SBS Sermon Notes Note 04/12
Three of the most basic powers in the physical universe are heat, light and sound. Remove even one of these from the environment and there would be no growth, no learning, no comfort, no joy, and no life as we know it on earth. So let us take each in turn and see what spiritual lessons the Most High has locked into these three physical elements of heat, light and sound.
Physical heat, or the lack of it, are invisible conditions which we
are all aware of. Everyone recognises the importance of maintaining
the correct temperature. But are you aware of the lesson the Most High
intended you to learn from 'correct temperature'? Consider this
statement about the temperature of spiritual commitment.
|Revelation 3:14||And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;|
15: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16: So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17: Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Can you now see why physical temperatures were designed? They were designed to teach spiritual lessons in the university of life. Every time you sip a cup of lukewarm tea, coke or beer, remember that the Almighty God finds no joy in lukewarm followers.
|John:8:12|| Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
|John 9:5||As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.|
|Psalm 27:1|| The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
|Matthew 5:14||Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.|
15: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
|Isaiah 60:1||Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.|
2: For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3: And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
|Isaiah 58:10|| And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:|
11: And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
12: And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The Repairer of the Breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
13: If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
14: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
|Psalm 89:15||: Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.|
16: In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
|Luke 11:34||The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.|
35: Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
Many claim to be true believers, but if behaviour is anything to go
by, they are far from the truth; they are still in the dark. How does one assess others - especially
in this day of false prophets, religious cranks and sharks?
The answer is found in this verse. I call it the spiritual litmus
|Isaiah 8:16||16: Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples... |
20: To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
|Isaiah 2:5|| O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
|Prov:6:23:||For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:|
|1 Thessalonians 5:5||Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
|Ephesians 5:8||For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.|
|John 3:19|| And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.|
20: For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21: But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
|1 Kings 17:22||And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived.
|Psalm 3:4||I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
|Psalm 26:7||That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.|
|Isaiah 58:1||Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.|
|Rom:10:9:||That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.|
|2 Chronicles 20:20||And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.|
21: And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22: And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
23: For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.
|Revelation 12:11||And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.|
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