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The Summer Of Me- Part 2

David Wright


David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church


  • July 15, 2017
    12:00 PM
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Well we're continuing this series called The Summer of me and we talked about this last week this idea if you will kind of a lead to see an idea that summer is all about me and what I want to do and my plans but I tell you we just got a great example times like maybe 20 years so I'll tell you the young people that work there they could be doing a host of other things but they were so service oriented I've never seen young people that were so wanting to help so so cheerful so kind to each other they weren't cliquish whatever needed to be done they were in and doing it and so guys my hats off to you and the whole staff rather than being a summer of me they were serving this summer and are still serving they still have several weeks to go there at the camp but trying to look at this idea is summer or any season for that matter about me or is it about some bigger purpose than that we also talk this morning some about quizzes maybe even in summer school maybe you have an early class I don't know the situation but maybe when the alarm clock went off you thought. And maybe you hit snooze maybe you just unplug the thing from the wall but at that moment when you go back to sleep and your head hits the pillow you feel really good about that decision am I right you're looking at this slide no one wants to raise your hand maybe it was the fact that there was this girl on campus and she had this free period and you had this class but you know you know I'd rather spend time with her anyway and so you skipped the class again. And of feels really good at that moment and you might do that several times in certain colleges they don't check up on you they don't even take attendance sometimes it's just well you better show up and you better do well on the final exam right I have 5 times 10 or 100 questions and they're all easy questions if you know the answers seems like I heard somewhere this morning have you ever taken a test where you read the question. And you read it again. And you look at the clock and you skip the question you go the next one read it again skip the question go the next one the next one the next one and before you know the whole page it's just kind of swimming and also in the room gets really hot. And you think in one I sleep in Mr final exam. Don't worry it's just 75 percent of your grade. We've been looking Last week we looked at the 1st 2 angels messages today we're going to look at the 3rd but the 3 angels messages of Revelation 14 are the fulfillment of what Jesus said and Matthew 24 and really Matthew 28 I think is probably what I should have had up on the screen to Matthew 20 go into all the world making disciples of all nations and so on and so in Revelation 14 we see the fulfillment of that and the 1st angel is fear God for the hour of his judgment has come and worship Him who made the heavens the earth to see the springs of water and when that 1st came down the pike with a 2300 Day message it was a wake up call Jesus was coming so they thought and so they got their lives in order to day we know Jesus' ministry in the most holy place interceding for us but I think the wake up call is still in effect we need to get our lives in order we're over time. Jesus is going to come soon so that 1st is a wake up call we are talking about that the 2nd angels to expose the danger of the truth and error mixture of Babylon that is group grooming us to receive the mark of the bees a little truth little error Zeb I like to be groomed I don't and so that's what the 2nd angel is talking about and look at that last time but the 3rd angel now says and a 3rd will follow them saying with a loud voice if any one worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God He said it's easy I know the answers to the final exam that's that Sunday Sabbath issue and so I know exactly what I'm going to do in that situation I'll be fine and when that time comes when I see everybody you know the Sunday law is in force then I'll know that's my time to get my act together and so that's when I get rid of this and I won't do that anymore and I'll spend more time in my Bible and I'll do all of these things so I don't miss it. I know nobody here thinks that way but maybe you know somebody that. First 12 says here's the patience of the Saints Here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus this is kind of like that final exam if you will and will you be prepared when that time comes to make the right choice or the right decision now the warning against the mark of the beast is not the means of resisting the market any more than listening to the news broadcast of a coming storm is sufficient to protect you from the storm it's just a warning now just depends on what do you do with that warning. I mean there's a tornado coming great. Are you sure you want to keep trimming the trees. I mean the warning is good but if you ignore the warning and so the 3rd angel's message is simply that it's not so much the solution and begs not solutions all it's just a warning and so I want you to look with me in your Bibles in Revelation 13. Something that sometimes we overlook a little bit. Revelation Chapter 13 we're going to pick it up in verse 16 tell you how the beast from the earth or the United States and Bible prophecy and so on which is a fascinating study if you have not been through that and it says he causes all both small and great rich and poor free and slave to receive a mark there it is again on their right hand or on their foreheads that no 1 May buy or sell except one who has the mark or the. Name of the beast or the number of his name here is the wisdom let him wonder stands calculate the number of the beast or his number as of a man his number is 666 and then Chapter 14 then I looked and behold a lamb standing on mount design and with him 144000 having his father's What name written on their foreheads so there's not just one Mark there's 2 marks and you're going to have one or the other 2 marks and they both contain names names in Scripture refer to character over and over in scripture you can find something out about the person being spoken of by researching their name what does it mean the very significant and even today we look before we name our children what does that mean stupid one well let's choose another name right. I don't know what name that is hopefully it's not yours. But this idea that everyone will receive a mark and that mark or that name if you will on their forehead is the character of one or the other you go either going to have the character and characteristics of the beast power are you going to have the character and characteristics of God and it's one or the other it's not going to be half and half it's not going to be like. It's going to be one or the other says this in volume by the testimonies page 216 what are you doing brother and in the great work of preparation your preparation means right those who are united with the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast. Nobody has the mark yet I thought it was just the right answer on a test question but this makes it sound like I'm preparing or somebody is preparing me to receive the mark of the beast. Now hopefully the inverse of that is true and I'm preparing to receive the name of Christ rather than the name of the beast on my forehead now in a pause right here in this message somebody might say flag on the Play In fact somebody spoke to me at the door and that's fine I'm glad that they did they said you know I don't know if I feel so comfortable or at least I've heard some people talking our church not as comfortable Speer prophecy being used in church now we just recently went through this series of I am a 7th in this the 4th and 5th talked about the spirit prophecy the 5th I believe and maybe the 4th who is still on our website you can get an audio verse and listen to it there as well but I want to take just a small time out we're just going to take 5 is it OK for us to use the Spirit of Prophecy in church or does that need to stay somewhere else well 2nd Chronicles 3615 and 16 says this and the Lord God of their father sent warnings to them by his messengers because he had compassion on his people and his dwelling place and on his dwelling place God sins messengers God sins profits because he has compassion on you and on me now we can hide that message or we can share. But this is oftentimes what the case ends up being but they mocked the messengers of God despised his words and scoffed at his prophets notice whose words they are God's words they're not the prophets words they're God's words for a specific time to get them through that period of time and really after we have Moses and the 10 Commandments and the Sabbath in creation all that over and over again the prophets are point people back back back because they have forgotten some of the key points in Scripture and so it's not necessary to give something new I mean you do have Daniel and his prophecies and you have John the Revelator and so on but for the most part is point people back back back and even John the Revelator and Daniel are point people back to scripture so the question is do we despise the prophet there are some places people don't want to hear anything the prophet has to say is this all little of ignorance is bliss and this is what I talked about but we're going to look at some of this again because the question came up Exodus 174 then Moses cried out to the Lord what am I to do with these people they're almost ready to stone me says the prophet is there anything new that the people of God want just the prophet said Lee It's not why because the Bible Well it's it's pretty plain but we've got some ways to weasel out of this verse and verse and so we can get around things but then the prophet comes and they're just so specific we can't get around it what do we do I know Stone the prophet. Who has words from the Lord German 11 says therefore thus says the Lord concerning the men of Ana thought and seek your life saying do not prophesied in the name of Lord lest you die by our hand we don't want to hear any more. There's a trend here the Spirit of God came upon Zachariah who stood above the people and said to them Thus says the Lord again it's a province speaking but these are the Lord's words why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord pointing back to scripture so you cannot prosper and so they conspired against him and at the command of the king they stone him with stones in the court of the house of the Lord the prophet is prophesied and he sharing the words of the Lord in the house of the Lord and where they want to do that stone you could say well stone in the prophet the biblical idea well is not a good one. What did Jesus say therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets I tried to give you some one to warn you of the things that were in pending and what did you do in fact I can even recall a parable along those lines and he sends and he sends and he sends and finally he sends his son to listen to my son and what happened they nailed him to a tree I sent you prophets wise men scribes and some of them you will kill and crucify and some of them you are a scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city from the blood of the right is able to the blood of Zachariah the prophet we just read about whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Oh Jerusalem Jerusalem the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her Are you getting the picture here does God want to listen to his prophets or we just post to ignore them. I'm sorry I didn't hear you. Listened they knew how often I wanted to gather your children together as him gathers her chicks under her wings but you were not willing I'm going out of my way I've given you everything to prepare you this is an X. $752.00 which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute and they killed those who foretold the coming of the just one of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers so it's really nothing new that people don't like to hear the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation 1217 and the dragon the devil was enraged with the woman the church and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ and then in 1010 for the testimony of Jesus is The Spirit of Prophecy What does that mean church 7th Day Adventist you have the Spirit of Prophecy that means we just stick it in our pocket and sit on it so it means no it means we read it we understand it I mean what good is a warning if you don't look at it comes in a box warning caution don't oh yeah throw it away and then this thing happens. God is in trust in the remnant church with the gift of prophecy I don't think the church that is the body of believers we 7th Day Adventists I don't think we need to hide the writings of L. white under a bushel because their points back back back to scripture time and time and time again and she herself says if you really read your Bibles you wouldn't need me the problem is we don't read our Bibles or spirit prophesy. Because they condemn us and we don't like to be condemned so we like to live in our ignorance and ignorance is bliss until the final exam. You're trying to scare me Pastor No I'm not I'm trying to have compassion. And so is God for verse 8 Therefore he says when he ascended on high in captivity captive and gave gifts to men this is one of 3 places where we have Jesus giving gifts to men and he himself gave some to be apostles some prophets so evangelists some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry for the edifying of the Body of Christ I don't see anywhere in that paragraph that says except for prophesy that one just sit on it is to edify the body of Christ so in all 3 major groupings of spiritual gifts and Roman swell if he's in for 1st Corinthians 12 the only one that is mentioned in all 3 is the gift of prophecy God wants to have his church or God has given his church the gift of prophecy and it is a gift it's a precious gift what are we doing with it 1st Corinthians 1422 therefore tongues are for a sign not to those who believe but unbelievers talking about tongues but prophesies is not for unbelievers but for those who believe so maybe I should ask from those of you in this room do you believe or you is a room filled unbelievers now I get that if you have a bunch of unbelievers you don't typically start with prophecy where you do start with prophecy but you have to make sure it's all from scripture scripture Scripture right I'm all about scripture Ellen my points back to scripture it's all about scripture but tongues is a sign for nonbelievers but for the house of God for his people he's given the gift of prophecy. X. to 1718 issue come to pass in the last day says God I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh your sons and your daughter shall prosper young men shall see visions your old men still dream dreams and on my men servants and on my maid servants I will pour out my spirit in those days we live in the last days and they shall do what prophesied doesn't say sit on it another one 1st Corinthians 141 to 4 pursue love and desire spiritual gifts but especially you especially means emphasize especially that you may have prophecy he who prophesies speaks edification in X. or Taishan and comfort to men and he who prophesies edifies or builds up the church I talked about this last time I won't get into this X. 1515 but we see doctoral confusion they're both defending each side because of what they see in scripture Peter says I was shown that's a vision that's prophecy and then Paul and Barnabas firm his experience with scripture and James says scripture agrees with the vision and makes his conclusion that's what takes place in Acts Chapter 15 prophecy is a vital part of all of that because you have both sides Warren and they both have their passages and God sends a messenger he gives them a dream he makes a determination and the matter is settled so this is perhaps the quote that some are referring to the words of the Bible and the Bible alone should be heard from the pope it there is no more of this prophecy stuff get that out of here well if we take this as literally as we possibly can then it's going to save me a whole lot of time and Pastor Hyman I'm preparing our sermons because I'm not going to say one word of my own I'm just going to read scripture to you the entire time. Is that what she's talking about. Can we not bring various elements and observations into this thing but yes what we're what are we doing we're checking to see is this in line with scripture in fact if you keep reading most of your problems if you just keep reading and Page arcs and Kings 626 What's the context of the statement and many sermons of today there is not the divine manifestation which awakens the conscience and brings life to the soul why because they're not using the word as living and active and powerful What are they doing here is cannot say Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked with us by the way while he opened to us the scriptures as Jesus and that's really referring to prophecy and who he was and what he fulfilled but says let the Word of God speak to the heart let those who have heard only tradition and human theories and maxims these little phrases hear the voice of Him Who can we knew the soul and to eternal life that's what he's talking about so she's saying give me the Bible give me meat and I'm in favor that give me the buy will give me me I don't want to have human traditions and theories and all this surmising don't waste my time with funny stories and anecdotes and then just put one scripture at the end and call it a sermon I want more and that's what she's talking about here's another one like the messages Volume 3 Verse 29 and public labor do not make promises doesn't say never used ever but don't make prominent and quote that which Sister why it is written as authority to sustain your positions but notice is public labor and I do that when we have an advance a campaign you're about to have a campaign we're not going to bring in all these people to say who is that I don't know who that is the person doesn't mean anything to me over time they might but they don't now. So it's by a Bible by a while can we prove everything from the Bible of course we can. Really bring a lot of new stuff in no. She's just like a laser beam making it so exact You can't hedge around it you can't get past it it's so plain and that's one of the reasons people throw her out 1st because I can weasel around some scriptures but I can't weasel around some of the things that she just said sell so plain same idea but doesn't leave any wiggle room so if my best friend gives me a map to go through a channel with rocks and shallow places and it's dangerous and I He also has a chief navigator he says you know what I'm going to send my chief navigator to help you interpret this map and get safely through this channel we're not be a little bit crazy to say sure or what I say no I have the map I really don't know what this is a with this big. But I have the map I'll be fine the censor what we say is the chief navigator going to do anything else besides make this more and more plain no cheap navigation to point back now this part is really crucial when you come through here and make sure pointing back to scripture or taking more than 5 minutes so where were we. Testimonies 6 o 5 The Lord designs to warn you to reprove to counsel through the testimonies given and to impress your minds with the importance of the truth of His word God has through the testimonies simplified the great truths already given and in his own chosen way whose ideas prophesied by the way God's whose words are they God's his own chosen way brought them before the people to awaken impress the mind with them that all may be left without excuse I don't even need to say now wait a minute I didn't know so I had to make it so abundantly plain a little don't want to hear it. I have the map this is what the church voted 27 mill beliefs back in 1980 the think this is in Dallas Texas I was one at the time but anyway as the Lord's messenger her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort guidance and instruction and correction so if we are to take score how are we doing to today on this message well actually went to encounter that we have 35 bible verses and 5 Spirit prophecy quotes but I think that some see a spear brought a quote as a red flag and they say oh I don't like that give us the Bible in the Bible only you know we could take out those 5 quotes and we'd still have the 35 bible verses and I still could make a point right but can't I further support what the Bible has been saying all along with the spirit prophecy Yes and that's the role so that none of us are left with an excuse abundantly clear it's like the rules on the board in the classroom but this for whatever reason there's always a student Yeah but does that mean I can do this does that really mean that and they have to explain and they go back to the Board of what does it say so where were we hard remember we just read Revelation $1316.14 verse one talking about names how there's 2 marks or 2 names in scripture that one's going to be on your forehead one or the other and it's not so much just about head knowledge but there is a preparation that takes place to get marks both contain names names refer to character and we had just looked at this work about preparation and preparing for the mark of the beast or being groomed if you will how we don't want to be groom So look at me now if you will to Matthew chapter $22.00. But it says that he said to his servants in verse 8 the wedding is ready but those who are invited were not worthy therefore go into the highways and as many as you find invite to the wedding and so those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found both bad and good and the wedding hall was filled with gas and when the king came in to see the guests he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment and so he said to him friend how do you come in here without a wedding government and it says what he was speechless now the wedding garment is character and back in that time if you're going to put on a big to do you don't want anybody to to lower things so you want to have everybody dressed in nice attire and so the king would supply everybody with a nice gowns that everybody looked nice and so it was offered to just a few know everybody. And he comes in he says to supply you with a really nice wedding garment How did you get in here without your government he's wearing his own not the character of Christ he's wearing his own character he's wearing the character that he feels the most comfortable in the habits that he well not that big a deal just on occasion have you don't you want to give it up I have something better for you no no I like my garment just fine and they don't want to give it up now if this individual was ignorant How did you get in here without a garment he would have said garment what garment I don't know is what have a garment you know were the blue shirt I didn't see a blue shirt put one on just give me a blue shirt but was it say he was speechless and are more current than accurate we might say busted. Why he knows that this has been offered he knows that he is supposed to put it on but he just would rather not and so here he is at the feast here he is in heaven feeling fully entitled to be there but he doesn't have on what he doesn't have the rights of US crisis and the character he doesn't have the name of Jesus Christ and what is the words that Jesus gives to this man then the king said of the servants bind him hand and foot and take him away and cast him into outer darkness and there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth where many are called but few or chosen weeping and gnashing of teeth doesn't just say gnashing of teeth gnashing is when you're just really upset. But we've been and gnashing is like my friend who had he was driving his car he kept hearing this knocking in the car he says it's OK it's under warranty as long as it's under 100000 miles and so he kept putting it off putting it off putting it off you know where this is going and he finds that OK I've got to do it I'm at 99000 miles and he takes it and yeah well it's probably this problem it's a little bit expensive will diagnosis and see and it's going to be about this much oh but it's under warranty Oh you're under warranty then you won't pay anything and so yeah. They sure enough diagnosed at that was the problem that was what it would cost but we have bad news for you it's 100000 miles or 7 years and that expired last week. He knew for months but didn't do anything about it all it is a little time Just a little time but you better believe when he heard the news there was both weeping and gnashing of teeth. He knew what he needed to do and I imagine at that moment he was a little bit speechless but he didn't do it the wedding garment is offered. God's character is offered when we put it on he has this title for heaven this man of the party but not his fitness for heaven because probably somewhere along the way said Well I'm trying to be like oh don't worry about that that doesn't matter that's legalism don't even try you got an imitation just show up now I don't have to get rid of this or this is no just come. Yes You come as you are but he doesn't want to leave you that way my kids come as they are dirty all the time and believe me why wife before she puts them to bed she never leaves them that way I probably could but she can't. Let's look at another one Matthew chapter 25. Just a few pages over the parable of the wise and foolish virgins It says the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom now 5 of them were wise and 5 were foolish those who were foolish took their lamps and took ill oil with them but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps but while the bridegroom was delayed they all slumbered how many all liberals conservatives the people that are part of this for a 2nd as that or that part of that they all slumbered. The bridegroom. 10 virgins are part of the pure church but there are also numbering and at midnight a cry was heard behold the bridegroom is coming go out to meet him and then all the virgins arose and trimmed their lamps and the foolish said to the wise Give us some of your oil for our lamps are going out was the oil that's the Holy Spirit has the experience give us your experience friends you can't give somebody else your experience you can take somebody else's experience that's why is your experience is your character. And when Jesus comes if you look at all those verses that talks about Jesus giving us immortality he's talking about our bodies it says over and over he's going to give us a new body it doesn't say he's going to give you a new character the character something we form now give us some of your oil for our lamps are going out but the wise answered say no less there should not be enough for us and you but go to those who sell and buy for yourselves while they went to buy the bridegroom came and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding and the door was shut and afterward the other versions came also saying Lord Lord open to us but he answered and said assuredly I say to you I don't know you to know we cast out and do all these things in your name he says I don't know you. There has not been a change of the life there's not been putting on the character of Christ which is by grace by the way not by works but he says I don't know you you know sometimes we can go through our devotional time but really it's just reading time we're trying to get through this schedule we're trying to get through this chapter we're trying to all this stuff and we're just checking it off and we're quick quick prayer whatever is not so much devotional in terms of Lord give me wisdom for today praying for to day praying for the issues of the day surrendering that day and seeing that verse that is for you and saying Lord help me. What's that verse talking about Always knowing but never understood or always learning but never coming to an understanding we can learn learn learn learn all day long but I don't want to actually understand where I have to change your being too harsh but that's what Jesus wants to do he wants to change our character to don't just get into heaven but we're fit for heaven that we actually want to be there what if we got to heaven and people say well where is this form entertainment where is this and where is that word all this other stuff he says it's not here and they say this is terrible. And he says well you know I have a nature I have. I don't want them. It's not just about getting it's about fitting in having the character of Christ and so these virgins have put off character development to the last minute the foolish virgins do not resist represent those who are hypocritical they had a regard for truth they advocated the truth they were intending to go forth to meet the bridegroom they are attached to those who believe the truth and go with them having lands would resent a knowledge of the truth and they want to share their light and when there was a revival in the church their feelings were stirred but they failed and how did they fail what made them foolish they failed to have oil in their vessels because they did not bring the principles of godliness into their daily life and character they failed to apply it to themselves they failed to allow it to change them and transform them I like the idea of the Holy Spirit but I like it out here not in here they're not fall upon the Rock Jesus Christ and permit their own nature to be broken up that's why I have us permit. Was this a Let this mind to be in you it doesn't say grit your teeth and put this mine in you are going on your own is says no just let this mind be in you let the Holy Spirit work permits the old nature of you broken up not going to do it too personal have to give some stuff maybe tomorrow maybe tomorrow maybe tomorrow so how do we form character Romans 505. You know we read therefore having been justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ a man through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God and not that only but we also glory already joys and tribulations knowing that tribulation produces perseverance or patients that might say perseverance character and character hope anybody ever pray for patients. You're actually praying for trials and tribulations because that is what produces patients or perseverance I'm really sorry I lost my temper I'm usually not that way why because I usually get my way I guess. But this thing just are to me and you need more tribulations so you can grow your patients and perseverance and your character and through character hope that when the bigger trial the next trial comes you will stand though the heavens fall in self know in Christ who is a well known friend of mine that I have learned to trust explicitly it's ingrained in my character by God's grace it's a process and it takes time. Process it takes time 2nd Corinthians $318.00 we all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror of the glory of the Lord while we beholding the glory of the Lord our being transformed into the same image from glory to glory another way to say by beholding we become changed keep looking into Jesus day by day and allow him let him in to change and transform you in a way that only he can do but you have to let him in you have to say Give me your character I want to let your mind be in me because I know my mind I know what sets me off I know I how Irish react to people I know how I can have such a critical and judgmental Spirit I know all these things but I need to let I need to allow you to transform as I behold you. To change me remember Peter when Peter said Lord I'll never deny you. Never saw a 1000 men fall away and all the rest I will never do was was he convicted in that speech or was he bluffing he was convicted poor I will die for you lord I will I will do anything I will never do this I wonder you that I will always do this and then within $24.00 hours less than that he denies his lord not once or twice but 3 times for popularity never for people would think of me never but it happened. Because that character had not been formed in such a way to trust him even in those uncomfortable situations collation 67 says whatever a man's soul is that he will also read I mean not necessarily a deep thought but think about it you know you put stuff in with seeds have you ever put something on a seed and you put the steak at the end and what it's supposed to be and as it starts to come up over there my tomatoes. Those are my tomatoes those are not tomatoes How do you know. Where you so what you read or you reap what you sow that sounds better you reap what you sow and so you can say anything that you want out of your mouth I planted all corn here well that's great we're going to find out real soon. If you're telling the truth or not what are all these cucumbers whatever man so that he will also reap the reaping testifies to the sowing and the Harvest passes the sentence. For a simple verse that's a pretty deep thought. The Reaping testifies to the sewing What do you sewing where you sewing How are you sewing Where are you investing your time and your energy and your resources because the harvest will pass sentence on where your sewing where your treasure is your heart will be also education want to weights as the harvest of life is character and it is this that determines destiny both for this life and for the life to come so those 2 marks those 2 names those 2 characters it's a development process is not this occasional misdeed occasional bad deed it's not the I know the answer for the test I'm fine I can do whatever I want no it's allowing that character to transform me to let the mind of Christ be my mind. He was 12 wanted to let us lay aside every weight and the sandwich so easily and snares US is not easily easy to get in. And let us run within Durance the race that is set before us looking unto whom Jesus the author and finisher he starts it and he finishes it he who began a good work in you he will be faithful to bring it about to completion if you just keep submitting keep submitting keep letting. Looking under Jesus the author and finisher of our faith so the great burden of every soul should be is my heart renewed is my soul transformed are my sins pardon through faith in Christ have I been truly born again or am I like one of those 10 virgins I'm relying on the past experience have I been born again today. And today and today until he comes. And I count all things loss for the excellent sea of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord all things for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish the Greek there is like dung I think it says that the King James I count them all as rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him that's the bottom line what about these marks one of my going to receive and you don't have to worry about that you to be in Christ allow him to form and mold your character spend time in his word every day and ask Him Lord make me more like you today make me lower like you today Lord forgive me for this make me change my heart today and that's the prayer he always says yes to he never says no that's not my will just keep in that sin he says yes I will I want to and because you've asked. I'll give it to you and your heavenly Father by grace we want to be there on that day when you come to take us home we want to be part of that number Lord not because of ourselves but because we have surrendered we have died to self and we've asked you to come in to renew and to change our minds and to make them more like you we want your name on our forehead today and every day as we grow in Christ until you go in Jesus' name in. This media was brought to you by audio 1st 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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