At this point, he is writing to people who are already Christians, and he wants them to realize, and to understand, what is really true of them as Christians. It is an essential change. Before, we belonged to the realm of sin, to the dominion of sin, and we were under the power of sin. And it may be that the whole condition and state of the church today, is largely due to the fact that we fail at both points. We certainly will not develop it just sitting around doing nothing, or not making any effort to live God’s way of life. But switched on, it becomes alive. Praise Him For His Provision. God is only truly known in the Soul as we yield ourselves to Him, submitting to His authority, and regulating our lives by His precepts. Children's Sermon Psalm 148 Everybody Praise God! When we begin the process of conversion—when we have repented, and turned from the world’s false ways and have received God’s Holy Spirit—our human nature does not flee from us. Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Paul’s point is that what is true of us spiritually (at baptism and the laying on of hands) is similar to what happened to Jesus Christ physically when He was raised from the grave. We share His sufferings, and we share His joys. Click here after starting sermon audio to bring up PowerPoint slides and visual aides which go along with the sermon. When a person is ‘in Christ’ he has a new nature, and this new nature cries out for God. How to Praise God. 1. The Word of God has the power to build us up, make us into proper servants so that when the King comes back, we can go to meet Him unashamed because we will be proper servants of His. Romans 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. We are still in the flesh, but we are members of a new spiritual body. Our priorities and goals change. 1. Whoever does not have Christ does not have eternal life. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. But there is a still more profound statement. What would it be like if God looked down on us and viewed us as spiritually dead? He died because He bore our sins and transgressions, and because the punishment was death, He died. We must do the works of Christ; and, in doing so produce the fruit of the Spirit, while living a life of active service, and we must endure persecutions, afflictions, and trials all the way to the end. We are raised from the dead, because sin makes us spiritually dead to God, and so this is what makes us alive to God. We are dead to the realm of sin, we are no longer there, and we have been taken out of it. The new man, the Christian, is no longer walking in trespasses and sins. No condemnation! But that is no longer the case with those who are baptized, and have received God’s Holy Spirit. We are no longer controlled by it. We are lifted up into an entirely new ‘thought realm.’ And we judge everything now in the light of it. This new outlook shows itself in the new man’s mind, it shows itself in his heart, it shows itself in his will. Introduction: GOOD MORNING TO ALL! Please pray for those on our Prayer Page. Of course, we are the same personality that we were before, and yet we know that we are individually reclassified as a new man, a different man or woman. Description: What would it be like if God looked down on us and viewed us as spiritually dead? In this age, the world puts every other book before the Bible, but in this age we put the Bible before every other book. cf Ps 150:1-6. As to the nature of the change, it consists of the implanting of a new principle or priority in the heart; the impartation of spiritual life to those who are by nature "dead in trespasses and sins.". He is not interested in eternity. Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children's Sermons Hymn Lists Psalm 148 Everybody Praise God! INTRODUCTION:. We are no longer under the wrath of God; we are no longer under the dominion of sin; we are no longer under the realm of Satan. It is true in the sense that before we become Christians we are ‘dead in trespasses and sins,’ but as Christians that is no longer true of us. Paul puts this in a very interesting way, in Romans 4. We realize now that sin is not merely an offense against law, but an offense against God, who so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us. We are reminded of it by our daily eating of unleavened bread during these seven days. We realize that there is a spirit within us, and it makes us conscious of the fact that we belong to another realm, and we begin to live more and more in that, and less and less in the other. We are walking in newness of life. What God wants us to understand now is that spiritually, this selfsame power that raised Jesus Christ is working in us who believe, and is doing this wonderful work in us. We are dead to the penalty of the law, the realm of sin, and the power of sin to take our lives. But Christians are interested in the quality of life that eternal life has to offer. Ephesians 2:1-7 says that we all have been dead spiritually. Psalm 51:7-11 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Daily Bible Verse:              Psalm 86:5      (NLT)‘O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for Your help.’- In a world where bad news surrounds us, let us remember how good God is.- In His kindness, He is always ready to extend forgiveness to us.- His unfailing love towards us, knows no limits.- In His great love for you, He will help and deliver you!Prayer: Lord, I lift up my eyes above the troubles, and I look to You, my faithful and my loving Heavenly Father. We can look at this ‘raising up together,’ mentioned in Ephesians 2:6, first of all in a negative manner. All his desires were towards heaven, and all his treasures were placed in heaven. Psalm 146:1-10. Beginning the conversion process and receiving the Holy Spirit, is only the beginning of a lifetime of living under God’s government with its laws, which express His will, rather than allowing ourselves to express our own self-will and desire. Christ felt a great compassion for the people; He saw them ‘as sheep without a shepherd;’ and the Christian of necessity must know something of that feeling. We realize that this is the only Book that brings us to God and to an increasing participation in the life of God. 3. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. That is what Paul is dealing with here, with the Ephesian Christians. We must grow in the grace and knowledge of God as He reveals His will through His Word. We were all in Adam, we are lineal descendants from Adam, and we were all in him. Ephesians 2:4-6 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Many people do not understand that we are completely different from it. It is easy to praise God when we get from God what we want, but what about when … Paul says to the Ephesians that we were ‘aliens and enemies in our minds through wicked works.’ But it is no longer true of the Christian. We must have the will to enforce self-discipline to do the right and resist the wrong. In regeneration our sinful nature is changed, and we are enabled to respond to God in faith. Have you seen the daylily flower? The new man also has a desire for prayer. Need some help coming up with a prayer to praise God? Each day we must give ourselves anew to God. Our desires are no longer desires of the flesh and of the sinful mind; they are the desires of Jesus Christ Himself, to be well pleasing in the Father’s sight. And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. He says that because we are no longer dead, but alive, we are also dead to the law. Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another—to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God. In verse 5, regeneration signifies the change of heart that is elsewhere spoken of as a passing from death to life; becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus; being born from above; a renewal of the mind, and a life giving of the spirit. And the same exact thing can be said about the Christian. If Jesus is not alive, then what the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15 is really true. It means standing before God for judgment; this is something he wants to avoid. You remember the contrast. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. As its course brings light to the world, praise is to be heaped on the Lord! AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME ALL YOU WHO ARE JOINING US FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY IN OUR SUNDAY SERVICE CELEBRATION. Often people do not realize this because they cannot draw the distinction between a temptation and a sin. The Christian is no longer hostile against God. Not all of life is a battle. We no longer have enmity against God. Christ is ‘the firstborn of many brethren.’ We are in Him. We have to battle against these three, in order to grow in grace and knowledge. It focuses on the compound Divine names and can be used to teach people about praise, prayer, and the nature of God all in one sermon. We are often guilty of the sin of not praising the Lord. That is what Paul means by saying that our old man has been crucified with Christ. His plea is for God to clean his heart; to make his heart pure; and to set his mind right. He showers on us every good and precious gift. First Name (required) Last Name (required) Your Email (required) On the other hand, we are moved and motivated by it—we supremely value it. 105, “Oh that Men Would Praise the Lord”, we do not find a Spurgeon-wrought hymn, but rather an oratory that functions in a similar way — a call to worship God for his great attributes. We have a new mind, and it desires spiritual knowledge. The true test of whether or not we praise God is accepting from God the answers to our prayers that we don't want. He has a new mind. Alive to God sends out Daily Thoughts of encouragement via e-mail to inspire believers in their walk of faith with God. Amen. If you're having trouble putting on the garment of praise today, these words will get you focused on the names and attributes of your Creator. We no longer want to know what kind of thrill we will get out of something, at least not in the same way as the world does, or what kind of pleasure it will bring us; but rather, does it impinge on our relationship with God and with Jesus Christ? We look at everything in a different way. There is the changed heart in the Christian! What does it mean? In lost sermon no. He then moves to another point. Learn to Voice and Praise God using the various names we find attributed to God in Scripture. Text: 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 Title: Praise be to the Father of Compassion and the God of all comfort. That was his hope, that was his anticipation, that was his desire, and this is what he wanted with all of his being. That was David’s attitude before God. What a contrast to those who are dead in trespasses and sins. If an electric microphone is not switched on, it is dead. There is no question about that; that is fact. This change is a process, and originates not with man, but with God through the Holy Spirit. That is how we once were, we were not alive to God; but now we are alive to God. How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? There was this complete change in the realm in which Jesus Christ was existing—dead in the grave, and then alive. It is true that we may still, in our foolishness, listen to Satan’s enticements; we may still yield to temptation; we may still respond to a sinful impulse. This passage proves that it is as much a doctrine of the Old Testament as it is of the New—that only God, by way of His Holy Spirit, changes the human heart. Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Even as we dwell here on earth we have the anticipation of that glory, and are admitted to exalted honors, as if we sit in heavenly places, by virtue of Christ dwelling in us, and we in Him. He is by nature dead in sin, and unless he has come out of that state, he ‘remains’ in it. Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. This sermon describes some of the ways God comforts us in our troubles. The ‘rising’ I am talking about is our rising up out of the watery grave of baptism, and our receipt of a new spiritual mind. The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). 2. We have left behind the grave-clothes. ‘The Christian’, by definition, is no longer dead spiritually. Once Christ was raised from the dead there were certain things that were no longer true of Him. What if God looked down from heaven and saw you lying there dead. Here is the positive aspect. Because we have been buried with Christ through baptism, we are dead to sin. Or, does it glorify God? The soul, therefore, will express worship to God. God clearly says, it is the overcomers who are saved—it is the overcomers who will reign with Christ. The subject of my message this evening is praise. But that is no longer true of us. Preaching on Glory of God? Sermons. He knows it is true, and hates it. Because we are in Christ, not because of anything we have done; we are unified with Him, and we are raised together with Him. Only God has eternal life to give. God’s relentless command that we see him as glorious and praise him is a command that we settle for nothing less than the completion of our joy in him. "Lord, you gave me two talents, here's two more." He is, therefore, worthy of praise (Psalm 18:3). Praise is God's Command to us. At various times and in various ways He manifested Himself to those chosen witnesses; and then He ascended into heaven. He looks at us as being in Christ. 1. We die with Him and we live with Him. He who does not love his brother abides in death. We must all admit, as we read the first seven verses of this chapter, that most of our troubles are due to the fact that we are guilty of a double failure; on the one hand, we fail to realize the depth of sin, and on the other hand, we fail to realize the greatness, the stature, and the glory of our salvation. Human beings, as sons and daughters of Adam, enter the world spiritually dead. Everyone appears before the judgment seat of Christ, to receive ‘what is due’ to them for the deeds that they have done in their earthly life. That is the negative side of the truth and of the fact that we have been ‘raised together with Christ.’. Our human nature, in effect, becomes an alien entity in our new emergent spiritual body, being transformed into Christ's image, walking in the newness of life, a totally different quality of life. Duty is good; I don't want to discourage duty. While you are alive you can praise the Lord. Then consider the manifestations of the new heart. We are not different from the world in just a few things—we are diametrically opposite the thinking and actions of it. That is why he hates the thought of death. His blood alone, if He had not risen from the dead could never save us. It is quite a tall order that God gives us, but He gives us the help to be able to accomplish it. We still must overcome our own human nature that is within, but it remains a foreign entity within us. Every Christian should know the truth, and every Christian should enjoy that assurance. Love between brethren is essential to true godliness; therefore, a person who does not have love remains unconverted, or is in a state of spiritual death. Nevertheless, we are still held accountable for our own actions. That is his breath. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.". A similar thing happens to the Christian. We must grow in love, faith, and understanding. Spiritually dead to Him—totally useless—and your remains are an affront to Him, an abomination, and you are an enemy? I am simply saying that as an entity that was in Adam, we are no longer there; we are entities in Christ now. If you point out Scripture to them that corrects what they say, they will always default to their tradition rather than to the inspired written Word of God. But giving out of love, "freely, willingly" is even better. There is within us a nature that exerts a heavy pull against that righteous character—to give us something to strive against for the purpose of strengthening and developing right character. Paul goes on in Romans 8 to say that the natural mind, the natural man, is enmity against God. God becomes our Father. This is the most amazing thing of all. That is why he spends little or no time on his knees before God; and that is why he does not read the Bible. There is, therefore, no longer any condemnation for us. That we are no longer dead, and no longer in the grave, is proof positive that we are no longer under the wrath of God, and we are no longer under condemnation. It saves us from the death penalty. He says it again, in verse 6: Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?’. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Our whole position, our whole status, and standing are absolutely different. That is what the natural man still does; the natural man does everything he can to avoid God. We will be among those who stand before Him and say: "Lord, you gave me five talents and here's five more." Romans 6:13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Becoming ‘converted’ simply means: being changed. We are ‘raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus’ because Christ has gone to the realm of heaven as our High Priest and Savior. Our new heart craves righteousness, holiness, and an intimate relationship with God (manifested in a desire for prayer). 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