Abraham

Sermon Date: 6/6/21

Genesis 12

We have gone through 11 chapters of the book of Genesis. During this time you might have noticed some interesting things in how the beginning took shape.

We started with a conniving couple, fatal farmer, plastered preacher and a hero hunter. Seems like God don’t always use and do with the same ones we would choose to accomplish things with.

Has it ever dawned on you  we have a different evaluation of people then God does.

Seriously look at the way God chose to accomplish His plan, would we have done any of it that way?

Sometime I think we out holied the Holiest One, out righteoused the Righteous One. It gives us a false pretense of our self- worth. Don’t confuse what I am saying. God thought we were priceless, He made us in His image, breathed His breath in us, and paid our sinful debt with the blood of His precious Son. Too often the way we look at His creation we feel we are better than them. Take God out of a person then they aint worth a dime.

With this thought in mind it is no surprise who God uses to create His nation. In God’s eyes he is a pretty important character, for He devotes 25% to him in this book. He is an inhabitant of Ur, an important center of moon worship on the Great Euphrates. He is from the Godly line of Shem but most probable like his neighbors he is an idolatrous pagan. Though most of his ancestry has been forgotten, God has not forgotten.

What we see in the life of Abram is a picture of the life of the believer. The statement of faith, the step of faith, the path of faith, the fight of faith.

  • The statement of Faith. (1-3)
    • As is the norm with the God of creation; He initiates the contact.
      • God came down to walk with Adam, God ask Cain about his brother, God called out Noah, and here God is calling out Abram.
      • He still works the same today. We don’t wake up one day and begin seeking God. The bible says :(Joh 6:44) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
    • He starts with the statement of faith. You trust me and this is what will happen.
      • (V2-3)God gives clear and precise directives and what Abram can expect in return.
      • He did the same for us and even wrote it down in case we forgot.
    • The bible is God clear and precise directives for redeeming His creation and what it means to be redeemed.
    • Abram was in the land of Ur when God came to Him and called him to move away. The call of salvation is always followed by the call of separation.
      • God is serious about the sanctification of His people. The setting apart for His use. It always starts with separation.
      • Separation is setting apart from something, sanctification is a setting apart for something
    • What Jesus is recorded saying in the gospel of Luke is not request but a command.      (Lu 14:26) If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.  (27) And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
      • We understand that hate is not used the way we use it, but means loves less. If our decisions, our actions, our directions are based on family or self-promotion, anything other than our commitment to Him, we are a hypocrite.
    • I am very aware in today’s watered downed, tolerant adapted sermonettes that is heard across the globe today this is not a popular view.
      • I’m not here to be popular but truthful. I want you to know this uncommitted, uncaring, unrepentant Christianity light that is being promoted and accepted today is not the same as what Jesus Himself spoke of.
    • This is very important. God told Abram three things he wanted him to leave. His country, his kindred and his father’s house.
      • (V4-5) tells us he left his country.
      • He is no longer in Ur. He left Haran, the place of his birth and the place where he was established.
      • He left his father’s house. The comfort and security of familiarity.
      • But we see he took some kindred.  Lot will be a subject of discussion a few times in Abrams life.
    • So often like Abram we obey part of God’s invitation only to hold on to something we believe either is not important or we can’t do without.
      • Here is a worthy note: if God brings to your attention it is important!
      • These things we hold on to always come back and becomes a source of competition in our walk with God.
  • There are two reasons for God’s demand for Abrams separation.
    • God had Abram turn his back on all things of familiarity.
      • We are creatures of habit. When we get in a bind we will turn to what we know.
      • This is a lesson in faith. He no longer has what he is comfortable with. He no longer has what he use to trust. He burnt his bridges so there was no way back
        • We need some bridge burning in our lives.
      • I am no way telling you God is wanting you to move to an obscure place to survive, but one of the greatest detriments to faith is not diving in, holding back.
    • Oswald Chambers speaks of total abandonment. In the opening page of his devotional Utmost for His Highest he states “My determination is to be my utmost for His highest. To get there is a determination of the will, not of debate nor of reasoning, but a surrender of the will” …  
      • Jesus in His parable of the hidden treasure, in the13th chapter of Matthew; spoke of a man who purchased a field. He sold all he had with joy because he knew what he was getting was better than what he had.
      • He purposely gave up what he had to obtain what he could get. He was sold out, he bought in. he believed so much in what he was doing it affected every part of his life. 
      •   What are you investing in? That is where your faith is. That is where your heart is.
    • The other reason for his separation was obedience.
      • Obedience activates faith. It is here that what you said you believe in, what you said you trust in, what you said has authority over your life, it is through obedience you give proof of genuine, saving conversion.
        • When we step out and obey it is then God gives us the confidence the security of knowing we can trust Him.       
      • Where obedience activates faith, disobedience deactivates it. We fall back into that dark foreboding worry of how are we gonna make it, what can I do, should we do this?
    • There are those here today who started out well, but are having difficulty in their walk because of disobedience. The only way to get back into the relationship is to jump in.
      • Repent, then dive.
  • There are those here today who need to burn some bridges.
    • You continue to hold on to something incase God don’t pan out. You will never experience His freedom, His power, His peace, until you decide rather He is worth selling all for.
  • There are those here today who like Abram feel the Holy-Spirit of God calling them out.
    • It sounds scary leaving all behind but in truth its gaining more than you ever let go.

As we look around at the shape our world is in, we see many signs. These aren’t meant to worry, us scare us, but to turn our attention back to Him. God is still at the helm, still in control, His plan is still being enacted. He wants you to be a part of it.

You Never Know

Sermon Date: 5/30/21

(Gen. 10:1-32) (8-12)

When it comes to reading genealogies often it seems like empty space. Filler. In truth all of these names are important to God and to us.

  • The boys: When we look into the history of Noah’s sons we see the foundation of our now civilization.
    • With Japheth we have the sea faring ancestors.
      • We know them as Europeans.
      •  The Bible refers to them as the gentiles.(V5)
    • Ham which is the daddy of Canaan.
      • The legacy of all Ham’s sons was that they were the most hostile neighbors that the Nation of Israel had then and even now.  
      • Even today, the descendants of Ham are located in Egypt and Syria and Palestine and Libya.
      • I’m sure these names sound familiar to almost everyone here. . They are still to this day, hostile to the nation of Israel.  Their legacy is a history of animosity and hatred for the Jewish people
    • Shem.
      •  It is generally supposed that the Hebrews derived their name from Eber or Heber, son of Shem.
      •  If you trace Shem’s lineage you see that he was an ancestor of Abram, later known as Abraham, the Father of the Hebrew Nation and an ancestor of Jesus Christ.
    • Each of Noah’s three sons have a legacy that they leave.
      • God is giving us a record and a glimpse of who the world’s ancestors were here in this chapter.
      •  Many times we wonder why God would include all of this in the Bible. . These folk’s names were important because they all left a legacy in some way or another.
      •  We all leave a legacy with how we live our lives.  Like them, we are all important and we will all leave a legacy with our lives.
  • Names are important in the Bible.
    •  If they were not, God would not have chosen to list so many.
      •  All throughout this chapter, we get name after name after name. Then we see Nimrod.
      • Why Nimrod?
    • The title of this sermon. You never know.
      • In one of the first Bugs Bunny cartoons, Bugs called his nemesis Elmer Fudd a nimrod.
    • The website Reddit says this about the word nimrod. “ Bugs Bunny accidentally transformed the word nimrod into a synonym for idiot because nobody got a joke where he sarcastically compared Elmer Fudd to the Biblical figure Nimrod, a mighty hunter.”
      • When Bugs called Elmer a nimrod, he was making fun of his hunting prowess but people didn’t get the sarcasm because most had never heard the word before and assumed that he was calling Elmer a fool or an idiot.
      • That meaning for the word has evolved in that way ever since. The Dictionary of American slang says this:  Nimrod, a simpleton;
    • So why does God bring out this man in scriptures?
      • Many say that Nimrod is singled out here, among all the other people because of his name.
      • You see, Nimrod means rebel and they see him being singled out as being rebellious against God.
    • But look what God points out.
      • (Ge 10:9) He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
      • Also: (Ge 10:10) And the beginning of his kingdom was… He brings out all the cities he built.
      • Because he is associated with Babylon we automatically involve him with the tower…
    • I believe God told us about Nimrod because of his heroic actions.
      • It wasn’t till after the flood that people began to eat meat. The animals were no longer docile but wild and fearful of man.
      • Nimrod was and is being he held up as an example of what one man can do and also he is a historical record.
      • He became the hunter and builder that people looked up to.
    • People loved to be compared to Nimrod.
      • Look at verse 9 again. (Ge 10:9) He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
      •  God is showing us that one man can make a difference in the world.
  • I want you to know, God placed you here on earth to make a difference.
    • So many of us are sponges.
      • Just soaking up what God blesses us with.
      • Taking from life all we can and leaving crumbs for those behind us.
    • What is a legacy?
      • John Maxwell, puts it this way: “Achievement comes to someone when he is able to do great things for himself. Success comes when he empowers followers to do great things with him. But a legacy is created only when a person puts his organization into a position to do great things without him.”
    • Each body of believers leave a legacy.
      • What we leave as a legacy reveals our priorities.
      • It shouts how we want to be remembered. It unveils whether we pointed to Jesus or our preferences.
    • In a relay race, races [are] won or lost at the handing of the baton.
      • To drop the baton means losing the race. All the hard work, all the … training, everything could be dashed with a single fumble.
    • God’s plan for the church has always been that one generation would pass the baton of the testimony of Jesus to the next generation until His return.
      •  You and I are just one in a series of runners.
    • The same is true of life.
      •  We have not successfully finished the race of life until we have passed on our baton to the next generation.”
    • The bible says: (Pr 13:22) ¶ A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.

How do you want to be remembered?  I challenge you this day to resolve to leave your faith as a legacy for those that come behind you.

When a good man falls. (even kinda good)

Genesis 9

In this chapter of Genesis we see where all become omnivores. Eating meat and veggies at God’s invitation. We see the principle laid down for the death penalty. We also see the covenant made with Noah and the sign of its assurance. The rainbow.

I might come back to some of these later. When we get down to the end of this chapter we see Noah becoming a farmer. Also a decision with life altering circumstances. Today I want to concentrate on specific warning God is giving to us, His followers.

Listen to these verses.

In proverbs speaking of the seductress,

(Pr 7:26) For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.

Paul speaking of the examples in the old testament.

(1Co 10:12) Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall..

It’s always shocking and sad when a good man falls into the snare of sin.  For that matter, even a man, or woman that we have placed a higher standard on.  Somehow we want to believe that if a man has walked with God for years, he builds up an immunity against sin. We want to hope that if we walk with God long enough, the day will come when temptation automatically glances off us. But it just ain’t so!

After walking closely with God for years, George Muller used to pray, “Lord, don’t let me become a wicked old man.” There isn’t one of us, I don’t care how long you’ve been a Christian, who doesn’t face the constant struggle against sin. You never become invulnerable.

Noah is “Exhibit A.” He had walked with God for over 600 years! In a wicked world, Noah stood alone for God. He was the only man on earth whom God saw fit to save from the judgment of the flood. The opportunity to launch a new beginning for the human race stood before him. And what happened? He got drunk and uncovered himself within his tent. Shocking! Disgraceful! Unbelievable! Is this the same Noah?

Some have tried to exonerate Noah by arguing that he didn’t know about fermentation, and got drunk accidentally. Other explanations have been suggested. But since drunkenness and nakedness are always presented in the Bible in a shameful light, we must conclude that Noah sinned. Noah’s sin shows us that:

  • Even the godliest are prone to sin.
    • Noah was top of the line.
      • When it comes to godliness He was the most righteous man on the earth before the flood.
      • Centuries later, through Ezekiel, God listed Noah, Daniel, and Job as three of the most righteous men in history ( Esk.14:20)!
      • In the New Testament he is listed in the heroes of faith in Hebrews and in Peters account he is called a preacher of righteousness.
      • He wasn’t an on again off again follower.
  • Past godliness doesn’t guarantee future godliness.
    •  You don’t build up an immunity toward sin.
    • That is why we can never coast.
    • The devil don’t take vacation he wants to see those who are true, fall.
    • Neither age nor maturity provide protection against temptation.
      • We must walk in dependence upon the Lord daily.
    • Sadly even here, we have those who feel their private devotions and their “timed served” adds up to protection, righteousness, godliness.
  • We are often the most vulnerable when the pressure is off.
    • Think about it. When he was surrounded by wickedness, Noah lived righteously. But when the storm was over and he and his family were the only ones on earth, Noah fell into sin.
      • When the pressure is off, our guard comes down.
    • Those who live righteously before God know their own propensity toward sin and live in constant dependence upon the Lord.
      • They stay faithful, committed, convinced.

Ham, Noah’s son, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers. They carefully covered up their father. When Noah awoke, he knew what Ham had done to him.

I don’t understand everything about this incident but I do know this:

Ham looked upon his father’s nakedness, either with lust or with delight and amusement. He went and told his brothers, not in a spirit of grief and concern, but with the attitude, “Hey, do you guys want to see something funny?”

His flippancy toward his father’s nakedness revealed two things about Ham: He had no shame and grief toward moral failure; and, he disrespected his father.

The text gives great detail of how the other two brothers carefully walked backward so as not to gaze on their father’s nakedness as they covered him

Let me state this: God is serious about honoring our daddies and moms.

  • We are so used to having moral filth dumped into our lives.
    • Rather through t.v., phone, computer, friends. We are daily doused with sin.
      • Sadly many have become accustomed to it and no longer bothers them.
      • They justify or down play their sinful choices while highlighting yours.
    • Understand some of this is our own fault. Calling, personalities, prejudices, and personal preferences, sin instead of what God calls sin.
      • We have led the offensive revolution without even knowing it.
    • As we have seen in the pursuit of Holiness study. We have personal responsibility.
      • As born again believers we have to discipline ourselves.
      • To study, pray, spend quality time with our Lord.
      • Spend quality time with fellow believers.
  • Know your heart.
    • Ham had probably helped his father build the ark while the neighbors laughed.
      • Outwardly, he went along with the program. But in his heart, he hated his father’s righteousness.
      • His heart was really with the world, not with his father.
      • Even though he saw the horrors of God’s judgment through the flood, he was delighted when he finally saw his father sin.
      • It gave him reason to justify his own sinful desires.
  • Know your heart.
    •  Let’s be honest. We already know our heart.
      • If you’re constantly offended when God points out your shallow uncommitted life through His word, His messenger. You might be more like Ham than you want to admit.
      • If your standing on past victories, holding on to what you have taught, lead, done. You’re a prime target for the devil.

Today please listen; (1Co 10:12) Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall..

Mothers

Genesis 2: 21-

On Mother’s Day you really want a family oriented, loving, almost heroic sermon. Well today depending on your character, the way you perceive or look at things that is exactly what you’re going to get.

We have been in Genesis the beginning. Let’s look at how it was supposed to be from the beginning

  • Creation.
    • Belief in creation does not undermine the position of a woman, it empowers them.
      • Women are created with unique special qualities that complement the qualities of the man.
    • Women and men were made to complete each other not compete.
      • They complete each other mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
    • The woman stands beside the man as uniquely created individuals.
      • Christ gave the same warnings and promises to the woman as He did to the man.
    • Prov. 31, though spurned by many of today’s women actually reveals how important they are.
      • She is of great worth not only to her family but also to her community.
      • She feeds and clothes her family. She has a heart for the poor. She is involved in business and is wise in her teaching. Her husband adores her. Her children call her blessed, the community respects her.
    • As she fulfills her role she is grateful not bitter to be a woman.
  • The curse.
    • (Ge 3:16 )¶ Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
    • Many have understood this verse to say that the woman will desire to serve her husband. How’s that going for you guys?
      • You don’t see very many jumping up for that position do you?
    • What it is saying is that the woman’s desire will be to rule the husband and the husband will want to rule the wife.
      • Looks a lot more familiar.
    • Satan and his world has jumped on this and programed both the man and the woman to believe their lies.
  • The confusion
    • Finding one’s self. A well-known author wrote “ a woman’s life, faith, behavior, and potential for fulfillment are all determined by her attitudes about who and why she is.” (Phyllis Shlafly)
      • When searching for purpose, for design and reason if we look into ourselves for an answer, it would be like giving cough medicine to treat tuberculosis.
      • It could temporally relief a symptom but the disease continues to progress.
    • The reason there is so much confusion today about the roles and responsibilities of a man and a women is because of where we look.
      • The bible says: (Pr 18:2) ¶ A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
    • How often we hear “ I just need time to know who I am” or “I’m not sure of who I am anymore”
      • Listen! You’re a created being that God loves and adores. He put you together perfectly.
      • He gave you! , the most awesome task of all time. Being able to become a Godly mother.
      • Don’t fall for the worlds undermining of the truth and settle for belittling yourself, coming to the end of your days realizing you missed out on God’s best.
    • Understand not just any mother, but a Godly mother.
      • You see procreating is the easy part. For many today it’s evident they never intended on being a mother. They just wanted the identity of a mother without the discipline, responsibility or sacrifice that comes from being a successful mother.
      • They expect others to raise their children so they can follow their careers.
      • They introduced the idea of it takes a village to raise a child.
      • We know it takes a village to raise an idiot
    • I praise God for you who not only raise your own children, but are such a vital part of the health and growth of this body of believers, who make sure your little ones are involved as well as yourself in the worship of the One True God!
      • God gives you the opportunity to enjoy being a Godly mother.
        • One that raises their children by example to love, honor and fear God.
      • What do I mean by example?
        • Ask these ladies who have grown children. They will tell you what they did before their children had a lot more lasting impact then what they said.
      • What really was and is important to you will be revealed in the lives of your children.
    • Most mothers strive to be the perfect mother.
      • Maybe you should strive to be real!
      • What impact would you have on your sons and daughters if they could see who you turn to in the time of hurt, depression, exhaustion, fear?
    • When putting God first and depending on His word is important in your life. It will one day be important in theirs.
  • Mothers you are under attack!
    • Satan does not want you to enjoy a Godly marriage. He doesn’t want you to feel complete with being a mother.
      • He uses the world to entice you with empty, meaningless shallow, fantasies of fulfillment, that leave you hurt, abused, and wanting.
    • You remember the proverbs mother?
      • She is of great worth not only to her family but also to her community.
      • She feeds and clothes her family. She has a heart for the poor. She is involved in business and is wise in her teaching. Her husband adores her. Her children call her blessed, the community respects her.
    • As she fulfills her role she is grateful not bitter to be a woman.

The Flood: A warning of judgment.

Gen. 7

 It is everybody’s favorite time of year. Tax season.

I read in a Reader’s Digest issue: A woman who works for the IRS in Utah has the job of communicating with delinquent taxpayers. On one occasion she called Anchorage and was patched through to a ham operator in the Aleutian Islands. Two hours later the ham operator raised the taxpayer’s home base and from there reached him at sea with his fishing fleet. After the woman identified herself as being with the IRS in Utah, there was a long pause. Then over the static from somewhere in the North Pacific came: “Ha! Ha! Come and get me!”

I know of those personally who have one way or another got by without paying taxes.

Just like those tax dodgers, a lot of folks believe that judgment will never happen. Some may be able to dodge the IRS. But no one can dodge God’s day of reckoning. But people look around and see the wicked literally getting away with murder. The unrighteous often seem to fare pretty well in this life. And so people mistakenly conclude that judgment will never happen.

Listen to Asaph: (Psalms 73:1- 17)

Thankfully Asaph got it together. (Ps 73:28) But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.

We often mistake God’s patience and grace in delaying the Day of Judgment to mean that it will never take place and that they can sin without consequence.

Here as we are going through the book of Genesis we have a sober reminder and a divine warning.

Unfortunately, the story of Noah and the great flood is often regarded as a fairy tale, not as fact.

  • THE FLOOD IS THE PAST EXAMPLE OF THE FACT OF GOD’S JUDGMENT ON THE WHOLE EARTH.
    • At no other point in history has God’s judgment on the earth been as severe and widespread as it was at the flood.
    • At various times God has judged individuals, groups, and even whole nations.
      •  Sodom and Gomorrah.
      • God ordered Israel to destroy the Canaanites because of their sin.
      •  Israel itself was judged by the Babylonian captivity.
      •  Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D. 70 because of rejecting the Messiah.
      • Ananias and Sapphira.
    • The flood stands as the past example, of the fact of God’s judgment on the whole earth.
      • Just as He judged the whole earth with the flood, so He will judge the whole earth in the end times, and none will escape.
  • FLOOD FACTS:
    • Historically.
      • In verse (11) we are given an exact date. It is written as a statement of fact.
      • Jesus and Peter referred to the flood. Using it as a historical fact not a traditional tale.
      • Many cultures other than biblical accounts refer to a great flood.
    • Universal.
      • The wording in the Genesis account is very descriptive.
      • (Ge 7:19-23)
      • The commonsense. Why take mating pairs of animals? Why build an ark? If you could just go somewhere else?
      • The amount of time for the water to dry up. they were on Noah cruise for over a  year.

Just giving a few simple things. There are a ton more. Yes all are debatable. It all depends on rather you trust God’s word or man’s reasoning. I want to get to the crux of this time we have.

  • Suddenly. (but not without warning.)
    • God had been warning that evil world for almost 1,000 years. Enoch preached against the ungodliness of his day. But God’s warnings were ignored.
    • Noah’s ark was finally finished after 120 years. People watched as the animals migrated toward the ark, two by two.
    • Remember, there wasn’t a drop of rain yet. The ark sat there on dry ground. The day of the flood dawned just as every other day had. Then God closed the door of the ark, the rain began, and the earth quaked as the deeps were opened. Judgment came suddenly, but not without warning.
    • Why is this important? It’s important because the flood is the one great historical example of God’s future judgment for the whole earth.
  •  GOD’S FUTURE JUDGMENT WILL BE HISTORICAL, UNIVERSAL, AND WILL COME SUDDENLY, BUT NOT WITHOUT WARNING.
    • Just as none escaped the judgment of the flood, so none will escape God’s coming judgment.
      •  In the flood, every person on the face of the earth had to come to terms with God, either by accepting His means of escape (the ark), or by perishing in the flood.
      •  In the coming judgment, all will appear before God’s bar of justice. Those who are protected by God’s means of escape, the Lord Jesus Christ, will be protected from that judgment. Those who have not trusted in Christ will be condemned.
    • It will be a historical event:
      • God “has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead”
      • Remember what Paul told the men of Athens?(Ac 17:31) Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
      • Remember what some of them did? (Ac 17:32) ¶ And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.
      • Thank God for others.
    • It will be universal:
      • He will judge “the world”–every person who has ever lived.
      • Those who have taken refuge in Christ will be spared, but all who are outside of Christ will appear before the Great White Throne.
      • Those whose names are not written in the book of life will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev 20 11-15)
    • It will be sudden, but not without warning.
      •  There is the warning of the Scriptures.
      • Even many who do not read the Bible know the story of the flood, which serves as a warning to them.
      • But over and over Jesus and others in the Bible warn of the certainty of the coming judgment.
    • There is the warning of those who live godly lives.
      • Surely Noah’s life served notice on that ungodly generation that their lives were not pleasing to the Lord.
      • His obedience in the face of an almost impossible task which took 120 years stood as a testimony that they needed to repent.
      •  Even the march of the animals to the ark, obedient to their Creator’s command, bore witness to that generation that God was about to do something significant.
    • Today we have more signs of the Second Coming of Christ than ever before but yet it is the professing born again who are more hardened, less committed, and increasingly antagonistic to the things of God.
      •  But even this was already spoken of.
      • Jesus himself said: (Mt 24:12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
      • Paul speaking to the Thessalonians. (2Th 2:10-11) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    • You have heard preacher after preacher. Friend after friend. Crying out to you to be sure of your salvation.
      • Yet churches are full of those pretending their right with God.
      • They most often hold to an act they performed as a child or a day of distress.
      • They speak of their works as if it’s proof of a humble walk with God.
      • Many spout of that they are closer to God than me or another preacher. Can I tell you this? I pray you are closer to God in your relationship with Him than me. I feel most often like I have come nowhere near where I need to be with the Savior of my soul.
      • Please hear this. It is not comparing or justifying according to another man born in this sin stained world. How does your salvation experience, your everyday life compare to that of biblical standards?
    • The truth that Paul is referring to is a truth that captivates your very being.
      • You realize that God deserves the praise of all people everywhere and you purposely live in a way that ensures that!
    • The story of the flood shows us that before He brings judgment,
  •  GOD GRACIOUSLY PROVIDES A MEANS OF ESCAPE FROM HIS JUDGMENT.
    • Noah didn’t think up the idea of the ark himself.
      • Clearly, the ark was God’s initiative. He revealed it to Noah. He designed it and gave him the directions he needed.
    • God’s grace is seen in not closing the door until the last possible moment.
      • The people watched Noah working for 120 years.
      • They watched the animals streaming in from all parts of the globe.
      • They watched Noah and his family board the ark.
      • The door was still open for any to come aboard. Nobody did. They watched as the Lord shut the door. The rain started. It was too late.
  •  WE MUST TAKE GOD’S MEANS OF ESCAPE.
    • There was only one means of escape provided by God.
      • It was not especially fancy or inviting: A great big box daubed with pitch.
    • And there was only one door.
      • The proud lions and the lowly lizards all entered the same way.
      • It was very narrow and restrictive
    • God has ordained one means of salvation from the judgment to come:
      • The Lord Jesus Christ, crucified for sinners.
      • Whether you’re wealthy or poor, moral or immoral, educated or uneducated, there is only one way to heaven, the way of the cross of Jesus Christ.
      • He is the only means of salvation God has provided.
  • The question is, have you gotten on board? 
    • That will be the only issue when God’s Day of Judgment comes suddenly.

What Paul Thought About Easter

Romans 8:35-39

What is Easter all about?

Is it simply about bunnies, baskets, and boiled eggs? Is it about families, feast and fellowship?

Is it more about the new dress, the new duds or the new doo? 

Are you the religious type? Does Easter conjure up thoughts of the church service, cantatas, or plays? 

All the Gospels record the resurrection of our Lord, hence the gospel, the good news. If Jesus just died for our sins he would be another martyr, a name amongst many who have died for a cause. What separates Jesus the Son of God from all these false gods is He rose again and is at the right hand of God making intercession for us and waiting instruction to go gather His faithful.

But what does the death and resurrection mean for us? What does it mean for you personally? How has it, or has it affected the way you live?

Turn with me to Romans 8:35-39 and look what it meant to Paul.

Paul wrote this after he had met the living Savoir. You might think what’s the big deal about that? It’s not until the Holy-Spirit of God can convict and convince you of your spiritual deception that you can grasp what Paul is writing here. 

  • Paul the prodigy 
  • Paul was a passionate, persuasive, proponent of a false religion.
    • One that started out attempting to serve God in the effort of redeeming fallen man.
    • But became part of a self-serving, self-righteous ritualistic religion that filled the lust of fallen man of serving God apart from God.
  • Paul was doing this in what he thought was the name of God. He was sold out, he was serious.
    • He was seriously wrong.
  • The book of Acts detail his encounter with the living Christ on the road to Damascus. In this recall he was struck blind, in the spiritual aspect of this; he wasn’t stuck blind but simply the true condition of his heart was revealed.
    • We keep bringing to light how we see our condition but what have you really done about it. Why do we keep doing the same things expecting it to change us?
  • Paul the perplexed.
    • One can just imagine all the things that were going through his mind, those three days he was without sight.
      • How many he had delivered to torture even to be killed because they believed that Jesus was the Christ
      • How he tried to persuade all he could that Jesus was an imposter and those who believed in Him blasphemed the very name of God.
      • Suddenly finding out he was the blasphemer
      • How his heart must have broken to learn that he was the one doing damage to the name of the very God he said he served.
      • You might ask why God didn’t just kill him? He might have asked the very same thing. Why would God not punish him for all the evil he had committed in the pretense of serving God? How could God love him after what he had done?
    • Now your starting to get a picture of what Paul was writing to the Romans
      • Ro 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
      • Who shall separate us from the love of Christ
  • Paul the purposeful
    • What the resurrection means to you and me is the same it meant to Paul;
      • Unmerited favor with God. Grace 
    • Paul knew he didn’t deserve forgiveness, what he had done was unforgivable.
      • Paul knew all too well what he did deserve; eternal damnation where the fire is not quenched and the worm dies not.
    • Paul knew also he was experiencing unbelievable, overwhelming, abundant grace and it radically affected what he believed and how he lived
      • Paul knew what the resurrection meant to him
    • Grace is where God extends His love to us even when because of our own conceited pride won’t admit He exists.
      • Grace is where God extends His love to us even when we fight against him.
      • Grace is where God extends His love to us when we create our own way of serving Him and call it right
      • Grace is where God extends His love to us even when we refuse to extend it to others.
    • Because of grace I want to serve Him, yield to Him, follow Him
      • Tithing is not an intrusion on my lifestyle.
      • Being involved in the things of His church is not burdensome.
      • Trying to learn more about Him so I can please Him is not a chore.
      • Giving to His work is not an expenditure but an investment
    • You can choose to refuse God’s grace but you cannot prevent Him from loving you.
  • What the resurrection of Jesus means to the world is the re-righting of the relationship between God and man.
    • What Paul knew about the resurrection of the Son of God radically affected what he believed and how he lived.
      • Are you having a Paul-like Easter today?
    • You could be here today and think it’s too late, no way, God can’t forgive that. I am here to tell you on the authority of God’s Holy word, He will and He wants to.
    • You might be here today and know you have received His grace but have not been living in the realization of it. That can all change by simply committing your life to Him today.

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God’s Plan

Genesis 6

Remember when we came to this point in the history of creation and Mankind the one thing that seems to stand out is the absence of the Godly. Fact of the matter things were so bad God Himself was drawing a line.

The truth had not been silenced throughout these years, God had as He always has His witnesses. Adam lived 930 yrs. Seth 912. Enosh was still around even when Noah was born. They had the truth but they refused and distorted the truth to fit their lust.

But God had a plan. His plan was a man.

  • A Man.
    • Because we are wired with a sinful nature we have to be careful not to mistake His plan as the flood.
      • The flood is and was not the master plan. It was in the plan but not The PLAN.
      • God’s word states. (2Pe 3:9) ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
    • God’s desire has never been to destroy His masterpiece, His creation.
      • Since the time of the original sin God set in motion THE WAY of redemption.
      • Now in direct contradiction to God’s plan the devil’s desire is to accuse, deceive, and destroy god’s creation.
    • If not the flood then what?
      • A man! God chose Noah to be a witness for Him.
      • All throughout history God has chosen His Moses, Abraham’s. He has called out His Elijah’s and His Daniels.
      • He invited Matthew and John. Dr. Luke and Phillip. In doing so He placed a call upon their lives that nothing in this world could rival.
    • God still invites His creation to be part of the redeemed.
      • He then uses us to be witnesses for Him.
    • Noah lived in a time darker than any of us have ever seen our thought of.
      •  The sinful world was all around him but wasn’t in him.
      • God recorded for the world to see. (Ge 6:8) ¶ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
    • Today we hear a lot of how hard it is to live righteous. To pursue Holiness.
      • What was different about this man, Noah, that even in a day where sin was more vocal than today, lived in a way that God took notice?

Let me share with you 4 things about this man.

  • He was forgiven.
    • The bible says he found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
      • Grace is unmerited favor. Something we cannot earn. Something we don’t deserve.
    • He wasn’t Godly because he came from a long line of godly men. God has no grandchildren.
      • He was godly because he found for himself eternal life from the generous overflowing grace of God.
    • Though being raised in a godly home, one has a better chance of knowing God. It is no guarantee.
      • No more than being raised in a garage makes you a car or being raised in a tree makes you a nut.
    • Noah, like us today had to make his own choice about God.
  • He was perfect, just.
    • Meaning justified or righteous.
      • His trusting God made his sin as if it never happened.
      • He lived righteous in an unrighteous world.
      • He lived by God’s standard in a world with no standards.
    • He was perfect.
      • In this sin sick, sin indulged, sin infused world, here we see a man living without blemish, sold out to the One he call Lord.
  • He walked with God
    • This wicked lust filled Canaanite civilization failed to attract him.
      • We trust what has authority over our lives.
      • He found greater attraction in God and therefore his life revolved around Him
    • We like to use this same terminology today but it is obvious it carries a far different meaning. Our Walk with God.
      •  In Noah’s depiction it means his life orbited around God and the things of God.
      • God really was the center of his universe.
      • It wasn’t a question of what the world thought or said. It had no authority over his life.
      • We trust what has authority over our lives.
      • God had complete authority over Noah’s life.
  • He was Faithful
    • (Heb 11:7) By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
      • NOT YET SEEN!
      • There had never been rain before
      • There had never been an ark before.
    • Remember the prophet Isaiah?
      • (Isa 55:8-9) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
      • Because Noah took God at His word, trusted Him fully though he had no idea what God was talking about.
      • He followed His directions.
  • Recall if you will the question, what was different about Noah?
    • We see there was really nothing Noah had that we are not offered today.
      • We can be forgiven
      • We can really walk with God.
      • We can be justified and perfect in our standing with God
      • We can even be faithful
  • God’s plan was a man.
    • A man who preached the righteousness if God and invited people to come and know Him personally.
      • Sound familiar?
    • For 120 years Noah took the time to share God’s invitation to those who gather at this monstrosity.
      • A side note: ever notice the things God used to gather folks?
      • An ark, slavery, kings. Jesus used fish and bread, healings and miracles.
    • Noah had specific instructions on how to build an escape for the coming wrath.
      • All the people had to do was first believe there was coming wrath, then believe Noah’s ark was The Way of escaping it.
    • While the world was busy rejecting God and any notion that He was in charge.
      •  Noah was demonstrating his faith by building the ark.
      • Simply being obedient to what he knew
  • The plan.
    • The plan was salvation through judgement.
      • In the account of the flood we have a picture of the coming cross.
      • The same water that brought death to those who refused to believe and come into the ark. Lifted the ark and all those who came into it were saved.
    • The cross.
      • The same instrument of cruel, humiliating, horrifying, punishment and death that our Savior was nailed to and crucified.
      • Brings life to all those who come before it and believe.
  • Today God is still using men and women. Boys and girls.
    • Preachers and politicians, deacons and doctors.
      • Mechanics and moms, farmers and friends,
    • Those who like Noah have found grace in the eyes of the Lord by taking God at His word.

The God That Never Quits!

Genesis 6:1-9

Last week we looked at the fruit of sin. We were able to see where Cain’s offering was the beginning of the world’s attempt to please God. The giving of everything except self. Cain was willing to worship, but on his own terms.

We saw the difference between Cain and Abel, between the religious and the real. Is not in the person themselves but in the object they trust. The one provided for themselves. The other accepts what and how God provides for them

 When you talk about fruit we know when it becomes ripe. If it is not consumed it will continue to mature until it is over ripe, rotten. A process in most cases to preserve the species by putting seed back into the ground. 

The thought behind what we are observing today is not the preservation but perversion of the species. 

  •  The Godly gone. Where have all the Godly gone?
    • Seth had been born to Adam and Eve and was producing a people that feared the Lord and called upon His name. When we come here to the 6th chapter we see only one man mentioned as being righteous.
      • Sadly there are quite possibly more Christians interested in who the giants are, who the sons of God are, than the crux, or core of this story.
    • This is what I want you to notice: the Sethites were a godly people, the Caininites a worldly people.
      • As is such throughout the word of God, wherever we find the people of God compromising with the people of the world, we most often see the world’s ways rising to the top.
    • God has a tried and true plan for us to succeed in this life. 
      • What we find all too often is believers who are entrapped in a situation because they didn’t agree with God’s assessment or instruction. 
    • Paul tells the Corinthians, 2Co 6:14-17, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,”
      • Whenever we allow the devil a little space he will take it. It might seem small, insignificant, nothing to be concerned with. 
      • Imagine your life as a hundred acre field. You give the devil one acre, he will take it right in the middle giving him access to it all
    • God warns us over and over, yet we feel it won’t happen to me.
      • How many here have compromised over the years and fell into this trap?
      • Now you’re finding every excuse why you can’t serve.  Why you can’t be faithful, why you can’t…
      • The going theme right now is a recurring one, “were so busy with things”.
      • One of the devil’s greatest tools is getting us busy with everything except what God has called us to, prepared us for, and placed us to do.
    • Remember, sin is a volitional act of disobedience against the revealed will of God. Therefore the dominion sin has over you is according to the delight you have in it.
  • The Godless activity. How far had sin taken God’s creation? How did one act of disobedience affect many?
    • Look what God saw: (V5) God saw: 
      • We are pretty good on getting approval from men but what is important is what God sees.
    • Man thought all was well. 
      • The Godly line that had been compromised probably was still feeling like they were making a difference. They might not be the old bible thumpers like in times past but felt they were standing out. 
    • God saw that wickedness was abundant and even man’s thought life was totally evil.
      • The old cliché’ sin takes you farther along the way, keeps you longer than you intended to stay, costs you more than you want to pay.
      • It is a reality!
    • Where it is talking of imagination and thoughts it points towards vain philosophies.
      • The word for imagination means to mold, shape as with pottery. Men fashioned ideas that supported their lust. 
      • Not much has changed.
      • The bible says: Pr 18:2, “A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.”
    • A period of 1,500 years lay between creation and the flood. Though the Godly had the truth the worldly fabricated a lie. How do we know this?
      •  Ro 1:20-23, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse :  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.
    • How far has it gone? To the point of breaking God’s heart.
      • The stench of sin was breathtaking. The fruit was going through its natural course. Maturing, rotting, and preserving the perversion of sin.  
  • The God that never quits. In verse 6 we understand it repented the Lord, grieved him in His heart.
    • Grieve is actually a love word. How’s that?
      •  We don’t grieve over things we don’t love.
      • This is the heart of what God is showing here, it is the continual thread that runs through from Genesis to Revelation.
    • God’s offer from the beginning of the curse.
      • God had not been silent, he had His witnesses. You look back over the record in the 5th chapter you see , Adam had lived 930 yrs, Seth 912. Enos (Seth’s son) was still alive even when Noah was born. Back to our Romans scripture. “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”
      •  God wanted them to know Him but they refused.
    • God’s offer before the flood.
      • 1Pe 3:20, “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”
    • What is meant by longsuffering?
      • God didn’t have to have Noah build an ark. He simply used this as a warning and an invitation to repent.
      • In 2nd Peter 2:5, he is called a preacher
    • You can almost see it. Noah would lay down his mallet and take off his tool belt as the crowds would gather to tease him. Then he would speak of the love of God and let them know they were welcomed to come aboard.
      • Sadly you know how that turned out.
    • Isn’t that the same thing happening today? Preachers, Godly people declaring God mercy and goodness inviting them to come aboard. 
      • Yet many choose to die in their sins. 
    • When you look at the world before the flood there are a lot of similarities today. 
      • What I see is just like in the days of Noah. God still is pursuing His creation.
      • Instead of a boat He has a cross.
    •  He still uses the same instrument as in the beginning, preachers. 
      • They are still doing the same as Noah, looking like a fool in the eyes of those who think they have a handle on it.
    • Sadly much of creation is still reacting the same way. 
      • Refusing to accept the truth and instead fashioning ideas to support their lust, their ways, politicking to gain support, all because they don’t want to repent, admit they’re wrong. Wrong enough to want to change.
  • God’s invitation.
    • The invitation is still the same.
      • It is still coming from the same kind of people in the same easy to understand way.
      •  Turn from your wicked ways and turn to Him. There are those here today and watching that need to come today. Will you?
    • Others, you have been serving and serving well. 
      • The devil has snuck in and convinced you, you’re doing too much.
      •  Can we ever do too much for the One who saved us from our sins?

God has so much in store for this congregation. The hard part is keeping us going together for Him.

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The Ripening of Sin

Sermon Date: 3/7/21

Gen 4:16-

We have seen the root of sin.

 In the Garden of Eden where our grandparents chose for us and themselves, that they were going to decide what was best for them. In that moment the creation grasped for the authority that had belonged to God as our creator, and attempted to take it for themselves. Mankind decided to be our own god’s

We looked at the fruit of sin.

We saw that Cain was the creator of false religion. His philosophy was Plan “B” salvation had to be earned, that it had to be merited, purchased at the cost of one’s own effort. The notion that good works merit salvation is at the heart of every false religion on earth and in the heart of every cult of Christendom. Though Cain’s offering was impressive and beautiful in its outward form, it was founded on error and on willful disobedience to God’s truth.  It is bluntly called by God “the way of Cain: and marked down as apostasy.(Jude11)

This morning I would like to follow the path laid out before us and notice the ripening of sin.

Two ancestral lines. As we look continue in chapter four we see two linages being laid out.

  • The ungodly. (4:16-24)
    • I believe our tell- tell sign begins in (V.16) Cain went out from the presence of the Lord.
      • This isn’t hard to understand. When you are living wrong, rather born again or not, you don’t like being around people whose lives and actions bring out your wrongness.
      • A believer when they step outside of God’s will don’t want to go gather with His church, read His word, sing His songs. Don’t like to be around His people.
      • A non-believer aint interested in living right and has come up with 500 reasons why their way is just fine. By the way you might be reason 372!
    • This wording is very important. It shows a digression in Cain’s life. He purposely, thoughtfully, turned away from God, and went to the land of wandering, (Nod)
      the place the church pew or seat sends many.
      • The bible says (Pr 21:16) ¶ The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
      • To our knowledge Cain left and never came back. It wouldn’t be as bad if our sin, our decisions only affected us.
    • In our study of Holiness we were reminded that often we can see the sin that hurts ourselves but fail to recognize our sins that hurt others every day.
      • In verse 19 we see the downward trend continue. Lamech began an open attack on the primordial law of marriage. He took two wives. Don’t be misled God didn’t ok this.
    • Did God’s people participate? Let me answer with a question. Does the world still influence the church today?
      • Because few will stand up and stand out and trust God, the world’s ways often have more impact on the church than the church on the world.
      • Remember? We trust what has authority over our life.
  • The unworldly.4:25-5
    • In the last part of this chapter and flowing into the next we see a new linage started and an amazing pronouncement. then men began to call upon the name of the LORD.
      • Though we haven’t even scratched the surface of how bad things had gotten God is letting us know He always has His people where He wants them.
      • Isn’t this a good thing to know even today?
    • As we started this study in Genesis we made note of how God really loves beginnings. Today He is offering some of you a new beginning a real beginning.
      • Here we see God not only revealing a new birth but also a new book. (Chp.5:1)
      • Notice it is not an entire family album. God only records in it those who follow Him. Cain’s line has been dropped only to be picked up where it crosses the Godly.
    • As we go through this chapter it begins to look discouraging, hopeless. It is like walking through a cemetery. At the end of every family we see the words  “and he died”.
      • Remember the lie of Satan?  ( Ge 3:4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  God is kind of underscoring what He said would happen.
      • Our Lord’s half brother: (Jas 1:15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
      • All through the 5th chapter as we hear the toiling of the bell God is proving Satan a liar.
    • This is not just a told you so scene.
      • It is much, so much more than that. What you notice in this is two things not mentioned in the line of Cain. The words “and he lived” and “he died.”
  • The uncanny :
    • Now just like today. Those who lived for God to be a witness in a dark world was looked upon as those who accomplished nothing, were unsung and unnoticed by the world.
      • But God recorded that they lived, twice it is wrote down for most of them. This is not the case with Cain’s kinfolk. 
    • No doubt that thought they lived. They built cities, were innovative, their secular advancements marked them out as having the good life.
      • But God never said that, for they were dead in their trespasses and sins. 
    • Seth’s kinfolk lived. Jesus said -Joh 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.”
      • This is exactly the case. Satan had stolen from this whole group of people the good life and substituted a life of slavery. They were slave to their addictions, their contraptions, to their fortunes.
      • Whereas those who trusted God was living life to its fullest.
    • This is not some hype that Jesus spoke to fill the pages of His word. Knowing, living, serving Jesus brings abundant never ending, exciting, purposeful life.
      • It is not that its untainted by problems, hurts and pain, but that He; when we trust and yield to Him comforts us even through our troubles. We live in a sin saturated world and go through its effects like anybody else.
    • Not only did God record that Seth and his family lived they also died.
      • The bible is silent about the death of Cain’s family because heaven has no interest in their deaths. Like their empty, shallow meaningless lives, their deaths are an eternal shame.
      • The bible says: (Ps 116:15) Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. Each death of the saints is a celebration day in heaven. Another one made it home.
    • Don’t take this wrong. Abundant life does not start after we leave this earth. That is just the icing on the cake. Abundant life starts the moment you accept for yourself Gods redeeming plan of salvation.
      • I realize you have many examples of those who talk out of both sides of their mouth. This is not about them it is about you.
    • Just like Cain, God gave opportunity to repent and come his way but Cain refused. Today God is giving you yet another chance to be real with Him

The Family Unit

(Gen.1:26-28),

(Gen.2:18,21-24)

(Gen. 4)

We have seen the first created human beings becoming parents and raisng young’uns. A little while in this thing called life we see one becoming a murder. One being murdered. One turning to God.

We live in a society today that has little regard for the honor and sanctity of marriage as God designed it. In an effort to undermine the sacred values in which this great nation was founded on; Satan has made an all-out attack on the family. It is evidenced in the number of divorces among Christian families, the number of those who feel cohabitation is alright under certain circumstances. It is evidenced in the way God’s people have failed to esteem the lofty position of marriage and family due to compromise.

So the question is this. Is marriage is still viable in modern society? The answer is yes. Marriage is still the best Idea because it is God’s Idea. He created it, designed it, established it and define it parameters. God established marriage as a permanent relationship, the union of two separate people – a man and woman -Into “one flesh”. God established it as the first and most foundational and fundamental building block of society. The Bible contains God’s principles and plan for achieving quality and health in family life. If we want to experience marriage the way it was designed to be, first of all we need a vital relationship with God and also we must take very seriously the Bible as it relates to the family.

I would like for us to take a fresh look at God’s design for the family, to reestablish a Godly standard and perspective to this divine institution we are allowed to be a part of. I would like for those of us who have faltered in keeping with the Holy-Standards of God design for family to be road blocks, steering others away from the traps we have succumbed to.

  • Where did the idea of family originate? In the very heart of God.
    • In the Garden, God Himself instituted and ordained marriage at the very beginning of human history.
      • The world has no authority over marriage or what it consist of.
      • God did not create marriage to be an Alice and Eve or an Adam and Steve event. He created woman for man and man for women, and I for one am glad of it.
    • The homosexual agenda has invaded our homes through what is promoted as entertainment, our schools though fear of law suits, even our minds through the new toleration movement.
      • The world has deemed it an alternative lifestyle, whereas the bible has declared it as any other sin; rebellion against a Holy Creator.
    • Since the plan didn’t sweep across the world the way they had hoped for, there are many who still stand for the truth and teach it to their children and grandchildren, they had to devise another component to their plot.
      •  Gender neutral. 
    • The humanistic heterosexual movement of cohabitation has done just as much if not more damage.
      • Because it is not viewed in the same light as a homosexual couple it is more acceptable to many.
      •  Marriage is not a piece of paper or a ceremony. It is the creation submitting and surrendering to the ordain plan from the creator God.
      • Sadly, time and time again it has been proven that couples who live together have a higher rate of divorce, yet still they feel it wont happen to them.
    • The feminist movement (Gen 3:16) (that came out of women being tired of being treated like second class citizens) has had a devastating impact on the family. 
      • Like any movement that separates itself from God’s truth it goes to far one way or another. A quick look around will reveal there are far less men today and way more substitutes.
    • According to Scripture marriage is ordained by God as an intimate and permanent partnership between a man and a woman in which the two become one in the whole of life.
      •  Marriage is the sacred and lifelong union of a man and a woman giving themselves to each other in love and trust. 
      • Anything other is derived from vain, depraved imagination.
    • Next to salvation, Marriage is the most important affair in one’s life.
      • We can conclude from this account in Genesis that marriage is God’s idea, designed and instituted by the Creator.
    • Why did God create marriage?
    • (Ge 2:18) And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 
    • In these verses we also discover that at the heart of God’s design for marriage is companionship and intimacy.
      • To enjoy one another’s company. Doing things together.
    • So many start out separate.
      • Prenuptial agreements, bank accounts, lands…
        • I understand sometimes one can’t handle money and you need to set up some safe guards. Lands often are tied with other family, but if you can’t trust the gal or guy with what you have; children, money, things, you’re an idiot if you marry them.
      • This is the idea behind what God said( Ge 2:24) Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
        • It takes work, it takes sacrifice, it takes dying to self.
        • Satisfying marriage is all giving and no taking.
      • Marriage is a gift from our heavenly Father given so that husband and wife may enrich and encourage each other in every area of their life together
    • Marriage is for procreation, to continue the human race. But also God designed sexual expression to help married couples build intimacy and permanent bond.
      • Not just to raise children, but Godly children. God spoke specifically how we are to teach, train and be examples for our children.
        • Seems like a trend I see in many parents life is once their son or daughter say a prayer, get baptized their concerns begin to alter.
        • It becomes more important for them to have friends, be popular, have etiquette, be kool,  than to be disciplined spiritually, understand God is calling us to be Holy, which brings true lasting happiness
      • Here is a sobering statement. Why do our kids act like…
        • Their modeling what they see before them.
    • Another startling thing becoming very evident, parents are not parenting.
      • Because of this worlds pressure and demand placed on the family in most household, both parents work.
      • Young’uns are placed in day cares or others houses.
      • Then when time is given them instead of coaching, training, teaching, they just tell their kids to do a task and rarely check to see how or even if it gets done.
      • Parenting takes time and investment rather you work or not.
    • Marriage is the firmest foundation for building a family and then society and Nation.
      • Marriage mirrors God’s covenant relationship with His people.
        • God desires that we develop and nurture a personal, interactive relationship with Him.
    • Marriage Is A Platform To Practice The Same Qualities Or Characteristics Of Christ.
      • Remember, Marriage is the sacred and lifelong union of a man and a woman giving themselves to each other in love and trust.
      • Marriage is the full expression and design of God’s image in human beings. 
      • Marriage is created out of divine order, is based on a covenant relationship, reflects our relationship with God and truly has a greater impact in our lives than many have assumed.
      • It signifies the mystery of the union between Christ and the Church.
  • The Main Purpose Of Marriage Is That Through Your Marriage You Become Transformed To The Image Of Jesus Christ.

I know there are many who have suffered divorce, broken relationships all this messed up world has to offer. We know according to God’s word He hates divorce. You know what He hates all sin and has made a remedy for it. Through the blood of Jesus you can find forgiveness and cleansing. You’re not second rate, not threw away.