The Picture Of A Blessed Man

(Ome: Hey fruitful ones! I’m here with the sermon notes from the sermon almost two weeks ago by Pastor Prince.

In this sermon, Pastor talked about the psalms, and how each psalm prophetically corresponds to a year. Amazingly, the psalm for this year points to our church’s very theme verse, to the man who trusts in the Lord, the man who delights in God’s word. This man will be a blessed man, and a prosperous man. It’s a God-confirmation to His rhema word for us this year. So I would like to encourage you to continue to meditate. Find a verse that speaks to you and meditate on it. Be that blessed man or woman. When we meditate, we prosper. God’s word stands behind it!

Blessed week!)

15 January 2012 Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Prince

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

Luke 24:27

27And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Luke 24:44-45

44Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

Psalm 44:13-16,22-26

13You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and a derision to those all around us. 14You make us a byword among the nations, A shaking of the head among the peoples. 15My dishonor is continually before me, And the shame of my face has covered me, 16Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the enemy and the avenger.

22Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 23Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. 24Why do You hide Your face, And forget our affliction and our oppression? 25For our soul is bowed down to the dust; Our body clings to the ground. 26Arise for our help, And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.

Psalm 45:1-6

1My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. 2You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever. 3Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty. 4And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. 5Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; The peoples fall under You. 6Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

Psalm 46:8-10

8Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Psalm 48:1-8 (KJV)

1Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, In His holy mountain. 2Beautiful in elevation, The joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, The city of the great King. 3God is in her palaces; He is known as her refuge. 4For behold, the kings assembled, They passed by together. 5They saw it, and so they marveled; They were troubled, they hastened away. 6Fear took hold of them there, And pain, as of a woman in birth pangs, 7As when You break the ships of Tarshish With an east wind. 8As we have heard, So we have seen In the city of the LORD of hosts, In the city of our God: God will establish it forever.Selah

Psalm 80:8-13

8You have brought a vine out of Egypt; You have cast out the nations, and planted it. 9You prepared room for it, And caused it to take deep root, And it filled the land. 10The hills were covered with its shadow, And the mighty cedars with its boughs. 11She sent out her boughs to the Sea, And her branches to the River. 12Why have You broken down her hedges, So that all who pass by the way pluck her fruit? 13The boar out of the woods uproots it, And the wild beast of the field devours it.

Psalm 91:5-13

5You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. 9Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

Psalm 112:1-10

1Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. 2His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 3Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 4Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. 6Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 7He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 8His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies. 9He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor. 10The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.

2 Corinthians 9:8-9

8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9As it is written: “He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.”

Key take-home points:

  • The Bible is a prophecy. The Bible is given by prophecy, one-quarter of the Bible is prophecy. However, Bible prophecy is all about Jesus. In fact, prophecies in the Bible are not concerning the world at its core. Yes, they do include some large-scale world events, but the Bible focuses primarily on Jesus, then the church, then Israel, in that order of pre-eminence. Is God’s heart and mind on the big scheme of things, on the world, on foreign relations? No. God’s heart and mind is not on the world. God’s heart and mind is on Jesus, and then you, the church, and then Israel. Know that what goes on in the world is of little concern to Him, but what goes on in your life matters to Him, a lot! So let’s not focus on the world. Let’s get our focus where God’s focus is, Jesus and ourselves, and that will enable you to read the Bible in good perspective!
  • In the Old Testament, Psalm 44:22 said that “for your sake we are killed all day long, we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter”. This expression prophetically described the Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Interestingly, Paul quoted this expression in the New Testament, in 2 Corinthians. However, he did not end there. He went on to say that in all those things we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” The Jesus factor makes all the difference when it comes to trials. Beloveds, today, you may go through trials and tribulations, but Jesus is in your life, and when Jesus is in your life, it is not over until in Him, you overcome the circumstances. You will not go down under; you will come out victorious!
  • This year, God gives us the picture of a blessed man in Psalm 112. The psalm describes a blessed man as a man who delights in God’s word (v1) and someone who will not be afraid when heat comes because his trust is in the Lord (v7). The result will be that he prospers, including financial prosperity. (v3) In fact, God will bless him so abundantly that he is able to lend and give to the poor. (vv5,9) He will be honoured, and those who come against him will see his blessings, gnash their teeth in envy, and disappear. (vv9-10) And this one is my favourite: he will also be a light in the darkness. There will be darkness and gloom in this world, but praise God that there will be light, hope, victory, revelation for us, and we will be light in the midst of darkness. “Arise, shine, for your light has come!” (Isa 54:1) It is in time of darkness that we shine, that we stand out, beloveds!