THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 1-5-14

LESSON TITLE: “GREAT IS YOUR REWARD.”

WELCOME

TODAY IS JANUARY 5, 2014, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? WE WELCOME YOU TO OUR FIRST LIVING WORD PROGRAM OF THIS EXCITING NEW YEAR. WE THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING AND ENCOURAGEMENT, AS WE PARTICIPATE IN THE THINGS OF GOD.

THIS PROGRAM HAS ALWAYS BEEN COMMITTED TO DOING WHAT GOD WANTS, IN THE WAY HE WANTS. WE ACCOMPLISH THIS BY COLLECTIVELY SINGING SONGS OF PRAISE TO GLORIFY HIS NAME. WE ALSO STUDY FROM HIS WORD, TO LEARN WHAT HE WANTS OF US. AND WE FURTHER, APPROACH HIS THRONE IN PRAYER, SO THAT WE MAY TALK TO OUR CREATOR! SO, AT THIS TIME, LET'S HUMBLY BOW OUR HEADS BEFORE OUR GOD.

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS NEW YEAR AND WE THANK YOU FOR THE BLESSING OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO LIVE AND TO MOVE ABOUT ON THIS EARTH AND TO HAVE OUR VERY BEING. WE THANK YOU FATHER BECAUSE WE KNOW ALL PHYSICAL THINGS AND ALL SPIRITUAL THINGS COME FROM YOU AND FROM YOU ALONE. WE ASK THIS DAY THAT YOU MIGHT HELP US TO DO OUR VERY BEST AND TO GIVE YOU OUR VERY VERY BEST AS WE WORSHIP YOU. FATHER, ULTIMATELY MAY WE LIFT YOU UP AND PRAISE YOU AS WE HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO, FINDING STRENGTH AND COURAGE AND GUIDANCE THROUGH YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST WHO MADE THAT GREAT SACRIFICE IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND JUSTIFIED TODAY THROUGH HIS BLOOD AND JUSTIFIED ETERNALLY UNTO LIFE EVERMORE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

TODAY WE HAVE GREAT PROMISES FROM GOD FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO BE FAITHFUL. IN FACT, WE KNOW THAT WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER, THERE IS A MUCH GREATER AND BLESSED REWARD AWAITING THOSE WHO TRULY LOVE GOD. SO, WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER WITH THE CONGREGATION. THE NAME OF THE SONG, "I'LL FLY AWAY."

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

NOW THAT THE CRAZY HOLIDAY RUSH IS OVER, AND NEWS YEARS DAY HAS PASSED! I HOPE WE HAVE ALL TAKEN A MOMENT TO SIT DOWN, TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND CONSIDERED SOME OF THE NEW GOALS THAT WE HAVE COMMITTED TO ACCOMPLISH THIS NEW YEAR. I THINK THAT OFTEN WE PLAN TO FAIL – MOSTLY, BECAUSE WE FAIL TO PLAN. IN OTHER WORDS, WE CAN’T EXPECT SOMETHING GOOD OR GREAT TO COME OUT FROM NOTHING. OBVIOUSLY, IT TAKES A LOT OF PLANNING, PATIENCE, TIME, EFFORT, AND COMMITMENT TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING WORTHWHILE IN THIS LIFE. AS WE ALL KNOW THERE ISN’T ANYTHING IN THIS LIFE WORTH HAVING THAT COMES COMPLETELY FREE. SO, LET’S TAKE A FEW MOMENTS THIS MORNING AND TALK ABOUT OUR NEED TO BE BETTER PLANNERS! SOME HAVE OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD OR TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT DIFFERENT PASSAGES IN THE BIBLE WHICH DEAL WITH PLANNING. IN FACT, MANY LIKE TO QUOTE THE VERSE FOUND IN MATTHEW 6:34. THERE JESUS SAID, “DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, FOR TOMORROW WILL WORRY ABOUT ITS OWN THINGS. SUFFICIENT FOR THE DAY IS ITS OWN TROUBLE.” IN THIS VERSE IS JESUS SAYING DON’T PLAN OR SET GOALS IN THIS LIFE? CERTAINLY NOT. WHAT HE IS TRYING TO SAY IS THAT WE DON’T FOCUS AND WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW THAT WE FORGET TO DO THE THINGS WHICH WE NEED TO TODAY.

ANOTHER VERSE WHICH MIGHT HELP US TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD TRULY WANTS IS FOUND IN LUKE 14:28-29. HERE AGAIN, WE HAVE RECORDED THE WORDS OF CHRIST, AS HE SAID, Ífor WHICH OF YOU, INTENDING TO BUILD A TOWER, DOES NOT SIT DOWN FIRST AND COUNT THE COST, WHETHER HE HAS ENOUGH TO FINISH IT; LEST, AFTER HE HAS LAID THE FOUNDATION, AND IS NOT ABLE TO FINISH, ALL WHO SEE IT BEGIN TO MOCK HIM.ë THIS VERSE HELPS US TO SEE THAT JESUS KNEW IT WAS NECESSARY TO CONSIDER TOMORROW AND THE THINGS CONCERNING IT – IF WE ARE TO BE GOOD STEWARDS OF WHAT HE HAS ASKED US TO DO.

NOW, IN THE SAME TEXT, GO BACK TO VERSE 27 WITH ME, WHERE JESUS SAID, Íand WHOEVER DOES NOT BEAR HIS CROSS AND COME AFTER ME CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE.ë SO, JESUS WAS TRYING TO SAY THAT PART OF BEARING OUR CROSS AND FOLLOWING HIM IS IN FINDING OUT WHAT HE WANTS AND PLANNING TO DO IT. YOU AND I BOTH KNOW, THAT IF WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING IN ANY PART OF LIFE – AGAIN, IT REQUIRES GOOD PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF WHAT WE DETERMINE TO BE THE GOAL. SO, CONSIDER TODAY WHETHER YOU HAVE MADE THE GOALS AND PLANS NECESSARY TO ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS FOR YOUR JESUS. IF NOT, THEN WHY NOT BEGIN TODAY TAKING THE TIME TO FIND OUT WHAT JESUS WANTS. THEN WE CAN OBEY HIS WILL AND FOLLOW HIS WORD, BY EXECUTING THOSE PLANS AND GOALS WHICH HELP US TO ACCOMPLISH IT.

TODAY I WILL BE CONCLUDING OUR SERIES OF STUDY WHICH IS ENTITLED, “HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO’S GOD IS THE LORD.” OUR STUDY OF THE MORNING WILL DEAL WITH THE STATEMENT, “GREAT IS YOUR REWARD!” SO, PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING, AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER I WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. THE NAME OF THE NEXT SELECTION IS, “PREPARE TO MEET THY GOD.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

HAPPY ARE THE PEOPLE WHO'S GOD IS THE LORD. WHAT A BLESSED DAY IT IS AS WE CONTINUE THE THINGS OF CHRIST AND WE LOOK ONCE AGAIN AT A FINAL LESSON IN OUR SERIES WHICH FOCUSES ON HAPPINESS AND THE THINGS SPECIFICALLY THAT JESUS SAID THAT BROUGHT US HAPPINESS OR CAN BRING US HAPPINESS AND IN THE FUTURE WILL CONTINUE TO BRING US HAPPINESS AS WE DO THOSE THINGS OF GOD AS REQUIRED BY GOD. YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT THE TEXT WE CONTINUE TO GO TO IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS BEATITUDES FOUND THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 WHERE WE READ TOGETHER THERE AFTER JESUS BEGAN TO SPEAK TO THE MULTITUDE THAT HE SAID, “BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED. BLESSED ARE THE MEEK FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH. BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED. BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD. BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WHEN THEY ARE REVILED AND PERSECUTED OR WHO PERSECUTE YOU AND SAY ALL MANNER OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY FOR MY SAKE BUT REJOICE AND BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD, FOR GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN FOR SO THEY PERSECUTED THE PROPHETS WHO WERE BEFORE YOU.”

AS YOU THINK ABOUT THE TEXT THERE AND ALL THE MANY IDEAS THAT WE HAVE THAT LOOKED AT, WE WANT TO GIVE A SUMMARY OR OVERVIEW OF WHAT HE CONCLUDES THESE CONCEPTS WITH DOWN IN VERSE 12. NOTICE THAT DOWN IN VERSE 12 HE PRIMARILY IS FOCUSING ON WHAT HE JUST SAID IN VERSE 10 AND VERSE 11. ALTHOUGH HE IS SPEAKING HERE ABOUT A GREAT REWARD IN RELATIONSHIP TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN PERSECUTED. HE ADDS SOME IDEAS HERE OF REJOICING AND FINDING HAPPINESS OR BEING EXCITED ABOUT WHAT? NOT JUST A REWARD, NOT JUST A PRIZE, NOT JUST SOMETHING THAT MIGHT MAKE US A LITTLE HAPPY BUT GREAT IS OUR REWARD AND THEREFORE WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO REJOICE AND BE EXCITED ABOUT THAT REWARD. FIRST OFF YOU MIGHT SAY WHAT IS THAT REWARD? WE HAVE JUST SEEN IN ALL OF THESE 7 DIFFERENT BEATITUDES THAT WE HAVE SEEN TOGETHER THAT THOSE WHO ARE POOR IN SPIRIT WILL RECEIVE THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. WE HAVE SEEN THE IDEA THAT WE WILL RECEIVE COMFORT AND INHERIT THE EARTH AND WE WILL BE FILLED WHEN WE HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE WILL OBTAIN MERCY AND WE WILL SEE GOD AND WE WILL BE CALLED SONS OF GOD. THEN HE ALSO SAYS THERE THAT WE WILL HAVE THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN AND WE WILL BE A PART OF THAT FAMILY OF GOD, YES, GREAT IS OUR REWARD AND HOW EXCITED WE SHOULD BE AND HOW WE SHOULD REJOICE IN THE REWARD THAT HAS BEEN PROMISED TO LOVE GOD ENOUGH AND TO DO IT HIS WAY AND TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. I FIND IT INTERESTING AS WE MOVE OVER TO THE SAME PARALLEL ACCOUNT THAT LUKE RECORDS AND HOW DIFFERENT WRITERS RECORD IT JUST A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THEIR OWN PERSPECTIVES AND FROM THE WAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES THEM AND THEN THEIR MEMORY OF THESE EVENTS THEMSELVES AS THEY WERE OFTEN THERE OR THEY WERE THINGS THAT JESUS SPOKE TO THEM.

IN LUKE CHAPTER 6:20 THE SAME SITUATION IS TAKING PLACE AND THE SAME BEATITUDES ARE MENTIONED. HE STARTS OFF WITH, “BLESSED ARE THE POOR FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.” VERSE 21 ADDS, “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER NOW FOR THEY SHALL BE FILLED AND BLESSED ARE YOU WHO WEEP NOW FOR YOU SHALL LAUGH AND BLESSED ARE YOU WHEN MEN HATE YOU AND EXCLUDE YOU REVILE YOU AND CAST YOU OUT OR MAKE YOUR NAME EVIL FOR THE SON OF MAN'S SAKE. REJOICE IN THAT DAY AND LEAP FOR JOY FOR INDEED YOUR REWARD IS GREAT,” BUT THEN HE ADDS SOMETHING ELSE HE SAYS, “YOUR REWARD IS GREAT IN HEAVEN.” AND THEN HE MAKES THE SAME STATEMENT AND THEY PERSECUTED THE PROPHETS AS WELL. THOSE WHO REALLY DON'T LOVE GOD OR RSPECT HIS WORD HAVE ALWAYS PERSECUTED THE FAITHFUL OR THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED. NOTICE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRIALS. IT IS REALLY FROM ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE AND A MORE DETAILED WAY IN HOW SPECIFIC ON HOW INDIVIDUALS CAN BE FILLED DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE TRIALS OF LIFE AND THE HUMANITY OF LIFE COMES UPON THEM FOR THE SAKE OF THE SON OF MAN OR THE SON OF GOD WHICH WOULD BE JESUS CHRIST.

HE ALSO MENTIONS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THAT JOY OR HAPPINESS ANOTHER IDEA. HE SAYS IN VERSE 23, “REJOICE IN THAT DAY AND LEAP FOR JOY. IT IS AN EXCITING DAY BECAUSE IT IS THE GREAT REWARD IN HEAVEN.” IT IS THE ULTIMATE REWARD. IN LIFE AS CHRISTIANS, WE KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH US AND THAT GOD IS BLESSING US. WE LOOK AT OUR LIVES AND WE SEE THINGS THAT HE DOES FOR US AND ALL THAT HE GIVES US AND HOW HE CARES FOR ME AND PROVIDES WHAT I NEED. HE GIVES ME THE FOOD AND SHELTER THAT I NEED BUT WHAT IS THE GREAT REWARD BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH I AM BLESSED IN THIS LIFE, I STILL ENDURE WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT HERE. THOSE WHO DO EVIL OR THOSE WHO WOULD PERSECUTE ME IN THE NAME OF GOD FOR MY STANCE IN THE THINGS OF GOD, HE SAYS TO REJOICE IN THAT. HE SAYS TO LEAP AND BE EXCITED, LEAP WITH ZEAL, FOR GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN. YOU WILL HAVE A HOME OF PERFECTION AND YOU KNOW WHAT HEAVEN IS ABOUT. THERE IS NO SORROW AND NO TEARS AND NO TRAIL. IT IS A PERFECT PARADISE WHERE WE WILL NEVER NEED OR WANT OR SUFFER AGAIN IN ANY WAY. WHY? BECAUSE WE WILL BE WITH GOD AND GOD WILL PROVIDE EACH AND EVERY SPIRITUAL NEED THAT WE WILL HAVE IN OUR NEW IMMORTAL BODIES. THEY CERTAINLY WILL NOT BE CORRUPTIBLE UNLIKE THE ONES THAT WE SERVE GOD IN TODAY. THEREFORE BECAUSE OF THAT NATURE AND THE WICKEDNESS OF THE TODAY'S SOCIETY, WE ALSO SUFFER FROM THAT WHICH IS CORRUPTIBLE AROUND US.

THERE ARE A FEW OTHER IDEAS THAT WE NOTICE THAT I THINK WILL HELP US FROM WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 AND LUKE CHAPTER 6 IS IN A STATEMENT THAT IS MADE BY PETER IN 1PETER CHAPTER 4. THIS WILL GIVE US THE IDEA OF WHAT THE HOLY SPIRIT RECORDS IN MATTHEW AND LUKE AS WELL AS WHAT? THE APOSTLE PETER AND WHAT HE HAS TO SAY ABOUT SUCH SUFFERING. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IS THE IDEA THAT WE SHOULD SUFFER AND THAT THE PROPHETS SHOULD SUFFER. LET ME REMIND YOU THAT THOSE THINGS RECORDED WERE WRITTEN BEFORE JESUS HAD DIED. REMEMBER? THAT IS BEFORE HE HAD SUFFERED ON THE CROSS AT THE HANDS OF HIS OWN PEOPLE. PETER IS ABLE IN RETROSPECT TO LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE AND CAN SAY THAT NOT ONLY THE PROPHETS BUT WHO ELSE? LOOK WITH ME AT VERSE 12. HE SAYS, “BELOVED. DO NOT THINK IT STRANGE CONCERNING THE FIERY TRIAL WHICH IS TO TRY YOU AS THOUGH SOME STRANGE THING HAPPENED TO YOU.” IT SAYS, “REJOICE TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU ARE PARTAKERS OF CHRIST SUFFERINGS. THAT YOU MAY, WHEN HIS GLORY IS REVEALED, BE GLAD WITH EXCEEDING JOY.” THERE IT IS AGAIN. REJOICE AND BE GLAD....LEAP FOR JOY....EXCEEDING JOY...REJOICE TO THE EXTENT THAT WHAT? THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO SUFFER NOT ONLY AS THOSE OF OLD. NOT ONLY AS THE PROPHETS. NOT ONLY AS THOSE WHO EVEN MAYBE IN YOUR GENERATION HAVE GONE BEFORE BUT AS JESUS HIMSELF, WHO WAS WILLING TO SUFFER. WE MUST ALSO BE WILLING TO DO THAT.

THEN HE MAKES THE SAME STATEMENT IN VERSE 14 THAT IS APPLICABLE TO WHAT WE LOOKED AT IN MATTHEW AND LUKE. “IF YOU ARE REPROACHED FOR THE NAME OF CHRIST, BLESSED ARE YOU.” WHEN WE SUFFER FOR CHRIST OR IN THE NAME OF CHRIST OR BECAUSE WE ARE STANDING FOR CHRIST. OH BLESSED ARE WE. OH HOW WE SHOULD REJOICE. OH HOW WE SHOULD HAVE EXCEEDING JOY BECAUSE VERSE 16 SAYS, “IF ANYONE SUFFERS AS A CHRISTIAN LET HIM NOT BE ASHAMED BUT LET HIM GLORIFY GOD IN THIS MATTER.” WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE HAPPY WHEN WE CAN GLORIFY GOD BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN WILLING TO BE COUNTED WORTHY TO SUFFER.

IT REALLY BRINGS US TO ANOTHER THOUGHT ABOUT SUFFERING. DID YOU NOTICE HOW THE TEXT CONTINUES TO TALK ABOUT, AS WELL AS FOR INSTANCE WE MIGHT THINK ABOUT THE BOOK OF JAMES CHAPTER 1, HOW THEY CONTINUE TO INDICATE THE FACT THAT NOT IF WE EVER SUFFER OR THAT WE MIGHT SUFFER, BUT ACTUALLY THE IDEA IS WHEN IT COMES. IT IS COMING SO BE READY FOR IT. WHEN YOU ARE DOING WHAT IS RIGHT, YOU WILL SUFFER. YOU SEE THE IDEA? YOU SEE HOW HE IS CHALLENGING US TO UNDERSTAND AS CHRIST SUFFERED AS THEY HATED CHRIST WHEN HE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF THE FATHER. WHEN HE STOOD FOR WHAT WAS RIGHT ACCORDING TO THE WORLD FATHER WHEN WE STAND FOR WHAT'S RIGHT BECAUSE OF CHRIST IN THE WORLD. THE FATHER, GUESS WHAT? THE WORLD IS GOING TO HATE US. WE WILL BE PERSECUTED. WE WILL SUFFER.

YOU KNOW WHAT THAT SHOULD DO? IT SHOULD CAUSE YOU AND ME TO ASK OURSELVES A QUESTION. TAKE A SINCERE LOOK AT OUR LIVES AND SAY ARE WE REALLY SUFFERING FOR CHRIST? HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY YOU ARE NOT SUFFERING FOR CHRIST? YOU THINK THAT MIGHT TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT HOW WILLING YOU HAVE BEEN TO STAND FOR CHRIST? TO STAND AGAINST SOCIAL ILLS AND TO STAND AGAINST THINGS THAT ARE CONTRARY TO HIS WORD. TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS THAT YOU DON'T AGREE WITH THAT BECAUSE IT IS NOT FROM THE WORD OF GOD. HAVE YOU BEEN BOLD IN THE THINGS OF CHRIST OR HAVE YOU NOT REALLY SEEN MUCH SPIRITUAL SUFFERING? IF YOU HAVE NOT MY FRIEND, I THINK THE BIBLE CLEARLY TELLS US THAT WE ARE MISSING SOMETHING. WE ARE REALLY NOT PUTTING GOD FIRST. WE ARE REALLY NOT GIVING HIM THE GLORY. WE ARE NOT DOING WHAT IS BEST.

I WANT TO LOOK AT TWO MORE TEXTS HERE IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES OF OUR LESSON. ONE IS FOUND BACK IN PSALM 19 AND WITHIN THAT PASSAGE WE HAVE A BEAUTIFUL TEXT THAT TALKS ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD AND BREAKING IT DOWN IN IT'S DIFFERENT APPLICABLE FORMS OF HOW IT APPLIES TO US AND HOW IT BENEFITS US. WE DON'T HAVE TIME THIS MORNING BUT I HOPE YOU WILL READ PSALM 19 BEGINNING AROUND VERSE 7. SPECIFICALLY, NOTICE WITH ME WHAT IS SAID AFTER HE MENTIONS THE BEAUTY AND PERFECTION OF THE WORD OF GOD. IN VERSE 11 HE SAYS THIS, “MOREOVER BY THEM, THAT'S THE WORD OF GOD, MOREOVER BY THEM YOUR SERVANT IS WARNED, AND IN KEEPING OF THEM THERE IS GREAT REWARD.” YOU MEAN WHEN I KEEP THE WORD OF GOD I WILL BE REWARDED? EXACTLY, THAT IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS. IF I DON'T KEEP THE WORD OF GOD, THEN I WON'T RECEIVE THAT GREAT REWARD? CERTAINLY THAT'S THE IMPLICATION. YOU MEAN TO SAY THAT AS A SERVANT OF GOD I READ THE WORD BUT DON'T KEEP THE WORD OF GOD AND DON'T DO ALL THAT GOD SAYS, I WON'T BE BLESSED? EXACTLY, BECAUSE THOSE WHO RECEIVE THE REWARD THAT IS GREAT AND THAT WE CAN REJOICE AND LEAP ABOUT ARE THOSE WHO ARE KEEPING THE WORD. THOSE WHO ARE DOING THE WORD AND THOSE WHO ARE LIVING IN SUCH A WAY AS WELL AS PROCLAIMING IT THAT THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP ALL OF MANKIND. KNOW THE TRUTH OF GOD. THE TRUTH, BY THE WAY, THAT CAN MAKE ANYONE FREE.

HOWEVER, THE KEY IS THAT ONE MUST RESPOND AND BELIEVE INTO ACTION. THAT'S FAITH. DO YOU HAVE FAITH? IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD WITHOUT FAITH. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND THAT GREAT REWARD WITHOUT A TRUE FAITH IN GOD. NOT JUST SAYING THAT THERE IS A GOD, BUT IN LIVING THAT THERE IS A GOD, PROVING IN EVERY ACTION AND PROVING IT IN EVERY WORD. NOW IF YOU WILL GO BACK WITH ME TO LUKE CHAPTER 6 AND THAT IS AGAIN PARALLEL TEXT TO THE MAIN TEXT IN MATTHEW 5. IF YOU NOTICE WITH ME THERE, ANOTHER STATEMENT IS MADE DOWN IN VERSE 35 CONCERNING OUR ENEMY. THIS WOULD BE PARALLEL TO MATTHEW 5:44. THE TEXT THERE SAYS THIS IN LUKE CHAPTER 6:35, “BUT LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, DO GOOD TO THEM, AND LEND TO THEM HOPING FOR NOTHING IN RETURN AND YOUR REWARD WILL BE GREAT AND YOU WILL BE SONS OF THE MOST HIGH, FOR HE IS KIND TO THE UNTHANKFUL AND THE EVIL.” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT AS GOD AND EVEN JESUS IN THE FLASH WAS KIND AND THANKFUL TO HIS ENEMIES AND DID GOOD THINGS TO HIS ENEMIES. WHAT MUST WE DO? THE SAME. IF WE'RE GOOD TO OUR ENEMIES AND EVEN LOVE OUR ENEMIES AND EVEN DO GOOD THINGS FOR THEM DESPITE WHAT THEY SAY AND HOW THEY ACT TOWARDS US AND HOW THEY HARM US, WHAT DOES THAT TEXT ALSO SAY? IT SAYS IN VERSE 35 GREAT IS YOUR REWARD AND THEN WE ARE SONS OF GOD MOST HIGH. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE WATCHING THE PROGRAM THIS DAY BECAUSE YOU LOVE GOD.

BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE A SON OR DAUGHTER OF GOD AND AS BEING A SON OR DAUGHTER YOU MUST BE FAITHFUL. IF YOU WANT THE GREAT REWARD THEN YOU MUST DO WHAT GOD HAS ASKED YOU TO DO AND COMMANDED YOU TO DO KNOWING THAT WHEN YOU'VE DONE SUCH YOU ARE FOUND PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT. WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THAT IS THOSE WHO ARE PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT TODAY RECEIVE THE BENEFITS OF GOD. THE GREAT LOVE, MERCY AND GRACE AND EVEN THE PHYSICAL THINGS THAT WE HAVE NEED OF IN THIS LIFE BUT ULTIMATELY WHAT WE RECEIVE IS EVEN GREATER. THE GREAT REWARD IN HEAVEN WHERE A MANSION HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR YOU AND FOR ME WHEN WE ARE FOUND FAITHFUL THROUGH OUR COMMITMENT TO HIS WORD AND DOING ALL WHICH HE HAS REQUIRED TO BE FOUND FAITHFUL IN THE END.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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THERE IS TRULY A GREAT REWARD AWAITING GOD'S PEOPLE WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER. WHAT COULD MAKE US HAPPIER THAN THE PROMISE OF GOING AND BEING WITH GOD, FOREVER. MAY WE LIVE EVERY DAY OF LIFE IN SUCH A WAY AS TO PLEASE OUR GOD AND TO THUS BE RECIPIENTS OF HIS WONDROUS LOVE AND ENDLESS PROMISES.