Acts 16:25-40 “Spiritual Battles & Victories Continue” – 9/21/14 – CD#1524

Acts 6

One huge battle every Christian faces, is the temptation to compromise Bible doctrine (teaching). In the Book of Revelation Chapters 2 & 3 Jesus rebukes the churches because they had compromised and left their first love. They had compromised and allowed the doctrines of the Nicolaitans to infiltrate the church. They had embraced the doctrine of Balaam. They allowed that woman Jezebel, who called herself a prophetess, to influence the church. It is because of these kinds of compromises that the influence of Christians in the world has been weakened (Acts 16).                                                The Bible asks; “what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor.6:14) But the enemy always attempts to combine them. Today, there is a movement toward ecumenism (unity). Its supporters say we need to put aside the differences in our doctrine so that we can all be united. Christians cannot do that. Christians must maintain doctrinal purity and refuse to compromise in order to have victory in the Spiritual battles.

Acts 16 “Spiritual Battles & Victories” – 9/14/14 – CD#1523

Acts 16

AFTER SPIRITUAL BATTLES AND VICTORIES, God’s people often would write songs to remind them of what God had done! Moses wrote after God delivered Israel from slavery; “I will sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously!” (Ex.15:1) Deborah wrote a song of God’s delivering power (Judges 5). David constantly wrote songs to and about God. “Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name  together!”(Ps.34:3)  Singing to the Lord and singing about the Lord will lift your spirits & keep your focus on Jesus.  As we focus on the Lord in song, it is amazing how our problems diminish and fade. Paul and Silas sang in the prison, in the midst of a Spiritual battle, looking forward to the victory! The other prisoners listened, probably wondering why these Christians are singing in this situation? – until after the earthquake shook the prison and all the doors were opened. (Acts 16)

Acts 15 “God Knows Hearts” – 9/7/14 – CD#1522

Acts 15

PETER DECLARED THE OMNISCIENCE OF GOD WHEN HE SAID: “God knows the hearts of men” (Acts 15:8). David said the same thing in Psalm 139 “Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thoughts afar off.” This doesn’t mean God is far away in heaven and I’m away down here on earth; and from that distance, God knows my thoughts. The idea is GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING; “You know my thoughts in their origins.” It’s interesting how God knows my thoughts from their origin. He knows my thoughts before I even think them.          A little later in this same discussion James would say; “Known to God from eternity are all His works”(Acts 15:18). It is amazing how God’s omniscience is woven right in here with their common discussion. God knows everything. GOD KNOWS HEARTS!  

Acts 14 “Signs and Wonders” – 8/31/14 – cd#1521

THE LORD Paul and Barnabas at Lystra Acts 14:8-18granted signs and wonders to be done through Paul & Barnabas (Acts 14). This gave proof to the Word of Grace they were sharing. In the Gospel of Mark 16:17, as Jesus commanded the disciples to go into all the world and preach, He said that signs would follow those who believed. In other words miraculous signs would prove that what they preached was from God.                                                                         In these last days, there is a serious mistake that has been made in an effort to promote signs and wonders. There is an emphasis on signs and wonders, in the hope that they will attract people. But that is not how it happened in the early church. The chief emphasis of their ministry was the teaching of the Word of God. The signs and wonders followed after the teaching to confirm the Word of God in the hearts of the people.  
 

Acts 13 “The Gospel of God” – 8/17/14 – CD#1519

Acts 13

IN THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 13 WE SEE PAUL SHARING THE GOSPEL OF GOD WITH THOSE IN ANTIOCH;  how Christ died for our sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures. Paul preached the gospel to these people. The promise that God made to David had been fulfilled. He had sent the Savior, that is, Jesus Christ! The Word of God prophesied that the Messiah would be put to death, suffer, be despised and rejected, and all that had happened. Paul showed his listeners that God’s purposes were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.                                                                                        If you will compare Paul’s sermon here with Peter’s sermon in the 2nd chapter of Acts, you will find there are many parallels in their messages. Basically, their messages are the death of Jesus Christ for our sins, His burial, and His Resurrection, and that these events are the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies.   

Acts 12 “Have Thine Own Way Lord” – 8/10/2014 – cd # 1518

Acts 12
God is not limited in the way He works, He often does His work in a variety of ways. Here, in Acts 12, God sends an angel to release Peter from prison. Later, God will release Paul and Silas from the Philippian jail, but instead of sending an angel to open the doors, He will send an earthquake to shake the walls down. Our Lord is a creative God. Never try to put Jesus in a box. Be open to what His Spirit wants to do. If He wants to work in a new way, praise Him! As children of God we should be open to the moving of His Holy Spirit.

Acts 11 “God’s Hand At Work” – 8/3/14 – cd# 1517

God is weaving everything together. The Holy Spirit is directing the actions of His Church. (Acts 11) It is very interesting when you get to be an older Christian, and look back and see how God was weaving the events and circumstances of your life all along the way. Things I didn’t understand at the time. Things I even rebelled against because I didn’t understand them. But now I can see that God brought it all together. He had me there in order that He might put me here, and you can see how the whole thing is linked together, and God’s hand was in it all the time. So you see here in the Book of Acts how each event relates to the others. It is wonderful to see God working in different ways as He builds up His church. We are excited to have this part in God’s work – seeing the hand of God at work in each new event being related to some event in the past, and seeing His hand at work all the way. Acts 11

Acts 10 “Good News For All” – 7/27/14 – CD#1516

Traditions are sometimes stronger than doctrine; and often we hold our traditions even when they are not doctrinally sound. As far as the Jews were concerned, the Gentiles (anyone not a Jew) were unclean. For a person with a strong Jewish background, it would have been extremely difficult to rise above the hold tradition had on him. (Acts 10Acts 10) Peter grew up in the Jewish traditions, and looked upon the Gentiles as unclean. Now the Lord was going to bring about in Peter a very radical and dramatic change – the realization that God would save Gentiles! The Jews did not believe a Gentile could be saved. They believed the Gentiles had to proselytize (convert) to the Jewish faith in order to be saved. This was the belief of the early church. Now Jesus would break Peter and the early church away from that tradition.

Acts 9 “The Way of Love” 7/20/14 – CD#1515

God sees that we are attracted by sin, and He resolves to attract us with His more powerful Way of Love. Remember when Jesus first moved you away from the fascinations of the world? He will do this again and again, whenever He sees us being attracted to sin. Just as he did for Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9), Jesus will take you and me to a lonely place. And this place is not a paradise, but a wilderness, because in such a place there will be nothing to take our attention from our God. In loneliness and affliction the presence of Jesus Christ becomes everything to us, and we love His fellowship more than any other. When we are all alone the Lord has great things to say to us as He speaks to our heart. Lord, help us understand this promise through our experience! Alone and comforted by the Way of Love, we will know the Lord more intimately, and sing for joy! Acts 9 Demascus

Acts 8:26-40 “Submitting to God’s Plans” 7/13/14 – CD#1515

Acts 8THE MAN OF ETHIOPIA, (Acts 8:26-40) was a man with great authority who had a sincere desire to know God, and come to be submitted to God’s plan. In his search for God, he had gone to Jerusalem, and acquired the Holy Scriptures. He was going back to Ethiopia when Philip, who was a man of great Spiritual authority, met him and taught him about Jesus Christ from the Holy Scriptures. I believe God honors hearts that are searching sincerely for Him. I believe God will reveal Himself to an honest heart that is truly seeking Him. There are stories of people in remote areas who, when missionaries came to share the truth of Jesus Christ, these people said; “We’ve come to believe in Him, we just didn’t know His name!”

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