04 April 22, 2012 Matthew, Chapter 3, Verses 20

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04 April 22, 2012 Matthew, Chapter 3, Verses 20

  1. 1. Philippians 3:20April 22, 2012FIRST BAPTIST CHURCHJACKSON, MISSISSIPPI
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  9. 9. The MacArthur NewTestament Commentary,Copyright © Moody Pressand John MacArthur, Jr.,1983-2007.
  10. 10. Wait on the Lord bySteven P. Wickstrom
  11. 11. New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  12. 12. What are we waiting for?
  13. 13. Philippians 3:20“For our citizenship is inHeaven, from which also weeagerly wait for a Savior,the Lord Jesus Christ;”
  14. 14. Because of Jesus’ promise toreturn, believers are to be:"awaiting eagerly therevelation of our Lord JesusChrist" 1 Cor 1:7, and
  15. 15. “we are to wait for Him fromHeaven, Whom God raisedfrom the dead, that is Jesus,Who rescues us from thewrath to come." 1 Thessalonians 1:10
  16. 16. Psalm 27:1414 “Wait for the LORD;Be strong and let your hearttake courage;Yes, wait for the LORD.”
  17. 17. So how are we to “eagerlywait” for Him?This word, wait is also foundin Isaiah 40:31.
  18. 18. Isaiah 40:31God texted this message to usthrough Isaiah over 2700 yearsago!
  19. 19. Isaiah 40:3131 “Yet those who wait forthe LORDWill gain new strength;(the major message of thispassage is about strength)
  20. 20. They will mountup with wings like eagles,They will run and not gettired, They will walk and notbecome weary.”Isaiah 40:31
  21. 21. In life - occasionally we soarlike an eagle,sometimes we run and don’tget tired,but most of life is lived at awalk.
  22. 22. So we must learn to walkwith the Lord (as Enoch did)and also to wait on the Lord.In doing so, we will gain newstrength!
  23. 23. Wait in Isaiah 40:31 comesfrom the Hebrew word – qavahwhich has both a literalmeaning and a figurativemeaning.
  24. 24. The literal meaning of theword qavah (wait) is:“to bind together like a cord”
  25. 25. Think of making a rope(cord) by twisting orweaving (binding) thinstrands together to form therope.
  26. 26. The more strands that aretwisted or woven together ina rope, the greater is itsstrength.
  27. 27. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV9 “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:
  28. 28. 10 If one falls down, hisfriend can help him up.But pity the man who fallsand has no one to help himup!
  29. 29. 11 Also, if two lie downtogether, they will keepwarm. But how can one keepwarm alone?
  30. 30. 12 Though one may beoverpowered, two candefend themselves.A cord of three strands isnot quickly broken.” Eccl 4:10-12
  31. 31. A piece of string cannot liftvery much weight because itdoes not have very manystrands in it.
  32. 32. A rope however can lifthundreds of poundsbecause it is made up ofmany strands.
  33. 33. When a rope lifts or pulls aload, it stretches a littlewhile it is working.As it stretches, theindividual strands are pulledcloser together.
  34. 34. Now imagine that One ofthose strands in the rope isUnbreakable!That One would be noneother than Jesus Christ!
  35. 35. While this “stress” is on therope, the individual strandsare pulled closer together,closer to the UnbreakableOne - to lift or to pull theload.
  36. 36. John 16:33“In the world you havetribulation (pressure),but take courage; I haveovercome the world.”
  37. 37. So our strength comesthrough being united withChrist.“I can do all things throughChrist, Who strengthensme.” Philippians 4:13
  38. 38. 2 Thessalonians 3:33 “The Lord is faithful, andHe will strengthen andprotect you from theevil one.”
  39. 39. The “rope” of our lives gainsus new strength by beingtwisted or woven or boundtogether with the Father,the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  40. 40. We are to entwine our livesaround His life while we arewaiting!A ropes strength remainsconstant even when it is notbeing used.
  41. 41. *When a rope is not beingused, what is it doing? The rope is “waiting.”*It “waits” for its Owner toput it to use.
  42. 42. So how exactly do we “wait”upon the Lord?
  43. 43. *The best analogy again isthis one of a rope made upof many strands.*The literal definition of“qavah” implies strengththrough numbers.
  44. 44. A rope is made up of manystrands and so is ourrelationship with God.*The more “strands” thatwe weave into ourrelationship with God, the
  45. 45. stronger that relationshipwill be.What strands make up ourrelationship with God?
  46. 46. • Pray without ceasing.1 Thessalonians 5:17We are practicing thepresence of God when wepray so we must show up forpractice.
  47. 47. • Read and Study the Bibledaily - 2 Timothy 2:15• Memorize the Word -Psalm 119:11• Meditate on His Word dayand night – Psalm 1:1-2
  48. 48. • Keep our focus on Jesus -Hebrews 12:22b “fixing our eyes on Jesus,the Author and Perfecter ofour faith,”
  49. 49. • Assemble with otherChristians –Hebrews 10:24-25
  50. 50. Hebrews 10:24-2524“and let us consider how tostimulate one another to loveand good deeds,25 not forsaking our ownassembling together, as is
  51. 51. the habit of some,but encouraging oneanother; and all the more asyou see the day drawingnear.” Hebrews 10:24-25
  52. 52. • Share the Gospel –Matthew 28:19-20, Luke 19• What are some other“strands” that we can weaveinto strengthening ourrelationship with God?
  53. 53. That is how we renew andgain new strength.That is how we rise up withwings like an eagles.
  54. 54. That is how we run throughlife and not get weary.That is how we walkthrough problems andadversity without fainting.
  55. 55. By weaving all the strandstogether, we “wait” uponthe Lord.So while we are waiting, weare to entwine our livesaround His life!
  56. 56. So the literal meaning of theword qavah (wait) is:“to bind together like a cord”
  57. 57. The figurative definition ofthe word “qavah” is:“to hope, to expect.”The figurative meaning of“qavah” conveysanticipation.
  58. 58. It is the same type ofwaiting that children do onChristmas morningwhile waiting for Mom andDad to get out of bed sothey can open presents.
  59. 59. It is also the same type ofwaiting that a child doeswhen told that theirGranddaddy built them aplayhouse and is coming topick them up and take them
  60. 60. to play in it for the first time!So the child stares out of thewindow expectantlyanticipating the arrival ofthe One who loves them.
  61. 61. Luke 2:25-3825 “And there was a man inJerusalem whose name wasSimeon; and this manwas righteous and devout,
  62. 62. looking for the consolationof Israel; and the Holy Spiritwas upon him.
  63. 63. 26 And it had been revealedto him by the Holy Spiritthat he would not see deathbefore he had seen theLord’s Christ.
  64. 64. 27 And he came in the Spiritinto the temple; and whenthe parents brought in theChild Jesus, to carry out forHim the custom of the Law,
  65. 65. 28 then he took Him into hisarms, and blessed God, and
  66. 66. said, 29 “Now Lord, You arereleasing Your bond-servantto depart in peace,According to Your word;30 For my eyes have seenYour salvation,
  67. 67. 31 Which You haveprepared in the presence ofall peoples,32 A LIGHT OFREVELATION TO THEGENTILES,
  68. 68. And the glory of Yourpeople Israel.”33 And His fatherand mother were amazed atthe things which were beingsaid about Him.
  69. 69. 34 And Simeon blessedthem and said to Mary Hismother, “Behold, this Childis appointed for the fall andrise of many in Israel, andfor a sign to be opposed—”
  70. 70. 35 and a sword will pierceeven your own soul—to theend that thoughts frommany hearts may berevealed.”
  71. 71. 36 And there was aprophetess, Anna thedaughter of Phanuel, of thetribe of Asher. She wasadvanced in years and hadlived with her husband
  72. 72. seven years after hermarriage,37 and then as a widow tothe age of eighty-four. Shenever left the temple,serving night and day with
  73. 73. fastings and prayers.38 At that very moment shecame up and began givingthanks to God, andcontinued to speak of Himto all those who were
  74. 74. looking for the redemptionof Jerusalem. Luke 2: 25-38
  75. 75. Until Christ returns,believers "groan withinthemselves, waiting eagerlyfor their adoption as sons,the redemption of the body"(Romans 8:23).

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