The love of God does something really remarkable in us. He sends His Spirit to ease our doubts. All of His promises are ‘Yeah and Amen.’ (Romans 4:21; Hebrews 11:13; 2 Timothy 1:12)
Speaker(s): Pastor Steven Scibelli, Pastor Lou Kahlenback
Sermon # 11398
6:30 PM on 1/7/2018
P. Lou Kahlenback
To be able to sit up front and be loved by your folks. I saw the video the night, that Thanksgiving eve when a car hit me and I was so amazed how the angels protected me. Unbelievable. And I’m sure there were cases here of the same kinds of things happened to you and how God’s hand is upon us and really cares for us.
I was thinking of what P. Scibelli said this morning. Opening your mouth and letting God fill it is so important. So important to let God have his way like right now. I open the Bible tonight and I said, dear God, I have to give them something. Don’t worry, Lou. I’m right there with you. And he is. He’s with us always. He’ll never forsake us. He’ll always be there to care for us in many ways. As I look out here I see the faces of many of you gone through trials and tribulations and deep hurts where you didn’t know if God was listening or not. I have that feeling in my life sometimes in the past.
I remember one time Kathy Ryan I couldn’t get anyone to give me a liver. This was ten years ago. She said I’ll give you half my liver. I’ll never forgot that. I see people from Framingham and Yvonne Green. Is she here? And your grandson, Ryan. We in the print shop and prayed for him when he was a young child. He was going to nursery for his first time and he wouldn’t stay there. He would escape the first time he got a chance. Grandma would have to come or John Green or John’s wife. Susie and Pastor Bruce and Gun, we prayed for that boy plus five others. Every one of those boys we prayed for every day is now successfully living a full, solid life for Christ. You did that. You got on your knees and prayed with others and asked God to bless and cover. Those have such great need financially and physically. Hasn’t been a time I went to the hospital with a need and God didn’t open a door for me. I’m lying there with tubes in me and I said who’s next? And he’d bring them in all night long. Nurse and doctors are so wanting to have you pray with them. It’s such a great power. One time it blessed me so much when Pastor asked me to go to Lenox, Ed Canino and me. He was going to do the engineering. Pastor said to me you’re going to be the pastor in Lenox. God was filling me with things I needed to serve him. 70 students from Berwick had no jobs and in debt. Pastor sent them to Ed and me. Every day we give them enough bus fare and a lunch and sent them with clippings of jobs available. The whole 70 got jobs and paid off their bill the same year. You can’t stop knowing the truth about prayer. Satan cannot stop it. He can’t stop you from praying for people. How I love to pray. What are you doing? What are you saying? He doesn’t know. You can pray quietly alone or with the Body.
Ps 133 is my favorite how we dwell together in unity. The mountains we can move is unreal.
I think of my pastor, P. Schaller. What an amazing man to step in this ministry behind the footsteps of P. Stevens and look how it flourishes. All these countries and all over Europe, Africa, Asia. They keep coming and want to hear the precious word. Satan can’t stop it. He has no way to stop it.
When you get on your knees and look to the Lord Jesus and say please God help me with my sons and daughters and my grandchildren. He’s going to come through. He’s not going to forsake you. We need them. This church needs them.
We should be prepared with all our hearts to hear what God has for us. He is speaking to us through the men God has appointed. What a wonderful trip this is. It doesn’t work, but it does. Amen.
I remember. I know Lisa will smile at this but when I first met Lisa in Berwick, she had on a granny gown, pony tail and army boots. Now she’s married to an amazing man of God raising a whole family. She gave all she got like you. Just to step in this church. Right Olga?
Amen. That’s all from Louie.
Rom 4:21, Heb. 11:13, 2 Tim. 1:12, Thank you, Pastor Lou. What an amazing wife you have, too. When he was in West Africa and all the people there remember him. They called him the big man. He’s the big man. I don’t remember what year that was? Sometimes in the 90s that took place. Thank you not for your words only but your life. How you have followed God and been an integral part of this ministry. Faithful man.
It says a faithful man who can find in Prov. 20:6. Thank you for being faithful tonight. Thank you for coming out. There is a word that appeared in all of those verses. Persuaded.
Speaking of Abraham and Rom 4:21. Being fully persuaded what God had promised he was able to perform. Being fully persuaded. There is a prefix to the word. Mentally won over. Died in faith. They lived by faith all the way to the end. They died in faith. They were persuaded and they embraced and confessed these promises. Being persuaded by the promises. He knows whom he has believed. He’s persuaded he is able to keep that which he has committed to that day. Let’s not take it from the aspect I need to be persuaded. God is in the business of persuading me. When I go the wrong way, he is persuading me. He’s always persuading us.
Rom 8:38 I am persuaded by the love of God. He does it by the initiation of his life and mercy. You see men and women in the Bible going back and forth with God. I was thinking of John the Baptist. He is proclaiming with no care for the opposition, Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He’s calling the religious people serpents and vipers. He was challenging the religious people. He was an amazing example of someone on fire for God.
Something happened when he went to prison in Mt 11. Is he to come or should we look for another? Maybe get in a tight situation and he began to have some doubts based on his own situation. Is this he who is to come? Is this the Messiah or should we look for another? It can happen to anybody here. Saul was like that. One day he wanted God and next day he didn’t. Elijah was back and forth. One minute he faces 800 prophets of Baal. He faces them on the mountain. Jezebel sends him an email and he’s on the run. A woman sends him an email and he takes off. His prayer request was I would like to die. All the people who prayed to die it’s interesting. Elijah didn’t die. He was taken up in a whirlwind. Same with Moses. He requested to die and God took him right up. In Lystra at one point they were so the gods have come down to us. They are convinced by unbelieving Jews they want to stone Paul. One day they say he is a god and the next day they want to kill him. Doubt is you stand in two places. Yeah, God’s going to do it. Is God ever going to come through? God’s going to heal me. God, is this sickness ever going to end? I know God is going to supply all my needs. Honey, look at the checkbook. Standing in two places. That’s me at times and all of us. God wants to persuade us by loving us. He wants to win over our minds. My mind has to receive from God’s mind and believe the promises of God. Do you? Nobody is answering. Do you believe the promises of God P. Cooper? How about that amazing woman next to you? She has to; she’s married to you. Do I believe what God has promised? He has given unto us exceeding great and precious promises. By these we might be partakers of the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world through lust. God is saying they exceed great and they are precious. God has given us hundreds of promises in the Bible and uses them to persuade us. Thomas, to you I would rise again. How many times do I say it? Do you believe it? They call him doubting Thomas and he became a great missionary to India. I believe God came back that second time just for Thomas. I wonder what he was doing on that Sunday. Was he watching the Ravens? He missed the presence of God. He missed a resurrection appearance of J.C. in that upper room. Exceeding great and precious promises.
2 Cor 1:18, all the promises of God are in him yeah, yes and amen unto the glory of God by us. How many? All. He’s going to perfect us. He’s going to love us unconditionally, use us in our Christian life, take us to heaven one day. We’ll have a perfect body, soul, and spirit. Do you believe that?
Titus 1:2 it’s impossible for God to lie. A lot of lies out there. Lie after lie after lie.
The liar who is the god of this world in 2 Cor 4:4 and Eph 2:2 is a liar and makes the world a place of lies. You’re not going to make it. Look at your situation. What’s wrong with you? You need medication. Please don’t take this the wrong way. One person did that and went off their medication and committed suicide and tried to sue me and my brother. I never said that. We run right for the cabinet when we have a slight pain. Couldn’t that pain be gone in a second? This is a drug oriented world. I don’t mean narcotics and alcohol. Don’t be dope smokers. All these ridiculous arguments about legalization of marijuana. The most powerful drug against the mind is THC, the potency of marijuana. Other things affect the body but that affects the brain cells. They say this and that but you’re going to kill people’s brain cells fast. Reason people smoke dope and are shooting drugs and cocaine is their brain cells are dying and they can’t make proper decisions. It is dangerous. If you smoke it, knock it off. I had a guy smoking dope and drinking a beer. He said don’t talk to me about God. I’m unholy. I said you can be delivered in one second. I took the joint out of his mouth and put it in his beer. It’s over. Finished. He said you’re crazy. I said I am. Not stable in that realm. That was P. Steve Murello. No, I’m joking! I am mentally won over. God wants to win our minds over that his promises are true and they are yes and amen.
1 Ki 8:56 not one word of all he has promised will ever fail. Not one word. Not one word of all he promised.
The same promise that Moses spoke to Joshua in De 31:6-8 I am with you, not going to forsake you or fail you.
In Joshua 1, God said the same things. There is a twofold witness. I am with you. I won’t fail you and I won’t forsake you. Moses is dead and now God will say what Moses did. The devil likes to come in or the flesh or carnal Christians and you believe that? You believe that? It’s like the world is getting less and less Christian as far as the West is concerned and people have an idea of who God is. They don’t understand the promises of God. One day the sky opens and Jesus comes back. I’m not talking about the Rapture. That will be amazing. He will take us with him. I’m going up. Way up.
I’m going up in 1 Thes. 4:16. He will descend with a shout and we will be caught up in the air. We will come back with him when he deals with everything. All the rebellion, the isms, and schisms. We may not see the victories now but one day every knee shall bow, every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God. Here’s a promise. Here’s a promise for children. Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they shall not depart from it. One day they will be perfected. This 40, 50, 60, 70 years but eternity is eternity.
One day sit with you in heaven, Mt 28:12. Family at the table in heaven. Someone said I can’t wait to get to heaven. I won’t be with my wife. No, there is no new marriages in heaven. I’m going to be with Linda in heaven. Where did you get that interpretation? I have a promise from God. These promises not one word will fail. Even if I don’t see anything happen by sight, I want to be mentally won over by the promises of God. God gave Paul a promise. Steven preached. He was a deacon. Preached one message and died. Anyone want to be a deacon? I like those kinds of deacons. How about being a deacon and dying the first day? Listen to this. When Stephen preached to the Sanhedrin, he quoted 19 Bible books and 50 Bible references. He believed in the promises of God. You can do what you want to my body but I see Jesus standing at the right hand of the Father. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. How quick did that take? Instantly. The second we die, we are gone. We are with J.C. Are you fully persuaded? I want to live as long as God wants me to. I’m not so much cling on to this life, this earthly thing. We have a great purpose but I love the promises of God. He’ll never leave me. You leave God and he’ll never leave you.
You can deny him and he can’t deny himself in 2 Ti 2:11-13. He’s made us promises as individual believers and as a church. 670 churches that are Greater Grace affiliated. God gave a promise to P. Stevens and P. Schaller, and us as a ministry to take us into all the world. Those promises are yeah and amen. The proof is there. We’ll go step by step with you where we are and what we are doing. Go into all the world and preach the gospel. Study the Bible. There is a promise he will teach you from his Bible. Don’t forsake the assembly. That’s a promise from God. We will believe God as we prepare to pray. Be persuaded God is going to touch my physical body, my mind, emotions, diseases and they can be gone. Maybe I’m praying about a situation in my life. Are you persuaded speaking to God he can answer? We don’t want to go through some familiar kind of thing.
I want to be continually persuaded by the God who wins me over by his love, mercy, faith, his comfort, his Spirit, his purpose, his kindness, his meekness, genteelness and humility. He’s in the business of winning us over. He’s persuaded and he’s persuading us. You are persuaded about me when I’m not persuaded about myself.
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