Sermon on Sunday July 15, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate
I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall eagerly [or bubble over with] utter the memory of Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in loving kindness. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works. Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power; to make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look [Lit wait; or hope for] to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways And kind in all His deeds.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. The Lord keeps all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.
GET UP AND FIGHT AGAIN
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
DON’T LOSE HEART
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS FOR STRENGTH
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
GOD’S GRACE IS GREATER THAN YOUR LOSS OF A BATTLE
For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOD LETS YOUR SIN GO, WILL YOU?
“And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.
BEGIN WITH CONFESSION
If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
CONFESSION WILL GIVE YOU STRENGTH TO BATTLE AGAIN
When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality [Lit: life juices] was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin.
PERSEVERENCE COMES FROM GOD
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sermon-based Bible Stdudy Questions
1. What insight, principle, or observation from this weekend’s message did you find to be most helpful, eye opening or troubling?Explain.
2. What in Psalm 145 really touched you the most?
3. We all have lost “stuff” to the enemy at times. How do you feel when you realized that your actions have caused you to lose ground on your spiritual life?
4. How do you feel when you see that you have lost ground with your spouse or parents or siblings or children or friend or co-workers etc.?
5. Can you remember a time when you have blown it so many times or so bad that you just wanted to give up and stay in your sins because you felt so defeated?
a. What was that time or times?
b. What happens when you handle it without God’s help?
c. What happens when you let God pick you back up and handle it His way?
d. Can you share a time this happened?
6. Have you ever felt beyond God’s forgiveness? When?
8. Do you feel like sometimes you punish yourself because you can’t accept God’s forgiveness?
9. According to Psalm 32:3-5 what must we do to get back up and battle again?
a. Confess your sins now and get back in the battle and let God strengthen you to fight the good fight once again. If you feel comfortable share with the group how this has impacted you.