SUNDAY SERMON: Who Shall Separate Us from the Love of Christ

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Key Scripture- Romans 8:35

Luke 18:1- Men ought always to pray and not to faint. 

This widow wearied the unjust judge with her supplication. The judge must have caused many sufferings and hard times yet this woman came persistently even though he did not fear God and man. Jesus said “if this unjust man can grant this woman her petition when she continued seeking, how much more God?” 

What can stop you from following Jesus Christ? We in unprecedented times, when Jesus comes, will He find faith in you, will He find you serving God? What we as Christians doing at this time? Years ago, the Church would have been considered at the forefront of such a crisis. The world needs Jesus. At such a time as this where churches have been asked not to meet, prayers will be affected, pastoral visits will be on hold, and hospital visits too. However, this is the time we should come together to pray and continue in prayer and fasting (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Genesis 11:1- The Tower of Babel.

We are living in similar times as the Tower of Babel; the world is of one purpose and implementing the same strategy of social distancing.  In Genesis 10, Nimrod, a mighty warrior in the land of Shinar, was mentioned. He was likely leading the charge in the Tower of Babel project in Genesis 11. At that time, the whole world was doing the same thing, which might not appear to be an issue. However, in Genesis 1:28, God told man to be “fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it” and at the Tower of Babel the people were going against this command. Also, we are made differently, Jesus said to some He gave 5 talents, some 2 and others 1. Ultimately, we should remember that things that look good can be a worldly mechanism for controlling man, and negate the will and plan of God.

To everyone that is called to be a worker in the house of God, continue and don’t stop. Don’t let the work of God suffer; mind what you say and listen to, keep to the rules and instructions of our Government, but never stop praying and waiting on God. This shall too pass, but let it be that when it does, you are stronger, better and resolved that nothing can separate you from the love of Christ.

Our Help

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Psalm 124: 6-8 King James Version (KJV)

Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Certain events in the last three months have revealed to me the lengths to which people can go in order to inflict misery upon their fellow human being. Sadly, it is becoming increasingly common to experience evil at the hands of those to whom we refer as “close”.

In life, there are times when we come under attack in the spirit realm. What’s more painful, is that the source of the problems we face is sometimes those we least expect. In those times, God expects us do something about it.

It is the duty of every Christian to identify their enemy and to identify their help.

Identify Your Enemy: The Spirit of God often exposes the wolves in our lives posing as friends. Some believers, because of sentiment, ignore such warnings and reap the consequences.

Identify Your Help: The need to “trust in the Lord with all your heart” couldn’t be more pertinent in this present generation.

Your walk with God has developed you spiritually and equipped  you with the spiritual capabilities that you need for victory – so use them! Engaging in spiritual warfare in the face of challenges is the way in which God expects you to trust him. If you want a life of destiny determined by God (rather than a life dictated by the plans of your enemy),  you must engage the power of God in the face of adversity.

In short, paraphrasing 2 Corinthians 10:4, we don’t fight our battles with the weapons of this world. Instead, we use God’s power that can destroy fortresses.

God’s Salvation in the midst of the battle

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And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

Exodus 14:13

The salvation of the Lord is only manifested when the enemy is obvious. As strange as it may sound, He allows the enemy to shout, to roar, and to threaten.

 In some cases, God waits until the enemy is about to overwhelm us, so that He can be glorified in the defeat of the enemy.

In Matthew chapter 8, Jesus was asleep in a boat with his disciples in the midst of a raging storm. Petrified that they were about to drown, the disciples woke him up. Jesus was aware of the deadliness of the situation, yet he described the disciples as having little faith in that moment. What the disciples did not realise was that, just like his father in heaven, Jesus intended to be glorified in the deadliest of situations:

 Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marveled, saying, what manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Matthew 8: 27

 See Gods salvation in the midst of the battle and don’t pay attention to suggestions that negate the word of God. Don’t be like those who have a nonchalant attitude to the things of God, but be led by the Holy Spirit. Having a spirit-led approach will yield great victories.

 As you wait upon the Lord and as you seek His face, the Lord will begin to direct you and teach you how to go about doing things. He will bring you friends and reveal and defeat your enemies.

The bible on Surnames

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Matthew 1:1

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

In scriptures, it was a common thing to name children with reference to their fathers. The father’s name stands as a family reference or as a record. The twelve tribes of Israel were the key references in describing where people came from within the nation of Israel.

Deeds were also a common factor of attaching names to children. The children of Rechab were used as examples to the children of Israel as people that obeyed their father and refused to compromise. They were referred to as the sons of Recab as a result of the deeds of their grandfather and it became a name associated with priesthood.

Jeremiah 35:3-6

Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, his brothers and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites, and I brought them into the house of the Lord, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door. Then I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites bowls full of wine, and cups; and I said to them, “Drink wine.”

But they said, “We will drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, ‘You shall drink no wine, you nor your sons, forever.

You could say that all the names mentioned in these verses will be surnamed “Recab” because they are of the house of the Recabites. In short, the association of a name to a surname has root and it is scriptural. Jesus was referred to as the son of David. The name David was a root name in the linage of our Lord Jesus. Though the examples used mainly referred to men, when women marry their names come under the name of the husband. In short if we are to follow all scriptural examples, your name automatically changes to your husband’s from the moment you marry. Take a closer look at these verses of scripture:

Matthew 1:15-16

Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.

Joseph was referred to as the HUSBAND of Mary meaning, Mary’s name is now subject to Joseph’s house name, (DAVID); her surname was not mentioned at all (her root name).

As for Christians our surnames are strongly linked to our backgrounds and cultures. In the south of England and parts of Scotland, names were given to make reference to sons, e.g. the son of William can become Williams or Williamson. Modern Christian surnames came as a result of parents’ and grandparents’ association with Christianity; they were often changed depending on family arrangement or couple preferences.

What matters is not necessarily the name, but the coming under a name.  A woman will be named with her husband as a sign of oneness inside marriage.

Genesis 2:24

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

I am not necessarily saying that this scripture means same surname, but it would make perfect sense that if we claim to be one flesh, we should have the same surname. It is well documented and demonstrated that God attaches importance to the name and that all attached to the name should come under it whether male or female.

When you think of David and the importance God attached to his name, it makes you wonder about the extent to which God places significance on the continuity of history and culture. Jesus was called the son of David, one of the great grandsons of the king. It is a culture still emulated in Israel and in various parts of the world. On the other hand, a change in the way we do things can be associated with the spirit of the age. Paul warning Timothy talked about “the last days” in which people will do what seems right but will contradict God’s word.

Lastly, I would stress that a woman is not made inferior because she changes her name; the Holy Spirit does not make a distinction between the man and the woman, but it’s important to stick to traditions that are biblically correct.