Summary of Pastor Richard’s Sermon
I AM NOT FORSAKEN
In the sermon delivered on Sunday 13th of August 2023, Pastor Richard highlighted how human beings often make promises but fail to fulfil them, which can leave us feeling not only discouraged and disheartened but also dejected and disappointed.
He tells us we are not forsaken, then tells us the good news which is that we have someone who always keeps His promises.
Drawing from Psalm 37:25 which says; “Since I was young and now that I am old, I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed (children) beg for bread”, Pastor Richard emphasises that God never fails and is always there for us. He advises us that while people may promise things, it is important to place our trust in God and seek His promises, which are reliable and unwavering.
The sermon explores Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) which says; “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and I will help you: I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”., emphasising that although human beings have limitations, God has none and is fully capable of fulfilling His word. Pastor Richard thus encourages us to draw closer to God who has no limitations and is able to do what He promises.
Isaiah 3:10 says, “Tell the righteous it will be well with them. For they will eat the fruits of their doings…”. Pastor Richard says this highlights the power of prayer and how God’s word will be fulfilled in our lives, homes, and businesses, as well as in the lives of others.
The sermon emphasises the importance of gratitude and appreciation for what God has provided in our lives, and His track record of never letting down His people. It reminds us that our blessings are not solely the result of our own efforts but are by God’s grace. He advised that by aligning ourselves with God, we can experience His faithfulness, as David discovered through his own research.
He also highlighted 2 Corinthians 1:20 which says; “For no matter how many the promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Pastor Richard shares stories of how some people, even in difficult times, have been blessed abundantly by God while others struggle. The message is to rejoice in God’s blessings and to trust in His provision. The sermon underscores the presence of God in our lives, His intervention through not only angels but also through others, and the inspiration we receive from hearing and reading His word.
Pastor Richard encourages us to seize opportunities to do something exceptional for God and to share His message with others. He emphasises the importance of evangelism, reaching out to others, and providing encouragement and admonition when needed.
In conclusion, Pastor Richard’s sermon reminds us that if God can bring about a turnaround in David’s life, He can surely do the same for anyone. He highlights the faithfulness of God, quoting Numbers 23:19, and encourages us not to grow weary or postpone acts of service.
The sermon concludes by urging us to continue to be active in sharing God’s word and supporting others, referencing 2 Peter 1:4 which states, “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them we may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” This verse emphasises the transformative power of God’s promises and the potential for believers to experience a new, godly nature through their faith in Him.