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

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Don't Give Up!

Qualities of Godly People #1
GENESIS 2:7-8, 15-25; 3:17-24

 “George Washington fought nine major battles in the Revolutionary War. He lost six of these battles but won the war.”

“The man who cannot survive bad times will not see good times.”

The struggles that Adam faced are far from numbered or recorded. Yet, the ones we know are astounding for example,

1. His feelings of Failure, as a spiritual leader, when Eve was enticed and sinned (Ge 3:6)

Ge 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Ge 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;

2. His own personal spiritual failure (Ge 3:6 & 11)

Ge 3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

3. His disqualification and lost opportunity to serve God in a very unique way

Ge 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

4. His personal feelings of being duped by the Devil

Ge 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

5. His feelings of failure and inadequacy as a parent

Ge 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

6. His brokeness over the death and loss of a godly son & a rebellious son

(He had to find his son’s dead, bludgeoned & bloody body and then he had to dig the grave and bury his son)

Ge 4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

7. The consequences of a sin cursed world and its toll on his and Eve’s bodies

Ge 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

“By perseverance the snail reached the Ark.” -Spurgeon

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength, but through perseverance.”

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20thJulie Andrews

Pr 24:16 For a just [man] falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

“Fortitude and the power of fixing attention are the two marks of a great mind.”

So, the question must come to mind how did he continue his life with all the heart aches and disappointments he faced and experienced? I believe he learned three important eternal & unchanging truths about God that Satan could not duplicate or cover up. He learned about:

I. THE GOODNESS OF GOD Gen 2:8 “man became a living soul”

Ps 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.

Ps 145:9 The LORD [is] good to all: and his tender mercies [are] over all his works.

He gave him:

A. Life Gen 2:7

Ge 2:7 And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

B. Paradise Gen 2:8

Ge 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

C. Authority Gen 1:26

Ge 1:26 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.
1Sa 2:7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.

Ps 75:7 But God [is] the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

D. Favor

Ge 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof.

E. A Wife

Ge 2:20-25 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

II. THE GRACE OF GOD Gen 3:21 “...God make coats of skins, and clothed them”

1Co 15:21 For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead.

Ge 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Ge 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

Ge 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Ro 5:15 But not as the offence, so also [is] the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, [which is] by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

2Ti 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

A. The Endowment of it is the exercise of God’s wisdom

Ge 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

B. The Essence of it is the expression of unmerited love

Ge 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Ge 3:8-9 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where [art] thou?

C. The Effect of it is the experience of empowering strength

Ge 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

Ge 5:5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

2Co 9:8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

III. THE GREATNESS OF GOD Gen 1:27 “God created man”

Ge 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

De 3:24 O Lord GOD, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God [is there] in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?

Ps 77:13 Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary: who [is so] great a God as [our] God?

Ps 135:5 For I know that the LORD [is] great, and [that] our Lord [is] above all gods.

Ps 145:3 Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness [is] unsearchable.

A. Superiority

B. Authority

C. Worthiness