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Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things

Martin Kim


Martin Kim

Pastor and Evangelist


  • June 12, 2021
    11:00 AM
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I'm glad to see so many of you with us on the sabbath. It's always a blessing to look out and see so many faces a sea of faces. My message this morning is titled expecting great things, attempt great things. Let's begin with a word of prayer. Father in heaven this morning we come anticipating a great blessing for you, our great god. Once again, I just pray that you'd rain down your spirit upon us. Pray that you would speak to our hearts and that we would not leave this place just the hearers of your word, but that we would be doers of your word. Please make your strength perfect to my weakness previous and his name is William carrie is known as the father of modern protestant mission. William kerry went to the country of india and served there for 41 years and was serving as a missionary overseas. He translated the bible into guess how many languages, 6th languages. Not only that, he translated parts of the bible into 20 line languages or dialects. And this is an individual who, who never went to high school or college. Brown university was so impressed with his work that in 18. 07. They conferred a doctor of divinity degree on him. His motto was expecting great things from god, attempt great things for god. His life embodied that quote, do you believe that god wants us to expect great things and that he wants us to attempt great things. Do you know of people that it expected great things and have attempted great things for god. Do you know why it is that some people will go out to attempt great things for god? It is because of great conviction because of what, where there is a great conviction. There is a great reaction where there is a great conviction. There is a great to reaction, so the people that have gone out and attempted the most for god or the people that have made the great sacrifices, forgot where those who went out because they were greatly convicted. My part of this morning is that you will be greatly convicted by this message in man. Now he was 11th verse one we're told now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen very simply. Faith is the assurance or confidence that god will fulfill his word that god will fulfill his word. Think about all the amazing promises in god's word this morning. Psalms 81, verse 10 was read. God said, open your mouth and I will fill it. Is that what it said? Open your mouth and I will fill it. Is that what is that? It said open your mouth wide and I will fill it. Now I've heard that that is one of the dentist favorite promises. It also happens to be george mueller favorite promise. George mueller. One time there was a news reporter that wanted to make fun of mueller and in front of a people. He said mister mueller, what, how does it feel to live hand to mel. George miller thought about that question with a smile on his face. He, he responded by saying it's wonderful god hand my mouth. George mueller was a man who expected great things. And he was 11 were 6 said, but without faith, it is impossible to please him. For he comes to, God must believe that he is, and that he is the rewarder of those who building see him. How do we please him by faith, argue diligently seeking him, believing that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him. So I want to share with you a personal experience that I had it was through this experience that god taught me that he wants us to expect. Great thanks. It was back in 2008, my wife and I needed to move from the state of Washington to the state of Michigan. Our original plan was to fly out there, find a little place where we would live flied back, pack up our stuff, and make the trip out there. That was our original plan. But the Lord was teaching us little by little to trust him more. And we believe that we could just committed into our father's hand trust him to provide us just what we needed when we moved out there got able to do that. And so we began praying that god would provide for us a little place out there and buried springs, michigan. Now about 2 weeks before the actual move, we went down to central california conference, put her camp, meeting at so kills. And my wife got up very early on sabbath morning to go hear the morning devotional by elder ross sarah, who used to be the president of a sudden indian ocean division, a man of faith. And it messed up that morning. Was all about faith, about walking by faith, talking faith. And he ended his message with a very inspiring story about alexander the great and according to the story, this is the way the story went. Alexander, the great was a very compassionate king. And once a year he set aside a day where he would show his compassion to the people in his kingdom. So all these people that had needs, they would come together, get in a line, and one by one, they would present their needs to the king's serve it. The king servant would take each request, take it over to the king and let the king know what the request was and one by one, the king, what grant their requests. So people that had need for clothing for food, for medicine, they would all come. Well that's what individual came. And he told the king servant what I would like is a palace, a what? A palace now the king servant was hearing this and thinking none of this is not a good request and was trying to dissuade this individual. But he was very persistent. Well, the king was watching the conversation, had caught his curiosity, and he asked the king servant to come over what this man want. And the king servant said, can you don't want to know? The king insisted on knowing. And, and so the shared and the king thought about it. And to the surprise of the servant, the king says, request. Granted. So that caught the servant by surprise and said king, may I ask why you granted him his request? This was the king's reply. All these people, they asked me for little things like Food, clothing, medicine, which can easily also be supplied by someone else. But only this man has asked me for something that only I, as a king can give him. This man makes me feel as though I am a king. So my wife heard the story in which she thought she was saint god. I've been asking you for a little home out there in berry springs. I'm going to ask you for a palace. She came back to the tent, she's excited. She said with me the story and so I'm like ok, we're going to start asking god for a palace. Well, kenny was over, we went back home and eventually we packed up that u Haul. And on Monday morning we were beginning that long track out to barry springs. Took us 4 days to travel out there. And as we are traveling, we are telling god god, we want a palace and by faith, we're thanking him for that palace. Well we got to baron springs on Thursday evening and on Friday we're going to spend the night and on Friday morning we're going to go out looking for that. Tell us what my wife woke up the next morning. And she was feeling just a little discouraged. While she's having her devotions and as part of our devotions, she read psalms, 48 that morning and she came across the word palace 2 times. It's actually a derivative of the word palace palaces to time. When she comes over to me, she's excited. She goes, I know god's gonna give us that health. So that morning we went to the local admin, s store there, apple Valley store, and on the wall they have a listing of places available for rent. We decided to ticket this one home. We called up the owner, we met the owner. He gave us a tour of the home and we realized that the home was in need of a lot of repairs and were like, this is not a palace. I told my wife that could take out the spring arbor apartments because they're new and, and I just want to check them out. Now why my wife did not have the best experience. We've had some poor expenses in the past. I'm on, we're going to seminary, if you don't have good neighbors upstairs. I mean, it could be a poor experience. My wife wasn't interested by, so let's go check him out. Because apartments were new. We pulled into the parking lot. We saw the mill men getting into the vehicle. We asked him, where's the office? He said the office is located in downtown very spring, but the owner just went into that building over there and pointed at the building. So we decided ok, let's go meet the owner. We went to the building, the door was locked, but at that time a tenant was going in, we followed the tenant in and we met the owner. And the owner told us, I have nothing available here. But I've got a home in downtown barry springs by the way, berry screens is real small. I've got home and downtown brain springs. We're looking for a couple. Would you like to see it? We're looking for a couple that would live in it. Would you like to see it? We said sure. So we followed her in our vehicle to the home. And we arrived at this home little home and we walked around it and we're thinking, is this our palace? It's a small little 2 bedroom home with a big basement. You tell me, is this a palace? The rent was affordable, and it was a walking distance for me. From my workplace. We call this our flat screen TV. That's been said that nature is god 24 hours a day, 3, the multimedia theory, phonic revelation of himself. It requires no pain subscriptions, no streaming devices and is everywhere, and always accessible. By the way, we had when we made this move and were packing our stuff were like let us leave our TV behind. We don't need a TV, No time for television, and God gave us something better him and we'd also given up our pet yorkie, which we love so much. But we simply couldn't hang onto the pet because we traveled so much and. And now we felt like god was just bringing all these animals to us. Animals that we didn't have to clean up after. And here you have ducks walking on water, frozen water. That is, the winters were absolutely beautiful and deserved ages. We're told here the what please when they make the very highest demands upon him, that they may glorify his name. Does it sound like god wants us to make him feel like a king? They may expect large things if they have faith in his promise. Faith in his what, what was the definition of faith? faith is a sudden something's hope for the evidence of things, not seen. Faith very simply is assurance or confidence that god will fulfill his promises. Are you expecting great things from god? So after that experience in 2008, fast forward to 2019, my wife and I return from serving overseas. And after we came back to the states, i just began praying that god would provide our family with property out in the country. I just felt like it was time to leave the cities. Now, this was before the locked downs began. Before the pandemic came around, began praying. I don't have a lot of money. My wife and I have some money saved up in the bank account, but not nearly enough to get a nice piece of property out in the country. But what I do know is that my father is Rich in houses and lands. He owns the cattle on a 1000 health. He has a 1000 ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. And for that reason I don't see I am poor because if my father's rich, how can his son be port him? And so I began praying and began praying, and shortly after the lockdown began. Within a month, my brother and 3 of its friends found this property out a mansion with poor cabins on it and decided to buy this property. So they bought this property and my brother and I shortly there after start making trips down the mountain to work on the cabins. And as we started coming down here, my brother and I started thinking, what if my wife and I together with our parents also bought a property down in the area. That might be a good idea. So we started thinking about it and started talking about it. Well, one day we decided to meet with a realtor to check out some of the properties that we had seen online and the day that were supposed to meet the realtor in the morning our having my devotions and, and I have this bible study reading guide a meeting fax bible sitting reading guides, which allow me to read from 4 different books to the bible every morning and allows me to go through the entire bible every year. It's just something that I've been doing for years. And as part of my reading that morning, I'm reading from the book of farms and can you guess which chapter i read from that morning. 4848. And what were do I come across 2 types? palace, palaces, coincidence or providence? I read that and I'm thinking, you know what, I've been asking got for this country property, but I've not been asking him for palace, but I need to start asking him for pallets again. Well, that morning, we saw a couple of properties. My wife wasn't there that time. It was actually my mother and were like, this is not a palace. This not house. We didn't see our palace that day, but the next morning in my reading i came across romance port 20. Speaking of abraham, it says he did not waver at the promise of god through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith giving glory to God. And I knew from past experience that sometimes god will promise, but it doesn't come right away. Okay, so I'm going to continue to believe and not waiver at the promise of god. Why a few days later we came to this property invented and we laid our eyes upon it. And guess what? I thought this is our palace. Does it look like a palace? What is nature? Do you remember the nature of god? 24 hours a day, 3 day, 3, D multimedia theory of phonic, revelation of himself. So much nature, that beautiful. Now how got actually worked out for our family and to other families to come together to acquire this property and how god opened up the door after door and remove all the obstacles for us to actually make it. Here is a whole nother story in and of itself, and maybe one day I'll show the story. I have a good swimming pedal for the story from egypt to the promised land. Now we've had a few friends from egypt that is from Seattle, can visit us and all our friends from egypt. They come to our property and do not. They say they're like, this is heaven. This is heaven. And the winners are absolutely beautiful. Oh how I miss the winter? The cold winters. I'm already looking forward to the next winter. I just wish it would come very quickly. Though when it was great, spring was awesome. Spring was like only one day long. But it was awesome. And then summer came around and it was, it wasn't just wonderful until this happened. A few weeks ago. We had a neighbor, a neighbor who with wine to help us out, save some money. He brought his moreover, and he was mowing our field when the mower blade struck a rock and created a spark and create a big fire. And we lost about 4. We had about 4 acres brand, we didn't lose much on our property, but it spread to our neighbors and it burned down a house and a few vehicles and did a bit of damage on our neighbors property. And after the incident, i started thinking this is just the start of the fire season, and we've already had a fire on our property. And I'm thinking, why do we come to manson? Why do we come to California? California is known for wildfires and california is facing a mega drought. We didn't have that back in egypt. We didn't have fires and droughts. Becky, to what, where are we thinking? Was that the Lord have had us demented. Who am I found them like? I am standing just like the israelites and I caught myself. I'm standing just like the children of israel. The children of israel were good at one thing. What was that? They were good at murmuring and complaining and what it all that murmuring and complaining stem from a stem from unbelief. That's right. Now according to the pen of inspiration, what is our greatest sin? It is the thing up. It's unbelief its unbelief. Now the apostle paul writes in 1st corinthians chapter 103011. Now all these things, what the referring to and he says, all these things in 1st corinthians chapter 10, he speaking about the many and varied experiences of the children of israel. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our ad munition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. The history of israel was recorded for our admonition, but I want you to think about how god led the children of israel. I mean they had some awesome experiences. God leaves them out of Egypt. He uses a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. I mean is that awesome? They knew went to move forward and they knew when to stop, then you went to turn to the right. They knew when to turn to book, all they had do was keep their eyes fixed on that pillar of cloud by day. And then when they were up against the red feet and egyptian army was coming, what happened to that pillar that was in front of them. It went from in front of them to behind them. And it became a wall of darkness to the gyptian, but a wolf light to the children of israel. There also, and God parts the red sea, they go across the difference come after them. God has their church rules to fall off so that their chariots are struggling to make it across. And the gypsies notice that their god is fighting for them. I mean they have that often experience of being delivered by the Lord. And then god was miracle after miracle for them as they're going on their journey to the promised land. They saw how god defeated the malak heights. As moses was there with his hands raised awesome experience after experience, but then they get near the borders of the promised land and they come up with this just absolutely foolish idea. What was the push idea to send aspire to check out kane and they want to gather military intelligence. Now if, if the god of the universe is the one leading you and fighting your battles, why do you need military intelligence? So they went out there and you know what happened? They come back and this is the report. Number 13 verse 30, it says and keela quieted the people before moses and said let us go up at once and take possession for we are well able to over come it caleb, the men of faith. He was walking by faith and not by sight. He was expecting great things from god and he was attempting great things for god. Do we have any caleb in the house? A man worth 31 says, but the men who had gone up with him said, we are not able to go up against the people for they are stronger than we were. They walking by faith or by sight they were walking by sight. And these words spoken, produced a hardness of discouragement and unbelief that spread throughout the camp. And we know what happened as a result. The children of israel spent how many years in the wilderness. They spent 40 years, and everyone under, over the age of 20, perished in the wilderness except for caleb and Joshua. Now, when the 12 by came back, what if there were 10 who are talking face and only 2 who struggled with unbelief? Do you think the result would have been different? notice what were taught. In the spirit of prophecy, if only 2 men had brought the evil report and all the 10 had encouraged them to possess the land in the name of the Lord, they would still have taken the advice of the 2 in preference of the 10 to the 10 why? Because up, because up there, wicked and belief. Anybody here struggling with unbelief? What did the apostle paul faith in 1st corinthians chapter 10 verse 11. Now all these things happened to them as examples. And they were written for our admonition written for our edmund houston. Upon whom the ends of the ages have come. In matthew, 13 verse 58. It says now he speaking of jesus did not do many mighty works there because of their what? Because of their unbelief in his hometown. He could not do mighty works. Oh, how he wanted to heal the sick and he wanted to do many things for his own people, but he could not because of their unbelief. What is um, bully do? It, ties the hands of admittance. Now friends, if jesus were to come here to red bluff, could he work mighty miracles in red bluff? Could he what does he need in order to work mighty miracles here in red blood? He needs a faith. He met in luke chapter 18. Give us tell the parable of the persistent to widow. Now in the interest of time, we're not going to go through the whole terrible. But jesus ends the parable with these words, and luc 18 1st 8. I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Speaking of the judge in the parable, nevertheless, when the son of man comes, will he really find faith on the earth? Jesus asked this pathetic question. Will he really find faith on the earth? When jesus comes back, surely he will find a great deal of earnestness and many consecrated hearts. He will for sure, find lots of outreach and activity. But will he find the one thing that he values above the rest? Will he find faith? By the way, in great controversy, page 6 to one, we are taught that the season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and hunger, and the period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time. How many of you would like an increase of faith meet you? I want a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and trial. I want to share with you just a few things that, that, that I hope will be helpful to you. If you're wanting an increase of faith, number one, pray for increased faith. Begin on your knees. And pray. A simple prayer is just 3 words. In luke chapter 17 for 5, it says and the puzzle said to the Lord, increase our faith. Just 3 words, increase our faith. Now when you begin praying this where don't think that all of sudden you're going to find yourself believing and trusting god more. That's typically not what happens just because you pray this prayer. What happens when you pray? This prayer, praying for fake is like praying for patience. Anybody hear pray for patients before? What happened when you pray for patients? We just all of a sudden more patient. No, no. You faced opportunities where you could exercise your patience, is that what happened? That's exactly what happened. All of you know that right? Because we've all pray for patients. Well that's what's gonna happen when you start praying for faith. You're going to be given opportunities to exercise your patient, exercise your faith. That is faith is like a muscle. Faith is like what? A muscle. And the more you exercise it, the more that faith growth. Now people have said to george miller, i shall never have the faith that george miller has. And you know, what is his responses. There's not a particle of truth in that statement. George miller does not believe that he has the gift of faith, mention in the spiritual gifts list and 1st corinthians chapter 12. Ok. In 1st grade is chapter there's a whole list of gifts, the gift of miracles to get the faith. He did not believe that he had that gift the faith. You know what he says? He says the faith that I have is the faith that all of god's children help except mine has been more developed by exercise number to appropriate the word of god. Appropriate the word of god, romans 1017 says. So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of god. Faith is nurtured and strengthened by the word of god. Friends, we must take time to hear the word of god. We must take time to memorize the word of god and meditate on the word of god. In the book education page 253, we are taught faith that enables us to receive god's gift. If a soft gift of which some measure is imparted to every human being roman 12 or 3, tells us that god has, has given to each man a measure of fate. We've all been given as a gift, a measure of faith and what we want to do is exercise it till we have faith just the size of a mustard seed. Why do I say the, the size of a muster seat? Because with bait the size of a much receipt, what can we do? We can move mountains. It goes on to say growth as exercise in appropriating the word of god in order to strengthen faith, we must all often bring it in contact with the what with the word. So we need to appropriate the word of god. In other words, practically apply the word of god. We need to take the promises in god's word that pertain to our unique situations and challenges. And we need to claim them by faith. We need to believe god's work, trust god's word rest on it and practice it. We need to stay our minds on god's word. And as we do that, we will have an increase of faith. Number 3, get involved in mission, get involved in what emissions. Now you don't have to go overseas to get involved emissions. You can send your money overseas, but get involved in the work of the local church. The church exists to do emissions. Emma, now I find this to be very encouraging. In my 16 verse 14 says later, jesus appear to be 11 as they sat at the table, any rebuke their what? unbelief. I find this encouraging because the disciples, they walk with jesus, they sat under the greatest teacher for 3 and a half years. And 3 and a half years later, they are still struggling with what with unbelief is that encouraging and hardness of heart because they do not believe those were seen him after he had risen. And to these disciples of struggling with unbelief. You know tarzan's, he said to them go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. France, god is calling us to go into all the world. And he wants us to begin by going to our neighbors, into our co workers and to our friends. And as we go his promises, lo, i am with you, always and friends. As you go, god will give you the opportunity after opportunity to exercise your faith exercise your what as size your faith. You might find yourself in a particular situation like the one philip found himself in. There's a whole multitude and they're hungry. John chapter 65, it says that jesus lifted up his eyes and seeing a great multitude coming toward him, he said to philip, where shall we buy bread? That these may eat because he was already know what he's going to do. He already knows we're taught and deserve ages in every difficulty. God already has his way prepared to bring relief. He already knows. But why does he ask philip this question? It was to test him. But this he said to test him for he himself knew what he would do. And when you go out to do mission work, you will be tested. And what was your response when you are tested? Will it be a response of faith? Or will it be a responsive unbelief? friend, as we are tested, as we exercise our faith, our faith will develop. Our faith will grow in gospel workers. Page 262, we are taught faith is the clasping of the hand of christ in every emergency. And that beautiful faith is the clasping of the hand, the price and every emergency. When the emergency arises, do you panic and break out in a sweat? Or do you reach out to grasp the hand of christ? Number 4, talk be. If you want more faith talk the we read this earlier, number 13 were 30 than killer, quite the people before moses and said let us go up at once and take possession for we are well able to overcome it. This Brother was talking faith for 31, but the men who had gone up with them said, we are not able to go up against the people for they are stronger than we and in numbers. Chapter 14. The next chapter. Listen to what the Lord says. Say to them as I live, said the Lord, just as you have spoken in my hearing. So I will do to you. Is it important that we talk, faith, friends, god will give to us according to our faith, or he will give to us according to our unbelief, the carcasses of you who have complain against me shall fall in this water next. All of you who are numbered according to your entire number from 20 years old and above except for caleb, the son of jeff. Nor, and Joshua, the son of none you so by no means entered the land, which I swore i would make you dwell, and it is so important that we are talking faith we receive according to our faith testimony by one we are taught. If you want faith talk, faith talk, hopefully, talk cheerfully to friends. We will lose much if we talk hopelessly. And if we talk and believe instead of thing, I can't, I can't. We need to be think I can do all things to christ. Who strengthens me. Him instead of think it impossible, we need to stay with god. All things are possible. If God is for us who can be against us? seek if that was a missionary to africa, to India and to china. It even amazing missionary. One of my favorite missionaries, he gave away a large inheritance and fortune to orphanages and the needy. And he decided to do what the rich young ruler didn't do. I love it word. She says the funds are low again. How lu? Yeah, that means god. Trust us and is willing to lead his reputation in our hands. This is an example of talking faith were told in spirit prophecy. Let us talk fake and we shall have faith. Never give place to a thought of discouragement in the work of god. Never order a word of depth. It is as seen seed sown in the heart of both speaker and here to produce a harvest of discouragement and on bali. And that is what happened when the 10 spice came back with an evil report. And number 5, thank God for trials. We're going to put away the complaining and murmuring, when the trials and tribulations come, we're going to learn something from the children of israel. Because we don't want to follow their example man. Instead of complaining about the trials, we're going to thank God for them and count it all joy count what james chapter one, verse 2, james wright's my brother encountered all joy when you fall into various trials. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. When the trials come, our faith will be tufted and the testing of our faith produces what. And we all want more patience, right. George miller says, god delights to increase the faith of his children. Our faith, which a feeble f 1st, is developed and strengthened more and more by us. Have you still want increase of faith? I see less hands go up this time. How many of you to change your mind after your like what a requires extra fight. Forget this, I'm not signing up for this. In the gym, we say no pain, no gain, and france. It's true when it comes to spiritual growth. No pain, no gain. George mirror that goes on to say we ought instead of wanting no trial before victory, no exercise for patience. I mean, wouldn't that be great? No trials before the victory? No exercise for patience. I mean, wouldn't we all want to sign up for that? We ought instead of wanting no trial before the creek, no exercise for patient to be willing to take them from god's hands. As a means I say and said deliberately trial obstacle difficulties and sometimes defeats are the very food of faith. Friends. The pill might be bitter. Okay, but when we know it comes from the hands of our loving, how many father, it's got to be a little bit easier to swallow. Is that correct? We must allow him to educate us through trials and bereavement and trouble. It is 2 trials that faith is exercised and developed more and more. So let's review. If we want to increase of faith, number one, what do we do? We begin underneath pray for increase faith number 2. Yes, god, number 3, get involved in missions. Number 4, talk faith, and number 5. Thank God for the trials i shared earlier that quote from great controversy, page 6 to one, the season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and hunger. A faith that will not faint, though severely tried. The period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time has been said, the faith is an acronym for fantastic adventures in trusting him as you trust god and move forward in faith. There is an adventure that is awaiting you. In psalm 30 former state, it says o taste and see that the Lord is good. Bless it is the man that us in him. Friends as we step out in faith may our testimony be? I'm so glad I learned to trust him that pray father in heaven, we thank you so much for your son. Jesus. Precious, precious jesus. Father, you did not spare your own son, but delivered him up for us all. Father, if you would not spare your own son, father, this tells us that you would not withhold from us any lesser gift that is in our best interest to have father as we move forward on life as we faced various trials and challenges, help us board to trust you more and more. Father help us to live life that bring glory and honor to you as we trust you, not only in the light, but trust you in our darkest moments. Thank you lord for promising lord to continue to be with us. In our journey upward and heavenward. Bus us all, lord. As we leave this place, continue to keep us abiding you pay the son jesus name. This media was brought to you by audio purse, a web site 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 sermon, please visit w W W dot audio verse dot org.


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