SUPER HERO SUNDAY 2017
A SUPERHERO is a type of heroic character who possesses supernatural or superhuman powers and who is dedicated to a moral goal or protecting the public (WIKIPEDIA)
TODAY WE CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY. I BELIEVE THE BIBLE TEACHES US THE SUPER- HERO QUALITIES OF A GENUINE FATHER.
TODAY WE ARE GOING TO HONOR & CELEBRATE FATHER’S, BUT ALSO THE SPIRIT OF A SUPERHERO THAT CAN BE IN ALL OF US.
The spirit to overcome & conquer is in you if you have received Christ as your lord and savior.
1 JOHN 4:4 TLV
4 You are from God, children, and you have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
Romans 8:31, 37 TLV
31 What then shall we say in view of these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 37 But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
· Overcome: ( Nikao ) To subdue, conquer, prevail and get the victory over all your enemies.
· To gain a surpassing victory
John 16:33 NIV
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. (pressure, resistance) But take heart (courage)! I have overcome the world
1 John 2:16-17 NLT
For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
ONE OF THE CHARACTER TRAITS IN A SUPERHERO IS COURAGE.
COURAGE MEANS YOU ARE BOLD AND WILLING TO STAND, PROTECT & FIGHT IN THE FACE OF OVERWHELMING ODDS AND OPPOSITION.
COURAGE IS ATTACHED TO FAITH IN GOD & NOT FEARING THE PEOPLE.
EXAMPLE: TWO HEBREW MIDWIVES REFUSED TO FOLLOW PHAROAH’S COMMAND TO KILL THE MALE CHILDREN INSTEAD THEY SAVED THEM!
Exodus 1:17 NKJV
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.
God told Joshua these words:
Joshua 1:7 NKJV
7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
One of the most courageous things you can do is to do what God has commanded in the midst of a world that continually rejects the truth.
Courage and Faith are companions that work together.
1 Samuel 14:6-10 NKJV
6 Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.”
7 So his armorbearer said to him, “Do all that is in your heart. Go then; here I am with you, according to your heart.”
8 Then Jonathan said, “Very well, let us cross over to these men, and we will show ourselves to them. 9 If they say thus to us, ‘Wait until we come to you,’ then we will stand still in our place and not go up to them. 10 But if they say thus, ‘Come up to us,’ then we will go up. For the Lord has delivered them into our hand, and this will be a sign to us.”
2 Samuel 23:11-12 GW
11-12 After him was Shammah, the son of Agee from Harar. Once during a Philistine attack, when all his men deserted him and fled, he stood alone at the center of a field of lentils and beat back the Philistines; and God gave him a great victory.
2 Samuel 21:20-22 NLT
20 In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, they encountered a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also a descendant of the giants. 21 But when he defied and taunted Israel, he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David’s brother Shimea. 22 These four Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them.
Defied and taunted(reproach, blaspheme, jeopardize) to gather to pluck off like fruit from a tree
Israel needed more superheros like the original Giant killer David and thank God David’s giant killer spirit multiplied in his mighty men
We need that same giant killer spirit in all of us and especially the men today!
Joel 3:9 “Wake up the mighty men”
Remind them that it’s time for the superhero in you to awaken!
Delilah caused the superhero Samson to sleep on her knees while she had his hair cut after she continually wore him out with her words of deception.
Judges 16:16, 19 NKJV
And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged (pressured) him, so that his soul was vexed (greatly discouraged) unto death. And she made him sleep upon her knees; and she called for a man, and she caused him to shave off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.
It’s time for the Samson’s to awaken! It is time for courage and faith to awaken in all of us!
Hebrews 11:33-34 GNT
33 Through faith they fought whole countries and won. They did what was right and received what God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 put out fierce fires, escaped being killed by the sword. They were weak, but became strong; they were mighty in battle and defeated the armies of foreigners.
· It takes courage and faith to do what is right!
PEOPLE LOVE SUPERHEROES! THEY LOVE THEIR SUPER POWERS & ALL THEIR SUPERHERO STUFF.
SUPER HERO’S HAVE SOME THINGS IN COMMON: NOT THE OUTER STRENGTH BUT WHAT I CALL INNER GREATNESS:
1. HEART OF FAITH COURAGE(THEY FIGHT IN THE FACE OF FEAR AND GREAT OPPOSITION)
2. HONESTY(THEY TELL THE TRUTH AND WILL NOT BE DECEPTIVE OR UNTRUTHFUL)
3. INTEGRITY(WILL NOT TAKE WHAT DOES NOT BELONG TO THEM)
4. PERSERVERANCE(THEY WILL NOT QUIT)
5. COMPASSIONATE(THEY CARE ENOUGH TO DO SOMETHING AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE)
6. GENEROUS(THEY ARE WILLING TO GIVE IT ALL)
7. NOT HYPOCRITICAL(THEY ARE GENUINE & SINCERE)
THESE INNER QUALITIES NEED TO BE AWAKENED TODAY!
COURAGE & FAITH, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, PERSERVERANCE, COMPASSION, GENEROSITY, NO HYPOCRICY
Malachi 4:4-6 NKJV
4 “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
With the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 6 And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
GET BACK TO THE BIBLE AS THE WORD OF GOD, HIS INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO LIVE A BLESSED LIFE
LET GOD TURN AND RETURN YOUR HEART AS A FATHER (PARENT) TO YOUR CHILDREN. THEN WATCH THE CHILDREN’S HEART TURN TO YOU AND TO GOD!
THIS IS TRUE GREATNESS AND BEING A SUPERHERO FOR GOD!