Travis Case, Pastor/Teacher Northgate Baptist Church F.E.A.S.T Ministries
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:" (Prov. 17:22)
"... the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Neh. 8:10)
A. The Christian can no more do without Prayer and train his spiritual life, than the body can exist without Air.
B. He has Many Wants to be supplied:
1. Many Enemies to overcome.
2. Many Duties to perform.
C. And hence We Need Constant Help from on high as we carry out the Cause of Christ.
I. The Cause of Christ Is Distinguished:
A. For its Divinity.
1. It is the Results of Godís Infinite Skill.
Rom. 9:16, "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy."
2. It is the Production of Godís Almighty Power.
John 1:12-13, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
3. It is the Effect of Godís Unsearchable Grace.
1 John 4:10, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."
4. It is the Cause of Godís Eternal Counsels.
2 Thess. 2:13, "But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:"
B. For its Righteousness.
1. Originated by the Righteous Jehovah.
2 Tim. 1:9, "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,"
2. Procured by the Righteous Christ.
Heb. 9:26, "For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."
3. Applied by the Righteous Holy Spirit.
Titus 3:5, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"
C. For Its Benevolence (Good Will).
1. Presents a full Remedy for all the Ills of Humanity.
2. Elevates men from deepest debasement to Highest Dignity.
3. Not only Blesses men, but makes them a Blessing Unto Others.
D. For its Unity.
1. Though presented in Various Dispensations, and under Various Names, there is still Only One Lord.
2. One Faith --- One Baptism --- One Church --- One Flock --- One Spiritual Kingdom --- One Heaven.
II. The Prayer Presented "Arise" Ė This Prayer Implies:
A. Godís Cause Is Opposed.
1. Cain opposed it in the days of Abel.
2. Ante-Diluvians opposed it in the days of Noah.
3. Jews opposed it in the days of Christ.
4. Satan opposes it in All Ages.
B. Godís Cause Depends Upon The Lord And Not Upon Man For Success --- All human resources must of necessity fail.
1. It requires Almighty Power to Shield it.
Eph. 6:12-13, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
2. It requires Infinite Wisdom to Direct it.
Prov. 20:24, "Manís goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?"
3. It requires Infinite Resources to Supply it.
Zech. 4:6, "Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."
C. Notwithstanding Its Dependence Upon God, Men Must Pray:
1. Moses .....
2. Abraham .....
3. David .....
4. Jesus .....
III. How God Pleads His Own Cause.
A. By Striking Interpositions of His Providence.
1. Israel in Egypt .....
2. Haman .....
3. Nehemiah .....
4. Daniel .....
B. By Raising Up Useful Instruments.
1. Moses .....
2. Joshua .....
3. Gideon .....
4. Cyrus .....
5. Paul .....
C. By Pouring Out His Spirit --- Pentecost.
IV. What Do Men Think of The Cause of Christ?
A. Some Hate the Cause of Christ.
1. If possible they would annihilate it.
2. How wicked! How foolish! They might as well quench the orb of day.
B. Some Care Nothing about the Cause of Christ.
1. Concerned for their food --- Raiment --- Business --- Families .....
2. How Thoughtless! How Ungrateful!
C. Some Love the Cause of Christ.
1. They speak of it and for it.
2. They pray for it.
3. They live for it.
What Does The Cause of Christ Mean To You?
Jesus Is Not Only The Reason For The Season
We Are The Reason For Jesus!
There Is No Second Chance After Death!
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