Preserved For Life
Sunday Sermon on 29th March, 2020 by Pastor Rajesh Mathew
God will keep us, protect us. He has promised to preserve us for LIFE
Psalm 16:1- Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing."
When you take refuge in the Lord, He preserves you.
Job 7:20- Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden [a]to myself? Oh thou preserver of men.
The Lord is referred to here as the Watcher of men and the Preserver of Men. You will not be destroyed. God will, in His mercy, preserve us
Till when will God preserve us?
He will do so as long as you chew the cud of God’s Word. Like a cow that keeps on chewing, swallowing and regurgitating and chewing the cud again and again till all its nutrients are fully absorbed. That is how a cow digests the grass. That is how we need to digest and chew on the Word of God.
Revelations 1:18- 8 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
The Word says that the Lord is He who lives and was dead but BEHOLD He lives forever more. It says, the keys of death are not in the hands of corona virus but in the hands of Jesus. HE is the one who decides how long you should live. Your life span is not decided by disease or situations of life.
Jesus is life. He came to give life and in all its fullness. If you believe in Jesus, let His life manifest forth through you, wherever you are.
He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Genesis 25:7-8- This is the sum of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived: one hundred and seventy-five years. 8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.
How long did Abraham live? He lived 175 years
How did he live? Abraham died full of years and in good old age. God gave him long life
Genesis 35: 28-29- 28 Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years. 29 So Isaac breathed his last and died, and was [a]gathered to his people, being old and full of days. And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
Isaac lived for 180 years. Longer than his father. He died full of days. The revelation of this Word will bring manifestation.
Why is this important for us?
Galatians 4:28- 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.
In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is saying that we are children of Promise as Isaac was. If God gave Isaac that full life, even when death is seen all over the world, the children of God can boldly say that I will live long, I am a Promised Child of God.
He lived 147 years.
Genesis 47:9- And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”
Jacob says he went to Egypt from Canaan and he is saying here that his life span is less!!! Only 137 years! My life is shortened, he says.
We serve the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. When you call on His name, the fear of death to leave you. Let His life manifest through you.
Deuteronomy 34:7- Moses was 120 years old when he died, yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever
Moses was full of strength even at that age. He walked up the mountains. Your eye won’t become dim. Let the same life Jesus manifest through you.
Joshua 24:29- 29 Now it came to pass after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being one hundred and ten years old.
Joshua was 110 years old.
How do u come to this blessing?
Usually people quote Psalm 90 and say that man is meant to live for 70 years. But 70 years is minimum. That psalm was written by Moses. In Genesis 5, God says120 years is your life span. Let us believe what God says.
In the midst of this time where there is death all around, take this Word and He will preserve you.
How will He preserve you?
Proverbs 3:16- Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor.
SHAKE HANDS with wisdom. Godly wisdom. Shake hands with Jesus who is the wisdom of God. At wisdom’s right hand is long life and on the left is wealth and honour. Hold on to godly wisdom.
Give a high ten to Christ not just a high five.
This is the Foundation: Receive Christ. Make Him your own. Become born again.
If you are born again you have every right to claim this promise.
Some people don’t experience that life. Why?
Hoses 13:9- “O Israel, you are destroyed, But your help is from Me.
Another version says, Oh Israel you have destroyed yourself.
How can you destroy yourself?
Proverbs 16:18- 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
- Pride goes before destruction. Pride is a self-destructive trap. It is a luciferin personality.
- Jesus is humble and meek of heart.
- We take pride in our scientific, medical, technological advancements and people felt they don't need God. Most wealthy nations are shaken by this virus.
- Why do you want to walk around in pride?
- Pharaoh’s pride is what God used to harden his heart.
- Exodus 15 says that his heart became like stone. When they got into the sea, the ones with pride sunk and the humble crossed over.
Proverbs 10:27- 27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
The fear of the Lord prolongs the days. Go on your knees, clap and lift your hands in prayer. If there is devotion there is long life. The wicked will shorten their lives. Get rid of wickedness.
Hebrews 12:15- 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
What causes trouble? Root is good. Being rooted in Christ is good, it helps bear fruit.
But a bitter root is poison for the soul. It destroys man's defence mechanism. It drains away your eternal life.
1 John 3: 14-15- 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love [a]his brother abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
It is not a small thing. Many believers die young, die early. Not due to big sins but heart full of hatred.
1 John 4:16 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
How can we be recognized as children of God. By your love. Love shows forth that you abide in God.
Bitterness is like poison. Repent of it.
Ecclesiastes 7:9- Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
Foolish have anger in their bosom. Anger is a killer.
Genesis 33:12-13- 12 Then Esau said, “Let us take our journey; let us go, and I will go before you.” 13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are weak, and the flocks and herds which are nursing are with me. And if the men should drive them hard one day, all the flock will die.
Jacob says this- If I over drive them the flock, they will all die. Don’t over drive yourself. Don’t be a workaholic, working through the night and through the day.
Take time to rest, recoup, and refresh yourself.
Some people have died before their time because they haven’t taken care of their health. They eat they want to eat and they don't exercise. They don't take care of themselves. At least for 30 minutes in a day, you must exercise.
2 kings 4:38-44- So how 38 Elisha returned to Gilgal and there was a famine in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these prophets.” 39 One of them went out into the fields to gather herbs and found a wild vine and picked as many of its gourds as his garment could hold. When he returned, he cut them up into the pot of stew, though no one knew what they were. 40 The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. 41 Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot. 42 A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said.
- Watch what you eat. Keep away from food and drinks that can destroy you
- There is life in the bread and blood of the Lamb. Smith Wigglesworth used to partake of the communion daily. Partake of the Lords table daily if you are a member of Cornerstone church.
- The verses above say, there is death in the pot. Don’t drink too much payasam. Avoid sugary drinks. God wants you to have life
- There are killer menus which brings in killer diseases and killer diets.
- Hebrews says- lay aside every weight and sin
- Reduce your weight. Run the race looking into Jesus.
How do I have extra life? How does God preserve my life?
PARTAKE OF THE LORD’S TABLE
- The Lord says, I am giving myself to you. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, will walk in my life
- Have the Lords table every day at home
- The greatest BLESSING the Lord has given us is the Lord's Table. There is life in this Table. There is life in His blood. Smith Wigglesworth took daily communion
- You don’t need special grape juice or special bread. Use what you have
Apply the Blood of Jesus on your homes
Zecharaiah 9: 11-16- 11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water. 12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee; 13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man. 14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. 15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. 16 And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
1 Corinthians 11:20-29 - 20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper. 21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. 22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. 23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.13 a d 14- there will be a strength that you never had before when u partake of Gods table.
Daily communion will make you mighty and strong.
They ate of the Lamb. In one night they became mighty. They came out like an army. It's a prophetic meal.
WATCH WHAT YOU SPEAK
Psalm 91:2- 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Speak life through your tongue. No Corona or corona’s grandad can touch you. God will satisfy with me with long life!
Numbers 14:18- So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say.
God watches your words. He is ready to give you life. But how you speak is how God will act. Speak life, speak long lif, speak protection, God will do that for you
1 Peter 3:10-11- For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it
Refrain your tongue from evil. Speak faith
Deceit means hypocrisy. It means literally to wear a mask. In your life don’t wear a mask. Be genuine
Just learn to keep your mouth shut to see good days. Doctors usually checks your tongue. If we hear how we speak, we can discern your spiritual health
Psalm 34: 12-13 - Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
TRUST THE LORD
Psalm 91:2- I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
- This life flows when you take refuge in Him.
- Don’t be over smart. Trust in the Lord. Don’t be on an information overdrive. Lay down your fear, unbelief, deceitfulness and evil speaking at His feet. Ask His forgiveness.
- Don’t be afraid. Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your path.