A story has been told of a lion who was very proud and decided to take a walk one day to demonstrate his mastery over all the other creatures. He strutted his way through the forest until he came across a bear, “Who is the king of the jungle, bear?” “Why, of course, you are, mighty lion.” He went on until he found the tiger, “Who is the king of the jungle, tiger?” “Why, you are great lion.” Next the lion found the elephant, “Who is the king of the jungle, fat elephant?” The elephant immediately grabbed the lion with his trunk and spun him around a few times and slammed him to the ground. He then stepped on him a few times and picked him up and dunked him in the water and then threw him up against a tree. The lion staggered to his feet and said, “Look, just because you don’t know the answer is no reason to get so upset!”
In the Berlin art gallery there is a painting by the famous artist Mengel that is only partially finished. It is supposed to be a painting of King Frederick of Germany talking to his generals. Mengel painstakingly painted the generals first around the outside of the painting. The King was left until last, leaving a bare patch in the middle of the painting with the background of generals. But Mengel died before he could finish the painting. So there is a painting full of generals but no king.
Is that the story of your life this morning? A lot of generals but no King
What would you be willing to do to have a moment with the King of Kings? The bible is full of men that have come face to face with Jesus.
Daniel 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
Samuel hears voice of God
1 Sam 3: 1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; 3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4 That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
It happened then and it still happens today. Matthew had his day while collecting taxes, Peter had his when he was mending his nets,
Paul had his on the road to Damascus,
Acts 9:4 Context
1And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Acts 22:
Acts 22:16 Context
13Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him. 14And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth. 15For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. 16And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. 17And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; 18And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. 19And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:
Bartemaus had his day after climbing a sycamore tree, Mary and Martha had their day when he came to their house, Lazarus had his when he was raised from the dead, Israel had their day when he was born in the manger. All of these had a change in their lives after their encounter. It has always been a great honor to have a moment with a King. Men throughout history felt the greatness and the awe of just being in front of a earthly king. Many have paid great prices to have that moment. The Queen of Sheba heard of the greatness of King Soloman and traveled a great distance just to see him. She also brought great wealth to offer to him.
In the early years of the church in Rome many of the rulers would kill, burn, torture, and tear limb from limb the bodies of Christians. Yet the Christian church grew in spite of their persecution. Because of the reality of their conversion they were willing to give their lives for Jesus Christ. Nothing would stop them because Jesus was the greatest thing that had ever happened to them. Many lived in poverty, some homeless, some without hope and when they had their moment with Jesus their lives were forever changed.
What was that moment that they had had with Christ? They had never seen him. That moment was that same moment with Jesus that the Apostles had along with the rest of the 120 on the day of Pentecost. It was the baptism of the Holy Ghost. He had come into their life in the same way he had on the day of Pentecost and they could never forget it. That’s why they were willing to give their bodies and lives for the sake of following Christ.
. Well that can be different. You can place Jesus into the picture of your life and you need to do that before you die. Mengal never was able to do it but you can if you do not wait till it’s too late. Invite him into your life today. Let the coals of the fire of his Holy Spirit cleanse you and make you new.
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
You won’t like our church if you do not love a good time singing clapping and hearing the word of God
The song says the Joy of the Lord is my strength
If you want Joy you must sing for it
If you want Joy you must clap for it
If you want Joy you must seek for it
The bible says Seek and ye shall find
You won’t like our church if you listen to the ungodly, the back biters, the gossipers, or the backslidden.
Just because some people that come here are ungodly does not mean they are in the Church-But the Church is for sinners to find God and if they do not come they will not find him
The church is not a building!
Our body is the Temple of God
You won’t like our church if you love this present world and unrighteousness’.
You won’t like our Church if you are looking for a Perfect Pastor or perfect people
The Perfect Pastor preaches exactly 10 minutes. He condemns sin roundly, but never hurts anyone’s feelings. He works from 8 a.m. until midnight, and is also the church janitor and he never snores.
The Perfect Pastor makes $40 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car, buys good books, and donates $30 a week to the church. He is 29 years old and has 40 years’ worth of experience. Above all, he is handsome and because he makes so much money from the church he is rich.
The Perfect Pastor has a burning desire to work with teenagers, and he spends most of his time with the senior citizens. He smiles all the time with a straight face because he has a sense of humor that keeps him seriously dedicated to his church. He makes 15 home visits a day and is always in his office to be handy when needed.
Pastor D. L Welch made this statement when asked where he had been one day when he was late for a meeting
Where have you been Bro Welch- I have been dealing with the worst thing God ever created- Whats that Pastor Welch? PEOPLE Bro. Welch replied
Listen I have witnessed to people, visited them, prayed for them, prayed them through to the Holy Spirit saw the love in their faces as they embraced me and then later saw them mix with other so called saints in the church and see the love light dim. They forgot about all those moments we took to bring them to the Lord.
Today we are celebrating Pastors appreciation day. You need to be thankful for Antony and Lorraine for All the work they have done for the church. They have sacrificed and gave of themselves and all because they had you in their mind and in their hearts. No I am not perfect and neither are they but we believe with all of our heart that we stand for the way the truth and the light The old fashioned Apostolic Pentecostal word of God, If you are looking for a perfect pastor then know this we would love to find a perfect people but we are stuck with you. And you are stuck with us..
Romans 3:10 says As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one
By George Duke
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
I-Story of Jacob and Esau
Gen 25:31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
A-Birthright given to the son was greatest gift Father could pass to the Son
B-Death of the Testator gave the son this right
C-Right of the Son to love and cherish this right until he passed it on
II-All Mankind receive a birthright
A-We all received birthright from Adam
B-That birthright is Death Why? We are born in sin
Romans 5:14 “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.”
C-No matter how much medical scientist try to prolong life man still has to die
D-Man can not do what only God can do for you
III-God is Life
A-Jesus Christ being God in the flesh came to give life by shedding his blood and life for us
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
B-Jesus paid the price for us to be able to be born again
John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
C-Man must go through God’s transformation and be born again to shed his birthright of sin
D-How can I be born again? Simple follow the recipe given by Peter in Acts2:37,38 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
PsalmsChapter 68:1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.) Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. 2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. 3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. 4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. 5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
IS THERE A GIANT IN YOUR LIFE LET GOD ARISE
David and the Giant
No I am not talking about the singing group
I am speaking of David and Goliath
David’s Father asked him to Carry food to his brothers where Israel was engaged in battle with the Phillistines
Tell the story
IT REALLY WAS NOT DAVID THAT DEFEATED GOLIATH IT WAS GOD
It was David’s faith in God that brought the deliverance-If I asked you if you had faith raise your hands most of you would raise your hands-some would hesitate first maybe look around –But the fact is many of us might have faith in the wrong thing or person
Really David had followed psalms 23-1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
1-My Shepherd= One that watches over me
2-Maketh me to lie down in green pastures=Green Pastures Safe places –It is we that sometimes wander away from where God wants us to be
3-He restoreth my soul= your soul was destroyed with sin conscience was dead- His new birth restores and leads
4-In the valley of the shadow of death he is with us-He went before us and paid the price
5-He has prepared the food for our soul
6-He has anointed our heads with oil- How many of you felt his Spirit before you received him- That is a type of his anointing but it is the New birth where he fills our cup and if we allow him he will fill it to the uttermost
There can be many Giants in your life but none that God can not help you over come
LET GOD ARISE HIS ENEMIES BE SCATTERED
LET GOD LET GOD ARISE