Jan 17, 2021
Sin Is Crouching
Series: 2021

Sin has been a problem since Adam and Eve

 
"4 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have obtained a male child with the help of the Lord.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a cultivator of the ground. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought an offering, from the firstborn of his flock and from their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering; but for Cain and his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his face was gloomy. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why is your face gloomy? If you do well, will your face not be cheerful? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain talked to his brother Abel; and it happened that when they were in the field Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him."

Sin is crouching at the door

And it’s desire is for YOU!

This is true for everyone, even today.

How do we keep sin away?

Look at verse 2 - 4
 
Cain and Abel knew what they were supposed to do

Cain tried to do it half way and that is never good

Unfortunately, for many Believers today, we do the same thing

We know what we are supposed to do, but we don’t

Think about this if God was not pleased with Cain is He pleased with us?

Cain gave, but not of the first fruits

Look at verse 5
 
Cain is the one who did wrong, but he was angry

Today we call that deflection.

God asked Cain, "Why are you angry?"

Look at verse 6-7
 
If you do well you will feel better
BUT……

Instead of changing our failures, we dwell and anger burns

When we dwell, we draw sin closer

You see, sin may be crouching at the door

But we are the ones that let it in!

Cain let his anger burn until he opened the door

This anger led to the sin of murder of his brother

You never know how fully the sin will consume you

Therefore do not open the door, don’t even dwell on it

In our world today it’s all about ME

Life was created to be all about Him!

When we don’t put God first, sin is crouching

But if we do well, we can keep sin away through God

Are you a sinner that needs a savior?

Do well and call on Christ today!

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  • Jan 17, 2021Sin Is Crouching
    Jan 17, 2021
    Sin Is Crouching
    Series: 2021

    Sin has been a problem since Adam and Eve

     
    "4 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have obtained a male child with the help of the Lord.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a cultivator of the ground. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought an offering, from the firstborn of his flock and from their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering; but for Cain and his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his face was gloomy. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why is your face gloomy? If you do well, will your face not be cheerful? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain talked to his brother Abel; and it happened that when they were in the field Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him."

    Sin is crouching at the door

    And it’s desire is for YOU!

    This is true for everyone, even today.

    How do we keep sin away?

    Look at verse 2 - 4
     
    Cain and Abel knew what they were supposed to do

    Cain tried to do it half way and that is never good

    Unfortunately, for many Believers today, we do the same thing

    We know what we are supposed to do, but we don’t

    Think about this if God was not pleased with Cain is He pleased with us?

    Cain gave, but not of the first fruits

    Look at verse 5
     
    Cain is the one who did wrong, but he was angry

    Today we call that deflection.

    God asked Cain, "Why are you angry?"

    Look at verse 6-7
     
    If you do well you will feel better
    BUT……

    Instead of changing our failures, we dwell and anger burns

    When we dwell, we draw sin closer

    You see, sin may be crouching at the door

    But we are the ones that let it in!

    Cain let his anger burn until he opened the door

    This anger led to the sin of murder of his brother

    You never know how fully the sin will consume you

    Therefore do not open the door, don’t even dwell on it

    In our world today it’s all about ME

    Life was created to be all about Him!

    When we don’t put God first, sin is crouching

    But if we do well, we can keep sin away through God

    Are you a sinner that needs a savior?

    Do well and call on Christ today!

  • Jan 10, 2021Present Yourself Approved
    Jan 10, 2021
    Present Yourself Approved
    Series: 2021

    Today we gather together in a solemn assembly

    Prayerfully, many of you have prepared by fasting and praying together

    The purpose is to begin this New Year by re-committing ourselves to God

     
     
    Look with me to 2 Timothy 2:1-10 NASB
     
    "You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory."

    Paul says to Timothy, suffer hardship with me as a good soldier of Christ

    We are called to be soldiers of the cross; advancing God’s word across the world

    Christ suffered for us and we are called to suffer for Him

    The suffering we are talking about here is from the lost world who rejects Christ

    Paul also compares this to being an athlete

    In order to do that you must compete! You must get in the game!

    Just as a farmer toils, he takes of the first fruits but does feed others

    We, who are believers, are called by God to do His work

    So that others may follow Christ

    Are you a soldier for Christ? Are you in the fight? Are you plowing the fields?

    Vs 10
    Paul says I suffer so that others may receive salvation

    Today, we have become so comfortable that we forget this

    God wants us to be in the battle where, sometimes, we get hurt

    But how can we win the war if we don’t ever get in the battle?

     
    If we died, we live; if we endure, we reign; if we deny, He denies

    Vs 15 says study to show yourself approved

    If we are not studying God’s word, how can we follow it and share it?

    God is not interested in how well you can make something sound

    You speak the truth and God will make sure it does not return void

     
    Today, we are renewing ourselves by asking God to cleanse us

    We want to be useful to the Master

    We desire to flee from sin and pursue righteousness

    The only way that any of this is possible is if you give your heart to God

  • Jan 3, 2021ReNew Your Heart
    Jan 3, 2021
    ReNew Your Heart
    Series: 2021
    Welcome to 2021 All better now right? Of course it hasn’t changed just because the calendar did. Last year was a tough year. Not just the pandemic, but so many things I would say it was a dark time for our Nation especially In the time of Joel, the land of Israel had been devestated There were no crops, no vines; the animals and the people alike were hurting It was indeed a dark time in the land of Israel
     
    "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart,
    And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil. Who knows whether He will not turn and relent And leave a blessing behind Him, Even a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber. Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations.
    Why should they among the peoples say, `Where is their God?'"
    You see, when the times were so bad, the people were to call diligently upon God Today, more than any time in recent years, God’s people need to call upon the Lord
    Look again at 12-13
     
    God’s people are called to fast and rend their hearts to return to God
    Today I believe that Christians have turned to everything but God to get better The government, money, self, even denial. We need to ReNew our hearts
    Vs 14
     
    When we return to God, we do not know what He will do, but we trust Him
    Throughout history, when God’s people returned to Him, He blessed them But….God does not want lip service! He wants you to show Him you are serious about returning to Him
    Vs 15-16
     
    Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
    Gather the people and Sanctify the congregation When was the last time you fasted, meaning denied food to pray? We need to be the warriors for our Nation, and we fight by calling on God We do that by denying self and calling upon the Lord to save our Land I am calling for a church-wide fast. Beginning at noon on Saturday 1/9/21 and ending at the end of service Sunday In fact, we are going to consecrate ourselves by taking the Lord’s supper
    Vs 17
     
    This calls for the Lord’s ministers to intercede and pray
    Your Pastor and your deacons are planning to do just that next Saturday In order to see this world saved, we have to consecrate ourselves first You can begin today at the alter None of this is possible until you give yourself to the Lord
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