Text: Deuteronomy 9:1-3
Title: They are Bigger and Stronger than You
Introduction: There can be no doubt that the Christian life is to be one of victory. But, if the challenge is less than you are able to bear, then the victory really is nothing more than what you can accomplish. Yet, this is the way that most of us hope to live our lives; not without challenge, but with a challenge whose stature is not as great as our own.
God, providentially, places giants along the pathway of every believer. We all face them. Not until our courage is the result of our trust that God knows what He’s doing and has the strength to do it, can we have any real sense of composure to face our giants.
I. How Did Joshua Have Courage
A. He was reminded of the command to be courageous.
B. He was reminded that God’s presence would be with him.
C. He was reminded that God’s promise was still intact.
II. When Courage Is Denied People Become Paralyzed
III. When Courage Is Demonstrated People Become Empowered
IV. Courage in the Face of Giants Results in Deliverance
Conclusion: Don’t let anyone tell you that your giants aren’t real. They are. In fact, they are bigger, stronger, meaner, and more powerful than you. Perfect! Because when they are defeated—and they can be—it is God that gets the glory. Are you ready to face your giants?
This is part one of this series. Please check back for part two.
Article by: Dr. Jeff Redlin
Senior Pastor, Front Range Baptist Church
Some People Are Offended By Christ
John 6:59-71 These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in . (60) Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? (61) When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? (62) What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? (63) It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (64) But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. (65) And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. (66) From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. (67) Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? (68) Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. (69) And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. (70) Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? (71) He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. Capernaum
Introduction: When we are out their knocking on doors, some are offended just because we knocked on their door.
Some are offended by the fact that a Baptist knocked on their door.
Some are offended because a Christian knocked on their door.
Some when we do get to talk to them have difficulty in what we say about Jesus. These are “hard sayings.”
The “hard” part is what a person must do to accept Him as the God that He is.
The hard part wasn’t the understanding; it is the giving of their heart to Jesus.
Jesus understood this and he started with this question: “Doth this offend you?”
Jesus continues and describes three things that offend men about Jesus and His claims.
The First Is:
I. CHRIST’S ACENSION & EXHALTATION (v 62)
A. If Man Accepts This Claim
1. He must surrender his life to God
2. He can no longer control his own life
i. Do the things he wishes to do
a. His “want to’s” must change
B. The False Disciple Is Unwilling To:
1. Look at Christ as the perfect sinless man.
i. As the Son of
2. He would then be required to pattern himself after Jesus.
i. Trying to do the best he can.
C. The False Disciple Is Unwilling To:
1. Submit Himself To Jesus
i. He is opposed to patterning himself after Jesus.
ii. Doesn’t want Jesus dominate over him
D. Jesus Said “where he was before.” (v 62)
1. This shows Jesus was preexistent
2. The God of all
i. Therefore; a man must submit to Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
The Second Is:
II. MEN ARE OFFENDED THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT QUICKENS (vv 63-64)
A. The Flesh Cannot Make Man Alive
1. Our flesh is a “Zero” effect
i. Man wants to keep
a. His youth
b. His physical attractiveness
c. His physical abilities
2. It is true that only the Holy Spirit quickens
i. It just offends us
ii. We want to be able to do it ourselves
B. Only the Spirit Can Quicken
1. Make man alive
2. Giving him eternal life
3. When we accept Jesus we start to live
i. As never before
C. There Are Some Who Do Not Believe
1. They do not have a faith to believe His Words.
i. Consequently; they do not have eternal life
ii. They do not have the Holy Spirit
a. They are only existing
b. Not living abundantly
c. They are not living eternally
iii. They do not have the unswerving knowledge of eternal life.
a. Always doubting
b. Always wondering
c. Never quite sure
The Third Is:
III. MEN ARE OFFENDED; IS THAT GOD DRAWS THEM. (v 65)
A. Only God Through His Son Saves
1. Only through the conviction by God
i. Can man be saved
ii. Can man have eternal life
2. No man is saved without God’s conviction
3. All men are lost without that conviction by God.
B. This Is What Disturbs People
1. They think being good
2. Doing extra good
i. Will get you to heaven regardless
ii. It is always me; not God
CONCLUSION: There were three responses to Jesus’ message.
1. Many disciples turned back and walked no more with the Lord. Why?
i. Jesus was claiming to be Lord
a. They had to deny themselves
b. Give all they were to Him
c. Give all they had to Him
ii. Jesus claimed He came down from Heaven
a. He was the Son of God
i. Some could not believe
iii. Jesus demanded total allegiance
a. Complete self-denial It cost to much.
2. One disciple spoke for all the Apostles that was Peter
i. Peter called Jesus Lord.
ii. Peter declared Jesus’ Word were Words of life
iii. Peter and the Apostles knew Jesus was
a. The Christ the Son of Man
b. The Holy one of God
3. There was one disciple who was a devil
i. Judas was a chosen man
a. Chosen to be saved
b. Chosen to be a minister of Christ
ii. Judas chose to be an adversary; an enemy of Christ
iii. Judas was a betrayer
a. A professed follower
b. A hypocrite
When we see this synopsis Jesus give us in these last few verses and we look back over the previous verses it tells us to stop and look at where we are and at where we are going.
We need to know before the last hour where it is that we will spend eternity.
We need to understand that it wasn’t my will that got me saved, nor yours.
It was my willingness to succumb to the conviction of my heart by God through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus doesn’t ask the capable to do His work He asks the ones with a willing heart.
It is those who are willing to serve Him. Not those who are unwilling.
God does use unwilling to get the willing to going.
Are you unwilling to call upon His name?
Do you understand what your reluctance can bring?
It can bring the wrath of God upon you. John the Baptist tells us in:
That wrath is eternal damnation and hell, burning forever.
That comes on you after death.
Jesus tells us in John:
We can have a glorious eternal life with Christ and never even know about the wrath of God. But How can I get this eternal glorious life.
God teaches us through out the Bible we must first believe He is what he says He is.
That is taught cover to cover in our Bible. It, the Bible, tells us in
John 3:7 “Ye must be born again.”
How can that be asked Nicodemus? Jesus tells us it is a spiritual rebirth not a physical one.
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.