The book of Ezra is a great lesson on the importance of beating discouragement. To serve God and enter into the fullness of the blessing that He has planned we need to persevere in the face of all forms of attack. Do not be discouraged and do not give up!
God has a habit of plundering the enemy's camp. People who are instruments for the enemy are turned into instruments for God. So - when we look at those opposed to the kingdom we should ask ourselves; what if they were on our side? Then, we should pray for it to happen. This sermon looks at why we should love our enemies - because God can make them our friends.
Every time that there has been a revival it has been accompanied by certain signs. These include lawlessness and dissatisfaction which create the need for revival, and a church that has compassion for the lost as well an expectancy that God will change things. Are we about to see revival?
When a paralysed man was brought to Jesus he said that his sins were forgiven. He astonished those who heard this because by saying this he claimed to be God. What is even more astonishing is that everything that he did proved that he actually was God. With that knowledge what can you do but follow him?
In Matthew 8 there is an account where Jesus and the disciples are in a boat in a violent storm. The disciples are terrified that they will drown, but Jesus is asleep and completely at peace. It is a life experience in trusting God. We too need to learn how to keep our peace in the storms of life.
Jesus said 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near'. One of the ways that He demonstrated this was by healing the sick. There is no sickness that He cannot heal, and through the power of the Holy Spirit in us today He still heals the sick. Believe for it. Pray for it. God heals!
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