Summary: This sermon points us to neglected areas in many lives-Excitement, excited living and walking the Christian life with expectation.
Filled with excitement
PSALMS 122:1, “ I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go into the house of the LORD.”
INTRO: We sang a song some years ago that said:
Get all excited, go tell everybody that Jesus Christ is King, Repeat….
Jesus Christ is the King of Kings.
We have come here today to Celebrate the presence of our God in our lives. We have a reason to be excited today. We don’t need to hide it, and if we get out of control, I think not only will we like it but I feel like it would please God.
ILL. Joy, Worship: Don’t grin in church
In church one Sunday a small child was turning around smiling at everyone. He wasn’t gurgling, spitting, humming, tearing the hymnbooks apart, or rummaging through his mother’s purse. He was just smiling. Suddenly his mother jerked him around, and in a stage whisper that everyone could hear, and said, "Stop that grinning. You’re in church "That’s better," and returned to her prayers.
David was a man that was excited about God, a man who was stirred in his Spirit by the things of God. The day the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem he celebrated, he danced in the streets before the Ark “with all his might.”
We have a reason to be excited today
ILL. HAPPY TO GO TO THE FUNERAL
A woman testified to the transformation that had taken place in her life through her Christian conversion:
"I’m so glad I got religion!" she declared. "I have an uncle I used to hate so much I vowed I’d never go to his FUNERAL! But now - why, I’d be happy to go to it ANY TIME!"
I. Things That Excite Us
1. New Things
A. Everyone likes new things
- New clothes; we cannot wait to wear
- New car; That smell
- New baby; Everyone has just got to hold
- Because they are fresh
- They are untarnished
C. When we made our way to God we were:
- Abused by the sin of this world
God didn’t just apply some BONDO on our dents--
He didn’t just slap some KILTZ over the stains and scars that sin had left on our lives-- He didn’t cover up but He removed the imperfections and replaced every part of me
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Ill. The song we still sing today says, “Put on the Garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, lift up your voice to God…..!"
G. What a reason to be excited today; that in our
lives everything has been made new
1. New Things
2. Love excites us
A. We all enjoy that warm feeling that washes over us
when we experience being loved.
B. Puppy love is not what I am referring to, but Real
- Puppy Love is nice but it doesn’t last
- Real Love sees beyond our flaws and
imperfections and loves us in-spite of all our
- Real love endures a life time
C. This is the kind of love that God expressed on
Calvary “Father forgive them…” - John 3:16
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
D. We were so undeserving “But God…”
- In the middle of our vilest state
- Though completely unworthy of His love
- God Loved us
E. What a reason to get excited and shout
When we were unlovable He Loved us
1. New Things
3. Winning excites us
A. Everyone loves to win
B. Old saying “2nd place is like kissing your sister
C. When you win
- There is a thrill that fills your heart that is
- You have met the challenge before you & have
come out Victorious
- We are #1
- We are the Best
- We are the champions
D. In our selves we are not able to stand against the
enemy of our soul and win
E. The battle is to great for us in our on might and
F. What a reason to shout; what a reason to get
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,