A sermon by Rev. James Harrison Nixon
Today all it takes is turning towards Facebook and in just moments one would see a fellow “Christian” complaining about a politician or another person around them. Scroll down just a few short more post and another will be twisting scripture out of context so badly that it could make Satan blush. This is the day and age that we seem to be living in, a time when even the Apostles would be blocked out. Yes, not everyone will listen to Gospel truth this has been a warning given to us throughout the New Testament. Even with the warnings those that truly wish to follow Christ become victims of the deceitful lies of the false witnesses. Those who build dens of lies out of the houses of God pose a greater risk than alcoholism. Too many people are forgetting that we are to show love and show compassion towards one another. When an act of terror hits today we start to shout out in hate, this has become the go-to norm. Yet we have forgotten some of the basic and I do mean basic principles and cornerstones of the Christian faith.
““You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘Hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven because he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not the tax collectors also do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing that is remarkable? Do not the Gentiles also do the same? Therefore you be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
(Matthew 5:43–48, LEB)
“For if you forgive people their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive people, neither will your Father forgive your sins.”
(Matthew 6:14–15, LEB)
“And he said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”” (Matthew 22:37–40, LEB)
“Do not take revenge yourselves, dear friends, but give place to God’s wrath, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. But “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing this, you will heap up coals of fire upon his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:19–21, LEB)
Our world is ever changing and the more and more is people becoming broken. The false prophets standing on the pulpits are making it worse for those who are in need and are hurting. The false promise of instant healing and financial gains are a lie. We as real Christians have to combat those lies and regain the lost sheep. Satan is a liar and wants you to think he does not exist and wants you to think God does not exist. The best joy Lucifer gets is the deceit of the human mind. He failed with Job but Lucifer is winning with so many others. Due to the human ego, we choose to deny the signs and pass them off, coming up with delusional explanations to deny the rational truth. This is the work of Satan in the mind and on the Tongue. We think we are smart yet we have failed. All knowledge comes from God and yet when we deny the knowledge we are lost sheep. When we stay silent in the face of evil and sin we are poor shepherds. When we do not speak the word of Christ we are not producing good fruit and will be trimmed from the vine!
““I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch that does not bear fruit in me, he removes it, and every branch that bears fruit, he prunes it in order that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. Just as the branch is not able to bear fruit from itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him—this one bears much fruit, for apart from me you are not able to do anything. If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch, and dries up, and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you bear much fruit, and prove to be my disciples.”
(John 15:1–8, LEB)
I pray that the minds may be opened as today we are seeing the world that is under an extreme amount of birth pains the world that is stressed beyond its limits. I see a time that we really need to set our hearts to the Lord. May our hearts be set to the Lord Christ Jesus in your name and the strength of the Holy Spirit we pray Amen.