Being used by God means being always Prepared

Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 20:13-25

If you read the last post, Gifts from God are for His Purposes, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

As we pick up from last time you will remember that King Ahab and Ben-Hadad have been having a heated exchange of words. Ben-Hadad & 32 allies are ready to attack & Ahab is preparing to fight. As Ben-Hadad commands his men to get ready, a prophet tells Ahab that he is going to be victorious. Ahab goes on to learn that he would begin the fighting, alongside 232 young men followed by 7,000. Israel goes out to fight and wins a great victory sending Ben-Hadad and his allies fleeing. The prophet came back to King Ahab and told him to get ready because the enemy would soon return. Trying to reconcile their great defeat the Syrians conclude that Israel’s God was the God of the hills and if the fighting had happened in the plains they would have been victorious.

The Application:

Where did these young men come from? These guys must’ve been the “Rambo’s” of their day. They were Israel’s “special ops” and were ready to go. Ben-Hadad and his army were getting drunk and celebrating.

Where did the 7,000 come from? It is interesting that in 19:18 God says He has 7,000. I am not sure if it is the same bunch, but we do know they were ready. Can you imagine if it were the same group? For a time, God had them hid away. No doubt they wished to be out living. But now, when needed, they were ready.

Notice God didn’t allow Ahab a time of celebration. Even after a great victory he is instructed to get ready to fight again. God didn’t want them to end up like Ben-Hadad and lose a war due to being drunk with the current victory.

Being used by God means being always prepared. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (Philippians 4:5) Moderation-we are to avoid extremes. Doing so allows us to always be prepared.

A guy gets saved, gets up the next day to go out and serve God. At his door is a large boulder keeping him from getting out. He goes back and prays with one result, God says PUSH. So for the rest of the day he pushes without moving the rock one inch. He does the same for the next day, week, month. Finally he quits. He tells God this is not what he had in mind when decided to serve. God tells him to go look into the mirror. He is Atlas. No matter where God has you or what He has you doing know it is in preparation. Being used by God means being always prepared.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Proverbs – God’s Wisdom

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Bible Text: Proverbs

Proverbs – God’s Wisdom

In this Old Testament overview sermon the book of Proverbs is the focus.  These statements of wisdom using few words offer biblical comparisons of wisdom and ignorance.

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Gifts from God are for His Purposes

Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 20:13-25

The Story:

As we pick up from last time you will remember that King Ahab and Ben-Hadad have been having a heated exchange of words. Ben-Hadad & 32 allies are ready to attack & Ahab is preparing to fight. As Ben-Hadad commands his men to get ready, a prophet tells Ahab that he is going to be victorious. Ahab goes on to learn that he would begin the fighting, alongside 232 young men followed by 7,000. Israel goes out to fight and wins a great victory sending Ben-Hadad and his allies fleeing. The prophet came back to King Ahab and told him to get ready
because the enemy would soon return. Trying to reconcile their great defeat the Syrians conclude that Israel’s God was the God of the hills and if the fighting had happened in the plains they would have been victorious.

The Application:

What a surprise for King Ahab! God is going to let him win! But, the prophet is sure to remind him that it is so he would know that, “Yahweh is God.” This victory would be a gift from God for Ahab. Before he flexed his muscles and bragged about his amazing military mind, God let him know that it was not about him.

Many times in life you and I get to be part of wonderful things. Remember, it is not about us. Gifts from God are for his purposes. Have you experienced healing? It was for God’s purposes. Have you come into increase? It was for God’s purposes.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Psalms, God’s People’s Hymn Book

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Bible Text: Psalms

Psalms

In these 150 songs and prayers we learn about God and how to respond to Him.  Listen to this overview sermon on the Old Testament book, Psalms.

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Never count your chickens before they hatch

Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 20:1-12

If you read the last post, Some people just want a fight, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

We have left Elijah and Elisha for a while and get to focus on King Ahab. Ben-Hadad King of Syria, along w/32 other Kings, was on the warpath. Approaching Israel he sends word to Ahab requesting all of his silver, gold, wives, and children. To avoid a war Ahab consents, but Ben-Hadad sends back for more. Ben-Hadad now wishes to have complete possession and control. Ahab calls his elders together and explains how he tried to avoid war, but Ben-Hadad seems to just be looking for a fight. They advise Ahab to not consent. Ben-Hadad responds w/a threat to which Ahab responds w/his own threat. At this point Ben-Hadad orders his armies to prepare for battle.

The Application:

We have, of course, used this application before in 1 Kings. However, it is very unique in this situation, because in his stand Ahab replies this way to Ben-hadad. He says, “One who is just preparing for war shouldn’t boast as one who has just finished war. ” Or, “He who is just putting his armor on shouldn’t speak as one who is taking it off.”

After a ‘big-talking’ threat from Ben-hadad, Ahab replies with talk of his own. Only, Ahab’s talk is laced with wisdom and given in a more diplomatic manner. He essentially tells Ben-hadad that he shouldn’t count his chickens before they hatch!

While there is an application to be made there, I want to focus elsewhere since we have covered that application already. Let’s place our focus around Ahab’s manner in communication. Already we have established that he tried to avoid this conflict. Now, with war eminent, he still holds himself well: He remains composed, He chooses his words wisely, He stands his ground.

Keep your composure. Even when facing threats from a drunken savage, Ahab has manners and diplomacy. How many times do we find ourselves stooping to the level of those we are dealing with? Keep your composure.

Choose your words wisely. Once the composure is gone, the words begin to spew! Ahab gave a fitting reply full of wise words. Even while “talking smack” back to Ben-Hadad he said it in a way that would not later embarrass him or his nation.
“If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all…” When dealing with a Ben-hadad say what you must but be careful you don’t have to eat your words later.

Stand your ground. There are biblical grounds for us to ‘turn the other cheek’. But, sometimes we must stand our ground. Ahab was given the task as leader of the nation of God’s people. Once an outsider decided to try and completely take over Ahab had to stand his ground….So must we at times.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Victor Sholar Ephesians 3:14-21

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Bible Text: Ephesians 3:14-21

Victor Sholar Ephesians 3:14-21

On Sunday Evening, guest speaker Victor Sholar preached to us from Ephesians 3:14-21. Listen to this exposition of such a wonderful passage of scripture titled, “Praying your strength in the Lord.”

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Victor Sholar Ephesians 1:3-6

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Bible Text: Ephesians 1:3-6

Victor Sholar Ephesians 1:3-6 

The church has been blessed by the Father in Christ. Listen to this sermon from Ephesians 1 by our guest, Pastor Victor Sholar, from Lexington, KY.

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Some people just want a fight

Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 20:1-12

If you read the last post, Giving a little to save a lot, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

We have left Elijah and Elisha for a while and get to focus on King Ahab. Ben-Hadad King of Syria, along w/32 other Kings, was on the warpath. Approaching Israel he sends word to Ahab requesting all of his silver, gold, wives, and children. To avoid a war Ahab consents, but Ben-Hadad sends back for more. Ben-Hadad now wishes to have complete possession and control. Ahab calls his elders together and explains how he tried to avoid war, but Ben-Hadad seems to just be looking for a fight. They advise Ahab to not consent. Ben-Hadad responds w/a threat to which Ahab responds w/his own threat. At this point Ben-Hadad orders his armies to prepare for battle.

The Application:

Ahab tried his best to avoid war, but Ben-hadad (in his drunken stupor) was on the take.

Some people just want a fight. Even Jesus, our example in ‘cheek turning’, found that the religion of His day just wanted to fight. Notice Ahab’s actions once he became aware of this.

He resorted to a multitude of counselors. Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. (Proverbs 15:22) Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14) When we encounter someone who just wants to fight, we should depend upon the counsel of a multitude of faithful friends.

He operated boldly. When right, our boldness is merited and often our best defense. A bully is usually scared by someone actually willing to fight. Operate boldly once you have exhausted attempts to reconcile.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Call to Worship for Sunday, April 29th

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 Call to Worship is a weekly post to help prepare our hearts for corporate worship in our Sunday morning service. Click on the link above to see what is planned for this Sunday!

 

Job, Wisdom for Times of Trouble

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Bible Text: Job

Job, Wisdom for Times of Trouble

The story of Job is one of trouble, trial, and trust in God. Many times we cannot understand our trouble so we need to trust God. He can give us peace that surpasses our understanding.  We are limited, but God is unlimited!  Listen to this overview sermon of the Book of Job…

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Giving a little to save a lot

Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 20:1-12

The Story:

We have left Elijah and Elisha for a while and get to focus on King Ahab. Ben-Hadad King of Syria, along w/32 other Kings, was on the warpath. Approaching Israel he sends word to Ahab requesting all of his silver, gold, wives, and children. To avoid a war Ahab consents, but Ben-Hadad sends back for more. Ben-Hadad now wishes to have complete possession and control. Ahab calls his elders together and explains how he tried to avoid war, but Ben-Hadad seems to just be looking for a fight. They advise Ahab to not consent. Ben-Hadad responds w/a threat to which Ahab responds w/his own threat. At this point Ben-Hadad orders his armies to prepare for battle.

The Application:

In the end of our reading today we see Ahab stand his ground. However, in the beginning he tried his best to avoid a conflict. He was willing to give a little to save a lot. Ahab never gave a thing, he just communicated that he would.

This is a hard application for most to make in life. We feel so threatened or lacking where we stand that we act as if we lost just a little we might collapse. It is important that we ‘count the cost’ of the battle we are preparing to fight and decide which end would leave the most.

The only way you can ever come to such terms is to begin to be secure where you are. Know what you believe & be able to defend it. Be comfortable in the fact that not all will agree. Realize that some are not worth the fight.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Esther, God’s Deliverance

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Bible Text: Esther

Esther, God’s Deliverance

Romans 8:28 reads, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” The book of Esther is an excellent commentary on the doctrine that Paul is writing about here: the Providence of God – His working through the normal actions of people in the normal order of life.  Listen to this overview sermon of the book of Esther…

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Leave it all behind

Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 19:15-21

If you read the last post, It won’t always be you, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

In the reading tonight we come in as God tells Elijah to, “Go..”

He is putting him back to work, his rest is over. Anoint Hazael King of Syria. Anoint Jael King of Israel. Anoint Elisha prophet.

Next God tells Elijah that he is not alone, there is a remnant of 7000
who have not bowed to Baal. Elijah goes and finds Elisha and throws his mantle on him. Elisha settles his affairs and begins to follow Elijah.

The Application:

Elisha left his work. He left the oxen. He stopped working and tended to the business Elijah had.

Elisha left his family. On Elijah’s approval he went back long enough to say goodbye. But he left his family.

Elisha went so far as to burn any bridge allowing him to return. Notice Elisha’s extreme actions: He killed his oxen. He burned his tools. He cooked the oxen with the fire from the tools. Elijah left all and had a feast to commemorate it! Jesus alludes to this in Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” In following Jesus we must leave the old life behind.

Many need to leave it all behind like Elijah. Sure there are bridges in life that we need not burn. But the bridges to our old life/self need to be permanently destroyed. We should leave no option for ever becoming that person again.

Leave it and as you go have a feast to celebrate your new life!

The Conclusion:

Go, Realize it won’t always be you, Leave it all behind.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Nehemiah – Rebuilding

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Bible Text: Nehemiah

Nehemiah Rebuilding

The book of Nehemiah contains the narrative of God’s people rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Appropriately, there is also an account of the spiritual building up of these same people. They are revived, covenant is renewed, but still in need of a redeemer. Listen to this sermon in the series of overview sermons in the Old Testament about the book of Nehemiah.

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It won’t always be you

Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 19:15-21

If you read the last post, Rest is over, go, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

In the reading tonight we come in as God tells Elijah to, “Go..”

He is putting him back to work, his rest is over. Anoint Hazael King of Syria. Anoint Jael King of Israel. Anoint Elisha prophet.

Next God tells Elijah that he is not alone, there is a remnant of 7000
who have not bowed to Baal. Elijah goes and finds Elisha and throws his mantle on him. Elisha settles his affairs and begins to follow Elijah.

The Application:

In verse 16 God tells Elijah that Elisha will become prophet in his place. He sends him to go and anoint him. Elijah finds him in verse 19 and casts his mantle upon him. This is a symbolic way of transferring the prophetic power from one man to the next.

Notice Elijah’s actions. He simply goes to Elisha as God told him to do. He doesn’t argue with God that there didn’t need to be a different prophet. He doesn’t explain to God how he can still handle this.

When he finds him he immediately gives him the mantle. He doesn’t interview Elisha to make sure he will be a good fit. He doesn’t ask around about Elisha. He doesn’t even plan a retirement ceremony with the “traditional passing of the mantle ritual”! Elijah realized his time was coming to a close…he realized “it won’t always be you.”

Notice Elisha’s actions. He was working. Elisha wasn’t sitting around trying to decipher God’s will. Elisha was busy doing what he knew to do. He set things in order and went.

It won’t always be you. Be ready to pass off the duty God has trusted you with to the next person. When their time comes, let them have it (i.e. cast his mantle upon him). If you are the “Elisha” in this situation, be ready and willing.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Mark 16 – When the Sabbath was Past

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Bible Text: Mark 16:1-20

When the Sabbath was Past

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!  After the Sabbath was past Jesus’ followers found hope revealed, the sacrifice fulfilled, and a commission instilled. Listen to this sermon from Easter Sunday about the resurrection of Christ.

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Rest is over, Go

Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 19:15-21

The Story:

In the reading tonight we come in as God tells Elijah to, “Go..”

He is putting him back to work, his rest is over. Anoint Hazael King of Syria. Anoint Jael King of Israel. Anoint Elisha prophet.

Next God tells Elijah that he is not alone, there is a remnant of 7000
who have not bowed to Baal. Elijah goes and finds Elisha and throws his mantle on him. Elisha settles his affairs and begins to follow Elijah.

The Application:

Elijah has completed amazing tasks for God. God has allowed him a time of renewal. Now that time is over and God says, “Go…”

Go, return on thy way… Get back to what I have called you to do. Anoint Hazael & Jehu kings. When you are done with that find Elisha and prepare him to become your replacement.

Many Christians are stuck in the constant state of rest. Constantly discouraged, worn, and needed refreshing. Never completing a task due to always tending to self.

This effects our churches. Churches cannot outreach due to such a large inreach. Pastors cannot focus outwardly due to always focusing inward.

Go! Eventually we as Christians are expected to mature and be more self sustaining. From here we become those in the church who do. Yes, there will be times for rest but only briefly.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Ezra – Renewal

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Bible Text: Ezra

Renewal

When is the last time you had a spiritual reformation? The book of Ezra recounts Israel’s renewal consisting of restoration and reformation.

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A Final Word from The Lord

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Applications from 1 Kings 

1 Kings 19:9-14

If you read the last post, The Next Word from the Lord, please skip ahead to the application.

The Story:

As we finished last time, Elijah was beginning a journey that would take him 40 days and 40 nights. He arrives at Horeb and finds a cave to stay in. Here God says to him, “What are you doing here?” Elijah replies with his resume and then informs God that his life is in danger and he feels he needs to hide out. God tells him to go stand out on the mountain. A strong wind, earthquake, and fire come by, but God isn’t in them. Then Elijah heard a still small voice, and God was in the stillness. So Elijah went out of the cave and met with the voice of God.

The Application:

This final word, that comes in the form of a still small voice, simply asks again…”Why are you here?” The prophet is drained of his strength. He needs the God of the Stillness. Sure there is a lesson in the fire/wind/quake, but Elijah needs to be comforted, encouraged, and strengthened. God speaks to him in a still small voice for this purpose.

God asks the same question again to show Elijah the core of his problems. Yes, he is physically tired. Yes, his life has been threatened. But the core of the problem is that Elijah is in a place of feeling that nothing God will do or could do through him is enough. “We showed them God, but still some will not turn…” “These are a hopeless people and I might as well not even try…”

Elijah has a lack of faith in God as a result of the people’s actions. He isn’t blaming God, he is blaming the people. But, his doubt is saying God can’t or shouldn’t… God can, God will, but thankfully God is much more patient with wicked people than Elijah is (we are).

Even with Elijah, who of all people should remain in strong faith, God patiently deals in a still small voice. God is the God of the stillness and this is who Elijah needs now.

The Conclusion:

Did you notice how God communicated with Elijah? “…the Word of The Lord…” So it is with us, the God of the Stillness will speak to us through His Word.

Once in the stillness of the late midnight hour,
I felt the presence of the Lord’s saving power;
I fell on my knees, and cried to Him there,
Oh, merciful Savior, hear a lost sinner’s prayer.

Now every hour and every day,
In every moment, in every way;
I’m leaning on Jesus the rock of my soul,
I’m singing His praises wherever I go.

I’ll never forget that night on my knees,
The joy of that hour has never left me;
It’s life’s sweetest memory that time can’t erase,
I’m saved by His mercy, redeemed by His grace.

Pastor Chanc Strickland
Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

This blog post was adapted from a sermon preached at Harpeth Baptist Church in the summer of 2012.

Vacation Bible School

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2018 Vacation Bible School Online Registration

June 3-7, 2018 (Sun-Thurs)
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Bible Lessons, Games, Music, Snacks, and Prizes!

Discover God’s Forever Forgiveness! Through the lessons, children will learn about the life of Christ as seen through the eyes of Peter, and will discover the lasting forgiveness that only Christ can give.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…” (1 John 1:9).

VBS is FREE!  Registration by a parent or guardian is required.

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