16th June 2019 – Do You Have Leaves or Fruits – Charles Banna

16th June 2019 - Do You Have Leaves or Fruits - Charles Banna



good morning brothers and sisters good morning warm welcome to all of you shall we all stand up and Psalm 103 verse 2 says bless the Lord O my soul forget not all his benefits so this song says for all your goodness I will keep on singing 10,000 reasons for my heart to find when sisters shall we bless the Lord together sing like never before Oh and see see miss all Oh you're Oh my soul worship his holy name my wanna sing this it's a very old chorus but we haven't sung it for a long time but wanna sing it says I will glorify the name of the Lord for his resurrection power is moving in this hour that Jesus might be glorified his reservation power is moving in [Applause] Sophie Jesus might be jeez Oh God well my say you away our guard inside Raisa way to bar Uranus ways awaits you Lord inside raise [Applause] surprised we lost Andy the from the place you come all the mighty showers of – morning raise away so we praise you we [Applause] we [Applause] [Applause] Oh the way to Lord our God inside during display [Applause] to Lord inside [Applause] raise away I will say the mercies of the Lord forever I will sing I would say forever I will sing the verse [Applause] see my ball well I make no dice faithfulness my faithfulness with my mom will I make no Oh Gosei [Applause] oh my to say someday [Applause] just the voice to sing I will sing of my redeemer and his hair we love to me lead from dead to life that's brought me son of God with him to be singing o saint of my Redeemer the Lord I will tell him my redeemer of his triumphant power how he freed me from sin and death I am so glad that Jesus loves me let's start with the verse I am so glad that my father I see this is the terrace that Jesus loves me I am so glad that Jesus Jesus I agree when I jesus loves me I am so glad that Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus Jesus but jesus loves me and I know why love it love brought him down Mike was told to repeat yes it was love waiting tie on the tree oh I am certain that Jesus loves me [Applause] Jesus me again I tell Lori to Jesus I know very well God's Holy Spirit reminds of the great ah oh Jesus oh Jesus God's Holy Spirit with mine that the Greek constantly witnessing the Jesus loves me this next song says that there's no better place than to be here and to look upon your face in the center of his love giving him praise and glory and honor that's to earn to his name in no better place Oh No I enjoy worship no better place No I enjoy worship worship why Stan what praises I stand Oh majesty Oh [Applause] all praises I stay let's bow before him screw the rice and bow before him the Lord is on the throne that's quite on our spirits and our minds he deserves all our attention let's give him the rightful place in our hearts it's cost our cares and worries at his feet can come before his throne our Lord Jesus has made it possible through his precious blood we can come before him come before the throne of God and stand with good conscience he commands us to cast all our cares upon him because he cares for us they look to him and were radiant their faces shall never blush or shame blush for shame or be confused he's a good car on the throne who is interested in every small details of her life those who hope in him will never be put to shame my soul waits in silence for God only from him is my salvation he only is my rock and my salvation my stronghold I shall not be greatly shaken on God my salvation and my glory rest the rock of my strength my refugees in God trust in him at all times or people pour out your heart before him God is a refuge for us let's turn to him our hearts lifted up with grateful hearts we give Him praise and thanks dear brothers and sisters we can turn to him and give him praise from our hearts feel free to open your mouth and lift your hands and praise him and thank him give him all the praise and glory and worship we just do unto Him father we praise you and thank you thank you praise you lord praise you no art worthy of all praise and honor your world love is great Lord your mercy is new every morning thank you Father or thank you those who look to him will be radiant Lord yes Lord they've faces we'll never be put to shame Lord thank you praise dear father we praise you thank you that because you love us you care for us you gathered us Lord this day belongs to you thank you that you're on the throne Lord Lord thank you for the privilege that we can come before you call you above father and give you all praise and thanks all we commit ourselves Lord we want to see you glorified and magnified Lord Lord you anoint your servants Lord your word may come from heaven Lord with power manifests your glow Lord touch the hearts and encourage and equip and Lord released the captives Lords challenges Lord we pray Lord we pray without magnified Lord take control of this time Lord we commit ourselves Lord the day belongs to you those who turn to you will never be put to shame Lord those who hope in the Lord will be greatly rejoiced Lord thank you thank you Lord we commit ourselves thank you Lord anoint our brothers lord help us to hear your voice Lord Lord your sheep hear your voice Lord we want to hear your voice Lord we want to be touched by your voice so that we go forth transform Lord change Lord we trust you Lord we commit ourselves we pray in Jesus name I mean the brothers and sisters please be seated we look to our memory verse the last week's memory verse shall be repeat loudly please repeat after me 2nd Corinthians 4 verse 17 for momentary light affliction is produced for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison this was a promise and this week we have a command this is one is this is from 1 Peter 1:13 shall we repeat 1 Peter chapter 1 verse 13 prepare your minds for action keep sober in spirit fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ shall be repeated 1 Peter chapter verse were chapter 1 verse 13 prepare your minds for action keep sober in spirit fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ now let's hear God's Word from brother Charles would you turn in your Bibles with me to Mark's Gospel chapter 11 Mark's Gospel chapter 11 verse 12 and 13 it reads here John the next day when they had departed from Bethany he became hungry and seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf I wanted to notice that word fig tree in leaf he went to see if perhaps he would find anything on it and when he came to it he found nothing but leaves again the world leaves one peculiar thing about the fig tree is that it brings forth fruit before it brings forth leaves or sometimes both together but there can never be leaf without fruit in the fig tree so jesus believed that when he saw the leaves he thought there must be fruit in this tree and he went there to eat some fruit from that tree but it says it was a time a distance a fig in leaf that means it was time for it to put forth leaves and when he came there he found nothing but leaves leaves indicate our external appearance many Christians have an external appearance by which many can be deceived jesus said clean the cup inside don't worry about the external appearance first clean the cup inside then external things will take care of itself these external things like leaves are our Sunday best dresses Sunday best smiles and appearance and behavior words right language probably CFC language on Sundays Sundays we all look like Saints right but between Monday and Saturday it's a different story altogether and Jesus knew that that's why he said first concentrate upon your inner life don't be taken up with your external appearance and external piety like the Pharisees he lambasted in Matthew chapter 23 he said you guys you make an appearance before men you pray long prayers but you swallow widows houses and maybe we can turn the Matthew 23 he pronounced to 7oz on the scribes and the Pharisees I'm not going to read all those he says in verse 14 that devour widows houses and for pretense sake they make long prayers a person who makes long prayers in public he can be sure that this man's private life prayer life is very shallow a person who prays and takes time to pray in private prays very brief prayers in public and these people were always wanted wanting to be noticed by men like it says in verse 5 and it says in verse 15 that they go on land and sea to get one person converted to make light and after that person gets converted jesus said you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves this is Jesus addressing the scribes and the Pharisees who were probably in their 50s and 60s whereas Jesus was just about 30 plus half their age and he's speaking to them these strong words and he says in verse 23 you tithe mint and dill and cumin and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law like justice and mercy and faithfulness and verse 25 you clean the outside of the cup again leaves but the inside you're full of robbery and self-indulgence must clean the inside of the cup and the dish so that the outside of it may become clean also verse 27 he says Oh to you scribes and Pharisees hypocrites for you're like whitewashed tombs have you been to some cemeteries there are some tombs which is so beautifully done with marble and with angels on it and with some scripture verses and granite and all that look so beautiful and you feel like sitting there and watching it probably feel like taking a few photo shots but what supposing there is a hole in there in the grave and more so there is a hole in the casket also how long would you like to stay there you get the stench like a dead rat you smell a rat that's also a rotten flesh and this also rotten flesh so their lives were like that whitewashed tools but inside they're full of dead men's bones and uncleanness you outwardly appear righteous to men but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness you brood of vipers serpents verse 33 how shall you escape the damnation of hell see this is the meekest man on earth Jesus Christ speaking to the religious leaders of those days he is exposing them outwardly you look so pious and holy and good Sunday morning you let look like a saint but within Mondays and Saturday Monday and Saturday you are a different person why is that jesus said he who sees in secret will reward you publicly God told Samuel God doesn't look the outward appearance when he went to anoint the next king of Israel God said he looks at the heart and he looked at the heart of this absolutely neglected boy a little boy shepherd boy who was in the field tending his sheep David they didn't even consider him to be as part of the family and Jesse brought all his seven you know strong and handsome young boys before Samuel thinking that one of them would be the king but God rejected all the seven and God had a different view about them from David this is the external life which is accursed Jesus saw no fruit and then it says he says they let no one eat from you ever again forever he said that was a that was what Jesus spoke to the tree and it says in one gospel that immediately that tree withered if Jesus has to speak to that speak such words to us today we will wither in no time brothers and sisters we are not called to live before man's face we are called to live before God's face in the secret of a heart in our private life what's my life before the Lord when nobody watches me when nobody's around me what are the thoughts that go in my mind when I'm all alone by myself in my room can God approve of those thoughts my imaginations my motives my actions can God say like he said to Danielle or to Jesus highly esteemed or a man of high esteem or this is my beloved Son in whom I'm well pleased or do we only have leaves and leaves and leaves always 20 years back you are losing your temper and even today you are in the same gutter 20 years back you are lusting and polluted in your mind and today you are the same twenty years ago you are loving money and running after it and 20 years later you are still doing that what change is there in you what can Jesus find after 20 years when he comes looking for fruit in you will you be disappointed and really have to say let no man eat fruit from you ever forever does he have to say that to us or do we humble ourselves and go to him and say Lord I've had enough of this hypocritical life that I have lived before man's face I have lived to please mind but Lord what is the end of it I don't want to continue anymore you know there are people who give an appearance like they have godliness Paul speaks of such people in second Timothy 2nd Timothy chapter 3 verse 5 he says about certain people holding to a form of godliness or piety or religion although they have denied its power and what does the Holy Spirit say here avoid such men do you hang around with such men who have an external appearance of godliness a form of godliness you know what is a form it is a facade or veneer for instance you see this pulpit here it looks like it's I'm not an expert in carpentry but sometimes they can put a veneer of teak on top of plywood and make it look like it is pure teak through and through but it is not that's just a veneer a sheet that is just applied with glue so many people's lives are like that a form of godliness we have the right language and right behavior and we are honor guard on Sunday when we deal with one another but it's a different story at home Paul says avoid such men as these do you take that seriously when you come across somebody who is a double life a hypocritical life it's one thing at home and another thing in church and everything in the office all the time he is he's like chameleon you know wherever it is it changes its color according to the enrollment according to its surroundings so are we like that if you find anybody like that I've or if you are one like that please I beg you today it repent or if you find anybody like that in the church avoid the Holy Spirit says avoid such men as these and the same Holy Spirit says in verse 16 of chapter 2 avoid another type of people who are these these are empty chatterers and so on you can go home and read and what is this form of godliness the form of godliness is again leaves what are these leaves you want to know what these leaves are just check whether these leaves are in your life read from verse 2 for men will be lovers of self lovers of money boastful arrogant revilers disobedient to parents there was a time in the last generation children used to obey parents but today the time has come where parents have to listen to the children unfortunately an ungrateful unholy unloving irreconcilable they don't want to give him they don't give up they don't want to reconcile irreconcilable and malicious gossips without self-control brutal haters of good treacherous reckless conceited lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God if you find these things in you you're full of fig leaves just like Adam and Eve covered their nakedness with fig leaves on that day when they sinned and could not face God they wrapped themselves around with fig leaves how long a fig leaf can cover their nakedness it'll dry and wither away and then starts coming off in pieces but God gave them all animal skin coat you know how long the coat of skin lasts it lasts for ages that's the one that God wants to give to you Jesus said to one of the churches buy from me gold buy from me you know things that will cover your nakedness you don't know that you're naked these are serious words and we know that another story in in Luke 13 something similar in Luke 13 Luke 13 verse 6 it says you know this story that a man had a big vineyard and there was one fig tree in that vineyard and he came looking for fruit on it and didn't find any and he says to the gardener behold for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any cut it down why does it even use up the ground why does it even use up the ground cut it down but a gardener was a kind-hearted man he said law sir give me one more year at a time I will dig around it put some menu and water it nicely and take care of it and we'll see if it gives fruit next year well and good otherwise I'll do what you say when John the Baptist started baptizing people many scribes and Pharisees also stood in the queue to be baptized but you know what John says in John matthew 3:7 when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees came for baptism he said to them you brood of vipers in other words you sons of snakes who warned you to flee from the wrath to come therefore bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance when a person genuinely gets converted or repents there will be a change in him in his thought in his character in his heart in his mind his total being will be changed and it can be noticed by others that this man something has happened to this man and he says that is an indication that the Spirit of God has really worked in you and the Spirit of God has changed you into a different person that's why he says bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance repentance without changed behavior or without fruit is a fake repentance we have come across certain people whom we have baptized year or in the past few decades and later we found out that they were even Philip the Evangelist made that mistake of baptizing Simon the sorcerer and he was baptized but when Peter came around his hypocrisy was exposed and Peter had to strongly rebuked him you can be baptized but there may not be changing you don't ever take baptism unless there is a rebirth spiritual rebirth in you which happens by the operation of the Holy Spirit and by the Word of God and by the blood of Christ that cleanses us or cleanses you from all sins and God gives you a new heart and a new mind and puts a new spirit within you and you become a new creation old things have passed away in everything has become new and that not only you will know it others also around you will know it and he says do not suppose that you say to yourself we have Abraham for a father we can say we have brothers Zack as our teacher or as a leader or as the founder of CFC yeah it gives some kind of honor to those who come to CFC and say I belong to Zack Putin's church once upon a time it was a despised group but now it's gained popularity because of the teaching the right teaching but how many of us will be found on that day when the Lord comes and how many of us will be lifted up and left alone just do some homework and do some dress rehearsal as it were like Jesus came today and his people who are raptured and how many will be left here and you think I said that magic words when somebody asked me to repeat the sinner's prayer I did that you think you got a ticket to heaven you may have a ticket to heaven but ticket also has an expiry unless you keep on renewing it day by day just like how your driver's license is being renewed every five years if you don't renew yourself spiritually on a daily basis by repentance and asking forgiveness from God and from people and live with a clean conscience like pound said I have lived up to this day both before men and God with a clean conscience he said in high priest who didn't have a clean conscience ask somebody to slap him because that man lived like that God was able to you know God is pleased with Paul and he took him away I don't know what happened to that high priest I hope he's a rating that in hell and John was looking for fruit in these Pharisees and same book Matthew 12 verse 33 Jesus says here either make the tree good or its fruit good or make the tree bad and it's fruit bad for the tree is known by its fruit you brood of vipers Jesus uses the same words that John the Baptist used to scribes and the Pharisees you brood of vipers how can you being evil speak what is good for the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart and you go on at 36 every careless word that men shall speak they shall render an account in the day of judgment by your words you shall be justified and by your words you shall be condemned you know why does God look for fruitiness I was reading this verse in Romans chapter 11 romans chapter 11 verse 17 here paul is speaking about the gentiles being grafted in god jesus said I am the wine and you are the branches I was reading about grafting you know why people do the grafting they take one branch of another tree or a plant and put it into the root stock or root tree of another one so that this branch can drop the SAP and the nourishment of this root tree the original tree so that it can produce fruit richly just like this root and we have been grafted into Christ it says here verse 17 of chapter 11 of Romans but if some of the branches were broken off and you being a wild olive were grafted in among them and became partaker of them of the rich root of the olive tree do not be arrogant toward the branches but if you're arrogant remember that it is not you who supports the root but the root supports you when you are grafted into the root wine or the olive it's the root that supports you that gives you SAP in fact a nourishment and life not the branches and you say then branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in these Raley's were cut off so that the Gentiles could come into the kingdom of God quite right they were broken off for their unbelief but you stand by your faiths do not be conceited but fear if God did not spare the natural branches neither will he spare you behold the kindness and severity of God to those who fell severity but to you God's kindness if you continue in his kindness otherwise you'll also be cut off Jesus said something similar in John's chapter in John's Gospel chapter 15 John 15 verse 5 he said I am the vine and you are the branches and he who abides in me and I in him he bears much fruit for apart from me you can do nothing see we have been grafted into Christ he is the original root wine and we are some wild olive or wild wine branch we have been grafted into him and he says abide in me and if you abide in me then you will be able to bear much fruit because apart from me you can do nothing if anyone does not abide in me verse 6 he is thrown away as a branch and dries up see if you refuse to abide in Christ and be submissive to him and yield yourself to him and wait upon him and listen to his voice day after day and seek to obey Him and follow him then the Lord says you will bear much fruit if you don't you're thrown away as a branch and it dries up and they gather them and cast them into the fire and they are burned and again verse 8 it says by this is my father glorified that you bear much fruit this is God's will for each one of his children that we bear much fruit you may be wondering what Fruities will come to that in a moment and further the Lord says in verse eight and in verse 16 he says you didn't choose me but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain not just be there for initial days then you know what happens in the physical realm if you keep a fruit for a few days it starts shriveling and it starts rotting but it says here that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain lasting fruits is what the Lord is looking for in us and you want to know what fruit is turn to Galatians chapter 5 Galatians chapter 5 verse 22 when the Bible speaks about fruit the Bible always speaks about the nine-fold fruit of the Holy Spirit not necessarily the fruit of evangelism and bringing souls into the kingdom that's that has its place but what God is looking for is that will those con words remain till the end jesus said he who endures till the end will be saved and some people they don't renew their license and their license is expired and when they go and show the police will be fined and when you go and show that in the gates of heaven you will have no entry because it's not renewed we are called to renew our commitment and live in newness of life every day and the fruit of the Spirit you know was 22 onwards the fruit of the Spirit is love are you able to love today as you should are you able to love someone today who is harmed you this can happen only if there is a genuine change in you and the love of Christ if it is shared abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit then only you will be able to forgive and love one another enjoy irrespective of circumstances whether you get an increment or you are overlooked your joy is not shaken even just a few hours before going to the cross jesus said my joy I give it to you hardly anyone who spoke like that and peace is respective of circumstances and situations and patience to absolve kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness self-control against such there is no law this is the fruit that the Scriptures are speaking about and you want to know again what the leaves are go back a few verses verse 19 onwards now these are the leaves just check yourself whether you have any of these leaves on you the deeds of the flesh are evident which are immorality impurity sensuality idolatry sorcery enmities strife jealousy outbursts of anger disputes and dissensions factions envyings drunkenness carousing and things like this of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit God's kingdom do you have any of these characteristics in your life if so the Holy Spirit says those who practice such things their ticket has been expired shall not inherit God's kingdom go back to Hebrews chapter 13 Hebrews 13 verse 15 it says this is another fruit let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name how does this spirit of thankfulness come into me I can I can manufacture it on Sunday morning and sway my body and lift up my hands in time of praise and worship what they call it and look like I'm really godly holy man but we read earlier that what fills the heart comes out through the mouth out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks and here it says fruit of lips that gives thanks to his name how does this come the fruit of lips giving thanks to God comes only when you go back to few verses verse 1 like the law of the Brethren continue do you have that love for one another do you have that hospitality to strangers was true do you remember prisoners verse 3 do you hold marriage in esteem and in honor that the barley marriage bed is not undefiled for fornicators and adulterers God will judge that means that you enter into your wedlock without being polluted beforehand without having committed a fornication or adultery you've been faithful to God in the secret life and you're offering yourself pure like a pure virgin or a pure man to your would-be spouse so that your marriage bed is undefiled and are you free from the love of money worse five do you have any fear verse six we go back to these these are the things when your heart is filled with these things then your mouth will overflow with gratitude and praise to God which is the fruit of your lips and this is what we are to pursue after and seek after and get rid of all these things these leaves dead leaves green leaves brown leaves dried up leaves broken leaves all these cleanse yourself from all these ask the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit that his spirit will guide you day-by-day into his ways in his paths so that you will be able to follow him as he followed and kept the father's Commandments and one last word in Psalm 92 God's will for us is that we will remain in his love in humility and yeah before that I would like you to turn with me to 1 John 3:9 I wanted to know why God expects so much from you from us because God has every right and he's entitled to do that in 1 John chapter 3 verse 9 it says no one who is born of God practices sin because his seed abides in him do you know that God has sown a seed in you one I mean John chapter Don's Gospel chapter 1 verse 12 it says as many as received him to them he gave the authority or the power to become sons and daughters of God and verse 13 it says these are not born of mines will or by blood or any such thing they are not begotten of men but they're begotten of God they are born of God so the same thing it says here these are those who are born of God shall not practice sin because God's seed abides in him in the original it says the seed the word used there is sperm you know what it is it's this God's seed that God has sown into your heart and has made you a new creation except a man is born again of God he cannot see God's kingdom jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:3 and because of that he cannot sing or in other words to make it clear so that you will not have any problem with this verse he cannot he will not practice sin because he is born of God because he's born of God's seed because that is there in you you have every right to go to God and ask him Lord I am struggling in this area I've had no victory in the last so many years I'm the same please change me at least from now on you think God will bypass your request he will not and this last word that I would like to share with you is from Psalm 92 verse 12 onwards it speaks about the righteous man flourishing like the palm tree he will grow like a cedar in Lebanon planted in the house of the Lord think about this verse brothers and sisters planted in the house of the Lord make sure that you are planted in the house of the Lord be committed to a local church don't be like butterflies flitting from flower to flower one Sunday this church another Sunday this church and under Sunday another church like people do with restaurants and such people don't get established anywhere they're always listening to some thing or the other and always tossed to and fro ever learning never able to come to the knowledge of the truth paul says they will be like that be committed to a local church and they will such ones will flourish in the courts of heaven take up some responsibilities in the local church and then see how well it goes with you if you're just a visitor if you're just a restaurant visitor kind of a person now recently going here there and all that you will you deserve to be doomed and you deserve to make no progress and if people are like this committed and righteous like the palm tree growing like this the tree in Lebanon it says they will still yield fruit in old age they shall be full of SAP and a very green such is the promise for those who stick close to Jesus and become part of his body and become committed to a local church they will yield fruit even when they become old in their 90s and 80s and 90s nearing 100 plus they will not depart train up a child in the way he should go when he becomes big when he's old he shall not depart from it he shall yield fruit even in his old age full of SAP and very green he'll always remain green because he's like a plant that is a tree that is planted by the riverside it's always green to declare that the Lord is upright and he is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in him brothers and sisters this is a longing of God's heart and the longing of the Spirit of God that you and I be changed from glory to glory day by day little by little in every way so that when he comes we shall be like him amen we'll sing a song now and then we'll hear brother Steven let's sing the song logic lord help me judge myself each day if I have no forsaken or mean answer to thy loving cause if I get something back from me nor give me like that I might see Lord help me judge myself each day want this news the way I see die with all my heart to be made you're just a snow if anything on this earth ah drives me with it sends the world if money hi hold on me Lord leave me because myself each day won't miss me I seek died with all my heart to be made you're just a snow around me nor did I might see myself each day to walk this view I see with all my you'll be make your just a star six if I have care poor man's up what's up my [Applause] there are two things that Jesus rebuked the most one is unbelief and another is hypocrisy unbelief take away completely from the Living God that means cut off from life and hypocrisy also that we see in the early church it brought death in Ananias and Sapphira Sophia's life so we need to be careful in these two things I was thinking about a life full of leaves without any fruits in it in the Gospel of Luke Jesus said Peter follow me I will make you fishers of men immediately he left everything and followed Jesus later Jesus said you will all scattered and you will all fall away because of me this night Peter said though they all fall away I will never fall away another gospel he said even if I have to die with you Lord I will not deny you in some other place he said lord I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death like Peter we all managed to do things in our own strength Peter was a very strong man it's all like just a show-off a kind of form like brother said when it is not really a thick wood it is covered with thin film kind of thing sometimes we imagine that that we are something when we are not really Jesus also knew it very well when Peter said all these things to him so he told him in John 13 verse 36 Sean 13 verse 36 when Simon Peter said to him John 13 verse 36 Lord where are you going jesus Hansford where I am going you cannot follow me now but you will be able to follow me later he is he told him in the beginning follow me now he says after three three and half years seeing everything what cooked up in Peters life he said you cannot follow me now but you will be able to follow me later he says again why I cannot follow you Lord even I will lay down my life for you again he says no no no I will follow you I will still lay down my life for you feed Peter nice Peter three hundred years he followed Jesus on his own strength resulted in cursing the Savior denying him Jabez ancestors is this the same in our life too struggling and striving by our own strength in all these years after hearing the wonderful truth in this church we all do many things on our own strength and with our own wisdom what it all produced and like brother said let us think about our own condition where we are exactly what we are exactly as we are approaching the coming of the Lord for Peter it was an external following by his own power for all that 300 years but after the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit led him to internal debt through God's power so what it teaches us is that we should never rely on ourselves we all must come to the end of our cells never give an appearance of life full of leaves living in the attitude of I'm okay I like nothing but actually speaking like brother said you're blind you're naked poor and miserable I need to you need to see clearly things and you need to come to the reality not living in imaginary things instead of hiding yourself come as you are before the Almighty God Bible says be still and know that I am the Lord don't try to cover up yourself you cannot Hebrew 4:13 says and not a creature exists that is concealed from my sight but all things are exposed and revealed to the eyes of him with whom we have to give account with whom we have to give account we heard about the fig tree covered with full of leaves tearing people be still and listen when the darkness and sin covered you be still and wait on the Lord we read that in lamentation verse three with chapter three verse twenty-eight lamentation 328 let him sit alone and keep quiet never try and help God never try and help God we see that in Genesis chapter 3 in the life of Hanuman hew deceived fig leaves and made themselves covering God is Almighty nothing is hidden from his sight he knows exactly what we are we need to come before him don't write to help God and another thing don't put your confidence in the flesh we read that in Jeremiah chapter 17 Jeremiah chapter 17 verse 5 onwards curser is the man who trusts in the Ray and relies on mankind making flesh is his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord for he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes but we'll live in a stony waist in the wilderness a land of salt without inhabitant another translation it says a life of rootless and aimless but blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord for he will be like a tree planted by the water that extends its root by the river and will not fear when the heat comes but its leaves will be green and it will not be anxious in the era of drought Narcisse to bear fruit let God be real dear brothers and sisters in our life then all our human efforts and people leaning on people will become shadows in our lives finally one thing which God wants to put in my heart in these days that I must get to know the Lord more and more in these days concerning to the last days in the Book of Daniel we read it in Daniel 11:32 in the King James Version Daniel 11:32 only the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits so I want to be myself before God not showing off trying to show something which is really not in me like we heard many times in this pulpit come-as-you-are dear brothers and sisters come as you are no pretence let my hesse be as noise no it is God with whom we have to do that is what we see in Apostle Paul's life like we sang in the song today the things which attracts us which is glamour glamorous in this world all counted all the other things in this glamorous world as rubbish but one thing was he was taken up we read that in Philippians chapter 3 verse 8 onwards Philippians chapter 3 way verse 8 onwards I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and do count them but dung that I may win Christ and be found in him not having mine own righteousness which is of the law but which is through the faith of Christ the righteousness which is of God by faith that I may know him this is the thing that we need to have in these days as we are approaching the coming of the Lord the days will be very difficult to be a Christians dear brothers and sisters that I may know him and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship Fellowship of his suffering being made conformable into his death this is reality outside of this is all what Paul has said rubbish in the last days people will be having a form of godliness as we heard that means they are really not of us they are really not of us turn away from them nothing to do with them how serious it is dear brothers and sisters let us take our life seriously and humble ourselves let us go to him he will save us like it says in Jeremiah chapter 17 verse 9 in the message Bible Jeremiah 17:9 the heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful a puzzle that no one can figure out but High God search the heart and examine in the mind I get to the heart of human I get to the root of things I treat them as they really are not as they pretend to be may god preserve us as a church not a church which pretends but as one live before his eyes and live only by his power still we have hope dear brothers and sisters as brother said still our gardener is pleading for us for one more year let us come to him receive the life and power and live life that pleases in Armin we praise the Lord for His Word we are glad to have brother Santosh Matthew one of the elder in Kottayam church brother if you have a brief word of greetings or world your please welcome to come and share with us I'm so blessed by what I heard this morning especially from the some 92 this verse was personally speaking to me so it says 92 says from 13 onwards the righteous man will flourish like a palm tree and then from 14 they will still healed fruit in old age they shall be full of SAP and very green I have also just crossed 50 and when you get to old age so here this verse says his brother was saying it's full of SAP and very green and I was saying as I was thinking to myself as years go by maybe initially there was this full of SAP full of green but initially am i drying up am I is my greenness is it becoming pale Oh Lord if so what is the reason what could be and then realize so there are areas where I and we need to take seriously which got values where our life can be green and full of SAP when we value those things which God values got looks in secret you know in a most life what we value what are our priorities what we are looking for and along with that I am NOT and to all the end brothers and all I want to also tell and that when when we see our real need see in Jeremiah 3 3 we read acknowledge your iniquity rather than justifying instead of saying I am ok if we can still God Lord this is my state this is my condition acknowledge your iniquity I acknowledge my iniquity and if we acknowledge and say Lord this is me three yeah 13 and 14 return 13 only acknowledge your iniquity that you have transgressed against the Lord your God and you have scattered your favors and then the Lord will Lord will restore us so I was very much encouraged by this was also which is in some 85 Psalm 85 where was six it says will he not yourself revive us again that your people may rejoice in you I was saying lord I need a revival in my heart we all need a revival in our hearts so where revival where we are restored towards God and where and this was what was speaking to me that your people may rejoice in you Lord if I'm not having a revival if I'm not green if I'm not full of SAP it is because I am rejoicing in something else something else has become priority in my life maybe for young people it may be something maybe after a few years go by it may be the profession it may be advancement in profession and those of us who are in ministry it may be our ministry something something I start rejoicing in something and then I need a revival in my heart our Lord Lord revived me so that I will rejoice in you that you will become priority in my life and that is where the Lord can restorers and Lord is not when we see and acknowledge when we see that we are going back or when we had dry Lord and does not leave us he is wanting to come and he was wanting to restore us that that passage is always very much encouraging and I want to just encourage you with that journey from to Emma's so those two disciples they were supposed to be in Jerusalem but now they were disheartened disillusioned maybe they were on a backsliding way so they were supposed to be there there and they now they they are going back twelve kilometers they are going away from center of God's will maybe you because of some disillusionment because if something happened in the church or because you didn't get their due recognition or because you didn't find things are happening as you expect or because your friend was not recognized whatever something or the other you can get away from the church get away you can be cold after some time now you are not hot you are not passionate you are disillusioned with something and you are going away and when you are going away there is still Jesus seeking for you seeking for me and is walking with us talking to us and when he talks when his word today when I heard the word my heart was burning because Jesus was speaking to me so Jesus can speak to you Jesus can speak to us and restore us and those disciples so that that was what I was very much encouraged so maybe it was a husband-and-wife clay opera and his wife Mary or could be siblings or they went to one house so they reach there by evening so maybe they traveled around twelve kilometers maybe took well because they were talking probably three and half hours of four hours it would have taken maybe afternoon two o'clock they started and they reached here by evening and then they realized Jesus speaking to them and reviving them then the heart was burning and then so they realized this is Jesus 32 Luke 24 was 32 and they said to one another we're not our hearts burning within us while he was speaking to us on the road while he was explaining to the scripture to us and was 33 and they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem and found gathered together the eleven those who were with them that vary all around for hours they traveled they reached there they were so convicted their hearts were burning they knew now we are drive your backsliding we are going away from the center of God's will we are going away from the church we are going away from God's Word we are going away from God Lord we want to come back revive us Lord we want to come back I want to come back and immediately they walked back so around three level of our stay maybe they reached there around six o'clock they just went to that home they had a meal together they realized and then immediately seven o'clock they started back maybe I think their journey back was faster they probably would have reached ten o'clock back to the center of God's will where the brothers were gathered and Jesus came in the midst of them and their life was different I believe so I I also want to listening to God's Word I also want to ill to the Lord and say Lord immediately let me go back what is the area which which area maybe the Lord has touched in my heart something in your heart something in people something where where are you going away from the Lord why is your heart getting dry why are you not green why are you not full of SAP one reason or the other reason other for each of us let us immediately set it right before God take it before God and say Lord I want to be in your center of you will I want to go back and may the Lord help me and help all of us I just want to thank the bank receives a church I don't get many opportunities like this I thank thank you all I've been you know not just a fan as a family as a church and churches across the world we have been so blessed by CFC bangalore the messages that we hear on sundays the resources that are available on CFC website so many conferences have come here and the your heart the way you serve the way you pick up from the station the way you take care of all those things i really want to thank you on my personal behalf on my families we have on the church that i am part of the core team CFC church and i know that you are such a help and a blessing even now the resources are immediately uploaded it is available and we we are so thankful to you and the kind of cleaning all the world that you do this morning i was i just went to the toilet block and then then i was i was listening i'm somebody somebody was there and one one toilet spraying lord give us your presence this day Lord bless us Lord revive us Lord give us your word this day I mean I'm so thrilled there itself I was revived because so brothers seeing our brothers philosophy with the spirit and the kind of secret service that you are doing here there and the toilet block itself we can be revived I'm so thankful may the Lord bless you all thank you thank you very much inclusion Thank You Steven for sharing God's will shall we just bow our heads and respond to what we heard this morning God is a merciful God and there is forgiveness with him that he may be filled he is god of another chance he gives us Grace and more Grace and he's rich in mercy he is not destined you for rod but to obtain salvation he has not dealt with us according to our iniquities he knows our frame that we are but dust he has mercy upon us he is not phoning on your brothers and sisters he is merciful loving kind just because of a few failures here and they don't you ever think that is angry or frowning over you he rejoices over you with shouts of joy the thoughts that he has towards your thoughts of welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope respond to him in the quietness of your heart tell him lord I have blown it up big I let you down how mercy on me stripped from me before the fig leaves fall the veneer in facade the hypocrisy the double life help me fear you in my secret life help me walk before your face all the rest of my days not be merciful to me forgiving cleanse me wash me fill me with your Holy Spirit anoint me Lord and give me the power that I need to live this Christian life with joyfulness and with gratitude and with peace and patience lord help me I pray thank you that you are for me against the devil and I can sin and the flesh thank you that you said you'll never leave me nor forsake me thank you Father such tremendous love with which you loud and the work that you're begun in me I know you will complete it till the day of Jesus Christ thank you Lord for this time and for this great hope that you're given to us help us each one of us to glorify you in our life or we ask with thankfulness in Jesus name

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