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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