As he has opportunity, Pastor Streeter has been preaching on the attributes of God. The sermon “God is Truth, Therefore . . .” will be a blessing to many people. The inspiration, inerrancy, and preservation of Scripture is discussed. What Pastor Streeter says about God’s promises, especially His promises to old people and the dying, will provide comfort. We can trust God based upon the fact that he is truth. You can hear this sermon here. (151018)
The Omnipotence of God
This sermon is on one of the attributes of God, His Omnipotence. Pastor Streeter has been thinking, studying, meditating, and thinking a lot about the attributes of God, because we cannot love God or worship Him as we should unless we know Him better, and we get to know Him better by knowing more about His attributes, i.e., Who He Is! (150412)
Verses 45-46 “And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
There is a time to rest, but not when the Lord calls us to the work. There is a time to sleep, but not in the hour when the Lord says, “Fast and pray.” The Lord is counting on us to pray, a work that has a high priority among the works that we must do.
by Lloyd Streeter
The following article was written after Memorial Day in 2002 following the attack on the Twin Towers in New York. Almost 3000 people died on that day, September 11,2001.
Memorial Day has been observed. Thousands of speeches have been delivered and millions of words have gone into print and have been broadcast in the media. We pray that most Americans had a reflective, prayerful, and grateful day of remembrance of those who gave their lives in defense of our freedoms. We honor those who died, those who lost their health or limbs, and the families who suffered. We salute the men and women who are fighting for America today. Our children and grandchildren would have a dismal future if it were not for those who fought for America in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and in the War on Terror.
Some things are clear now, much clearer than they were on September 11. We know now that America is being attacked because of our Judeo-Christian heritage and because of America’s support for Israel. Osama Ben Laden said in a video broadcast two weeks ago that his kind will continue to attack America because we are friends to the Jews. Osama and his kind do not want Israel to exist. Out of hatred for the Jews they will bomb, kill, and destroy. But America should never cease to support Israel. God will never allow the Jews to be completely destroyed because He has a great future for them according to Bible prophecy. There will one day be a world-wide Jewish kingdom when Jesus Christ sits on the throne of David at Jerusalem. In that day, there shall be unending peace, prosperity, good will, and universal good health for all of earth’s inhabitants. Until that kingdom age of our Lord Jesus Christ arrives, we should remember that the nations of the world are going to be judged by God for how they treat the Jews. In Genesis 12:1-3, we read what God said at the time that He called Abraham and elected Israel to be His chosen people. He said to Abraham, “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
During the present crisis, we should try to be at our best spiritually and morally. When England was being bombed every night and every day in WW II, Winston Churchill gave a stirring speech in which he expressed the hope that a thousand years later the world would still be saying, “This was their finest hour.”
So we ask, will this be one of our finest hours? If we are to be at our best, we must lay aside partisan politics as they relate to the war. It does no good to point fingers and try to fix blame on one another for the September 11 attack. When some senators tried to do that recently, they did not serve their country well.
If we are going to be at our best, we must be grateful for America. We have enjoyed both bounty and safety. These are gifts from God. Remember that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” [James 1:17] Thank God for all His blessings on America!
If we are to be at our best, reliance on God must replace self trust. David wrote, “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.” [Psalm 119:67] There was a renewed interest in religion after September 11, but we have already begun to let that slip away. We cannot afford the error of self reliance. Our hope must be in the Lord.
If we are to be at our best, we must hold high our President and our military. Hold them high in your prayers. Hold them high in your support. We must not allow our armed forces to be weakened or our intelligence community to be decimated. Jesus taught us that “When a strong man armed keepth his palace, his goods are in peace: but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.” [Luke 11:21-22]
On September 16, the first Sunday after the attack on America, I said in my morning sermon, “It may be that President Bush has come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” I was, of course, referring to the passage in the Old Testament book of Esther. It has certainly proven to be true that President Bush has served our country well. He is not bashful about his faith in God. He bows his head while others are leading in prayer instead of looking all around the room or talking to others. He prays publicly, leading his country in prayer. He has said often in personal letters and to individuals on a personal basis, “Thank you for your prayers. It means a lot to me.”
The President is relying on God. He has not made many mistakes. He deserves our support.
When President Bush closed his address to the nation on September 13, he said, “Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safely and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a Power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: ‘Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.'” It was good to hear our President talk like this.
September 11 was a wake up call to America. God took center stage. He deserves to be there all the time and forever! Wake up, America! Wake up, Christians! Do right and be right! The Bible says, “Awake thou that sleepeth. . . .” [Ephesians 5:14]
Verses 35-43 “35And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:
36And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
37And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
38And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.
39And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.
40And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
41Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.
42And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
43And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.”
Mark tells us that the blind man was Bartimaeus. He is a man who could not be silenced or stopped when he prayed. It is a lesson to us that we must not let anything or anyone stop us from calling out to God in prayer. Especially is this true of a sinner who wants to be forgiven. When God convicts and moves a sinner to come to Him, that sinner will be determined to come to Christ. When the Devil tries to stop him, he should cry out “so much the more.”
6For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”
Verses 1-4 “1And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3Give us day by day our daily bread.
4And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”
When Jesus was praying, His disciples believed that they would like to pray that way–which, of course, raises the question of how Jesus was praying.Â No doubt, He prayed with earnestness and with joy in fellowship with His Heavenly Father.Â Does our prayer life cause others to want to have the same kind of experience?
This “Lord’s Prayer” consists of seven simple requests.Â Some people have said that we should not ask God for so much, that we should just talk to God about how much we love Him and about what a great God He is.Â Maybe we should do that sometimes, but prayer in its usual form is asking God for what we need.Â It is not selfish to ask God for what we need and for the desires of our hearts.Â That is how Jesus taught us to pray.Â The seven requests of this model prayer would make a good seven point sermon about the seven things we should desire.
13And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.”
Jesus prayed all night and, no doubt, a good deal of this prayer was about the choosing of His disciples, and still He chose Judas Iscariot.Â Jesus knew that Judas was an unbeliever, and yet chose him anyway, which tells us that God allows some “nonsensical” things to happen that His purpose might be worked out.
Verses 33-35 “33And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
34And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them?
35But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.”
Jesus taught that fasting for the purpose of prayer is most appropriate in times of sadness, distress, and great concern.Â It is not so appropriate at other times.Â Food is not so important when our hearts are heavy, when a loved one is deathly ill, or when we are greatly burdened for an unsaved soul.Â In those times, we are so intent on holding to God in prayer that we forget about food.Â That is good Scriptural fasting.Â When we fast we should tell no one about it, or at least we should not make a show of it.Â The Pharisees fasted all the time and wanted everyone to know about it so that they would be considered very religious and pious.Â Unfortunately for people who make such a show of their fasting, their prayers do not get any higher than their eye brows.
This prayer of Peter’s, found in I Peter 5:10, is a good one for each of us to pray for ourselves and for others as we enter into the New Year. (881225)