Sunday, February 7, 2016
Notes: I Will
Harvest Worship Band
Welcome To Harvest Sunday Morning!
Sunday, February 7, 2016 — 8:00 a.m.
“I will” are some of the most precious words in our vocabulary today. When we get married, or when we ask for help, we love to hear those words.
Matthew 7:27-28 NKJV and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,
Jesus spoke with authority to the people and it astonished them. People followed Jesus for all sorts of reasons.
Why are you following Jesus?
If you are following Jesus for any other reason than He is worthy, then you are no different then the people in this crowd.
Matthew 8:1-4 NIV When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
The man had leprosy, it was a very horrible disease and very much the AIDS of the time. Their skin would fall off, they could be smelled from 100 feet away.
“I would not so much as buy an egg from a market on street that had a leper on it.” was a statement a Rabbi of that day made.
God compares sin to leprosy in Isaiah and Leviticus. Just like leprosy, eventually sin will destroy you.
Matthew 20:20 NKJV Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him.
Many come to church because they know they will need to ask God for something this week. God sees right through that.
This leper did not approach Jesus that way. This leper did not doubt Jesus power, he was asking Jesus about his willingness.
How many of us don’t doubt God’s power, but doubt His willingness?
Many of us need to burst through the crowd and come to Jesus.
Matthew 8:3 NKJV Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
By cleaning this man, Jesus did the unthinkable and the unlawful. This leper had not been touched in years. According to Leviticus Jesus would have become unclean, but instead Jesus made the man clean.
Would we have touched the man or would we have thrown stones? If leprosy is like sin, how many times have we thrown stones at sinners instead of reached out to them?
Maybe you feel like a leper in your sin today, Jesus wants to touch you and clean you. Jesus is willing. Not only does Jesus have the power to heal you, but he has the desire to also.
Are you desperate enough to push through the crowd to approach Jesus?
Matthew 8:4 NKJV And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
This was the first man they would have ever seen cleaned of leprosy. Jesus is still into cleaning people of leprosy.
He can clean you of your sins today!
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Notes: Weights or Wings
Harvest Worship Band
Sunday, September 6, 2015 — 8:00 a.m.
There are things in our lives that are either weight or wings. We have to learn if things are holding us back or helping us soar.
The Hebrews that Paul wrote to were going back to their Jewish ways.
Many people today are contemplating going back to their sinful ways.
Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
To know what a verse means, you have to know what it doesn't mean.
This verse doesn't mean that our family members in Heaven are looking down on us hoping we make it through today.
When we face giants, we can look back to heroes of our faith to draw strength from.
What ever we face today, God will deliver us from.
He can deliver us out of or through a situation. We don't know which one God will be doing for us.
It's better to be in the fire with Jesus Christ then out of it alone.
"Lay aside" in this verse is used also to describe discarding dirty clothes at the end of the day.
We are to lay aside our sin and the things that interfere with our faith.
What is weighing you down today? It is not necessarily a sin, it could just be a burden.
Mark 4:19 NKJV
 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Riches don't make us happy, we all know that. The desire of other things can weigh us down too. Anything interfering with us running the Christian life race is a weight.
Sin is the obvious, what are the other things? If it is making us miss the mark, then it could be sin. To sin means to miss the mark.
The world likes to call the sins of the world a disease. We need to call it what God calls it, a sin!
Ensnaring us means to trap us in every direction. Sin easily traps us.
Endurance requires patience.
Life is a marathon, it requires endurance for the long haul.
The motivation is to be "looking upon Jesus".
Jesus came here in the flesh to show us how to run this race.
1 Corinthians 11:7 NKJV
 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
This is saying, your wife reflects you. If you think she stinks, then look at yourself.
We need to fix our eyes upon Jesus.
What you do to gain, you have to do to maintain.
What happens when we take our eyes off of Jesus? Peter sank when he saw how boisterous the waves were. You can't keep your eyes on Jesus when you are looking at what the problems are around you. Peter then prayed by crying out, "Lord save me!"
When we are sinking we need to look to Jesus.
Philippians 1:6 NKJV
 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
We are going to make it, because God is the author and finisher of His work.
Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
The fruit of the Spirit is love. All
of the other fruits are a result of love.
Happiness is based on outward circumstances. Joy is a fruit that is within you.
Jesus endured the cross, despising the shame that was within it. After He endured the cross, He sat down and rested.
Your joy will come.
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