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Sure Provision

Isaiah 55:10-11, Psalm 19:1-14, Andrew Love, October 14, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • What to preach on - today is a festival (Harvest)
  • Today continuing in Isaiah 55: a wonderful harvest text
  • Reading v10-11
  • In the same way God provides crops, He has provided His word
    • A word to change lives
    • A word that does not return to Him void
    • A word that always accomplishes His purposes
  • Thoughts:
    • God provides for all of our physical needs
      • We work hard but God has blessed us
      • He is the great Provider
      • Do you reflect often and thank God?
    • God provides for all our spiritual needs
  • One of our problems as Christians - we are not as thankful as we should be
    • It makes us and others sad
    • We are to have a thankful heart
    • Challenge: thank God every day this week
    • Give thanks - God is a faithful God
  • Overview:
    • Provision of our material needs
    • Provision of our spiritual needs
    • Provision of a sure Promise

Provision of our material needs

  • When you see a rainbow - do you remembers God's promise
    • Explanation
    • God will always provide for the world He has made
    • Quote - "He opens us His hand and satisfies the desire of every living thing"
  • Jesus knew we would worry about our provision
    • Some Christians worry about food, clothing
    • Jesus said to no worry about such things
  • God will provide for us
    • "The Lord is good to all and His tender mercies are over all His works"
    • Think of UK produce
    • God has blessed us abundantly
    • Song - Great is Thy faithfulness
    • Do you believe this?
  • Provision for all - Some will ask about starvation or famine?
    • Often the problem boils down to man's inhumanity
    • War, corruption, pride
    • We should pray for those who are without and give without thought of receiving
    • We ought to be freely giving
    • Quote - "Do good to all, especially the household of faith"
    • Challenge: Do you believe that "My God shall supply me every need"?

Provision of our spiritual needs

  • God has left us without witness, revelation or His voice
    • v10-11
    • "So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth" (v11a)
    • Do you believe the Bible is from God?
      • Do you believe it is inspired by the Holy Spirit?
      • Do you believe it is a dynamic book?
  • Quote - "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God"
    • Jesus taught people they need to consider their spiritual needs
    • We need the word of God ...
      • To regenerate us
      • To sanctify us
      • To nourish us
    • We must feed upon the living God
    • Challenge: Is God's word your daily food?
  • God's word - Psalm 19:7
    • "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul"
    • The law - God's word
    • As you read and hear ...
      • The Holy Spirit takes that word and reveals our sin
      • Shows us that Jesus Christ died for our sins/for us
      • It convicts us
      • It converts the soul
      • It gives us wisdom and understanding
      • It sanctifies us
      • It satisfies us (Ps 19:10)
    • Challenge: Is the word precious to you?
    • Challenge: Can you say it a 'light to my feet and a lamp to my path'?
    • It is give to equip us for every good work
  • Speaks about Jesus Christ
    • Isaiah is an evangelical prophet
    • This book ultimately points towards Jesus Christ
    • The teaching revolves around the person of Jesus Christ
    • We must look for Jesus in the word

Provision of a sure Promise

  • Reading v11
  • God's word was sent to point us to Christ and to save sinners
    • We are to sow and disseminate the word of God
    • The Parable of the Sower
    • Read and meditate upon the word of God
  • Promise of the word:
    • The word was sent to convict, condemn (warn) and convert (save)
      • We must warn people of the consequences of not repenting
    • It points us towards future glories and joy
      • cf v12-13
  • "The word of the Lord stands forever"
    • You can depend upon the word of God
    • It will never pass away
    • May we all be people of the word

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Isaiah 55:10-11

10For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (KJV)

Psalm 19:1-14

1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, 5Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. 6His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. 7The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 12Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. 14Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (KJV)


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