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March 29, 2022 6:00 am
Welcome to the Kerwin Baptist Church broadcast today. Our desire is for the word of God spread throughout all may know Christ. Join us now for a portion of one of our services here at Kerwin Baptist Church located in Kernersville, North Carolina what it Isaiah chapter 7 and Isaiah obviously prophesying to the people of God. And really, all the way up through chapter 57 you find the plight of God's people and you know it's interesting as you look at the children of Israel and God's chosen people as you would call it. It's a constant up-and-down process and if there's ever been a sign of the way you and I are as human beings as frail, fleshly, individual, it's that way. It's an up-and-down struggle you know is interesting is that the Jewish people in the Old Testament, obviously, are God's chosen people.
You and I now through grace that Christ provided on the cross are God's changed. People and now salvation is not offered just to the Jews, but to the Greek. Also to the barbarian as the Bible calls it means that it didn't matter what race or your from what color we have the chance to be saved by the grace of God. That's a wonderful thing but notice if you would, in verse one we find here is Isaiah's prophesying that they have been really traveling a guilty distance away from God.
This is one of the rebellious times of God's chosen people and in chapter 57 we find in Isaiah by the way that Christ is prophesied about in chapter 57 we find here literally a sermon from God and in verse one. Notice this, the righteous parish and no manly if it's a heart and merciful men are taken away. None considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. What a statement the righteous parish. If no man lay at the heart. This is God's army said you know it's it's literally that those that are righteous that follow God that live a holy life are literally disappearing. Nobody seems to notice. They'll imagine that was written in almost 700 years before Christ even came for Jesus even showed up on her imagine it now you know it's interesting that right in front of our eyes.
We have a generation in a couple of generations that have passed of individuals that had character that fought for the freedoms of this country that we know even unsaved people would show respect to God, but the righteous are perishing, and we don't even realize verse five he kind of describes this. He says inflaming your selves with idols under every green tree while you know you and I as even saved individuals. We end up allowing things in our life. Sometimes that we really worship instead of God, but may I say this, that a lot of times.
A lot of individuals don't come to Christ and never will because of idols in their life.
They've taken over and they don't see the need of Christ and they don't see the need of salvation because of idols mass say that America is a country full of idols are not going to get started on the nitpicky because then I would not number one. I would be hypocritical because I have I'm sure issues and problems in my life. Number two I would lose you because you be so upset over it were pick on every little thing hey we all have issues and we all if were not careful will put things in front of God, that's exactly what was happening. He says you are in your with idols in your life that's keeping you from me. Notice verse 10 he said this is interesting. Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way. He said it's it's wearing you out here trying all these idols and and I think of this idol. I'll be happy if I get this and then I get that, and before long I'm I'm not happy and I want something else. Is that not sound like our culture.
And God said it's an endless process and and you're trying every idol under every green tree basically in your trying everything that this life has to offer. And yet you are wearied in your way.
That's the path you chosen to take God says in its wearing you down and you don't understand why it's not satisfying you look at verse 14. These and shall say cash G cash do you prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people now hear God's saying my people, my people, and what oftentimes keeps my people from getting to me from being where I God says our stumbling block things that we just can't get over to get to God's amazing nowadays. What can keep people out of church. Now I'm not you know were not criticizing.
Please don't don't take it wrong, but it's getting to the point that you know this is God's house and we're saved individuals in weird to desire to be in God's house and if you didn't, you wouldn't be here today sees a bridge or breach of the choir where here and I understand that but you gotta understand. You have no ideal as a pastor.
The things that I deal with and the reasons oftentimes were given why people can't be a church well I have this well.
My children have this will this and this is not here to criticize. I'm just saying there are stumbling blocks that we just can't get beyond to get to where God is to get our life to where God wants it to be there so many things we are stumbling over that prevent us. So what does God say God always. By the way it if you find God's word cut God kind of always gives the conflict. Here's the issue.
And then here's the answer to give you what it verse 15 for thus saith the high and lofty one. Wow, this is a sermon directly from God. This is what he has to say. By the way you agree with me that when a high, lofty one speaks we better listen. By the way, in case you think will what writer or authority does he have for thus saith the higher lofty one that inhabited eternity. He'd just live in eternity, he inhabits it he created it. He owns it. Do you know that your whole future. God owns you know God will determine what you will, where you will spend an eternity. If you have been saved by the grace of God receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. Put your faith and trust in the finished work of Christ. God decide you live in heaven. But even if you're a good person and do a lot of good things and try to do right and I try not to lie. I tried and I you even hear people out. I want try to follow the 10 Commandments and as we often said most the time they can't even name all 10, but that's what I'm doing. Listen, dear friend.
You can follow everything you want to follow but God is the one that decides your eternity and God said the only way to heaven is through his son Jesus Christ. So case you don't know if he has the authority he does so what is he have to say in verse 50.
Not now remember, he's talking to his people. He say the godly people are disappearing literally.
He said people are being enamored with idols. They they they just get their attention on everything else and then they have stumbling blocks things that are keeping them from getting where they need to be so. God says this is what this is what I have to say to help you in this process. This is the advice that I can give you are my chosen people and we are his changed people. And we been saved by the grace of God. If you have done that, by the way, this is what he says in verse 15. His name is holy. I dwell is what God says in verse 15 he is the higher lofty one.
He inhabits eternity.
His very name is holy and he says this I dwell in the high and holy place with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones pray Lord I love you Lord.
We need your help today as we share your word and love your word and dig in your word and Lord I pray that you would allow hearts to open minds to clear and open themselves to your word today. Please dear God in Jesus name we pray.
Amen. I love this in verse 10 God says you are wearied in your way.
Thy way, another worst map put it in a vernacular that is we read God's word. This what we all understand your way, he is saying this your way hasn't worked your way hasn't worked. You've done everything to satisfy yourself and it's not working and by the way people nowadays. They do everything and when that wears out the gotta get some Nelson and we got a new cell is constantly trying to satisfy yourself and that will weary you out trying to figure that out because you will find yourself still missing.
Why do we have so many people at the height of wealth and fame in it.
We always use Hollywood and all this stuff why are so many of them committing suicide going into rehab.
Why are they so miserable if they have so much because their way is wearying them.
God says that's your way. Let me tell you where I dwell towards your way hasn't worked. Let's talk about my way. God says this is where I dwell.
Now, you might choose to dwell somewhere else and you might choose to live a different way.
But God says let me tell you how I live. Let me tell you where I dwell in the obvious. He is God's word always does gives a very clear outline here in this passage number one this morning, God dwells in the high place we can verse 15 if you will, and this obscene makes sense, this is what God says. The higher lofty one, the one that inhabits eternity, the man whose name is holy, the God who is holy, I dwell in the high place.
What is that mean preacher you.
The Bible says that God's ways are above our ways. In fact, I was reading I was looking this up on the readings verse enough.
Your person likes to dig into the Bible and and see some things, if you want to hold your place really come right back. But in Luke chapter 1. If you want to turn there and see this. I thought this is itching. Luke chapter 1, we find literally John the Baptist as as we call it and and he was the forerunner of Christ and when he was even born God's hand was put upon him and his job was to be on the scene before Jesus and he would preach about the Messiah, he would prepare the way for when Jesus came in John's role was pivotal God's hand was on him, even in the womb. The Bible says, but in Luke chapter 1 it goes to the whole process of his birth, and all that.
And in verse 67 it says that his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he had visited and redeemed his people and he had raised up an horn of salvation.
Speaking of Jesus, and he says out of the house of David, where we know that Jesus would be born.
The Bible says in verse 70 as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets since the world began. Obviously, verse 31 that we should be saved from our enemies from the hand of all that hate us. That means Jesus came so that we can be saved from our enemies were 72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers. All this was promised that there would be a Messiah and his Savior would come in verse 73, and oats with oath which he swear to his father Abraham that out of his seed Savior would come. The New Testament talking about everything is been prophesied in the Old Testament, and I love this verse.
76. Is he talking to John the Baptist who is going to the forerunner of the very Messiah that's been prophesied. He says, and thou, child shall be called the prophet of who the highest for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways to give knowledge of salvation unto his people, the remission of their sins through the tender mercy of our God, whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us to get this. That means that Christ is in high and he left. He was the highest and he laughed any. He came down to any lived and Weldon died in the guess where the Bible says he will back to them by now want to get this he came to us he died for us so that we could have the opportunity for salvation and he is seated. The Bible says right now at the right hand of the throne of God, but he will not come down to us again until he comes to get his church is saved is a preacher what the world are you saying will God's ways are above I ways.
He dwells in the high place is a preacher. What does that mean to me. I want you to understand that Christ dwelled in the highest came to earth is back in the high, as you say what what what is that mean I want you to understand that you and I might choose different routes and we might decide to live a different way. But I'm telling you right now where God dwells is in the high place that means this, God does not lower himself and his standards to ours. We are to raise our standard to him. God does not dwell down here P dwells in us in the Bible says that we are literally in the presence of God. That means you and I is saved.
Individuals are not to live like everybody else lives here. We are to live there. It means this that God's ways are above our culture God's design is above what popular God's will is beyond our will listen to me. We can lower our expectation and lower our dedication but God doesn't dwell there.
We can stoop to our sinful desires and to send to our worldly associations.
But God does not dwell there. Listen to me. He can take us higher, but we will not bring him down. Did you hear that God can take us higher, but we will not bring him down. He will not stoop to man's level we may influence others to lower their spiritual interest and others may pull us down, but we will not pull God down. He will not dwell there. We are welcome to ascend to his place, but he will not do you send out. God dwells in the high place second God dwells in the holy place, we were 50 for the say of the higher lofty one.
But what he says. I dwell in the eye and holy place is a preacher. This might seem a bit over my head a little bit. I want you to understand something either working to do things God's way our way, but whether we do it or not doesn't change God. God's where he always has been, where he always will be, and either we will learn to live godly or we will just live fleshly, but either way he's going to stay in the same place God lives in the holy place.
Psalm 145 the Lord is righteous in all his ways and holy in all his works. First Peter three SI computers use me begins to deal with things. First Peter deals with things.
Both books deal with how how God lives and works in all these things and that in verse chapter 3 verse 11. What manner of persons ought you to be in a holy conversation. First Peter 114 as obedient children, not fashioning ourselves according to the former lusts of our ignorance, but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy because it is written, be holy, for I am holy as that changed no Romans 12 one.
I beseech you therefore, brother. My mercy got the present your bodies a living sacrifice quality except one I got for Ephesians 1, according as he had chosen in him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame is a preacher I can't be holy are absolutely right.
Only the grace of God. Only the blood of Christ. You and I have got to understand our mind will either be worldly or holy and I struggle with it every day. Anybody else that means this. It's amazing look at me want to get this God dwells in the High Pl. in God dwells in the holy place. It's amazing the kind of places that you and I can gradually get comfortable with its funny how we can learn to adjust to what used to bother us. God did not say be worldly as they are worldly. He said be holy as I am holy.
We might've adjusted but God hasn't. We might have changed.
But God has we might somehow justify our gradual decline but God as we might have so-called swallowed the Kool-Aid. But God hasn't.
It's amazing the effect that our culture has on us as Christians in even as churches, but God hasn't changed. We might get comfortable with the worldly place.
God said I dwell in the holy place. Notice number three God dwells in the high place he dwells in the holy place.
A number three God says I dwell in the humble place.
I dwell in the high and holy place with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit that were contrite means cross, God says, let me tell you where I can dwell. Let me tell you where I'm comfortable. God says in high places and holy places in humble places with humble people. Bible says God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble. God's not comfortable around pride where he dwells and if you want his presence in your life then you and I have to understand Christ lives in us. But the Bible says that that Holy Spirit that lives in us literally. Our conscience can be seared and we can grieve the Holy Spirit of God. So we, in order to enjoy full fellowship with God.
We have to dwell in a high place in a holy place and in a home that we can exist and not enjoy his fellowship. We could still be on our way to heaven and saved and forgiven, but not enjoy daily fellowship with God. If we want that God says this is where I dwell.
It's amazing about humility. DL Moody said this be humble or stumble. I found this I thought was good. A man named John flyable. He said this, they that know God will be humble and they that really know themselves cannot be proud. George Washington Carver scientist that developed obviously hundreds of uses. Just from the peanut you all learned about it in history, least I hope that you did. And this is interesting. He said this when I was young I said to God, God tell me the mystery of the universe. George Washington Carver said, but God answered that knowledge is reserved for me alone, so I said God, then tell me the mystery of the peanut and God said well George that's more your size and he told me and the thousands of uses that he discovered from just the peanut is a preacher. Why you say all this on glad you asked is right now. Up to this point. Sounds like GH. Glad I came to church for some encouragement.
God dwells in a high place where I can't possibly get to God dwells in a holy place that I can't possibly attain to an God dwells in a humble place that I'm trying to just can't seem to get there. It's all your tell me is that God has a level that I just can't possibly get to in my life. It was interesting. God has a reason for all this and that's why love God's word. This is what he saying if you would verse 15 the high and lofty one inhabits and owns eternity, whose very name is holy is as I dwell in the high place I dwell in the holy place with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit I dwell in a humble place but notice this why preacher to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite once.
Why does God have a level why does God have an expectation why does God say I am not going to change to adjust to your level. You need as man to adjust to my level.
Why, because he has a purpose and his purposes. This notice number one and I'm getting ready to let you go number one.
He desires to revive. He said I want to revive your spirit and I want to revive your heart. How can God do that if we stay where we are, you know, to be revived a means to change from what I meant, or where mad or who I am.
Just something else revive means that I was dead but now I'm alive to revive means I was down by now about will if I'm in a down state as a human being final go to God's love on me to stay where I'm at. There's no revival there. By the way, a church that stays exactly where they're at. There's no real Bible. That's why you can have a service and everybody gets excited, but as they walk out of church and they don't change how they live. They were not revived.
They were just excited. Are you starting to understand God says these disease are the places right well for me to revive means you gotta go from there to here. If you stay where your rent that's not revival because there's no change laser printer. Why does he want to revive the spirit and the heart. What is the difference and may I say just make it plain for you when he says I want to revive the spirit of the humble in the heart of the contrite he is saying the spirit and the soul.
Now you say alright so God wants to revive my spirit and my soul.
What is the difference between the soul and the spirit and we know there's a difference by the way. Hebrew says that the word of God pierces even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. So what is the difference well if I can keep from boring you. Let me briefly. Just try to describe what the difference is you can understand God's word little bit better. The soul and the spirit are two primary aspects of who we are.
God, the Trinity, where a Trinity we have body soul and spirit. He had God the father, God the son God the Holy Spirit. So we understand that the word spirit literally means to what we call the immaterial facet of humanity, we can cut something out of our body and say there's the spirit it's not something that's necessarily seen but felt let me put it this way, human beings have a spirit, but we are not spirits.
I have a spirit, but I'm not a spirit but in Scripture it teaches this that we need that are saved. Our spirits are made alive. But individuals that have never been saved. The Bible says that there spirit is dead there dead spiritually. So you say alright preacher. What in the world, the spirit is what allows you and me to have an intimate relationship with God because God is a spirit and when you and I are saved.
Now we have our spirit is quick and its alive in our spirit can have fellowship with God spirit.
So what is that mean well listen me human beings have a spirit, but human beings are souls, we are a soul, but we have a spirit, the soul is our heart the spirit is that part of us that is made alive, when you and I get say this spirit is that part of us that now feels wrong when we do thing, but that soul is what will live for an eternity in heaven or hell you say preacher okay thank you for the lesson. So what is it mean it means that the soul and spirit are connected but their separable. The spirit is what connects with God. The soul is who we are and God said this, I want to revive who you are. That's why a person can come down and we can mean well and be motivated well we can get down and prayed an altar and make a decision and we can get up and we can go and then within an hour. Where right back to doing what we just told God we were sorry for that means briefly, our spirit was revived, then it would get this. But God says I want to revive your spirit and your heart.
You see what our spirit gets revive were excited when our heart gets revived were chain. Thank you for listening to you receive the blessing from our broadcast. The current Baptist Church is located at 4520 Old Hollow Rd. in Kernersville, NC may also contact us by phone in 33699351924 Kerwin Baptist Church.com enjoy our services live molar medium on her website and church.
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