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Dealing with Delay

David Wright


David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church


  • March 10, 2018
    11:00 AM
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Well this morning we're going to be looking at dealing with the Les How do you deal with delay do you like to wait I know an expression that's easy my tongue is I hate weight I'm not always the most patient person I'm trying to learn to be patient that's one of the fruits of the Spirit patience longsuffering along with that self-control. But how do we as God's people deal with delay you know the French resistance fighters back in World War 2 when they were invaded by Nazi Germany they didn't think that they would be there for long they thought the allies would come soon that they would be delivered from all of this and so this ragtag group continued to pull together and to try to fight and to resist and to be courageous and spite of some hardship and some capture some suffering and they fought long they fought hard this French Resistance in hopes that soon the allies would come but as you see here in some of these pictures in Paris and there's it all Hitler and others over time their hope that there would be a rescue began to wane not everybody but some of them were saying is help ever going to arrive as months turned into years and years turned into another year and another year in fact some of the comrades decide you know rather than try to keep them at bay we probably would be better off if we joined and some of them did some of them defected in that way and they said Oh we'll get more rations we'll get places of privilege if we just become part of what's going on here's the Nazi flag over the Paris Opera House but the idea of them being weary of constantly resisting constantly fighting and becoming discouraged they thought well maybe the allies are too busy fighting these now. It is on all the other fronts and then D.-Day came June 6th 1904 it was supposed to be the day before but bad weather prohibited and prevented them but on June 6th 194630 in the morning troops started hitting the beaches of Normandy more than 160000 allied troops the largest and C.B.S. invasion in history more than 13000 aircraft by the 1000 ships supported them and went ahead of them and the total allied casualties been estimated at $10000.00 that were lost on that day that was a rough day they had all the parts of the beach outlined in these I think it's 5 divisions with these secret words and terms for each one and while the casualties were high this was seen as a major turning point in the war finally their long awaited Deliverance came and the freedom fighters who endured to the end were heroes and the traitors who helped the Nazis were well publicly humiliated tortured some of them and killed. My question for us this morning is could it be that the final events in the church could it be they could closely resemble those in France during the war if you brought your bible turn with me to Matthew chapter 24 we're going to read a section out of Matthew chapter 24 verses 45 to 51 Matthew chapter 24 beginning to read here in verse 45 who then is faithful and wise servant whom is master made ruler over his household to give food in due season blessed is that servant whom his master when he comes will find so doing assuredly I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods if the evil servant says in his heart my master is delaying his coming and begins to beat his fellow servant and to eat and drink with the drunkards the master of the servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him an hour that he is not aware of and will cut him in 2 and appoint his portion with the hypocrites and there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth notice here in verse 48 the evil servant says where in his heart he makes no outward announcement initially we can see by his fruits if you will where his heart lies but initially it begins in the heart is an inward erosion of faith something has gone wrong there is a delay I bet this guy is not even coming and in verse 49 he begins to beat his fellow servants This could be verbal way this could be emotionally this also could be physically and to eat and drink with the drunkards to kind of just decide to do his own thing because the Master has delayed now the church has been saying Jesus is coming my whole life you might be thinking that what is the point G.. Jesus is coming soon Jesus is coming soon I've heard it before soon is not soon enough for me and if we're not careful in our heart we can start to say you know this delay what's the point our fervor can be lost why bother with this health message anyway we're only food taste of it. Why bother with this 3 angels message I mean it just it sounds weird why bother with this aspect or that aspect you know I don't even see what's the point anymore there's obviously been some delay I'm not even sure of our message we begin to doubt doubt doubt the message and the messenger. I don't know if we can truly trust prophecy and so we do 2nd Peter 3 Verse 3 says knowing this 1st that scoffers might come will come in the last days walking according to their own lusts and saying where is the promise of His coming for since the fathers fell asleep all things continued as they were from the beginning of creation you see there is a connection between doubting his coming and walking after our own lusts our own pleasures our own ways but we can also find the opposite of that truth is true faith in Jesus soon return will have a sanctifying effect in fact if you look at our founders when they thought Jesus was coming in 1904 if they didn't say who cares those do whatever we want no they put every effort into sanctification in just a few verses still in 2nd Peter chapter 3 a few verses later says therefore beloved looking forward to these things be diligent to be found by him in peace without spot and blankness 1st John 3 chapter 3 verse 3 and everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as he is pure and what's the hope Jesus soon coming but the reality is we are in grave danger as 7th Day Adventists if we ever stop believing ever stop proclaiming the soon return of Jesus were in danger of going our own way doing our own thing none of this really matters there's no judgement there's no 2nd coming but I believe in this delay in this terror. Meantime Jesus is using this time to sift out his true servants from his faults servants to separate the wheat from the chaff we are told again and again we should expect delay but if you're like me you say but I hate wait I want it now and if I can't get it now I'm not interested I'll go somewhere else I'll do something else Matthew 255 we've looked at this before here but while the bridegroom was delayed they all slumbered and slept we should expect delay but this is startling living on the knife edge of eternity the true church is as pictured as spiritually drowsy and asleep to the great opportunities to repair the world for the coming of Jesus. Peru project. But this is the message of the parable is not that 5 are sleeping is that there is a spiritual drowsiness a spiritual stupor that has lowered us all to sleep the secular the materialistic godless culture is affecting us as well as the world and all will be surprised according to this parable when Jesus comes no one's going to say I knew it I knew was going to be this day I knew was going to be this time hopefully some will be watching some will be hopeful but according to the parable we're all asleep there's not one version that's awake and waiting and at midnight a cry was heard behold the bridegroom is coming in and you know the story give us some of your or oil and they say no buy for yourselves and the door was shut the idea is give us some of your Holy Spirit give us some of your spiritual experience and some of your faith but friends character is not transferrable we are not saved in groups or saved individually and their experience is not sufficient to take them through and the door shut Matthew 24 again verse 13 but he who endures to. The end shall be saved he who endures the delay the criticism the doubt the worldliness Finally there is laid out for him the crown of righteousness it says and 2nd to me for you 8 which the Lord the righteous judge will give to me on that day and not to me only but also do all who have loved his appearing only through loving his appearing will only those that are loving his appearing looking and waiting and hoping for his appearing will last I believe through the final day but if we just say Oh oh not a big deal will be lost was a say in Revelation 1412 here is the way patients of the saints friends we've been in a time of delay now for years but let's get one thing straight that only means that we're years closer not years further away it is almost over and yet there are many that are about to lose heart and throw in the towel just before he comes in 6 verse 9 Let us not grow weary while doing good for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart that's crucial to the 7th Day Adventist Church has been committed the most precious message of salvation I believe intrusted to mortals the ever lasting gospel now more than ever we cannot lose heart I mean what part of the race is the most difficult when the gun goes off and you start running when you're feeling good and then adrenaline is pumping anybody run a marathon and just hit the wall and the mental games that are played and you say I cannot do this physically I cannot do this I'm going to stop I'm going to have to give up there's no way my body's giving out my knees or hurting my feet or hurting and I still have 4 miles but sadly as we get so close there are so many that are losing heart because of a delay many have lost the prophetic. Identity that makes us the 7th and the search that makes us unique and they want to make us a generic church with a generic message this was just spoken in February of this year one of the speakers at the one project I haven't included his name but you can go find it it's as I don't wish you just to me use but to do to consider the active work of reformation I don't have in mine reform of the church governance nor church finance reform or structural reform nor evangelistic reform educational reform or even liturgical reform though all these may be needed the reform that I would like to offer is deeper it is more foundational I want to propose a possibility of doctrinal Reform Now granted we have a structure that's set up we don't have Crees and we can do those kinds of things and we have done that before in our history but here is a movement that I believe is sane I'm tired of the status quo I'm tired of the delay we need to change things we need to be reformers and at the same gathering they're speaking of the global avenues church as communistic they use those words they speak of it as Hitler and Stalin and other things as if And they're pushing things like women's ordination and all the and L.G.B. T.Q. and they need to be fully accepted and put in leadership and all these things that the world church has said we don't feel comfortable with that that's not a communist excess dump yet they're saying we need doctrinal reform and they're beating the pulpit on this message recently there was a meeting held at the end id where a young lady got up to speak about how to reach millennium and she had a T. shirt on that said women are the future now don't get me wrong I love a really beautiful woman right over there and she means the world to me but last I checked in the classes that I took to have a future you need men and women but anyway as he said enough there. And she's talking about how to win back the millennial and this is kind of an age old message right how we're going to win back our youth and all how we're going to win back the millennial and she said we need to stop talking about the sanctuary so much we need to talk about things that are more practical last I read my Bible The sanctuary is something God gave us as a precious gift to understand salvation to understand what he's doing in the heavenly sanctuary for us right now last I checked the sanctuary was one of the few doctrines that we separate from the rest of the world and more practical than salvation what could be more practical than salvation I will move on here's the patience of the saints Revelation 1412 I don't want this out of me Demas has forsaken me Paul says having loved this present world sadly most I believe that are in the camp that I'm referring to are reading all kinds of outside sources and authors that if you do any bit of research are steeped in mysticism a new age ideas and they want to reform our church to make it look more like what they're reading and I believe that they have good intentions they want to save a drowning Adventism but really I think in part they're tired of waiting they are doubting the message and they won something new Matthew $2437.00 but as the days of Noah were so also will the coming of the Son of Man be off the lips of Jesus in the days of Noah many believe his message I think of impending judgment some even help prepare the ark but when the years roll by any member how many years 120 years is there really going to be a judgment is this ever really going to happen rain from the sky we've never seen that before and they started to doubt why because there was delay and they join the ranks of the monk. There's. A leaven because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil this is an interesting quote from the pen of inspiration there are those who say not only in their hearts but in all their works my lord delays his coming this is the passage we read that she's referring to they show the effect of air upon them by smite in their fellow servants and eating and drinking with the drunken as in the days of Noah those who have had great light will show their inconsistency because Christ's coming has been long foretold they conclude that there is a mistake in regard to this doctrine does that sound just a little bit permille year but the Lord says if the vision tarry wait for ET for it will surely come it will not tarry past the time that the message is born to all nations tongues and peoples should we who proclaim to be students of prophecy forget that God's forbearance to the wicked as part of his vast and merciful plan by which he is seeking to compass the salvation of souls So we be bound among the number who sees to cooperate with the Lord and who are found saying my lord delays his coming in quote We can sense a delay but we mustn't lose our own and take a moment to look at souls folly here if you have your Bibles turn now to for Samuel Chapter 13 and we're going to look at a few of these verses here and 1st Samuel Chapter 13 1st Samuel Chapter 13 in verse 5 the Philistines are gathered together to fight with Israel it talks about their number 30000 chariots 6000 horsemen and people as the sandwiches on the seashore and in multitude I mean this sounds very intimidating in verse 6 it talks about how the people are distressed they hid in caves in thickets in rocks and holes in and pay. This as for saw he was stealing Gil gal and all the people follow him trembling Can you sense their intimidation here and so verse 8 then he waited 7 days a whole week day after day to the time set by Samuel But Samuel did not come to Gilgo and the people were scattered from him so Saul said what was he waiting for Samuel was going to offer the sacrifice of the Lord right he said we don't have time and and panic is starting to set in and there's this delay and so verse 9 So Saul said Bring a burnt offering and peace offering here to me and he offered the burnt offering So here's Saul is in panic mode himself that people are scattering why because of the delay and so in an attempt to stop all of the scattering all the doubt in the criticism and all the things going on Saul says bring it to me I'm going to do it myself I'm going to take matters into my own hands and verse 10 Now it happened as soon as he finished presenting the burnt offering isn't this ironic as soon as he finished that Samuel came and Saul went out to meet him that he might greet him and Samuel said What have you done and notice all the eyes that were going to read here so Saul said when I saw that people were scattered verse 12 than I said to the Philistines will now come down on Gilgo and I have not made supplication to the Lord therefore I felt compelled and offered a burnt offering. You know sadly in our church there have been times when people said you know we're losing the youth are using losing our young people we're losing millenniums we're losing this category losing that category and we have a wealth of information of how to do ministry of how to evangelize but we go outside we step outside of Adventism outside of the church and we go seek counsel from other sources worldly sources of how to do God's work notice the judgment here in verse 13. Said to Saul you have done foolishly you have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God which he commanded you for now the Lord will have a stablish you so I for now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel for ever but now your kingdom shall not continue the Lord has sought for himself a man after his own Heart 7 Kings 13 is it because there is no God in Israel that you're going to inquire of bells above in the God of the crown prince I believe people are getting restless I believe people are giving up just before the finish line and if Saul had waited just a little bit longer literally minutes longer this story would be far different Ralph Waldo Emerson said this man is not a hero because he's braver than anyone else but because he's braver 10 minutes longer in contrast here and 1st Samuel going to have to 26 we see David's patients and you might recall that many years pass from the time that Dave is actually anointed as king and then when he's actually crowned And so David waits and he waits and he waits and there's delay after delay after delay and he had several opportunities to do like Saul his predecessor to take matters into his own hands but he waits patiently and actually this passage is the 2nd real opportunity that he has but notice how he responds here in 1st Samuel tempter 26 verse 10 he says David said furthermore as the Lord lives the Lord shall strike him or his days come to die or he shall go out to battle and perish mean the Lord is going to do this but the Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord's anointed David is showing very clearly I'm not going to force this thing to happen I'm going to wait as Rebecca said I'm going to wait on the Lord and let him do this thing in his way and his time too often we try and get ahead of the work instead of waiting patiently for God to open the doors of the work. And delay delay tends to leave a vacuum that either needs to be filled with something either faith and patience or with personal efforts to change the situation perhaps even to create a new god can you think of another delay that in that way Moses delay let's turn to Exodus Chapter 32 again we're not going to be here too long but if I am worn out you go to Exodus Chapter 32 we read here in verse one now when the people saw that Moses what delayed coming down from the mountain the people gathered together to Aaron and said to him Come make us gods that shall go before us as for this Moses the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt we do not know what's become of him how much time has gone by 120 years only 40 days but there are the same because of this delay we don't know what's happened to Moses he's probably not even around anymore he went to the Mounties probably did Erin you need to take control of the situation you need to make us gods and so Aaron said break off the gold earrings which are in your ears of your wives your sons and your daughters and bring them to me and I think Aaron thought in their pride they say now we're not ready to do this but they said OK and they break a mob they give in to air and he gets an engraving too and made a golden calf and he said this is your God Oh Israel the land of Egypt and he built an altar before it they offered burnt offerings in verse 6 and at the end of verse 6 it says and the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play this is a worship service involving all kinds of other things and we could get into some of the wording here of of play we're talking even sexual play which is getting really out there but if you look at this story I believe the story of the children of Israel and the golden calf is one of the most striking examples of present trends and I think it's about 3 be repeated before God's people as we near the promised land right there on the edge is going to be repeated and Moses if you will he's a type being a parallel to Jesus himself he told the people I will. No return but after 40 days of people gave up and made a golden calf they compromised Well the people are getting restless Let's make some concessions the youth the millennia they're leaving Let's make some concessions let's compromise I mean are the standards really necessary I mean this is 2018 that's old school and besides these things are making our witness more difficult people hear them they bark at them let's just compromise a little bit and the threat is always the same if you haven't noticed if we don't we're going to lose them if you heard that before now I understand there's some things that we can do but when we're talking about you know this reformation we need to change doctrine we need to change what's core I don't think so any time we try and extend that bridge out to the world often times more people cross the bridge over to the world than cross the bridge over to the church and so their worship service resembled in this chapter that we just read it resemble that of a nightclub eating and drinking and rose up to play in fact in verse 17 they're coming down from the mountain goddess and you go deal with these people and there's a noise of war in the camp and finally as they get closer they say this isn't the sound of war but this is the sound of singing that I hear could this happen to us has this happened to us where we have turned the Reverent adoration to a holy God and to having a party in God's house and we have lights and they're all flashing and strobing we have heavy beads and music and rhythms and and people up front performing if you will I have a hard time imagining the holy God the creator of the universe sitting on the front row in those services was a revelation 3 Verse 15 I could wish you were cold or hot one of the other but because you are lukewarm I mean even the story in Exodus we don't want to create a brand new God We just want to worship Him in our own way this is still the God that brought us out of his Egypt. But we do want to watch them on our terms with our idols in our way I wish you were hot or cold but because you're not either because you're lukewarm I'm going to spit you out of my mouth I mean we don't want to be out in the world fully but we don't want to have to do all the stuff the church jester do and so we're going to just bring the world into the church we're going to mix the 2 together and we're going to feel good about ourselves because we worship today because we're weary of waiting and just like Moses coming off the mountain the Son of Man will come an hour that we do not expect and just like the story of Moses Some will be executed and some will be exalted some that waited and some that didn't want to wait in the past hundreds of years ago sailors would set off for a long journey and there always be touching scenes at the dock can imagine how this would play out for the family but it was the idea that the husband has to go off out to see how long you're going to be gone well the intention as we're going to go here or here but there's no email there's no text messages or snow updates they're just gone across the horizon they're gone and the wives would make their pledges they're hesitant for they left you know I'm going to wait for you I'm going to be right here and the husband will make promises to I promise I'll be back I promise I'll be OK and then bring you some exotic guests from far off lands and they would depart and they would just wait the wives would wait and wait and wait and sometimes you know the stories the plans would change the captain would decide OK we're going to do this or we're going to go over here and sometimes that meant going even further around and and sometimes trips would get delayed months or even years and sometimes the wives would say how long must I wait I don't even know if he's still alive he could have been drowned for a year and a half by now how long am I just supposed to be here without somebody without love without you knowing and they started to lick their wounds and feel bad for themself and so they would have a certificate made out a certificate of death for their husbands because now they would be entitled to. Remarried to continue with family to do whatever it might be but undoubtedly the moments would come when the ship would come back into port who's on the boat and a husband would come running out packages under his arm all excited to see is wife and how big his kids have gotten that have waited so long for him and his promised return and then all the said and some of course were accepted with arms open then and rejoicing in tears and others awkward blank stares as another one is standing there and they've been replaced and kids that they don't recognize for wives that refuse to wait the proverb of that time the wives that love their husband most weight the best and if my husband isn't that great it be a great time to replace him but if I love the most I'm going to wait the best how would Jesus find us when he returns back at 2 to 4 says write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he may run who reads it for the vision is yet for an appointed time but at the end it will speak and it will not die though it Terry wait for it because it will surely come it will not tarry behold the proud his soul is not upright in him but the just show live by what by faith the delay will not set them back Revelation 1412 says here is the patience of the saints here are they who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus and so my challenge to you and to myself this morning is keep the faith keep the faith don't be discouraged don't be set off by the delay keep the faith Jesus is coming the delay is almost over your Heavenly Father I don't know what all the people here today are dealing with or struggling with those watching online may be discouraged. But Lord may we be found faithful as you delay as there will be a Terry we can know and trust the promise that you will surely come that you will help us see us through if we trust you by faith that the Lord help us by your grace to be faithful because the God who has promised to come will come in Jesus' name we pray Amen this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more servant leader Visit W W W audio verse or.


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