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Finishing the Work

Taylor Hinkle

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Taylor Hinkle

Pastor of two churches in Michigan Conferences and currently serves as the General Vice President of External Affairs for GYC.

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  • September 22, 2018
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Father in Heaven Lord we thank you so much for this week we thank you for the blessing of being able to gather here this morning and Lord we're so thankful as the sun says I'm so glad I'm a part of the family of God. And we can really say that this morning the Lord realize that families are imperfect and families have difficulties and challenges the father none the less we realize that we are brothers and sisters in Christ here this morning. Father we're in need of your blessing we think of our other brothers and sisters who are suffering all over the world the people in Massachusetts whose homes were destroyed the people who are suffering right now through the hurricane or the effects of the flooding we think of the brothers and sisters in the Philippines and Lord we pray that your hand would be upon them and that you would protect them. Lord we pray that you would intervene and we know that all of these chaotic things in the earth are not your will but Lord sometimes as a result of sin they take place Father please just send your angels to continue to hold back the 4 winds so that your people can be sealed and that we can be have assurance at home with you father this morning as we study your word we pray that you would clear our hearts and minds you know what's going on in them and Father we pray that you would give us clarity help us to see your message not the message of a man but the message of your word and Lord we ask that you would guide us in Christ's name we pray and then. This morning we're going to be looking at a message called finishing the work. And amongst many of the some of the I'm going to see young people that I'm involved with there's a term that we talk about frequently and it goes something like this we want to finish the work of God in this generation I've ever heard someone say something like that and what do they mean when they say finish the work or finish the work of God The people are talking about carrying out the Gospel commission right they want to take the work of God from where it's at today and starting to spread throughout the world and they want to take it to every nation tribe tongue and people like we're told to do and they want to do it in our life time so that we can go home and see Jesus now my guess is that's why you and I are both here in the pew and we just finished the series on what is a Christian looking at the 2 fold call of the Christian saying that it's to be with God and to go for God And so as we look at this message on sin issuing the work. I'm often wondering what is that secret ingredient that will cause us to build the finish the work of God If any of you thought of things along those lines you know you see the work that there is to do in the world and statistics if you look today in the Middle East there are hardly any Christians and cities of multiple 1000000 Sometimes there's only a few 100 at best and some cities of over 10000000 people have 0 Christians in that and the question that continues to go through our minds as well if that's the situation what is needed and order to finish the work of God on this or. Well that's why that's the subtitle for this message just mourning is finishing the work the missing key and the words what are we missing what is the piece that's necessary an order to finish the work of God here on this or now I want to have a Bible study today going through the time when the children of Israel were coming back from Babylon and for those of us who aren't as familiar with this part of history we want to do a little bit of ground work so that we can understand the messages so if you turn your Bibles to danger after one. Daniel Chapter one beginning in verse one we're going to try to understand what's the situation of God's people back in the day and God was calling them to finish a work what was that work and how was it that the Lord was going to use them to do it we're going to be in danger chapter one to begin with then the Chapter one Verse one gives us the historical context of this passage or of this topic. And Daniel Chapter one Verse one notice what it says as the prophet Daniel writes. It says in the 3rd year of the reign of Jehovah Kim king of Juda never can as are king of who of Babylon came to Jerusalem and the siege did know what does it mean to be siege it. You set up a siege around the city right and they're going to starve the people out or force them to surrender some way and some for some shape or form and notice what it says in verse 2 and the Lord gave him king of Juda into his hands with some of the articles of the house of God which he carried into the land of Shine are to the house of his go and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his go. Verse to tells us that siege was successful there in Babylon and what happened to the inhabitants of Jerusalem they were taken to what country. To Babylon right is that what it says that the Lord gave him king of Juda into his hand being King Nebuchadnezzar. Now you know if you fast forward during this time how long were the children of Israel in Babylon. 70 years right God promised that he prophesied to the prophet Isaiah that they would be in captivity for 70 years and during that time when Judah was taken off as captive into Babylon what happened to the temple and the City of Judah in Jerusalem. Then went to ruins they didn't just leave it intact for the people to nicely go back to after 70 years but they utterly destroyed it to the point that it was unrecognizable our own usable and then sent God's people away now there is a point to why we're sharing this because notice what would happen after these 70 years take place I want to ask you to turn back to Jeremiah chapter 29. Jeremiah chapter $29.00 we're going to read one of the most quoted verses in all of Scripture but what we often don't do is read it in the context of Scripture Jeremiah chapter $29.00 and how many of you are familiar with verse 11 for I know the thoughts that I have for you right but back up to verse 10 very quickly germline chapter 29 beginning in verse 10. It says For thus says the Lord after 70 years are completed at Babylon I will visit you and perform my good work towards you and cause you to return to this place where I know the thoughts that I think towards you says the Lord thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you a future and a hope then you will call upon me and go and pray to me and I will listen to you and you will seek Me and find me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by uses the Lord and I will bring you back from your captivity I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you says the Lord and I will bring you to the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive with the blessing of the Lord in his punishments and the Old Testament He was always seeking to redeem his people through those punishments God was not just the tempting to displace the Jewish nation for Nick extended or eternal period of time but it was just for the 70 year period and then God gives a promise that what would he do he would bring them back to this place well for those of you who know your Bible history you realize that this happens and what we want to look at this morning as what would you do if you were God's people and you showed up to Judah or your house where you used to live and your whole city was destroyed Can you imagine the feeling of that you walk back in not just you but all your neighbors and we're going to look at a little bit further it was about 40000 people and other words about the same size as Bay City Michigan. And can you imagine all of the inhabitants of Bay City coming back here and the whole city is absolutely destroyed would you be encouraged or discouraged a little bit well this is kind of the situation of God's people they start to look at the city and they realize well God called us to go back but how can we ever reach store this nation you know something that's important for us to understand as we're looking at this topic we're not just looking at how God gave someone their home back even though that's a blessing and we're thankful that the Lord does that but when God is seeking to bless Israel God always blesses Israel for a spiritual purpose have you noticed that all throughout Scripture God called Abraham and he promised that he would give him a seed not just for ever hands own blessing but so that all the inhabitants of the Earth could be blessed through Him Isn't that what Scripture tells us and we look at Judah and why did God wanted to be restored what was the crucial point in all of this turning your Bibles to Isaiah Chapter 2 Isaiah Chapter 2 tells us exactly what the point was to restore Judah and Jerusalem to its Re Store God's people and notice what it says in Isaiah Chapter 2 beginning in verse one. God was not seeking to just go on a building campaign for the sake of making another nicety but notice. What this says Isaiah Chapter 2 beginning in verse one. It says the word then Isaiah the son of a Maz so concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills and all nations shall one. Flow to it and many people shall come and say Come let us go to the mountain of the lawyer to the house of the God of Jacob he will teach us his. Ways and we shall walk in his paths for out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Now this is interesting what's the picture here Isaiah as we know is contemporary or lives through the time when DRDO was destroyed and then Judah was also rebuilt you're familiar with that passage that's the scope of eyes as writing and God says that there is coming a day where people will look to the mountain of the Lord's house now what place is that referring to. Well in Jerusalem you have Jerusalem that's set on a mountain right and the temple is set on the height of the mountain and all of the people can see the temple where they were and God is saying there is coming a day where people are going to look to the temple of the Lord and what are they going to say when they look at it come let us go to the mountain of the Lord to the house of the God of Jacob and he will teach us his ways now why is a significant Once again we're just laying the groundwork for the understanding of what we're about to look through why is it important for people to be interested in going to the house of the Lord to learn of his ways. Were the surrounding nations of Judah and Jerusalem Christians or Jews or God's people were they. Well the surrounding nations you know as he arrived to the Old Testament many of them were of the nations they were nations that needed God and God had put Judah and Jerusalem there as a means of getting the gospel to him and the Lord is saying there is coming a time where people are going to be flocking to Jerusalem to hear about gall Now if you know that prophecy you know that God is telling you that people are going to be. Fleeing to the temple as a place of refuge to learn about Jesus. And you come back one of the 40000 to a city that has no buildings no walls no temple. You realize that there needs to be a work done to finish the work that the Lord has started already Would you agree with that so when we're looking at this topic of rebuilding Jerusalem we're not just talking about a building project that would be similar to us remodeling our church but what we're looking at is an evangelist stick project does that make sense the Lord is rebuilding Judah and Jerusalem for the sake of reaching the nations and when we talk about censorship in the work of God on earth that's what Israel is looking at doing how can they continue to be witnesses for God by rebuilding the place of worship and restoring the worship of the true go. Now there's going to be a few pieces we look at and then we're going to be looking at the success that God has set up for his people but we're also going to look at the challenges that the people meet and is it Ok to just study the Bible this morning we don't have a lot of interesting topics illustrations necessarily not topics forgive me illustrations I believe the Word of God is interesting but we just want to read through Scripture to find the key what is it that caused Judah and Jerusalem to flourish or to cause them to be able to finish the work that God had called them to do and could it be that there might be a lesson for us in learning that if you ever Bibles turn to the book of as Russia. Before the Book of Esther has run Nehemiah Esther Job Psalms Proverbs the book of as. Another several books we're going to reference or you can read and study of this topic you can read as Romney of Maya that talk about the restoration of Judah and Jerusalem you can also read Hagia I or Zachariah which also talk about this topic but this morning we're going to start of the book of as right a kind of get a feeling for what happens when that 70 year period ends you're one of the dispersed children of God One of the $40000.00 and now God is starting to call. To go back how does this play out and what is God's plan for bringing this work to flourishing as a Chapter one beginning in verse 5 notice beginning in verse one sorry notice what it says now in the 1st year of Cyrus king of Persia that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah beit be fulfilled the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus the king of Persia so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in the Writings say Now before we move on why is it important that God is talking about Cyrus. Never can measure was the king of Babylon correct when the children of Israel were taken captive but when the children of Israel were set free from the captivity of Babylon What was the ruling nation of that time. It was Persia right the Middle Persian Empire came in Dana chapter 5 if you're a little fuzzy on your history you can go and read them the Safa noon God brings in the Persian Empire to bring the fall of Babylon and. The one who led that he's the king of Persia and that's why he's the one now giving a proclamation to Sun Gods people back Notice how it continues a verse to the says Cyrus king of Persia all the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of Heaven has given me and he has commanded me to build a house for him a Jerusalem which is in Judah who is among you of all his people may his God be with him and let him go up to Judah Jerusalem which is an Judah and build the house of the Lord the God of Israel he is gone which is in Jerusalem. And whoever is left in any place where he dwells with the men of his place help him with silver and gold and with goods and livestock and beside the free will offering the house of God which is in Jerusalem now if you were one of the children of Israel knowing that you're supposed to go back to the land someday and rebuild would you be encouraged with those who were the most powerful king running in that time is saying I know that God is telling you it's time to rebuild and it's time for you to go back now notice how he finishes a verse fine then the heads of the fathers houses of Judah and Benjamin of the priests of Levite with all whose spirits God had moved upon a rose to go up and build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem now we're going to realize that these people were set for success the 1st day that we can find as they were authorized by the king to rebuild the city now that sounds to me like something that would give me some hope that God is moving the king of the pagan nations as authorizing you to do the very work that the Lord is commanding you to do and notice this next part as are Chapter 6 verses 6 through 11 now we won't read through the entire portion of this but notice what it talks about as for Chapter 6 and all those who are around them encourage them with articles of silver and gold with goods and livestock and with precious things besides all that was freely offered willingly offered forgiveness so when the people hear that God is going to be rebuilding the city he causes the people to start giving them offerings now this is incredible there's going to be some finances involved and we realize that God uses the finances of the nations around them to give them resources for the building of the temple. So there we see another thing that sets them up for success they're authorized by the king they get they're given resources if we want to continue on to read as rich after to verse 66 it talks about how they were also had horses and camels and mules and donkeys and all of these things which are so significant because they didn't have cars and bobcats and all these things to work on construction but God was giving them the resources necessary. No notice what as Rich answer to verse 60 fourth's this. How many people were gathered here if you were going to build a whole city would you want to small crew or a large crew. Well I would want a large crew would want to do it all that lone verse $64.00 says the whole assembly together was $42360.00 and that sounds like a significant group of workers to rebuild a city about the size of a city and you have 40 some 1000 people to do it so is God setting them up for success number one we realize that they have the king's blessing they have the resources being poured out upon them they have ample work. Now do you think you would be getting hopeful as one of God's people in that time that God really is going to do a work among you notice how it continues we're also told that they had leadership that was adequate verse 5 tells us that the heads of all the household of God's people were standing up and are rising to the work as a spirit of God was moving upon their hearts verse 8 tells us that there's a rube a bell or one of God's a leader's was going to be leading the charge for the nation and notice that the last and final thing that helps us to understand how they were set for success. Verse 68 as a chapter 2 verse 68 some of the heads of the father's house when they had come to the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem offered freely for the House of go to erect it in its place according to their ability they gave to the Treasury the whole for the work 61000 drachma of gold sides 1000 Minos of silver and 100 priestly garments Now what we see here is as God is restoring the work not only do we have the other 4 blessings that we've already seen but now he starts moving upon the people's heart to be giving liberally. And all of these things help us to say that God's work is getting ready to be done but have you noticed that whenever God is working there's another force it's working too and if you experience that in your personal well have sometimes it seems like almost everything is set for success and then the bottom just falls out and you just wonder how it's going to continue moving forward well that's about what we see in Israel as are Chapter 4 verse 10 tells us that the foundation of the temple has been laid and notice what it says as are chapter 4 and verse 10. Sorry that would be the Rhone passage. As a chapter 3 verse 10 it says when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord the priest stood in their apparel with trumpets and the Levites the son of assets with symbols to praise the Lord according to the ordinance of the king of David the king of Israel now to me this is a powerful passage you have all those 5 things that are set for success the people get to work right away and the foundation is laid for the building but then some challenges begin to come to Israel and that is going to breeze through them quickly so you can get a little overview of what's taking place as a chapter for beginning in verse 4 and 5 then the people of the land tried to what's that word. If you realize that discouragement as sometimes one of the greatest hindrances to your success in life and maybe to the success of God's work you might have all the resources necessary you might have all of the things in place to carry the work out but sometimes discouragement can be one of the greatest setbacks the people the land to discourage the people of Judah and they trouble them in building they hired counselors against them to frustrate their purposes all the days of Cyrus the king of Persia even unto the reign of various king of Persia now these people were invested in their opposition they were spending their money to cause people to come and bring accusation against them to stall the work of God Now if that's not bad enough notice what happens in verse 12. The people of the land get an idea that maybe we should send a letter to the king to let them know what's happening in Judah and Jerusalem notice if we back up the verse 11 this is a copy of the letter that they sent to him him being King our desert sees it says to King are to your servants the men of the region beyond the river and so forth. Let it be known to the king that the Jews who came up from you have come to us at Jerusalem and are building the rebellious and evil city and are finishing its walls and repairing the foundations now is that a true statement. In part were they rebuilding the walls sure were they were building a foundation but were they are an evil and rebellious city absolutely not so here they have a little bit of the truth mixed with a whole lot of air and they begin to tell the king this and notice how they continue let it now be known to the king that if the city is built on the walls completed there they will not pay tax tribute or custom in the king's treasury will be diminished now because we receive support from the palace it was not proper for us to see the king's dishonor therefore we have sent to inform the king what noble men. That search may be made in the book of the records of your father and you will find in the book of the record and know that this is a city this city is a rebellious city harmful to the Kings and provinces. And that which they have been cited sedition within the city in former times for which cause the city was destroyed. Well this is a nice opposition right of the people there constantly discouraging them you have the councillors who are hired against them and now they go so far to write a letter to the president and they write this letter lying and whatever else telling them about the danger of this work that's about to be taken place and you might think that the king would see right through but notice the King's response in verse 17. The king sent an answer to raise him the commander to the scribe and to the rest of their companions who dwell in some area and to the remainder beyond the river peace and so forth. The letter which you have sent to us has been clearly read before me and I gave the command and a search has been made it was found that the city in former times has revolted against the Kings and rebellion and sedition has been fostered in it they say there have also been mighty kings over Jerusalem who have ruled over all the region beyond the river and tax and tribute and customs are paid to them no give the command to make these men see us that this city may not be built until the command is given by me take heed now that you do not fail to do this why should damage increase to hurt the king to the Herd of the kings and now if you skip down to verse 23 now in the copy of the king our deserts his letter was read before re home since the scribe and their companions they went up in haste to Jerusalem against the Jews by force of arms and made them see us now we've read a lot of history but let's just take a break to give our our minds a rest for a moment. The reason why we're looking at this is God has a work for his people to do can we agree on that and the Old Testament time God's work was for them in this time in the 5th century b.c. it was for them to rebuild and restore Jerusalem for the spiritual blessing of the nations now we realize today that God has called us to take a work of taking the gospel to all the world and in that way build His church right we're building the church of God by taking the gospel and they're building the church of God by physically building it which is going to be for the spiritual blessing of the nation so we realize that there's a parallel blessing that's going on here but when they get set for success they have all the pieces that you would think humanly necessary in place in order to succeed in this work they have the funding necessary they have the authority necessary they have the workers necessary they have the right the resources that are necessary and as they began to build in the foundation is laid you realize that it seems like the Gates of Hell are just open and now all the forces of darkness are coming against them. And you look at the discouragement of the people around they go as far as getting the king to command them to say so and people become violent towards them if they don't and if you were one of the children of Israel what would your reaction be to this you know last Sabbath when we were together we talked about the need for persistence through member talking about that and we looked through the New Testament and saw that persistence was necessary but have any of you ever realized in life. That sometimes no matter how hard you try it seems like there's an impossibility before you. Do you know what the message that God gave to his people during this time was you can imagine how disappointed they are after they've sunk their finances into this after they've poured their life energy into this but notice what the Lord says to them what was the missing key for their work turned a Zachariah chapter full Zachariah chapter for. Second to last book of the Old Testament Zechariah chapter 4 and who did we say as our chapter one verse 8 tells us that there was a specific leader who was going to be leading God's people and his name was a rouble bell they use the alternative name for him and as for Chapter one Verse 8 but notice this message and this is a message for the ruble bill the later of God's people during this time of discouragement and restoring and finishing the work the gone had called them to do notice Zachariah chapter 4 beginning in verse 6 so he answered and said to me this is the word of the Lord to the ruble not by my nor by power but by Maiwa Spirit says The Lord of hosts who are you a great mountain before. You shall become a plane and he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of grace and grace to it moreover the word of the Lord came to me saying the hands of have laid the foundation of this temple his hands show also what. Finish it then you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent me to you. It was this an encouraging passage a while can you think of the most discouraging time in your life when it seemed like all of the energy you invested in one area to see success was just brought to nothing and as God is speaking to his people after they've experienced failure after failure in trying to restore and move God's work for work God reminds them of one important fact that it's not by might and it's not by power but it's by what my Spirit says The Lord of Hosts you know the reason why I'm sharing this is in the last few messages we've talked about 6 keys to being successful witnesses for those of you who were here and we've talked about different ways of even using the Lord's method and talking about the cycle of evangelism that God has laid out and we can talk about methods and we can talk about all these various things which there's nothing wrong with them we can say that they're Scripturally founded and I believe we solve that as we've studied together but there's one important key that we must never forget. That no matter how hard we try that no matter what strategy we come up with no matter all the resources that we have or even the earthly power or authority that we go forward with it's not going to be anything without the spirit of the Lord working through us. There's a quote that I really like by Tozer and it says that the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference if the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament Church 95 percent of what they did would stop and everyone would know the difference. You know I wonder if sometimes the reason why we don't see greater success today is because we're too self dependent. And I don't I don't know about you I was just I spent the last week in ministers meetings with. Elder Mark Finlay for those of you who know him he was one leaving out the meetings and as he's leaving out he's sharing all the different ways of being involved in evangelism and moving your church forward and all the things that could take place and there just comes this overwhelming sense of Lord how are we ever going to get this Gospel to all the world. You know the 1st Sabbath that my wife and I were here actually the 1st day that we moved into our home I opened the book that I was reading which just happen to be 2nd volume of the testimony's which is a book by Ellen g. white and it talked about this place called to Scola County and Saginaw County and all of the areas in that place and I thought well this is kind of interesting I kind of just moved here to school accounting and I would kind of like to know what what's taking place and that you know in the early 1860 s that God started the work of the 7th Day Adventist Church in this place though some of you are more familiar with this history than even I. But you look at the long hard energy put in by Alan and James White and also Jay and Anders who's one of the foremost scholars and 1st missionaries of the 7th Day Adventist Church and you think Lord if you started your work here over 150 years ago. It almost seems like we've gotten to a plateau and we haven't moved forward past that can have it any of you agree with that you know here we have our churches which praise the Lord for the blessing our church is but I just happen to think there seems to be more than 50 people in Bay City there seems to be more than 50 people in Vassar What about the others who need to know the truth of God's word. And to me as I'm reading through this passage of what God was doing in his old testament time trying to rebuild his church I almost feel like we've gotten to the point of building the foundation. And then we sit back satisfied thinking that we've done the work of the lore. But I wonder. Could it be possible for the Lord to do a greater work amongst us if we allowed him and we cooperated with that. Now I'm not talking about working in your own effort I'm talking about working in conjunction with the Spirit of God What could God do for this city for people who are longing to know the truth of Jesus who are tired of the delusions and unanswered questions from scripture what can do to use us to be a witness to other Could it be that we've become satisfied with the foundation. And aren't even interested in continuing with the built now in order to not and in discouragement Zachariah Chapter 4 verse to 6 tells us it's not by might nor by power but by what is by His Spirit that what will happen that the Works going to go forward right. So how many of you think that the Spirit of God might be a crucial element for all of us to have not only in our lives but as a church dwelling here corporately Luke chapter 11 verse 13 I want to remind you of this blessid promise as we look at if it's really the spirit that we need then what does it take to have the Spirit of God to work in us Luke Chapter 11 beginning in verse 13 Jesus is speaking here and he says if you then being evil how many of you know this passage already just from hearing those words if you then being evil. Know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your heavenly Father give the One Holy Spirit to those who asks him. It was this incredible God says hey I want to let you know there's only one way this work is going to be finished it's not by might nor by power nor by strategy or resources but it's by my Spirit says The little and you think Man Well what do I do to get the Spirit and Jesus just says do you like to give good gifts to your children. Well in the same way you like to get those good gifts even more than that I'm longing to give you the spear and then say well then what then what's what's the missing piece here and it says if you ask him he will give it to you no notice this quote This is from 1st selected messages there is nothing that Satan fears so much as the people of God show clear the way by removing every hindrance so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church and in Penticton congregation if Satan had his way there would never be another awakening great or small to the end of time but we are not ignorant of his devices it is possible to resist this power and when the way is prepared for the Spirit of God the blessing will come. Satan can no more hinder a shower of blessing from descending upon God's people than he can close the windows of heaven that rain cannot come upon the earth the wicked men and devils cannot hinder the work of God or shut out his presence from the assemblies of his people if they will with subdued contrary to confess and put away their sin and say claim his promises. To me this is powerful. Could it be that God wants to do a greater work here amongst us does God want to move his work forward to reach the loved ones and the neighbors that we have there's a scene like our strategy in our resources sometimes feel wasted or like we're just spinning our wheels and the Lord reminds us this morning my friends it's not by might nor by power but it's going to be by my Spirit but this work is accomplished I don't know about you but this week has been a week of humbling to me to realize that there is a great work to be done. But there's also a great inability in and of myself to do that work and I praise the Lord that he can bring us into those straight places where we can recognize how great his call is for our lives but how limited we are to carry it out and I don't know the personal situations of your life for this message might be applicable to the things that you're wrestling with or struggling with when it seems like you need the Lord to make a way. But what I can tell you is my friends that as we become reliant upon the Spirit of God and as we plead with him to do a work for us that we cannot do God is going to work and such a modern way to bring a revival not just to build the foundation but to complete and finish the work that he set out for us to do Father in Heaven Lord we thank you for our your word that you've given to us this morning Father thank You that you help us to understand even when it feels like we're all set for success and we meet failure. But it's not because you don't have a work for us to do but Lord oftentimes you bring us in difficult path so that we can trust you more than we trust ourselves Father I pray that you would help us here in this church as you have a great work for us to do as there's been a beautiful foundation laid for your work but we think about the other people in the city who need to hear the message of of your love and mercy in True Father we pray that you would help us to finish your work not by our might nor by our power but through the power of your spirit in Christ's name we pray in. This media was brought to you by audio for 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 sermons leave a visit w w w audio verse or.

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