God is > part 5

God is > part 5
It’s gotta go…(James 4:7-10 )
Introduction (Ezra 3:11)
11 They sang with praise and thanksgiving to the Lord: “For He is good; His faithful love to Israel endures forever.” Then all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s house had been laid.”

  • Oh why did you come to church today?
  • Why have you been lifting up your voice to the Lord?
  • Why have you been offering up thanksgiving?
  • Oh it’s because our God is good…It’s because our God is faithful…
  • It’s because His love is over and above every area of life…
  • I know, I know, I know…
  • You might be sitting there today thinking…
  • “Tyler you don’t know the pain that I am in…”
  • “Pastor, you don’t know the anxiety that’s on me…”
  • “You don’t know the loneliness that I feel…”
  • Oh today can you sing with praise and thanksgiving….
  • Oh today can you lift up hands of worship even in season of worry…
  • You see, the living, breathing, healing, resurrecting, conquering, word of God says that our Jesus is good!!!
  • We have a promise is that our Jesus is faithful…
  • Oh that the love of Jesus is poured out upon His people…
  • We don’t have a hypothetical situation…
  • Oh hear me this morning, we have a living King a risen Savior!
  • Oh I wonder have you entered into this place with praise and thanksgiving…
  • I wonder have you entered into the sanctuary of the Lord tasting of His steadfast love of our God…
  • Or have you just made it…
  • Have you just slid into this place…
  • Maybe its all that you could do just to get here and maybe your just trying to sit here unnoticed…
  • Let me clear somethings up for you…
  • God wants more for you, He has called you into the deep end…
  • I believe Satan is trying steal joy, steal smiles, steal laughter…
  • Let me remind you that God is the giver of life…
  • And I am here today to tell you there are things you and I have to let go in order to make space for God…
  • Are you like me?
  • It’s all you could do to get all kids in the car…
  • It’s all you could do to make in here on time…
  • It’s all you could do to smile when there is so much going on…
  • It’s all you could do to be a good husband this week…
  • It’s all you could do to be a good employee this week…
  • It’s all you could do to be a good daddy this week…
  • It’s all you could do to be happy this week…
  • Are you trying to keep up? Are you weary? Are you tired? Are you burdened?
  • I wanna declare to you today “It’s gotta go!”
  • Fear has to go…
  • Hesitation has to go…
  • Anxiety has to go…
  • Worry has to go…
  • “It’s gotta go!”
  • I want to preach to you today and proclaim to you today that there are somethings that have to go if your ever gonna walk strongly with the Lord…

James 4:7-10
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

1. Submit yourselves to God.

  • Now, there is a clear calling from God Almighty unto His people…
  • And the calling is “submit yourself to the Lord.”
  • Oh it’s intentional…
  • It’s on purpose…
  • You cannot submit accidentally, you have to choose submission.
  • So what does this look like?
  • What is the impact on a persons life when they submit to God?
  • I believe one of the clearest pictures is recorded in Matthew 14…
  • This is just after the feeding of the 5000…
  • This is just after the remarkable event that took place where Jesus multiplied the small offering of the boy with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish…
  • The crowds were raging and the people were astonished…
  • People wanted to see more and more of the miracles of Jesus…
  • People desperately wanted the blessings of Jesus…

Matthew 14:22-27…
Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.“”

  • Does miss this…
  • The bible says that Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before him…
  • Jesus made them go…
  • Jesus made them go unto the unknown…
  • Jesus made them go unto the raging sea…
  • Jesus made them go unto the storm…
  • The boat was beaten by the waves…
  • Oh can I tell you that sometimes following Jesus will take you into the storm…
  • Following Jesus will take you unto the raging sea…
  • Following Jesus will leave you beaten by the waves…
  • But you gotta know His ways are not our ways…
  • For my thoughts are not His thoughts…
  • For as the Heavens are higher than the earth so are the ways of the Lord higher than our ways…
  • Submit yourself before the Lord means when He says go, you go.
  • Even toward the unknown…
  • Even toward the raging sea…
  • Even toward the storm…
  • Oh because we have tasted and seen of the goodness of the Lord…
  • We know that He is only good and there is no evil deed within Him…
  • If the Lord is leading we are walking towards life everlasting!
  • You see, I believe the disciples knew this…
  • They had just enough faith to walk through the storms…
  • They had just enough faith to trust in the unknown…
  • They had just enough faith to continue on without Jesus holding their hand…
  • But the bible says “the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said “it is a ghost! And they cried out in fear!”
  • They were believing…
  • They were trusting, they were trying…
  • Then out of nowhere fear was matched up against faith…
  • Let me say that sin makes you do stupid things…
  • Sin makes you say stupid things…
  • The disciples had been with Jesus…
  • They had seen the power of Jesus…
  • They had heard the words of Jesus…
  • And in the middle of the storm these grown men cried out in fear “it’s a ghost!”
  • Let me say that panic is the opposite of submission…
  • Anxiety and fear is the opposite of trust…
  • Emotionalism is the opposite of faith…
  • Oh but in panic, fear, and worry notice how close Jesus is to the heart of the weary…

The faith of Peter…(Matthew 14:28-33)

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 

  • Notice that in the midst of panic, fear, and anxiety Peter knew the voice of the Father…
  • Oh even though his eyes could not see He had the word of the Father…
  • Can I tell you that even when you can’t see the end our God has spoken…
  • He (Jesus) said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 
  • Notice that Peter had not placed His eyes fully upon Jesus…
  • Peter could only hear the voice of Jesus…
  • The bible records the raging sea, the heavy waves, and to add on an episode of Ghost Hunters…
  • Yet Peter got out of the boat, walked on water, and went to Jesus…
  • Think with me on this…
  • I believe Peter believed in Jesus with all his heart…
  • I believe Peter trusted the power of Jesus and the authority of Jesus…
  • In so much that he was able to step out within a situation that within human standards would have surely cost him his life…
  • Peter stretched out one foot across the rail of the boat…
  • Peter swung his body on the other side of the boat…
  • Peter stepped out on top of the water…
  • Oh maybe your here and God is calling you to take just one step toward Jesus…
  • Maybe your here and God is calling you to just believe…
  • Are you willing to get out of the boat that your stuck in?
  • Are you willing to stretch out and reach toward Jesus?
  • Are you willing to leave behind pain, struggle, depression, and fear?
  • Are you willing to live through eyes of faith?
  • Oh I wonder are you willing to step out toward Jesus?
  • Listen to me closely…
  • Trusting Jesus will enable you to do things you’ll never be able to do on your own…
  • Trusting Jesus will empower you to go places you’ll never be able to go on your own…
  • This mere man named Peter was standing in the glory of the Lord by and through faith…
  • For just a moment Peter was fixated more on Jesus that he was in fear of the surroundings…
  • For just a moment Peter put on display the life that you and I are called toward…
  • Within the depths of His heart Peter was fully satisfied with Jesus…
  • Almost as to say “fear has to go…”
  • “Worry has to go…”
  • “Panic has to go…”
  • For my eyes have seen the Lord and behold He is good!
  • But the bible records the main issue within our heart…
  • The bible states…

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.“”

  • Why did he see the wind?
  • Why was he afraid?
  • Why did he begin to sink?
  • Why did he cry out in fear of losing his life?
  • Get your eyes submission before the Lord…
  • Hear me…
  • You can’t unsee things that you’ve seen…
  • Peter shifted His eyes off of the Savior and onto the situation…
  • The wind caught his eye…
  • The waves grabbed his attention…
  • The circumstance demanded his emotion…
  • Can I tell you this morning that the enemy wants you to get your eyes fixated on the problems within our day…
  • The enemy wants you to look to the magnitude of the brokenness…
  • Because if you’ll just look at the situation you’ll believe the lies…
  • Oh could we get our eyed upon the Savior…
  • Could we get our eyes submissive before the Lord…
  • Because I have seen the goodness of the Lord…
  • Is the glory of the Lord enough for you?
  • Do you need something else or someone else?
  • Because I don’t believe that we see the works of the Lord and leave dissatisfied…
  • The bible records that when man sees the beauty of the Lord that the only response is “woe is me! For I am ruined! I have seen the glory of the Lord!”
  • No, No, No….
  • We are not dissatisfied…
  • Peter was fully satisfied in trusting the Lord…
  • Peter said “Oh God if it’s you command me to come to you upon the water.”
  • Jesus spoke out “come.”
  • Peter had not seen the Lord…
  • Peter had not recognized the Lord…
  • Yet Peter was walking in the center of the will of God within the full power of God…
  • I believe with all my heart that Peter wasn’t dissatisfied…
  • Peter was simply distracted…
  • Just like you and me…
  • Our eyes are submissive to the situation rather than the Lord…
  • And we see that when Peter had his eyed upon the Lord that he stood within the glory of the Lord fully satisfied within the Lord.
  • Oh hear me this morning, submit yourselves, with all that you are and all that you have unto God!
  • Let whatever it is that is keeping you from the Lord, let it go…
  • Let the feelings of betrayal go…
  • Let the bitterness growing inside go…
  • Let the disappointment go…
  • Let the worry go…
  • You know that it’s a choice right?
  • The enemy will make you believe that its more than that…
  • The enemy will make you believe that its about the other person…
  • The enemy will make you believe that you deserve justice and you deserve answers…
  • Oh you’ll never find your life until you lay it down…
  • You will never hear the word of God until you hit your knees…
  • Submit!
  • Submit with your whole heart.
  • Submit yourselves to God.

2. Resist the devil and he will flee.

  • Recorded in James 4, we see another charge to live within the authority of Christ…
  • Secondly, we see “Resist the device and he will flee.”
  • Resist his lies.
  • Resist his tactics and temptation.
  • Resist and refuse his misleadings.
  • Maybe your sitting here and your saying “How? How do I resist the devil?”
  • “He is in my marriage.”
  • “He is destroying my finances.”
  • “He is destroying my relationships.”
  • “He is destroying my joy.”
  • “How do you resist the devil?”
  • Oh I am glad you asked…
  • In the book of Nehemiah we see this come to life…
  • In Nehemiah chapter 1 we encounter a man depressed before the Lord.
  • We encounter a man broken down, heavy in burden, and full of anxiety…
  • Listen to how this unfolds…

Nehemiah
And they said to me,”The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.“”

  • Notice there is always time for bad news…
  • There is always time for criticism, gossip, and discouragement…
  • No matter the season in life that your walking in, there is always a group of people in life ready to broadcast to your soul the bad news…
  • Oh when it comes to bad news, there passionate, zealous, and urgent…
  • Where is this in good times?
  • Where is the longing to encourage?
  • Where is the desire to build someone up?
  • The bible says “and they said to me there is great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down and it’s gates are destroyed by fire.”
  • The bible records that as soon as Nehemiah heard this news he sat down.
  • In other words…
  • This news shook him to his core.
  • This news caught him off guard.
  • This news ran through his soul.
  • Nehemiah sat down and mourned for days.
  • Nehemiah couldn’t eat, he couldn’t sleep, and he couldn’t smile.
  • He was broken-hearted…
  • He was depressed and troubled before the Lord…
  • He felt forsaken and abandoned by the Lord…
  • He felt alone and stranded…
  • I wonder if this is common place among us today?
  • I wonder if you’ve ever been there?
  • I wonder if you have ever doubted in the private places of your heart if God is even listening to you?
  • I wonder if you have ever thought more about your pain than the promise?
  • You see, I believe Nehemiah had a moment just like you and I have…
  • I believe Nehemiah struggled just like you and I struggle.
  • It’s like this…
  • Maybe you spent years and years praying to have children…
  • Maybe you begged God.
  • Maybe you cried out to God.
  • Parents, do you remember how it felt to just imagine that you had kids?
  • Oh you imagined them always being obedient…
  • You imagined them being so sweet and so loving…
  • You imagined them being so respectful and so smart…
  • You imagined them being your best friend and nothing would ever separate this bond…
  • Oh it was going to be great!
  • Fast forward to dreaming about being a parent to actually being a parent…
  • Now you spend all your time praying to the Lord to fix these kids…
  • Oh it’s not quiet like you imagined…
  • There is tiresome nights when your lucky to get an hour of sleep…
  • There is crying…
  • There is sickness…
  • You didn’t think about the diaper season of life…
  • You didn’t think about the million times that you’d wear spit up…
  • You didn’t think about the fighting with siblings and selfish phase…
  • I began to think that Nehemiah is just like me and you…
  • He was a cup bearer to the King…
  • He was in the place of royalty and blessing…
  • Oh but with more blessing comes more pressure…
  • Nehemiah had the promise of God…
  • Nehemiah had the blessing of God…
  • Nehemiah had the favor of God…
  • But in an instant things changed…
  • The enemy had dropped a season of pain upon Nehemiah…
  • Mourning, sadness, depression, heartache, and a burden…
  • Oh but can I show you the heart of a man that resists the devil?
  • Can I show you the response of one walking with the Savior?
  • Because we all have these situation from time to time…
  • If you live long enough heartache will find us all…
  • Yet the difference is the foundation of Christ Jesus…
  • Listen to me…
  • In the good times I’ll choose to lift high the precious name of Jesus!
  • In the bad times I’ll choose to find my strength in the conquering name of Jesus!
  • Your heart must cry “Even so come, Lord Jesus, come”….
  • Nehemiah lift up his voice…
  • Nehemiah chose to worship rather than to remain in worry… 

And I said, “O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned.

  • In other words…
  • When I was down, when I was joyless, when I was broken-hearted, and just before I was deafened…
  • I’ll lift up my voice…
  • “O Lord God of Heaven!”
  • “You are great!
  • “You are awesome in power!”
  • “You are mighty in strength!”
  • “You are an overcomes!”
  • Oh this means I have the power of the Lord!
  • This means I have the strength of the Lord!
  • This means I too am an overcomer!
  • Nehemiah chose to declare in the season of hopelessness…
  • He chose to declare “watch, just watch what my God is about to do!”
  • Oh some of you here today need to lift up your confidence to declare back your problems “just watch what my God is gonna do.”
  • I am not saying you have to have the answer…
  • I am not saying you have to feel good about it…
  • Oh but I am saying you have to believe!
  • Believe that Christ is the Healer!
  • Christ is the Savior!
  • Christ is the Restorer!
  • Christ is the Physician!
  • Christ is the mountain mover and Christ is the chain breaker!
  • Listen to what happens…

Nehemiah 4…

  • Nehemiah left the King and left the palace…
  • Nehemiah left the comfort and the ease because of a burden…
  • Nehemiah declared in the name of the Lord that he would rebuild the walls!
  • As soon as he lifted up his voice here comes the enemy…
  • Can I tell you that as soon as you lift up your voice for Jesus you will be surrounded by critics, skeptics, and gossips…
  • Here came Sanballet…
  • Here came Tobiah…
  • Here came the Arabs and the Ammonites…
  • Nehemiah 4:7-9 records this unfolding…
  • The bible says…

But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry. And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night.

  • Oh did you see it?
  • Did you hear the battle plan?
  • Did you hear the secret to resisting the devil?
  • Did you pick up on how to make the devil flee?
  • Nehemiah declared “And we prayed!”
  • What if?
  • Oh can I tell you I that no matter the situation…
  • No matter the circumstance…
  • No matter the pain…
  • No matter the confusion…
  • No matter the heartache or depression…
  • If you’ll add unto your actions “and we prayed!”
  • If you’ll just build within your behavior “and we prayed!”
  • If you’ll become and expert in the area of “and we prayed!
  • You will see the walls be rebuilt in your life!
  • You’ll see the glories of God raised afresh within you!
  • You’ll see the marvelous workings of the Holy Spirit of God around you!
  • Resisting the tactics comes from crying out aloud unto the authority of King Jesus!
  • Oh when you refuse the lies of the enemy…
  • When you lift up your voice unto King Jesus…
  • Resisting the devil, raising your praise unto Jesus, indeed the Satan must flee.
  • At the name of Jesus, fear must go.
  • At the name of Jesus, pain must go.
  • At the name of Jesus, the dead must live.
  • At the name of Jesus, the enemy must flee.
  • Resist the evils of the devil and he will flee.

3. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

  • First, you must submit with all that you are and all that you have unto Christ…
  • Secondly, you must resist the lies of the devil and know that in the name of Jesus he will flee…
  • And the last thing I want to leave you with is knowing that if you’ll draw near to God, He will draw near to you!
  • If you’ll leave behind the distractions…
  • If you’ll leave behind the temptation…
  • If you’ll leave behind the luring of the evil one…
  • And if you’ll draw near to Jesus, oh the bible declares that indeed Jesus will draw near to you…
  • Just as Peter took one step toward Jesus…
  • He stepped out of the boat and on to the water toward Jesus…
  • Oh Jesus was closer to him that he thought He was…
  • Oh Jesus was close enough to embrace him in the storm…
  • Jesus was close enough to save him in the midst of trouble…
  • Draw near to God and our God will draw near to you…
  • Just one cry toward heaven gets the attention of God…
  • Just one prayer of repentance gets to the heart of God…
  • Just one move towards Jesus unveils the love of God…

The Prodigal Son…

  • We see this all throughout scripture…
  • Yet, we see this most clearly in the scriptures with the report of the Prodigal Son…
  • We read about a man who had 2 sons…
  • The younger son said unto his father “I’m moving out. Would you give me my inheritance?”
  • “I am ready to do things my way.”
  • “I am through listening you, no disrespect but I can do things better my own way.”
  • Yet the bible says that the young man took all of his inheritance and blew it on fast living and bad choices…
  • Now and famine came upon the land and the young man had not prepared or retained anything financially.
  • The bible records that this young man was caught in riotous living…
  • Unruly, rowdy, uncontrollable, unmanageable, and lawless living…
  • Yet there came a day that the young man was in want…
  • Let me say it like this…
  • He began to think clearly…
  • He began to asses himself with clear judgement…
  • He began to want more than temporary materialism…
  • He began to long for more than a grab at popularity, fortune, and fame…
  • He began seeking for satisfaction, meaning, and purpose…
  • But he had wondered so far away…
  • He had lost his way and wandered within the depths of shame…
  • The bible records that this young man was lost and filled with so much shame…
  • He went from the royalties of the King to begging to be fed with the slop bucket of pigs…
  • Can I tell you that sin will take you way off course…
  • Can I tell you the lies of the enemy will progress you within bitterness…
  • Can I tell you that pride and arrogance will blind you of the riches of Christ…
  • Let me ask you…
  • Do you remember when all you wanted to do was trust Jesus?
  • Do you remember when all you wanted to do was act out in faith?
  • Oh you looked for every opportunity you could find to lift up the name of Jesus…
  • You would go to the supermarket just hoping you could share the wonderful name of Jesus…
  • You wished for people to come to you with problems so you could share with them the good news of Jesus…
  • You had no arrogance…
  • You had no bitterness…
  • You had no pride…
  • And you had no experience…
  • Oh you just wanted to trust Jesus!
  • Maybe your here and you’ve had a few years of experience…
  • Maybe your here and you’ve got some tenure within your walk with Jesus…
  • But maybe your here and your just trying to do this thing on your own…
  • Maybe your thinking “no offense Jesus but if you’d just give me the blessing and get out of the way I can handle this thing on my own.”
  • I mean you’ve got your own dreams…
  • You’ve got your own desires…
  • You’ve got your own way…
  • And here you are years into this thing and you’ve wandered so far away…
  • You’ve went through a season of famine…
  • No spiritual growth…
  • No presence of Christ…
  • No relationship with Christ…
  • Everything in you and around you feels like its dying…
  • Maybe it’s worse than you thought it would ever be…
  • Maybe you’ve gotten to the place where you swore you’d never let it get to…
  • Maybe you keep finding yourself doing things that your swore you’d never do…
  • Maybe you have went from the royalties of the King to the slop bucket of sin…
  • And you just don’t know what to do anymore….
  • Are you sitting in the seat week in a week out and your just afraid?
  • Are you hearing the word of God and feeling the truth of God but your just numb?
  • Are you settling for the slop bucket of the pigs in your spiritual life?
  • Oh can I tell you God want to show the world what He can do through you!
  • Our God doesn’t save you to sit you…
  • Or God saves you to send you…
  • Oh whatever you have He wanted it…
  • Whatever you’ve done He will restore it…
  • But the bibles says it like this….
  • “But when he came to himself…”
  • Do you know what this means?
  • Do you know what it means to come to yourself?
  • It means that you are wandering along doing the same old things that you’ve been doing…
  • Maybe your stuck in sin, maybe your stuck in shame, maybe your trying to justify your lifestyle…
  • Oh but then Jesus passes by…
  • The love of Jesus comes calling…
  • In this moment the Prodigal Son remembered the love of the Father…
  • In an instance the Prodigal Son was awakened to the heart of God…
  • The Prodigal Son said “rather than begging for the food of pigs, oh I can go to the Father.”
  • My Father’s servants have more than enough…
  • Oh I’ll rise and go to the Father…
  • I’ll stand to my feet and go to the one who loves.
  • I’ll get up out of this shame and go the one who provides.
  • I’ll get up out this misery and go to the one who is good.
  • Oh and as soon as the Prodigal Son made it to the property line…
  • The Father was looking from afar…
  • As soon as the Prodigal Son drew near to the Father, did you know that the Fahter drew near to him…
  • The Father ran from afar and embraced the son full of compassion…
  • Oh the Father gave him a kiss…
  • The Father declared get the best robe, put a ring on his finger, and shoe shoes on his feet…
  • Oh can I tell you that if your here today and your waiting…just take a step towards Jesus!
  • Can I tell you that if your here today and your ashamed…just look up, the Father is near!
  • Draw near to God and He will draw near to you!

In love,
Pastor Tyler 

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