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Abundant Life

John Bradshaw

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There’s a simple biblical prescription for enjoying an abundant life. Join Pastor John Bradshaw and see how Scripture provides a roadmap for vitality and longevity.

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John Bradshaw

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  • August 3, 2020
    9:00 AM
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I'm glad to be with you today we're about to open the Bible and get in the wood so we'll pray 1st and will anticipate the presence and the blessing of the Spirit of God and that God would lead us in the way that he would have us go let's pray Father in heaven we're grateful for the opportunity to gather around the Bible we know that we are in the presence of heaven in the presence of your Holy Spirit so lead speak bless instruct encourage we pray and we thank you in Jesus' name amen I don't know if you would be a shocked as I was to read in the research findings of a certain physician a doctor a jag from Newcastle University in England Great Britain she said that within 20 is now I want you to see if you can get your head around this 20 years from now she she postulated today's middle aged Britain. Will be suffering from an average of 4 significant diseases there are a 3rd of this as multi mobility. Now I'm not suggesting one of 2 of 4 All these 4 diseases will simply be prevalent no Dr Jack that today's middle aged Briton 20 years from now will in her or his senior years be suffering from a total of 4 significant diseases she mentioned they would be cancer heart disease dementia she talked about people who suffer from strokes and what she said was speaking to a generation of people in Great Britain within 20 years from now you will be suffering for all 4 of those conditions if you were to pick 4 of those types of illnesses that you would like to suffer from you would pick none none none and not a single one now you might think this research was conducted in Great Britain maybe it was faulty Yeah but maybe it wasn't you might be thinking it's on the other side of the Atlantic if you're on the American side or the other side of the world if you're in another part of the planet but you know that if you are in a western country we're all pretty much in this together Canada Great Britain New Zealand Australia the United States. Many European countries much the same in fact I'm going to say the same how do you think God feels when he looks down upon this planet and he sees that his children suffering under the weight of illness Well we know how he feels the Bible begins with these famous words Genesis one and verse one in the beginning God created the heavens and the he made us and we read over in the New Testament where the Bible says you are the temple of the Holy Spirit your body is the temple of the Spirit of God in the beginning we were created to live how long we were created to live for ever the oldest man who ever lived well you might call him the oldest man or whether died Methuselah lived to be 969 years of age he lived for almost an entire millenia the last person you heard about who died was how old might be 16 or 26 or 66 maybe a 106 but maybe 6 or 6 months it was never meant to be this way I want if you would look at me and your bible in 1st Corinthians chapter 9 and will pick it up in about 24 1st Corinthians Chapter 924 and here is what the Word of God says do you not know that those who run in a race all run but one receives the prize so run in such a way that you may obtain it another translation might say so run to win. And they everyone who competes for the prizes temperate and old things now they do it to obtain a perishable crown but we imperishable therefore I run thus not with uncertainty Thus I fight not as one who beats the air but I discipline my body and bring it into subjection list when I have preached to others and myself should be disqualified or cost away isn't that fascinating the Bible calls us to live a temperate life style somebody once defined temperance as being moderation in that which is good and abstinence from that which is. Now here's what I know when you're stuck to talk about health even from a biblical perspective you'll find people who hold their they get defensive don't meddle with what's on my plate don't snoop around inside my pantry get your hands off my refrigerator door I understand however there are other people who pick up the kind of open why they get the look of alertness and keenness on the face because they looking for ounces they're looking for solutions we don't want to die unfortunate dates we don't want to die early you don't want to get to a funeral any sooner than you need to and some people are saying Tell me more I know I need to experience something better and the truth of the matter is a vast amount of people have no idea that God is interested in their health. Well God wants to save me from my sins that's true a man God also wants to say if you listen carefully to my next Woods way of possible where possible elevated blood pressure God also wants to save you from diabetes where possible God also wants to save you from cancer and heart disease and from a stroke and dementia with possible too many people live thinking well I'm just kind of going to get that I'm unable was unlucky and the guy on the other side of me got lucky and didn't get that no it's not a matter of luck even though you can be genetically predisposition to better health let me tell you something that I almost don't want to tell you in fact it's something that I don't want to tell you but maybe it fits here so let me let me roll it out my mother is 92 years of age 90 know that so I don't mind telling you that something she doesn't want me to tell you my mother would like to think that even God doesn't know her age she just acts like it's a state secret and that's fair enough but she's 92 so if you see my mother. Don't tell her what I said I suggest that one of the secrets to her longevity is that she quit smoking in fact in fact I stated categorically one of the reasons a primary reason that my mother lived to the age or has with so far to the age of 92 is that she stopped smoking the question you want to ask me is pasta when did she stop smoking. I give you have to tell you the truth she stopped smoking at the age of 85 at the age of 85 if she had never smoked she might live to be 185. But she quit smoking at 85 she got around to it at least and finally she did a wise thing I said to a physician friend how has my mother managed to live so long after having smoked so and she wasn't to have a cigarette when I'm out with friends she was a smoker my physician friend said Good genes. I wonder about that I said no one's genes can be good enough to ward off about 15 years of constant smoking her lungs had to be like lumps of coal I put it down simply to the mercy in the providence of God It may be good genes so what we know is there are exceptions to the rule and I show you that not so the 14 year old kid can say it works the Mrs Bradshaw maybe I can get away with it you can't She is the exception to the rule but what we have to keep in mind when we start talking about good health even from a biblical perspective is that one size does not fit all we both know people who have lived very clean lives fairy healthy lives and died at the age of 53 from cancer we know that that can happen we know that people who are in good shape can have heart attacks it happens from time to time. So if you are the exception or if you feel like you are the exception please don't feel like I'm needling you in any way and let's not make this prescriptive for everybody as though everyone walks the same road but at the end of the day the likelihood is that pretty much the same most of us whether we are or are not the Bible speaks to us and gives us solid counsel the Apostle Paul just said if you are in the race and you wanting to win be temperate in fact temperate in all things he's referring to athletes which competed in the ancient games and they are competing to receive a laurel a crown of perhaps wound up leaves Oberon churches they weren't going to walk away with the gold faking gold medal they weren't going to get in and deal they weren't going to get a spot on the lucrative celebrity speakers to just the Laurel just the crown What are we competing for and I'll use the because postal use that we are off to the crown of life which you never fades away we are planning on one day walking on streets of gold we're going to eat the fruit that grows on the tree of life we will be in the presence of Jesus it's too much to squander you want to prepare for that it's too much fritter away that's why the Bible says to us in 1st Corinthians Chapter 6 do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you then you have from God and you are not your own for you abort at a price therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which God's. The Bible says Jesus said I have come that they may have a life and that they may have it more abundant only jaunting in the 10 that we don't point the finger at anybody else but we do want to ask ourselves the question are we living temporarily and by treating the body temple as though it actually is and habitation for the Holy Spirit of God Now before we're done we'll resolve this we'll come back around to the have now so hang in there with me because for some people they want to make some changes in their life they just feel like they're too weak they've tried and they failed it's up and it's down it's lose a few pounds and it's gained them back plus interest it's have this unfortunate lifestyle habit and I just. Seem to be able to break it on I'm addicted I just can't live without this we'll come back around the world talk to that in just a moment the body our bodies the body the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit it's important to know that the Bible says whether you eat or drink or whatever you do do old to the glory of God those Corinthians 10 verse $31.00 now if you look at that passage it's not primarily referring to in context diet however it does include that if you eat or drink whatever you do do all to God's glory do you think there's a way to eat and drink that's not to the glory of God sure there is and when we get over into Revelation Chapter 14 the would of God says the 1st Angel City is carrying the everlasting gospel feel dog and give glory to Him for the hour of his judgment is come Isn't that something. We are called to give glory to God in old things and one of the ways we do that is how we eat and how we drink so isn't it time to start thinking about some of the damaging effects of the things we put into our bodies isn't it time to just admit that alcohol is a poison that no one should have anything to do with Least of all Christians it challenges me on a personal level to think that a person who drinks alcohol is supporting an industry that is responsible for in the words of some about 90 percent of all the crime that's committed John where do you get that statistic Well I've spoken to police officer friends and I've said to them several of them how much of your work would disappear if there was no such thing as alcohol one police officer said to me only 90 percent so I spoke to another police officer and I said my friend said 90 percent what do you think and this one said I think your friend was wrong I was waiting for the moment of truth he said I think it's more like 95 percent interesting what was the question how much of your work as a police officer would disappear if there was no alcohol I spoke to another law enforcement officer and she said Oh I don't know if it's not you're not a 5 but I do believe it's at least 80 and maybe 85 so let's agree that 80 to 90 percent of crime boils down to alcohol use at least in this admittedly young scientific study I conducted polling members of the law enforcement community and by the way if you are one of those thank you so much for what you do for us to society and for your community we are grateful Would you like to just imagine how much domestic violence how much 6 you abuse. How much marital infidelity would disappear if there was no alcohol this is not something granted by God for the blessing and betterment of society it's ruinous does the Bible say Thou shalt not drink Oh it says that Walling is a strong drink is raging whosoever is deceived thereby is not why we read that in the Book of Proverbs and there are other similar verses that make abundantly clear that alcohol and human beings alcohol and professed believers simply shouldn't mix of course you wonder. How do I tell that to somebody maybe you don't maybe you pray for that person maybe you speak very gently about it or maybe if you want to help that family member of your walls you might say have you stop to consider that alcohol causes cancer it's costly Janick No most people haven't stopped to think about that have you stopped to think about the health challenges and that individual who wonders how he or she can ever put down alcohol. I want to remind you what the Bible says it says in Philippians chapter 4 in verse 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me all things it doesn't say all things except for putting alcohol away and have we established the case that we ought to put alcohol away yes we have it damages the body it damages the body temple therefore damages your mind and it certainly does you will discover that alcoholics and even people who use alcohol moderately damage the frontal lobe of their brain we want to put it out of our lives it doesn't on a god we want to live for ever and I've had people say if I couldn't smoke if I couldn't eat certain something my life wouldn't be happy yes it would it absolutely would be happy but he said I smoke we even need to talk about that the Bible says Thou shalt not kill and nicotine ingestion smoking tobacco use is simply self it just is it damages you we haven't spoken about the stewardship aspect you know money's going up in smoke no it's not God's money is going up in smoke. But you said your mother smoked for 65 years yes that's right the friend smoked for about 45 years and died an old full day with cancer ridden. There are people who smoke for fall and shake out early and we aren't going to appeal to the exception to the rule to make our case the Bible is our case Jesus came to give us life more abundantly John wrote in the John those 2 beloved I wish above all things that prosper and be in health even as I sold prosperous John. It is God's wish and will that we be in health. Clearer our ability in hunts to receive the blessing of dog good question that you're thinking if you're not thinking about asking this question someone new you is what way do you draw the line where do you draw the line the Bible doesn't say Thou shalt not eat candy Ok that's right but there are some people who might have an otherwise good diet who a damning that a damaging themselves with does it Ok that's true but remember he or she that strives for the mystery is temperate in all things and so you might say no chocolate cake is the very best but then you might say peace if every now and then I'll let myself go that far Ok sure this is a matter of judgement and prayer but he's not talking about salt and people drive up the i blood pressure by using too much salt temperate temperate and old things oh he's not talking about exercise actually I am as a matter of fact I'm not going to major in that but shouldn't we look after our body temple by getting some exercise shoe we should show we should. How much exercise to a physician. Exercise physiologist you see beyond where the Bible specifies clearly we are to use judgment the Bible doesn't say anything about caffeine for example except it does indirectly caffeine is a mind altering drug it's not very fashionable today to talk about it's harmful characteristics but they are still there why didn't I read some research you can find research to support anything caffeine damages your body caffeine ramps you up you just watch your coffee drink it go without coffee for a while and then see the effect it has on who all his life. Has made coffee same and by the way if you're dropping $5.00 on a coffee. More power to you I would suggest they're better uses for that $5.00 and someone said 5 it costs us even more which makes my point we want to say not what do I want but what pleases you walk on as you and we want to be prayerful as balanced as we possibly can be and we want to be Christian the reason we want to have a healthy body is so that we can have an increasingly clear mind and we want that clear mind so that we can hear more and more the voice of God the will of God So we are in a place to surrender more to the spirit of gotten out alive. We don't want to do anything at all that dishonest God and we want to preserve the body temple in a way that pleases God honest dog and glorifies God If you are addicted to a substance that's not bringing glory to God because you have voluntarily signed up for a certain form of slavery where Gauguin has not been allowed to keep you from these physical crutches these damaging things that will make you less of the person less of a person physically absolutely and all the energy you're putting into negative health could be energy that is channeled into another direction Well the Bible I'm going to go a step through the here and take you to where the Bible speaks about the diet that we ought to enjoy you know way back in the beginning Adam and Eve didn't eat animals there was no killing in the Garden of Eden no animals died to provide them with food they were vegetarian seemed to work out pretty well when you're living to be hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years old that should be a recommendation for the dietary plan and so God said in Genesis chapter one and those 27 let me turn day with you Genesis chapter one and verse 27 God created man in his own image in the image of God created he him male and female created He them and then those 29 after the creation he said Here's what's on the menu God said Behold I have given you everything bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed to you it shall be full meat all for food later on it became punishable for human beings to eat animal flesh to the flood it seems that the dietary guidelines were relaxed a little bit. But there is something that didn't change we're going to Genesis Chapter 7 and the Lord said to Noah Come thou and old I house into the UK for the have I seen the righteous before me in this generation of every curly beast shall take to the by sevens the male of this female and of beasts that are not clean by 2 the male and his female so rather than going on to the 2 by 2 somewhat on and choose and someone on sevens the unclean went on in twos the clean went on by 7 Why do you need 7 of the clean because when Noah and his family got off the ark they would want to offer something to God in sacrifice they would not sacrifice something unclean also they would want to perhaps eat animal flesh and here they would be able to eat a clean animal without well causing the animals to become extinct so in the beginning they were clean animal was and they were unclean animals you know something the should is a missing out on an opportunity by not talking about the small loudly. This we ought to be making hay while the sun shines the New Age folks are into it go to a local shopping mall if you're in a city of any size at all and you'll see vegetarian this and the going that go to your supermarket and sure there's the there's the gluten free and there's the low fat but now more and more vegetarian and vegan more and more and more this thing has become mainstream in some countries it's very big it's easy now to say good health we've got some munchies good health we've got some principles good health this is the message of the Bible God wants to bless you yes dog he wants you to live an optimal existence he wants you to live above so much sickness and disease which you could avoid Remember I'm not saying you can avoid it all but much disease could be avoided if we just lived a little different ate a little different exercised a little more drank other stuff than what we're drinking nobody needs to drink soda do you know how much sugar there is in a can of Coke not to mention the cathing do you know how much damage ing substance there is in 7 up and Sprite men you can live without that we feed it to our children Ok some people will feed it to the children what do you think Jr is going to do with 81015 teaspoons of sugar just poured down his or her throat surely they're going to climb the walls no they're not going to sit quietly in church no they won't mind big jacked up on show God it's really interesting on not claiming causation I will claim correlation. Not causation correlation if you look at the increasing rate of cancer at least in the United States and then you look at the at the increasing rate of sugar consumption you see an interesting parallel No no no no no no I didn't say causation I'm not being that irresponsible I'm simply saying it's fascinating that one and the other seem to be moving in a very similar trajectory back to these unclean animals God said some are clean some are unclean this clearly wasn't something just the Jews because God spoke about this to Noah so we're going to go to the Book of Leviticus Genesis Exodus Leviticus and we're in Chapter 11 and verse one this is wonderful news God wants you to live a healthy You betcha. Life that's what Jesus wants for you remember your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit we want to own a God and before we go any further let's take a time out for this message from pasta bread. Where are we in the stream of time are we getting towards the end of time yes or no that was a yes we are getting towards the time when Jesus is going to return to this yes or no Ok that's another yes absolutely right. We're getting close to a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation yes or no Ok that's another yes you've got in the Book of Daniel e example of Daniel who said we won't eat this stuff we want to on a god and then in the next chapter Chapter 2 God blessed and prospered him spiritually he was able to hear the voice of God and receive profoundly important prophetic communications he had made the decision of foods that his body would be the temple of the Holy Spirit. My friend we are getting closer and closer to the time of the mark of the beast we want every advantage in that time late in the history of the earth in a time of crisis in a time of great need in a time of extreme pressure you are going to want your mind to be as clear as possible you aren't going to want to say I live without my little crutch all my little vice and you are going to want to say I've surrendered everything to God you think about it Adam and Eve waited they fail appetite that was the test and they failed on it why didn't you this simply couldn't resist we do not want to be failing on appetite down near the close of time having said this I know I want to go on but there are some caveats you don't want to be a fanatic or a crank the gospel is about Jesus not cheeses you don't want to bash somebody into submission by criticizing what's on their plate you don't need to take the health message and allow it to make you become unkind to many people put hill in the health message it's an h l l t h message and it should not be it should be wonderful news a gracious way to reach out to people some people maybe you don't talk to about it maybe you just model it but you don't need to be a crank you don't need to be a fanatic you don't need to go around everybody at church and say you can't bring that to potluck you know that's just one Colleen But pasta what about what about we still live in a free society and I will boldly proclaim that the Bible says thus and so when it comes to our health and I will boldly respect your right to choose to do something differently but what about the example for our children you mean you can educate your children to. There are too many people who use this as a premise to be unkind and to be cranky and to be utterly fanatical in your own home you can be as fanatical as you lying that's your business it's not even fanatical it's just what you want to do but please be very careful how you would impose your standards on of the people it doesn't work out to be a blessing it ends up being a coup and if it makes you self righteous it's having the wrong effect Ok we're in the book of Leviticus and we've got to hasten on the place Leviticus Chapter 11 and those 2 Speak unto the children of Israel saying these are the beasts which among all the beasts that are on the earth one of the pilots the hoof and his cloven foot and choose the cod among the beasts that shall you it's here in the Bible all that's the old Jewish law but it is kind of old that's true but it wasn't just the Jews Well that was the ceremonial law nothing ceremonial about a pig. That was that was for Jewish people whenever Christians want to get out of doing something they blame the Jews don't have to eat like that that's for the Jews that was for the Jews Sabbath that was for the Jews come on a minute you can't you can't fool God with all that's for the Jews thing if you look later on in the book of Leviticus you will discover the Bible says these are the laws of beasts these are the laws pertaining to animals this is a ceremonial this is a blessing and you know better meant so he goes on and says nevertheless these Shall you not eat of them that you take out or of them that divide the tooth as the camel choose the cut but doesn't divide he is unclean to you 5 the Kone 6 the hair the 7 the swine that's Miss Piggy and the Bible says these things are just unclean bacon is unclean. What about Tookie he's clean about chicken don't know why but chicken is clean what about duck I don't know I don't eat I'm led low Donald Duck have a happy day there's no need for you to ring is Nick and put an end to his joy just so you can eat some gamey tasting fowl no need for that at all to the Bible says these are unclean that just not fit for human consumption why did God make them not for us to eat him you think God made everything for us to eat and here I see you looking admiringly at someone and should God make that person to even God to make everything to eat you know that certain things that just not good for us and God knows that and he says leave them alone let your body be the temple of the Holy Spirit on a me with your life let's go on down speaks about the swine and then it goes on to speak about the sea creatures all Actually those things that live in the water and he is your. He is your statement from dog this is 9 whatsoever have things and scales in the waters in the season in the rivers then shall you eat if they don't have fins and scales the Bible says they are an abomination you don't find anything in the Bible that God declares to be an abomination and later on he says I changed my mind you don't find that anywhere so if it has things in scale what would that be oh I don't know trout is that right I think that has fins and scales a fish like snapper that has fins and scales sure you can think of a bunch of them catfish no has fins not scales shock has fins not scales oysters. Oysters a perfectly good creature is just not good for eating shellfish fill to feed is Chesapeake Bay They introduced oyster farms to clean up the water every oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day way to the impurities go the shellfish retains the impurities and then you eat the impurities is the only thing I know of that you eat complete with it's entire didn't just have tracked and they're told to turn your stomach God says unclean not good for food same for a lobster same for shrimp same for lobster would be crayfish in some languages same for crabs they're on the bottom of the ocean eating up the did stuff eating up the things that other fish leave behind the bottom feeders bottom feeders some filter feeders. They're just not designed by God for us to eat and then you read about the buds that you should or should not eat basically if the Buddha eats carrion one should not eat it if it's a scavenger that eats did stuff at Thanksgiving you're not going to lift the big silver lid and go. And announce that you have just prepared a vulture or a buzzard but Thanksgiving dinner you knew that already you know we know there are some things you don't eat cockroaches in this and that I know some Smarties of decided well it's deep frying let's government chocolate let's sell of his delicacies one delicacies is just gonna freak food and there's no need to eat that at all why would you want that when God says there's so much else besides and you can avoid that dishonoring me you can live in faith you can avoid so many you know what God said to the Israel lights if you would diligently Hakan to the voice of the Lord your God and do that which is right inside and give it to us. Moments and keep all of us statutes Ah I will put none of these diseases upon you that I have brought upon the Egyptians for I am the Lord that he with the that's God's will for us on the hand the body isn't a God but you can someone say it but Peter had a dream and in that dream Well we know what he saw it's an act chapter and so will tune there and look at it quickly it's a long passage but we'll look at the salient points rather than reading the entire story let me give you a rundown of what happened in Acts chapter 10 a fellow named Cornelius he was a Gentile he was told by God to send for pizza. God gave Cornelius a very detailed description of where he would find pita since I'm servants Bring pita. Well pita according to the Bible was up on the roof top praying it was a lunch time they were getting the food ready he fell into a trance and the Bible said he saw a heaven opened Acts 10 books 11 and a surgeon vessel descending unto him as it had been a great sheet in it at the 4 Corners and let down to the earth where and were all manner of full throated beasts of the earth and wild beasts and creeping things in Fellows of the air and there came a voice in the voice said Rise Peta kill and eat Peter said No no I've never eaten anything that is common to run clean Now this was several years after Jesus died on the cross This is proof positive that the death of Jesus on the cross did not change the unclean animals and make them clean Peter had no idea about this he called them unclean it's very clear the death of Jesus on Calvary didn't change pigs he died to cleanse sin is he did not die to cleanse camels and rabbits and oysters. It happened 3 times the vessel was received up into heaven he doubted in himself what this should mean he wondered what's this about when suddenly there were 3 men at the door and they called out and said it is Simon Peeta there. 19 while Peter thought on the vision the Spirit said to him Behold 3 men seek you arise therefore and get the down and go with them doubting nothing for I have sent them and so he goes with them on the instruction of God don't doubt just go and when he gets to Cornelius his house he said this those 28 you know how it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company or come unto one of another nation. But God has showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean had nothing to do with pigs this was an object lesson hate this no no that's unclean 3 times it happened why 3 times because 3 men came to the door and these were men that Peter would have considered to be unclean no way would he go it then but the angel said go and when we get down to verse $34.00 Peter opened his mouth and said all the truth I perceive that God is no respecter of person but in every nation he that fears and works righteousness is accepted with Him God wanted to get through to Peter a very important point Peter you are racist there is no place for that you are a bigot there is no place for that in fact if you want to look in the next chapter Peter is now speaking just in Jewish believers I heard a voice say to me arise Peter kill and eat all this was done 3 times I'm in Chapter 11 and verse 10 and all were drawn up again into heaven the spirit bade me go with them nothing doubting in verse 12. Verse 15 and as I began to speak the Holy Ghost fell on them as on us at the beginning verse 17 for as much then as God gave them the light gift as he did unto us to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ what was I that I could withstand God and when they heard this they held a peace and glorified God saying then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life the vision was to cure Peter of his racism it wasn't to suggest to Peter that now he ought to eat spare ribs and oysters wrapped in bacon nothing to do with that booze and listen it was kind of like a parable an object lesson so where are you today you probably heard that story about the young man who was hiking in a slot canyon in Utah neighbor's Aron Ralston a boulder fell on him and pinned his. He was stuck for several days and realized he was never going to get out and no one would ever find him so what do you do he did all he could he took his little knife cut his Omma off and he left there minus much of an. But where there's a life very much intact there are some things that we're going to cut off Jesus said If your right hand offends you if your eye offends you something's have got to go. There are some things in a live our lives that have got to go. They offend us and they offend God they damage us they weaken us physically and spiritually they weaken our relationship with God Some of these things have got to go. Can you make that decision today let's look a little deeper there are other things that have got to go pride perhaps anger irascibility someone can talk to you without you getting all upset dishonesty last unkind thoughts they have to go to. You know somebody says but I can quit smoking Ok I'll buy that but you unite your life with Jesus and His strength is made perfect in your weakness I don't know how to put away some of these things I feel like I'm hooked it says in Philippians 4 in verse 19 my God shall supply all you need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus God will provide you any. And least we think we'll just see moseying around the pantry today let's go a little further and say Do you believe that God can take the sin out of your life. Evidently Jesus came to save us from House and anyone who is in Christ is a new creature old things passed away all things become new it's what the Bible says the prophet as he wrote God said a new heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you I will take away your heart of stone I will give you a heart of flesh you might not be able to. But God can. Pull wrote to the Galatians chapter 2 verse 20 I am crucified with Christ Nevertheless I live yet not on I but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the fish I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me when we look at today is indicative of a certain fact that fact being we need Jesus we need his deliverance we need a real experience we are closing in on the finish line one day God is going to separate the sheep and the goats the wheat and the tears there's no reason for any one of us to be on the wrong side of that through faith in Jesus we can receive Jesus himself and receive that new hot and receive victory and friend maybe it will happen instantaneously and maybe it won't but you hang on to Jesus has a life flows through yours he will grow you. And when he's got you know one hurdle he'll get you over another and right when you think you're starting to do good he'll reveal to you Well there's a few more things in your life if you say Lord Jesus cleanse me again search me oh god I know my heart try me you know my thoughts see if there be any wicked way in me leave me in the way everlasting some 139 would you pray the prayer with me today that says Lord take my hot you might be thinking I haven't ever eaten pole never will never know any shellfish or maybe even any fish I wouldn't touch nicotine or caffeine or alcohol all right praise the Lord but there might be other things that have touched you you might be mean unkindest honest we're certainly sinners in need of the grace of God. When we pray now believing that the God of heaven would change us removed from us everything that should be removed and lead us in Jesus steps can we pray that prayer we can let's pray it now Father in heaven we thank you today for a Savior who deliver us from our sin. From the life destroying habits some of these habits lead us to sin if they are not sin itself. I know there are. People all around the world right now who want to say Lord take my heart and make it new is that you friend. Can you say Lord make me what I cannot make myself and you say that. If that's your desire just raise your hand if it's safe your hand. Changed my heart. Take away the things that represent my brokenness. And replace it with your sweet spirit which speaks of Ella completeness in Jesus we thank you we love you we praise you we pray in Jesus name and say with me if you can a man and a man God bless you so much and thank you for taking this time with me to spend in the we're. Going. To.

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