Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- GYC Southwest 2016: One Soul Audience
- Pine Springs Ranch, California, USA
- September 5, 2016
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Father in Heaven bless us quickly to God grant us understanding grant me simple language to God let my purpose be to glorify your name and to be a blessing to your people I pray in Jesus' name let God's people say a man and a man Genesis two lists read from verse seven are subject the issues of life Genesis chapter two reading from verse seven the Bible says and the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul very clear verse eight and the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden and there he put the man whom he informed let us read read verse eight we shall do so microscopically looking for geographical locations. There's much wisdom and much benefit to be gained by reading the Bible very very closely and carefully verse eight Genesis two and the Lord God planted a garden eastward where any to. The garden was in Eden. Which means we have two areas named them Eden and the garden. Let me say that again there was Eden then in Eden God planted a garden so God planted a garden eastward in Eden we have to joke Rafiq all locations go to Genesis Chapter four we read for sixteen our subject the issues of life. Genesis for reading first sixteen. By. Either way while I welcome you I was also welcome those who will listen to this message by recording wherever you are made a lot bless you with a light understanding and a willingness to live by what you learn genesis for verse sixteen one of the Bible saying and Cain did what went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt where in the land of Nod where on the east now we have a fervent geographical location we have the garden where was the garden anywhere he can live in the land of Nod where on the East of Eden so what we have. The larger world which God made then an area called Eden that an area called the Garden. Let me say that again you know Beth will be fuddled bamboozled in the wilderness. Named three geographical locations we have reasonably identified. Eden but let's start from small to large the garden Adam and Eve's home the larger area Eden and then the rest of the world there yes which not was a part Eden garden in the larger world if that's clear C.M.L. Now let's go back to chapter two let's reverse nine our subject the issues of life and I really mean it when I say listen as if this message is for you. Perhaps God brought you this weekend just for this message not for me for this message verse nine Genesis two and out of the ground may the Lord God to grow every tree that's present to the sight and good for food the tree of life read with me now also where in the midst of the garden and the tree of. Of Good and Evil Now where was the Tree of Life put by God in the garden in the middle of the garden. But two trees are named in that first the tree of life also in the midst of the garden and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil where was the tray of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But the first yes the verses tell us exactly where the first tells us the tree of life was in the midst of the garden is going to Chapter three let's read from first one our subject the issues of life the Bible says Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made and he said unto the woman E.A.A. as God said He shall not eat of every tree of the garden and the woman said unto the serpent We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden but the fruit of the tree read with me now which is in the midst of the garden watch or is that the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God have said He shall not eat of it neither shall you touch it lest you die. Where was the Tree of Life. Where was the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil Mr Garden. From which wanted Adam eat and preserve his life. Where was that. Which one was forbidden. Where was that in the midst of the heart was a subject. The issues of life. The major issues of life are not on the edges of our lives. We have to confront them. Every day because there are. Right in front of our eyes that is just choice between right and wrong. What does the Bible say of the word of faith do you have to go to heaven to bring prices down or go down to the deed to where is it it is nigh unto the even where in value of an invite heart that's the word of righteousness but where is evil sin lie it's where God told and at the door. Both are in the center of our lives but we have to make what. Show us. And so here's your i Pad. The latest model. You can open and go to three B.N.. Or you can open and go to a nasty website. They're both right here. You have to choose. You go to a supermarket. There's the meat. There the vegetables. You don't have to catch a bus to go get the mean. It's right next to the vegetables. You have to choose. Tree of Life Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God does not remove all temptations from our lives he gives us the word of power. And so he said to Adam verse sixteen Genesis two are subject the issues of life and the Lord God commanded the man saying Of every tree of the garden that Mace freely. But of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil that is shalt not eat of it for in the days out eat is there all of shall surely die in. That statement's vows shall surely die God is saying two things. If you disobey. You die flip that coin and what is God say if you obey finish it you live. Two choices. Tree of Life. Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil let's look at two choices again. Genesis two seventeen God said in the days out it is there of the how shall surely die in Genesis chapter three verse four the serpent said into the woman he shall not surely die we have two choices of us already. Eyes of the Word of God or the word of everybody else combined on the second. Let me say that again if it's not the Word of God. It is not of God No I didn't say if it's not in the Bible it's not of God they are truths not expressly stated in the Bible but they are of God because all truth is of God are you with me so what I said was if it is not of God. It is of the devil this goes back to Genesis Chapter three hench after two God said if you eat you die the devil said if you eat you Liz and Adam and Eve had to choose. What is choice. It's the exercise of the will. That capacity of the mind that allows you to decide how you will act. Your own mission up to thirty first one thousand the Bible says I call heaven on earth to record this day against you that I have said before you life and death be less. Saying and cursing the Tree of Life the tree of the knowledge of going to needle life death heaven hell salvation damnation Jesus say King and God says choose life that's a recommendation. Choose life. The only way to choose a life is to choose obedience. I've often gotten this question if God is good why is there so much suffering and there isn't a preacher on the face of the earth who has not been confronted with that question. And I feel bad for God as we say in our modern language he has gotten a bad rap. Listen to what the Bible says and God saw everything that he had made. And behold it was very good listen again microscopically and God saw everything that he and. Jesus do is also things well. Everything God does is well done. Then God brought Adam and Eve into this well made and Vironment no sickness no disease no sin no crime no Zico virus no a baller no to force nor genetic deformities nothing of the kind of hospitals no prisons no police no soldiers no bombs no warplanes no aircraft carriers. No condoms. And God said effectively to Adam. If you want this to continue. If you want to continue living in a perfect. Flawless in less world. Or be in. This in the god again his word and also everything he had me. Behold very good. And the one who made was actually Christ he's the creator at the will of the far. Along came Adam. And disobeyed. Yet people blame God. Mankind shows. Mankind chose death but one of the one of the ugly aspects of sin is this sin transfers blame. Are you with me if your therapist you are familiar with the term transference. So you go to see a therapist. And you offer the therapist maybe you brought him a little cartoon of orange juice and he says no thanks and you need to react because you feel rejected why because your parents are addicted you so you pass on your reaction to him or her transference because of sin when God said to Adam you know what did you do he said the woman went on us the woman the serpent and so now that we're living in a world of sin by our own choice we transfer the blame to God. For that choice is we made. The issues of life. Right before us. And God and his on limited wisdom he tells us choose life. Choose obedience. Choose righteousness not only on Sabbath. As I said in one of the presentations we spend about three hours in church they are one hundred and sixty eight hours in a week. We spend three about proximately in church most churches no longer have a why. Very few people go to prayer meeting. Three. And appearing on the ethnic group your church is made up of it maybe just two. Hundred sixty six hours away from church we have decisions to make. And God says to us choose life. Regardless of your age. My brothers and my sisters this message will be brief but hopefully direct. Everyone who goes to hell will go by choice. Most of our suffering is by choice. God's desire is to bless his people so super abundantly that when the unbeliever sees the blessings upon God's people that becomes the most powerful advertisement for evangelism the way God's people are blessed. Because everyone everyone wants to be a part of a good thing. He wants to bless us why do we suffer so much the bible has one job not to one. Some of us live as if we are called to us as follow Christ in order that we might be job. There's only one job. We are called to live blessid lives yes we coming to the end of time the time of trouble yes we know that. But if God's people would. Choose righteousness his miraculous working in their lives would bring more people into the church than evangelistic Crusades. If we would choose to obey God with my course copeck fidelity. Why do I see a microscopic fidelity in Child Guidance page seventy nine paragraph five L. A light writes of the test God gave to Adam it was the least test that God could give the holy pair in. God could not think of a smaller test. So the test was microscopic. And need a microscope to see. And he failed. But the ramifications and the results are macroscopic for those of us and what does he mean microscopic means small macroscopic means who Mungo us. I was told a friend of mine he attended Yes there is a medical doctor that a friend of mine is a dentist they both attended yesterday. And I asked what causes muscular dystrophy. It is something going wrong at the core scopic level. What causes it color lactose intolerance. It is something going wrong at the microscopic level the person does not produce what the enzyme called lactase. Have you ever seen an enzyme. What causes problems in the brain there isn't that perhaps that the. Neurotransmitter acetylcholine does not cross that's an uptick gap. Have you ever seen. A new run. Yet when. Of the most destructive teachings in the church is that there's something called a little sin. Henschel me we disregard little things we say well it's only a little stud. You can hardly see them till the sun shines and it gets in the sky it's a false start. I have only painted want all. The other nine sanctified. Why would God condemn me. Adam's test was a little test. I only drink wine on my birthday and I have one a year. We have all these liberal approaches to what we call the little things. Don't you understand Jesus suffered on the cross for a little thing. Adam didn't commit murder. He didn't commit a rape it was a carjacking. He bit into for. A little thing and it cost the life of the Son of God. The issues of life both large and small and nice thing that's wrong is dangerous. Jesus preaches the same thing the kingdom of heaven is like what mustard seed. Which indeed is the smallest of all seeds but if you turn that coin in the kingdom of hello it's also like a mustard seed you take a little of Satan and do nothing about it it will grow into a satanic tree. You taking little of Jesus and you water rate it grows into the tree of righteousness. Little things. I. Have huge consequences. There's my brother Peter was Peter who is P.T. pray for me Peter as you go. There is Peter beat out all in six three six four. He did not begin at six four. Are you following me he began so small something from the father some of the mother then they began to divide you needed a microscope to see them. Now we have six feet for. The issues of life. Most of them are not big. They're small. But the consequences are massive and let me say if it displeases you most people who are lost will be lost for little things. In any country most people are not in prison. United States has three hundred ten million about two million under the control of the penal system whether in prison jail probation parole or whatever. I was in Uganda a few years ago population are probably twenty five thirty million they had about a fifteen thousand inmates I went to pray for two men who want death row and one of the officers told me that. Any country you visit most people are not criminals but she's a sailor and in at what gate the strait gate for wide is a gate and broad is the way that leaders want to destruction and many. Straight is the gate narrows the way which lead us on to life and few. That is a statistical statement. For those of you study statistics you apply that to every church you don't want to. There's a saying. In every church finish my words. Most people will be lost. And most of them are law abiding listen to what they were doing in the days of Lot and Noah they did it dead right they married wives they were given in marriage they planted they builded they bought they sold which one of those is a crime none What was the outcome lost. Because Christ was not the focus. Listen to another group this last Lord Lord have we not prophesied in the name and in my name have cast out devils and I name done many wonderful works this is an impressive resume that should qualify anyone for a place in God's Kingdom What does Jesus say they part for me I never knew you Eve that work iniquity. Let me close by reminding all of us including me the issues of life are central. Right and wrong. God provides the power to choose right we need no help to choose wrong because we are born with a nature that gravitates towards wrong are you following me so we need a power greater than sin to change our natural behavior that's why only God can save you because the power of sin is the power of Satan and the power of Satan is the second greatest power in the universe. And a light right in bible coming through volume five page ten eighty three paragraph one bear in mind that it is none but God that can hold an argument with Satan. Christ triumphant page one thousand paragraph four she writes Christ had been warned not to enter into argument with Satan. In his humanity. He can when. The power to choose right. Is guaranteed when we access it through faith in God's word. If Adam had simply held on to God's word he would not have fallen so catastrophic really why catastrophic only because of the consequences that befell the earth and we feel them today. Shoes to do right. Choose to give your life to God The moment you open your eyes in the morning shoes that's the will choose to study God's word choose to read messages to young people. Choose to read adman is home if you're recently married you should have read it before. Before you have children choose to reach Child Guidance. Choose to read counsels on diets and foods choose to read the conflict of the ages series give me the five books in that series in order. Not step surprise conflict the ages better action prophets prophets and Keynes these are of ages acts of the Apostles the great controversy God bless you for guessing correctly. Shrooms to read those books and give yourself a broad understanding of this church. This movement and the man that raised it up. We choose wrong so effortlessly. But through the indwelling power of God's Spirit we can choose right effortlessly. Those young boy said in a beacon as a god can save us but if not be ignored until the old king that we will not serve like gods that's not the word of a man who was hesitating. No worship the golden image which though has said. That you will stall for. Thirty days created Arius. He could simply have closed his window. And prayed was God kept open that was his witness he chose to face ravenous lions. Those Christians in the early era of the church all they had to do was sprinkle instance on an altar showing devotion to some Roman god. And go back home and repent they said no and sort of eaten by lions in the. Coliseums. If they could make those choices. You and I can make a choice not to work on something. You and I can make a choice not to engage in romantic relationships outside the church. And when it's home page or sixty seven paragraph one element writes to connect with an unbeliever is to place yourself on Satan's ground. You and I can choose to stop eating dead animals. You and I can choose to cut back our frenetic rush to climb the career ladder and take time to raise I would children Biblically. You and I can choose to return to time. And leave the consequences to God. You or I can choose to view this body as the Temple of the Holy Ghost. And not as a sexual playground for anyone. We can choose. And you know I can choose to love righteousness and to hate sin. How many of you will say with me father. Help me to choose right every time I'm confronted with a choice help me to match your right hand now do you mean that stand up with me. Having heard what I said this morning how many of us have to make a change in some critical area of our lives can I see your head don't identify there either need started returning a tight stop working on Sabbath stop watching T.V. on Friday night stop dating that novelist man or woman you need to make a change in the critical area having heard this message how many people say Father help me to make that change can I shall keep your hand up to God. Your love for us will not save us if we don't respond. L.-I writes God's grace will not supply the place of man's cooperation. Signs of The Times December twentieth it in ninety one paragraph one. We must cooperate with you to God. The best known force in the Bible says For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth That's our part. Those for whom Jesus shed his blood have raised their hands to say having heard this message on choice and making correct choices regarding the issues of life there is an area in my life I need to change and by the grace of God I choose to undertake that change beginning now and so we've raised our hands to see that Father in Heaven every time a preacher makes a call the devil makes one. His call is do not respond his call is you're fine his call is you've got time his call is what's the big thing it's a big thing. Eating a food look small it was a big thing Father please if you mean it when you said you are not willing that any should perish in second Peter three nine if you mean it when you said you will have all meant to be saved been forced to meet each up to two verse four If you mean. When you seventy six or thirty three eleven I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked if you mean it to God and we know you do because you don't lie give us the grace. To make that change while we have life now God bless every man every woman every boy every girl blessed every family a double blessing on the little children they got who are quietly affected by the hypocrisy of their parents but they say nothing where there is the age of accountability or independence they leave the church father doubly bless them have a sheet of them against the hypocrisy of adults because you love children in a very special way as we leave this place to God Let us not engage in our usual habit of secular law on significant chat. Let us think of what we've heard Let us choose to meditate on the words we heard not only this morning but over the weekend let us choose to do that as we descend the winding road to God with danger on one side or the other. Just a slip of a tire and we can go rolling down the mountainside as we descend less not descending in laughter and jokes and video games less to send in prayer and meditation father when you come save every single person who attended this conference. Or come before there's another conference they got please we pray for the Hearts she's a snake let all God's people say a man and a Middle Lot bless you and bless you bless you write. 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 my. Universe if you would like to listen to more service leader Visit W W W audio verse or.