CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

All Topics, Authority, Blessing, Power, Prosperity, Spiritual Warfare

IF GRACE IS THE EXPLANATION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Grace of...

MAKING THE MOST OF LIFE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 5:15-17 The Bible is a prophetic book that discloses...

THE MIRACULOUS CATCH OF FISH

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Private and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In Luke 5, the...

Strangers and Pilgrims

"Professor" William C. Linn Guest Contributor Napoleon was exiled twice in his life. His first...

THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED!

Robert D. Pace THE WORD OF GOD UNLEASHED! Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12 uses powerful phraseology to...

A STUDY OF DIVINE HEALING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace The following study is an outline that provides Biblical...

YOU CAN DISCERN THE DAYS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Jesus was surrounded by...

CAN YOU WALK WITH GOD?

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Can You Walk With God? Exodus 40:17‑19; 33--34 Introduction...

HOW TO OPEN CLOSED DOORS

Opening Closed Doors Revelation 3:8 Robert D. Pace Introduction (Illustration) In the 1990’s I...

LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE

Robert D. Pace LIVING WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE Ephesians 4:17--24 The mind is incredible.  It can...

The Spirit of Python

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 16:16-34 INTRODUCTION This particular account takes us out of the...

AUTHORITY TO ASK!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 John 5:13--15 There’s a huge difference between the God of...

Son of David, Son of God

This is a profound look at the lineage of Jesus from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD "The...

LOOSED!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks Burdens. Constraints. Traps. When you...

WHAT ABOUT THE “WRATH OF GOD”?

Robert D. Pace The book of Revelation describes the last days as a time when the "wrath of God" is...

YOUR SUPPORT IS APPRECIATED!

Dear Faithful Viewer, Greetings, in the Name of Christ Jesus! Since 2003, God has privileged me to...

BEHOLD, HE PRAYS!

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 I find it interesting that God assured Ananias, a...

AN ALTAR INVITATION

Robert D. Pace "THE BOOKS" An Altar Invitation The Bible speaks of two books being opened at the...

CONQUERING THE SPIRIT OF CONTAINMENT

Robert D. Pace Conquering the Spirit of Containment Genesis 12:1--3 Abraham is one of Scripture’s...

PRAYER THAT WORKS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONSRobert D. Pace What was true about Jesus 2000 years ago is still true today....

What Can the Righteous do When the Foundations are Destroyed?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 11:3 When crisis appears so do questions. It has always...

THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:31‑35 Today, I want us to focus our attention on Jesus...

ALWAYS GIVE THANKS

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Introductory Remarks The name of today's message is “Always...

THE SONG OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Exodus 15:1-2 The Song of Moses is the first anthem recorded in...

MOTIVATED BY LOVE

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace 2 Corinthians 5:11-15 The mandate for the Church is to spread the...

PRAY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP

Shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn-in to office, the Lord impressed me that much prayer would...

THE PROPHETIC VOICE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Hosea 1:1 opens with these...

BEGGARS OF MERCY

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The story is...

DOES GOD KILL?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace The sixth of the Ten Commandments forbids murder. Does God violate...

“PATHSPERITY”

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Chronicles 14:8‑17 “Pathsperity” is a play on words. I’ve...

THE MESSAGE OF CLOUDS

Robert D. Pace 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 The study of clouds in Scripture is fascinating. Most...

THE VOICE OF GOD TODAY

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:1-4 Does God speak to modern man? If so, how? For...

WHY THE MANNA STOPPED

Why the Manna Stopped Robert D. Pace Joshua 5:10--12 For forty years the Israelites awakened with...

DOES THE BIBLE CONTAIN ERRORS?

KINGDOM ISSUES Robert D. Pace Other than the Bible, no book claims to present the actual words of...

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK

CHRONOLOGY OF HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday: Day of Adoration Jesus makes his Triumphal Entry into...

The Parousia and Appearance of Antichrist (part 2)

Part II The Parousia of Christ The Appearance of the Antichrist 2 Thessalonians 2:1—12 by Robert D...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Open your Bibles to 1 Timothy 4 and let’s...

THE LION’S ROAR!

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Lion’s...

Communion: The Total Sacrifice

Robert D. Pace The story is told of a dying girl whose only hope was to receive blood from someone...

Developing a Prayer Ministry in the Local Church

Robert D. Pace The following article was taken from "The Evangel" magazine where Robert D. Pace...

THE CALL OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace PulpitToday.org Opening Remarks Today we will examine the life...

IMITATORS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace A boy caught a...

WHO OWNS WHAT?

Robert D. Pace Who Owns What Luke 19:28--35 At times, Jesus borrowed things to emphasize important...

THE BEGINNING OF THANKSGIVING DAY IN AMERICA

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace In the early...

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Peter 1:2-4 Introduction (Illustration) Years ago, in...

Jesus Fulfills Prophecy, Christ is the Messiah

This is an excerpt from Robert D Pace's feature-length DVD, "The Scriptures, The Savior and...

TREASURES OF DARKNESS

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace There is a...

HOW TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION

Robert D. Pace How to Overcome Temptation Genesis 22:1--14 Life is full of temptations and tests....

UNLOCK YOUR DESTINY

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Everybody has a destiny. So much so, that God himself has taken a personal...

Book Review: How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary Professor

Mark E. Hardgrove, PhD I recently received a book entitled How to Read the Bible Like a Seminary...

A REVELATION OF GOD

  Robert D Pace A Revelation of God God has an assignment for you and you should never doubt...

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION

LIVING BY THE POWER OF REDEMPTION Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks In Christ’s Day, the word...

DOES HELL OFFEND YOU?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hell. The word suggests an eternal abode that is void of God,...

APOCALERTS OF THE ENDTIME: How God Shows the World Its Days are Numbered

Pulpit Today Sermons APOCALERTS OF THE ENDTIME: How God Shows the World Its Days are Numbered...

EXPECTATIONS OF PENTECOSTAL WORSHIP

In 2003, Robert D. Pace was interviewed by the Evangel magazine, the Official Publication of the...

DELIVERANCE OVER STRONGHOLDS

Deliverance Over Strongholds Luke 11:14--22 Robert D. Pace (Definition) What is a stronghold? A...

YOUR TIMES ARE IN GOD’S HANDS

Robert D. Pace From man’s perspective “time” is uncontrollable. Even with all the advances of...

POWER TO SHARE CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Each year more...

Building on the Rock

Mark E. Hardgrove Matthew 7:24-27 INTRODUCTION This particular parable is included in a series of...

AFFIRMING THE BIBLE AS GOD’S INSPIRED WORD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (NOTE: This Teaching provides an overview of...

The Woman at the Well

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace John 4:4 10 One of our most difficult duties as Christians...

THE WONDER OF KNOWING GOD

The Wonder of Knowing God Philippians 3:7--11 Robert D. Pace It is said that St. Augustine, of the...

LAW OF REVELATION (Part 2) “The Principle of Connection”

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D Pace (This is part 2 of The Law...

MOSES’ TREASURE CODE CRACKED!

MOSES' TREASURE CODE CRACKED! Robert D. Pace Four thousand years ago Moses conveyed a cryptic...

THE GARDENER

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace God’s work on...

Guarding Your Soul and the Souls of Others

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D Pace Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, or everything...

YOUR FOUNDATION: FIRM OR FLAWED?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 7:24-27 The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of Seven...

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH FAITH?

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:1-6 Faith is a premier aspect of the Kingdom of...

Supersign of Prophecy

  The Supersign of Prophecy The Final Countdown by Robert D Pace The best way to help prepare...

“THE DAYS SHALL BE SHORTENED”

Robert D. Pace Jesus often spoke of the Endtimes and the signs the people of that day would...

Biblically Woke!

Robert D Pace Biblically “Woke”! Matthew 1:24 says, “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of...

THE TESTIMONY OF THE CROSS

Robert D. Pace Colossians 2:13--15 If you’re familiar with the world’s major religions you know...

HOPE FOR A VEXED GENERATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Scientists call the Second...

MAGNIFICENT ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace An attribute of God is any quality or characteristic that is...

Communion Symbolizes Our Union With Christ

Robert D. Pace The ushers have distributed the sacraments, no let us prepare our hearts to engage...

HOW TO MAINTAIN SPIRITUAL FERVOR

How to Maintain Spiritual Fervor Robert D Pace Spiritual fervor is necessary to advance the...

THE LAW OF REVELATION (Part 1)

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace This is Part 1 of 2, in a...

SACRIFICIAL LIVING

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Then Jesus...

THE IMMUTABLE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 6:7-10 (Illustration) Years ago, a mother and...

“BLESSED ASSURANCE” SALVATION IS YOURS!

Robert D Pace Assurance of Salvation People often face inner conflict concerning their salvation,...

A Man of God

Mark Hardgrove Ezekiel 22:30 INTRODUCTION A little boy was lost in a large crowd and was...

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

Robert D. Pace Isaiah 7:14 I want to begin by defining the Virgin Birth. In the simplest terms, it...

GOD DEFENDS ISRAEL!

by Robert D. Pace In recent weeks, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets into Israel, yet...

SHAMGAR’S OXGOAD

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Born with the...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 3:1‑3 Today, four out of ten Americans claim to be Born...
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The Days of Noah Return

The Days of Noah . . . RETURN! by Robert D Pace Moses’ staff parts the Red Sea. Manna falls in the...

GOD AT WORK

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks Many people, whether they are...

PARDON ME!

In Psalm 32, David proclaims the blessedness of the one whose sins are forgiven. And he does this in a unique way. He uses three expressions for sin and then employs three expressions of God’s pardon for sin. Here’s what I mean: David called one category of sins transgressions, which indicates “rebellion against God”; another he simply called sin, which describes “knowingly missing the mark”; and the third category he called iniquity, which speaks of a “vile perversion.” Those terms cover the entire gamut of our sinfulness—major and minor. But then after showing us three categories of sin he uses three expressions to show how God pardons our sins:

ENOCH’S REMARKABLE TESTIMONY

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Hebrews 11:5 It’s strange that an amazing man like Enoch has so...

The Power of our Spoken Words

Mark E. Hardgrove PhD, DMin Genesis 15:22-23 INTRODUCTION: There is no denying the importance of,...

Arabs Claim Jesus was ‘Palestinian’

Robert D. Pace "Jesus was a Palestinian!" That’s now the official pronouncement of the Palestinian...

YOU CAN KNOW!

Pulpit Today Sermons How to Know the Bible is true; Jesus is the Messiah;And Salvation is Yours! 1...

Driving Out The Canaanites

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace As we discuss Driving out the Canaanites I want you to...

How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders

Pulpit Today Sermons How the Bible Affirms Israel’s Borders Why this is Important for Christians...

BOUNDARIES

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:15-16 I want to talk about “boundaries.” Maybe you’re...

ZERUBBABEL’S TEMPLE

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Zechariah 1:14-17 Zechariah prophesied at the end of Israel’s...

UNCOVERING THE GIFT

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-17 For several weeks, I planned a different message...

THE COMING WINDS

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace The presence of wind...

“DO NOT HARM THE OIL AND WINE”

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The book of...

DISTINGUISHED BY THE ANOINTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Television commercials are aimed at convincing the public...

THE GOD OF OUR PROBLEMS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 2:1--11 (Illustration) For many years the cinema and...

PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD

  Robert D Pace Partnership with God Throughout Scripture, we see people that obtained unique...

LIVING WITH GODLY INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 1 Timothy 4:11-16 At some point everyone decides what shapes...

I PRAY ALL GOES WELL WITH YOU

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 3 John 2 John was the apostle filled with God’s love and...

A BIG WORD FOR A BIG LIFE

POINT OF INSPIRATION: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Many people...

The Publican and the Pharisee

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS >Robert D. Pace Luke 18:9-14 (Humor) A minister received a Christmas card...

THE GIFT GOD GAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 Christ’s birth in Bethlehem is the greatest...

GOD’S APPOINTED TIME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Galatians 4:4--7 I want to speak to you on the subject, “God’s...

CONQUERING THE DOUBTS OF SALVATION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace 2 Timothy 1:12 (Illustration) I was twenty-three, had...

DIVINE ENTRAPMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Job 1:8-10 The book of Job issues some everlasting truths...

THE LOST AXE HEAD

Robert D. Pace The Lost Axehead 2 Kings 6:1--7 Introduction Whatever else can be said about this...

INSIGHTS TO THE FESTIVAL OF TABERNACLES

PulpitToday Sermon Robert D. Pace Introduction The first question I want to answer about this...

PROPHECIES OF THE ENDTIME UNVEILED

  Robert D Pace conducts "Discern the Days Prophecy Conferences" throughout America. The...

THE CHRISTIANS’ CROWN TODAY

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace How would you like to wear a crown today? You can! And we will...

A Workman Unashamed

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove INTRODUCTION I realize that the phrase referring to “a workman . . ....

THE GLORY OF GOD

Robert D Pace The Glory of God Revelation 21:22--24 (This is Part 1 of two messages on The Glory...

If Jesus Says I Can, I Can!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Philippians 4:11-13 INTRODUCTION When I was in high school wrestling, my coach...

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST ARRIVES!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Zechariah 9:9-17 In Zechariah’s days a king’s arrival was...

THE COMING REVIVAL IN AMERICA

Vision of Coming Revival to America by Robert D Pace (Recently, I felt directed to re-post this...

Speak Lord, But is it Really You?

Of all experiences that exhilarate people, chief among them is when God speaks directly to the human soul. One inspired word to a thirsty, hungry traveler can refresh and sustain more than a thousand meals. It was Elijah who heard God’s instruction to “rise and eat” that received nourishment to navigate 285 miles for the following forty days

WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS VULNERABLE

Robert D. Pace When a Christian is Vulnerable 1 Corinthians 10:12 (Illustration) It was a frigid...

THE PHILADELPHIA PROCLAMATION

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" The Philadelphia ProclamationRobert D....

THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace When reading this account of the man with the withered hand...

God’s Final Message to Mankind

  God's Final Message to Mankind Robert D Pace Introductory Remarks I want to begin with a...

The Comfort of Communion

Communion Devotional Robert D. Pace World War II left London ravaged by Nazi bombs. The artillery...

Parousia of Christ and the Appearance of the Antichrist

(Verse-by-verse Teaching) The Parousia of Christ And the Appearance of the Antichrist 2...

Hosanna!

  Robert D Pace Hosanna! Passover. It was the week Christ was born to confront. Everything...

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Exodus 20:7 The chief concern of the third of the Ten...

An Excellent Example of Leadership

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 7:1-10 INTRODUCTION I lived in Maine for several years while I was...

Are You Ready for Jesus

Mark E. Hardgrove John 11:45-53 INTRODUCTION Are you ready for Jesus to move in your life? Before...

God Said It; Now, You Settle It!

Dr. Mark Hardgrove Joshua 21:42-45 INTRODUCTION Reading these lists, whether it is a genealogical...

A Call to Corporate Prayer for USA Elections

Robert D Pace You know the turmoil that has imbibed our country—a worldwide pandemic, anarchy in...

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING

THE REWARD OF SACRIFICING Malachi 3:10-12 Robert D. Pace (Illustration) Years ago, an express...

MANS’ ONLY HOPE

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Romans 5:1-5 Charles Dickens wrote the book, A Tale of Two...

CHRISTIAN BELIEFS UNDER ATTACK: THERE ARE ANSWERS!

Imagine the perfect Endtime strategy designed to dispirit Christians and turn them from their...

THE DECISION OF MOSES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace A newly married couple decided how they would make their...

HOW THE BIBLE SHOWS THE WORLD ITS DAYS ARE NUMBERED

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Introduction I want to talk to you on the subject of How the...

The Power of Life and Death

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One of today’s...

YOUR KEY TO SUCCESS AND OTHER BIBLE FORMULAS THAT DON’T WORK

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Psalm 16:7-11 Our generation has a formula for whatever need...

YOU AND YOUR TWIN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace “Created in...

THE CHRISTIAN’S RESPONSE TO TERRORISM

Prophetic Insight Robert D. Pace The safety of mankind is at stake! Isis, Al-Qaeda, Hamas,...

FROM THANKSGIVING TO THANKS-LIVING

Robert D. Pace Psalm 113:3 Consumer confidence is an important factor in maintaining a prosperous...

WILL YOU LIVE UNDER THE SUN OR UNDER HEAVEN?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks (Illustration) Billy attended the Los...

The Service Jesus Never Conducted

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D Pace Marriages,...

“I AM THE WAY” — JESUS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 14:6 Introduction For years, Smith Barney has said: “We...

The Scriptures, The Savior and Salvation

The pillars of Christianity are under attack! From within and without Christians are witnessing an...

IRREFUTABLE REALITIES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Psalm 111:7--9 It is said that the only things certain in life...

From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS ROBERT D PACE   From Insects to Archangels God Controls Everything...

GOD IS WITH YOU!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Judges 6:1-10 A while back a man heard an alarming rush hour...

THE CHEMISTRY OF MIRACLES

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Perhaps you...

CHRISTIANITY IN THE MARKETPLACE – DOES IT BELONG THERE?

Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:14-16 Awhile back I heard an alarming report on James Dobson’s, “Focus on...

THIRTY FEET FROM TRIUMPH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Joshua 6:1-5 This is a tremendous story of triumph that Joshua...

HEADLINES FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

Pulpit Today Sermons Robert D. Pace Pre-Scripture Remarks The Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle,...

DIVINE ASSIGNMENTS, DIVINE ASSISTANCE

"Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime" Robert D. Pace Alone in my house, I...

A Witch

Dr. Mark Hardgrove 1 Samuel 28:1 INTRODUCTION The nation of Israel wanted a king. Samuel had been...

ENTERTAINMENT OR TEMPTING GOD?

Robert D. Pace Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation funambulist, continues his acrobatics. He's a...

GOD APPRAISES SUCCESS

Robert D. Pace Human nature drives people to succeed. While the pursuit of human achievement is a...

Born Again But No “Charismatic-type” Christian

Robert D. Pace It was not unusual for me to tune-in to the Rush Limbaugh Show, but this day was...

PROPHECY OF TREES FULFILLED IN ISRAEL’S DESERT

Robert D. Pace Isaiah's Prophecy Fulfilled! In Isaiah 41, the Bible discloses an odd prophecy...

YOUR APPOINTED TIME

PROPHETIC INSIGHTS Robert D. Pace Your Appointed Time Released from Babylonian captivity, the...

PRAYING UNDER THE SPIRIT’S INFLUENCE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Ephesians 6:17-18 In Christ’s day few men demonstrated a...

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RESURRECTION

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Despite...

THE LAND OF ISRAEL: WHOSE PROPERTY IS IT?

Should Christians Support Israel’s Rights to the "Holy Land"? Robert D. Pace In recent years, the...

USAFORISRAEL

    You Can Purchase   USAforIsrael.com   Please Make Your...

SECURING THE FAVOR OF GOD

Securing the Favor of God Robert D. Pace Introduction (Definition) In its simplest terms, divine...

DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS OF CHRIST

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace Years ago, I...

LEARNING TO WORSHIP FROM WICKED MEN

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 3:1-5 Here in Mark 3, we find a lesson on how to worship...

Indepth Look at The Diversity of Prayer Book

Prayer is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to God. They...

THE INHERENT POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace My message today is entitled: The Inherent Power of the...

MORE THAN CONQUERORS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Romans 8:35-39 There’s an expression used in our culture that says,...

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS 1 Peter 2:9 Introduction There’s never been a group of people comparable to...

JESUS CHRIST HEALS!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Jesus Christ Heals! Acts 9:31--35 Robert D. Pace If you opened the medicine...

A BRAND PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

Point of Inspiration devotionals A Brand Plucked from the Fire Robert D. Pace Near the close of...

CHRIST YOUR DELIVERER

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Daniel 3:8-12 What a story! It’s a page from Scripture...

THE ACTS OF ANANIAS

PulpitToday.org Robert D. Pace Acts 9:10-19 Which great Christian do you admire? Which Bible...

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT FASTING

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace I. Types of Fasts Fasting can be broadly characterized in...

THE PURPOSE OF VISIONS

  The Purpose of Visions Robert D. Pace Job 33:14–18 God has blessed Christians with two types of...

Mountaintop Worship

Dr. Mark E. Hardgrove Genesis 22:5-25 INTRODUCTION When you think of worship, what comes to mind?...

THE DYNAMIC MESSENGER

Robert D. Pace Dynamic Messengers are rare, but desperately needed! They are prophetic people that...

COMPASSION IN ACTION

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Matthew 9:35-38 What is Compassion? Let’s get to the heart of...

AMERICA’S SOCIAL DISORDER

Disclosing Prophecies, Inspiring Hope for the Endtime Robert D. Pace [AUTHOR’S NOTATION: The...

WHAT’S SO FRIGHTENING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:8-14 When the general populace describes Christmas they...

THE GOODNESS OF GOD

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 10:17-21 (Illustration) I remember “the good old days”...

THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS THE HOLY SPIRIT: WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES John 14:15-18 Robert D. Pace Do...

JESUS IS LORD! OR, IS HE?

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Acts 2:34-36 The lordship of Jesus Christ is one of...

THINGS TO REMEMBER

Pulpit Today Sermon Robert D. Pace Ephesians 2:11-13 A sermon dealing with what should be...

FULFILLED PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

by Carl Worline The following article provides an insightful description of the Bible’s depiction...

MEN IN BROWN

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace It’s Christmas...

ONE-WORD DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S LOVE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal or Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace One-Word...

THE TRIUMPH OF GRACE

Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship Robert D. Pace The Pharisees...

COMPELLING EVIDENCE FOR CHRIST’S RETURN

Robert D. Pace For centuries, ministers have preached the message of Christ’s Return to earth, but...

ARISE AND CLAIM THE BLESSINGS

Arise and Claim the Blessings! ROBERT D PACE Matthew 7:7–11 Throughout the Bible Christians are...

A CHRISTMAS TRIP

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Luke 2:13-20 The Bible discloses two groups of people that...

VOICES FROM THE GRAVE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Romans 14:7-9 The Holy Spirit, the inerrant Author of...

CARTE BLANCHE FAITH

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Mark 11:22-24 Mark 11:22-24 Most people are familiar with the...

YOU CAN BE A CHAMPION FOR GOD!

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS (Note to reader: This message is presented as an outline, with only portions...

THE WEAKNESS OF ANGELS, THE POWER OF BELIEVERS

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace Hebrews 2:5-8 The nature of angels is intriguing. When you...

THE QUEST FOR PEACE

PULPIT TODAY SERMONS Robert D. Pace John 20:21 If peace could be packaged and marketed sales would...

WHO JESUS SAYS YOU ARE

PULPIT TODAY SERMON Robert D. Pace Matthew 5:13-14 What others say about us is important. The...

THE BELIEVERS’ REST

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Genesis 12:1–3

Abraham is one of Scripture’s greatest men. As the “Father of our Faith” he is known for marching forward and staking claim to a land of promise, where God would settle His chosen people—the Jews. He would birth a nation that would eventually give mankind the Scriptures, the Savior, and the path to God. Against all hope, at 100-years-old, he and 90-year-old Sara brought forth Isaac. As you study his life you discover Abraham maintained an undeviating pursuit of God. Once Abraham responded to God’s voice to leave his homeland and search for the Promised Land, he never wavered from his course. He was resolute and single-minded in following God. Abraham made God his Chief Partner and obeyed Him from beginning to end. As I begin this message, I must stress that partnership is pivotal to Conquering the Spirit of Containment.

The “Principle of Partnership” is powerful! It creates trust, loyalty, and unified energy to advance forward. And this is what God wants with His people. He wants us to invite Him into our lives, trust Him, believe Him, and conquer a restricting spirit of containment that would prevent us from claiming Christ’s best. But make no mistake about it, Satan knows these things! That is why he seeks to eradicate this relationship. He works tirelessly to prevent people from walking with God and rising to a higher level.

(Transition) But how does Satan seek to inhibit man’s partnership with God and keep him contained?

Satan’s Strategy to Contain God’s People

A. Broadly speaking, Satan seeks to contain Believers by creating complacency. And simply stated, complacency lacks any desire to move forward.

A good example is found in Joshua’s admonition to Israel at Shiloh in Joshua 18. Let’s read:

Joshua 18:1-3 says: “The whole assembly of the Israelites gathered at Shiloh and set up the Tent of Meeting there. The country was brought under their control, (2) but there were still seven Israelite tribes who had not yet received their inheritance. (3) So Joshua said to the Israelites: “How long before you will begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?”

Here was Israel free from the Egyptians and past their wilderness wandering. By this point, Israel had crossed the Jordan River and, with Joshua’s leadership, had made great conquests of the Promised Land. But seven tribes had grown content and failed to claim their territorial rights. They were ignoring God’s command to claim the Promised Land and sat complacently.

That describes many Christians today. They become content and neglect accessing more of God’s available; even His commanded promises! But this is not God’s method for dispensing His blessings. We can’t expect to possess our possessions once God has spoken and made His instructions clear to us. While God is willing to do His part we must understand that His blessings and promises are activated once we arise, exercise faith, and move forward into His will:

The Bible has made it clear: “faith without works is dead.” It takes faith, persistence, and activity to claim them!

That’s why Ecclesiastes 9:10 exhorts: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”

It’s why Jesus said in John 4:35, “Do you not say, `Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

It’s why He urged His Apostles in John 9:4, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”

That’s why Colossians 3:23 says: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

That’s why Paul reminded Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God.” (2 Timothy 1:6).

Never succumb to a spiritually complacent and lethargic lifestyle. It will most certainly imprison you with the bars of containment.

(Transition) Open your Bible to Revelation 3 and let’s investigate what the Apostle John says about this.

The Condition of the Laodicean Church

In speaking to the Laodicean Church Revelation 3:14-20 says: “’I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.

Do you see what spiritual complacency does? When the complacent Christian looks in the mirror he/she sees a reflection of beauty. But all God sees is the jaded and faded form of a person unpresentable to God.

And the complacent Christian is the very individual the world celebrates! The world tries its best to strip the Christian of God’s glory and radiance. I wants a Christian “in name only.” The world is delighted to celebrate the self-professing Christian who is inoffensive, indifferent and even apathetic about expressing his/her Faith in the Marketplace. But according to the Bible, the Lord appraises that Christian as “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” and their spiritual inactivity traps them a place of disuse in God’s Kingdom. But Christians don’t have to be that way! Let me draw a contrast from the eagle.

(Illustration) The eagle builds its nest in the tallest trees or loftiest mountain ledges. It employs unusual skill in constructing that nest too. First, the eagle arranges thorns, jagged stones, and other sharp objects as the nest’s infrastructure. It then applies a comfortable covering of wool, feathers, or fur. Eventually, the eagle uses its habitation to birth and feed her children. But the little creatures aren’t destined to remain in that environment. Inevitably the mother will “stir the nest.” She does this by removing the comforter and letting the protrusions pierce her young’s flesh. Until this juncture, the chicks had their food delivered and dropped into their mouths, but once the nest is stirred they become so miserable they willingly search for another habitat. This was the mother’s objective. It wasn’t cruelty, it was to produce discontentment with their life of ease and mature them. (Adapted from Ruby Miller’s writing.)

This illustrates how the Heavenly Father deals with His children. And I’ll guarantee you most here have experienced this. At some point, when life was relatively normal, the Spirit swooped into your comfort zone, raised your “misery index” to an intolerable level, and you had to scramble for any place other than where you were. But that’s what God wanted! He brought the discomfort because He wanted you to stretch your wings and soar!

(Transition) But there’s another strategy Satan employs in his effort to contain God’s people.

B. Satan contains Christians by creating covetousness.

Luke 12:13-21 says this: Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.

Covetousness exists when people hoard their blessings. And this is the antithesis of God’s purpose for blessing people. God “created man in His image” so we could be a rushing river; not a stagnate, stale reservoir! He created us to both receive and disseminate. And when we comprehend this purpose of God it prevents us from the mentality that says: “Lord, all I want is enough for me.”

(Example) When God called Abraham from his homeland in Mesopotamia, Abraham was wealthy. He could have argued, “Lord, life is good and I’m content with my welfare. I am surrounded by family and friends. I’m satisfied with life.” But he didn’t. He accepted God’s offer and God gave Abraham a name of world-renown!

(Transition) Again, you will restrict God’s supply if you operate as a reservoir rather than a river. But there’s yet another strategy Satan employs to contain people.

C. Satan contains Christians by creating a “defeatist attitude.”

You’re familiar with the “defeatist attitude.” It manifests when you hear people say: “God’s promises operate for others, but not me.” Or, “I can’t outwit Satan, he always gets the upper hand.” Or, “I’m not sure if I’ll ever get a break in life.” Now don’t start thinking of someone else that embodies this attitude! Does it describe you?

Sure Satan “roams the world seeking whom he can devour.” But the Good News is, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.”

Yes, John 16:33 says, “In the world you shall have tribulation,” but the next stanza says, “be of good cheer I have overcome the world.”

Peter said: “Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. [But the next verse says:] (9) “Resist him, standing firm in the faith” (1 Peter 5:8-9). That means, even when Satan barreling toward you in a freight train you can resist him, stop the train on its tracks, and even push it back!

Why are all these things possible? It’s because “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).

(Example) I want you to notice how Jesus handled Satan. Do you realize Judas, the Apostolic treasurer, was a crook? He was an out-and-out thief! And Jesus knew Judas was stealing from the treasury the whole time Judas was with the Apostles. Turn to John 12:4. And let’s read: “But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, (5) “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” (6) He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.”

Do you know what Jesus did when Judas confiscated the ministry finances? In some mysterious way, Jesus graciously supplied ‘more than enough’ to meet the Apostles’ travel needs. He never grumbled about Judas dipping into the treasury, He simply trusted His heavenly Father to furnish an overflow. So if Jesus, our Example, believed His Heavenly Father for supplying more than enough, we can too!

We will always need more than ‘just enough’ to pay the mortgage, utilities, insurance, and the necessities because the thief will always plunder our treasury! We will have flat tires, incidental needs, guests to feed, and unexpected expenses. So don’t accept the defeatist attitude; believe God for an overflow!

It doesn’t matter who you are or what measure of faith you possess, everybody needs exercise your faith for something. And in many cases, God wants you to do more than believe Him to merely sustain you through the desert. He wants you to believe Him to part the Jordan River and transport you into the Promised Land. You’ve seen God’s provision of water and manna, and that has increased your faith. But now the Lord has giants for you to conquer, and lands for you to claim. And the grueling ‘process’ of getting you into your Promised Land involves an ever-increasing faith for breaking out of your area of containment. That’s why the Apostle Paul said: “Forgetting the things that are behind, I press toward the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

(Transition) But there’s another way Satan contains people:

D. Satan convinces some Christians they lack skill; thus, without skill, they assume it’s impossible to break free from containment.

Saints of God, skill is wonderful! Proverbs says, “`A man’s gift makes room for him and sets him before great people” (Proverbs 18:16). Skill helps us find our place in life and excel in areas of personal expertise. And everyone here is proficient in some way:

Some people are gifted with intelligence that can plumb the depths of science, psychology, or mathematics. And standing close-by are the teachers that can communicate that knowledge to students.

Some people have muscles, bulging with extraordinary power, which make them stars at Olympic Games.

Still others have the steady hands of a surgeon or artist.

The list is endless: God has blessed people with verbal skills, creativity, benevolence, and so forth.

But as wonderful as skill is, it is limited and often insufficient. That’s why Jesus didn’t say, “You will receive ‘skill’ after the Holy Spirit comes upon you” (Acts 1:8). No! Human skill and proficiency would have never been enough! Jesus said, “You will receive ‘power’ after the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” And the reason Jesus promised power and not skill is because the Holy Spirit’s power is unlimited! Nothing is impossible when the omnipotence of the Spirit arrives. And notice this promise of power that is threaded throughout the Word of God:

Matthew 10:1 says, “He called his twelve apostles to Him and gave them power to dive out evil spirits and heal every disease and sickness.”

Mark 6:7 says: “Calling the twelve to Him, He sent them out two by two and gave them power.”

Luke 10:19 says, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpent, scorpions and all the authority of the enemy.

Luke 24:49 says, [Go to Jerusalem] “and stay in the city until you have been clothed with power.”

(Transition) Turn Acts 9 and let’s investigate the difference between human skill and power from God. Let’s read:

Simon Peter’s Power at Joppa

Acts 9:36-43 says: Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. 37 In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.”39 So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And he stayed in Joppa for many days with one Simon, a tanner.

What a testimony Dorcas had! She was a beloved woman whose benevolence brought her renown throughout the First Century. But when she fell sick, no medical skill or procedure could restore her.

When it comes to attending an enervated human body I am exceedingly grateful that I live in the 21st Century! Thank God for Physicians, skill, anesthesia, and high-tech medical devices. I want these developments. But despite the progress of this dispensation, skill and proficiency have their limits. And that’s why it is imperative to have “power from on high”!

Imagine how this story of Dorcas’ death played-out: After implementing all life-saving devices, the Physician’s efforts had faltered, and death had triumphed skill. But that’s when Peter entered the room. As Peter stared at distraught faces he said, “Respectfully folks, it’s too late for medicine or resuscitation to intervene. So skill dropped its head and shuffled away. But when man’s skill limped out God’s power leaped in! And when the Apostle touched her brow Dorcas stood up! That’s what “power from on high” accomplishes!

Folks, when life overwhelms you God is still able to triumph. “Nothing is impossible with God.” Stop complaining about your “lot in life” and give God an opportunity to move! “Power from on high” can do anything.

(Transition) With that said, I want to explain how God can give you a breakout and liberate you from a place of containment. And the first point deals with Determination.

Breaking the Spirit of Containment

1. In order to break free from containment you must understand that ‘determination’ conquers containment!

I believe most people are born with an innate anti-claustrophobic, anti-containment nature. We don’t want life to close-in on us or be controlled by people with an overbearing nature. We want to soar with the eagles and live in spacious places. But to access these dimensions it often involves exhibiting an “I-will-not-be-denied” determination. The Lord wants to see firm fortitude, resolve, and tenacity that looks at God in prayer and says: “Lord, I have a problem, but you have the answer. I’m not going anywhere until you assure me of victory.” Like the Syrophoencian woman whose daughter was demonized, you must get so persistent in prayer that God understands you won’t stop petitioning until He descends with an answer.

(Transition) I want you to notice how King Jehoshaphat responded when he went to war against three armies. 2 Chronicles 20 records this event.

(Example) With Israel’s military forces exceedingly outnumbered the outlook was grim. But Jehoshaphat determined there was a way of escape. Notice his resolve in 2 Chronicles 20:3. And I want to read this statement from several versions of Scripture:

(ESV) Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord . . . .”

(KJV) “Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord. . . .”

(AMP) “Then Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself [determinedly, as his vital need] to seek the Lord. . . .”

(NAS) “Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the Lord. . . .”

(NIV) “Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord. . . .”

Whichever version you read it’s evident that Jehoshaphat turned his unflinching focus on God and God’s power to secure this victory. Notice these expressions once again: Jehoshaphat “turned his attention,” he “set himself,” he “resolved,” and he steadfastly “determined” that God would secure this victory for Israel. And the Lord answered Jehoshaphat’s prayer of determination in remarkable fashion. He sent confusion, mass hysteria, and unbridled panic among the invading troops and they turned their swords against each other!

Folks, the Lord knows how to turn your enemies against themselves. He can strike panic in the hearts of your enemies while you’re sleeping. But it often takes digging in your heels and believing God to the very end!

Have you ‘determined’ to remain steadfast and unmovable until God triumphs over your enemies? The Lord knows how to liberate you from a place of containment!

(Transition) Let’s investigate another way you can overcome a place of containment.

2. Forcefully opposing Satan conquers the spirit of containment.

I want you to recall Joshua’s admonition to those seven Tribes of Israel that became complacent and contained and wouldn’t claim the ‘bigness’ that God offered them. He said to them in Joshua 18:3, “How long before you will begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?”

That is what I hear God asking people today: “How long before you will begin to take possession of the land that the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?” Does this describe you? Many people will miss God’s bigness because they won’t arise and contend for His promises. They assume if God has something bigger for them He will dispatch it on their doorstep.

Saints of God, you are freed from a place of containment when you “contend for the Faith”; when you aggressively march forward; when you shake-off your languor and advance toward your promises. And as you aggressively pursue your promises and invite the power of God to enter your life God will do great and awesome things!

(Bible Example) Let’s illustrate it this way: When you read the Old Testament’s account of God promising the Israelites the land of Canaan it came in dramatic fashion. Moses withstood the power of Egypt to liberate Israel from bondage and brought forth plagues, darkness, and the death of firstborn males. He even went forth to split the Red Sea as a passage for Israel’s escape. When Moses died, Joshua parted the Jordan River, stopped the sun, and toppled the Walls of Jericho. The Lord wanted the Israelites assured that Canaan was theirs. He wanted them to know His promises were sure, so He demonstrated it with indisputable signs and wonders. But, even with God’s supernatural display of power, the Israelites couldn’t say to their enemies dwelling in the Promised Land: “Alright Amalakites, Jebusites, Perrizites, Hittites, and all you other “ites,” sign your mortgages over to us and get out of our land.” No, Israel had to advance into Canaan, march around walls, set ambushments, wield the sword, pillage cities, and attack from every angle.

You see, God’s power operates through people that are willing to move forward and fight for their promises. “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17). We must “resist the devil” if want him to “flee from us.” You can overcome a “spirit of containment”!

Conclusion

In closing, I want to instruct you with these words: When Satan attacks and life is tough, don’t resign in defeat or take it lying down. Rise up, read the Word, Believe God, exercise faith, and march forward. Get spiritually combative and possess your possessions! That’s the “word” I have for you. Whatever you’re doing for God, intensify it. The enemy of your soul will always attempt to suppress you, so determine to oppose him and employ the power of God to conquer the spirit of containment.

 

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