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The Wilderness-Part 3 of 3
Making the Impossible Possible

"And he humbled thee. And suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live" (Deut 8:3 [Deut 8:1-6]).

Intro: Through life we focus on many things but much of our lives are filled with taking care of the person we see in the mirror every morning. Most people give God less than 4% of their time. God takes us into the wilderness. He wants to spend time with us; He sees spiritual needs.

I. ‑God Is Likely to Use the Most Unlikely to Make the Impossible Possible.

A. Water standing up-right (Ex. 14:21, 22)

B. Fire without power (Dan. 3:23-27)

C. A baby's birth (Matt. 1:21-23)

D. A man's faith (Acts 16:30, 31)

II. God Is Revealed Through His Word

A. We are sanctified through the Word (John 17:17).

B. The Word is the seed sown in men's hearts (Luke 8:11).

C. Blessed are they that hear the Word (Luke 11:28).

D. Faith cometh by hearinghearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

E. The sword of the Spiritthe Word of God (Eph. 6:17)

F. The Word is a discerner of thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb. 4:12).

G. His name is the Word of God (Rev. 19:13).

III. God Works Through His Word.

A. The answer is in God's word (2 Tim. 3:16, Ps. 119:105).

B. Spend time finding the answer (2 Tim. 2:15).

C. Listen to what God is saying (1 Thess. 2:13b).

D. Respond to the Word. (James 1:22).

Conclusion: Charles Spurgeon tells of a man who was condemned to death by starvation. As the judge pronounced the sentence he asked the condemned man this question, "And what can your God do for you now?" The man replied, "If God wanted to he could feed me from your table. The judge's wife heard that this man was sentenced to starve to death so she visited him in prison and took him food until he gained his freedom. God specializes in making the impossible possible.

Douglas Reiche
First Assembly of God
Sparta, IL

The Prayer of the Righteous

Psalm 4

I. Prayer to the God of Righteousness (1)

A. Answer me

B. Hear me

II. Preaching to the Sons of Men (2-5)

A. The sons of men and their reproach (2)

B. The godly man and his Lord (3-5)

1. Do not sin

2. Trust in the Lord

III. Praises to the Lord Jehovah (6-8)

A. Gladness in my heart (6-7)

B. Dwelling in Your safety (8)

Bill Taylor

When God Says No

Intro.: God answers prayers sometimes by saying "yes"; sometimes He says "wait"; but sometimes He says "no."

I. We are to Pray in His Name

A. ‑John 14:6; John 14:13-14; John 16:23-24.

B. What it means to pray in God's name:

1. To pray with His approval

2. To pray for His glory

3. To pray in His authority

II. ‑We Are to Pray in the Spirit; Eph. 6:18; Jude 1:20.

A. In our weakness

B. To make our prayer acceptable.

1. We need to be under the Blood.

III. We Are to Be in the Will of God.

A. Prayer is not bending God to our will, but conforming our will to His (Rom. 12:1-2).

B. The prayer that gets to heaven is the prayer that starts in heaven.

C. We can ask for personal needs but not selfish desires (James 4:1-3).

1. Asking amiss (James 4:1.3)

2. ‑Seek first the Kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33).

D. Examples of "no" answers: Luke 12:13-15, Matt. 20:20-21

IV. We Are to Pray in Obedience

A. God would only reinforce our sin nature if He granted selfish prayers. Texts: Ps. 66:18; Isa. 1:15; Isa. 59:1-4; 1 Sam. 8:18; Eze. 9:6; 1 John 3:22

B. Beware of sins of omission as well as commission (Prov. 21:13; Luke 6:38).

V. We Are to Pray in Fellowship.

A. Forgive others (Mark 11:25-26)

B. Especially forgive spouses (1 Pet. 3:7)

VI. Pray in Faith

A. Believe and receive (Matt. 21:22)

B. If we do the first 5 (above), #6 will come automatically.

Conclusion: We cannot pray in the name of Jesus if we have not asked Him to be our Savior.

Adrian Rogers
Adapted from a Love Worth Finding sermon

A King's Dream of Destiny

Daniel 2:1-30

Intro.: This chapter is in some ways the most important prophetic chapter in the Bible, as it contains the "ABC of prophecy." It should be read in conjunction with Daniel chapt. 7 and Revelation chapts. 13 and 17. Chapter 2 centers around the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of the greater part of the known civilized world. Here, we find that he was terribly disturbed by a dream. Notice:

I. Three Things About the King:

A. His dream (v. 1) was a nightmare, and dreams were believed to be portentious.

B. His dilemma (vv. 2-8; 10-11). He could not remember the dream, so the "sorcerers" [users of horoscopes and incantations] and "Chaldeans" [the priestly class] were unable to offer interpretations.

C. His decree (vv 9, 12, 13a). He ordered the destruction of them all. This included Daniel and his friends (v. 13b).

II. Three Things About Daniel:

A. His desire (vv. 14-16). He sincerely believed that God could and would reveal the dream and give the interpretation of it.

B. His devotion (vv. 17-23). Daniel shared his problem with his 3 friends (v. 17), held a prayer meting (v. 18), received the answer to their prayer (v. 19), and gave all the glory to God (vv. 20-23).

C. His declaration (vv. 24-30). Daniel must have been very excited as he went in to see Arioch (v. 24), and then the king (vv. 25-28). Again, he was careful to give God the glory (v. 29).

III. Three Things About the Dream:

A. It was divine in origin (v. 28). Before the canon of Scripture was completed, God often spoke to individuals through dreams (cf. Job 33:15-16; Joel 2:28).

B. It was clear in its details (vv. 31-35)

1. ‑The image (vv. 31-22): the head was made of gold; the breast and arms were of silver; the belly and thighs were of copper [not brass, which is an alloy]; the legs of iron; and the feet and toes were partly of iron and partly of clay.

2. ‑The great stone smote the image on the feet (vv. 34-35).

C. It was prophetic. The king was given a panorama of history "of the times of the Gentiles (Luke 21:24), covering at least 2500 years, which will conclude with the Second Coming of Christ (vv. 36-45).

IV. Three Things About the Interpretation:

A. It was and is comprehensive in scope.

1. The golden head=the Babylonian Empire

2. The breast and arms=the Medo-Persian Empire

3. The belly and thighs=the Grecian Empire'

4. The iron legs=the Roman Empire

5. The feet and toes=the last Gentile government before the Lord comes (often assumed to be a revived Roman Empire under Antichrist). ‑The Stone is Christ, the Rock of Ages, who will set up His own glorious kingdom.

B. It was and is certain in its fulfillment. All but the final portions have already been fulfilled.

C. It was and is challenging in its demand. If God is sovereign in the affairs of men and nations, if He has a plan which He has revealed in His Word, if His Son is coming to put down human governments and establish His own rule, if we are living in the last days, then surely those of us who love and serve the Lord should be very careful how we love-look up 2 Pet. 3:11-14.

Francis Dixon's Bible Study Notes, Words of Life Ministries

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