sexta-feira, 27 de setembro de 2013

Do not Expect the Impossible

Do not Expect ImpossívelTexto : Matthew 19:26 - Mark 10:27 - Luke 1:37 - Luke 18:27

Introduction : From these verses we understand the fact that nothing is impossible with God . He is an omnipotent and sovereign . I certainly do not want to take anything away about their understanding of it .

However , the title for the message tonight is: Do not expect the impossible ! Now , let me explain what I mean .

God, the Creator of the universe is a God of law and order. He created this universe with certain laws which govern it. Therefore , we should not expect things that are contrary to their natural law .

We must not expect the impossible !

Touch the hand on a hot object ; Do not expect not to get burned .
If you play from a tall building; Do not expect not to fall to the ground .
Plant a seed and produces its kind ; Do not expect the watermelon grow on stalks of corn.

God is a God of law and order.

His Word declares that in the spiritual realm , the laws are so fixed as the physical. Spiritual laws were revealed to man to know , respect , in order to receive blessings 
This is not a question of what God can do ! This has already been established . Nothing is impossible with God .
He can make up GROWING WATERMELON standing corn . But while their laws are in place , it is impossible .

God chose to work with limits set Himself .

So , once again , the message is this: Do not expect the impossible .

I. The Sinner Often Expect the Impossible .

A. Some expect to be saved by some mysterious act of God .

1. But there is only one way to save

a. By grace through faith. " For by grace are ye saved through faith , and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God " Ephesians 2:8

b . We must believe in the Word of God in Christ as savior. " For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation . " Romans 10:10

c . God is no respecter of persons .

d. What He does for one, do for all .

B. Some expect to be saved without obedience to the gospel .

1. But the Gospel declares the fate of the disobedient . " As flames of fire taking vengeance on them that know not God , and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who suffer the punishment of eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his power " ( 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 )

2 . God longs for all to be reconciled. " Now then we are ambassadors for Christ , as though God were entreating by us . We beseech you therefore, in Christ's stead , be ye reconciled to God. " 2 Corinthians 5:20

3 . He wishes none to be lost . " The Lord is not slack concerning his promise , as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us , not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance . " 2 Peter 3:9

C. Some do not expect to have to give account of their actions :

1. The Word of God makes it clear that everyone will stand before God.

2 . The issue today is that our sins were covered by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. " For the wages of sin is death , but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord . " Romans 6:23 " For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ , that each one may receive the things done in his body , according to what he has done , whether good or bad . " 2 Corinthians 5:10

II . Many Christians Expect the Impossible When It Local Church .

A. Many expect it to grow without making any effort .

1. The growth will not come just because we want to happen .

2 . It only comes when we started working ! " From whom the whole body fitly framed and knit together through every joint of aid , according to the effectual working of every part, maketh increase of the body for the building up in love. " Ephesians 4:16

B. Many think that the church will grow if :

1. Changing pastor.

2 . A good worship ministry .

3 . A young pastor exciting.

4 . A beautiful temple " build it they will come " does not work with a church !

C. The growth is the result of people obedient to the truth .

1. Many expect the church to grow without them doing anything .

2 . They hope to increase the participation of visitors in worship without them invite and encourage others to come .

3 . They hope the neighbors and family to be saved without confronting them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

III . People often expect the Impossible

A. They expect to be spiritually strong , to be able to overcome the temptation , without applying the principles of the Word of God in their lives .

1. If we are not able to wield the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God . ( Ephesians 6:17)

2 . If we neglect prayer . ( Ephesians 6:18)

3 . If we are not able to put on the whole armor of God , we will be unable to resist !

4 . Faith must be based on knowledge .

B. They expect satisfaction without being fully committed to the cause of the Lord .

1. A huge disappointment comes as a result of the attempt to grab life , and the hope of future life .

a. We can not serve two masters .

b . We are mistaken if we think that this life has priority and expect satisfaction in serving God . " If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God . Set your minds on things that are above, not on things on the earth . " Colossians 3:1-2

C. Expect joy of worship when we put nothing in worship .

1. Too often we come to church for the wrong reasons .

2 . If you are looking for something wrong, you will find it .

3 . We come to worship God .

4 . In the presence of God , there must be confession of sin , self-examination , and ask for forgiveness .

5 . We need to hear His truth to apply to our lives .

Conclusion : We are expecting the impossible today? If you do not have Christ and expect to go to heaven otherwise than by the cross ... is impossible. Come to Jesus today!

Believer , if you are expecting God's blessings in your life without living according to His Word , then you are expecting the impossible !

Church members , if you are expecting this church grow without becoming an active part of this ministry , then you are expecting the impossible !