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The Most Important Work

Jonathon Cherne

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Jonathon Cherne

An attorney in Westlake Village, California, United States. 

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  • December 1, 2018
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Father in Heaven Lord we are so think you are God the Lord you created us Lord that you died for us father and that you offer us eternal life Lord pray Father that you use me today Lord as your servant Lord speak through me Lord and may I give words of life father and tell about your glory Thank you Lord amen OK the title of my sermon do you know your most important work would be something good to know right what your most important work is now. For you going as a picture of my family fortunately my wife and my 2 daughters didn't come with me thought it might be a little much but we gauge about 7 years ago and in the you know when you get engaged you do this premarital counseling thing and it which is a good thing to do I think I would recommend doing pre-engagement counseling. Kind of hard to take back the invitations you know it comes up right. So I would recommend Korean gaging canceling by everything's worked out so good but during this pre marital counseling the counselor told me he said this is the most important thing for your marriage tell me this as a guy outside of Christ being the center of your life and of your marriage he said this is the most important thing so that's something I would want to know right if I want my marriage to be successful I want to know what is this most important thing. And. So he told me the most important thing to a good marriage with your wife is openness and I was his opinion in order to have and to Mysie with your wife for a man you need to be open and have openness with her and so I've tried to put that into practice it's not easy for a guy or at least for me but that is what he told me and so I was thinking what is the most important thing for us as Christians as human beings as man and woman what is our most important thing our most important work to do that would be important for us to know right if you are hoping for the soon return of Jesus and looking forward to that day it's important to know your most important work to prepare you for His coming and so we can look and the pen of inspiration Education Page 225 says that character building what was that character building is the most important work ever entrusted to human beings that's a pretty serious statement don't you think now how many of you this last week have spent time thinking about character building Oh good yes we need to be thinking about character building that is our most important work more important than our our jobs and our family and anything else we need to be thinking about building our character and so if this is so important to do it would be important for us to know what character is. In order to to work on building our character we need to know what character is before we get into that let's look at what it's not character building is not your mental ability it's not how smart you are. In fact I would say a lot of people who maybe have great mental abilities maybe you're one of those people that you never had to study for the test and you always got an A. That probably isn't helping build your character. And mental ability is not the character Another thing that that's often confuse with character that is not characters reputation your reputation how other people perceive you is not a character you see we can mask a lot of things we can put on a good suit and come to church we can live our outward life in a way that fools those around us and maybe even fools ourself but that is not character character building volume 5 the testimonies page $310.00 it says if the thoughts are wrong the feelings will be wrong and the thoughts and feelings come by and make up the moral character character is what's happening in here and in here character is what's going on in your mind what's going on in your heart what are you thinking about how is that what how is it making you feel what are the feelings that you have toward that person or or toward that situation. What are the thoughts that you have toward others or toward the situation that you are and Luke $645.00 says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks from our thoughts and feelings come words and actions 1630 says How sick is your heart that you did all these things and so the Bible is telling us that our actions and our words are a reflection of our character our thoughts and our feelings and our thoughts and feelings combine make up your character your words and actions come from what you have put in and you can ask those things you can hide them but it doesn't change who you are inside the Bible says that man looks at the outward appearance you guys remember Samuel going to choose a cane and the 1st time they chose Salo right and he was about this tall and strong good looking man and all the people I gave is going to be a good king right but but after Saul's fall Samuel was sent to anoint another king and he saw all the sons of Jesse and the 1st science says Surely this is the Lord's anointed but God told Samuel don't look on the outside I look at the heart God looks at our thoughts he looks at our feelings see if we our head is what are your thoughts what are your feelings a character formed according to The Divine a likeness is the only Trey's or that we can take from this world to the next character building is so important because it's the only thing that we are taking to heaven. You're not taking your house you don't need your house there you have a mansion being prepared for you are not taking our cars you're not taking your money will be walking on streets of gold we will need money you're not taking you're not taking your facelift you got a facelift you're not taken in the Bible says you're to get a new body right this in corruptible this corruptible will put on an corruptible and this mortal will put on immortality God's going to give us a new body a man is good news. Fairly young I guess and right there is a minor start to feel aches and my joints are right as of the nights we get that new body Yes so so that all these things we are not taking with us but we are taking our character we are taking our thoughts and our feelings Whew magine what your thoughts and feelings now would look like in heaven around all the holy angels around God himself can you guys hear me sell OK Oh there you go and you can really hear me he imagined your thoughts and feelings as they are now in the presence of a holy God This is why this is our most important work to do we need to work on building our character. Our character like kid is but not just any character oh no don't think that will take our selfish our worldly our proud our Jealous our fault finding characters with us to heaven would not be heaven indeed and we God will not allow such a thing there. And so we need to work on our character this is our most important work is to work on our thought life to work on our feelings that they are like Christ's says the character for according to the divine likeness our character has to be like God's character what is God's character Jeremiah $2911.00 says for I know the fots that I think towards you is God's thoughts as his character's thoughts and feelings says Jehovah thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you hope in your latter end God's thoughts towards us our thoughts of peace thoughts of hope he loves us so much he's always thinking about us and putting us 1st that is the character of God Hebrews 13 says Who being in the brightness of His glory and the express image of his person and up holding all things by the word of his power when he had by himself purged arson set down on the right hand of the majesty on high this is the only Bible verse that mentions the word character Hebrews $13.00 and it's right there it says that character in the Greek it's translated here express Emmett so so this is talking about Christ was in the brightness of His glory His glory. The brightness that we see it we see his character which is the express image of God Christ character was God's character. And God's character is his glory the Old Testament translates character as Glory So when you read about the glory of God and the Bible you're reading about his character Southern watchman October 25 1000 No 4 says it is his righteous character that constitutes the glory of God God's glory is His character His perfect thoughts his perfect feelings and this character he wants to give to you if you remember and Exodus 33 Exodus 33 were Moses. Comes to God and he says verse 18 he says Moses says to God Please show me your glory So Moses is asking God to show me your character show me who you are and God answers Mo's us and what does he say to him and he says I will make all of my goodness pass before you he's making his goodness the moral quality of his person passable for most of us and so God tells Mose us he says bring up tablets of stone like the 1st ones and I will write on these and so Moses asked Lord show me your character. Show me your glory and God says bring up 2 tablets and I will write down my character I will give you my character and it says then I'm versed in Chapter 34 Verse 6 it says in the Lord passed by him and proclaimed the Lord Lord God merciful and drink long suffering in a bounding goodness and truth keeping mercy for thousands for giving me Nickelodeon transgression and sin but by no means clearing the guilty visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children the children's children to the 3rd and 4th generation God tells his character to Moses both in written form in the 10 commandments and then he also proclaims his character of mercy and grace and justice mixed together God revealed His character to us review and herald able to point tonight to No 2 says the glory of Christ is revealed in the law which is a transcript of his character the law of God is the transcript of God's character of God's thoughts and feelings towards mankind His love and selflessness So it's important for us to have his loft in our hearts and his log in our minds Psalms 5117 says the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit are broken in contract heart oh God you will not despise we need to break our heart and allow God to rewrite his character in our hearts. God's law in our hearts unfortunately God's character was marred unfortunately man we were created we chose not to follow God's character God's character is a character of selflessness a character of obedience even to his own law to his own self to who he is and man said I don't want to be obedient I don't want that character and so we chose something different God's character was Marne it was marred before that by Satan Satan marred the character of God by spreading lies about his character by telling the angels and the world that God is a tyrant he's selfish unfair it's his way or else and so now the angels had to decide what is God like is God like what he says he is they had never seen God's character played out got it always said he was loving and selfless but they hadn't really seen it played out to what extent is God's love at it or is it like what Satan is saying it is the Head Angel that they all looked up to the chief commander of the realms of heaven who is right and so this controversy broke out Satan painted the character of God and false colors and took a 3rd of the angels with him and tried to take you and as well our merciful creator became feared and dreaded and hated even after just taking that one fruit Adam and Eve changed and they started to fear God and dread his coming in the garden they lost that character. As if 437 says 4 I have created him for my glory I have formed him gay I have made him You see originally we were made to reflect the enmity of God we were made to represent his character we were formed for his character for His glory people are suppose a common look at you and say that the character of God I can see I can draw conclusions about what God is like because I can see it in you that's what our our goal was that was our purpose was to perfectly reflect the character of God I think about my life and how how sadly I have not fulfilled that original goal how sadly if the inhabitants of the universe looked at me they wouldn't see the character of God because of sin and selfishness and pride that was our high calling was to represent his character and he still calls us to do that to be mankind was to reflect the character of God Education Page 15 says by disobedience this was forfeited our ability to represent God was forfeited because we disobeyed Him We can't have God's character and have a character of disobedience at the same time. You have to be perfectly in tune with his law which is his character says through sin the divine likeness was marred and well nigh obey literally did God's character was marred and a blip or a did and we saw that going even to the time of Noah just shortly after the fall of man God comes and he looks down at man and he sees that every intent of the thoughts were of his heart was only evil continually And so he's looking at the character of man and there is no aspect in the character of the anti to live in where even one thought was for God It was like his character and God was grieved in his heart I made you for my glory I made you so that people would look at you and say this is what God is like and now you don't even have one thought that's like my character magine if our thoughts see the cartoons where are the bubbles and see what they're thinking imagine if we all walked around with bubbles on top of our head and people saw what we were thinking people saw what we were feeling have mercy oh Lord what if people saw all into your mind what would they think about you yeah God sees into our mind God knows our thoughts he knows our hearts He knows our feelings and yet he still loves us and he wants to change us so that our thoughts are his thoughts and our feelings are his feelings friends this is our most important work to work on our character build our character in the divine likeness of God Oh how far we have fallen but sent a redeemer Amen. Christ was sent to reveal God's character because we failed at revealing his character John 114 says and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his his character right we beheld God's character his thoughts and his feelings in the person of Jesus Christ if God were to live in this earth this is how God would think this is how God would feel in that situation this is what he would do this is what he would say this is God's character says the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory we beheld God's character the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth Jesus came to reveal the character of God to us while the 10 Commandments stated the character of God and that's a good thing but it's one thing to read about someone's character and it's another thing to see them live out their character this is why the Bible says that that the new covenant was found on better promises we're not just reading about God's character in the tank a man is what we're seeing it played out through the life of God Himself through His Son Jesus Bible says God was in Christ reconciling the world into him self God's character was shown us through His Son and at the end of Jesus' life he was able to say I have glorified you on the earth so I have shown your character I have shown what you are like Satan has long Marger character but I came to people who really knew the depths and the heights the width of your love. Christ so perfectly represent in the Father that he could say if you have seen me you have seen the Father if you have seen my actions my words my thoughts my feelings you have seen the Father is he would do nothing different if he were here God wants to say that about us he wants his glory to be enough so that when they see you they see the father he would have done nothing different in that situation he would have thought nothing different about that person he would have felt nothing different God wants his character to be as God again calls us to reveal his character to reveal his glory John 2021 it says so Jesus said to them again Peace to you as the Father has sent me I also sin you what did the father sin Jesus to do to reveal his glory to reveal his character and Jesus says I sin you go reveal my character to the world the dying lost world a selfish prideful world who feel to them my character 2nd Corinthians 46 says For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ if God's light is shining and darkness what is that telling you about the condition of your heart it's dark right our characters are dark but God says I will shine into it I will shine in my light the knowledge of the glory of God is going to shine his character into us that we might give it and shine it to others and be a reflection of his image of his character. True Christianity is the Ingrid even of the biblical principles on the heart this is what God wants to do to us to stamp us with his character and with his seal this is the new covenant or write my law on their hearts and on their minds and I will be their God God wants to give you his character. How we resist it how we put things into our minds and into our our thoughts and feelings that are opposite to gridding demoralizing we have a part to play Romans 131-1214 says do this knowing that the time that is already knowing the time that is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed the night is almost gone and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light put on that robe of righteousness a covering of God's character let us behave properly as in the day not and carousing and drunkenness not in sexual promiscuity in sensuality not in strife and jealousy but put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lust God is saying you need to change your thoughts you know change your feelings change your actions and your words put those things aside the things of this world and put on the character of Christ's put on the armor of light as if it be 57 to 9 said Let the wicked man for sake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts guys as done for sake your thoughts for sake your character. And let him return to the Lord we have gone astray people we have been born into sin and we have been born selfish natured and God has put that aside died to self and rise up a new enemy he says and let him return to the Lord and He will have mercy upon him God will have mercy on us and accept us back into his family he will adopt us again as his children and we will be like Him for He will abundantly pardon aimin doesn't matter what you've done doesn't matter what you thought doesn't matter how you felt your actions or your words God will abundantly pardon you if you come to him and ask for forgiveness says for my thoughts are not your thoughts because my character is not your character praise God neither are my your ways my ways says a lawyer for Has the heavens are higher than the air so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts God's character is so far from ours we can't even imagine the distance God is totally and seen of self for others yet we are constantly striving for self. Says Put away your own rights just not put away your own right to scare actor and have my character as worlds apart as other centers yet we are so self centered and to change our character this our diligence study how can we be like Him What is his character lake seems impossible can the Ethiopian change a skin or the leopard his spots they may you also do good they are accustomed to evil we can't on our own. With men this is impossible but with God all things are possible Amen remember the story of the rich young ruler and he came and and he said how can I enter into heaven how can I have eternal life and Jesus says Honor your Father Mother don't kill don't steal goes through the last 6 commandments and and the man said I've done all these what else do I lack and then Jesus goes to his thought life and his feelings sure about his money and about how he related and saw himself in relation to others and he says go and sell all you have and give to the poor and then come and follow me God wanted his character his character needed to be like the character of God and then he could have eternal life and they said oh this is impossible remember the disciples I said this is impossible for a man to be saved and Jesus says With men this is impossible what with God all things are possible manuscript 121895 Shall we consider that we are capable of fashion in our lives and characters to enter into the portals of glory we cannot do it we cannot shape our characters in and of ourselves to be like Christ we are dependent every moment upon the Spirit of God operating upon us and upon our children. God will work in your life if you allow him to he will change your desires he will change your thoughts all those bad things those movies you watched are the things you listen to that you put into your mind that you can't get out there like Lord please take them out of my mind he says I will replace those thoughts. I will replace those feelings so instead of jealousy your thinking about others sort of self your giving of yourself says that I will do that for you if you come to me God wants to make a covenant with you he wants to put his law on your heart and in your mind he want to put as law in your thoughts and then your feelings and he wants to be your god and their sands and iniquities he promises to remember no more God offers to make an agreement says Come to me confess your sins and I will give you my character you would be able to stand if you counted were the we should study more earnestly the character of our Savior we should emma take the lovely pattern that God has given us we should well upon the match list charms of Jesus until there will be nothing status fine in this perishing world oh how we need to study this more so that nothing nothing in this world attracts us we should desire to reflect his image in kindness and courtesy in gentleness and love and then when he still appear we shall be like. Oh friends we need to change our desires to be like him have kindness and courtesy gentleness and love the love of our Savior study Christ's character. That we might be like him because this has the greatest impact on our eternal destiny to have the character of God education to 25 begin character building is the most important work ever intrusted to human beings and never before whether diligent study so important as now why is it so important now does she say why is it still of study is so important now if you have your Bibles turn with me. Born to Revelation Revelation 14 verse 6 Revelation 14 verse 6 then I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel to Priest of those who dwell on the earth to every nation tribe tongue and people saying with a loud voice Fear God and good. Glory to him for the hour of his judgment has come and worship Him who made heaven and earth to see the springs of water the Bible says that hear this loud cry the 3 angels message we are to give glory to God we are to give a representation of his character in the earth we are to have his thoughts and feelings and we're supposed to do that now because his judgment has come the judgment has started this is why the diligent study is so important now because we're living in the time of judgment judging your character your character like his character your character match up in the judgment. And to fear God and give glory to Him and to live out his character in us the word character. Comes from the Greek word character I. Don't know how to say that looks the same to me. So that's where a character refers to the all one might use to engrave or imprint something the character tool it could be maybe a signet ring or a metal stamp like the one you see there. It's often used to mark someone's possessions or to. To seal a letter so that if the mark or the seal match that character they knew whose it was. If I send you a letter and I put my stuff seal on it say up Jonathan seal that came from Jonathan and so it shows who's that item belongs to later the word character also became known as also the seal itself was also called the character because if you look at this it's the same as if you look at that it's the same exact image we are sealed only if we have this character review and herald May $21895.00 says the seal of the Living God will be placed only upon those who bear a likeness to Christ in character oh friends the diligent study of character is so important now because we are living in the time of judgement the time of verse history where God is opening the books and saying Do they have my character have they allowed me to work in their life to change them to be like me. Friends we need God's likeness we need his character and where does THE BIBLE say that the seal of God is placed on your forehead right Stan your thoughts because your thoughts and your character your thoughts and your feelings combine and so God is saying that the seal of God is really your character being the character of Christ in your mind you are living out his glory His purpose for you again your thoughts are his thoughts and your feelings are his feelings if allow God to live in you. Is for spring. We planted a garden for the 1st time and. We also next to our house we have a flower bed there and in the flower bed we didn't plant anything in the flower bed but it was amazing something grew in our flower bed and we didn't even plan to deal with grew we yes it was amazing we didn't even have to plant them in the all these plants came up they weren't very pretty but we have plants in our garden right what about that what about the garden of your mind if you're not planting anything in your mind what's going to grow their own we will grow and are growing we have to weed our garden friends we've got to weed the garden of our hearts got a real we the garden of our thoughts so we redid our garden and we planted some flowers and the bunnies came and ate them all. Is a true story kind of sad. And a lot of money on those flowers but I didn't protect the garden. We have to not only weed the garden but we have to plant things in the garden otherwise the weeds will come back we're going to plant the character of Christ in our mind and then we have to fortify it so that so that we don't come and go back so that the enemy doesn't come in and eat up those good character traits that we place there but the we our garden of our heart we have to prepare the garden of our hearts and we have to prepare it sooner than we think you see God promises to send the rain right and the sunshine and he sends the rain the former rain and the latter rain and the former rain was to germinate the sea so you plant the seed the former rain comes in the seed comes up the plant comes up but then the Latter Rain Comes to bring the plant to bring the fruit on the plant now if you don't plant any seeds and the rain comes what's going to grow we. And so we have to be planting the seeds now in order to reap the harvest when the latter rain comes we need to be working on our character right now planting the seeds of Christ's character now in our hearts so that when the latter rain falls at the close of the season and ripens the grain that there will be something there for it to ripen as the do in the rain are given 1st to cause the seed to germinate and then to ripen the harvest soul the Holy Spirit is given to carry out the work of God. It's pouring it out now on you and I so that we plant those seeds and they start to grow so that when the. Latter outpouring of the Holy Spirit comes that there is something there for it to grow otherwise the rain will fall and it will grow weeds in our heart and will will oppose the spirit and its character and so we have to start now we can't be sitting back waiting oh oh I'll change my character when I see see the time shape and when I see God poured out of Spirit and Spirit on the earth then I'll kick into high gear we have to start now to start changing your character now early right in space 71 says I saw that no one could share the refreshingly unless they have tamed the victory over every be sent over pride over selfishness over love of the world over every wrong word an action a set talking about our character right nor to receive the refreshing of the latter rain we have to be working on our character in obtaining victory through Christ we should therefore be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord let all remember that God is holy and that none but holy beans can ever 12 in his presence oh friends we need to pull up the we. Need to look into our thoughts to our feelings take an inventory what's in there what are you growing in the garden of your heart what are you allowing to take root and so all that many were neglecting the preparation so needful they were looking to the time of refreshing and the latter rain to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. She says many she's talking about the church people these are people who are looking forward to the Holy Spirit poured out people who know it's coming and they're saying oh I can't wait pours out I'm a shape up be ready she said it's too late oh how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter because the rain is poured out that there's no seeds for it to spring up there's no seeds been planted the character of their hearts for it to grow and mature to the character of Christ then neglected the need for preparation I pray that that's not you and I Glenn did the needful preparation therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God God will send his latter rain to fit us to mature our character to live in His sight but at the seeds are implanted there won't be anything to grow friends this is so important need to make Christ character our diligent study now and to be living for him she's us tells us Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness they will be filled Are you hungry this morning are you thirsty for the character of God Do you want that in your heart I pray that you do Father God. Lord what a solemn thing your character father how different it is than ours how worlds apart Lord are you than us and praise the Lord it is father for we are selfish and worldly thinking about ourselves and not about others father you came and humbled yourself came as a servant the king of the universe came as a babe in a manger father you lived humbly. Always giving of yourself for us Lord we want that character we want to be like you Father we want to shine to the world to show them who you are and what you are like help us Father to desire that help us to change. Or to help us to put off the old man. To live a new anew we. Thank you for. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio 1st if you would like to listen to more sermon leave to visit W W W audio verse or.

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