Occasionally we have an opportunity to find out that God really does know what we need, when we don’t know ourselves. He’s that kind of God. He sends someone our way, just when we were least expecting it. This Sunday evening was one of those times.
We always begin a service with hearty hymn singing and generally by the end of a song service, you can feel that there are people who WANT to be there, and love to worship our great God.
Special music was played and sung by Michael G. He sang a song called “Sanctuary” and before he was finished, the preacher got up and told us that Mike was singing his sermon. People were already at the altar and hearts were being stirred.
When Brother Anthony Petronico came to the pulpit to preach, he asked us to go to Luke 5:12. We started out with the leper. Leprosy is a picture of sin. We all have it!
In verse 13 we found that when Jesus touched him, the leprosy IMMEDIATELY left him.
If we look at four people we see a pattern.
Peter – Good man, but still had to believe
Leper – Cleansed by believing, Saved
Lame man – pictures a walk with God
Levite – Follower of God.
Someone can believe without being saved… but…
You cannot be a follower without first walking with Christ
Cannot walk with Christ without being saved and
you can’t be saved without believing.
The White House is not to blame for the ills of America.
The blame belongs to the Church House.
Christians are saved but not all are walking with or even followers of Christ.
America stopped praying!
Matt. 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. Matt 21:22 – All things John 14:13 – Whatsoever
God does answer prayer.
When is the last time you had specific answers?
Why doesn’t God answer your prayers.
1. He doesn’t have to Isaiah 55:8 (my ways not your ways)
2. He knows our hearts James 4:2, 1 Cor 10:1 ( we have the wrong associations)
3. He doesn’t hear our prayers. Psalm 66:18
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
a. Be clean 1 John 1:9, Is 59:1, ps 139:23
b. resist the devil James 4:7
No, we didn’t know this preacher would be in town this week, but God did and He sent him our way on purpose.