Sunday, May 7, 2017

I have open dates this spring to serve you pastor. Evangelist Dennis Deese @ Fan the Flame Ministries. www.fantheflame.com for more information. Now in our 9th year in Evangelism and 34 in full-time ministry.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fan the Flame Church Growth Weekend for your Church!

Pastor would you like to host a Fan the Flame church growth weekend for your church? Our FTF weekends can include the following: Men's Conference,  Greeter/Usher training, Bible Teacher training and Fan the Flame Revival Church Growth messages on Sunday. You can learn much more via our website: www.fantheflame.com

If you would like to include all aspects of church growth training during one weekend, we will work within your time frame and whatever tailor made schedule that works best for you. Below is a typical schedule:
Suggested Schedule:

Saturday lunch:
Staff, deacon &/or elder (any leadership) lunch together 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Saturday afternoon: (after lunch)
Leadership Training 1:15 PM -1:50 PM


Saturday Evening:
Fan the Flame Men's Conference: 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Sunday:
Preach Fan the Flame Revival Message during morning Worship Services (we can continue revival through Wed)

Sunday afternoon:
Luncheon at church for Sunday School and Bible teachers followed by Bible Teacher Training for 40 minutes

Sunday afternoon:
Greeter/Usher Training 5:00-5:40 (if church starts at 6:00)

Sunday Night:
Preach Fan the Flame Revival message (we can continue revival through Wed)

www.fantheflame.com
Evangelist and Church Growth Trainer Dennis Deese










Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fan the Flame Men's Conference in Florida

Men don't miss the upcoming Fan the Flame Men's Conference in Alachua , Florida at Forest Grove Baptist Church with host Pastor Warren Chesser!

Friday and Saturday, January 24-25, 2014
6:00 PM until 9:00 PM Friday
8:00 AM until 11:30 AM Saturday

Theme: The Spiritual Man (the making of a man if God). You will be greatly encouraged.

Evangelist Dennis Deese @ www.fantheflame.com






Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Leadership Training for your staff and/or lay leadership

31 years of ministry and reflecting has brought me to the conclusion, the investment I made in my leadership team, the men of my church and other pastors has been the most rewarding aspect of my ministry.
 
I would be honored to help you kick off the new year investing in your staff and/or lay leadership team with a leadership training event. 
 
We can work in the perimeters of your time frame.   Most of the training events I do are Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. I can teach your team for 45 minutes up to 3 ½  hours with a Saturday 8 to 11:30 event.
 
I will work with you helping you equip and develop loyal followers and leaders. I’m here to serve you.
 
You and your team won’t be disappointed because I know your time is valuable and I know I don’t like sitting in boring and fruitless meetings.
 
This training event WILL have lasting positive results and if you are not 100% satisfied, then you owe me nothing. I am here to help you and I want to earn your life-long friendship and partnership and I plan to earn it if you give me the opportunity.
 
Here's a few event topics:
Unlock Your Leadership Potential

(This material covers all areas of lay and staff led ministry)
 
13 Attributes For Successful Effective Leadership

(This material is primarily for Pastors & staff leadership)

 
The Wisdom of a Wise Man

Call today to discuss a Fan the Flame Training event, Men's Conference for Revival Meeting. www.fantheflame.com

Saturday, September 21, 2013

FTF Men's Conference at Bellevue Baptist Church in Gadsden, AL, Saturday, October 19, 2013

Men don't miss the upcoming Fan the Flame Men's Conference in Gadsden, AL at Bellevue Baptist Church with host Pastor Philip Elliott!
 
Saturday, October 19, 2013
8:00 AM until 11:30 AM
 
Theme: The Spiritual Man ( the making of a man if God). You will be greatly encouraged.

Evangelist Dennis Deese @ www.fantheflame.com

 

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

FTF Men's Conference in Cross City, FL September 14, 2013

Men don't miss what may be our last Fan the Flame Men's Conference in 2013. Cross City, FL! September 14. See our ad below. Theme: The Spiritual Man ( the making of a man if God). You will be greatly encouraged.
Evangelist Dennis Deese
www.fantheflame.com

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Final Words of Wisdom


I KINGS 2:1-4, 10-12
 

What we're about to extract here is a wealth of a lifetime of wisdom. He followed God’s agenda (man of war) not his own (which was to build the temple). In my case and brother Henry - he wanted to build new church but never got to.

David could have referred to many different subjects at the end of his life but his topic was God.  There is no doubt in my mind that had he spoke about any other subject other than the Lord the Holy Spirit would have penned that as well.  In fact, if you continue reading this chapter there are some things recorded that David told Solomon that are certainly not exemplary death bed requests.
By the conclusion of his life, he had discovered what was most important.  He knew the wisest and most important thing he could leave his son was a charge to love God,  walk with God and to make God’s agenda his agenda.  We are blessed to look inside this closed door intimate meeting between a father and son and from one leader to another as he shares the wisdom of a lifetime.  Yet, these profound words of wisdom are life changing leadership principles of truth for every and all leaders to follow.
He gives these final words of wisdom knowing what Solomon would have to face leading a nation, being a husband, dad, and leading the people to construct the temple of God.  He knew he needed God more than anything else in life.  
There are three aspects of God’s agenda that David reminds every leader to follow.

The wisest thing a leader will ever do is                              God’s agenda.


I.     FIND  (Purpose Aspect)  2:2   “I go the way of all the earth”
“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:”  (Acts 13:36)
There are at least three essential elements for finding God’s agenda
A.    Personal Relationship with God  2:3 “thy God”
“But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to becaptain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.”   (I Samuel 13:14)
“And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”  (Acts 13:22)
B.    Prayerful request to God  2:3 “The charge of the Lord”
Keep in mind it is His agenda; therefore, you must get it from Him.
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;”  (Colossians 1:9)

“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee,what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”  (Isaiah 64:4)

“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”  (Ephesians 1:16-18)
C.    Progressive Revelation from God  2:3 “ways”

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”  (I Corinthians 1:9-10)


II.     FOLLOW  (Priority Aspect)  2:3  “Keep the charge of the Lord thy God to walk in his ways”
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”  (John 8:12)
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”   (John 10:27)

“If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”  (John 12:26)  

“Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.”  (John 21:22)  

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;”  (Ephesians 5:1)

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”  (1 Peter 2:21)
You have to be careful not to become satisfied with your accomplishments but rather with the God of your accomplishments.
What are the ingredients that will lead to us successfully follow Jesus? I want to give you 6 principles to successfully follow Jesus:
A.    Communion - Abiding (1)
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”  (John 15:5)  
“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whombe glory for ever and ever. Amen.”  (Heb 13:21)  
B.    Change - Self-denial (2)    
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”  (Matthew 16:24)
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”  (Philippians 3:7-8)
C.    Commitment - Passion (3)
“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do , forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.”  (Philippians 3:13-15)

D.    Concentration - Focus (4)
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Hebrews 12:2)
E.    Confirmation - assurance (5)
“I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”  (John 5:30)  

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  (Romans 12:2)  

“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”  (James 4:15)  
F.    Consistency - perseverance (6)    
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”  (2 Timothy 4:7)


III.     FULFILL   (Productive Aspect)  2:3   “that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest”

If God’s agenda becomes the rule of your life, what are the positive things you can expect?     

A.    Successful endeavors  2:3  “That thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and wherever thou turnest thyself,”
B.    Significant existence  2:3  “In all that thou doest”
C.    Supernatural Blessings  2:4  “That the Lord may continue his word”


WORD STUDY FOR I KINGS 2:3


1.      WALK - 03212 yalak {yaw-lak'}
1) to go, walk, come, depart, proceed, move, go away, manner of life (fig.), to lead, bring, lead away, carry, cause to walk.

2.      WAYS -  01870 derek {deh'-rek}
1) way, road, distance, journey, manner, road, way, path, journey, direction, manner, habit, way, of course of life (fig.), of moral character (fig.)

3.     KEEP -  08104 shamar {shaw-mar'}
1) to keep, guard, observe, give heed, have charge of, keep watch and ward, protect, save, watch, watchman (participle), to watch for, wait for, watch, retain, treasure up (in memory), restrain, perform (vow), preserve, protect, reserve, take heed, take care, beware, to keep oneself, refrain.
4.     STATUTES - 02708 chuqqah {khook-kaw'}
    1) statute, ordinance, limit, enactment, something prescribed.
5.     COMMANDMENTS - 04687 mitsvah {mits-vaw'}
1) commandment (of code of wisdom)
6.     JUDGMENTS - 04941 mishpat {mish-pawt'}
1) judgment, justice, ordinance, act of deciding a case, process, procedure, litigation (before judges), case, cause (presented for judgment), sentence, decision (of judgment), decision, proper, fitting, measure, fitness, custom, manner, plan, order, discretion 2, sentence 2.
7.     TESTIMONIES -  05715 `eduwth {ay-dooth'}
AV - testimony 55, witness 4; 59, 1) testimony
8.     PROSPER -  07919 sakal {saw-kal'}
1) to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, prosper,  to look at or upon, have insight, to give attention to, consider, ponder, be prudent, to have insight, have comprehension, , have success.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Silence of God

Dr. Dennis Deese - www.fantheflame.com

PSALM 13:1-6

Isaiah 49:15-16 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of [my] hands; thy walls [are] continually before me.

Sometimes with all the noise in the world we can have a great appreciation for silence. Like the mom whose little boy was playing loudly with his car and mom said, "Johnny will you stop it." He did brakes squalling. Sometimes though silence can be unnerving especially when it’s God. When I think of God’s silence, I am reminded of the story of a mother’s anguish when her 17-year-old, model son, who never gave his mom or dad any trouble, was tragically killed in car accident. The mother, broken, and so distraught - became bitter and totally resentful of God as she cried out in soul anguish, again and again; "WHERE WERE YOU GOD WHEN MY CHILD NEEDED YOU?" This silence, with no apparent answer, drove her into a deeper abyss of total darkness. She found herself going into recluse with an enormous gulf separating her from the God she had been in love with since she was a young child!

How many of us can identify with her? I know I can! And, I’m sure, somewhere looking back over the pages of our walk with Jesus, most everyone can. Yet, it doesn't stop there!

After suffering in a dungeon of hatred and bitterness; not allowing anyone to talk to her about God’s Grace and Goodness, one day alone crying, (this had become her lifestyle) she bellowed out in a scream, "WHERE WERE YOU WHEN MY SON DIED?"

Removed, as she so often wanted to be and being exhausted, she fell across the bed; however, within a few moments, a silence came into the bedroom, she heard a soft, tender, and loving voice that spoke back to her: "THE SAME PLACE I WAS WHEN MY SON DIED!" Adapted from Dr. Raleigh D. Jenkins

Silence.—Be silent, or say something better than silence.—PYTHAGORAS.


Notice the experiences of the Psalmist's Silence from God


I. First, I want you to notice the Psalmist FRUSTRATION (v:1-2)

Silence is wonderful to listen to. Thomas Hardy

Ec 3:1 & 7 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

Why does God allow the frustrating time of silence? What is His purpose?

In order to:

A. Get our attention - You know you’re in bad spiritual condition when you don’t even care about the presence of God.) To provoke a response.
 
B. Encourage us to seek God (Are we taking God for granted? (Psalm 27:7-9)

 
Ps 27:7-9 Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. [When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
 
C. Lead us to depend upon God (Psalm 69:16-18)

Ps 69:16-18 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness [is] good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies. And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily. Draw nigh unto my soul, [and] redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.
 
D. Motivate a serious attitude (Psalm 89:46-48)

Ps 89:46-48 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire? Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain? What man [is he that] liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
Ps 90:9-10 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale [that is told]. The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Ps 90:12 So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom.

 
E. Encourage us to seek God’s will (Psalm 143:7-8)

Ps 143:7-8 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

 
F. Lead us to repentance (Isa. 59:1-2)

Isa 59:1-2 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.


II. Second, I want us to notice his FOCUS (v:3-4)

Before God, he was:

A. Humble "consider and hear me"

B. Hopeful "lighten my eyes" for wisdom

C. Honest "I can’t take anymore" "sleep the ..."

D. Hurting (v-4)


III. Third, I want us to notice His FAITH (v: 4:6)

He trusted in three things:

A. the mercy of God - We must have that God will not give us what we deserve. The truth is if He never spoke to us again we deserve it but He's a merciful God.

B. the salvation of God - No matter how you feel when you've been born again you are His child forever. You may not feel saved but thank God when you are saved you are saved and Satan can't do one thing about that.

C. the worthiness of God - God is worthy of all our sufferings. Keep on Praising Him no matter how you feel.

He would not be blinded by his circumstances.  Keep the faith and learn from you experiences; Extract all you can from them and then help others along the journey who may be going through the same things.

Evangelist Dennis Deese



Saturday, November 17, 2012

Leadership Training for your staff and/or lay leadership

30 years of ministry and reflecting has brought me to the conclusion, the investment I made in my leadership team, the men of my church and other pastors has been the most rewarding aspect of my ministry.
 
I would be honored to help you kick off the new year (in January) investing in your staff and/or lay leadership team with a leadership training event. 
We can work in the perimeters of your time frame.   Most of the training events I do are Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. I can teach your team for 45 minutes up to 3 ½  hours with a Saturday 8 to 11:30 event.
 
I will work with you helping you equip and develop loyal followers and leaders. I’m here to serve you.
 
You and your team won’t be disappointed because I know your time is valuable and I know I don’t like sitting in boring and fruitless meetings.
 
This training event WILL have lasting positive results and if you are not 100% satisfied, then you owe me nothing. I am here to help you and I want to earn your life-long friendship and partnership and I plan to earn it if you give me the opportunity.
 
Here's a few event topics:
Unlock Your Leadership Potential
(This material covers all areas of lay and staff led ministry)
 
13 Attributes For Successful Effective Leadership
(This material is primarily for Pastors & staff leadership)
 
The Wisdom of a Wise Man

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fan the Flame Worship Conference, August 24-25.

You're invited to join us for a great weekend of Worship and Bible Training, Teaching & Preaching. Subjects will include: the Glory of God, Passion and Having Church. You may call (910) 678-7178 and ask for Chris Ferger. This is a free conference with meal provided. The Conference will be held at Village Baptist Church 906 South McPherson Church Road Fayetteville, NC 28303. This event will be held August 24-25.





Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fan The Flame Men's Conference

http://vimeo.com/35765637  Click this link for a short video about our Fan The Flame Men's Conference.

Our Theme: "The Spiritual Man" (The Making of a Man of God)

Next Location: Destination Church, Johnson City, TN

Evangelist Dennis Deese @ Fan the Flame Ministries
www.fantheflame.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I Want To Escape!!

One of the things I am hearing too often is the number of men who are under considerable stress. The stress is derived by the overwhelming weight of responsibility to meet all the demands placed upon them in their many roles. Many want to escape and run from all the demands they feel they simply can not live up to. In fact, many men have already bolted. Maybe the only ones that can understand this plight are those who themselves are experiencing it. Too often, there seems to be no way out. To make matters worse it may seem as if God doesn't care. After all, He could change your situation in a second but He doesn't. What can you do?


I. Guard your thoughts


Think on things above not on things on the earth.


II. Grow your spiritual man


III. Keep praying no matter what


IV. Don't give up!


V. Don't let down your guard


VI. When you break through remember your brother who may be going through the same thing. Too many men that are greatly blessed are too inconsiderate of others


VII. Remember that God can give you favor in one moment and it change everything.


You are loved. We are here to listen and help anyway we can.


Blessings Evangelist Dennis Deese

Friday, October 7, 2011

"Reaching Your Potential"

MARK 1:14--18; JOHN 1:40-42 (SEE Jeremiah 18:2-6)

I believe next to salvation the most important thing we could ever do is achieve our potential. We’ve been created in the image of God and that image is an image of tremendous potential. The character study I want to consider is a man who certainly began as a diamond in the rough but became a jewel in the hand of God - Simon Peter.

A bird’s eye view of his development: READ JOHN 1:40-42 beginning of discipleship; MATT 16:17-18 progress; JOHN 13:36-38 confession of commitment; JOHN 18:10-11 cut off Malchus ear; JOHN 18:15-18 17*, 25*-27* denials; JOHN 21:3 influential backsliding; JOHN 21:1517 restoration - 3 denials required 3 affirmations; ACTS 1:15-16 leading with boldness and the rest is history.

He was a man with temporal secular values (a fisherman) - basically and factually insignificant. But by developing his God given potential - he became a man of significance (one aspect of that is the books of I and II Peter that God used him to pen)

Simon. The name means "hearing.”
Cephas is Hebrew
Peter is Greek,
"Stone" is English.

It means a mass of rock detached from the bedrock or strata on which the earth rests. The future tense, "thou shalt be", indicates that of Peter’s possible potential. It is given prophetically to describe the stability to which the then weak and vacillating Simon should attain.

What are the building blocks for reaching your maximum potential? I’m going to give you a list of words that concisely define the essential building elements for reaching your full potential. There is the building block of:

I. SALVATION

This fundamental, yet an essential element, is the foundation that must be laid. Most of the people in this world are trying to reach their potential apart from God and it can’t be done. How does a person get saved? What is necessary for salvation?

A. Revelation Mark 1:14 “Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying,”

1. The Presence of sin (Romans 3:23) In a person’s life.

“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” (Luke 5:8 - saw miracles of fish in net)

2. The Price of sin (Romans 6:23) It is death

1Jo 1:8 ¶ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

3. The Provision for sin

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

B. Repentance Mark 1:15 “Repent,”

Lu 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

In the recorded context of Simon Peter’s opportunity and acceptance of that opportunity to become what Jesus wanted him to be, he is called to repentance

C. Receptivity Mark 1:15-18 “believe the gospel”

II. SUBMISSION Mark 1:18

Many are missing the key elements of:

A. Desire 1:17

B. Trust 1:17

C. Obedience 1:18

D. Anticipation 1:17

E. Consistency

Ro 6:13 Neither yield ye your members [as] instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.

“From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.” (John 6:66-69)

F. Self-denial (SEE Matthew 16:24-26)

III. STUDY
Ec 10:10 If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.

1Pe 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

We need:

A. Mentor John 1:40 Andrew and Jesus

B. Motivation

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

C. Means - The Bible, books, tapes,

IV. SPIRITUALITY

“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. {to be carnally...: Gr. the minding of the flesh} {to be spiritually...: Gr. the minding of the Spirit}” (Ro 8:5-6)

This is the element of authenticity that keeps us:

A. Clean

B. Close

C. Committed

Friday, August 12, 2011

“IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR AMERICA”

II CHRONICLES 7:11-22

I make no apology for being a loyal patriot of the United Stated of America.  But just as I am a Southern Baptist Christian make no mistake about it I am a Christian before I am a Southern Baptist.  And just as I am an American Christian I am a Christian before I am an American.  That very statement is in fact the reason this great Nation was birthed into existence.

Consider for example some of the most beloved historical and sacred charters and documents of our Country:

The Mayflower Compact (an agreement or covenant):
In 1620, the Pilgrims wrote “The Mayflower Compact” which established the first basis in the new world for written laws which began with the words”in the name of God” and stated their purpose was (and I quote)”for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” (The University of Oklahoma Law Center - Chronology of U.S. historical documents)

John Winthrop the Puritan (who arrived about 10 years after the Pilgrims) Leader stated:
“We are a company professing ourselves fellow-members of Christ.... Knit together by this bond of love.... We are entered into covenant with Him for this work....For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us; so that if we shall deal falsely with God in this work we have undertaken and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world.” (Original Intent by David Barton page 77)
Time fails me to tell you of like charters from colonies such as Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other areas were virtually the same.

The Declaration of Independence:
The causes which impelled the United States to separate from Great Britain was declared  in the Declaration of Independence unanimously by Congress, July 4, 1776  stated in part, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable (not to be taken away) Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”

The Pledge of Allegiance:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which is stands One Nation Under God.” (Changed in 1954 to include this)

 The Star Spangled Banner: (which the American Congress adopted in 1931as our National Anthem)

 The fourth stanza is a prayer: “Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just, And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’ And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave”

Our Currency:
During the Civil war (1861-1865) there were many appeals to recognize God on our coins.  The first recorded letter requesting “In God we trust” came to, then Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase.  As a result, Secretary Chase instructed James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, to prepare a motto, in a letter dated November 20, 1861:
“Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.  You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest (tûrs: concise) words possible this national recognition.” 
As a result of this and the approval of congress, “In God We Trust” first appeared on the 1864 two cent coin. (Department of the U.S.Treasury)

Ps 37:3  Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Ps 118:8  [It is] better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

Ps 20:7  Some [trust] in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

“America’s rapid rise as a successful nation was a wonder to many foreigners; how could a group of farmers and merchants have defeated what was arguably the world’s greatest military power?  Furthermore, how had America established a government which so quickly became envied across the world?” (Original Intent by David Barton page 119)

Ps 33:12    Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD; [and] the people [whom] he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

1Pe 2:9  But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

Because I am neither an Optimist or pessimist but a Biblical Realist my driving passion for our nation, our country is found in these words of warning from our God:

2Ch 7:20-23  Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it [to be] a proverb and a byword among all nations. And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and unto this house?  And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
                                                                                                  
My message today is birthed out of the Crisis America faces! The very core of her fiber as being God blessed America is being destroyed by the nature of sinful humanity.  We must understand this:

There is no question that the thing that makes America great is she has been blessed by God. Her very foundation and formation is clearly etched and founded in her faith in the Living God. 
Our God is not only a God that loves,  He’s also a God that hates and finds some things disgusting (Abomination): 

Pr 3:32  For the froward (perverse) [is] abomination (disgusting thing) to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous.

Pr 15:9   The way of the wicked [is] an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

Pr 17:15  He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both [are] abomination to the LORD.

Pr 6:16-19  These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

In addition, God not only blesses He also judges.
“This nation, born July 4, 1776, must be born again or we will perish.” Adrian Rogers
Ps 9:16  The LORD is known [by] the judgment [which] he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

De 32:4  [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.

With that in mind, we need to understand what can be done to save her?  What is the solution that will stay the hand of God’s undeniable impending judgment?

The solution is not government regulated morality.  The government’s place is to protect the righteous not to regulate morality because they can’t. 

Ro 13:3-4  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.

For example, they can’t make me love you but they can enact laws and dispense the delegated judgment of God on those who would kill me.  So what is the solution?  The people of God is the solution.  They are the hope of America.  Thus, what is your part as a professing Christian?

John Wesley: Give me one hundred men who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I will shake the world.

“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, `Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.' Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long. In Jesus' name, Amen.” A.W. Tozer

Solomon knew that the success of the moment was completely attributed to the Lord and may God help us to realize that God has made this life of ours so wonderful here in America.  God made the moment!  It was truly a God moment and one that neither God nor His people wanted to lose.
Also, he  realized how vulnerable he and the people were at drifting away from the Lord and if the people were going to continue to experience personal and national revival then the most important issue at the moment was their ongoing walk with God. Thus, God gives his people a threefold word about how they could continue their walk with Him.  His word can lead us to a personal and national revival.  It’s not too late for you and America!

 I.          HEAR HIS WORD OF CAUTION  7:13
             There are three contemporary warnings here.  There is the caution light of:

A.        A Barren life  7:13  “That there be no rain”

“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.”  (Mt 13:22) 

“Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”  (John 15:2)

“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”  (John 15:16)

B.        A Defeated life  7:13  “The locusts to devour the land”
Through the Deception of Satan’s lies

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”  (2 Co 2:11)

“Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”   (John 8:44)
C.        A Sinful life  7:13  “Pestilence among my people”

“Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:  But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2)

II.         HEED HIS WORD OF CORRECTION  7:14

If you’ve been awaken by God’s word of caution and you have drifted away from God, by falling into one of the 3 above categories, how do you recover?  How do you renew and continue your walk with God?  God gives us a corrective description of a person who walks with Him.  How does He describe a revived person? 

They are a:
A.        Saved Person  “If my people”

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)
God’s word about enmity and reconciliation:  Romans 8:7; II Corinthians 5:18-20; & Ephesians 2:14-16

B.        Separated Person  “Which are called by my name”
I wonder if the people you work with know that you’re a Christian? 

C.        Surrendered person  “Shall humble themselves”
Humble - 03665 kana` {kaw-nah'}   AV - humble 18, subdue 11, bring low 2, bring down 3,  subjection 1, misc 1; 36  1) to be humble, be humbled, be subdued, be brought down, be low,  be under, be brought into subjection.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”  (Pr 16:18)

“Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.”  (Pr 3:34) 

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”  (James 4:6)

D.        Supplicating person  “And pray”

E.        Seeking person  “And seek my face”


F.         Sin-forsaking person  “And turn from their wicked ways”

A revival person hates sin because of what it did to our Lord!

“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”  (Mt 1:21) 

“And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”  (I John 3:5)

III.        HONOR HIS WORD OF CONCERN  7:21-22

A.        Our Intimacy with Him  7:16-17a  “Mine heart shall be there perpetually”

B.        Our Instruction from Him  7:17b  “Do according to all that I have commanded thee.”

C.        Our Influence for Him  7:21-22  “Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land and unto this house?”

                                               Torreys Prescription For Revival
I can give a prescription that will bring a revival to any church or community or any city on earth.

First, let a few Christians (they need not be many) get thoroughly right with God themselves. This is the prime essential. If this is not done, the rest that I am to say will come to nothing.

Second, let them bind themselves together in a prayer group to pray for a revival until God opens the heavens and comes down.

Third, let them put themselves at the disposal of God for Him to use as He sees fit in winning others to Christ. That is all!

This is sure to bring a revival to any church or community. I have given this prescription around the world. It has been taken by many churches and many communities, and in no instance has it ever failed; and it cannot fail!


Castro took Cube with a band of 80 men.

Lenin began the communists’ revolution with only a few thousand men.

Jesus began the mightiest movement the world has ever known with only 12 disciples.

Jos 23:10  One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he [it is] that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has scheduled a debate in the Senate for the Federal Marriage Amendment the week of July 12 , 2004 . At the close of debate, if 60 Senators vote ‘Yes', the bill will be sent to the floor for a FULL VOTE OF THE SENATE!!!

Voting Makes a Difference
By One Vote
Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845 by a single vote
By One Vote
Hitler won leadership of the German Nazi Party in 1923
By One Vote
The US House of Representatives, in 1801, elected Thomas Jefferson as President of the United States