Jesus Said, For It Is Written
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From the title of today's message, most would probably suggest that we will base the message on the temptations of Jesus after He was baptized. You're partially correct, but I want to go much deeper than those passages.
So let's get started with Matthew 4:1. Leanna will be posting the verses here in the room, but please, if you have your Bible close by, open it up and follow along with us. I also suggest that you write the scriptures down so you can look them up later.
We're going to pick up just after John baptized Jesus in the Jordon river. From this point on, according to what we know from the Bible, Jesus starts His ministry here on earth. I want to ask you all a few questions before we begin reading the scripture. Do we believe the Bible is from God? 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. Praise the Lord!!
We believe Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever? Glory to God!
We believe what Peter said in Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Halleluiah!
Matthew 4:1-11 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. (2) And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. (3) And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. (4) But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (5) Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, (6) And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. (7) Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. (8) Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; (9) And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. (10) Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (11) Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Church, I find this to be a lesson to be learned here when Satan comes subtly to tempt us! Amen? How often do we speak the Word of God against those things that attack us? In the almost Three years that Leanna and I have been holding services here at our home, I've suggested numerous times for those who have attended to write or print out scriptures and pin them up in areas where you'll see them often during the course of the day and constantly speak them out. It's also a good way to build up your faith. We believe God's Word to be true, yes?
1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. Praise Jesus!
Brothers and sisters in Christ, what attacks are coming to you by the enemy? It's crucial that we stick to what the Bible clearly says concerning how to handle these attacks. Whatever we need to know about Satan is contained in the Scriptures. Amen? Satan is the father lies. The Bible tells us Jesus says in the Gospel of John:
John 10:9-15 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Church, listen to this next verse. We have all heard it, but do we truly know it? Do we thoroughly understand it?
(10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I (Jesus) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (11) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (12) But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. (13) The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (14) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. (15) As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Where I intend to go with this is in our health, finances, our walk with God, our families, and the list is endless. I want to go in a different direction if I can, as I see this issue going on all over the world.
Please turn to Galatians chapter 1, verses 8 and 9. I want us to look at dealing with spiritual thieves, and this is a serious matter. Apostle Paul was a Godly man and tried till his dying day to teach the truth from God's Word. Let's see what he said to the Galatian church.
Galatians 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Now if we can go back a couple books to 1 Corinthians 15 and we'll read verses 3- 5.
1 Corinthians 15:2-5 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. (3) For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; (4) And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (5) And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
If Christ’s body lies in some nameless grave, there's no hope for the believer, and the Gospel is nothing but emptiness. How do we know His sacrifice for sin was accepted? How can we hope for our own resurrection and immortality? By faith in what this book that lies dusty and unopened in many homes teaches us.
Church, we're not free from false teachers today. Peter wrote in 2 Peter 2:1-3:
2 Peter 2:1-3 KJV But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2) And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (3) And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Look at all the famous people in the word writing their own religious beliefs. Look at all the new religions springing up all over the world. I've shared this many times in the past couple years. Look at all the denominations all over the world. I'm not trying to down any particular church, but did you know that there are over 200 types of Baptist faiths?
Brethren, there are those who flock to Wal-Mart and local book stores to pick up the newest book from this doctor so-and-so and the next version of this pastors book on some how to get rich scheme, when all you have to do my friends is open up your own Bible and not just skim over the words, but study them to find God's will for your life.
Where God sends His true messengers with His Word, the devil always sends someone to seduce and deceive, and especially to deny Christ’s redemptive work. Such men bring swift destruction upon themselves, even though they prosper for a while.
Let's look at what Paul said to the Corinthian church.
1 Corinthians 1:4-10 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; (5) That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; (6) Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: (7) So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: (8) Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. (10) Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
This scripture alone is why I won't belong to any organized denomination. Leanna and I have been part of some of them and in all of them they left out or added to what my Bible says.
Okay, let's get off this topic as it's not where I originally felt led to teach, but thought it important enough to touch on.
Let's turn to 1 John 5:3. Friends, we need to get this. Jesus in His death had a double purpose, not only to save us from hell but to cleanse us. We are defiled inwardly by the pollution of sin. Through Him we have “the washing of regeneration.” We are defiled outwardly by the guilt of sin, and by His blood we're separated from sin’s condemnation. Praise Jesus!
1 John 5:3-4 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (4) For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Are you born of God? Friends, I didn't hear you. Are you born of God? Did we see what verse 4 says? "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." Friends, that makes those who are truly born again overcomers of the world. Does that excite you?
So when you say I'm a world over-comer, (listen up) you're not overcome by the world. Amen? Then I ask you. Why do we see Christians hurting financially, marital problems, health issues, temptations, stress, worries, and the list goes on and on. Why? Let's look at some of the reasons.
How are we living our lives? Can we say we're living exactly like the Bible tells us to? Some of you may remember the sermon series I did a while back "Having the Compassion of Christ". In that series we discussed many things that many had no idea that they had to live by. I hope they got it and turned their lives around. What about you? Are there things that are holding you bondage that might be holding blessings back from being fulfilled?
What about your faith? Your faith has much to do with victory in your life. Turn to Hebrews 11. I love this faith chapter. If one reads and meditates on this chapter they'll find that all throughout the Bible faith in God was one of the most important things that got these men and women through. Praise God. I mentioned pinning up scriptures all over your house? This could be a first verse to start with.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Some might remember the message I did on the woman with the issue of blood. What faith she had! You find this story in Mark chapter 5. For 12 years she had this issue. She spent all the money she had on doctors and the problem became worse. We find that she made her way through a crowd that was thronging Jesus and touched a piece of His robe and immediately YOU say it. Immediately, she was healed. And what did Jesus say to her?
Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. Thank You Jesus.
If I can have you turn to Matthew 8:1-4. I've mentioned many times I haven't felt called to preach healing messages even though Leanna and I are walking testimonies of being healed by the Master. I can share how my life has been spared. I can share how many times I was healed months before the doctors said I would be because of my faith and the faith of those I allowed to lay hands on me and pray. Praise Jesus.
Matthew 8:1-4 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. (2) And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. (3) And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (4) And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Jesus is the divine Son of God, sovereign over all physical ailments, over all circumstances, over the powers of nature, over the evil missions of Satan and over sin. Faith takes Him at His word and finds rest and deliverance at all times in His Word of power.
Church, are we getting this? Our faith is so important. On healing…do we believe Jesus still heals today? Is that where your faith is? If not, I guess we have to ask if you believe the Bible is still true? Do we believe God hasn't changed? That He isn't a respecter of persons?
Why does God heal some and not others? I know, some of you and most churches determine it must not be God's will that everyone is healed. I'm not going to go through the whole message on healing, nor do I know the exact reasons why some are healed and some are not. I do believe faith and obedience play a big factor.
Here's something that's been asked of me many times in the past couple weeks. Is it Gods will that all go to Heaven? I know because I know most of you in this Paltalk room can answer this quickly.
Let me ask you this. Is it God's will that no person perishes? How many unsaved die every day? Does it please Him that people die that are unsaved? No! Think back to these 2 of many passages that we read on healing. Did Jesus say to the woman with the issue of blood, "Daughter, it is because of God's will you were healed?" Or to the man with leprosy, "Sir, this is your lucky day. You picked the right time to beg for Me to heal you, because today God said that you could be healed. If you asked yesterday, well, He might have been too busy.” No, He said, "Your faith has healed you, or made you whole.” Where can anyone show in their Bible that Jesus did not heal when someone asked to be healed? I've studied mine and not once have I found Jesus refusing to heal.
I really would like to go the rest of the morning on this and we will probably another day.
Let's talk about love. I know, the ladies are getting all tingly hearing we're going to talk about love. And the men are thinking, “Oh no, not the love thing!”
So many don't know the importance of loving others. Forgiveness and unforgiveness is another sore spot with some, yet we can read that love and forgiveness is very important in our spiritual walk with Jesus.
Please turn to Colossians 3 :13. For those hearing my voice here on Paltalk, u-tube or maybe reading this later, or reading this on one of the sites that I post on, we've read many scriptures and haven't even scratched the surface of being in obedience to God, or even how to defeat the enemy with the sword, God's Word. It's been a start, but this message could go on for a month of Sundays and still not learn it all.
Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
There are so many scriptures we could look at on forgiving. Why should we forgive? Why does God make such an issue of forgiveness? I think we can answer that question in several different ways. Isn't it God's character? When we forgive, we reflect the Father's Love. When we look at how Jesus taught His disciples to pray in the Lord's Prayer it's saying, "Forgive as He has forgiven you" (from Jim's translation). Forgiveness gives us the opportunity to extend to others what God has extended to us.
Do you remember where you were when Jesus found you? Maybe there were countless times that you ignored or even rejected Him. I've heard testimonies where some go as far as doing everything they can do against Him. Why? For some it's because of feeling hurt, because of thinking God had abandoned them, or for whatever reason. Even then the Lord reached out to you and offered His forgiveness. And when you received His love He promised He would "remember the past no longer." Praise God.
I know I have a past I’m not proud of, but you and I were forgiven when we were saved. When we forgive others we show that His Spirit is at work within us. When we forgive we demonstrate that we haven't forgotten where He found us. Glory be to God. I'm not sure about you, but that excites me.
But (you say), "If we forgive, aren't we just letting someone get away with a wrong?" We feel if we "simply forgive" (and there's nothing simple about it) we'll be allowing someone to take advantage of us. Shouldn't we make people aware of the wrong they've done? The Scripture says of a man, "It is his glory to pass over a transgression."
Pro 19:11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
Wrath denotes weakness; a noble heroic spirit overlooks a petty offense.”
But what if the wrong is great? Not forgiving is a greater wrong. In injuring you, he has offended against man, but in you not forgiving him, you offend against God.
Here's a passage that tells us two things. Many aren't going to like what these two verses say, but what's the title of this message? For it is Written. Friends, what we've looked at today are some ways that we need to conduct our lives. Do you want to see God work in your life? Then these scriptures need to be followed. There was much more that I wanted to share, but because of time I'll finish with these last two verses I was mentioning. Please turn to Matthew 5:23. For those who think that tithing was only for the Old Testament time, here's one of a few verses that says otherwise.
Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore if thou bring thy gift (A what?) to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; (24) Leave there thy gift (A what?) before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Friends, we need to be a light in this dying world. There's so much that wasn't included in this message, and hopefully we can look at more in the next few weeks. One of the topics I really wanted to discuss was on love.
In closing, I want you to hear part of a popular Christian song from a couple three years ago. The part of the song I want to share comes from 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.
Think about that my friends. We all say that little 4 lettered word, but do we truly know, or get what love really is?
The word love is probably the most used and least understood word in any language. Think about that as you go throughout your day. We all can say we love someone, or something, and we do it all throughout the day. But do we truly mean it, or better yet, really understand what love is?
My friends, Jesus Christ knew exactly what it meant. Jesus came to earth to demonstrate the meaning of true love when He willingly gave His life for all humanity. Glory to God! Jesus took our punishment upon Himself to redeem you and me from our sinfulness.
John 15:12-13 KJV This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Praise Jesus! And do we notice, He called you and me His friend?
John 15:14-27 KJV Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (15) Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. (16) Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. (17) These things I command you, that ye love one another. (18) If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (19) If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (20) Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (21) But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. (22) If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. (23) He that hateth me hateth my Father also. (24) If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. (25) But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. (26) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: (27) And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
My friends, again this week there's been a lot of scripture put before us. What you and I need to fully grasp in the last part of this message is Christ proved His love to you and me and the world by laying down His life for it in redemption work.
John 3:15-17 KJV That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The love Jesus had and has for you and me should always be the standard of measure of our love to others in service for Him. Praise the true living God!
Now, and I know there will be some who won't take this well. Yes we are to love, but...and as brother Jeff would say, "However." We're responsible for our actions. We're responsible for our words. As I was finishing up these notes last night, I went to check on the Cross Roads Fellowship sites and remembered I hadn't viewed brother Jeff's videos that he posts almost everyday. Anyways, he gave an excellent example of love. In short, think back to when you were a child. Your parents loved you, yes? Now when you did wrong, there were consequences, yes? You got scolded, or a tongue lashing, or some of us might even remember having to get our own switch, and for those who do remember, we got the thinnest stick there was, didn't we? How naive we were back then! Come on someone, you know what I mean. My point is, there was a price to pay for what we did wrong. Our mom and dads still loved us. It's how we learn to not do the things that we needed to be corrected of.
Likewise, Our Heavenly Father does love us, yet there are times he needs to get on our case about things we're not doing right. There are times that we need to be chastised. And there are times when God must turn His head and probably waits for us to smarten up. Come on somebody. I'm sure most of us have been there at one point or another in our spiritual walk. Don't be a "part-time" Christian who demands a full-time God.
Same as their are times when we have to separate ourselves from those who are professing to be Christlike, yet do things that are abominations in the site of God. Stop and be the man and woman in Christ that you were called to be. There are times that we need to separate ourselves from those who are claiming to be Christians that when time reveals their real identity, they're not what they claim to be. Because I said a while back that I was sharing the last scripture, on your own this week, dig into 1 Corinthian chapter 5. Read who we should be staying away from. Remember, the ones that Apostle Paul was dealing with and whom he was talking about were ones claiming to be followers of Jesus. Friends, my heart right now is being dealt with on this very matter.
Our dear friends, this will be the end of this message for this week and we'll continue with part 2 next week.
We do want to thank each of you for joining us here in the J and L Ministries room on Paltalk. Thank you all for visiting and watching this video on all the sites that we and others share on. Again, I'll post in the description box below on this video some of the sites that I personally share them on, but I know that at times they've also been shared by others on Facebook, Twitter, Bing and many other sites that I've never heard of before.
We love you and until next Sunday, whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.