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 !