Monthly Archives: May 2020

Trusting the Wrong Things

Whatever we put too must trust in becomes like a god to us, and we are warned in Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before me”

We are told that those who trust the wrong things end up suffering for it, “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives.
Jeremiah 17:5-6 –

Yet vs 7- 8

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8 –

Ultimately we never go wrong trusting the Lord and living for Him. He is our true source of strength and provision. When we turn to other things we will see that those things really cannot help us much at all.

Some turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, relational attachments to take their focus off their problems. Others try to stockpile as much money and possessions as the can to ease their fears about future lack. People seek happiness and security often in the wrong places- but we as believers know that only God is truly the only real sure thing we have and is more secure then anything this world has to offer.

Feeding The Right Appetite

TODAY’S SERMON

The Lord does not let the righteous
go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. Proverbs 10:3 –

How does God actually thwart the cravings of the wicked? What does this mean. Well first there I believe are several applications and facets to this.

When we are doing God’s will and living for Him, we can claim the promise Jesus made im Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be added to you also.”

What was Jesus meaning by “All these things” well daily needs to survive. Yet the wicked cannot claim that verse as a promise for themselves since they are not meeting the prerequisites

•seek first his kingdom
• and his righteousness

Also there is a spiritual application. Jesus also said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”

Meaning their desire will be satisfied and hunger satiated. Not so with those who crave evil or hunger after sinful things. Look no further then for example addiction- no matter how much the person indulges an illicit craving- whether alcohol, drugs, sex, or whatever the vice may be, we see they can never fully satisfy the addictive cravings.

This is terrible way to live. To live controlled by sinful appetites. We all know what it is to struggle with some sort of sin or vice. Yet Christ came to free us from that kind of life ao we can truly be fulfilled and satisfied in knowing him. Greed, lust, and addictions of various kinds never satisfy the soul but only leave an empty hollow void.

So what if the person reading this says “This speaks to me, I feel it describes my present state, what can I do to be free!”

Well Jesus came to die for the worst of sinners on the cross and rose again from the grave, to free us all from sin and the ways that lead to death. Call upon the Lord and seek Him for forgiveness and grace to live a new life- no longer a slave to things that are empty, useless, and never satisfy the soul!

False Teachers VS True Christ Followers

Today’s Sermon, False Teachers vs True Christ Followers.

These people are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:17-19 –

Peter wrote this 2nd chapter of 2 Peter to warn about false teachers. Notice how he says one mark of a false teacher is

“They mouth empty, boastful words”

• There was recently a television preacher who claimed he had been told by God he would live to 120 years old. This teacher obviously cannot really figure out when exactly the date of his death will be, he will most likely not live to be 120 either.

James even warns we should not boast about tomorrow, “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.
James 4:13-16 –

Yet Peter warns that false teachers will often mouth “empty boastful words”

• Secondly, false teachers win a large following by “by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, “

How do so many false teachers get so far, well for one, they offer a message that appeals to carnal nature. For example: we all have probably heard of cults where the leader of the cult has preached false doctrine to support evil sinful things such as having multiple wives, or used their preaching to grow filthy rich.

Undoubtedly such false teachings appeal to fleshly desires of greed and lust. God’s Word is clear that a man should only have one wife, and that ministry is not a means to financial gain

Yet what does Scripture say: “and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Timothy 6:5-10 –

1 Timothy 6 continues to urge us what we should pursue though: “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:11-12 –

There we have it? What is the ultimate riches we should pursue? “Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness” and through this pursuit by faith we will lay hold of “Eternal life” to “which we were called.”

Jesus Christ is our ultimate source of treasure. Not wealth, not popularity or other things. There is nothing more valueble then being able to stand before Him one day and have him say “Well done good and faithful servant.”