Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
A TEENAGER WHO SAID NO!!!
Oct 26, 1969 pm
CAN A MAN LIVE ABOVE THE COMMON SINS, OR ARE WE FORCED TO WALLOW IN THE GUTTER OF DESPAIR?
- Joseph, of all the Bible characters, is shown as the ideal person, he is a type of Christ
- We Baptists believe in total depravity, that no one is perfect, that we try hard to prove it.
- If we would examine God's word carefully we would know that we can live victoriously
The empowering of the Gospel can help us live above many sins if we will let Christ work
I. JOSEPH WAS A TEENAGER WHO SAID NO TO SIN Gen 39:-
Under the most adverse circumstances possible, this young man refused to dive into the mire
A. JOSEPH RECEIVED PROSPERITY FROM FAITHFUL SERVICE - v. 1-6
- V.2 the Lord was with Joseph- v.3 everything he did prospered; he gave credit to the Lord, too
- He was elevated to the position of Chief Steward - in charge of his master's house - God blessed
- The reason why the Lord was able to bless- v.6 Goodly, well favored - but top is dangerous
B. JOSEPH FACED TEMPTATIONS FROM A WICKED WOMAN WHO WOULD NOT TAKE "NO" FOR AN ANSWER - v.7-10
- The lust of the eyes - v.7 Temptation pressed by this woman- and world has plenty who will do so
- Joseph refused - trust given, another's wife (before 7th Commandment) and not sin against God! v.9***
- She continued her pressure- and there are pressures today to drag anyone down into sin
C. THE TERRIBLE TRIAL CAUSED BY THE MALICE OF THIS WICKED WOMAN MADE THE INNOCENT SUFFER- 11-20
- Through no fault of his own he suffered the injustice of all
- When he ran away and left his garment- he left evidence - would you believe your ears, eyes?
- Joseph wound up in prison- injustice, cruel, sadistic - but not a single complaint recorded!
But even in prison, he prospered, and God was with him - would you allow this? v.21
II. THE SUBTLE TRAPS TODAY TO DESTROY YOUTH
This world is a jungle- hundreds of monstrous temptations- each with its glowing promotions
A. THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS THAT TEMPT TO TERRIBLE SINS AGAINST GOD AND MANKIND
- The most common is the sexual revolution - some legal, some illegal (not much) all earns death-
- The old drug habits- tobacco, alcohol, - and these ensnare, and finally kill - about 20 years
- The old psychological drugs - gambling, pornography, excitement (blood) -clouds minds and destroys
- The new drugs - marijuana, LSD, speed and all these are deadly, poisonous - and fast!
B. THERE ARE THE MORE INTELLECTUAL SINS, PRONE TO BE TAUGHT THROUGH GREEDY MINDS
- The rebellion against parents- parents have given their all- but kids are exploited, gap widened
- Intellectual rebellion against society in general- the Hippy, yippy, lippy, always - now communist led
- The rebellion against God - and anything that stands for God - wild, wicked, scientific? REAL
C. THERE ARE MORE SOPHISTICATED TRAPS, THAT PRODUCE DEATH AND CARNAGE - WHITE-WASHED SEPULCHERS
- The ones who support their parents, the school, church - etc. selfishly - get wealth, own way-
- Some even press forward, into positions of social leadership in community- but hard-hearted
- Some even enter the Lord's work - dedicated to symbols, but not to Christ- no love! no life!
A good note on this - "We love you - Call Collect" - by Art Linkletter
III. WE NEED TEENS WITH A PURPOSE FOR GOD
The devil will trap you, whatever your age - unless you get right with God - and fight forward
A. THE BASIC NEED IN EVERY HEART, WITHOUT THIS YOU WILL DIE AND LIFE IS WORTHLESS
- John 3:3, 5- You must be born again - there is no culture, sub-culture- that can cure your sin
- I Peter 1:22,23 - Open your heart, let it like an infected sore, be drained of poison-
- Unless you allow the blood of Christ to cleanse you, and save you from your sin- hell hereafter
B. THE ONLY WAY TO HAVE ANY CONTENTMENT IN THIS WORLD IS THROUGH SACRIFICE TO GOD
- Rom 12:1-2 the sacrifice of your sinful will, and the adoption of the righteous will of God-
- II Cor 6:17 - the common sins of the world must be left behind, or they will destroy you!
- Until you do this, Satan will bounce you around in this world like a ship in a storm!
- We have less consecration and personal sacrifice of self will today than ever before - try it!
C. THE ONLY WAY TO CHRISTIAN VICTORY IS WORK - AND THIS IS NOT EASY, NOR QUICKLY WON
- Faith without works is dead- and life this way is very dull- no wonder bored - Jas 2:14
- Paul told us to work out our salvation- Phil 2:12, without this new life, power - atrophies
- Choose a task for God- and do it, fight Satan, make the world safe for Christians--
--fight the war to end all wars- win souls to Jesus, and self to discipline for Him
YOU HAVE A LIFE, AND YOU WILL FACE TEMPTATIONS LIKE JOSEPH - THE CHOICE: LIFE OR DEATH
- Satan lures you to death- Christ calls for your life- will you choose Satan or Christ?
- As a Christian, a life dedicated to God today can count for much- will you count the cost?
- If you have nerve enough, and will be strong enough, will you yield your all NOW?