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Y Share, Who Cares?

Lisa Topete

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  • August 13, 2016
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This morning there was a group of people praying and I thought wow. They I share a programming team and everyone who's worked so hard together. I think the best thing we have going for us is that we've been praying that God would bless us. So as I set my timer so you're not here until noon. I'm just kidding. You won't be here till noon but every point could be a sermon and I said Lord how are you going to fit for sermons into one. But he's going to do it in the next forty two minutes Amen. Amen How about we start with a word of prayer and then we're going to get going. Let's pray. Father in heaven this morning. I bow before you so humbled Lord. We're told that say in works in a special manner to confuse the mind on this point the point of righteousness by faith and in my feeble attempt I bow like Paul and pray that loving God I am not coming to this group of people with excellence of speech or wisdom declaring to them the testimony of God For we right here in this room Lord are determined to not know anything among us except Jesus Christ and Him crucified right now. So in weakness Lord in fear and in much trembling I pray that my speech in my preaching is not with persuasive words of the wisdom of men but in demonstration of the Spirit and of the power of God that the face of all of us would not rest in any man. But in you dear God Holy Spirit. Please be your teacher. We pray this in Jesus' name. So this morning the title of the message is letter Y. Y. share. Who cares. And. Were told that not one in one hundred how many. One in one hundred really understand what salvation is that of. Problem. That's a problem because right here in this room we probably don't even have a hundred people so that means that none of us really understand what salvation is does that make you tremble a little bit righteousness by faith as I've been studying it since March. In a specific manner trying to say Well Lord if it's only one in one hundred. Dear God help me to be part of be the one Amen. And when you pray that prayer friends. The Lord answers. So we're going to go through four basic points to understand this gift of righteousness by faith remember each point could be a sermon so the first point being who he is the second point being who we are the third the call the fourth the cost in the final result of it all. I'm going to start with the story the story goes that I woke up one morning and I was getting onto a plane and I prayed that God would give me an intellectual conversation on the airplane. And I don't know why I prayed that I guess I just really wanted to talk with someone and normally I want to take a benadryl and go to sleep on the plane but this morning. I prayed that prayer and so I get onto the plane and I'm sitting there in my seat empty and I was like what I'm not going to have an intellectual conversation if this seat stays empty the plane takes off. I'm in the air and I was like Well I think I'll take a nap today. I'm about to fall asleep in the flight attendant comes up to me and she says young lady there is a man who he's seven foot one and his knees are cramped Do you mind if he comes and sits here and I said No I don't mind at all. Please have him come sit here. So this tall guy comes over and he sits down next to me and I look at him and I said how many tall jokes have you heard. He paused for a moment and he goes. I think I've heard every single one. But. In his hands was a book a textbook on logarithms and I was like oh Lord I don't know if I want to talk to someone about logarithms. I almost didn't even know how to pronounce that word. So we're sitting there and we began to talk and he asked me. Lisa what do you do and I said well I plant churches. And he's like wow. And I go what about you. What do you do. He goes well I had my doctorate at nineteen and I was I was like what were what did I get myself into. So we're sitting there and I want you guys to get the main point this three and a half hour conversation that we dove into started with him asking me a simple question. Lisa do you think that humanity is digressing or slowly increasing or getting better. And I laughed I said you know honestly I just take the human body over so many years it has definitely just digressed it's physically we are not what we used to be a long story short we started to talk and I said now it's my turn to ask you a question and he said I said to him. Let's take all the knowledge in the world and some of you have heard elder Finlay share this and I thought I've got to try this one day let's take all the knowledge in the world all the knowledge past present and future. And if we could put it in this chart that I'm doing with my hand right here we're sitting on the plane and it one hundred percent equals all the knowledge in the world how much knowledge would you say you have. And he looks at me. He's like that's not fair and I said do you want me to answer for you and he goes. Sure. And I said well you've read books on logarithms So I'm thinking that you might have a little more than the average person I said two percent of all the knowledge that has ever existed in there's hundreds of books being published by professionals in their field every. Single day and he says to me two percent is too generous. I said one percent. He goes No because knowledge is constantly increasing I can't keep up with it. This is someone who has their doctor in mathematics and logician he was literally. I said OK. What do you say he said Maybe point zero zero five percent and I said Of all the knowledge in the world you have point zero zero five percent and he goes. Sure. And I looked at him and I said the reason why I'm asking you that question is you've told me and this was a long conversation that you don't believe in a God and I said in that other ninety nine point. Exponential nine percent is it possible that there might Is there a small chance that there might exist a God who is much different than you think he is and he said. That he said and I said I'm not trying to stump you I'm really not a not a stumper I just think about these things and he said honestly there is a chance and I said that's all we need. I said you know what since there's a chance I said I'm going to propose to you that not not taking any emotion into it but the God of Christianity is the god that's most often blame for the hurt in the world No one shakes their fist at Buddha No people are really shaking their fists at other gods made from wood and stone but a lot of the anger is directed at the God of Christianity and that's just looking at it without without a lot of emotion so he is quiet with me and then I said but let me tell you something even if you don't believe in the Bible even if you just read I want you to know that the remedy proposed in the Bible for Humanity will blow your mind and he's like OK and he got really quiet and I was like that's the remedy he asked. HANNITY. But I'm not going to be I'm like trying to play it cool I'm not cool. I was like OK so I'm sitting in the seat I'm like and then he's like it's silent for a little bit longer and then he finally goes Hey Lisa. That's like yeah. He's like what's the remedy. And I said Oh friend. Are you sure you want to know from there we dug into a Bible study. I want you to know friends that in the Garden of Eden think of Adam when he fresh stepped out of perfection right here he is he stepped out of perfection into imperfection how fresh in his mind was the picture of perfection very fresh. No one could convince him otherwise. But generation after generation goes on and on and on and what has happened to our picture perfection it slowly faded so much that the new normal is that perfection is impossible. I said John God's remedy proposes that humanity will come to a better place than had they never fallen. He's like but how I said oh John have you ever heard of Jesus. You guys what we hold in our hands. Is the proposal to completely restore every wound every hurt every loss of humanity go in your Bibles please to Psalm chapter four song chapter four as you're turning there I have a young man who attends our church plant and he asked me and the pastor of the church he said. How is it that the God of the Old Testament could be so evil. And this is a common question right. And we look I looked at him and I said Can I ask you a question back real fast and he said. Absolutely. I said to him. How is it that that same God of the Old Testament that is so evil in our minds. You can sit there and question that. But there are many in the Old Testament who said that he was evil think of David think of Moses think of Abraham who were shouting that this God is my friend this god is longsuffering merciful gracious abounding goodness in truth I said so. So one of us has the wrong picture but these men in the Old Testament were still declaring his goodness. Even with all of that happening. Perhaps we just don't understand who he is some four Verse six reads There are many who say who will show us what any good. Lord lift up the light of your countenance upon us David knew the answer to the question he knew the answer to the pollution. He knew the solution that this life that we're living friends is not normal. What is the solution then Lord lift up your countenance upon us. You see God proposes to clear this picture up to you individually each of you have to have this picture cleared up by proposing to us a God a different God than we could have ever known by showing you that you must see him as King and Lord and Creator before you take him as your savior go to is a chapter for he will spend the bulk of our time in this this passage that you can use your little ribbon to market. Because we'll keep falling back to Isaiah Chapter forty. I think this chapter is astonishing. Isaiah Chapter forty we are going to look at verse twelve to seventeen as we move into the next point we are looking at the first aspect who is God Who is he. What does he actually have to say for himself and I told John. How about instead of trying to figure out who God is let him just tell you saw Isaiah Chapter forty verse twelve reads who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand measured heaven with the span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure. With the mountains in a scale in the hills in a balance who has directed the spirit of the Lord or as his counselor has taught him Does anyone know who is talking right now. God is actually saying these things in knowing and understanding the context. As in in to in a prophecy were God is sharing the victory in the redemption that the have out of Babylon even before they go into captivity. But here we are reading he's telling them who has directed the spirit of the Lord or has his counselor has taught him with whom did he take counsel and who instructed him and taught him in the path of justice who taught him knowledge and showed him the way of understanding what are the answers to those questions. No one verse fifteen behold the nations are as a drop in a bucket in are counted as the small as the small dust on the scales. Look he lifts up the isles as a very little thing in Lebanon is not sufficient to burn nor its peace sufficient for burnt offerings all nations before him are is nothing jumped to verse twenty one. Have you not known. Have you not heard has it not been told you from the beginning. Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth. It is He who sits above the circle of the earth and its inhabitants are like what. Grasshoppers your grasshopper who stretches out the heavens like a curtain in spreads them out like a tent to dwell in he brings the princes to nothing. He makes the judges of the earth. Earth useless scarcely shall they be planted scarcely shall they be sown scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth when he shall What. Just blow them and they will wither away and the whirlwind will take them away like stubble. Then he asked to whom then will you like in me or to whom shall I be equal says the Holy One Lift up. Like David lift up your countenance lift up your eyes on high in seeing who has created these things who brings out their host by number he calls them by name and the greatness of His might. And the strength of his power not what not one is missing. Friends. That's who God is that God created the heavens in the earth. And you realize he can measure the water in the hollow of his hand. He's like Yeah I've got this in my hand. That the nations are like dust to him that in light of all of this this creator says that not one of them though it's last talk about a vast infinite picture. And getting a glimpse of who he is. What do you think he's encouraging or trying to show the children of Israel when they look at themselves. That wait a second. Who am I. In comparison to all you are we should be humble yet Isaiah five twelve says they do not regard the work of the Lord nor consider the operation of his hands and you believe this. Do you understand what the creature has done when they disregard God completely. They've actually made themselves God the creature has just said to the Creator. Your subjected to me settle it in your mind friends. Right here right now that it's an impossibility for you to procure even a speck of righteousness within yourself. Listen to this there is not one point that needs to be dwelt upon more earnestly repeated more frequently or established more firmly in the minds of all then the impossibility of fallen man meriting anything by his own best good works salvation is through Jesus Christ. Hello. Yet we insist are we back in Isaiah forty Chapter forty verse eighteen yet we insist to whom. Then he asks us will you like in God or what likeness will you compare him to then it goes on to what they've been doing the workman mold an image that Goldsmith over spreads it with gold in the silversmith castle or chains whoever's to improv race for such a contribution. Contribution then chooses the tree that will not rot. He seeks for himself a skill for workman to prepare a guard carved image that will not taught or in other words humanity is like I don't understand God So what I'm going to do is get every man any possible man made picture carved out of truly gold silver whatever it is and that's going to be my God. The enemy has so many tangled the mines in the midst of fog and earthly Mis and it's so ingrained into our understanding that this has actually become a part of our faith that this twisted picture of who God may be in who are who we are he's saying. It's so twisted. But it's a part of your faith in character right now there's hope. I promise. We need Heavenly I solve to discern with utter astonishment the worthlessness of creature marriage entering the wages of eternal life when I was preparing for this message. I said Lord I don't want everyone to think I hate them. I don't. But listen. You may have a strong work ethic you may eat the right foods. Where the right length of skirt devotionals every morning kindness humility even repentance you name it and yet you will not be given one more drop of grace than the person next to you who is not doing that. Did you catch that not one more drop of grace. God's grace is not selective all of these things devotions gifts driving. Work ethic summer programs for ten weeks. Anything needs to be laid and set upon the fire of Christ's righteousness in order to cleanse it from its earthly odor. Yeah I'm not telling you not to do those things. OK but I want you to understand. That when it's laid on the righteousness of Christ and He cleanses it with his blood it rises up to the great Jehovah's sweet savory men. Listen if you would gather together everything that is good and holy and Noble and lovely and Man OK So all of the good all of us possess here in this room if we were to gather it all together. And then we came over and presented the subject to the angels of God acting as a part of salvation were like look we go to the angels and were gathering all our righteousness together like check this out. Angels. Look what we can do. The proposition would be rejected is treason. Standing in the presence of their creator and looking upon the unsurpassed glory which in shrouds this person. They are looking upon the Lamb of God given from the foundation of the world to a life of humiliation to be rejected of sinful men to be despised to be crucified who can measure the infinity of the sacrifice. It would reject any good thing. As treason. If you don't choose and if you're a traitor. Once we divorced ourselves from God we did not lose some right. We originally had in the Garden of Eden. I think that I've always thought that but we didn't lose some right in the Garden of Eden. We lost favor with God. Even in Eden our value added needs value was not something they earned it was simply God's favor over them God's love. Over them that enabled them to live the lives they see lived the second the workmanship of God and of his hands decides to become disloyal he made himself entirely unworthy of all the blessings God was planning to give him the second he decided no Imagine Adam explaining to God how awesome he is on that first day after creation he's like the Sabbath together and he's looking at all the creation. He's like Man God The animals are I have dominion over them. They're in subjection to me and God So like. It. I'm really done with. I thought to myself. Lord do I do that in my life with the gifts you have given me hold your hand and Isaiah forty will combat but go to first Chronicles first Chronicles first kings Second Kings first Khurana goals. I still sing the song when I turn the pages first Chronicles chapter twenty nine verse fourteen it says this but who am I in who are my people that we should be able to offer so willing is this for all things come from you and of your own we have given you did you catch it all things come from you. And of your own we have given back to you. You see if you have any gift if you have any talent. Take a second in say dear God that came from you in the second I don't give it back to you. I've essentially stopped the circle of blessing. That of my own you have given me and I have to just give it right back to you. The law of heaven that all of these gifts are a continual flow by the grace and the blood of Christ. This is during the building of the temple when offerings are coming. In the children of Israel. We're like. Everything you have given us and we're just going to give it right back to you. Isaiah forty. Verse six. The voice said cry out he said what I cry all flesh is grass all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The flower fade the grass withers the flower fades because the breath of the Lord blows upon it. Surely the people are what. The people are what grass and the grass withers the flower fades. But the word of God stands forever. The thought is that the true position of humanity is that we divorced ourselves from God. At this point. Adam and Eve were not entitled to a breath of air. They were not entitled to a ray of sunshine or even a breadcrumb of food. And as it stands friends right now. You aren't either. Nor my. So why wasn't man just annihilated as we deserve it. This is the part where we know the answer but understanding again who he is who I am. And now we'll move on to the cost Turn to Romans Chapter seven. Humanities really interesting because in all of God's creation we're the only ones who said. With the fallen angels. We actually think we're better than you God. Romans Chapter seven. As you turn there remember to keep keep Isaiah forty with me. Romans Chapter seven. And we're going to look at verse twenty four. It says. Who's Paul is speaking here and he says. Oh wretched man that I am. Who will deliver me from this body of death. Paul is beginning to get a picture of the glory of who God is he sees God he sees himself and then he says what next. Have you had that moment where you begin to get a picture or a glimpse of who this God of the universe is and then you see yourself and I'm like that quote and steps to Christ is true. The more sinful you appear in your own eyes. The closer and closer what you're going to Christ. I was like oh I'm really close to Christ. Right now I feel really sinful. But you get this picture of who got is who I am and Paul says Oh wretched man that I am who will deliver me from this body of death. Verse twenty five. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord so then with the mind I myself serve the Law of God but with the flesh the law of sin. You see the reason why man was not annihilated was not because God was I'm sorry was because God so loved him that he made the gift of his dear son that he should suffer to suffer the penalty of your transgressions. He he was like I'm not going to annihilate them because you know what my son instead will die and take their place in bring them back to me. Does that even make sense. I mean even as I say it I'm like This is so backwards. You see what God did God the Father took God the Son and infinity became finite infinity became finite. So you could understand him friends as big and his that is God it is he's reachable every day to each of us just so you could get to know God through the power of Jesus the Holy Spirit. I want to show you something good. Isaiah forty three. Haven't a Bible study. Has there forty three. Verse ten says. Racing the clock so I hear your pages as they're forty three verse ten says you are my witnesses says the Lord and my servant whom I have chosen that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before Me. There was no what there was no God formed nor shall there be after me. I even I am the Lord and besides me there is no savior jumped to verse fifteen I in the Lord your Holy One the creator of Israel your king verse twenty two but you have not called upon me. Oj Cup and you have been wary of me. Oh Israel. You have not brought me the sheep or your burnt offerings nor have you honored me with your sacrifices I have not caused you to serve with grain offerings nor wearied you with incense you have brought me no sweet Cain with money nor have you sacrificed satisfied me with the fat of your sacrifices sacrifices but you have burned me with your sins. You have wearied me with your iniquities I even I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake and I will not remember your sins put me in remembrance let us contend together. State your case that you may be acquitted. You see he's presenting to you two things Number one he is your creator and when you get a picture that this God who is your creator could in a second just blow in your den just like that but then he says they your case before me. Two ways First your creator then friends. Your Savior. Matthew twenty seven turn with me. Matthew twenty seven as we end our third point and move to the fourth in close so quick. Matthew Chapter twenty seven. I want you to look at verse twenty one. There you can look up and smile. You have a Savior. Matthew chapter seven verse twenty one. The governor answered. We know that Jesus is standing before a pilot the governor answered and said to them which of the two do you want me to release to you and they said what. Braben this verse twenty two pilots said to them. What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ. They all said to him what led him be crucified then the governor said why what evil has he done but they cried out all the more let him be crucified. When pilot saw that he could not prevail at all but rather that a time was made. He took water washed his hands in front of the multitude saying I'm innocent of the blood of this just person you see to it and the people answered and said his blood be honest and on our children then he released barabus to them and when he scourge Jesus he delivered him to be crucified Instead I was sitting on my bed. One morning and I was reading that that story and it hit me that when I read this story. I can really just put my name in the place of barabus friends your barabus that when they said Who do you want me to release to you. They said. Daryl released Joey to me release Heidi to me. What shall I do then with Jesus crucify him so that I can go. Every single one of us type in anti-type meet together. Jesus in this moment. All of humanity's place. Ya way barabus his name means son of the Father. That the son of the father had to die so that you could actually still be a son of the Father. Keep reading. Verse twenty seven the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the petroleum gathered the whole garrison around him stripped him put a scarlet robe on him and when they had twisted a crown of thorns they put it on his head in a reed in his right hand and they bow the knee before him and mocked him saying Hail King of the Jews they spat on him took the reed struck him on the head and when they mocked him they took the robot and then put his own clothes on him and led him away to be crucified first thirty five then they crucify him and divided his garments casting lots that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet they divided my garments among them and for my clothing they cast lots. Sitting down. They watched him their first forty five now from the six hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land and about the nine hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying that is my God my God why have you forsaken me. You see righteousness by faith when I get a picture of who he is who I am. And then the cost that it was going to take to get me back to who I was supposed to be I shake my head in contemplation of the internal purposes which he accomplished in Jesus Christ. You see Paul was put to his knees in prayer for every soul that believes in Christ and will believe in Christ when he said for this cause I bow my knees. Let's go to chapter three and read it together that Paul was getting a picture of who God was. And as this picture of who God was became clear and clear he fell to his knees and said For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named by. He would grant you according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man that Christ may dwell in your hearts but through faith that you being rooted in grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all the saints What is that length and depth and breadth and hype and to know the love of Christ that passes knowledge which means you'll never get it that you may be filled with all the fullness of God now until Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think that it is the cost of our salvation easy to forget. Amen. Many of us jumped right now to the call. And we think about the call that God has had in our life and we're supposed to go and do mission and service but it's kind of hard when I forgotten who he is who I am and what it took for me to even have a breath of air every single morning. And yet when I get this picture of Number One who he is number two what. Who I Am the cost that it took for me to become righteous through the blood of Christ. I can't help but with Paul say the love of Christ constrains me forward. It is the only thing moving me to share every turn. Paul recognized this when he said in second five fourteen the love of Christ motivates me now. Not a soul can give anything that is not already God's bear this in mind all things come from him and of your own self. We can give nothing. The reason so many fail I'm reading a quote to focus the reason so many fail to be successful laborers is that they act as though God depended on them. And they suggest to God what he chooses to do with them in the place of their depending on God They lay aside the supernatural power and fail to do the supernatural work there all the time depending on their own and their brother is human powers they are narrow in themselves always judging after their finite human comprehension remember there's a whole nother ninety nine point nine percent that you and I don't see. They need uplifting for they have no power from on high with humanity though and divinity combined. You can accomplish a work enduring as eternity. We try to understand righteousness by faith by just jumping sometimes to the call in the things that we should be doing. But if we neglect to understand who we are who God is the cost. The call kind of gets old. Sharing gets hard. I have a grudge the every time I go to a door or the Bible work or ask me to go on. Or you're a Bible worker and you don't want to go on our HUGE who I'm talking to myself here from the smallest benefit up to the largest blessing all flow through one channel a superhuman mediation sprinkled with the blood that is a value beyond estimate because it was the blood of the life of God's Son. Isaiah forty. As we wind down. Isaiah Chapter forty one through five when I understand these elements of all God you are a powerful creator who with just a breath of your mouth could annihilate the entire earth yet you show me that I am so weak but that Christ came into my place. I can't help but want to cry in Isaiah forty verse one comfort yes comfort my people. That's his call to you now. As your god speak comforter Jerusalem cry out to her that her warfare is ended her iniquity is pardon for she has received from the Lord's hand up before since the voice of one crying in the wilderness. John the Baptist right. You lie just prepare the way of the Lord make straight in the desert a highway for God every valley shall be exalted every mountain in Hill brought low the crooked places shall be made sure the rough places smooth the glory of the Lord shall be revealed in all flesh shall see it together for the mouth of the Lord has spoken verse nine. You who bring good tidings get up into the high mountains Oh Jerusalem you who bring tidings lift up your voice with strength lifted up be not afraid say to the cities of Juda behold your god he tell you what to say to you hold your god. Behold the Lord God shall come with a strong hand in his arms shall rule with him his reward is with him in his work before him he will feed his flock like a shepherd he will gather the lambs with his arms and gently carry them in his bosom gently lead those who are with you. You see the call comes from then a motivation of understanding where you could be you know when I first came to the Lord I went away and when I came back I was like God I don't want to go away. I guess it's bad. And I said How are you going to keep me and he said Lisa. I'll do the keeping for you. There's a woman who I've been studying the Bible with in Patterson. She's a Hindu. While she was spent a year and a half and she said for six months all the Bible worker training I had ever got in everything was failing with this lady and I was like ah you know I'm like trying different things. I'm showing her nature videos I was trying everything and then one day I was like. In my car before I was going into her house and here's the thing this Indian woman was so consistent in faithful that I couldn't I just kind of wanted the Bible study to stop I know that sounds bad but it was really stressful because she would stare at me the whole study like this. With this frown in her in her face and I didn't know how to read or and she would just and I was like OK she's not she's not OK time goes on five months later I'm sitting in my car and I said God I'm out. I don't know what to do with this woman but she wants me to keep coming back. What do I do the verse comes into my mind. Oh Lisa if I'm lifted up I'll draw all men and to myself and I'm like that verse includes Ranjeet I claim that verse for Ranjeet I go into the house and I said Do you have that book I gave you man a piece desire of ages and she said Yes I said go get it so she goes and gets the book and I tell her I want you to read every day the chapter Jesus dies on the cross. OK She's like OK are we having a Bible study I know said no or pray. So we prayed I go back the next week and Randy it says to me. Lisa. Did Jesus really suffer like that. Bear in mind this woman has no idea has not even opened a Bible until six months prior to this moment and I said he did it and she goes. Why I said. Because you. She goes I did not sin. OK I actually did and when the plan of salvation began to unfold I go back the next week. She says I've read that chapter morning and evening. Every morning every evening I'm reading this chapter and I can't believe Jesus loves me. Jesus loves me and I'm sitting there like I don't even believe it like she believes it. Have mercy. I go back the next week and she says Lisa Jesus loves me that much. So can I pray to him and he'll hear what I'm saying and I'm like oh Lord have mercy. This woman. Over the next year has been steady. Her Bible more than any of my other contacts. She told me she was going through a time where she wasn't sure if she wanted to keep coming to the church and there was this I went to her house and I was like no we're going to keep going and she sat there. I didn't sit with her. I don't even tell her to do this. She read through the Book of Job in one sitting and walked away refresh friends are you fighting like that for your walk with God. Ranjeet who had never even HEARD of Jesus suddenly falls in love with him. There's a story of a young man who had a spiritual teacher and were winding down and he said how can I get to know God and the man looks at him. The teacher says follow me. So they walk out to the country and they go to a river and the teacher proceeds to walk into the middle of the river and just stand there and he looks back at the student he's like come on. So the student walks next to him. They're standing in the river together and the teacher looks at him and says submerge yourself in the students like some submerge yourself so he submerges themself into the lot and the teacher takes a stand and places it on the head of the student and holds him under the water after a few seconds the boy begins to kick and a struggle and he's lurching trying to get out of the air but still the teacher is holding him under the water after what seemed like an eternity. The teacher finally releases his hand in the student pops out of the water with lungs aching gasping for breath. The teacher looks at him and says as surely as soon as you desire God as much as you wanted that first breath of air. You'll find it will be yours. Some four six there are many who say who will show us any good. David answers lift up the light of your countenance upon us. Isaiah forty and then word that Isaiah forty verse twenty seven. Why do you say Jacob in speak oh is real. My way is hidden from the Lord in my just claim it's passed over by my god the million dollar question. The number one question asked a Christian apologetics. Good God bad world why it's not a new question friends they were asking it here in verse twenty seven. Why is my way hidden from the Lord. My claim passed over by my God But verse twenty eight but have you not known. Have you not heard of the everlasting God the Lord the creator of the ends of the earth. Neither faints nor is weary his understanding is unsearchable he gives power to the weak and to those who have no mighty increases strength even the youth shall be fain where in the young men shot literally fall but those who wait on the Lord shall bring new their strength they shall mount up on wings like eagles they shall run and not grow weary they shall walk and not faith your only job is to submit your will and wait. Because you have a creator who loved to you who gave all for you. So that you could be a son. Therefore do not lose heart but friends take these truths in day by day focus on them. Preach them to yourselves every morning get along with God. And preach these truths into your mind until your heart sings with confidence that you are new and you are cared for. You will realize that who he is who you are and the cost that it took and the calling Do you know what the final result is. The final result friends and revelation for eight eleven and five thousand to eleven you can look at that is that you will sing with all the hosts of heaven Worthy is the lamb that with Slade to receive glory and honor and power and that more than recovery will be found for each and every one of you then had you never fallen. Every day every time I share Him by His grace. You'll know that this righteousness by fee is genuinely a gift. My friends. The only appeal is that. Every morning get alone with God Let him be God don't take his plea. This is your desire please kneel with me as we pray. That Lord in our hands as we pray no price we bring just simply to the cross Weekly. And God You are the builder we are the workmen of your hands and now we bow our heads and close our eyes submit in surrender to the creative the universe that while so vast and so large became finite to show us that he loved us. Lord I pray today and every day that I write to snus would not mean anything we do but in our scripts this media was brought to you by audiotapes a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio. If you would like to listen to more sermon leave to visit W W W audio verse or.

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