is a part of us that hates correction or feedback.
    • We need to stop questioning the Sovereignty of God.
      • Isaiah 55:8-9 “8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.“ 
      • God is all powerful.  Job 36:22-23 (NLT) “Look, God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him? No one can tell him what to do, or say to him, ‘You have done wrong.’” 
  2. Those  who experienced the two sides of God
    • The nation of Israel
    • David – the man after God’s heart
    • Job – the perfect and upright man.  Job 3:25 – “For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.” 
    • Stephen – a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit – Acts 6:5
  3. Two Sides of God 
    • Love of God vs. Wrath of God  1 John says God is love. Romans 5:8 speaks of His love •Romans 5:8 (ASV) “8 But God commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:9 goes on to speak about his wrath.   Romans 5:9 (ASV) “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from the wrath of God through him.“ God’s wrath is His passion for holiness.  Wrath allows us to face the consequences for our sin. Romans 1:18
      • Many of us have created God in our image.  We don’t like to talk about the wrath of God.
      • “His wrath is what makes Him not to hold us guiltless and allow us to face the consequences of our sin.” – PKO.
    • Reward of God vs. Punishment of God
      • Obedience is rewarded with blessing; disobedience attracts curses.
    • Refiner’s Fire vs. Consuming fire
      • Refiner’s fire purifies (Malachi 3:3);  It does not destroy indiscriminately like a forest fire.  It does not destroy completely like an incinerator. It is under control.  God is in control of the refining process to make the impure pure.  We will be as precious as silver or gold.  We experience furnaces of affliction to be better.  Luke 3:16, John the Baptist speaks about this.  Job 23: 10 (ESV) – “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”
      • Consuming fire destroys indiscriminately.  It is a symbol of the wrath of God.  Deuteronomy 4:24 (NKJV) “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.“  Hebrews 12:29 (NKJV) “For our God is a consuming fire.”
    • Mercy of God vs. The Judgement of God
      • Mercy makes God defer His anger.  Isaiah 48:9 “For My name’s sake I will defer My anger, And for My praise I will restrain it from you, So that I do not cut you off.” 
        • Habakkuk 3:3
      • Judgement displays His glory and demonstrates His righteousness; defends the weak; it punishes sin, it turns the hearts of men back to God.
        • 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.“
        • Hebrew 9:27
    • Eternal Life vs. Eternal death
      • Eternal Life
        • John 3:16 (NKJV) “… whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
        • Eternal life is the gift of God to those who believe in Him. (Romans 6:23)
      • Eternal death 
        • This is the damnation for those who denied the love and gift of God.  It is for those that refused to forsake the life of sin and embrace the life of holiness in Christ Jesus.
  4. Conclusion
    • Continue to live in reverence to God. Hebrews 10:31. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God
    • Even though we may be punished, we will be preserved from destruction e.g. Children of Israel. 
      • Jeremiah 46:28 “Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant, saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I will not make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure; yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.” 
      • Jeremiah 46:28 (GNT) “I will come to you and save you. I will destroy all the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not destroy you. I will not let you go unpunished; but when I punish you, I will be fair. I, the Lord, have spoken.“ 
      • God will preserve you.
    • Everything that is happening is for our good.
      • Romans 8:28 (NKJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.“ 

Which side of God are you going to embrace?

Enough is Enough – April 19, 2020

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Preached by PKO

2 Samuel 24:15 – 16 (Message)

  1. Introduction
    • Word of David prevailed; Joab counted and at that point in time, David said “I have acted foolishly.”
    • “When you go on an errand that God has not sent you, you will act foolishly.” – PKO
    • 1 Chronicles 21:6 – Joab did not count all the people, but excluded the Levites and Benjamites. God had established a protocol for counting.
    • We need the Word of God to prevail.
  2.  God is in Every Situation
    • Psalm 139:7 & 8 (ERV) – “Your Spirit is every where I go, I cannot escape Your presence.”
    • “The silence of God does not equate to the absence of God in any situation you are experiencing.” – PKO
  3. God acts in some situations, not all.
  4. God speaks in some situations.
    • God can speak concerning a nation. – Children of Israel — I have heard their plight…
      • After 3 1/2 years of famine, God spoke through Elijah and said enough was enough
      • Israel moved in circles for 40 years in the wilderness until God said enough was enough
    • God can speak concerning an individual
      • John 5:1 – 8: To the sick man at the pool at Bethesda “take your bed and go home”
    • God can speak concerning a situation
  5. Now We Need God to Say “Enough is Enough”
    • The panic is enough – 1 John 4:18 (NIV) – “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”  Fear involves torment.
      • Jesus is able to soothe all pain. We need God to move right now.
      • Psalm 147:3 (AMP). “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
    • The sorrow is enough. Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”. Enough of the night so the joy can come in the morning.
      • Anxiety leads to depression. Proverbs 12:25. “Anxiety in the heart of a man causes depression., but a good work makes it glad.”
    • Death is enough
  6. Attributes of God that Will Make Him Move
    • His tender mercy
      • John 8 – Go and sin no more.
      • Psalm 119:77 “Your tender mercy comes to me that I may live.”
    • His compassion moves Him into action that says “It is enough”
      • Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy for someone that is hurting or in pain
      • Psalm 103:13 (ESV) – “As a father shows compassion to his children,
            so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.”
    • His faithfulness makes Him say “It is enough”
      • God is ever faithful
      • 1 Corinthians 10:13: Will make him to strengthen you and make a way of escape for you.
    • His kindness makes Him to say “It is enough”
      • Genesis – God looked at everything He had created, and He shook His head.
      • Isaiah 63:7 (NKJV) – “I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, according to the multitude of His loving kindnesses”
    • We, your creation are pleading, “It is enough”
      • Our censer is our praises and prayer.

God will bring us to a better way, to normalcy.

Our prayer:  “Please make a way and return us back to a better society, to a better nation, to a better church, and to better individuals.”

When then oceans rise and thunders roar, I will soar with you under the storm, Father you are king over the flood, I will be still and know you are God – (Hillsong “Still”)

Plague or Passover – April 12, 2020

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Preached by PLB

Romans 8:35 – 39 

  1. Introduction 
    • All we are hearing in the media are the negatives.  Deaths vs. Recoveries
    • God will never change.  Egyptians called it a plague.  Children of Israel called it Passover.
    • We need a paradigm shift.
    • Easter celebrates resurrection.
    • Passover celebrates deliverance.
  2. Cautious Optimism 
    • Your beliefs create your reality
    • John 21:  Do you love me more than this?
    • What is influencing your behaviour and reaction at this time?
    • What is God telling you about the times in which we now live?
    • Are you looking and listening?  What do you see and hear?
    • At this time, we can chose God’s promise or redemption, but how?
  3. God’s Promise of Redemption
    • Exodus 8: 22 – 23 a
    • Are you His people? If Jesus were to come today, would you come and reign with Him? Where do you stand with God when His promises are available?
    • What should your attitude be to gain the redemptive promise?
  4. Faith and Trust in God 
    • Use foolish things of this world to confide the wise
    • Hebrews 11:28 – Keep the Passover (change of heart) so your tomorrow shall be okay.
  5. Worship and Obedience 
    • Psalm 95:6 “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneed before the Lord, our Maker!
    • Romans 10:9  Because, if you confess with your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
    • Exodus 12:27 – 28: “The Lord will spare your house, and the people bowed down and worshipped.  It will be well with you.”
  6. Knowledge and Understanding
    • Jeremiah 8:7 – Times and seasons
    • Sanitize your heart with the Word of God
    • Be convicted by the promise that Jesus has given
  7. Approach His Throne
    • Let us pray.
    • Exodus 12:13:  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are:  and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

Stand for the Cross – April 10, 2020

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Preached by PKO

1 Corinthians 1:22 – 24 

  1. Introduction 
    • People continually seek after worldly wisdom
    • We (apostles) seek after spiritual things: truth and understanding of Christ crucified
    • You need to understand the truth of God to experience the power of God.  When you don’t, you become the victim of the adversary of God.
  2. The Cross Unifies Denominations 
    • The Cross (Easter) unifies denominations.  Doctrines divide us.  Easter (death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ)
  3. The Cross is Before the Resurrection 
    • “You cannot embrace the power of resurrection when you oppose the death on the cross.” –  PKO
    • Redemption comes from the cross, not resurrection (Galatians 3:13)
  4. The Cross is the Power of God at Work 
    • 1 Corinthians 1:18 – message of the cross if foolishness to those who are perishing
    • Redemption, Love, Friendship at work. Romans 5:8
  5. Challenge:  You must Stand for the Cross by
    • Taking a stand 1 Kings 18:  Elijah at Mount Carmel. (For how long will you falter between 2 opinions?)
      • You can’t sit on both sides of the fence
      • Trials are part of the package
      • Luke 9:23 – Carry your cross daily and follow Him. (Are you a civilian for Christ or a soldier for Christ?) 
      • 2 Timothy 2:4:  God is looking for soldiers of the Cross
      • Are you a fan or a friend of the Cross? 
        • Fans stick around when the going is good
        • Proverbs 18:24 – there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother
        • John 15:14 – do what He commands
    • Keeping your stand
      • Ephesians 6:12 – 13:  Recognize you are fighting physical and spiritual battles
      • Revelations 2:4, 8, 14; 3:2; 3:8:  The churches wavered in their stands for Christ
      • Keep your conversion; stay with Christ no matter what comes your way
      • “When you keep your conversion, you will be transformed and remain acceptable to God.” – PKO. Romans 10:10
      • Keep your confession.  When you keep your confession,  your lips will be circumcised and will continually minister grace to very believer.” – PKO
      • Keep your conviction.  When you keep your conviction, you run the race to the end and remain a conqueror.” – PKO
    • Sharing your Stand
      • Continue in fellowship with Christ so His power continues to rest on you and people around you will see the power of God in your life.
      • You become the epistle for others to read.  Let your life minister to people around you.
      • Don’t be shy to speak about the Power of Christ.  1 Corinthians 2:4
      • It was boldness through baptism of the Holy Spirit that transformed cowardly dicsiples to courageous apostles.

The SORROW of His death has brought JOY to the world.

Be Still – April 5, 2020

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Preached by PKO

Psalm 46:8 – 11. “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  What an encouraging admonition from the Lord of hosts, the Captain of the Lord’s Army.

In this rat-race that we find our selves of constantly scurrying back and forth, COVID-19 is now forcing us to slow things down.  We need to BE STILL.  We need to leave things with God; God is about to do something, but we need to allow Him.  He has promised that He will come at the appropriate time.  He has said, “Don’t worry – leave it with me.”  God, since eternity past, has said He will deliver, He will set you free, and He will defend you.  “I am the present help at the time of trouble.”  Psalm 46:10 clearly says, “Calm and learn I am God; God is in control.” (CEV)

In light of God’s intervention, we have several options.  Being still does not necessarily mean do nothing or no action.  It simply means we need to calm down.  It means, ‘relax’, not fire for fire (Proverbs 26:4).  Being still refers to your reaction to action.

Be still requires the following

  • Pray and be attentive (hear what the Spirit is saying; perceive what God is about to do)
  • Praise and stay calm – Engage the power of praise
  • Patient and be expectant – Endurance; bear under great pressure

We need to pray and be attentive (hear what the Spirit is saying; perceive what God is about to do).  Prayer is a two-way communication where we, not only talk to God, but also listen to Him and allow Him to speak.  In so doing, we can calm us don’t.  We should not pray in panic, but pray and remain calm. Pray so you can experience what the Lord is going to do.  Pray and bring to your remembrance what the Lord has done in the past.  If He has done it before, He is going to do it again. God is able to pull down the noise of noisome pestilence.

We need to praise and stay calm – Engage the power of praise.  In Acts 16:25 – 26, we read the story of Paul and Silas who chose to pray and praise through their tribulation which led to a shaking of the foundation.  When you get to the peak of the problem, have the energy to praise.   This resulted in an open door.  Only God and His promises are permanent; all other things are temporal.  Ultimately the prayer and praise brought the power of liberty / freedom.  Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

We need to be patient and be expectant.  Endurance is defined as “bearing under great pressure”.  It requires grace to perform and deliver under pressure.  This grace comes from God.

The real test of patience is not in prosperity; it is when you are under persecution.  Romans 5:3 tells us that  “Tribulations works patience.” James 1:2 – 4 goes on to say that the testing of our faith brings is what brings about patience.  In other words, the prerequisite for spiritual maturity is patience.  We need to wait patiently for Him God and rest in Him. (Psalm 37:7).  It is only when you stay calm that you are going to experience the power of God. – PKO

  • Peace in pandemonium is not absence of struggle but calmness in the midst of struggle; Isaiah 26:3 reminds us that “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” (NJKV)
  • Christ in the middle of crises:  Because you are for Christ, Christ is there with you. “When you stay calm in the midst of crises, you will experience Christ.” – PKO. John 16:33 – Let Him prove He is the almighty
  • Miracle that will nullify messes you have created for yourself.  Sometimes it is a result of inadequate preparation or pride (Proverbs 29:1; Isaiah 43:19)
  • Power that can overturn the problem.  Panic came make us become powerless.  Zechariah 4:6 says, “Not by power, not by might, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”  Let the Spirit of God do what only He can do.
  • Fellowship at the peak of your fret. We should take the  time to maintain fellowship with the Almighty God.  Job 1:20.  The place of fellowship is the place of encouragement and admonishment.

Stay calm, divine help is around the corner.  So whether it is COVID-19, whether it is the Corona virus, or any other trial you may be going through, God is in control.

His Promise in Pandemic – March 29, 2020

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2 Thessalonians 3:1-3

Nahum 1:7 CEV

    • Proverbs 2:11 – sound judgement and good sense (CEV)
    • Nothing is permanent except God and His promise
    • Crisis is a condition that is out of control but not permanent Genesis 28 – assurance of God’s promise
    • Promises prepare you for a time like this
  1. Introduction 
    • God’s promise does not mean carelessness 
    • God stands by His promises 
    • His promises prepare us for difficult times
    • Plead your case using his promises (Isaiah 42:21 – present your case)
      • Abraham did not waver
  2. Remind Him of His Promises – protect & guard us
    • Peace in Pandemic of instead of Panic
      • 2 Tim 1:12 – I know whom I have believed
      • Psalm 121:7 & 8
    • Promise of Life
      • Isaiah 46:4 – to my old age you will 
      • Psalm 91:16
      • Psalm 118:17
    • Healing & Health
      • Jeremiah 31:6
  3. Remind Him of His Love
    • 1 John 4:8
    • John 15:9
    • John 15:12
    • Romans – greater love has no man
    • Jeremiah 31:3
    • Isaiah 54:10 – mountain – unfailing love will not be shaken
  4. Remind Him of the Blood
    • Passover
    • Romans 5:9
  5. Remind Him of His Mercy 
    • Numbers 14:18 – long suffering
    • Protects, defends, preserves
    • Lamentations 3:22-23
    • Psalm 86:13
    • There are times that your righteous is not enough to save you, but His righteousness always will.
    • 2 Samuel 24 – 3 options: famine for 7 years, run away from enemies for 3 months or pestilence for 3 days (vs 14 – pulled the card if mercy)
  6. Remind Yourself to Persevere
    • 1 Corinthians 10:13
    • Stay home, obey
    • Jude 1:24 (GW version)