Our apologies, the software we use to record our services cut the sermon into 2 parts
Some Good News….
All through the Bible, in every story of need, there is a miracle of provision.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
BUT REMEMBER…God promises to meet your needs. He’s never promised to provide your wants.
Principle #1: When God guides, he always provides.
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11
Principle #2: God miraculously blesses what is given.
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 2 Corinthians 9:10
Principle #3: You might be a part of God’s provision.
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11
Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize. – Elizabeth Harrison
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. -Maya Angelou
If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others. – Haim Ginott
If you want to be a great encourager, you have to answer these questions…
Is encouragement regularly part of my conversations and actions?
So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
Is there someone I know who needs encouragement?
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14 (NIV)
Am I prepared to unleash the power of encouragement?
Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out. Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 (The Message)
Encourage one another daily. Hebrews 3:13
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
Three key principles for bringing out the best in others…
- Accept them for who they are.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
- Place your trust in them.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? Luke 16:10-12
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21
- Expect great things from them.
God hasn’t invited us into a disorderly, unkempt life but into something holy and beautiful—as beautiful on the inside as the outside. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 (The Message)
Here’s what we learn about Jesus at this meal…
Fact #1: Jesus believes that no one is insignificant
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” Luke 19:5-7
Fact #2: Jesus always had time to talk
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. Luke 19:1
Fact #3: For Jesus mission is the priority.
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:9-10
Here’s what Jesus wants us to learn from this meal…
- We are to see everyone as important to God
- We should take the time to listen to others
- We must be concerned with our God given mission