Introduction: For the past couple of weeks, we have been discussing the topic of overflow because that is God’s word for JHES in 2013. I believe many of us already have a testimony of overflow and peradventure, you have not, there is still a lot that God can do before the end of the year. Previously, we discussed how God used five loaves of bread and two fishes to feed the multitude and there were still 12 baskets full of overflow.
Introduction: God made man in His image and likeness. The plan of God for us is to rule in dominion, to subdue the earth and to overcome. This is confirmed in Gen. 1: 26 – 28 which says “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Introduction: To overflow means to flow over the brim. It means to extend beyond the limits; to be very abundant or to be more than enough. All of these definitions describe our God. The Bible contains many testimonies of the God of overflow. On one occasion, God made the Red Sea to overflow (Deut. 11:4). He also made the River Jordan to overflow its banks (Joshua 3:15). As the Israelites journeyed through the wilderness God provided them quails (Ex. 16:13, Ps. 105: 40) and manna in abundance (Ex. 16:35).
Introduction: Rehoboth means the Lord has made room for us. Rehoboth is a place of enlargement. It can also mean the Promised Land or Place of comfort. It is a place is where things are settled, where our minds are at peace. Num.23:23 says there is no enchantment against Jacob; at Rehoboth, nobody will be able to question or challenge the doing of the Lord in our lives. There is a place that the Lord has prepared for us. When we get to our Rehoboth, every dream that God has given to us will surely come pass regardless of how we may feel right now.
Introduction: Jesus spoke many parables while He came to live in our world. He spoke in parables as a fulfillment of scriptures and so that the people may have an understanding of the mysteries of the kingdom of God (Matt. 13: 24–25) One of the parables of the kingdom that Jesus told was the parable of Wheat and Weeds. In this parable, a man sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the good seed. Both the wheat and the weeds grew up together and when the servants of the farmer saw it, they asked him whether to pull the weeds. The man told them to leave the wheat and the weeds until the time of harvest at which time the weeds will be removed and burned in the fire.
Introduction: In the book “Battle Cry For a Generation: The Fight to Save America’s Youth”, author Ron Luce provides the following statistics: “1/3 of high school students have been drunk in the past month; 1 in 4 use illegal drugs; 8,000 contract an STD EVERY DAY!; 1 MILLION are pregnant; 750,000 get abortions each year (that’s 3/4 of teen pregnancies); 1 in 10 have been raped; 9 out of 10 have seen porn online (and the average age to first see it is 11); 50% of them are no longer virgins; 1 in 5 have attempted suicide.”
Introduction: A covenant is an agreement or contract between two parties. Each member of the party is required to keep their part of the covenant. In the Bible, God called a man known as Abram and He took him out of his country and people to the Land of Promise (Gen. 12). In Gen. 15, God made a covenant with Abram that he will be a father of many nations. In order to reassure Abram about the covenant, God sealed it with a blood sacrifice. Abram also received a change of name in Gen. 17: 5. In the covenant God made with Abraham, there are many blessings.
Introduction: Light is an agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.
Light from heaven is the Light that has the power to consume every form of darkness in a place or thing or person. When God said let there be Light, that Light (Jn. 1:4,5, 7-8) descended and consumed i) earth (man) ii) formlessness, deplorable condition hopelessness, shapelessness iii)Void or emptiness iv) darkness no matter its depth. Is there any of these conditions above part of what you are experiencing, be ready for the Light will come forth suddenly and effect a change forever. Is the enemy threatening to slaughter you maybe through sickness, stagnation, delay, failure? The God of sudden miracles is on His way.
Introduction: Matt 6:25-34 (TLB) God is saying to us to trust Him and refuse to be anxious for anything in life. Food, drink, clothes are important; He knows we need them but worrying about them does not add moments to our lives. The birds and field lilies are taken care of by God, but He says we are of more value to Him than these. When we worry and are deeply concerned about what we don’t have, we are not different from the heathen that do not know God.
Introduction: As we continue the discussion on the topic – Carriers of His glory, we want to focus now on the dimensions of God’s glory. In the beginning God gave every one of His creatures a different dimension of glory. The Bible in I Cor. 15: 40 – 41 talks about the glory of the sun and the moon and the stars. The purpose of God for us in the beginning was to enjoy the fullness of His glory. God used to fellowship with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden without any hindrance between them. After the fall, however, the glory of God departed from them and it has not been the same. Generation after generation, man has continued to seek God in order to enjoy or carry His glory.
Introduction: In the book of Heb. 11, the Bible provides a few examples of people who enjoyed the glory of God. These include Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua and Rahab. Others include David, Gideon, Samuel and the Prophets. In every generation until now, men and women are still carrying the glory of God. Why do we need to carry God’s glory? What is the purpose of His glory? This is the focus of this message and the Bible provides some information on this in Heb. 11: 33 – 40.
Introduction: Glory means high renown or fame. It means honor or adoring praise and thanksgiving. Glory also means resplendent majesty or magnificence or great beauty. It refers to the bliss and splendor of heaven. To carry means to transport or conduct from one place to another.