Welcome to Alabama Youth Congress.
Bethel Pennsylvania (PA)
Monday October 17, 2022
� Temple Baptist Church - 11-26-2023Psalm 69:1-15� Introduction:� A.� Psalm 69 is both Davidic and Messianic.� � 1.� Davidic.� David, a man after God's own heart, lived a hard life and we can both see it and feel it in this Psalm.� � Psalm 69:1 “Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto� my� soul.”� 2.� Messianic.� This Psalm can also be tied to John 17, the Lord's Prayer.� Our Lord, the Son of God, lived a hard life also and we can see it in� Mark 14:32-36:� “ And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.� (33)� And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;� (34)� And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.� (35)� And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.� (36)� And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”� B.� � I want to divide this Psalm into two parts.� 1.� Life's Sorrows – Verses 1-15� 2.� Life's Solutions – Verses 16-36.� C.� I continually say that life is hard� and when you know that you can make it!� � 1.� A lot of “Rose Garden” preaching� is one of the causes of discouragement.� “Something good is going to happen to you today!”� Though that is a good thing, it carries the believer upon a “wave” of unrealistic hope down the road to disappointment, dissatisfaction, and discouragement.� 2.� We are to rejoice in the Lord always� and again I say rejoice in Philippians 4:4,� but� we also live in days of heaviness—manifold temptations—along with the trial of our faith in 1 Peter 1:6-7.� 3.� As long as the believer thinks that salvation� did away with trials and sorrows in this life, they are continually disappointed, dissatisfied, and discouraged.� One of the greatest enemies that we face is that of discouragement.� One must realize that the road to discouragement is a sinful process of disappointment and dissatisfaction!� D.� There are times when we just have to “suck it up and go on”!� � I do not want this to be a message of discouragement to you because this Psalm is just the opposite of that, but I do want to be realistic because we live in a real world.� 1.� Verses 1-3.� I call this the Popeye Syndrome.� “I've had all I can stand, and I can't stands anymore.”� � a.� Verse 1.� David's soul is drowning,� and he is struggling.� There are and will be times when we, as God's children, struggle to some degree.� Such was this time in life for a man of war, a man after God's own heart.� If David struggled, and he did, it is alright for you and to struggle at times.� b.� Verse 2.� David's standing is quicksand,� and he is continuing to sink down.� His spiritual feet were mired down so that he could neither move nor climb out.� Impossibility with man is possibility with God.� c.� Verse 3.� David's supplication is waning.� � Tired, speechless, and spiritually blinded.� David had come to the point that he was beginning to be unable to pray.� d.� This is actually the end of David's supplication, not the beginning of it.� It is the culmination of “When it rains, it pours”!� David was at the “end of his rope”, yet he was still on the rope!� He is writing this Palm and is still alive.� Psalms 34:19� � Many are the afflictions of the righteous:� but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.� e.� There will come a time in our lives� when we are overwhelmed to the point of despair, but God will hold our hand and be there with and for us.� 2.� Verse 4.� David faced enemies that could not be bought off.� “without a cause … wrongfully … restored … took not away”� � a.� David's innocence.� He had evidently done nothing to be hated or destroyed for but his enemies persisted.� b.� David's inability.� David tried to restore that which he had not taken.� There have been times in the ministry when someone accused Barbaras or I of something that we did not do and demanded an apology.� Needless to say, no apology was given.� If we had been in the wrong, we would have gone to that person's home and apologized.� c.� There will come a time in our lives when we are in a “lose lose” situation.� Where more damage will be done through acquiescing to the enemy's demands than we be done by affirming innocence.� 3.� Verses 5-7.� David's appeal to as omniscience God.� a.� Verse 5.� If David had done wrong, God would have known.� b.� David did not want to be ashamed, and his expectation quenched before the eyes of those around him.� c.� There may come a time when you ask God� to vindicate you for the sake of those who look on.� People see bad things happen to you with nothing seemingly resolved and they ask, “Why?”� d.� I do not ever want to be ashamed� because the truth is never manifested.� 4.� Verses 8-12.� David's enemy was often from within.� � a.� Absolom.� Matthew 10:34-36� Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.� (35)� For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.� (36)� And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.� b.� Ahithophel.� Psalms 41:9� Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.� Psalms 55:12-14� For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:� (13)� But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.� (14)� We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.� c.� There may come a time when your greatest enemy will be from within.� � Someone that you loved, trusted, spent time with, and worshipped with.� Possibly the greatest hurt of all!� 5.� Verses 13-15.� David's resolve restored.� a.� Verse 13.� David 's Prayer.� b.� Verse 14.� David's Plight.� c.� Verse 15.� David's Plea.� Conclusion:� Isaiah 43:1-2� But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.� (2)� When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
� Temple Baptist Church - 11-22-2023John 12:9-11� Introduction:� A.� In the preceding verses, we saw the restoration of three people� that the Lord loved very much.� I am glad that God will not leave you in the aftermath of great hardship but will continue to make you� better� instead of allowing you to get� bitter.� B.� I came back to this portion of Scripture for a reason.� � 1.� There will come times when, as a saint of God, you will be persecuted without cause.� In our text, I always find this to be an amazing thing when religious people hate saved people without a cause.� � 2.� When I say, without a cause, then the cause becomes evident.� Without a cause because God's people are good people and good citizens.� The cause of their hate is that they hate God and especially the Lord Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation.� C.� We find early in the Bible the First Mention of such anger and hatred.� Wicked people who hate the Lord cannot take their ire out on Him, so they choose to do injury to the Lord's people who love Him.� 1.� In Genesis, chapter 4, we find the story of Cain and Abel.� Righteous Abel verses the “way of Cain.”� In the First Mention of the wicked destroying the righteous, I see several things that apply to the story of Lazarus.� � 2.� Both Abel and Lazarus were Righteous people.� All they did was obey and love the Lord in biblical silence.� Neither did nor did they say anything offensive.� Hebrews 11:4� By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.� Matthew 23:35� That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.� 3.� Both Cain and the chief priests were wicked.� Jude 10-13� But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.� (11)� Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.� (12)� These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;� (13)� Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.� 4.� � Both Abel and Lazarus were persecuted� for who they were more than for what they did.� Cain was put to death and Lazarus was under a false indictment of death.� 5.� Both Cain and the Chief Priests were� VERY wroth� (furious, incensed, to blaze up) with God because of� their� personal rejection of the sacrifice that God demanded.� This was a baseless, unreasonable anger that spelled hatred for both God and God's way� while continuing in their rebellion by killing Abel and threatening Lazarus.� D.� Why persecute Lazarus?� � He was not persecuted for what he did, but for who he was.� E. We that are saved are slowly becoming the enemy of the state.� 1.� � I am not speaking of religion� which allows one to live as they like and continue to feel good about themselves spiritually in disobedience to the Word of God.� 2.� I am speaking of those who have been converted, turned around, through repentance and faith in a finished work called the Gospel.� 3.� They know who we are and do not like what we have become, out of step with society which continues to decline, because Jesus Christ was such.� F.� Why persecution?� Why Lazarus?� Why God's people?� � I want to tie these three questions together because this has not changed since Cain and Abel.� John 12:10-11� But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; (11)� Because� that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.� 2 Timothy 3:10-13� But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,� (11)� Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.� (12)� � Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.� (13)� � But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.� 1.� These “chief priests” persecuted an innocent man!� � a.� � I find no fault� in this man that would cause any sane person to want him killed.� There is nothing recorded that Lazarus ever spoke or did that was wrong.� � b.� All that Lazarus did� was love the Lord and open his home and life to Him.� � c.� If we live godly, we shall suffer persecution!� d.� To avoid persecution,� all a child of God has to do is “hide in plain sight” by living at a guilty distance from the Lord.� 2.� These “chief priests” who wanted Lazarus dead� were not sane people.� These religious zealots hated a man who was righteous because of what the Lord had done for him.� a.� It was not Lazarus' fault that he got sick and died.� I am sure that Lazarus would have been perfectly happy to die once and spend his eternity with the Lord without having to come back to this old sinful world and go through the process of dying again at a later date.� b.� It was not Lazarus' fault that the Lord chose� to resurrect him from death and the grave.� c.� They hated Lazarus without a cause.� Like Job,� Lazarus was just the “man caught in the middle.”� � 3.� These chief priests hate Lazarus because of what the Lord had done.� “Because that by reason of him”� a.� The Lord did a wonderful thing for Lazarus� that should have made everyone glad.� Proof that our Lord had resurrection power and that there was life after death.� b.� There are going to be times� when you will be persecuted simply because the Lord did a wonderful thing for you when He saved your soul.� c.� Though not perfect in the flesh, those who choose to live a godly life expose the ungodliness of the unsaved.� John 3:20� For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.� 4.� Lazarus was persecuted because� these “chief priests” hated our Lord Jesus Christ!� John 15:18� If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.� 1 John 3:13� Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.� 1 John 3:1� Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.� 5.� Rejoice when men hate you� for who you have become and be good to them.� Luke 6:22-23� Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.� (23)� Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.� Luke 6:27-28� But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,� (28)� Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.�
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