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​Unexpected - part one

Text: Genesis 11:1-9 
11 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there. 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.

Introduction
  Unexpected- "unforeseen, unanticipated, unpredictable, an event or circumstance one did not see coming"

A few weeks ago an earthquake happened here in Thomasville and it was so unexpected. In scripture God used the unexpected to teach many different times. Today we are going to look at "The Tower of Babel"- something unanticipated happened that is still real today.

  Let us learn from this today:

As a foundation remember "The people were gathering not to worship or acknowledge God but to ignore or war against Him" Matthew Henry

 I. Mind God in the small Things

  A. God said- keep moving, keep populating

  B. They decided to stop (a choice to disobey)

  C. Build, a long stay, roots!


II. Make plans with/"In Christ" NOT without him

  Proverbs 19:21
 21 There are many plans in a man’s heart,
Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.

  Proverbs 16:3
3 Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.

  Proverbs 30:32
32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself,
Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth.

  Jeremiah 29:11-14
 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.


A. They began to make plans for their life, future and spiritual life without a mention of God.

B. Science is wonderful but will not get anyone to heaven!!

C. Everyday surrender to and embrace God's plans for you, your family - the unexpected isn't near as impactful!!!


III. Make a Note that God ALWAYS knows about us

  II Kings 8:12
 12 And Hazael said, “Why is my lord weeping?”
He answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel: Their strongholds you will set on fire, and their young men you will kill with the sword; and you will dash their children, and rip open their women with child.”

  Hebrews 4:13
 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Jeremiah 1:5
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

A. God sees all, why can we be so secretive?

B. We can be like a small child hiding from God

C. Embrace his attributes as vital parts of our walk "in Him" All knowing, all seeing, everywhere present!!



September 20, 2020
Unexpected part two 
 God’s Miracles for Everyday Living

Text: 2 Kings 6: 1 – 7
6 And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. 2 Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell.”
So he answered, “Go.”
3 Then one said, “Please consent to go with your servants.”
And he answered, “I will go.” 4 So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. 5 But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, “Alas, master! For it was borrowed.”
6 So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. 7 Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it.

Introduction 
Today’s lesson is about how God sees us as we work through our lives.
There are four points of interest to remember as we learn together.

God wishes for the next generation to also be anointed,
  Jeremiah 1: 7 – 8 
7 But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.

The Jordan River is a Blessed Place 
 2 Kings 2: 1 – 6, 14
 2 And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
3 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?”
And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
4 Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they came to Jericho.
5 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?”
So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to the Jordan.”
But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on.
 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.

A call of God involves Preparation/ Study
 2 Timothy 2:15 
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We are all going to leave this world, 
Hebrews 9:27
 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

Now let us be Blessed together as open our hearts today;

I. Generational Spiritual Influence Matters!!

A.2 Timothy 2:22
 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

B.Proverbs 27:17
 17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

C.Psalm71:18
 18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded,
O God, do not forsake me,
Until I declare Your strength to this generation,
Your power to everyone who is to come

D.2 Kings 2: 13 – 14
13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.

II. Persistent Desire For Spiritual Power Matters!!

A.2 Kings 2: 1 – 4 
 And it came to pass, when the Lord was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel.
3 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that the Lord will take away your master from over you today?”
And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent!”
4 Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the Lord has sent me on to Jericho.”
  But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they came to Jericho.

B.1 Peter 1:23
 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

1 Peter 2: 1 – 3
 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

C.1 Timothy 4:15 
15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.

III. Unexpected Miracles Can Happen in Our Dailey Lives

A.2 Kings 6:5 – 7
 5 But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, “Alas, master! For it was borrowed.”
6 So the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. 7 Therefore he said, “Pick it up for yourself.” So he reached out his hand and took it

B.Matthew 6:34
 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.


C.Psalm 34:4
 4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
And delivered me from all my fears.

D.Genesis 28:15
 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” 

Conclusion – Let God Work in your Life, especially NOW !!




September 27, 2020
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Unexpected part three
A Very Important Question!!

Text
 Ezekiel 37:1 – 3 
37 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

Introduction – In the middle of a terrible personal and cultural situation God shows up!
We are in a very stressful, Godless society. You don’t have to have a preacher to remind us that we are so in need of revival where righteousness triumphs over sin!!!

What was at stake?? A whole nation was at risk of being lost forever!!!!! Matthew 2: 18
 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”

So God touched an unexpected man, and something much unanticipated happened. 
Ezekiel 2:3 – 4
 3 And He said to me: “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. 4 For they are [a]impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’

Ezekiel 3:4
4 Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.

Do we believe God can bring revival or is it just something in the past?
 Jeremiah 32:27  
27“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

I.Can We Have Revival??
A.Ezekiel 37: 1 – 3 
37 The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

B.Psalm 80 :18 - 19 
18 Then we will not turn back from You;
Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.
19 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
Cause Your face to shine,
And we shall be saved!

 Psalm 85:6 – 7
 6 Will You not revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
7 Show us Your mercy, Lord,
And grant us Your salvation.

C.Isaiah 45:22
 22 “Look to Me, and be saved,
All you ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.

II.What Actions will Allow Restoration Results?
A.Ezekiel 37:5, 9
 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.

9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” ’ ”

B.Isaiah 65:24
 24 “It shall come to pass
That before they call, I will answer;
And while they are still speaking, I will hear.

C.Acts 1:4
 4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;

Acts 2:1 – 5
 2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.


D.1 Kings 17:21 – 22
21 And he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said, “O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.” 22 Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.

III.God can Bring True Unexpected Renewal
A.Ezekiel 37: 10 – 13
 10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
11 Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves.

B.2 Chronicles 7:14
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

C.To have a unexpected change we must;

Acknowledge true need - John 3:3
 3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Be honest about weak concern – Luke 2:10 
10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.

Put ourselves in a place where God can use us – John 9:31 
31 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.

Conclusion – Are we concerned about the lost, unsaved? 
After we walk out these doors does it ever come to mind?  
God Help us!!!




October 4, 2020
Unexpected part four
Unexpected Victory
Judges 16:28-30

This is the story about a 36 year old named Samson.
 Samson was an Israelite warrior. 
The last judge in the book of Judges
He was from the Tribe of Dan
He was a Nazarite

To be a Nazarite 
1.There was a swearing of an oath of obedience  
2.No drinking of fermented drink
3.No cutting of the hair
4.No contact with the dead

This story involves failure and unexpected victory.

I.It may seem that evil is winning

A.Judges 16:20-25
20 And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.
21 Then the Philistines took him and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza. They bound him with bronze fetters, and he became a grinder in the prison. 22 However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it had been shaven.
23 Now the lords of the Philistines gathered together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice. And they said:
“Our god has delivered into our hands
Samson our enemy!”

24 When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said:“Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy,
The destroyer of our land,
And the one who multiplied our dead.”
25 So it happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may perform for us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars.

B.Psalm 73:26 
26 My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

C.Isaiah 41:10-12 
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
11 “Behold, all those who were incensed against you
Shall be ashamed and disgraced;
They shall be as nothing,
And those who strive with you shall perish.
12 You shall seek them and not find them
Those who contended with you.
Those who war against you
Shall be as nothing,
As a nonexistent thing.

D.Remember God never loses 



II.How did Samson get to the place of strength again

A.Remember Samson had immense physical strength and fought the Philistines for 20 years.

B.Judges 16:29-31
29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. 30 Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
31 And his brothers and all his father’s household came down and took him, and brought him up and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the tomb of his father Manoah. He had judged Israel twenty years.

C.James 4:10
 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

D.2 Corinthians 13:9-11
9 For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. And this also we pray, that you may be made complete. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for edification and not for destruction.
Greetings and Benediction
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

E.The greatest victory of Samson’s life was totally unexpected and God ordained.


Conclusion:
Do we believe that in 2020 God can bring Unexpected Victory in our culture today?





October 11, 2020


October 18, 2020
Unexpected part 5  
Surprise! An Unexpected Wonderful Answer!!

Text: Acts 12: 5 – 19
 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”
12 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. 15 But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”
16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place.
18 Then, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. 19 But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death.


Introduction – The Church of Jesus Christ was growing in a beautiful way. Thousands were believing Christ for Salvation and being baptized. Peter had the vision for gentiles, Paul and Silas were spreading the Gospel. Herod was angry and fighting back. Peter was arrested and facing a terrible situation, but people prayed!! God answered, and it was a surprise.

I.Public Policy Can be Hard on the Gospel

A.Acts 12: 1 – 3 
12 Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.

II.Prayer, A True Weapon of the Church

A.Acts 12:5
 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

III. Power From the Almighty Supersedes the Norm

A.Acts 12: 9 – 10
 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

IV. Prayer With Purpose can have Supernatural Results

A.Acts 12: 13, 16 – 17
 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer.
16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place.

B.Hoped for yet “unexpected” miracle happened!!

 
Conclusion - Can’t we all agree now is the time to come together and pray for Wonderful Unexpected Results!!