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Twenty Mile March

David Kim
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The speaker, David Kim, describes the neccessity of a daily devotional walk with God, especially in these perilous times.

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David Kim

Adventist Business Executive and Co-Founder of the Nicodemus Society

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  • October 3, 2015
    10:00 AM
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A few weeks ago. Couple weeks ago we had a special musical guest. Visit our churches name was John Malaya. John lay and he is a a very talented. Something Adventist singer songwriter. And I praise the Lord for musicians and artists of various sorts who are bringing a distinctively Seventh Day Adventist voice. Using the arts. And I know some of you were here. That you've name and. I pray that you were blessed I certainly was blessed by that. Now after John and his wife. Ilesa left us. The next day. Their plan was to head up to New England and to hike part of the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian trail through the mountains. And they were going to get there they had their backpacks. And they had their gear their tents. Their their bags their sleeping bags their sleeping mats they had their their food. And they were going to go hike the Appalachian trail through the mountains. And I don't know about you but I'm not an outdoorsy type of person like that. I don't know about you but when it comes to roughing it. My idea of roughing it is having to sleep in a sleeping bag rather than having sheets. Does anyone. Relate to that do we have any indoors he people here. Amen Now some of you may be outdoors the I know Brother Rick you're very outdoors A You have your own canoes. You. Perhaps. Go down rivers for overnight camping trips. And I respect and admire and I even part of me aspires to be outdoors you like that but I'm not like that. And let's not even talk about what my wife is like. Yet when I think about it. This idea of being outdoors and camping and roughing it I can't help but think about these kinds of things. When I walk through a place like Valley Forge. And I think about all that those soldiers did. Or even go back to the Mayflower. When you had those pilgrims who first came off the boat into this wild country. And when I think about these explorers. Like Lewis and Clark and others who went from the East Coast all the way to the Pacific Northwest. I think they started in Missouri actually. It really amazes me to think about what these people went through and. Again. Remembering that I'm not a very outdoorsy person. It really amazes me to think about these people who gave so much. And sacrifice so much. Revealing to us. A body of knowledge maps. Terrain. Settling cities and towns in undiscovered places. And we take all of this for granted today. It really makes me think that perhaps I shouldn't complain so much. When the two o two is clogged up in the morning on the way to work. Even on the way to work or on the way back from work. You see the freeway of course. But then on each side. You see these enormous trees. Each one of those trees had to be cut down by somebody and then all that pavement had to be laid. And here I am complaining that instead of taking the fifteen minutes to get to work it might take me twenty five. Actually when I think about it it's a little bit embarrassing. Can I get an Amen for that name is anyone else. Are you with me on this. Amen. And so we owe it to a debt of gratitude to these people who came before us. Now. This is October. For the first Sabbath of October. And in October of one thousand and eleven. There was quite a spectacular. Exploratory X. X. expedition. Leaving. In fact there were two. At about the same time. In fact it was to the South Pole. Exploration to the South Pole. And there were two gentlemen. One was a Norwegian. His name was rolled. Amundson rolled adamant soon. And the second was a gentleman named Robert F. Scott Robert F. Scott S. standing for Falcon. Which is a pretty cool name actually I think. And his name was Robert F. Scott and he was he was a glitch he was a British officer. And they were both on a race. On a race to get to the South Pole. And of course. Each one of them wanted to get there first. No one wants to get their second. Each one of them wanted to get there first and it was a race to the South Pole. And there were a lot of similarities between the two gentlemen. There were about the same age. Rolled admin's an was thirty nine years old and. Robert Falcon Scott was forty three. So they were about the same age. They both had experience as explorers. Admin Hsan he had discovered and explored what's called the Northwest Passage. And Scott. He had actually led a prior expedition to the south pole which was unsuccessful. So they both had significant experience. Going out and exploring these wilderness. Places. They both started within days of each other and they were on a race. It was a long trip. The total trip around trip was one thousand four hundred miles. One thousand four hundred miles. That's like going from New York City. To Chicago and back. But not in an airplane. Not in a train and not in an automobile with interstates. Fourteen hundred one thousand four hundred miles. It's a long trip. And it's in the most unforgiving environment. In the world. In fact since it's October and since they were leaving in October I thought I could just check the weather in an Antarctica. This morning and see what it was like. Now Antarctica is one of the continents. So it's a very large. It's very large and so you actually see different. You see different temperatures. Depending on where you're looking at for example on some of the parts that are on the edges. Farthest North. The temperatures this morning were in the mid thirty's low to mid thirty's. And that sounds cold. But it's not too bad. Fact we can get into the mid thirty's. Around here. But at the very south pole. And the farther south you go. I saw temperatures as cold as negative forty and negative sixty. Fahrenheit. And that's without the windchill. Just imagine that as an explorer. On an expedition. Going through that kind of terrain and temperature and whether fourteen one thousand four hundred miles. And of course they did not have Google Maps. They did not have cell phones that they could call each other and call for assistance. They didn't have helicopters that could come in and save them and so. I really have to respect and be amazed at these kinds of explorers. So those were some of the similarities. But one of them one. And the other one came in second. And I would ask you what's the difference. And I won't hold it back a rolled adman's and the Norwegian. He got there and came back first. He outran. Scott. So how how did that happen. Was a lock. Was it chance. Or was it something else. And I think you can expect that it was indeed something else. There are many differences between the two expeditions. And how they approached this treacherous. Difficult trip. A lot of it had to do with preparation. Much of it had to do with preparation rolled admin Hsan. He did many things to prepare for this trip. First of all. He decided that he would travel from Norway. To Spain. On a bicycle. On a bicycle. So that he could get physically fit. Because between Norway in Spain. There are lots of mountains. There's lots of terrain. And so and cycling is of course of very excellent form of exercise and so he wanted to get fit. So he took a two thousand mile round trip on a bicycle. He also decided that he needed to be understand what it's like to live in that kind of area. And so he went to live with Eskimos in the far northern regions. He went to live with Eskimos to learn how they live how they eat. How they dress. How they how they live their daily lives. That what kind of tools they live what kind of clothing they wear. And one of them very important things to learn from them is how to use. Sled dogs. How they transport themselves. He even experimented in how to eat raw dolphin meat. In case he was ever shipwrecked. He thought I better learn how to eat. What's available to me in the event that something goes wrong. So he really prepared. On the other hand. Well and before I go on to Scott. I mention the sled dog. That was a very important decision. Because one the sled dogs. They have great for their set up for cold weather. And to they they don't. They don't you can kind of feed on human food. You can feed them scraps and things like that they can eat actually even hunt for themselves. In three. If you had a sled dog. That got you know. Tired or disabled or just wouldn't be able to go on the sled dogs could actually eat. The dead sled dog. It's not a very happy thought. But it's eminently practical. When she say. And so he made very good decision using sled dogs. On the other hand. Scott. He decided not to use lead dogs. Instead he tried two different things. One. And mind you this is. This is a gentleman who had experience. On an unsuccessful. Trip expedition to the South Pole previously. So he should know what he's talking about should any. So he decided that he would not use. Sled dogs but rather. He would use what was called back then motor sledge is a sledge of course was an old fashioned term for a horse drawn sled. And these were motor sled years. And so they were essentially. The first attempt at snowmobiles. They had caterpillars on on the back and they were run by combustion engines. Well. These were brand new. They'd never been tested in the depths of the cold. That you find in Antarctica. Because where would you go to test them. Except in Antarctica. And so those all petered out. While his other plan was. Instead of dogs. He decided that he would use. Ponies. Ponies. Now he did choose Siberian ponies. But apparently Siberia is not even as cold. Even Siberia is not as cold as Antarctica. Ponies were not a very good choice. Because one thing is when it comes to dogs do dogs sweat. They don't pay for any pet owner dog owners out there you know the dogs do not sweat. And so their fur. Stays dry. Now. Anyone who's ever worked with horses or ponies. They sweat a lot. And when a pony sweats. In minus forty degree weather. That's not going to work is that it freezes to them. And then that makes them even colder and to end the ponies. So the ponies all died. Now. The other thing about ponies is. They can't eat whatever is out there. They don't eat scraps. They have to the hay. So they actually had to bring had a for the ponies and hay is pretty heavy. And when you're out there in the wilderness do you want all this extra stuff. Do you want to be bearing weight of hay. Just for the ponies. Of course not. And so they were a bad choice because they sweat. Their bad choice because they have to eat hay. And like I said about the dogs remember what I said about the dogs when one of the dogs died. You could feed that dog to the other dog. Or when a pony dies. You can't do anything with that the other ponies are going to eat the pony. Now perhaps the other man in his expedition could eat the pony. So he chose to use. Motor sledge is in Pony's both of which failed. And they ended up having to what they called Man hall which sound which is exactly what it sounds like his men had to actually haul their cargo. Through Antarctica. Amazing. Now. That was a lot of cargo. Because Scott's team. Brought one ton. Two thousand pounds of gear. In order to make it. That was one ton for seventeen men on his expedition. But actually that wasn't a very good choice. Because adman Hsan had five men on his expedition so fewer. But he had three tons of supplies to make sure and of course the supplies were dragged by the dogs. But to make sure that they had enough supplies to make it through the whole trip. And as you're going so so you. When you have an expedition like this you get off the boat at the edge of the continent. And then you start walking. And you've got three three tons if you're admins and you've got three tons of gear with you. But you don't carry all of it to the South Pole and all of that back. Course you're eating it as you go you're. Some of it breaks some of it. But but importantly a part of this is as you go. You drop off supplies. So as you go in you're dropping off supplies and you go a little further and you drop off more supplies. So that your load is getting lighter. The farther you go. And the more tired you are. And then on the way back you don't have to carry so much. Because you. You can find your your caches of supplies. On your way back does that make sense. And so when. When Adam Ansen would leave these these depos of supplies. Along the way. He would put a big flag up on the supplies. On the cash. But not only would he put a big flag up on the actual supplies itself. He would fan his men out in both direction for miles. To act ten kilometers actually. And they would put more flags. To the side. Because if they're off course of where the actual supplies are. If they see one of those side flags. Then date action. At least they would know where about they were and they could then follow those flags back to where the supplies actually were that make sense. Very wise. On the other hand. Scott only flagged the supplies. And did nothing else. He did nothing else other than flying the supplies so again if you are even a little bit off course you miss the flag. You'll be out those supplies. Very dangerous. And even in terms of the redundancy. That was available to them. Admins and had these special for monitoring for measuring altitude. And he had four of them. In case. Multiple break. Multiple of them broke. But Scott. Only brought one. And of course it broke. And so you can see there was a lot in the preparation and discipline that when involved went into the success of one trip versus the other. It wasn't luck. It wasn't chance or fortune. It was a lot of it was preparation. But there was one more thing. That is very important very important. And it was the way that they approached the X.. The Excursion the exploration. Admin Hsan would do what was called. What he called the twenty mile march. Every single day. Now in Antarctica. The the weather can be very unpredictable. Very unpredictable. And so one day it might be sunny and call. But the next day. It might be furiously cold in in snow and and wind. But no matter what the admin since team would get up and they would try to go. Twenty miles. Now on a good day. Twenty miles could actually be covered pretty quickly and they'd still have more time. But they made a point of it to stop. And on those good days. They would get extra rest. And they'd camp and recover. But on bad days when it was snowing and storming outside. They would still try to go twenty miles now maybe they'd only get fifteen or or something like that but they would get up and they'd still try to make that kind of progress. And it might take them longer. But then they would they would do their twenty miles. Every single day. There's a tremendous discipline to the way that they approach their trip. Scott's team on the other hand. When things were good. They would try to go as far as fast as possible. And it would end up burning out the team. And when things were bad. They would just hunker down in their camp. And not go at all. And so they would have certain days when they were going far and fast and other days when they would just hunker down and not make any progress at all. Well as I told you at the beginning. Adamson one. He got to the South Pole. First. And he got all the way back. Scott's team did get to the South Pole. In fact could you imagine getting to the South Pole. And seeing the other teams flag there first so that's what happened to them. They got there. They got their second. And then they turned around and because of the different practices that I had mentioned to you the different decisions that they made the lack of preparation on their part. They all died. None of them made it back. None of them made it back. And so. Preparation and discipline. Mean all the difference. They meant all the difference. To admin Hsan. And Scott. And they make all the difference to us. There's a quote from a book that I was reading in which which were counted this story. And it says. You don't wait until you're in an unexpected storm. To discover that you need more strength in durance. You don't wait until you're shipwrecked to determine if you can eat raw dolphin. You don't wait until you're on the Antarctic journey to become a super obscure or dog handler. You prepare with intensity. All the time. So that when the conditions turn against you. You can draw from a deep reservoir of strength. Now this is a secular business book. But the lessons are very applicable to us. Because although we are not on an expedition to Antarctica. We are on an expedition. Through some of the most treacherous. Ground. Known to the universe. Of course I mean some of the most treacherous. Spiritual ground. Known to the universe. In fact this is the most dangerous place in all of God's creation. This Earth that we're on. And you can see it all around us you can see the signs of the times. Being fulfilled. You can see the persecution of course there's our country by think about the Middle East where I was just reading there's a refugee crisis in Europe where all of the Syrian and other Middle Eastern people who are caught in this. This war situation. Are coming over to Europe trying to get in but even once they're in there's trouble. I read an article in which the German government. Found that they had to create separate refugee facilities for two classes of people. One for Muslims. And one for Christians. Because the Christians and Muslims when they were housed in the same facilities. There was fighting breaking out and violence against the Christians. There is persecution. There's real persecution. In this world. Against followers of Christ. And of course. Just yesterday we saw it again. Where a gunman walked through a school here in Oregon. Not here but in Oregon. In the United States. Asking what religion people were. And then if they said they were Christians. Putting a bullet between their eyes. We see the signs of the times being fulfilled around us. I mentioned earlier this morning. We saw the pope. Visiting Washington New York and Philadelphia. To record breaking crowds. Addressing Congress and the president and the United Nations. The first time that the Vatican flag was flown at the United Nations. The first time a pope. Addressing our government in a joint session of Congress. It wasn't that long ago. When John F. Kennedy was viewed suspiciously. Because of his Catholic background. How times have changed. How times have changed. And so we see the fulfillment. All around us. We are in the most treacherous. Dangerous part of the universe. And so just life adman sin. And Scott. And how discipline and preparation. Made all the difference to who made it through. It is the same for us today. Let's turn to first Corinthians Chapter nine. First Corinthians Chapter nine starting in verse twenty four. This was the scripture reading this morning. First Corinthians Chapter nine. Starting in verse twenty four. And Paul the Apostle writes. Do you not know that those who run in a race. All run. But only one receives the prize. Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown. But we foreign imperishable crown. Therefore I run the stuff. Not with uncertainty. Thus I fight not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring into subjection lest. When I have preach to others I myself should become disqualified. What Paul is saying there. It sounds pretty tough doesn't it sounds pretty tough he's talking about training with discipline and focus. I know we have those in our congregation who train for different events. Whether it's a obstacle racer or marathon. And I suppose that you could probably relate to this statement here. Of training with discipline and intensity. Well it's the same thing with our walk with the Lord. It doesn't just happen. It doesn't just happen. We have to run. Only one receives the prize he says in this earthly analogy that he's using. And he wants us all to be winners. And we can all be winners. But we have to train. We have to be disciplined. We have to be temperate. In all things. And he makes the point that. While they're doing it for perishable earthly glory. We're doing it for an eternal crown. Now what's better an eternal crown attorney a life or perishable earthly glory. That's not a trick question. Of course. Eternal life is a far more valuable to pry. Then being the first to plant your flag at the South Pole. All that really gets you is a Wicca Pedia article. Yet. How many of us. Train for this eternal. Imperishable prize. The way that Paul is talking about how many of us do that. He runs. Not with uncertainty with confidence. With focus. And he fights. Non is one who beats the air not a shadow boxing type of fi. He's foot training for the real thing. And he disciplines his body and brings interests objection. Because he does not want to become disqualified. How many of us are training like this for the eternal crown. How many of us are even training at all on some of us aren't even training at all yet it is very clear from the Scripture and it is clear from. Our our story this morning. That discipline and approach make a huge difference. Why why was the twenty mile march so important. It's because of that consistency. That consistency. Slow and steady wins the race. Sloan's Now sometimes you might hear about. You might go to a conference or you might have a week of prayer or revival meeting and. And you hear about how deep in and wonderful people's devotional lives are in their walks of the Lord and you might think to yourself well I could never do that I could never do that but remember slow and steady wins the race. You just have to do a little bit every day you have to have your twenty mile march. And whether it's rain or shine. And of course I mean spiritual rain or shine. Sometimes you just don't feel like doing it. Sometimes you feel like you pray and the prayers hit the ceiling. And that is the time at which you need to be praying. You don't need faith when things are going well. Amen. Do you understand that does that make sense. You don't need faith. By definition. When things are going well. When things are going well you need to do is sit back and enjoy it and hopefully are praising the Lord for those times when things are going well. But it's when things are dark. And things are not going your way. And things are unpredictable. That's when you need faith. That's when you need faith. And so what does a twenty mile march look like. Well it's quite simple. You need to have a First of all you need to have a daily devotional walk. You have to have a daily devotional walk. Let's turn to Daniel Chapter six first ten. Daniel Chapter six first ten. Right after Izzy kill. Is where the Book of Daniel is six verse ten. Now while you're turning they're all give you the back story. Daniel was the top leader in Babylon. Except for. Well actually this was the Persian Empire at this point. So set for the king himself he was second in charge. And many of the other bureaucrats in Washington. Were jealous of him. And so they tricked the king into signing a a law which would outlaw. Praying to anyone except for the king. And that's where we pick it up here. And they did that because they knew Daniel had a daily devotional walk in which he would open his windows. And pray towards through Jerusalem. To Jehovah. The king of Israel and verse ten and says. Now. When Daniel knew that the writing was signed he went home. And in his upper room with his windows open toward Jerusalem. He knelt down. Down on his knees. Three times that day and prayed and gave thanks. Before his god. As was his what. As was his custom. Since early days. We need to start today. And take small steps and build up to having the faith that Daniel demonstrate this was his custom from early days. Now. If he had never had a custom of praying and walking with the Lord. Do you think he would have prayed after that law was passed. He would not have. Because if you're so afraid of being open about your face when. When there's no persecution. How are you possibly going to be more courageous. When there is persecution. There may be one in a thousand who might find that experience and I would praise the Lord for that individual sake. But those another nine hundred ninety nine. Are certainly not going to find it. And so it is important for our devotional walk to be our custom. Now. Since my heart conversion. Eight years ago. I started having a devotional walk. And my prayers in the early days were less than five minutes. In the morning. But that was a big difference from zero. And like a muscle. They grew from five minutes to ten Miss minutes to fifteen minutes to twenty or thirty or even more sometimes. Don't look at the prayer life who we often hear these testimonies of prayer warriors. And their inspiring and we hear about how they prayed all night or how they fasted and prayed and that is wonderful and that's a blessing. But I'm talking to those of us in this congregation who aren't even at five minutes yet. And you hear something like that you think that's unattainable. And you're right that may be unattainable overnight. But you've got to start somewhere. And I can testify to you from my personal experience and from the testimonies of others. You start small you build up. Day by day by day you just show up. There are times when I'm so tired that I might even be falling asleep during my prayer. But that's better. Better to fall asleep on my knees. Than to remain asleep in my bed. And God still blesses. Furthermore we need to be memorizing scripture. Those of you in my Sabbath school class. I'm sure there's a little sense of dread. When I step up to the podium. Because you know what the first thing we do is after we pray. And that is we're going to review the memory verse from memory. Because that's why they call it a memory verse Amen. No trick questions in the sermon. That's why they call it a memory verse. Because we need to hide God's word in our hearts. Why. What is it what does it say in Psalms one thousand one hundred eleven. I've hidden by word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Scripture memorization is the antidote to sin and sin is what causes death. If you were bitten by a snake. And someone had the antidote for you. Would you want it. Now of course you would. And we are facing death in every bit of realism. As that. You know real a way as that. And we have the antidote. I have hit and I word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Scripture. Memorization is the antidote to sin. And it's the and to do. Therefore to death. We need to be memorizing scripture. And for those of you who have a smartphone there's a great tool called Scripture type or. You look on your app store. And you find scripture typer and. It takes all of that. It just makes it so easy for you to memorize scripture. And I hear a man for from a user of scripture type or when I praise the Lord for that. In fact. I started using scripture typer probably about two years ago. I think at this point I don't have the data exactly right. But according to Scripture typer I now have over two hundred forty verses memorized. Now that doesn't mean that I could generate all of them on the spot. But it means I've memorized it at some point in my path. And that it's on a cycle of review. Because what scripture typer does for you. For every one of those two hundred forty verses. It knows exactly what day I need to review it. And so it sets that up for you. So every day you open it up. And it's got your one two three five verses that you need to review that day. In order to stay current with your scripture memorization. So what I do is. I go to our Sabbath school quarterly. Every week. I see what the Scripture the memory scripture the memory verses. And then I put it into my scripture typer app. And then I review it. And it's in it's now hidden in my heart that I might not sin against him. The other thing that really helps you a scripture memorization. Is teaching the Bible to others. Because if there are verses that you need in order to explain what you believe. Then you will know them. All the verses that I used to explain my beliefs are much better memorized than some verse that I have not needed for that purpose. And so sharing. Sharing with others is a critical part of your spiritual development. So that we talk about daily devotionals scripture memorization. And then involvement at church and serving others. We need to be exercising our faith. We need to be exercising our faith because in the book of James. He says. Faith without works is what dead. Face without works is dead. I didn't say that. James said that God said that through him. If you are not involved that church. If you are not serving others. Your faith is dead. If you have time for everything else in your life. Work school family vacations. Everything else in your life. But you don't have time to serve at your church your face is dead. I didn't say that. James said that. And your service can come in many forms. We are a nominating committee season right now. Next week we are going to select our nominating committee. We all need to be in prayer. As a church body. That the leadership is selected according to God's will but nominating committee season is coming up. And what will happen is the nominating committee will come together. They will select people to nominate for offices. Then. Different people to pastor or perhaps members of the nominating will. Committee will call those individuals say. On the nominating committee. We prayerfully thought that you would be a great person to do this work. And then what happens is. You'll say. Yes. Amen. At least I hope so but some of you may say Well I've you know I I'm not sure I could do that I need to pray about this and I believe in praying about stuff. But I don't believe in smokescreens when you're actually trying to get out of something. And if that pierced your heart praise the Lord. If you are not serving. If you are not involved with your church your faith is dead. I didn't say it. Jane said it. And it can even be little things. It can even be little things. The smallest thing I can think of is. Well take this morning. I don't know about you but I've received a tremendous blessing from this worship service. I pray that you are being blessed by the word. I was certainly blessed by the scripture reading. I was blessed by the prayer. I was blessed by the children's story. I was blessed by the opportunity to give to God's work in the offerings. I was blessed by the opening prayer. And even in the announcement. There is a blessing. But I'm concerned that some of us only received a partial blessing this morning. Of the blessing that I've received this morning. Do you understand what I'm saying. But it's not just for you. It's for the rest of us. Because in Hebrews. In fact let's turn to Hebrews. Hebrews ten. Hebrews Chapter ten. And let's look at Hebrews Chapter ten verse twenty four. Hebrews Chapter ten verse twenty four. All right. We'll give you a second. Have mercy. Hebrews Chapter ten verse twenty four. And it is written. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. As is the manner of some. But exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the day approaching. What does Paul say about the gathering together. What is the benefit of gathering together. Exhorting encouraging. Strengthening one another. When I see the people. When I come to church. And I see each and every one of you and your smiling faces. I am thrilled. No matter what caught what time you arrive. But how much more thrilling would it be if this group were here at nine thirty. I think the people showed up at nine thirty just said a man. Amen. If you were to invite a friend to church. What time would you tell him or her to come. But what would you tell them. Would you tell them nine thirty. We got some knows. Thank you for your honesty. You know nine o'clock knowing that they come at nine thirty. Why I think we have a quorum here maybe you should do that but in all seriousness. If you told a friend who had never been to our church to come at nine thirty and they actually showed up at nine thirty. How would you feel about that. Would you be worried about that. I'd be worried about that I might tell him hey you know it kind of doesn't start until ten. But what does that say about us. What does a say about us that we aren't willing to tell people to come at the time that it's supposed to be. Now we know from the parable of the vineyard. God has the same reward. Whether you were hired in the morning noon or in the afternoon. But should we be taking advantage of God's generosity. God is merciful. A man. But how much better would it be if we were to come together in a timely way. Not for your own benefit. Necessarily although I do believe that you meet you miss a part of the blessing. But even more importantly because of the encouragement to one another and even more as you see the day approaching how appropriate. And so I ask you this question. Are you want to twenty mile march. Are you want to twenty mile march. Are you being prepared. Making good decisions. And being disciplined in regular. Or are you going from spiritual high on sunny days. To spiritual lows. And back and forth like a bipolar Christian. Have mercy. Consistency. Discipline preparation is what we need. But I must tell you this does not come from yourself. This idea of discipline and consistency does not come from your own willpower. It comes from one place alone. Because we are saved by grace through faith. And that not of yourselves. It is a gift of God. Not of works. Lest anyone should both for we are His workmanship. Created in Christ Jesus for good works. Which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Even the desire to do something as simple as be at church. At nine thirty. Comes from the Lord. It comes from the Lord. Every positive character development in my life has come from the Lord. None of it has come from willpower or discipline of myself. But God gave me. And God can give you the desire to make changes in your life. And so when you are praying in that five minute prayer because if you're just starting out. It also be a struggle to get the five minutes. You just how God. You tell him. Lord. This is my first time getting up in the morning. To pray to you. And it is hard. And I just want you to know that Lord. But by your grace. Can I do it. And by your grace. You will give me the desire. The willingness. The hunger to walk with you all of this comes from Jesus. Make no mistake. This is not an expert Haitian to legalism. This is an exhortation to heart transformation. That will result in your life being transformed. And every step of the twenty mile march. Comes from Jesus Christ. His Grace. And the Holy Spirit working in your life. And he will do it. If you only ask him. And so we are in a very dangerous place. Even more treacherous. Than Antarctica. But it is my prayer that each one of you would resolve in your hearts. To get on your own twenty mile march. Preparing consistent. Praying. Memorizing scripture reading the word serving others. Serving the church. And that we would all walk together. Successfully to the eternal Kingdom. And that none of us would be left behind. And none of us would perish. Premature. This media was brought to you by audio post a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio. And much more. If you would like to know more about audio version or if you would like to listen to more sermon. Leave visit. W W W dot. Audio verse. Dot org.

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