Saturday, April 24, 2021

Threes a Crowd

Pericope: Exodus 40: 34-38 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set outuntil the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

Sermon Text:  Exodus 40: 38 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

Sermon Title:  Three is a Cloud…why you need the Holy Spirit

Point 1:  Cloud leading.  Vs 36 36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out.

Psalm 119:133 133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

He wants to do as them Proverbs say 3: 6 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Point 2:  Cloud lifted.  Vs 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set outuntil the day it lifted.

Exodus 33:16For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”

Point 3: Cloud filled. Vs 34-35 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

That is the same way Acts 2: 4 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Similar cloud Acts talks about Holy Spirit filling the house then filling or resting in the people. This tells me you can eat manna, quail and drink miracle water from a rock in the Wilderness but never have a filling of God’s presence. Let me break this down even further

a)   Presence but not present

b)   Proximity without personal connection

c)   God is a crowd pleaser

Life Application:

1. Follow the cloud the cloud doesn’t follow you.

2. It’s one thing to be present not just in his presence.

3. Ask yourself why you not in the Cloud

 

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

In Remembrance of These

 

Pericope: 2 Cor 1: 3-7 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

Sermon Text:  2 Cor 1: 4 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Point 1:  Comfort others. Vs 4 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Point 2:  Tap into the source. Vs 5 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

When you comfort others, you create a vertex, a welcoming comfort that comes back to you. Paul put it this way in Galatians. God not naked. Galatians 3: 26-27 26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

Point 3: Build up a reservoir.  Vs 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

Point 4: Move forward together. Vs 7 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

1 Thes 4: 13 3 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 1 Cor 15: 42, 53-54 (42) So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; (53) For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. (54) When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

Three's a Cloud: Why You Need the Holy Spirit

Review: Cloud leading, Cloud lifting, Cloud filled. Time to come be in the cloud in the crowd Pericope: Exodus 40: 34-38 34 T...