Morning Worship | Luke 1:56-66 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“And he asked for a writing tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.” -Luke 1:63-64
Zechariah finally believed and was obedient in naming his son what the Lord instructed him to name him. His mouth was opened when he had faith and confirmed he would be naming his son John. When God loosened his tongue, he had 9 months worth of amazing things to share about all that God had been up to.
Start gossiping good things about what God is doing! Are you consistently sharing how God is working among you?
Listen to full audio of morning sermon here.
“And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.” -2 John 1:6
Be obedient even when you do not know where obedience may lead you. —Sinclair Ferguson
“Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.” -Deuteronomy 28:5
Obedience brings a blessing on all the provisions which our industry earns for us. That which comes in and goes out at once, like fruit in the basket which is for immediate use, shall be blest; and that which is laid by with us for a longer season shall equally receive a blessing. Perhaps ours is a hand-basket portion. We have a little for breakfast and a scanty bite for dinner in a basket when we go out to do our work in the morning. This is well, for the blessing of God is promised to the basket. If we live born hand to mouth, getting each day’s supply in the day, we are as well off as Israel; for when the Lord entertained His favored people He only gave them a day’s manna at a time. What more did they need? What more do we need?
But if we have a store, how much we need the Lord to bless it! For there is the care of getting, the care of keeping, the care of managing, the care of using; and, unless the Lord bless it, these cares will eat into our hearts till our goods become our gods and our cares prove cankers.
O Lord, bless our substance. Enable us to use it for Thy glory, Help us to keep worldly things in their proper places, and never may our savings endanger the saving of our souls.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday School | Jonah | Bro. Steve Dawson
“So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.” -Jonah 3:3
Our obedience comes from being submissive to His Word daily. Be willing to say every day, “I will glorify You, Christ. Help me.”
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.” -1 Corinthians 10:6
You have liberty in Christ. It should never lead you to self-indulgence. Your liberty should lead you to self-control.
(Israel’s liberty led them to self-indulgence, though God had brought them out of Egypt, guided them, protected them and provided for them. We are to learn from their example and not lust after evil things, rather pursue the only One Who can satisfy our deepest needs.)
Evening Worship | …
As I was Granny-sitting, unfortunately I was not able to hear my dad’s sermon on Leviticus. However, I did have the privilege of listening to a sermon on the resurrection by Bro. Sugrim Ramesar that I encourage you to check out! [Just As He Said] So, I’ll share one truth that the Holy Spirit made most clear to me…and a beautiful truth it is!
“…Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.” -Romans 4:25
God raising Christ from the dead shows that His payment for our sins was accepted!
Abiding in Obedience, in Love
“If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love.” -John 15:10
These things cannot be parted — abiding in obedience and abiding in the love of Jesus. A life under the rule of Christ can alone prove that we are the objects of our Lord’s delight. We must keep our Lord’s command if we would bask in His love. If we live in sin we cannot live in the love of Christ. Without the holiness which pleases God we cannot please Jesus. He who cares nothing for holiness knows nothing of the love of Jesus.
Conscious enjoyment of our Lord’s love is a delicate thing. It is far more sensitive to sin and holiness than mercury is to cold and heat. When we are tender of heart and careful in thought, lip, and life to honor our Lord Jesus, then we receive tokens of His love without number. If we desire to perpetuate such bliss we must perpetuate holiness. The Lord Jesus will not hide His face from us unless we hide our face from Him. Sin makes the cloud which darkens our Sun: if we will be watchfully obedient and completely consecrated we may walk in the light, as God is in the light, and have as sure an abiding in the love of Jesus as Jesus has in the love of the Father. Here is a sweet promise with a solemn “if,” Lord, let me have this “if” in my hand; for as a key it opens this casket.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon; September 1 entry]
“Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased and possess the land.” -Exodus 23:30
Isn’t it good to know that God works everything out for my good and His glory in His time. His ways are so much higher than our ways.
What is it that’s keeping you from TOTAL obedience in your life?
*Due to a request, I will be posting pictures of my notes from last week’s sermons sometime this week.