Summary: Living out God’s promises to the church bring glory to His Name.
February 25, 2012
Text: Ephesians 1:3-14
Subject: Spiritual Blessings
Title: Five Promises to Those Who Are In Christ
Today is National Women’s Ministry Day in the Assemblies of God. It is a day that we recognize the women of the church for the work they do and really, just for whom they are. The theme for this years Women’s Day is from 1 John 3:1 “Love Revealed”. 1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! That thought fits right in to what the Lord would have me preach today.
Have you ever noticed that you are closely associated with those whom you chose to be around? Sometimes that is in a good sense, but not always. For instance, when I was in high school I chose to hang around those kids who were radical. We didn’t want to be like all the other kids. We didn’t want to be associated with the jocks or the rich kids or the “clique”. And speaking for myself I can say that I just wanted to be different than the popular kids. Unfortunately, my association with that group connected me with the “radicals” in other areas of life, whether or not I was involved with any of their other activities. For instance, I was always an obedient child in school. I never gave the teachers any grief. I wasn’t as good a student that I could have been but I was very compliant. But, because many of the students I associated were viewed as troublemakers, I was also lumped into that group. Guilt by association…
It doesn’t matter what age you are, you will be connected by association to whatever group you chose to be with. Sometimes it can be a good thing. If I hang around good musicians then people might think I am one of them. If you spend time with sports enthusiasts you be seen as one of them. If you go to church you will probably be thought of as a Christian. We know that is not always the truth, but that is the perception that others will have. Sometimes it may not be such a good thing. Many people have been accused of crimes because they were connected to criminals. Though the connection is not always an indicator of who you really are, the perception is always there.
Now I said all that in order to say this; you are in a Pentecostal church today, but not everyone is Pentecostal. The Assemblies of God is a Pentecostal fellowship, but not all A/G churches are Pentecostal. The bible promises us many blessings for those who believe, but not everyone believes. Isaiah prophesied about those who were connected by association but the Lord had this to say in Isaiah 29:13, The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.
Today, as we read our passage, I want you to pay close attention to the phrase “in Him” or “in Christ” because it is this association that tells you what God sees through that association.
Let’s look together today to see 5 things that God’s word promises to those who are “in Him’.