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fast in the Last Days
THE SIN OF
EFFORTS EQUAL PRIDE.
This message is not
always a popular theme but it is high time somebody SPOKE up and
SPELLED out the sin
of advertising how many converts your church had or how many
professions you had in order to look big to the religious community.
God's word said in Proverbs
16:18- "pride goeth before
destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall" and that is where many are living, at
time in church history.
I remember some years ago
when we were pastoring a small mission church in Alaska, a news letter
came from a missionary in Mexico bragging about having 6,000 souls
saved the previous year. The truth is the majority of those were no
where to be found the next year.
2- THOSE ADDED BY THE LORD EQUAL BLESSING.
Acts 2:47- "And the Lord added to the
church daily such as should be saved."
adds them, they STAY but when we add them they STRAY.
advertising in a well known religious paper
tell us they are "The fastest growing Sunday school" in their
particular domain with a picture of the beautiful building and
landscaped grounds along with the Pastor showing himself standing so
pious you would think he had some, "greater than thou" standing with
God who is not please with the proud look it represents!
3- THOSE ADDED
This reminds me of
the sin of King David for Numbering the children of Israel. You
Preacher, what is wrong with it ? GOD told him not to do it, that is
what is wrong with it. Because of the sin of numbering GOD'S people,
David fell into Satan's trap. Look at First Chronicles Chapter 21:1-2 "And
Satan stood up against
Israel and provoked David
You say Preacher
what is the sin? The sin was
disobedience to GODS word. GOD
David as Israel's leader to show faith in GOD for his and the people's
regardless of how large or small a congregation they were and it is
old Satan to question GOD'S methods and his word.
In 1 Chronicles chapter 21 and
verse one notice how the Devil works:
(1)- THE PROCESS OF SATAN-
people of GOD.
He is always against the people of God and will be until Jesus cast him
into the lake of fire for eternity.
I Chronicles 21:1- "And Satan stood up
(2)- THE PROVOCATION OF SATAN-
Man of GOD.
Satan's number one top priority has been and will continue to be trying
to destroy God's Anointed!
I Chronicles 21:2- "and provoked
David to number Israel".
(3)- THE PRACTICE OF SATAN-
Against the leadership.
He caused the
in command to fall along with the King. He will do the same in God
ordained churches today.
21:3- "And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred
many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's
servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a
cause of trespass to Israel?"
Joab argued with David
about doing that which he knew was wrong but David insisted on going
ahead with it
up against the people of Israel and that is always what
Satan does; he opposes everything GOD ordained and seeks the
downfall of faithful people.
The devil would
have GOD'S people think that everything the pastor tells them is
Gospel when there is no chapter
and verse for it. GOD'S people
are commanded to know His Word and refuse
things contrary to it. We need to check God's word to see if it is true
on every subject that comes up!
were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they searched
the scriptures daily, whether those things were so".
provoked God's anointed into
(B)- Satan prodded
David to disobey God and Number Israel.
A Pastor who leads his people out of
the will of God will cause the whole camp to sin.
21:2- "And David said
to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number
Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me,
that I may know it".
It is sad when
GOD'S people follow a leader into disobedience. The whole camp
pay for the sin. Read 1-Chronicles 21:4-7 and in verse eight David
realizes sin is at the door and seeks forgiveness but GOD in verse nine
spake unto Gad, David's sear, giving David three choices for the
punishment of his sin.
21:9-10- "And the
LORD spake unto Gad, David's seer, saying, Go
and tell David, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things:
choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee".
THREE YEARS OF FAMINE.
(2)- SECOND CHOICE.
THREE MONTHS OF DESTRUCTION BY HIS ENEMIES.
THREE DAYS OF THE SWORD OF The LORD.
always brings judgment.
21:13- "And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me
into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me
not fall into the hand of man.". He made a wise choice
but it cost him dearly. Verse fourteen, GOD sent a pestilence that Killed SEVENTY THOUSAND MEN
and more devastation was on the way but a
called off the angel of destruction in verse fifteen.
The bottom line is
that GOD doesn't want our strength to be in numbers- let
increase and be satisfied with the results. Galatians 6:14-"But
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world".
It is our commission to seek sinners but let GOD sort them out and
number them in The Lambs Book of Life. I am persuaded GOD is going to
give greater rewards to some small time preacher or missionary in
isolated places with less people to work with than those who have the
multitudes before them.