Sermon Notes Sunday, December 10, 2017
God is Over All
December 10, 2017
I Love The Name Jesus
Pastor Deborah Williams, Preaching
Foundational Scripture: Isaiah 9:6
The prophecy of the birth of Jesus
Quotes from notable historical figures
James C. Hefley
Advent is the season we are reminded of God’s love
Jesus came that we might have life
Peter and John using the powerful name of Jesus
Jesus still holds all power
God anointed Jesus
Paul using the name of Jesus
Jesus name has been given power by God
This Is the season to celebrate the miracle working power of Jesus
No matter our circumstances we need Jesus
Now is the time to press into God and call on Jesus
Does anyone have challenges?
Now is the time to call upon the name of Jesus
The is something about coming into contact with Jesus
Matthew 9:20, Mark 3:10, Luke 6:19
Something about the name of Jesus
We need to call upon Jesus!
God is Over All
December 3, 2017
Apostle David Watkins
Recap: “Filthy Rags”
Some sin needs to go back into the closet
There are some things that you do not want to know
Pastor David has been called and been anointed to be the sanitation engineer
Don’t go and take your mess on your sister and brothers
They will go through
There is a demon out there, the don’t tell it spirit
Don’t tell anyone
Whatever you do, do not tell the pastor
Most believe that there is a loving God
The world believes just try to do the right thing
It is a dreadful thing to stand before a righteous God
Do you feel that you can treat your friend
I surrender all, we find it difficult to give our all
Some say, I am a holy man
The righteousness of the Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Christian Church
God decided that he does not see this
This is what my good works look like
The blood covers the righteousness
The sin is not covered until you repent
We refuse to say that something is a sin that is a sin
If you refuse to acknowledge or repent you can not be forgiven
The good things that you do
Don’t claim to be in the family if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord
The heaven that we are going to requires sacrifice
You have to confess sin and forsake it
There is no mercy with un repented sin
This filthy rag is unconditional, God accepts it as valuable although it is a rag
You need the blood of Christ
In your name, have we cast out devils, didn’t I do some things
Look at this filthy rag, we see it as so much good we brag on it
God looks at it as a filthy rag
People think that they will get into heaven with righteous works
All of our righteous works are as filthy rags
It is like a polluted garment
Sin has polluted and corrupted us
Philippians 3:8-9 NLS
Yes everything else is worthless when it comes to the infinite wisdom of knowing Jesus; yes I have counted it all as garbage. I no longer count on my own righteousness
I become righteous through faith
God wants us to know that what we think is valuable
It is the gift of God, my sons blood to cover your sin
Don’t think that you are all that
You think that you have the power
You take away from the power of the cross
Why do you love the Lord, because I see my works
I will give you a mansion, I will let you see me
Everyday angels of the Lord, holy, holy, holy is our God!
The angels are crying out before him
He can give them a wow effect?
Holy, mighty, wonderful is the God that sits on the throne
Example of a new car, spending 100k, but five years later realizes that it is a mistake
This is your righteousness
Don’t you know the value that I put on my sons life
Repent of your sin, the good will not get you in, only the blood of the Lamb
Galatians 4:5 KJV
Galatians 4:6 KJV
He wants you to know how his grace is for you
God is not asleep, he is forever watching
His tears are mingled with yours
We can’t get to heaven by doing good
No eyes have seen, not ears heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for them that love him.
Isaiah did not explain how God looked, he explained how the angels looked
There were angels with six wings, to cover themselves
God gives them a wow effect!
Isaiah 6:3 Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts…
What do you need?
The forgiving power of the blood of Christ
There is no other way to get close to God except through the blood of Jesus
Matthew 22:11 KJV
Matthew 22:14 KJV
Many are called, but few are chosen
You think that you have time
Anything can happen to you at any time
Unforgiving sin, the things that you have not repented of
If you don’t come to church I will not support you
Thank God for your parents, they put something inside you that you will not depart
I am just trying to show you how God looks at what you do
Repent! Repent! When you curse, say that you are sorry!
With as much a lies in you, live peaceably with one another
Let it go!
Forgive your sister or brother, no matter how cold, forgive them and let it go!
Married people can tell you!
Single persons praying for that pain!
Love hurts; love covers a multitude of sins!
My heart has become immune
Thee is nothing you can do to stop me from loving you
The Father says, thee is nothing that you can do to stop God from loving you
Jesus says, if you don’t have the blood garment, you will be bound and there will be gnashing of teeth
God said, that you can’t come to God accept through Jesus!
Many are called and few are chosen, we should be thankful to Jesus for his redeeming blood
When you see me lift my hands, it is because my righteousness does not look good to me
I love you Jesus, not because I have been so faithful, or been so good! You were there in all that pain….it was you. You are to me my everything, this s why I sing, Jesus I love you, because you care…..
God is Over All
November 12, 2017
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
I want to prepare you to face the Lord your God
Before the fall what God created was good
All our righteous works are as filthy rags, we are all in need of Jesus as our Savior. The world incorrectly believes that people are basically good.
They do not believe that they are unclean
Don’t judge unrighteously
Don’t have an abortion out of convenience
If a woman had an abortion because she was raped by someone deranged
Is it a sin if she wanted an abortion?
Choosing not to have the child is still convenience
You need to learn to recognize sin
Recognize sin, because sin is sin and it does bot change because we change
A lot of things today are accepted, and we looked at it as though it was awful. It was sin!
We must learn to recognize sin
Sin does not change, if it was wrong then it is wrong now
For that reason Jesus was sent to deliver us from the sin that we commit
The result is that they do not see the need for a savior
Most believe in a loving God and all we have to try to do is love everybody
Isaiah 6:1 ESV In the year of the King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple
Isaiah 6:2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts
The house was filled with smoke
Isaiah 6:5 And I said woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts
The Prophet of God recognized that he was unclean
God himself has flown his Son down to touch us with his power
While we are in the flesh we are unclean
Jesus being in the flesh, there is only one that is good.
The Father is the only good one, don’t call me good
This weak, corrupted flesh, don’t call me good
God knows it
Wow to the man who thinks himself to be something
We have sinned
I have my ministers judge themselves, on a scale from 1-10 where are you in God?
The question was based on a recent sermon, “Is God First?”
Does anyone in this house feel that you can give God more? If you answer yes, it means that you can give God more
I Surrender All, let’s sing this song
I need to show you all of my righteousness
Pulls out his filthy rags, these rags are my righteous works
I have been preaching the gospel for about 40 years, I have counseled people, prayed for people to be delivered and blessed
Can you see it? I have been praying for you
I fall out on my way home
Let me help you, I have helped them
Do you want to touch it?
Some have the gall to go before the Lord
Your righteousness is like filthy rags
This is what God sees (our filthy rags). God is so just, look at what I have done for you
I died for you
You are supposed to throw this away. There is no condemnation in us
God convicts us and lets us know how good he is and how righteous he is
Pastor, I will touch your righteousness
What does my righteousness looks like to me?
He brought up the handkerchief that is white and clean he compares the two
Did not I prophesy in your name
We murmur and we complain, not realizing what God sees
I claim some things and it happened
You came and were blessed
We would go on TBN and we would be blessed
This is not it Lord, the filthy rag!
It is filthy and the entire pulpit is getting filthy
The question is now what do I do?
Realizing that my works are as filthy rags?
I bless the Lord! I will dance like David before the Lord! I will thanks in all things! After seeing my righteous works!
I will become a prisoner, a slave and a soldier
I will strive to become a living sacrifice
All because he has accepted my filthy rag
He has accepted my rag for a mansion
Bring you rags before the Lord and although it looks like something to be disguarded. I will give you a crown and a white robe
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow you
Mark 7:22-23 And then, I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye workers of iniquity
If this is my righteousness, what does my sin look like?
When I drink too much, when I rob my sister, when I hate on my fellow Christians?
When I touch others with my lips
Isaiah said, my lips are unclean
We are unclean, but God has a son for that
After the blood has been shed we need to learn that we are unclean
What happens when we stand before something that is unclean?
Moses could not look at God
He wanted to see his glory, God took him between a crack in the mountain. God walked by and put his hand up. Moses saw the back of him. He turned white and the people could not even look upon his face.
I am a dead man, I am in the presence of God
Angels stood behind him, six wings
Wings that covered the entire body, huge wings
That seraphim flew, prepare your self to see the Lord
No one can be left behind!
When I stand before the Lord, my uncleanness will be washed away
For every good work will be judged by God
Don’t think too highly of yourself
Your righteousness will make the white linen in heaven, but right now he sees the filthy rag
The Bible is letting us know what God sees
You have done some good things for people
God is Over All
October 22, 2017
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Recap: Identifying Spiritual Growth and Is God First?
Identifying Spiritual Growth
Recap of medical story, a nurse tried to give a patient medication, he placed it under his tongue
II Peter 1:5 ESV
Adding supplements to you faith with virtue, and with virtue knowledge
Working for the Lord and time for another supplement
You must take several supplements, every fifteen to twenty minutes
How often do you need to take a supplement?
Husbands, wives, children, co-workers
You need your supplements every day
As your doctor take your supplements as often as you need them
Add to your faith moral excellence, then knowledge and then self control
I was taking some self control, they do not know
When they do not know, take a self control supplement, you could get frustrated that they do not understand
Patience pill, then a gentle supplement, then some Godly brotherly affection, then love everybody
II Peter 1:7 ESV
These examples are not the movie The Ten Commandments
Read the bible to learn what took place
The Fruit of the Spirit
Add these things to your faith
Faith in Christ needs to be elevated
God is being elevated, we become smaller in our own esteem
Ask someone: Do you think that I am growing spiritually?
We would do all the good that we can, to all the people we can by any means that we can
Believe the bible is the Word of God
II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God it is useful to teach us what is right
God uses it to prepare and equip us to do every good work
Pastors, prophets, evangelists are given to perfect us
The scripture is given to correct us when we are wrong
The Word of God is loved and hated because of the truth that is in it
Unless you are born again it is difficult to rightly divide the word
He kept spitting it out, he would not grow or become well.
Is God First?
If God was first, you would not put your husband first, children or what others think first
Why would I change my relationship with God because of others
The angels, ministers are trying to get you to worship the Lord
God did not make the angels to worship him, he did this so that he could share some of his glory
When he made them, they saw the splendor, power and glory
Daily the angels glorify God for his goodness and mercy
They are worshipping God constantly, he keeps showing them something different
The angels begin to worship him
He made us to receive the promises that he has for us
Are you ready to be the head? Will you go off?
Even when we have it we say no, they are not ready to handle what we want to bless them with
The question is why am I not ready to become the head?
If you were the head of this church, are you ready for those who sin?
Would you try to get rid of the sinner?
Satan knows God and trembles, he knows God
He visits and talks about you
Are you able to handle being the head? Are you ready to receive?
Are you ready to be the lender?
Example of a woman who won a large sum of money, she felt scared
Are you ready? How are you handling the money that you have now?
If you can be faithful with the little, you can be faithful with a lot
The promises are there are you ready to receive them?
Matthew 6:24 ESV
You cannot serve God and money
God is anything that you put before him is a god
They are false gods, but gods to you
God does not want you to put anything in front of him
You know things are in front, when you know that you should do some things for God but you do it anyway because you are unhappy, mad, hurt, etc.
I only serve false gods for an hour or so
How many people curse?
You serve the cursing god, it is alright because I will go back and serve God
You serve God when it works for you to serve God
They see the real you, the idol worshippers
The only reason you worship another god is to get something you want
If you love your own life more than God that is wrong
Matthew 6:33 NLT Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you
Power to get wealth, if you abide in him and his word he will abide in you
Psalms 37:4 ESV
Malachi 3:10 ESV I will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing until there is no more room to receive
How many were here in 2004, building paid off from 150 persons who tithed regularly
1,450,000. We were able to pay this building off. We planted and pledged to pay off the building
If we pay out tithes and offering we will be blessed, people were debt free
I feel a financial blessing coming in 2018. I feel a financial blessing coming! I feel it, I feel it, I feel it! I feel it coming!!!
God is Over All
October 15, 2017
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Is God First?
Matthew 6:24 ESV
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other or he will de devoted to the ne and despise the other. you cannot serve God and money.
Seeking the Lord is doing the work of the Lord
All these things will be added to you, the power to gain wealth
Don’t let money become first
Money will cause you to fall, you want things and you need money to get them
You can’t serve God and money
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you. Ask whatever you wish, and ot will de done unto you.
Why do the angels worship the Lord? They get excited!
We ought t get excited when we come to service
Once the Lord knows about your troubles then get excited
Now, oh Lord I come to you because you are holy
He is my high tower, he is my weapon and my strength, I will never forsake him
Let me feel your presence, oh God
Bring ye all the tithes and I will open the windows of heaven
Does God need money or our worship?
Have you stopped the work and still expect the pay?
I thank God for the parents who do not have much, they expect the child to contribute to the household
I hope one day, they will bring an offering of thanksgiving!
You want to get paid, but you don’t want to do the work!
God is not just trying to get you to work for the works sake
You don’t work you don’t get!
That’s just the way it is (Run DMC)
God is waiting us to get to work so that he can bless us
God wants to do for you
I have learned something being a parent, there are times when you want to bless the child and so you tell them they need to do something
You look for something, but you robbed me of that joy
The parent wanted to bless you
I felt disrespected, I have to hold back on what I wanted to give
You rob God of his purpose, to bless you above measure
To keep you happy and joyful each and every day
So many children who will not do right
Some leaders and other children, keep on doing the work, I will find a way to bless you
As long as you keep up the work
Love God with all….
Do you love the Lord for all?
Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great commandment
Apostle has been called to judge, I know that I do not love the Lord with all my heart, my mind, soul and intellect
I get talked about by my family, people try to commune with one another
It bothers me sometimes, something happens and then they come and ask for prayer
It is a struggle within my soul and heart
I have to fight to give my all
I can tell you about prophets that were killed because they did not obey, another prophet came and lied
This prophet called on God and asked God to heal him
I have trouble when people talk about me
What do you have troubles with?
Prophet, a man of God, lied. God gave him a word, because you disobeyed God you will die and not be buried with your family
The prophet finished eating, he knew that he was going to die
It had to be a really good prophet not to say, you lied to me
We are all on the same ground, if we want to eat we must work
This is the first and great commandment, do you love the Lord with all
He keeps my saying, John 14:21
Whoever keeps my commandment
John 14:23-24 If anyone loves me he will keep my words.
Peter, do you love me?
Feed my lambs, if you love me feed my lambs
Did you feed them discouragement? Your wants and desires?
God made us so that he could bless us!
Is God before family? I said that and an entire family left the church
Don’t talk about sin, don’t talk about things that people see as not that bad
You are saved by grace, they feel uncomfortable with the truth
Keep preaching the Word, keep working, keep preaching, they repented of their sins
God would rather come to a church that is repenting
God does not want a church that is sick and dying and does not know me
The truth will not be preached because of fear
What does the military say? God, family and government…
Choose God before you choose family
Whoever chooses family before me is not worthy of me
Whoever does not choose to follow me and work for me in spite of what they are going through
Choose to follow the Lord Jesus
Luke 14:26 -27 Bear your cross
No wonder you have the veil over your eyes, you have not learned to pick up your cross. Your cross holds you back from doing the work
Romans 9:11 Jacob and Esau
Romans 9:13 Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated
Romans 9:15-16 It depends on God not humans, it is God who has mercy
Some think God is playing, God is not playing with you!
I raised Pharaoh
You don’t work God can’t bless you, you will always be the tail
If I have to work every day of my life it will be worth it
I want you to work in my house, you are such a good cleaner
A sincere minister in the house of the Lord, cleans the bathroom for six months, they want to see the Spirit
Put a recorder in the bathroom, are they complaining, cursing, murmuring?
Seven days, 178 hours, sleep 8 hours, 56 hours, we work 8 hours a day
56 hours for 7 days, if God is first we put the time in
Work and sleep is a must, God expects that he be first
What are we doing with the 56 hours?
Sunday a dedicated attendee, 8:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday, 6:00pm-10:00pm (four hours)
Thursday, 7:00pm-10:00pm (three hours)
Daily devotion one hour each day 7 hours (seven hours)
Twenty four hours, add up your hours and tell me how many hours you are giving to the Lord
Thirty-Six hours of me time, take more time off
This is not to discourage you, convict you or make you feel bad
Don’t think so highly of yourself. God created us so that he can bless you!
He wants to give us the wow effect like the angels.
God is Over All
October 8, 2017
Pastor Deborah B. Williams, Preaching
Sermon Title: “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus!”
Inspired from sermons Cross Bearing & Moving Forward
There is danger of indecision
We need a firm foundation spiritually
I Kings 18:21
Many are straddling the fence
We are taught to simply obey God
We must make the decision to follow Jesus
A double minded man is unstable
The Cross is a symbol of suffering and death
Why is it important to follow Jesus?
II Timothy 3:1-5
We are living in the last days
Now is the time to bear your cross and move forward
Are you one of the half hearted followers?
Jesus suffered death on the cross for us
Our crosses seem heavy, we bear many crosses
In the midst of my crosses, give me Jesus
I John 15:13
What is your decision?
Will you decide not to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back!
God is Over All
October 1, 2017
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Identifying Spiritual Growth
Opening story, nurse giving a patient medication, but the patient spit it out.
Many of us are hearing the Word, retaining it a little while, then spitting it out
We don’t believe God’s Word.
We come up with excuses, because we don’t like the person we don’t want to hear the truth
Some gospel you will not let you get near you
The cares of the world and the desires of the flesh have you sit it out
II Peter 1:3-4
God has given us great and precious promises
The promises that have us escape the corruption that causes us to fall into our own flesh desire
Make every effort to respond to God’s promises
I take vitamins, more supplements
The food that we have today is not enough, we need a supplement
Supplement something we use to enhance and add to
Supplement your faith with moral excellence
Faith without adding something to it will die
Faith without works is dead
If I do not supplement what I eat, I might die
Women need more iron, take this when you are pregnant
Food does not have all that we need
If you love and serve God, you can eat poison and not die
Vegetables and now using radiation
We need supplements in order to supply
Supplement your faith with generous dose of moral knowledge, self control with patience and goodly affection with love.
II Peter 1:7
We can stop hating one another, being jealous, envying others
The more you grow the more useful you will be in the knowledge of the Lord
Are you supplementing you faith with gentleness
We have to quiet down and talk to the people
People want to know how I identify spiritual growth
Add things to your growth, they will see it when you have the knowledge of God, self control and you are good
You forgive others for their sins against you
You love everybody, why are you treating people so nice?
I am supplementing my faith with the fruit of the Spirit
The Fruit of the Spirit, sum up the visible attributes of a Christian life
Daughter asked if she could have a boyfriend, you are asking for pain
He can talk to another girl and hurt me, he can be a bum and not work
If you are ready to be hurt
Let me show you some experience of what love does
Ask everyone that is married, love hurts
Why are you talking to him, why are you braiding his hair?
I hated it and was in love
Loving someone is not always easy, it does not feel good
I remember, Tina Turner, “What’s Love Got to do With it?”
You can supplement your faith in the Lord
John 3: 16-17
He knew you and still did it!
God knew me and still sent his son!
Faith in the Lord tells you to love in spite of
Christianity is the way we live, it is not a religion
If it were a religion I could put it down and just practicing
Christianity is the way that we live
I thought you were a Christian
The key is Christianity is the way that you live, people are judging you
Let your light so shine before men that they might see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Love hurts, it hurts God to see us sin, it hurts God when we fuss and fight for what we want
It hurts God when we go over board in our worship and hurt ourselves
It hurts God when we do wrong and others see it
We have fallen into sin, and we have insurance
Without insurance, someone will pay if you have an accident
Your privilege can be taken
Some of you fuss and fight with one another, you fuss and fight and don’t care who is watching
You want others to know that you will fight!
Supplement love, joy, peace
Christians looking like why should I be saved?
Walking around all sad looking, get some joy in your life
Start thinking about all the things that we don’t have
Christian with a nice car, again…….
The Lord is your Jehovah Jireh
Supplement your peace with longsuffering
Longsuffering is the ability to endure
I take the longsuffering supplement every day
Every day I take supplement pills, joy, longsuffering, gentleness,
God says, I am not slack concerning my promises
II Peter 3:9
How many are praying for family members to be saved?
Jesus could have come back, but your family member is not saved
You are holding Jesus back
Parents long suffer a lot , the ability to endure your best friends issues
It is not your last nerve
“You are over cooking my grits”
Gentleness is so important, men were once called gentlemen
Ladies and proud men, ladies and gang bangers, ladies and hard core men
Faith adding is the faith that you have in one another, giving 100% before you judge
I will give 100%, I have faith in you until I get proof, I do not believe that I have faith in them
I have faith in them….many lack that fruit, we lack faith in others
We need to add to our faith, start trusting someone
I must fight to add my faith to my faith, sometimes it sounds just like them
I must add the supplement whether I believe it or not
Someone says Pastor, I saw Samantha do a cartwheel last Sunday, you think you know add the supplement
Meekness and temperance
Talk more about Jesus than ourselves
How do you identify spiritual growth in others?
We do all the good we can to all the people we can, at all times
This journey must continue
Apply the Word of God daily, read and study everyday, you will still not fully grow until Jesus comes back
II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by the inspiration of God
The bible is used to authenticate other religions
The Lord breathed this Word to write it
You need to work on living right and repent
Ending story, medical staff saw no improvement of a patient, a patient spit out their medication, Christians retain the word for a short period of time and spit it out.
God is Over All
September 24, 2017
Pastor Peyton Harrison, Preaching
Sermon Title: My Assignment
Scripture: Psalm 16:8
I have set the Lord always before me:
How are you doing on your assignments?
Some completed, some reevaluated
God has given us all an assignment
David was content with his God given assignment
How content are you?
David’s contentment came from God’s assignment
God promotes you when you do your job well
If you work hare you will get promoted
Managers calling because there is a shortage of persons available to do good work
Not content with the assignment that you are given
I will bless the Lord who councils me
There is turmoil all around us, people are afraid, my trust is in God
Earthquakes may happen
God is in control, God is over all
God is teleological God
Fear of persons afraid to be in buildings
God is in control
To live is Christ and to die is gain
God has not forfeited the earth, he is in control
Boundary lines were drawn when Israel
The Priests and Levites were called by God
The possessions we have represent the inheritance that God has given
God has a delightful inheritance prepared for you
When you go fishing, it takes a lot to get a fish
Sometimes it takes time to get the provisions
Trust God when you need provision, trust him when you are in the hospital
In the ER, take a pill
God has not forgotten about you
God had given David his life
Can you say that God has been good to you?
How will you take care of what God has given?
We must take care of God’s house
We work at Grace Covenant Christian Church cleaning for free!
God is sovern, God is great! He saved us!
Look at the reality of God’s blessings
God has secured our lives
There are times when we have to wait on the Lord
Our wait does not mean that God is not at work
You are valuable, you are God’s crown
God loves me!
There are times when we go through and we must remember that God loves you!
Remember: God loves you!
Write it on your hand, God loves me!
It reminds you that God is still with me
Nothing can separate me from the love of God
Example of counseling when women will accept anything or anyone
Don’t go for the okey doke
Loneliness will get you tight with God
Catechism ends, because he is a faithful Father
You don’t know what God is going to do next
There is security in who God is not what he is doing
Paul was in prison but wrote I learned to make it on a lot of very little
I learned to be content
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Confidence in God’s assignment comes from acknowledging his provisions
God is Over All
September 17, 2017
Pastor Jerri Harrison, Preaching
Sermon Title: “ Hold On to What You Got!”
Scripture: Revelation 3:11
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. KJV
I am on my way, I will be there soon. Keep ta tight grip on what you have so that no one distracts you and steals your crown. Message Bible
So much happened on our recent retreat!
Many are caught up in the Spirit of renewal
God is answering the prayers of our leaders
Do you feel the new Spirit flowing through our church?
On our Retreat, we got revived!
Revive means that God brought us back to life
Some may not have worked like you should have, but God restored others to usefulness
Now we have to hold onto what God has given us
We have rejoiced, we changed our minds
We are at the hard part of maintaining the gain that we received?
How do we maintain what God has done?
How do we remain consistent?
John 15:16 I have chosen you and ordained you so that you should go and bring forth fruit…
He gave us fruit to keep
James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
James 1:6 He waves like a wave at sea…..
Some of us are stable Christians, that will stay
Some of moving with every wind
Some say, I will live and I will die, but I will hold on
Surely the trials will come, God when I am going through will I hold on to you?
Will I let go of those commitment when tossed by the storm?
Luke 8:5-15 The Parable of the Sower
The cares are the riches of the world pull our hearts away from God
Keep a tight grip on what God has given you
There are storms of life that will happen
Will I be accountable to God for what God has blessed me with
The storms are going to come
Evacuate now or honker down
When going through the storm there are two things you can do
Evacuate means moving to a place of safety
I Corinthians 10:13
Has the Spirit of God ever told you to evacuate
The Spirit of God gives us a warning
Sometimes God says honker down – to hide or hide out, hold onto when having bad circumstances
I am not going to turn to the left of right
I am going into the shelter of your presence
ABBA – Brace yourself, get ready to honker down
The trials and the storms of life will be coming
There is a reason to hold on
How many of you feel peace, no matte what happens in your life?
I Corinthians 9:25 Corruptible crown
Crown of Life
II Timothy 4:8 Crown of Righteousness
Crown of Glory
I Thessalonians 2:19 Soul Winners Crown
The twenty four elders cast their crowns around
The feet of Jesus!
Hold on to your love, your ministry, to your gifts, hold on to what God has given you!
God is Over All
September 10, 2017
Sermon Title: “I Just Want to Thank You”
Pastor Deborah Williams, Preaching
Foundational Scripture: I Chronicles 16:8
Sermon inspired by, “Give Thanks to the Lord”
David was in the midst of festival sacrifice
The Children of Israel had brought the ark of God
This was a time when the people were liberal in giving
David was giving thanks unto God
He appointed priests to minister before the ark
David had an intimate relationship with the Lord
Giving thanks is an expression of gratitude
I Chronicles 16:9-11
David and the Children of Israel thanked God
We forget the blessings of the Lord, suffering blessing amnesia
When David gave thanks God smiled upon him
When we want God to move we first give thanks
We must exercise calling on God
God must hear you personally
How does God recognize your praise?
Think about when you first got saved
Praise is thanksgiving
We were told to use new weapons
One of our new weapons is thanksgiving
II Corinthians 10:4-5
Thanksgiving is a mighty weapon
It deepens of faith in God, pulls down strongholds
It silences the lies of the enemy
It activates our faith
I Samuel 17:33-36
David would not allow distractions to stop him
II Timothy 2:15
We must become skillful in using our new weapons
Don’t worry, when in need pray
I Thessalonians 5:18 Thanksgiving is the will of God for you
Thank God and make his deeds known among the people
I Chronicles 16:34
I just want to thank you!
Pastor Peyton B. Harrison Jr
Sunday Sermon September 3,2017:
TOPIC: The God Of the Mountain is still the GOD in the Valley
SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 20-28
2 weeks ago we had a wonderful anointed retreat at Big Bear mountain where the elevation was 6752 feet in the heavens.
Pure air, pure Praise, pure fellowship, and pure spiritual restoration. This was a time to get away from the distractions of life and concentrate on GOD.
There is something about high elevation that purifies the spirit brings a closeness to GOD.
Mountain top retreats with the simplicity of living, no cell phones, no television, just the fellowship of the saints, meditation and GOD can bring about revelation, spiritual revolution, commitment and self examination and spiritual understanding.
I don’t want to isolate or leave out those who were unable to make the retreat but I want to share some things that will bless you journey when you leave church today,
because God has a word for you also.
In every persons life there comes a time that you need a period of time for self spiritual examination, to hear from GOD and to clarify your purpose and calling in life.
Life to me can be seen as a journey pockmarked with pitfalls, streams of temptations, trials, U turns, frustrations, sprinkled with moments of satisfaction, peace and laughter , but every now and then you have got to get to the top of a mountain to survey the terrain to get proper perspective , to get reestablished and strengthen so that you can finish the journey.
Mountains play a big role in Scripture:
The ark rested on Mt. Ararat, the sacrifice of Isaac was on a mount, the Law was given on Mt. Sinai,
Caleb said, "give me my mount", the temple was built on Mt. Zion, Elijah & prophets of Baal fought on Mt. Carmel,
The second temptation of Jesus was on a mount, the transfiguration of Jesus took place on a mount. Both Moses, and Jesus were gloriously transformed on mounts, speaks to us that mountains represent in scripture high places of communion and revelation with God.
What did you pray on the Pine Summit retreat mountain? Prayers to overcome? prayers for unity? prays for spiritual fruitfulness prayers for healing? Prayers for Spiritual Growth? Prayers for family?
We prayed some things, we were taught some things on the mountain, the strengthening Disciples Workshop, the tacking of our distractions on Christ at the VICTORY CIRCLE at the fire pit, the Effective witnessing workshop that reclarified, and reminded us of our calling to WITNESS and share the gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere.
Look at the handprint of GOD before and after the retreat……..August 13th, Apostle David preached at Grace church the message of preparation that “GOD WILL PROVIDE” “He is STILL Jehovah Jireh” and then AFTER the retreat on August 20th here at Grace, after coming down from the mountain, Apostle Preach on “Mighty Soldiers of Great Courage.”
We have been set up by GOD, prepared, equipped, empowered for the journey ahead.
God has given us sermons on “MOVING FORWARD” and “Bearing our Crosses” in preparation for the move to higher ground.
GOD prepares us on the MOUNTAIN TOP for us to FIGHT in the Valley! He strengthens us on the mountain top so that we can endure in the valley.
HE gives us new weapons, and reconditioned spiritual weapons on the mountaintop so that we can be VICTORIOUS in the valley!
“For greater is HE that is IN ME, than HE that is IN the valley!”
“For yea thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of evil, I will fear NO evil, for God is with me! Your rod and your staff, they comfort me, You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies,
YOU anoint my head with oil, MY CUP runs over…….( somebody needs to claim this right now)
Surely, Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…..
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Please note that in our scripture passage of I kings 20;23-27, THE King of Syria, Ben-Ha-dad, had it theologically twisted in his mind that the children of Israels GOD was just the God of the mountaintop, and his god was the god of the valley.
So once you come down from the mountain, I own you!..... Look at what the King said to the children of Isreal…..I king 20:6 “ but I will send my servants to you tomorrow about this same time and they will search your house and the houses of your servants and it shall be that whatever is pleasant in their eyes, they will put it in their hands and take it!
Sounds just like the devil.
BUT look at the response from the children of Israel in the 8th verse…..DO NOT LISTEN OR CONSENT!
You got to read this for your self to encourage yourself in your valley!!
God started to give Israel instructions, and he set the battle in order……then in verse 28
1 Kings 20:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
Lessons to be noted:
On the Mountain, God reveals, God empowers, God delivers, God sanctifies, God renews and God refreshes us for the battle in the valley…… BUT HE is the Same GOD on the mountain as HE is in the Valley, He is STILL GOD OVER ALL!
The valley is the place where our faith is put to the test,
The Valley can be a place of weeping and sorrows
The valley can be a place of thorns and muddy places,
But the valley is also a place to TRUST GOD….
BUT THE Valley is a University without walls,
The valley is a place to grow strong in the Lord.
The valley is the place where souls will be saved, born again and filled with the Holy Ghost,
The Valley is the place where VICTORY WILL BE WON!
My GOD of the Mountain, is STILL the God of the Valley!
God is Over All
August 27, 2017
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Jehovah Jireh, Mighty Soldiers of Great Courage - Recap
Jehovah Jireh the Lord will provide
Matthew 17:24 Doth you master pay tribute?
Half a shekel equals a days labor
Anyone twenty years or older was to work
You made money in order to give
The rich should not give more than the poor
To make an atonement for your souls
Peter was asked if Jesus paid tribute, he said yes
Jesus knew what was happening in the house
Matthew 17:26 Peter said unto him, of strangers. Jesus said unto them therefore the sons are free
Matthew 17:27 Cast a hook
Peter was a professional fisherman, he never caught a fish with a coin in its mouth
Example: Doing what we are told by our parents
Peter just said, because you said it I will throw it over there
Sometimes if we just do what we are told we might get blessed
We might find our provisions
Learn to do what God tells us to do
God will provide for you and the church
God put the money in the fishes mouth
It was enough money for Peter and Jesus
There is a reason to go fishing
If you do not go fishing you would not go and get the money, I said that you need to do something
The church don’t need your money
God wanted to set up a need for the church
God can send the pastors fishing, he will provide for you and the church
There were God’s servants who were blessed Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Malchezedek
Everyone believed Moses, but people won’t believe today
God set us up, for the provisions of the church
There was enough for the provision for the church
Jesus who did not have to give!
The pastors don’t have to give, why do the pastors give?
Matthew 17:27 notwithstanding, lest we should offend them…
Apostle David tends to give to other ministries, and God blesses Grace Covenant Christian Church
Mind your own business
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The things are what we are fishing for
Verily, verily I say unto you, verily, verily I say unto you that God is telling you that if you seek him first God will add unto you
You will get some things that you were not even seeking. Someone can call you for a job that you did not apply for
Unexpected checks in the mail
You gave someone too much money and they sent you a check
You got to go fishing!
Believe in the Lord your God and you will be established
God will establish you in your work
Believe the prophets and you shall prosper
God will place money where you least expect it
Three jobs, overtime, extra work missing church and events are not the answer
Jehovah Jireh is the answer, no man jireh, no work jireh, ssi jireh, etc.
II Thessalonians 3:10 If any does not work, neither should he eat
Do not think that your job is your provider, it is so you can get a little to give a little to get a lot
You are working so hard, you are young now, when you get older you will depend upon the Lord
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want
Anyone ever tried to fish some information out of you?
I am not authorized to give you that information, don’t lie
Mighty Soldiers of Great Courage
God sees you differently, God looks at you differently
God’s mind and eyes are different than ours
Judges 6:12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour
Judges 6:13 why are we going through so much?
God is calling us mighty soldiers, ask someone do you know Jesus
Tell them the simple gospel, it is the power of the cross that saves
If you come up with wise word, you take the power from the cross
Jesus died for you, do you know him?
The simple gospel
God has given you courage!
You are not going to the gangbangers, those who once were gangbangers go to the gangbangers, the ex-convicts go to the ex-convicts….
Change your spirit with the police and it will change your life
There is power when you have the Lord behind you, example of police pulling family members over
Like Gideon, we ask God where are you when all these things are happening?
Where were you when I was going through? We complain about it
Judges 6:13 We complain, we divorce, loss of children, if God is with us why are all these things happen?
We make excuses when God calls us
We say that we are poor, what does that have to do with doing God’s work
Judges 6:15-17 We see a lack of faith, prove that you are God and I may obey
We are to bring an offering unto the Lord! God has waited years for you to give him your life!
We want to give God an offering to get what we want
Judges 6:22 We find that it is God speaking to us, when God showed him the angel
Thank God for the blood of the Lamb!
Internet, I questioned God today, now the clay is speaking
Why do we have to do this? You are questioning my words, you are rejecting the Lord
We don’t want you, you are an old prophet, don’t want your children either
Thank God for the blood of the Lamb! When God shows up and speaks to us we get scared!
God answers when we use his name in vain
The sign was after his offering, a flame came up, he thought he was a dead man. He had been speaking to God he entire time
There is no good and bad with God, he does not have a law for himself
God, Jesus, man, woman and child….God did it! Men were created to lead
Men, it should not be a curse to follow the man!
After all that Gideon said and did, he obeyed the Lord and did what God wanted him to do
Focus, to move forward we need to become the “Mighty Soldiers of Great Courage”
Don’t focus on your sin, focus on what you are not doing. He has called everyone of you to do a work. Find out what God has called you to do.
God does not change his mind! Focus on what God called you to do!!!
God is Over All
Apostle David Watkins
“Mighty Soldiers of Great Courage”
Mighty soldiers of great courage, be encouraged!
It does not matter what you see in yourself but what God sees in you
So when God is calling us to do things we come up with excuses
God says, I promised to be with you
Trust God and God’s calling is what you are but can’t see
He called out Gideon all who are lacking in faith
Gideon asked for a sign
Two powerful points were:
You are mighty soldiers of the Lord
Why do we respond with excuses when God tells us how great we are?
We come up with excuses, we murmur and complain
If you trust God and see God is calling you of what you are but can’t see
He called out Gideon for those who are lacking in faith
Gideon felt he was going to die because he was questioning the Lord
Gideon saw an angel
God proved himself and became afraid
Feel incapable of serving God
God told Gideon I am with you
Peace be unto thee
Gideon did everything the Lord told him to do
We have to believe God
Some feel incapable, inadequate and unable to speak
God will train you
Feelings of intimidation
God is saying ye of good courage ye valiant soldier
If you witness you will not die
God saved you to share it with others
Mature folks get out and witness youth get out minister the gospel
There is only one way to get to God
If they reject the Word they have a veil
After while it is rent
Some plant, some water, but God gives the increase
You are a mighty soldier full of courage
God is not looking at you and saying you don’t know
So many things we lack
I want to speak to my Hispanic brothers
There are gangbangers, but I am not sending you out to gangbangers
I meet a person who has been incarcerated, I will send someone who has been there
I don’t want you to focus on the things you are doing, your sins and weaknesses
God focuses on our future