Charles Spurgeon Sermon Notes Vol. 1
The Roaring Lion 1 Peter 5:8
Satan was once an angel; perhaps even an archangel. The Christian will be attacked by Satan in one season or another.
He is always seeking someone to devour-he wants to destroy God's people.
We can't blame Satan for everything for sin grows in our hearts without the need of sowing.
Satan usually attacks us when we are at our lowest because then his attack is most effective.
His objective in his attacks: "worship me". Just as the same when he attacked Christ in the wilderness.
In his attacks upon us, he wants to wed our sinful desires to his temptations.
Some believe Satan to be a lie/doesn't exist. Usually, if a man have no Devil he has no God as well.
Man's pain is the best testimony to Satan's existence.
Those who are dead in sin know little of the attacks of Satan for they are dead; they are of no threat to him.
The roaring of Satam: Persuctions-roaring till only the faithful of God stood firm before their death.
Temptation: tempting us to sin against God. We conquer our sin by The Spirit. Blasphemy: thoughts against God and His holiness; possibly put there by Satan. We are to resist these unholy thoughts by the word of God and meditation thereof.
Satan seeks total destruction/devouring of the believer. Our Savior wants nothing more than the complete salvation of the saints.
We must not grow comfortable in our walk because then we stop relying on God and are, thus, at our weakest.
The war with Satan is not ours's but God's-victory is in Him alone.
Satan's attacks should drive us to prayer.
To follow Christ is the grandest thing of existence.
How To Become Full of Joy 1 John 1:4
Christ gave and gives us joy.
A Christian's joy needs looking after, otherwise, we wouldn't need/want God's word.
The pain, trials, temptations of this world proves the need of guarding our joy.
When we are low we fall much like Peter.
The Christian doesn't lose much in sin; save for his joy in God.
John writes of our relationship to Christ, not of things of the world.
Our joy is found in Christ and in Him alone.
Everlasting love (loved by God Almighty) and communion (being with Him) cause us joy.
Trials can help to take us away from the world.
Foolish loves make rods for foolish backs.
Fellowship with Christ is the fountain of our joy.
Every command in the word is meant to help us in our joy. Illustration: "Don't touch the fire lest you be burned."
God never denies children something that is truly for their good.
His commends are rules for freedom in our walk with Christ.
Loving man also makes us joyful.
Holy activity is the mother of holy joy.
Guard your joy with God's word-then the world things will lose their attraction.
Self-Examination 2 Corinthians 13:5
The Corinthians were critical of Paul and his ministry.
Paul called out the corinthians to see if they are in the faith. We should do the same today.
Do I grow in grace?
Examine what is in your heart. What is your motive for doing good works, going to church/studies, etc.?
You believe the truth but are you in the truth?
The belief that the Ark will float in the flood is good but when the flood comes are you in the Ark?
Let us know where we are and what we are so that we may not be in false comfort or Christianity. Best to know now rather than later.
In private life do you live without prayer or study? Do you have any love for God at all?
If you are right with God then you could not live without prayer and study because you could not live without God.
Pleading (in prayer) Psalm 70:5
David learned to pray and praise God best.
The soul confesses urgently, the soul pleads-grasping for God. This is seen in Psalm 70:5.
With both hands David lays hold of God and doesn't let Him go till a blessing is received.
Similar to a wrestler taking off his clothes before entering the ring so we too must confess before God if we are to wrestle with Him in prayer.
We are to confess before we can receive forgiveness.
God knows our guilt; He wants us to know it as well; thus we confess to an all-knowing God.
See sin as God sees sin-an offense against all that is good, a rebellion against all that is kind, a treason worthy of capital punishment.
He is ready to forgive and loves to forgive! But He is never ready to tolerate sin. Confess and receive from God.
'I am poor and needy, lost, have pity on me' Paraphrase of Psalm 70:5. A statement on the sinful condition of all man.
We are powerless in ministry. Salvation is of God, it is His business, we are just His instruments.
God knows we are inadequate for His work. We must learn/know this as well.
Pleading with God in prayer is the foundation of prayer. Plead the blood of the Lamb. Plead the Attributes of God-"You are just, and merciful, good and faithful O God..."
You are a child of the Most High. Remember this and be bold in your prayers, in your pleading with God.
Be honest, and earnest in prayer because it honors God.
God to God in prayer. Don't leave until you have received what you've asked.
Plead the performances of God- "You have delivered your saints in the past, deliver me also."
Plead whatever you need for life, ministry, godly living.
"Let me learn the art of pleading, of prayer."
Be urgent in prayer! Our need for grace is grand.
When our need for God is strong our blessing is close.
We are licensed beggars/pleaders before God.
It is never too late to seek God.
We can do nothing without God.
Prayer moves the arm that moves the world.
Have God, hold and behold Him at all costs. For He is the most precious possession you could ever have.
True Prayer-True Power! Mark 11:24
It is a blessed thing to draw near to God in prayer
Look at the text, look around you, look above you. According to Jesus, there should be an object in which we plead.
Earnest desire plays a role in our prayer. Our desires should lead us to prayer.
Faith is essential in prayer-believe!
Prepare yourself for prayer-examine yourself.
Desire must be in your prayers. Lest prayer be a heavy burden on you.
No general "blanket" prayers. Say people's names, state your needs before God!
Express your wants/needs in the words that are natural to you.
Pray to love God more.
Submit to His divine will in your requests.
Stop and pray each and every one of your petitions with God.
Have faith in God! He has promised to hear our prayers.
Plead the promises with passion and desire.
Ask and believe that you will receive; take the Lord God at His word.
Desire, ask, believe, wait to receive, trust God.
Use your prayer time well; focus on God.
God doesn't hear our prayer because of the length or language or songs or logic.
He'll answer because we pray in the power of the Spirit in the name of Christ.
Speak to God out of your own heart! Speak like a child to his father.
Look to God. We have been given a mighty weapon to use! Don't let it rust.
We will only triumph when we are kneeling.
Look to God and weep for wasting such a powerful weapon.
Look to God and rejoice for He loves us yet still.
His ear is always open if you have an open mouth.
His hand is ready for a ready heart.
We must be born again to know this kind of prayer.
Heaven and Hell Matthew 8:11-12
Verse 11 tells us what Heaven is. It is a place I can sit with the saints of both the OT and NT.
If we have known one another here on Earth then we will also know one another there.
Heaven is the fellowship of the saints.
Be rit of your pride or you shall never enter Heaven.
More will be in Heaven than in Hell, lest Satan beat Jesus. (Sidebar: a good defense of postmillennialism).
Heaven will be full of the "worst of sinners".
Nothing in Hell or on Earth can stop the Christ.
What is written in the word must be preached!
"weeping and gnashing of teeth" because of their own hatred of fellows in Hell and God in Heaven.
If you don't have a heart for God now you'll surely have none then.
To believe is to put your trust in Christ.
God did not say "whosoever is good shall be saved." But "whosoever believes shall be saved."
May we all meet in Heaven.
Strengthening Words From the Savior's Lips 2 Corinthians 12:9
Paul prayed to Christ, thus, proof that Jesus is divine.
It is natural when buffeted by Satan to trun to Jesus. Since Jesus casted demons in His ministry and experienced the tempations of Satan.
God may not take the trail from you, but He'll strengthen you to get through it.
Grace is all sufficient, strength perfected, power indwelling.
"MY grace is sufficient" God is enough for us. His grace is enough for the whole Church.
It is NOW sufficent for you! Past trials seem small, trials now are huge. It is not a new trouble. Christ's grace can/will comfort/strengthen you to exit, or endure the trial.
You demand on God is never too much for Him.
Look to God to supply your need; not man.
God's strength is perfectly revealed in our weakness.
Therefore, easy lives don't know God's strength.
"made perfect" IE achieves its purpose.
"Empty me. Let me discover the vainity of life."
God will use ou when He empthies you of you.