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Shaken or Sealed

David Wright

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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • February 27, 2016
    11:30 AM
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We've been going through a series called Hope in these last days. And we're going to continue with the piece today called shaken or sealed Einstein was traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came through punching cards click click click click click click click get everybody's tickets click click click God to Albert Einstein and he did one of these couldn't find his ticket anywhere and he may have been there before and you're padding every pocket that you know when you check again and it's coming up short and he just couldn't find the conductor says don't worry I know exactly who you are in fact how could you not know who Albert Einstein was right. So I don't know I don't where I know who you are I'm sure you bought a ticket we're not worried about it so it's OK and he kept going click click click click click click and the conductor looked back and saw Albert Einstein back in his seat down hands and knees trying to find desperately that take it anywhere it could possibly be and the conductor came back he said our eyes and please don't worry about it I trust you were it'll be OK and he says well I'm pretty sure that you know who I am but the problem is I don't know where I'm going. Suppose we as a church are on a train do we know where we're going. Because where we're going has every. Impacts drastically and affects what we do doesn't if something's going to happen to the train that we're on we're going to get off or we're going to walk or we're going to find some other transportation or is it in fact going to get to that destination sometimes a pilot comes on the airplane he tells you exactly what he's going to do is going to take it up to $50000.00 and them going to take a left to go and and at the end of it all you don't really care as long as you in that where it says on the ticket right. You're not knocking on his cockpit doors and I mean the peanuts now I'm not even a mall now because that's a big bag that's what we're doing back you know as long as you get there where it says on the ticket but you know there's thoughts that circulate around in the church that the church is not going to get there it's not going to make it through it will splinter up it will have some head on collision there will be fallout there will be a remnant of the remnant that comes forth and I want to look at that today is that a biblical idea of the Spirit prophecy in the Bible support this remnant of the remnant because there are really 2 methods that we find in scripture that God uses to purify his church and so we're here we've looked at the coming crisis we've looked at revival genuine or counterfeit now or at shaken or seal is our piece today and then we'll look at a few of these other pieces in the coming weeks but I want to look at these 2 methods we're going to turn to Hebrews in a moment you can go ahead and turn there but we see a method over and over in Scripture that God calls out his faithful his remnant you might think of Abraham he was called out from the idolators of his day as a friend of God where they have the Nation of Israel being called out if you will of Egypt when we get to the New Testament the word for church is. Is out of place see it is call so it's another calling out if you will out of Judaism. By the time time continues to go on though you still have this influence of pagan practices and Sunday worship and human ordinances and so on and so you have the reformers again another coaling out if you will and that's where we have Luther and why cliff in Huston Jerome and Calvin. And then God calls out bible students out of Protestantism during the advent movement and that's what we're a part of here so we see this trend whenever the corporate Bard body at large drifts away God calls out he calls out he calls out of the body a new faithful group but we will find in this passage that God has a different means and a different method at in time rather than calling out he does something different because if you stop and think about it if there was a group called out of Adventism and if time would last they eventually would apostatize have become corrupt and so we have to call out again and call out again and so it in time he does something different and we read about it here in Hebrews Chapter 12 verse 25 and 26 it says see that you do not refuse him who speaks for of a do not escape who refused him who spoke on earth how much more shall we not escape if we turn away from him who speaks from heaven whose voice then shook the earth when did God's voice shake the earth well at Sinai when he gave the 10 Commandment law so this is talking about the law when the voice of God shook the earth and in verse $26.00 continuing on but now he has promised saying yet once more I shake not only the Earth but also heaven so at Sinai God shook the earth when he spoke and wrote the 10 Commandments to Israel on tables of stone. It was at that time that worldly Israel was brought to the test of obedience to the law of God and when Moses came off the mountain they were dancing around the Golden Calf you remember that story and so it was a test between what God had said and what they did a test between obedience and disobedience the test between loyalty and disloyalty but then and verse $27.00 it says now this yet once more indicates the remove all of those things that are being shaken as of things that are made that the things which cannot be shaken do what remain the things that cannot be shaken remain so what happens to the things that are shaken they are removed the reason we are not interested in off shoots is because they do just that they shoot off rather than remain and then verse $28.00 Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken let us have the grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear so there's loyalty to God the faithful in Christ recognizing that God is going to have a corporate people a church that will not be split up into independent Adams but a God that will guide the ark through that cannot be shaken but that will remain just as the winds blew in the days of Noah and the waves were high God's hand was upon the ark at that time and I didn't mean there wasn't a smell in the ark from time to time did it the animals were not housebroken but God's hand was on the ark and he brought it through. So we have here in volume 2 selected messages page 380 the church may appear as about to fall. But. Fall it remains there is the word again this is why it's common on this passage we just read it remains while the sinners in sign will be sifted out the chaff separated from the precious wheat This is a terrible ordeal but nevertheless it must take place the church may appear is about to fall liberal elements may come into the church we're not ostriches in the sand with our heads in this and we recognize this. But it doesn't fall it remains that. And so what is the difference between shaking and sifting many of you have been on America off a mission trip before you've had this experience. They ordered some sand but the sand that they are able to get is maybe not as good as they are looking for and so you put several scoops all of the sand into one of these things that's just simply like a heavy duty screen and you shake and you shake and you shake and you shake and you shake the whole purpose of the shaking is for the settling to occur within that box there. That would be the shaking in the shaking the shaking the shaking hopefully you came with a big group because it's very tiresome. But you shake and you shake me shaking. And the sifting would be when that sand finally reaches the bottom and falls out and what remains. Is the gravel and I understand the illustrations a little bit backwards you're looking for the sand in that situation but you get the idea there's a shaking shaking shaking shaking that separates within the church and eventually the sifting takes place when those that have been separated and heart and mind and soul there may be here but they're not really in gage their heart is not in it and then some level comes some some thing comes that disrupts life as usual. And they're out it's not worth it the shaking and the sifting curve. And this might happen with some crisis that takes place in their own life or it may come as a climax of things happening in this earth that ultimately probably the greatest climax for most will be the national Sunday law and we'll look at that more next week when people say you know what this isn't worth it I didn't sign up for this I mean yes but all of this no they leave it will be easy for them to leave at that point unfortunately it's also tempting for some now to say oh but I'm a week and I want to pull out some of those tear. You pull out the tears in your own heart because some of those people you think are tears may actually be weak and some that you think maybe we'd may actually be tears and you may criticize them for what they wear and what they eat but the criticism in your own heart is the cancer that destroys spirituality in your own life so the saving will occur as a separation within but God will take care of the sifting part that's not your job when the crisis comes it will reveal what is in the heart already the crisis does not determine what's in the heart the crisis reveals what's in the heart does that make sense. But he is going to get the job done here's a verse if Eason's $526.27 he God might sanctify and cleanse her the church with the washing of water by the word that he might present to himself a glorious church he is going to get the job done but don't jump off the train before it reaches final destination so briefly I want to look this morning at 4 classes of individuals who will be shaken out that the Bible or spirit they refers to as those being shaken at the 1st one are the liberals or those that are worldly and we see there in 2nd Timothy Chapter 4 verse 10 it says for Demas has forsaken me now demons work with Paul he was involved with Paul did ministry with Paul saw the got God worked all kinds of miraculous things through all of that but in the midst of it all it says for demons has forsaken me having loved this present world where is your heart was the most important thing in your thought patterns What do you love most when you think about most where you spend your money on most do you love the Word of God you love to pray diseases fill your heart totally the question is not is the Christian in the world the question is the world in the Christian it's OK for the boat to be in the water you just don't want the water in the boat volume 5 of the testimonies page $81.00 says those who have step by step interesting wording if not all at once it step by step I think I can preach a sermon on the patience of the devil because he has a 1000 steps and he doesn't care if you leap over a bunch of him he just wants you to take the next one and the next one and the next one and gradually get closer and closer to what he once. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conform to worldly customs will not find it hard matter to yield in the powers that be rather than subject themselves to derision and install threat threatened imprisonment and death in this time the gold will be separated from the dross and where does it take place. In the church the shaking will come a time of crisis I shared this illustration before there was a woman that was making a nice wage about $3035000.00 but she was offered a really nice job about $80.00 to $100000.00 in stock options and the whole thing I mean this is a huge leap for her but she knew that Savile was going to be an issue and so she asked him about savin they said that's no problem you know you can have all your status off except there's about 3 Sabbaths a year they were going to need you to go to special conventions and present but I'm sure it won't be a problem you can go to your pastor your priest and get some permission and it won't be a problem and this young lady said I didn't have to think about it I said Well if if I'm required to be at those I will not be able to accept this job offer this job opportunity and the man was very perplexed he couldn't understand you making immediately you know $30000.00 you could be making 100 $1000.00 in stock of why would you turn that down over just a few days out of the year and the response was I don't mean to be arrogant but for me it's not 2 or 370 year for me it's a matter of conscience and if I would yield in that point I know I would yield in other points it's the step by step. And alternately lose my faith and no job is worth my faith and she walked away and she never had any regrets you would think that man want to hire somebody with that much integrity step by step the shaking will come when the time of crisis. Romans Chapter 12 verse one and 2 or maybe his 1st 2 and do not be conformed to this world but be what transformed by the renewing of your mind the Philips modern English translation says this don't let the world around you squeeze you into its mold the world presses hard doesn't it. But let God remold your minds from within. Like that So the 1st group that we looked at here the liberals or the worldly will be shaken out Secondly the superficial conservative class 2nd term of the chapter 3 verse 5 in the last days perilous times will come and he speaks of all kinds of different groups of says at the end a group having a form of godliness but. It's a power a form of godliness the superficial conservative class again volume 5 the testimonies for $63.00 at that time the superficial conservative class whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work will renounce the faith and take their stand with its about enemies toward whom their sympathies have long been tending these are the doubters it can be done they don't take a risk for God they're holding back the work they're content with being superficial they're not conservative theologically but they're just they're doubters we've tried that it doesn't work not here we had a random 20 years ago nobody was bad guy certainly they will respond now don't ask me to do too much or come to church every Sabbath no one will challenge me on the Sabbath I'll study my Sabbath school lesson I'll pay my ties I'm not like those liberal Bebo but don't bother me on Wednesday night I just want to come every Sabbath I just want to sing read how I love proclaim it lift up the trumpet Jesus is coming again. I don't have time to give anymore than them but I do have time to watch 12 hours of T.V. a week superficial conservative class Thirdly those that are self confident I study my Bible Howard I pray. Half hour day I participate in every prayer meeting I watched. I did to share him evangelism serious I've given Daniel revelation seminars I'm going on Mary not next. I'm not going anywhere. First Corinthians 1012 Let him who thinks he stands take he lest he was fall by him 6 the testimonies those who have had great light and precious privileges but have not improved them I was baptized I thought I was done you know you keep improving those God keep stretching us we never get to a point where we say we're done right so there's a group that has special light Impreza privileges but they haven't improved them they haven't built upon them they've just settled in and become self-sufficient and self-confident and under one pretext or another will go out from us she says they're like Peter saying Lord all neighbor say give you what I never will and he pulls out the sword and he's ready to fight friends of your study is making yourself righteous and arrogant so that you're ready to fight and win any argument you're missing the point lastly the 4th group their self centered 2nd term of the IS list again in these last days perilous times will come for men will be lovers of themselves. Lies revolve around self they're not willing to make sacrifices for God or His work I can't give to Maranatha. I'm saving for a bigger house. We need a new car we need a bigger T.V. We as a wrong to put money away each month for missions and I'm missing something is that somehow a bad investment early writings page $50.00 she says the mighty shaking shaking has commenced and will go on and I believe it will crescendo and all will be shaken out who are not willing to take a bold and unyielding stand for the truth to sacrifice for God and his cause are you willing to take a bold unyielding stand are you willing to sacrifice for God and how much of God's church will these 4 classes represent soon God's people will be tested by fire trials and the great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal that sobering to stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few this will be our test I fear this illustration before if you go to Florida there's all these oranges and the oranges are then sorted you have a oranges B. oranges see oranges and they're all based on what size and I hate to say it but for the sake of time on just be brief there's a hole big enough for every orange there's a hole big enough for you there's a hole big enough for me. The only way we can be safe and not be sifted out is to be safely and securely in the hand of the orange grove owner are you with me. If we're not in the hand of Christ. You know we could be bouncing along if oranges could talk this isn't biblical but they're bouncing along on the conveyor belt and they're in air condition now all this is one of those lovely Disneyland for the oranges and they're bouncing along and also they turn a corner and they find themselves going on one of these machines and all of the little sea oranges the small ones are all gone oh did you see those see or not yes they were the liberal ones they were always Worley Well they're gone now and they turned a corner and there's another section today. And now it will be oranges and they say oh how did you see those poor be those are the superficial conservative clades I knew all along that they weren't genuine and then they turn other corner folks there's a hole for all of us don't get uppity and self-confident only in the hands of Christ are we secure they are made today who are not the worldly class not the superficial class they spend great amounts of time with God and Bible study and prayer but the basis of their religious experiences themselves their confidence for in times as in their own ability rather in Jesus' ability and when the crisis comes their self-centered experience will collapse just wants to be lead me to be less confident in what I can do and what we can do and more confident in what he can do what he alone can do and we have to learn daily dependence on Jesus Christ in great controversy as Martin Luther said it when I look at myself I don't see how I can be saved but when I look at Christ I don't see how I could be law isn't that beautiful that's essence of what we're talking about. One more quick list what causes the shaking number one false doctrine. For 14 we should no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried with every wind of doctrine and I want you look up 2nd Timothy. We have this one and one other verse I want you to actually turn to and read in your own Bibles 2nd term in the chapter 2. Verse 15 and 18 will spend the most time on this cause right here. But some of the church are doubting the heavenly sanctuary some are doubting there's a $24.00 hour consecutive 7 day creation. People interpret scripture differently emotionally driven experience with God and so on and so forth and so we read here and 2nd Hymn of the chapter 2 verse 15 be diligent to present yourself approved to God A worker who does not need to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth but shun profane and idle balance for they will increase to more and godliness and their message will spread like cancer and what is this message how many US and Philetus are of this sort who have strayed concerning the truth and how they strayed saying that the resurrection is already past and they overthrow the faith of some is their resurrection Yes So they were right about the event but what were they wrong about the timing and I don't miss this so how many is an Philetus has to do their air has to do with timing let me suggest there are 3 areas that the devil can use this deception of by him many is simply it is in the church today and the issue is not over the event but over time in. The creation Cross and the coming of Christ you can call him the 3 Cs if you want to you knock out those 3 over the issue of timing and we have serious trouble let's look at them creation the heresy goes something like this this is the heresy Yes God created the world but a 7 day creation. They are not literal days God was the 1st cause Yes but this world's got to be millions and millions of years old and the creation week was not 7 literal days the event is right but the timing is off how can you have a memorial of creation when there is no literal 7 day week it doesn't work and when one begins to undermine the Sabbath you bring the entire 10 commandment law into question don't you to take out one was the use of the others. About the cross the heresy says it's all finished at the cross nothing more after that at the cross the complete plan of salvation was finished and done. Now it's true the sacrifice of Christ on the cross was complete and it's true that you can add nothing to the grace of Christ that was given at the cross but it's also true. That in the sanctuary of the Old Testament you needed a lamb and a living priest it is also true that unless you have Christ as our High Priest applying his Sacrificial Blood for the salvation of all mankind then the cross has little of any effect it must be applied to those who accept it I could go out in my yard I could get bit by a rattlesnake and somebody could give me some anti-venom and I could say thank you so much for that and have been it's incredible it's amazing I can't add anything to it this is just what I need and I could put it in my pocket and continue walking down the trail and it will do me no good unless it is applied in my behalf. Are you with me. Jesus is just as much the priest as he is the Dinah lamb the event is right but they throw it off with time and lastly the coming of Christ. Surge is going to come but it won't be any time soon you understand it's going to be hundreds of years maybe even thousands of years before Jesus comes back if you take away the urgency no sense of urgency of the coming of Christ and what do you do to the advent movement so you undermine the Sabbath on an issue of timing undermine the high priest the ministry of Jesus in Heaven on issues of timing you undermine the whole concept of preparing people for the coming of Jesus and it's all based on time the error the heresy of how many of us and fully this so what's going to cause the shaking that was just one example of false doctrine number 2 miracles we touched on this briefly last time Revelation 1313 he said and performs great signs Americal that even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men we read also in volume 2 selective messages $53.00 he Satan will make people sick and then will suddenly remove from them his say tannic power they will be regarded as healed these works of apparent healing will bring the 7th Day Adventists to the test so the devil works to make our churches cold and lifeless and void of God's power he works to make them no longer anchored in God's word so then he can introduce the counterfeit that is filled with false marigolds and all kinds of sensational things that people say we are now being poured out and filled with the Holy Spirit. Works both sides against the middle friends if you want to see miracles get involved in soul winning. If you want to see miracles get involved in Bible study take a risk for Christ go in a mirror not a mission trip he will pour out His gifts not to edify ourselves or exalt ourselves but to bring honor and glory to Him If we're seeking out to the gifts to edify ourselves as we're talking about last week what sense does that mean it's not about building us up us it's about building him bringing honor and glory to him so I have a thinker question if you go to a service that consists of 43 minutes of music that's heightening and building and building and building and then you have a 7 minute sermon where 5 of which is an illustration with a Bible text tagged on at the end is that service preparing people for the truth or the fall survival bear some thinking this. Because everything is being invested in my emotions making people feel good is that the purpose of our worship service or the developed holiness in the hearts and minds of God's people to prepare them for the coming of the Lord so what's going to cause the shaking. We have a false doctrine we have miracles and we have persecution Revelation 1315 he the devil was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast that the image of the bee should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be oh we should have left that out I don't like that word I didn't sign up for this says in great controversy 6 o 8 as the storm approaches a large class who have professed faith in the 3rd angels message but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition when persecution really breaks those superficial Adventists who desire praise and flattery and popularity will be hard to think about. Early writings to 70 I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen I was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by counsel the true witness to the latest and who is the true witness Jesus the true witness. Who is a straight straight testimony to effect Oh I can't wait to tell the people in my church I'm going to really give in to them somebody needs to tell them I think it's me that is talking about you know the straight testimony is God putting his arm around me and saying David you have a little pride in your heart I love you so much I want to tell you about is Jesus arms around me saying you know you were a little too critical of that other brother that's what the straight testimony is all about and notice where the straight testimony has its effect as we continue reading this will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver and will lead him to exalt the Standard and Poor 4th this straight truth you will be able to help AND SPREAD IT So 1st there's a message that affects our hearts then that leads me to exult whole the standard of my life then I share God's truth his love his graces forgiveness his life changing power but that's not what everyone is going to do some will not bear this straight testimony they will rise up against it and this is what will cause a shaking in among God's people so how are we to stand how or do we to live through this shaking time and remain How can you and I not be sifted out when we listen to the true and faithful witness of Jesus Christ and His words to lead to see last verse we're going to look up Revelation Chapter 3 The words of the faithful and true witness to the latest see in church Revelation chapter 3 verse 14. And to the angel of the Church of that legacy and write these things says the man the so be it the faithful and true witness now legacy is in Turkey it's across from higher up the lists where the great mineral springs come out and they come out very hot and there carried by Aqua ducks across the valley to Laodicea and they become lukewarm in the process laid a Seattle population about 150000 people. At a university of. Colorado has been excavated and it's amazing I'm told it was renowned for its medical university they specialize in I said. They produce a little powder and people come all over to have their vision cured L.A. to see at this medical university Laodicea was a fashion center producing beautiful garments It was the Paris the London of its day garments died and purple any lady big in fashion would get her garments from lay of the sea it was a banking center they meant to coins there and a valet to see it was incredibly wealthy so much so that when the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 60 and 61 A.D. one of as one of Rome's outposts Rome offered to help them rebuild but you want to see as you said forget it we have enough money of our own we don't want your money and we're not taking it we're rebuilding our own thank you very much so they were proud they were wealthy they were fluent and there was a great sports center the Hippodrome would see 25 to 30000 people where they have chariot races. They had a playhouse in the theater that would see 8 to 10000 musical scores plays and great actors you get the idea so when you're thinking about lead to see if you're thinking about fashion about a medical university about sophistication about intelligence and money and sports sex center drill Jane it's morally twisted spiritually dwarf society that's what you're thinking about you're thinking about complacency life is wonderful life is great life is grand you're thinking about American culture you're thinking about suburban American Adventists you're thinking about sleepiness we have it all we have the Word of God we're close to the right is the price we have the 3 angels messages. You're thinking about smug complacency that settles over me and it settles over you when we think of Laodicea we're not thinking of them we're thinking of us not those people over there but us sitting here our smugness our lack of fervor our lack of compassion and so we continue reading verse 15 of Revelation Chapter 3 says I know your works that you're neither cold nor hot I wish you were cold or hot so then because you are lukewarm and neither cold or hot I will vomit you out of my mouth because you say I am rich I have become wealthy and have need of nothing and do not know that you are wretched miserable poor blind and naked I counsel you to buy for a mean gold refined in the fire that you may be rich and white garments that you may be clothed that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed and anoint your eyes with I said that you may see as many as I love I rebuke and chasten therefore be zealous and read penned Behold I stand at the door. And not and if anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come in and dine with him and he with me friends it's a message of hope just as he spoke at creation he says I will speak the word and through my living word your heart is going to be changed folks we need revival we need a living faith with men and women obtaining the victory as people's minds and hearts are opened up by the Holy Spirit that they may sense the near miss of Jesus soon return do you believe it we must be settled in the truth and when the majority walk away as the shaking climaxes as the worldly the superficial the self-confident the lovers of self leave us it will only be as we stand on the solid foundation the solid rock of Jesus Christ that we will remain sane will introduce doctrinal heresies into the church he'll work falls marigolds he will look provide what seems to be security for those who follow him and receive his Mart but nevertheless God will have a group of people who know what it means to daily walk with Jesus settled in the truth and they'll be sealed I want to be part of that group don't you. Only by the grace of Jesus and constant dependence on him and no one else or God we don't want to play church we don't want to play Christian to have the appearance of godliness but we want to be grounded in your word in truth and fully and completely dependent on you. Lord by your grace we long to remain in you in this church that we may be the apple of your eyes the bride of Christ in Jesus' name we do pray. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermon leave a Visit W W W audio verse or.

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