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Benjamin Ng
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  • May 2, 2020
    11:00 AM
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Father in heaven thank you Lord for this time thank you father that we can come and study together once more and I pray Lord that you speak to our hearts softly and tenderly Lord I know that the Holy Spirit is working and I pray that you convict us that you leave us and you draw us our hearts and our eyes and our thoughts even our ears haven't Would that we would hear the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking to us this evening if we pray in Jesus' name amen I like to invite you to tune with me in your Bibles to Matthew Chapter 26 Matthew 26 and we are looking at. The time that's leading up to when Jesus is about to stand before the judgment seat of a firsts and even pilots. And white asks us to meditate upon these closing scenes and there is much that we can learn and even as I just share a little tidbit here for all of you may this strengthen us in this new week let's turn our Bibles to Matthew 26 was starting in verse 52 Matthew 26 and verse 52 the Bible says this then said Jesus unto him. Put up again by sword into his place for all day that take the sword shall perish with the sword I think it's that that I cannot now pray to my father and he shall presently presently give me more than 12 legions of angels but How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be Jesus has just finished praying in the garden of get so many he swept those great drops of blood he's been wrestling in prayer whether or not to proceed with that great sacrifice for the whole world or not and just as he wraps up he hears the noise of the mob coming and Judas is coming with this throng this great multitude the Bible says and Peter wanting to defend his master and show his zeal he takes a sword from where he got it we have no idea but he takes his sword and he aims for the neck of the person and of course in the mercy of God an angel deflects at and he cuts off that there's no way that Peter's swordsmanship was that accurate to be able to cut off just a little bit of the ear but it was only by the grace and mercy of God that this man was left preserved alive then Jesus says look I don't need your help if I really needed it I would have just prayed and God would have sent more than what 12 legions of angels just like that but he doesn't why or how then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be friends for the sake of our salvation. For the sake of the fulfillment of prophecy Jesus did not call angels to aid him he could have the father was ready at his command to send those angels and it would not have been morally wrong but he did not do it why for you and me there was a bigger picture that the disciples and the rest of the world were not seeing that they only just saw the here and the now in the present and those disciples were blinded by their own desires and their own ambitions and their own interpretations so to speak of prophecy and the Messiah and sometimes to a great extent we still are as well we are so short sighted so near sighted that we don't see far into the future and we don't understand the dark mysteries of God's will and how he leads each and every one of us maybe if we were in Christ's position today we might have been tempted to ask why why God do I have to go through this Jesus told the blood stained path that would lead to the cross for the sins of the whole world then it was not an easy decision as he had just been sweating great drops of blood had to pray this prayer 3 times if we were in that position and we had this power at our disposal and we did not see the future as Christ saw we would have been tempted to ask why God why would you allow these sorts of things to happen to me God why don't you help me today when I'm in trouble why don't you help me when I call upon you why don't you come at a time when I need you the most friends sometimes we just get silence Jesus says He could. But the Scriptures the need to be fulfilled in your life following God friends sometimes is a mystery it's hard to discern and Jesus he knew his mission he knew his purpose for which he had come to this earth but for us it takes a figuring it out it takes trust it takes sometimes we call it chance but because of the Bible we call that Providence but when we follow God friends it even still then sometimes it is a mystery as to why things happen to us Isaiah 558 and 9 a scripture song one of my favorite It says For my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways saith the Lord for as the heavens are higher than the Earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts friends following God is a mystery sometimes and know it's not guess work whether or not we should go down a certain path but do we know the end from the beginning can we discern his way so clearly that we can know for certainty that this is what should happen not always 1st Corinthians chapter 2 in verse 16 let's turn our Bibles there 1st Corinthians chapter 2 and verse 16 Look what the Bible says here 1st Corinthians 216 for who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him but that we have what the mind of Christ but you know friends even if we do have the mind of Christ still there will be things that will be mysteries to us Do you know that who really has the total mind of Christ to understand all things today really nobody he doesn't ask us to discern all the movings of his works and his spirit do you know that he asks us simply to trust him. Mark Chapter 13 and verse 32 let's turn our Bibles then Mark 13 and verse 32 it's really impossible for us to understand all the mind of Christ and especially the mind of God Mark Chapter 13 and verse $32.00 look at the Bible says here but of that day and that hour no worse no man no not the angels which are in heaven neither the Son but what the father it's very interesting that Jesus is doing the judging but yet the Father is the only one that knows when he's going to wrap up this whole work you see that and yet even the angels in heaven beings that have never sinned they don't understand totally the will of God They don't know when the father is the signing deciding to come to this earth for a 2nd time no man and no Angel knows the day nor the hour we know when it's close but friends we have no idea there are some things that we will just never know in this lifetime and even as we choose to follow God today and say God I'm committing my life to you 100 percent this week it is impossible to understand totally how God leaves what's my point friends the angels in heaven they don't know and they don't know everything that's going to take place and when but yet they trust the father enough to hold on and so obey his every word guess what angels even have to live by faith for faith is that very thing that helps us to cling on to God in the unknown in the unknown. For if we know it if we can see it if we understand it then it doesn't require faith on our behalf anymore but even the angels don't have the whole picture of God's plans only as they obey does it even so them get revealed step by step you see that 1st Corinthians chapter 13 let's turn our Bibles there that Love Chapter 1st Corinthians chapter 13 and verse 12 1st Corinthians 13 in verse 12 the Bible says for now we see through a glass darkly but then face to face now I know in part but then shall I know even as also I am known in this current state that we're in presently in this world we only see through a glass darkly we can only discern to a certain extent the movings of the Holy Spirit and the movements of Christ and God in heaven and when we look at our world sometimes we discern it even less and we wonder sometimes why things happen to us our vision is not totally clear we don't see 2020 and the only way to get through this dark world is to have a guide that sees clearly for every one of us it's like being blind and the only way to see is through the Scriptures. The only way to see is through faith in God's Word we must become blind to the life experiences of others and not limit God and put him in a box expecting him to work a certain way in our lives we can't point to people and say I want to that way just like Joseph who is a prime minister at the age of 30 years old could you believe that Prime Minister at such a young age and yet we forget that sometimes how God guided Joseph how did he go Joseph in the same way where we go through our circumstances headed by his brother sold into slavery what did he do faithful in part of his house part of his wife try to sleep with him and he's faithful and he ends up in prison what did he do faithfully gave the message of God to these 2 young men that end up and ended up in prison and gave them those visions and interpret them and he still was forgotten for another 2 years what did he do wrong and sometimes were not able to discern the moving and the promptings of the Holy Spirit and how God leads and how God guides and how God is involved in these world affairs and and before we're able to get to the end of the tunnel and see are all our answers answered we let go we let go 1st Corinthians 13 is that love chapter that if we see through this glass darkly it requires us to have love to be able to hold on to God's guidance because sometimes God just does not guide the way that we want to guide sometimes it just goes total opposite direction and we've been faithful and we ask God why you know friends it takes faith. For us to go through this world it takes faith of forgive someone on lead to be hurt by them again and again and then we ask God Why God why why should I allow them to keep hurting me like this we look at scripture with puzzling thoughts sent bewilderment under not understanding God Are you sure 70 times 7 never ending really are you sure and then we will allow people to keep hurting us like that and and they keep abusing us or using us and then our friends they come to us and they they call a stupid or silly or foolish why would you allow someone to keep doing this to you and sometimes when we want to follow the scriptures on telling you it's a trial but that's where faith us to come in it takes faith to trust the Scriptures to keep forgiving that somehow God says that's what we should do and we are doing the right thing it takes faith to hold on to God and to follow him through his word when his Sabbath goes against your career path maybe you don't get your dream job maybe you don't get your desired course of study maybe you got to quit that school and go to another school and graduate even later I know someone that went through that there's too many maybes for me to cover but when calamities come upon us friends sometimes a Lord gives us these small calamities to save us from bigger ones that would come our way in the future we sometimes in fact all of us most times is difficult to discern the moving of God's Spirit and this is where faith has to come in faith in a god that sees 2020 that even though the whole world was trying to make Jesus King he knew that for this cause he had not come. How many of us in human thoughts seeing all these flatteries seeing all these people pushing us and praising us and worshipping us would have gone down a different path rather than the bloodstain path of Prince of manual Jesus he saw 2020 and friends this is where it takes faith to trust in a God who knows what he's doing but sometimes just sometimes we think we know better and we question and we conjecture we challenge God we we ask Him God why you didn't do that to that person you didn't do it to this person but why am I going through this I'm sometimes we even look into Scripture and we don't get the answer except hold on because sometimes you like to pick up portions of Scripture that we like the people that were rich the people that were saved that the people that were blessed we forget that Stephen was stoned to death that Peter was burnt crucified upside down we forget that John was thrown into a pot of boiling oil we forget that Daniel was in a lion's den and his 3 friends in the midst of a burning fiery furnace we forget that Jeremiah was let down into a pit of slime almost eaten up by the dirt itself we forget all these prophets that suffered yet we like to bring up the nice things about the Bible we like to be the blessin ones the happy ones and we sometimes just ask God God Why thank God Jesus sees 2020 he knows the end from the beginning he's the Alpha and Omega the Beginning and the end and there is no better place to put your life except into his hands but that my friends. Is sometimes a moment by moment moment decision that we must have sometimes it's an hour by hour we make a decision Ok God and then to follow you and our world crumbles in the next 30 minutes and we've got to make that decision again God though you slutty me yet will I trust you Joe had to make it moment by moment he lost everything in terms of riches and his children in one day and then the very next day he lost all his else and then he lost all his friends friends sometimes it is a moment by moment decision and sometimes we just do not understand and the point is this friends when you walk this life of faith sometimes it is not for us to understand it's not for us to understand sometimes it's only for us to hold on to test how much we really love and how much we really trust Him as Jesus was facing Calvary his footsteps were already in the shadow of the cross and it would be less than 24 hours before he would die for all humanity and yet he didn't think of himself he was thinking of you and me this was the way that he was going to conquer sin and the devil it didn't make sense to His disciples but Jesus ways are not our ways why lock down coven 19 you know. For some reason all these western as they love to protest you know they've not been in lockdown as long as we are there on the streets protesting in us already and in Australia no no hit against them but I just I don't understand that thinking I was a grown up in a western country but I've never gone to a protest Ok so you might think I'm a very western minded sort of person I sound very Western but not to that extent I still like my fried rice and my fried noodles and my durian not like that I don't get it. And instead of protesting let's use that time to understand that hey God has a reason for this and yes I know there are some people that are starving to death they need their jobs back they need to support themselves they need to earn money but yet somehow through all this friends let's not lose sight of God He has a reason for everything he sees 2020 and he doesn't need you to see 2020 he just needs you to see him and if we can see him we can hold on and if we can hold on we will look back hindsight is always 2020 and you will know whether you held on to Jesus and you will know whether God had been your guide friends today whatever you're going through don't forget that God has a purpose in everything he sees the bigger picture and may we be the ones that will learn to hang on by faith this week to his word that no matter what happens nothing can separate us from the love of God Nothing persecution famine sword fire perils stoning nothing can separate us from the love of God Nothing can stop us from holding on to Jesus and trusting him and then at the right time maybe in this life maybe not in this life we might get the answer why Jesus he knew his mission because he had the mind of God today we're striving for that but we're not there friends so all we have to do is hold on don't let go in this coming week no matter what you're going through. If you're tempted to complain to blame God Just remember that all things work together for good not everybody but for those that love God Why because of the end of it when Jesus comes again in the clouds of glory everybody will have their reward if you're seeking for the reward here today on this earth you might never get it you might never look at the Apostles and the prophets for an example of suffering of what it means to follow Jesus friends this week let's hold on and not let go Jesus knows what he's doing God knows he's too wise to make mistakes let's not tell him how he should do is work let's just do ours faithfully Let's hold on by faith and not let go let's pray Father in Heaven Lord forgive us where we have tried to play the role of God in our own life thought we knew better thought we understood our situation better than you did Old Lord police in this new week no matter what is happening around us help us to have faith help us to trust you that nothing will shake us or move us that Father we will hold on to you so tightly that as only we just would reach out Lord you were to grasp us with that almighty arm and never let us go only Father help us to look up to heaven help us to rumba your ways are not our ways your thoughts than our thoughts only help us to trust you. You got us a lot lead us to that and strengthen our faith for this week oh lord as we have committed and determined already know Hans to spend more time in your scriptures save us in this coming week we pray. In Jesus name we pray in us. Amen. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit w w w audio verse or.

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