Sermon Notes Sunday, Oct 15, 2017
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
God is trying to encourage you to do something
What am I not doing?
Being on time
Grace Covenant Soldiers, we fight until we die! Hoorah!
God is Over All
August 13, 2017
Apostle David Watkins
“God Will Provide”
Matthew 17:24 Does your Lord pay tribute?
Peter said, yes he gives
Tithes and offerings were given to the priests and there were still needs of the congregation
Did you need money for the church? The bowls and the candles
Jesus called Peter by his sir name which is personal
They said, then the sons are exempt
Jesus was the atonement for man
He was exempt from paying tribute
Jesus does not give tribute, he collects them, he does not give tithes, offerings, prove me offerings
Jehovah Jireh will lead you to your position
Matthew 17:27 He will lead you to your provision
Peter needed provision, but he directed Peter to get the money
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
God cast your line, and the first fish that you come across will have a coin
The fish had a coin in his mouth
God will send you to where your provision i
God knows that you have bills
God knows that you need a new phone
God knows that you want he long hair this week
He knows that you have seen the new shoes
God will send you to get what you need, if you first seek him
He is the God that provides
If you seek God first, he will provide for his kingdom and your needs and wants
Jesus was casting out demons, Peter was a professional fisherman
It was enough for Jesus and for Peter
God will provide for you
I know and I promise to you, “Verily, verily I say unto you God is saying if you seek him first He will add!”
People will come up to you and give you things that you did not work for
They will give you money, that tv that you are praying about
Seek the Lord first and I promise God will provide
When you do something for someone and you do something, they will give you more than what you would charge for that same thing
God is Over All
July 23, 2017
Sermon Notes: Recap: and “Moving Forward” and “Cross bearing”
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Today I am forgiven!
II Kings 7:3 The Four Lepers
There is something about moving forward
The decision is up to us
The Syrians were so afraid they dropped everything
Some will go back for things, that seem more valuable than our lives
Take a chance abandon your pride, move forward
Stop letting pastors have to tell you to praise God
If our body is not used it will stop and die
If God made us all rich we might not be at church
We need other motivation to serve God
God set up a need to be blessed
God knows what moves us, abandon your pride you might not die
Press toward the mark for the prize o the high calling
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things
which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, Phil. 3:13
Ask a person to forgive, you have to put away hurt and pain to press toward the mark
There is a mark that you have to work toward every day
True peace comes from God
The world has fooled us into chasing after money
Press until you get your blessing
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:14
Study to show thyself approved a workman that needs not be ashamed
You need to go to the next grade
You are to act your age, make up your bed, clean your room, under the bed is not storage!
When I was a child, I acted like a child but when I became a man I put away foolish things
What is dragging behind you and not allowing you to move forward?
Luke 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough
Genesis 19:26 Lot’s wife looked back and became a pillar of salt
In the military you can’t switch units
As a free agent I feel I can go anywhere
Numbers 13:33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
David took the giant down!
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross daily, and follow me.
We must accept Jesus every day
If the veil is there, it is foolishness to the world
Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction
The cross represented death and humiliation
One must choose to die to their own will and follow God’s will
Mark 8:31 Jesus must suffer many things and be killed and after three days rise again
Mark 14:36 Take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou will.
Angels ministered to Jesus, we will be there with you, etc.
Wanted to be like Michael Jackson, his money and fame changed him
Some go searching for crosses, taking a vow of poverty
You do not have to go looking for a cross
Sometimes marriage is a cross
Single people are looking for a cross
You think that you will be happy with someone else’s problem
Get a mate that is great!
God created marriage, to teach us how to love others
Once you are saved you are married to Christ, you understand the commitment to being married
There is no getting away once you are married
No running from yourself
You take the vow, for better or for worse, richer or poorer, etc.
Till death do you part
God will have mercy and today you are forgiven!
Recognize a cross, pick it up and bear it, carry it!
A cross can be a distraction, stop looking at the burden, pick it up and bear it
The Lord is just as human as we are
Whatever causes you to forsake Christ, it is the price that Satan is buying your soul for
It is not death that you are picking up, but the idea that you could die
No matter what I have decided to pick up my cross
If I am sick, if I am poor, the problem that we are going through is not the cross.
Pick up God’s will and follow him daily
The cross is an emotional decision
The cross is your choice! The thing that you see is just a shadow of the cross.
Luke 9:57 Lord, I will follow you whether so ever you go
Luke 9:59 I will follow you, but let me get my education, let me bury my father, let me get some sleep
Matthew 10:38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.
Choosing is the cross, don’t let people stop you from serving the Lord
Don’t feel guilty for serving the Lord
Luke 14:33 We must forsake all things
I Peter 2:21
I Corinthians 1:23
Luke 14:27 You can’t be a disciple if you don’t bear your cross
I Thessalonians 3:4
II Timothy 3:12
Hebrews 11:24-25 Choose to suffer
The cross is an emotional decision to follow Jesus!
There are many afflictions of the righteous, he will deliver us
God is just saying, are you willing to die?
God is Over All
July 16, 2017
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
“Take Up Your Cross Daily”
I believe that God is going to bless us and bring the people in
This is God’s vineyard, I see many grapes, God has blessed us to increase
We are not sour grapes or raisins!
We are ready for God to rapture
I need you to step up and begin to witness to people
The gospel is hidden to many people and there is a veil over the eyes of many people
I want more grapes, the size that will be carried on two men’s backs
God needs us to be ready for the people
You did not get saved just for you, do the work of he ministry
Tell people that Jesus is Lord, get ready!
Take on the load, you don’t want to go to work
Daily you need to take up your cross
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
The cross represented death
If any man will follow me, let him take up his cross daily
So many things we are unwilling to do.
When you stop prospering in God you think of things that are totally not of God
Only one can take a gift back, the giver can take the gift back
He will blot your name out of the Lamb’s Book of Life
Stop thinking about the other things, the name was in the Lamb’s Book of Life, he says, I will blot it out
I never knew you.
No more thanksgiving, they got big, they think that they do not need God anymore
We think that we have found another way
Fear him who can take your life and your soul, the original OG!
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather dear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
False Gods need people to believe to become real
Deny the things that you want, that make you so happy
Take up his cross and follow him, the cross meant that you are going to die.
We must be willing to die to Christ on a daily basis
Deny what I want, t be successful, rich, huge home, cars, etc.
You must want Jesus Christ before any of those things
Jesus is the way! He is not coming back for the rich or poor, he is coming back for the faithful people
Take it slow!
As soon as God blesses me, I will be able to come to the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Deny yourself and take up the cross, the willingness to go through
Are you even calling yourself a Christian?
Are you a Christian or what?
Let the one that is without sin throw the first stone
So many would throw stones, you would quote scripture on Jesus
We must take it slow, we must walk in God each and every day
Our body can not be happy if our soul is not happy
Conviction is when our soul is miserable and the Holy Spirit is jabbing at you trying to get you to walk right
The body be greatly afflicted and oppressed, the soul can still prosper
The body can’t handle the soul being miserable if my soul is miserable the body can’t handle that
We must not seek for a cross, we have so many crosses to bear
You have enough on your plate tipping, slipping and dipping in sin
God is able to take away the gift, then you find yourself not understanding the Word or truth
Mathew 11:28 - 30 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest
The yoke is the instrument in which the burden is able to be carried
The yoke is the Word of God that is able to carry that burden
I want my yoke to be easy and my burden light, then you need to see Jesus
Example: Junior high ran to be first in the line to snack bar, I would walk because I had free lunch
I wanted one day to run to the snack bar, High School I had my free lunch card, daily to walk to the snack bar, we were alright with our troubles
Learned that it was to be this way!
Made a little money to run into the snack bar, butter cookies, poor wanting the leftover snacks and drinks
Make provision for those persons who are poor
Appreciate the hard work of his mother, learn to be content in the state that you are in
Be grateful, there are some who do not have what you have, they would die for what you have
Stop trying to promote yourself
Some said, if you become you rich you will be happy, we have many examples of the rich desiring peace
Philippians 4:6 Don’t worry about anything, but by prayer and supplication tell me what you want. I will give you my peace
God says, I will give you my peace, it surpasses all understanding
Philippians 4:11 whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content
If you have been robbed, give up the money, give up the car you will get another car
Learn that his yoke is easy, you will be able to bear it
The Four Lepers II Kings 7:3
If you go back to that sinner man, that way of life, you do not trust the Lord any more
When you think that money is the way
Moving forward! I am willing to die moving forward, doing something, not standing still
Go forward, it is a war!
II Corinthians 3:14 - 16There is a Vail covering your eyes, to believe in Christ, you must believe him every day
If you do not do the work that he called you to do, you are denying him
What if God is saying to do the work of the Lord? Most of you are not Grace Grazers, I am not called to lead them
I pray that you will not preach about my sins, you are not the one, I do not preach an entire sermon for that one individual. What can I give to your people?
Some of you do not believe God any more, something has covered your eyes. What has bewitched you?
When you read Moses writing, when someone turns to Go the veil is taken away
When you turn to the Lord, the veil is removed! We must believe daily!!!!
Ephesians 4:11 – 12 The gifts God has given for the perfecting of the saints
Jeremiah 3:15 I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding
If you are denying God with your time, what will you do when you get millions? You will deny him even the more.
I am here to encourage you to get yourself together, stop thinking that you can sin, we need to repent and baptize. Are you willing to represent?
Baptism is a symbol of dying to sin, I am only here to perfect you! Even if you turn, tell them the truth!
Stop eating the junk food! Stop eating dessert first! Making you feel good is junk food! What about the real food?
God is Over All
July 9, 2017
Apostle David Watkins
Sermon Title: “Moving Forward!”
A Grace grazer is a person who comes to church only to eat, they don’t do anything in the church
Some of us have family that just graze, they eat and bring Tupperware
God has given you some callings, there is more that he has for you
We have to move forward!
II Kings 7:3 And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said to one another, Why sit here until we die?
If we go forward me might live, if you push to do the work of the ministry you may do better.
You will die if you stay where you are
What do you need to do? II Kings 7:4
Abandon your pride, you know where you are, you know where you should be
Example of plane crash, if I move forward I might just make it
Move forward on what God has given you, you are not a Grace grazer, you are to influence other peoples lives
Push forward, don’t quit, you aren’t dead yet
Abandon your pride you just might not die
If God could use four lepers, he can use us
II Kings 7:5-6 The Lord made the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses
II Kings 7:7 Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life
God says, I am going to grow you and then you will open other churches
God will not tell you how he will save you, you will consider it foolish
God tells you what he is going to do, if he tells you how you may doubt him
The lepers just walked and God amplified the sound, the people became afraid and left all
II Kings 7:8 They found all kinds of treasure, cooked food, silver, gold, and raiment
If you move forward God just blesses you
The four lepers went out and gathered all the things and they sold what they found
We need to move forward, think about what we could do if we just trust God
You just got hurt, someone has taken your position so you step back
God called you, what are you suppose to do? Move forward
Let’s move forward! Forget about the things behind you&l