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In Love, and Lost

Randy Skeete

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Randy Skeete

Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • December 29, 2014
    7:45 PM

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00:00 Loving Father in Heaven, I come to you weak, frail, human, and a sinner. But a sinner who loves You and loves to preach the word direct, clear and bold that people may fall in love with You, they may know right from wrong dear Father. And so I ask you very simply to do for me what You promised to do for Moses when You said to him in Exodus 4:12 “Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” Teach me now I pray. And teach Your people in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

00:42 In love and lost. Let’s read some familiar passages in the Bible. John 14:15 this is Jesus Christ speaking. If you have a red letter Bible the words should be in red. “If ye love me”—finish the verse—“keep My commandments.” Give me one word for keep My commandments. (obey) Let’s reason together. God says the way to show your love for Me is to do what I say. If you love Me. And God leaves it up to you and me to decide if you love Him. He does not say because you love Me; then He would be assuming. If you say you love Me keep My commandments. John 14:21 “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me”—so He’s repeating in 21 what He said in 15 “If you love Me; keep My commandments.” “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me”— John 14:23.

 

02:28 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My word”—the word word means commandment—“If a man love Me, he will keep My word”—commandment. Verse 21 “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me.” That’s the one who loves Me. The Bible doesn’t say if ye love me, tell me. It says if ye love Me, obey Me. 1 John 5:2, 3. Our subject: In Love and Lost.

 

03:08 1 John 5:2 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.”—or you can say when we love God by keeping His commandments. Loving God and keeping His commandments are not really two different things. The obedience is just the love in action. Inactive love is dead. Where there is no obedience there is no love. James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” As love has no obedience is dead—I want the reassurance that I’m getting through to you—where there is no obedience there is no love. 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.”—they are not hard—“For this is the love of God”—here’s what it is—“keep His commandments.”

 

4:45 The Bible is saying if you want to find someone who loves God, look for someone who will do whatever He says. Don’t look for the person who says he loves God. Look for the person who does what God says. That’s the person who loves God. That’s Biblical identification of a lover of God. Now we go to 2 John 6 —when you read from a Bible book that only has one chapter, you just call the verse. You don’t say 2 John ‘chapter’ 1. You just say 2 John ‘verse’ 6. I just thought I’d let you know so you can be sophisticated in your practice of your religion. 2 John 6 “And this is love, that we keep His commands.” This is the love of God that we keep His commandments. John is stressing love, obedience; love, obedience. There is no love where there is no obedience, none. You can have church membership without obedience. You can be a church member and not obey God. You cannot be a child of God and not obey God.

 

6:00 John 14:21 “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” We talked about that this morning in our smaller session. We talked about spiritual excellence. There is a level of interaction with God that is only possible to those that obey Him. There is a revelation of God’s love, a deeper revelation of God’s love that is only given to those who obey Him. “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:23. “If a man love Me, he will keep My word: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”—There are tremendous benefits to loving God which is another way of saying there are tremendous benefits to obeying God. Now we’ve established that love is obedience. Then flip that. What is disobedience? Hate. Disobedience to God is hatred of God. Remember when you study the Bible you must not study the Bible from your point of view. You must study the Bible from God’s point of view. Disobedience to God is hatred. Let’s read the 2nd Commandment. We also went through that yesterday, I believe, in one of my sessions. Exodus 20:4 reading the 2nd Commandment. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the 3rd and 4th generation of them that hate me”—keep that in mind. God says I will visit—“the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the 3rd and 4th generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.”

 

9:29 Then how do we view those who hate God? They just don’t keep His commandments. For the 2nd commandment tells us, God shows His favor upon those who love Him and keep his commandments or love Him and express that love by keeping His commandments. Those who hate Him are those who disobey His commandments. Disobedience to God is hatred of God.  Having said that let’s go to Matthew 10:37. Our subject: In Love and Lost.

 

10:15 Matthew the publican. Matthew was a businessman. He was a tax collector. He was also a thief. Tax collectors were thieves but he met Christ and Christ changed his life and he wrote the first book of the New Testament. When you meet Christ He can change your life totally and completely. Do you hear what I'm saying? Saul of Tarsus was a murderer. He met Christ and he went from being a murderer to being a man who gave his life for the cause of the gospel. God can change your life from east to west if you're going from west to east He changes it in the opposite direction, completely. Mat. 10:37 “He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me”—okay that gives us another clue about loving God. Think—he that loveth father and mother more than Me is not worthy of Me—what does more than Me mean in that verse? Here’s God. Blue in the Bible means obedience, loyalty to the commandments. Ellen White says green means hope but we’ll use green for something negative. Okay he that loveth father more than Me is not worthy of Me—here’s father. Here’s God. Which one does the person love more? father. The Bible says if you put anyone above Me, you’re not worthy of Me. Let’s use the precise words of the verse “he that loveth father or mother” (laughter)—mother in the red dress—“more than Me is not worthy of Me”—what God is saying, here’s a man who loves Me but he loves someone more than Me. That is the same thing as hating God. “He that loveth father or mother more than Me”—that person is “not worthy of Me”—the verse suggests that the person loves God but he loves someone else more than God. In that situation effectively that person hates God. Let’s see how Luke says the same thing. Luke 14:26.

 

13:22 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also he cannot be my disciple.” Interesting word Jesus uses in that verse, what’s the word? (hate) Matthew says if any man loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. Luke is more blunt. He says when you put God first it’s as if you hate everyone else. Which means the only way you can truly love God is if God is where? First! You cannot love God if He is second. If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, and his own life also— Matthew says he that loveth father or mother more than Me—what Luke and Matthew combined are saying to love someone more than God is to hate God.

 

14:55 I can ask the question tonight, how many of you hate God. No one would raise their hand. I could ask the question, how many of you think there is something you put ahead of God. You may with honesty raise your hand. If you raise your hand, you hate God. Our subject: In Love and Lost.

 

15:32 Gen. 29:30-31 this is said about Jacob regarding Rachel and Leah. “And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet 7 other years.” The verse says “And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah.” The verse is very clear. The Bible says Jacob loved Rachel more than he loved Leah. Here is Rachel and here is Leah and Jacob loved Rachel more than he loved Leah—by the way you should only have one wife not two or one and an half, just one; Jacob had two. He loved Rachel more than Leah. Here’s what the Bible says in Gen. 29:31 “And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated—what does that mean? Loved less. God calls that what? Hatred—“And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, He opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.”

Let’s go to Malachi 1:1. Our subject: In Love and Lost. Malachi the last book of the Old Testament. We always quote from that book when we are talking about tithes and offerings. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse”—that’s Malachi 3:10 we love that verse.

 

17:45 Malachi 1:1 “The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob.” Malachi 1:3 “And I hated Esau”—who is speaking? God. Here is Jacob. Here is Esau. God said—this is Jacob—I love Jacob—this is Esau—and I hate Esau. God doesn’t hate anyone. Jacob was God’s choice from the womb not Esau. God expresses that as I loved Jacob. I hated Esau. Anytime you love God less or you love something more than God you hate God even though you think you love Him. So you’re a young couple; you’ve just had your first child. Your whole world revolves around that child. The child decides when you go to church. How much involvement you give to evangelism. How much time you study the Bible. How much time you pray. That child becomes—and God takes second place. You hate God. You’ve put the child above God. You just got married—same thing, all the time for the wife or the husband. No time for God. You just got a job with a big corporation, IBM. You’re a Sr. Manager, 50K ringgits a week (laughter)—is that too little? (too much) You don’t have much ambition (laughter)—all your life revolves around the work impressing your fellow managers, going to functions, no time for God. You love that job but you—hate God. Now let’s go to Gen. 2:16, 17. In Love and Lost.

 

20:39 The Bible says, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat”—what’s that big word in the middle of the sentence? (commanded) What does God require from us regarding His commandments? Give me one word— (obedience) which can also be called—love. Now we come in contact with the 1st issue of a commandment in the Bible. Wherever God gives a commandment, what does God want? Obedience which is love—“the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” The command was don’t eat. What did God want? The response of obedient love. Gen. 3:1. Our subject: In Love and Lost.

 

21:45 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.” We have two statements of authority. Gen. 2:17 God says if you eat, you will die. In Gen. 3:4 the devil says if you eat, you live; if you say ye shalt not surely die—well, you live. Now Adam and Eve had to decide whom to obey. We know they partook of the fruit. We know they sinned. Now God’s speaking to Adam Gen 3:17. 

 

22:52 Our subject: In Love and Lost. I deliberately tried to make this a short message tonight. I’ve tried every night and failed. I’ll try tonight because of the voice.

 

23:04 “And unto Adam He said, because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife”—there’s another long word in that verse, what is it? (hearkened) What was the long word in Gen. 2:16? (commanded) Give me a short word for hearken—(obey). Because you obeyed the voice of your wife and hast eaten of the fruit, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake.—God is telling Adam I gave you a command, your wife gave you one, you chose hers above mine. Do you realize—one of the things I love about the Bible, it does not try to hide anything. There’s a reason why the Bible includes in its earliest chapters the account of how this world became what it is. Someone put a family member ahead of God. We’re talking about the closest union on the face of the earth: a man and his wife; closer than a mother and her baby. It is so close God uses that symbol to express the union between Himself and the Church. Not mother child; husband wife.  It’s the closest bond on the face of the earth. Adam put his wife ahead of God. God is complaining “because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife”—because you’ve obeyed your wife and because you’ve obeyed your wife you’ve disobeyed me. You can’t obey the devil and God at the same time. The verse says “because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife”—in other words you obeyed her and have eaten of the tree. Did God say eat or did He say not to eat? He said not to eat. By eating what did Adam do? He disobeyed God. “Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife”—you obeyed her and disobeyed Me! What’s the result?—“cursed is the ground”—this earth is cursed because someone put a family member ahead of God. And we do that all the time. You may put a friend ahead of God, a boyfriend or a girlfriend. We put our education ahead of God so we study on Sabbath. We take exams on Sabbath. When we should be worshipping God with a clear mind our minds are in the classroom, in the laboratory where we have some experiment to do. We put things ahead of God but we say we love God. And God complains these people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me.

 

26:29 Here is Adam and he looks at Eve, beautiful woman. She has the fruit partially eaten in her hand or maybe a brand new one she brought for him. And she says I have eaten this thing and I don't feel any ill effects. I feel fine. Actually I feel higher. Eat it. Join me. Now Adam looked at Eve; clearly, he loved his wife a lot. Praise God for husbands who love their wives and wives who love their husbands. But he had to make a choice. God or Eve? Did Adam hate God really? from our point of view, did he hate God when he joined Eve in that sin? Not really. No, he loved God but he loved Eve—(more). Spiritually then—that was hatred of God. Spiritually Adam hated God but he felt in his heart that he loved Him. So he was in love with God but lost. Do you know how many people in church love God and are lost because something in their lives is ahead of God. My brother, my sister, you can only love God when God is in position # 1.

 

28:02 If God is not 1st you cannot love God. God requires a love that places Him on the throne of our hearts and no one sits next to Him except Jesus. I hope you’re receiving the seriousness of what I'm saying. So many of us will come to the Judgment, as Matt. 7:21 says, “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me”—what a terrible thing. You spent all your life in church, you were the deacon, the deaconess, you were everything—same person deacon and deaconess, and you’ve done this and done that for the church and organized Army of Youth and everything. Then you come to the Judgment and God says who are you? And you say but I was a deacon and I was AY Leader and I returned tithe every week! And God says I don’t know you. Depart from Me. Jesus says two things Come to Me. Come to Me (Matt. 11:28). And here’s Jesus again Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire (Matt. 25:41). On what basis will He say depart? You did not show love for Me. You showed love for your husband. So you spent all your time with him and had no time for the Bible. You showed love for your job so you worked overtime all the time; came home late every night; no time for Bible study.

 

30:18 Question for you: Do you love God? If you do there is no person and no thing that can come between you and God. If something comes before God you do not love God. You love the idea of god, not God. Adam from his point of view felt he loved God but the only love God accepts is the love that puts Him 1st. You cannot love God when God is in position # 2. That is Biblical hatred because you’re lost in love. I love Jesus, lost. Question for you again: Are you willing to put aside anything that's ahead of God? When I say put aside don't panic. I don’t mean divorce your wife. Don’t panic. Are you willing to put anything else in its proper place?—is what I should say—Here’s God. Here’s your child you just had—three months old, blue eyes, green eyes, pink eyes, chubby fingers and feet, nice child. Everybody worships the child. Are you willing to put that child where the child belongs and God where He belongs? You just got engaged. You go to church and you sit next to the guy you’re engaged to, so close it’s as if you are sitting on his lap. (laughter) You can’t even hear the sermon because you’re listening to his heart beat for you. (laughter) Are you willing to put him where he belongs? Or put her where she belongs?

 

32:16 Your whole life is you job. You’ve spent all these years in college, all the thousands of dollars your parents paid, now you have a master in business administration, you have a high paying job, you have to commit yourself to that work—are you willing to put that job where it belongs?

 

32:35 You’re 16, 17 you have friends who are not converted. They seem to be the ones telling you what's right and wrong. Are you willing to put them where they belong?—actually they belong way over here. (laughter) My brothers, my sisters, and so you are to me, tonight make up your mind: Father, there is something I have been putting before you. Tonight I make the decision to put You in the proper place 1st! Only from position # 1 can anyone truly love God. Anything else is hatred. I read somewhere in Ellen White’s writings—actually, I have—I’ve carried it for years, maybe 15 years in my wallet. I’ll show you what I’ve never shown my wife. (laughter) I don’t want to sleep in the yard. I have some little quotations from Ellen White on these little pieces of paper. I’ve carried them for 15 years in my wallet. Let me read for you what one of them says. If I forget my wallet on this pulpit remind me. Let me read this one. This one would really cause you to go crazy so let me read this one. (laughter) “For years light has been given me upon this point.” Let me say that again.

 

34:25 Ellen White says “For years light has been given me upon this point, showing the necessity of following up an interest that has been raised, and in no case leaving it until all have decided that lean toward the truth.”  (Ev 70:324.2) In other words she is saying, when a preacher is doing the work of God if someone has an interest he should stay at that work until all that has to be done is done. When an interest in God is aroused that preacher must allow nothing to take him away from that! She goes on to say “There are no circumstances of sufficient importance to call a minister from an interest created by the presentation of truth. Even sickness and death are of less consequence than the salvation of souls for whom Christ made so immense a sacrifice.”—even sickness and death. (Ev 70:324.3)

 

35:00 Let me tell you what happened to me. A few years ago I was in Indonesia preaching. In a place called Bandung. Ever heard of it? There’s an Adventist college. I was doing a week of prayer. In the middle of the week of prayer I received an e-mail ‘Your brother is dead. Come home.’ I said I can’t go home because I can’t raise him. I’m very serious. Here I am preaching to hundreds of young people just as you making appeals. I get this e-mail. ‘Your brother is dead’—my younger brother—‘Come home.’ I don’t recall exactly what I said. I know what I decided. What I said in the e-mail was I cannot come back because I’m doing the Lord’s work. I can’t leave living people for whom I can do something to go to a dead person for whom I can do nothing; even though he’s my flesh and blood. So I wrote ‘I cannot come.’ I got e-mails saying this and that and I stayed. I hope my mother never hears this recording. When I got home—woooh! I won’t tell you what she said because she’s God’s child but she had just lost her son and her older boy, her first born son, did not come. He’s the preacher. He goes all over the world. He should have come to be the spiritual shoulder on which everyone could lean but he did not come. And so she let me have it. I just sat and I took every bit of it. Other people who knew my brother and loved him said I will never listen to that man preach; how can he preach to people and not come to his brother’s funeral? My position was what I had learned from the writings of Ellen White—you do not leave God’s work though someone is sick or dead because God’s work must come before everything else. I was reading the biography of Ellen White. I can get that quotation for you tomorrow. She had just had a child. You know how mothers are when they have just had a child. Even the fathers have to back off. She got a call from God to go preach and she had to leave that baby. Do you know what she wrote? She said I put the child out of my mind and I went to do the Lord’s work. She understood God’s work must come ahead of everything else and everyone else. Is it easy?—no. Is it required?—yes. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Tough stuff. (“Again I was called to deny self for the good of souls. We must sacrifice the company of our little Henry, and go forth to give ourselves unreservedly to the work. My health was poor, and he would necessarily occupy a great share of my time. It was a severe trial, yet I dared not let my child stand in the way of our duty.”—1BIO 10:152.2 “It was hard parting with my child. His little sad face, as I left him, was before me night and day; yet in the strength of the Lord I put him out of my mind, and sought to do others good.”—1BIO10:152.4)

 

39:19 If Adam had kept that principle and kept God above Eve we would not be in this condition today. And so I close the Book. If there is anything in your life—let me tell you something else as I keep it short—I was in South Africa, at a youth conference several years ago. I met the youth director who organized the conference. He and I were chatting. And I told him about this quotation I carry with me—my wife has never seen it. She really hasn’t and don’t give her this recording—He had never heard it. So he went and checked and read it himself. I left South Africa went back home. Several weeks later he sent me an e-mail. Elder Skeete, I was conducting a crusade in such and such a place. In the middle of the crusade my wife got very sick and they called me, come homenow, when a man’s wife is sick the man should go homeHe said I almost shut down the crusade to go home but I remembered what you had said that Ellen White said and I had read it for myself. And I said to God, Father, my wife is sick, she’s your daughter, she’s my wife, but your daughter. You take care of her. I am staying to do Your work. He said I stayed. The Lord did a miracle for his wife.

 

41:04 About 3 months ago I got an e-mail from a young man from India. He worked with me the last year I was there preaching; a very committed young fellow. I also told him that. He’d never heard it. He was in Nepal preaching. Somehow I didn’t know SMS’s could get through to Nepal but he got one: Your wife is sick. Come home. He said he remembered what I had told him—I don’t want you to think I am running around making people break up. That’s not what I do—He remembered what I said and he decided I am not leaving these young people. Let God take care of my wife. I am staying.

 

41:55 God wants a people who will put him 1st under any circumstance. Now when you are like that no Sunday Law can intimidate you. Are you with me? because when the Sunday Law is passed you have to choose the beast over Christ and if we don't practice that determination to put God 1st now there is no way when the Sunday Law is passed that you and I will be faithful to God. We will buckle, we will bend, we will give up God to save our lives and worship the beast by keeping Sunday. You have this conference and you want to go do missionary work in Wherever, Sarawak. Is God really 1st? You can put Him 1st tonight by an act of the will. The will is that part of you where you make decisions: yes, no. That's why we're told give the will to God than He affects your yes’s and no’s. Preachers always say give your heart. Yes, give your will to God. That capacity to say yes, no; choose you this day whom ye shall serve, that’s the will—give it to God. By an act of the will tonight you can say by the grace of God I will put God 1st in my life. You've got to renew that every day.

 

43:27 I tell my wife, my mother, what I told my sister, please don’t die while I'm away. (laughter) I tell my wife thou shalt not die when I’m away because I am not coming back. I am not shutting down a crusade to go bury a dead person; however much my heart may break and I may want to be there. Do you know what God did to Abraham?  God waited ‘till Abraham was old and weak. Ellen White tells us that. And then He said Give me your son. I believe the son meant more to Abraham than Sara did. Ellen White says God deliberately waited ‘till Abraham was weak and old, more than 100. Then God said give me that child. Isaac meant everything to Abraham. And God had to test Abraham, Am I truly 1st or do you have Isaac ahead of me? Kill him; get him out of the way. The only thing in the Bible harder than that was God, the Father, sending Jesus. And Abraham got up; his heart was probably broken in a 1,000 pieces but he obeyed God.

 

45:10 I want you tonight to make a decision, a commitment Father, come what may help me to put You 1st in everything and at all times. I want you by an act of the will to say Father, help me to put You 1st at all times and under all circumstances. If you will make that commitment now may I see your right hand? Leave it up. Stand with me. Don’t be in love and lost like Adam was. Of course he was eventually saved because he confessed his sin. He had to have confessed his sin to be covered in the skins, representing the righteousness of Christ. 2nd call is there someone listening to me? You are aware that there is something or someone you consistently put ahead of God? Is there someone like that? If there is come right here quickly because I want to rest my voice. You know in your heart there is something or someone you consistently put ahead of God; meaning while you are in church singing hymns you hate God. Come and tonight we’ll change that. Tonight this is what you had ahead of God, will to do that; by an act of the will. You may want to do that tonight. If you don’t want to serve God by putting Him 1st just leave Him. Makes no sense to go to church every Sabbath and then go to hell. If you know there is something you’ve been putting ahead of God and you want to make that change this is God through obedience, if you want to do that, by an act of the will, a choice, come. The person you have ahead of God did not die on Calvary for you so it makes no sense. The person you put ahead of God is not the person you go to in a crisis. You say o, god; people pray for me! You go to the same god you have in position #2. Put God where He belongs position # 1. You cannot love God if He is in position # 2. You can love church but not God. Anyone else? Then I’ll pray and we’re finished. Heads bowed. Eyes closed.

 

48:02 Father in Heaven, Your word says from the lips of Jesus He that loveth father and mother more than me is not worthy of me. And he that loveth son and daughter more than me is not worthy of me speaking through Luke. From the book of Luke Jesus said if any man come to me and hate not his mother, father, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and his own life, which means we must put You ahead of our own lives. If we don't do that Jesus says we cannot be His disciples. We cannot be that army of youth for Him. Father in Heaven, the test You gave to Abraham is a test for every child of Abraham. We must learn to be willing to sacrifice our Isaacs, to show You how much we love You. And so dear God, in the name of Jesus whom You gave up to show Your love for us let us make that act of the will now by saying in our hearts dear God, sorry for putting my boyfriend ahead of You or my girlfriend ahead of You, or my education ahead of You, or my work ahead of You, or my child ahead of You, or my spouse ahead of You. Forgive me dear God. Tonight with the help of Your spirit I place You 1st in my life because I truly want to love You. Father, give us the grace to do that right now so that we leave this place knowing we have chosen to put You 1st.  Bless us dear God, give us what we don’t deserve. Bless us. Bless every man, woman, boy, and girl under the sound of my voice. As we leave this place we leave knowing that God is ahead; everyone else behind God. Watch over us tonight dear God, bring us back tomorrow I pray from my heart in Jesus’ name. Let God’s people say amen and amen.

 

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