THE LIVING WORD TRASNCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 12-20-15

LESSON TITLE: “DO ALL THINGS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.”

WELCOME

LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS DURING THIS WONDROUS HOLIDAY SEASON. I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY OVER THE NEXT WEEK. THIS IS A SPECIAL TIME OF THE YEAR, WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO SHOW OUR LOVE TO ONE ANOTHER AND TO ALL OF OUR FELLOW MAN. I HOPE WE ALL REALIZE JUST HOW BLESSED WE ARE BY GOD TO HAVE SO MUCH IN THIS LIFE AND I HOPE WE SHOW OUR THANKFULNESS TO HIM FOR ALL WE HAVE.

LET ME ALSO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING FOR GOD’S LIVING WORD. LET ME REMIND US AGAIN THIS DAY OF THE PRIVILEGE WE WILL HAVE TOGETHER TO PRAISE OUR GOD IN SONG, THROUGH PRAYER, AS WELL AS IN THE STUDY OF HIS WORD. WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO BE A CHILD OF THE KING! SO, AS WE BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD ON THIS FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME BEFORE HIS THRONE IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND FOR THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. WE THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF YOUR SON JESUS AND THE SACRIFICE THAT WAS MADE FOR US - THAT WE MIGHT BE KNOWN AS YOUR CHILDREN AND BE FOUND JUSTIFIED THROUGH YOUR GRACE. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE - PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL. FOR WE KNOW THAT YOU GIVE US ALL THAT WE NEED AND BEYOND. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT SOMEDAY YOU'LL GIVE US THAT HEAVENLY REWARD OF PARADISE WHERE A MANSION HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR THE FAITHFUL. AND FATHER, HELP US TO LIVE EACH AND EVERY DAY IN THIS LIFE IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE ARE WORTHY OF SUCH. WE KNOW FATHER THAT THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS WE ARE FOUND PERFECT IN YOUR SIGHT WHEN WE STRIVE TO BE FAITHFUL. THEREFORE, GIVE US THOSE BLESSINGS AND PROMISES THAT ARE ACCORDING TO WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE BODY OR THE FLESH EACH AND EVERY DAY. THIS IS OUR PRAYER IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.

WHAT BETTER WAY TO PRAISE GOD, THAN BY WORSHIPPING HIM IN SONG. OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE MORNING REMINDS US OF OUR TRUE HOME PREPARED IN HEAVEN BY GOD WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER. WHERE ARE YOU TRUE TREASURES? SO AT THIS TIME LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE DAY, IT’S NAME, “THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

DAVID ONCE PROCLAIMED, “PRAISE THE LORD! PRAISE THE LORD, O MY SOUL, WHILE I LIVE I WILL PRAISE THE LORD; I WILL SING PRAISES TO MY GOD WHILE I HAVE MY BEING,” PSALM 146:1-2. OH, WHAT A WONDROUS OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE IN THIS LIFE TO BE CHILDREN OF GOD AND TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP HIS HOLY NAME!

HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO CONFIRM AS WELL, JUST WHO MUST PRAISE GOD OR WHAT MUST SHOW FORTH HIS GLORY? CONTINUE READING WITH ME FROM THE PSALMIST, BUT OVER IN CHAPTER 148. THERE IT SAYS, “PRAISE THE LORD! PRAISE THE LORD FROM THE HEAVENS; PRAISE HIM IN THE HEIGHTS! PRAISE HIM, ALL HIS ANGELS; PRAISE HIM, ALL HIS HOSTS! PRAISE HIM, SUN AND MOON; PRAISE HIM, ALL YOU STARS OF LIGHT! PRAISE HIM, YOU HEAVENS OF HEAVENS, AND YOU WATERS ABOVE THE HEAVENS,” VERSES 1-4! NOW WE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE THE MANY THINGS IN THIS LIFE WHICH ARE TO PRAISE, OR SHOW FORTH PRAISE TO GOD.

ON DOWN IN THE SAME PSALM, DAVID TALKS OF FURTHER THINGS WHICH MUST PRAISE GOD. HE MENTIONS THE EARTH, ITS SEASONS AND ITS ELEMENTS. HE ALSO SPECIFIES THAT ALL CREATURES “GREAT AND SMALL,” MUST PRAISE GOD. BUT WE MIGHT ASK WHY?

WELL, THE SAME TEXT ANSWERS THE QUESTION. IN VERSE 5, WE LEARN THAT GOD CREATED ALL THINGS AND ESTABLISHED HIS LAW! DOWN IN VERSE 14, HE TALKS OF GOD’S LOVE AND CARE ON THOSE WHOM HE LOVES. YOU SEE, OUR GOD IS A GOD WHO IS WORTHY OF PRAISE, HONOR AND GLORY, BECAUSE HE HAS DONE, IS DOING AND HAS PROMISED TO DO SO MUCH FOR US. YES, OUR GOD IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED! SO I ASK US ALL TO CONSIDER THIS DAY JUST HOW MUCH ARE WE PRAISING GOD? HAVE YOU JOINED IN WITH ALL OF GOD’S CREATION TO SHOW FORTH HIS GLORY AND MAGNIFICENCE? HAVE YOU TRULY SHOWN YOUR GOD HOW MUCH YOU LOVE HIM, BY PROVING JUST HOW PRAISE WORTHY HE IS? MAY I EXHORT US ALL TO PRAISE THE LORD GOD OF ALL!

AS FAR AS OUR TOPIC OF THE DAY, THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES ON ENTITLED, “THE ELECT OF GOD.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY IS, “DO ALL THINGS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL RETURN WITH THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

AGAIN WE THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS HOLIDAY AND THIS MORNING - GOING TO THE WORD OF GOD THAT WE MIGHT ONCE AGAIN BE ENCOURAGED BY THOSE THINGS, THOSE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CHRISTIAN THAT SHOULD BE SEEN BY, NOT ONLY GOD, BUT ALSO OUR FELLOW MAN. ARE WE STRIVING TO BE THE ELECT OF GOD? AND AS MANY OF YOU KNOW WHO CONTINUALLY JOIN US EVERY WEEK, WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT A SERIES FROM THE TEXT OF COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3. AND AGAIN WE'VE LOOKED AT MANY THINGS THAT REALLY PROVE THAT WE ARE CHOSEN OF GOD AND THAT WE'RE LIVING AS THE CHOSEN OF GOD IN RELATIONSHIP TO OUR DAILY LIVES AND ACTIONS IN THE LOVE OF GOD; THE PEACE OF GOD AS WE LOOKED AT LAST WEEK.

AND SO TODAY WE WANT TO RETURN TO THE SAME PASSAGE AND LOOK AT SPECIFICALLY VERSE 17. AND IN VERSE 17 OF THAT TEXT WE READ THIS, “AND WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED, DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS.” WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE FIRST PART OF THAT VERSE WE CERTAINLY CAN BREAK IT DOWN AND BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND ONCE AGAIN JUST THE REACTION TO THE ELECT OF GOD, THE CHOSEN OF GOD TO THE COMMANDS OF GOD. AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CONTEXT AND YOU BACK UP AGAIN TO BEING THE ELECT OF GOD, AND WE BACK UP FURTHER AND IT TALKS ABOUT BEING THE NEW MAN IN GOD, AND YOU BACK UP FURTHER IT TALKS ABOUT BEING THE CHILDREN OF GOD OR THE LIGHT OF GOD. ALL THESE THINGS ARE POINTING TO THE SAME THING; THAT AS WE KNOW GOD THROUGH HIS WORD...ACTUALLY VERSE 16 SAYS THERE THE CONCEPT THAT WE SHOULD LET THE WORD OF CHRIST DWELL IN US RICHLY WITH ALL WISDOM...SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THAT WHICH WE ASKED THROUGH EVEN THIS PROGRAM CAN STUDY AND KNOW THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD THAT WILL MAKE US RICH AND WISE INTO ACCOMPLISHING WHAT IT IS THAT GOD WOULD HAVE US TO DO.

SO WHEN WE ARRIVE AT VERSE 17 AND HE SAYS, “WHATEVER YOU DO”...AS YOU LOOK TO THE WORD OF GOD, AS YOU CONSIDER LOVE AND PEACE, AND AS YOU CONSIDER FORGIVENESS, AND YOU CONSIDER THE THINGS THAT WE MUST DO AS THE HOLY AND BELOVED, AND ALL THE MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS WE'VE LOOKED AT, HE SAYS WHAT THEN SHOULD YOU DO IN WORD AND DEED? IN OTHER WORDS, THAT'S THE APPLICATION - BECAUSE WHAT WE DO IN LIFE IS ACTION, WHAT WE DO IN LIFE IS SPEAK. SO THAT'S HOW OUR CHARACTER COMES ACROSS. THAT'S HOW WHO WE ARE COMES OUT - WHAT'S FROM THE HEART - WHEN WE SPEAK AND WHEN WE ACT. AND SO WE KNOW CERTAINLY MANY SCRIPTURES THAT DEAL WITH SUCH THINGS AND WE COULD TURN OVER FOR INSTANCE TO THE BOOK OF JAMES - AND WE CAN SAY THAT IN JAMES CHAPTER 1 WE READ THERE BEGINNING IN VERSE 22 THAT WE ARE TO BE DOERS OF THE WORD AND NOT HEARERS ONLY. INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE BUSY IN WHAT GOD ASKS US TO DO, THOSE WHO IN WORD AND DEED FOLLOW THE WILL OF GOD AS WE READ THE WORD DOING WHAT HE ASKS US TO DO. CERTAINLY A PART OF OBEDIENCE AND SHOWING LOVE TO GOD IS FAITHFULNESS TO THAT WORD AND FAITHFULNESS TO DOING WHAT IT IS THAT HE REQUIRES IN IT.

BUT WE CAN BACK UP AGAIN AND HE SAYS - WHATEVER. THAT CERTAINLY IS AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING CONCEPT OR TERM, ALL THINGS, EVERYTHING - WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED. THE IDEA OF WORD CERTAINLY I THINK IMMEDIATELY OF EPHESIANS CHAPTER 4. AND WE KNOW THAT OUR WORDS NEED TO COME OUT IN A PROPER WAY, THAT THEY MIGHT BE AS THAT SALT THAT SEASONS. THAT THEY MIGHT BE FOR GRACE, THE PURPOSE OF GRACE TO THE HEARER OR FAVOR TO THE HEARER, NOT WORDS THAT HURT. NOT WORDS AS HE SAYS IN EPHESIANS 4:29: THAT PROCEED OUT OF OUR MOUTH THAT ARE CORRUPT. HE SAYS DON'T ALLOW CORRUPT WORDS OR USE YOUR WORDS TO HARM OR HURT OR TEAR DOWN. NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE THIS IDEA TO NOT DO DEEDS CONTRARY TO THE WILL OF GOD BUT RATHER DO WHAT THE WORD SAYS. YOU SEE WORD AND DEED. AND SO AS WE THINK ABOUT THESE IDEAS AND ALL THAT WE DO, ALL THAT WE SAY - WHAT IS HE REALLY GETTING AT HERE AS WE LOOK TO THE WORD OF GOD AND WE CONSIDER HOW I SPEAK AND HOW I ACT. WHAT DOES HE TELL ME? WHATEVER YOU DO, WHATEVER YOU DO - WHATEVER ACTION YOU TAKE IN WORDS - SPEECH, OR AN ACTION - DOING, HE SAYS DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE THIS IDEA OF WHATEVER WHICH ENCOMPASSES ALL WORDS AND ACTIONS. BUT NOW WE HAVE ALL, DO ALL, ACTION AGAIN - DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.

I LOVE THE TERMINOLOGY THAT IS USED HERE BECAUSE WE SEE IT THROUGHOUT NOT ONLY THE OLD TESTAMENT BUT ALSO WE SEE IT THROUGH THE NEW TESTAMENT. AND IF I WERE TO TELL YOU THAT WELL, HERE IS A WORKSHEET AND I WANT YOU TO DO ALL OF THE PARTS OF THE WORKSHEET. I WANT YOU DO EACH - WOULD YOU HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME UNDERSTANDING WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT? OR I GIVE YOU A BOOK AND I SAY, OKAY THIS IS A BOOK THAT TELLS YOU HOW TO DRIVE A CAR AND I WANT YOU TO STUDY THIS BOOK AND YOU'RE REQUIRED TO DO ALL THAT THE BOOK SAYS CONCERNING THE LAWS. YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW ALL OF THE LAWS IF YOU WANT TO NOT ONLY RECEIVE A LICENSE BUT TO REMAIN ONE WHO CAN DRIVE IN GOOD STANDING. YOU DON'T HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING THAT AND SO WHEN I COME HERE AND I SAY, AS THE SCRIPTURE SAYS, DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING THAT? CERTAINLY NOT. DO MANY IN THE DENOMINATIONAL WORLD TODAY? YES, EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY - BECAUSE THEY WANT TO PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT GOD SAYS. DO SOME THINGS, NOT THE THINGS YOU LIKE. NOT WHAT FEELS GOOD TO YOU. WHATEVER YOU DO - IN WORD OR DEED - ANY PART OF LIFE FROM THE HEART IN LOVE OF THE PEACE OF GOD. AS WE HAVE STUDIED, WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED - DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.

SO NOW THE QUESTION WE HAVE TO ASK IS: SO WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE LORD MEAN, IF I WERE TO SAY THE NAME OF THE LORD? PUT YOURSELF AGAIN IN THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD AND YOU SEE THOSE BLUE LIGHTS COME ON. WE ALL PROBABLY TEND TO PANIC WHEN WE SEE THOSE POLICE LIGHTS. AND WE'RE ALWAYS THANKFUL WHEN THEY PASS US AND THEY'RE GOING TO GET SOMEBODY ELSE AREN'T WE? WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THOSE BLUE LIGHTS COMING ON AND THEY PULL YOU OVER AND THE GUY THERE, THE POLICEMAN, COMES UP AND HE SAYS WELL, DO YOU REALIZE YOU ARE BREAKING THE SPEED LIMIT? AND YOU SAY WELL WHO ARE YOU TO TELL ME I WAS BREAKING THE SPEED LIMIT? AND HE SAYS I CAN SHOW YOU RIGHT HERE ON THIS RADAR GUN THAT YOU WERE BREAKING THE SPEED LIMIT. WELL, WHO ARE YOU? IN THE NAME OF THE LAW BY THE AUTHORITY GIVEN TO ME OF THE LAW IN THIS STATE - I'M TELLING YOU THAT YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW OF THE LAND. DO YOU HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING THAT? WELL CERTAINLY YOU DON'T HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING THAT BUT AGAIN, FROM A SPIRITUAL SENSE, MANY PEOPLE IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD WILL COME HERE AND THEY'LL SAY WELL, BUT IT JUST DOESN'T REALLYMATTER AS LONG AS WE LOVE GOD. AS LONG AS WE LOVE GOD...DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD - BY THE AUTHORITY.

SO YOU'RE TELLING ME THAT WHEN WE HAVE A LAW IN A COUNTRY THAT WE CAN JUST PICK AND CHOOSE? I'M SAD TO SAY THAT IT SEEMS LIKE IN OUR COUNTRY IT'S GETTING LIKE THAT FOR SOME FOLKS. THEY CAN PICK AND CHOOSE - AND SOME LAWS THE AUTHORITIES WILL SAY WELL, THAT'S NOT THAT'S SUCH A BIG ONE. AND OTHER LAWS THEY'LL SAY WELL, THAT'S ONE WE'RE GOING TO ENFORCE. BUT WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LAW? THE PURPOSE OF LAW IS THAT MAN CAN FOLLOW THAT LAW. AND IT MAY NOT BE HAPPENING IN EVERY CASE IN THIS COUNTRY BUT LET ME TELL YOU - YOU GO AROUND THE WORLD, YOU GO AROUND THE WORLD AND YOU TRAVEL TO AFRICA AND YOU TRAVEL TO PLACES LIKE..MAYBE ASIA AND YOU TRAVEL TO COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA OR MAYBE BRAZIL AND YOU GO DOWN THERE AND YOU BREAK ONE OF THE LAWS AND YOU FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE WHO BREAK THE LAW? WELL, LAWS ARE IMPORTANT AND LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT THE LAW OF GOD IS IMPORTANT.

WHEN I GO BACK AND I LOOK AT SOME OF THE EXAMPLES, CERTAINLY THAT ARE GREAT FOR OUR LEARNING, CONCERNING THE INDIVIDUALS OF OLD. SUCH AS FOR EXAMPLE NOAH - I THINK OF NOAH THERE IN GENESIS CHAPTER 6 - AND DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN NOAH WAS ONE WHO FOUND GRACE IN THE EYES OF THE LORD AND THEN GOD TOLD NOAH WHAT HE WOULD HAVE HIM TO DO? AND HE TOLD HIM TO PREPARE AN ARK BECAUSE IT WAS GONNA RAIN. MOST LIKELY NOAH HAD NEVER SEEN RAIN BUT IT'S GONNA RAIN AND IT'S GONNA RAIN SO MUCH THAT THE WHOLE EARTH IS GOING TO BE FLOODED. AND THE ONLY WAY YOU'RE GOING TO SURVIVE IS WHEN YOU FINISH THAT ARK OR THAT SHIP - THAT BOAT. NOW, WHEN WE GO BACK TO THE BOOK AND YOU READ WHAT IT WAS THAT HE HAD TO DO, IT SEEMS LIKE A DIFFICULT TASK. IN FACT, IT TOOK NOAH IT SEEMS ALMOST 100 YEARS IF NOT A LITTLE MORE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT TASK. BUT NOW I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WHAT NOAH DID. WHEN YOU LOOK AT VERSE 22 OF CHAPTER 6 THAT VERSE SAYS, “THUS NOAH DID,” ( ACTION DO, LIKE WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT ), “THUS NOAH DID ACCORDING TO ALL THAT GOD COMMANDED HIM, SO HE DID.” AND IT DOESN'T JUST SAY IT THERE, YOU CAN DROP DOWN TO EVEN CHAPTER 7 AND WE HAVE ONCE AGAIN REITERATED THE SAME THING, THAT NOAH DID ( VERSE 5 ) ALL THAT THE LORD COMMANDED HIM. MANY OF US HAVE A HARD TIME UNDERSTANDING THAT NOAH DID EXACTLY WHAT GOD SAID. AND NOT JUST SOME OF IT, NOT JUST THE PARTS HE LIKED, NOT JUST THE PARTS THAT FELT GOOD - NOAH DID ALL IN THE HEBREW - EVERY SINGLE THING AND COMMANDMENT. THAT MEANS THAT WHEN GOD TOLD HIM WHAT KIND OF WOOD, WHEN GOD TOLD HIM HOW MANY CLEAN ANIMALS, HOW MANY UNCLEAN ANIMALS. WHEN GOD TOLD HIM HOW MANY CUBITS AND CERTAIN PARTS.... HE DID ALL THAT GOD COMMANDED. WE DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM UNDERSTANDING THAT AND THEREFORE, IF HE HAD NOT DONE ONE OF GOD'S COMMANDS, COULD GOD HAVE SAID HE DID ALL ACCORDING TO THE COMMANDS. NO!

SO WHEN WE GO BACK OVER INTO COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 3 WE HAVE TO ASK THE SAME QUESTION. WHEN THE BIBLE SAYS WHATEVER I DO - WHETHER IT'S IN MY SPEECH OR WHETHER IT'S IN MY ACTION - I MUST DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. WHY DOES MAN FIND IT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND THAT IN THE NAME OF THE LORD IS BY HIS AUTHORITY THROUGH THE WORD THAT HE HAS GIVEN US; THE DIRECTIVE OF WHAT HE REQUIRES, AS WE'VE ALREADY SEEN BACK IN VERSE 16 OF THE SAME TEXT. IT IS THAT WORD THAT MUST DWELL IN US - RICHLY IN ALL WISDOM. IT'S THAT KNOWLEDGE THAT HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND ALL THINGS PERTAINING TO LIFE AND GODLINESS ( SECOND PETER CHAPTER 1 ) AND WITHOUT THAT KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING AND THE APPLICATION OF THE WISDOM OF THE WORD OF GOD, WE HAVE TO ASK, NOT ONLY HOW CAN I KNOW GOD BUT HOW WOULD I KNOW WHAT HE WANTS? AND WOULDN'T YOU SAY AS GOD THE CREATOR OF ALL - THE GIVER OF ALL - THE ALL POWERFUL ONE, WOULDN'T YOU SAY THAT GOD IS WORTHY? THAT WE JUST SIMPLY DO WHAT HE SAYS? THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES? HOW CAN YOU MAKE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE PLAN OF A PERFECT GOD? HOW CAN YOU MAKE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE CHARACTER OF A PERFECT GOD? HOW CAN YOU MAKE IMPROVEMENTS ON THE COMMANDED WORSHIP GIVEN BY A PERFECT GOD? BRETHREN AND FRIENDS THE ANSWER IS YOU CAN'T.

MAN MAY THINK HE CAN. MAN MAY THINK HE'S COME UP WITH BETTER IDEAS THAN GOD. MAN MAY FEEL THAT HE HAS A RIGHT TO DO IT HIS WAY. BUT YOU NEED TO GO BACK AND READ THE BIBLE. YOU TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO CHOSE THEIR WAY - LIKE IN LEVITICUS 10; NADAB AND ABIHU. LOOK AT THE EXAMPLES OF THOSE WHO CHOSE THE PATH OF LYING; ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA IN ACTS CHAPTER 5. THOSE WHO THOUGHT WELL, YOU KNOW I'M DOING MOST OF WHAT GOD SAYS SO SURELY, SURELY A LITTLE LIE, SURELY A LITTLE MAYBE A MISHAP, SURELY A LITTLE DEVIATION FROM THE PLAN HE GAVE COULDN'T HURT ME OR SURELY THIS WOULD BE BETTER THAN WHAT GOD THOUGHT OF. DO WE NOT UNDERSTAND THAT IN ESSENCE THAT'S WHAT MEN SAY WHEN THEY REJECT TO DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD NO MATTER WHAT THEY'RE DOING IN WORD OR DEED? WELL, BRETHREN WE HAVE THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY. FRIENDS, WE HAVE THE GREAT PRIVILEGE TO DO GOD'S WILL AND THE QUESTION IS: WILL YOU DO THAT WILL? WILL YOU FOLLOW HIS PLAN?

NOW I WANT YOU TO GO BACK WITH ME TO OUR MAIN TEXT AND FINALLY LOOK THERE AT WHAT HE SAYS TOWARD THE END OF VERSE 17. HE ADDS, “WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED, DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, GIVING THANKS TO GOD THE FATHER THROUGH HIM.” OH, HOW THANKFUL - HOW THANKFUL WE SHOULD BE TO GOD THE FATHER FOR ALL THAT HAS DONE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. IN FACT, WE SEE NOT ONLY HERE BUT IN REFERENCE TO ALMOST EVERY LESSON THAT WE HAVE HAD, THAT IT IS THROUGH AND BECAUSE OF JESUS THAT WE HAVE ALL THESE WONDROUS PLANS AND PATTERNS SET FOR US. THAT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND HIS WORD AND HIS LIFE WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO FOLLOW AND OBEY. EVEN WHEN WE LOOK BACK AT OTHER PASSAGES GUESS WHAT? GOD AGAIN - GOD THE CREATOR, GOD THE GIVER OF ALL - HE IS WORTHY OF OUR THANKSGIVING.

AND SO THE QUESTION WILL BE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US - WILL WE ( AS INDIVIDUALS ) SIMPLY SUBMIT TO THE WILL OF GOD? ISN'T THAT WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO? AS INDIVIDUAL'S, AS FOLLOWERS OF GOD, WHO WILL HUMBLE THEIRSELF? I ALWAYS THINK OF JESUS. IF JESUS IN PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 2 WAS WILLING TO HUMBLE HIMSELF TO THE WILL OF THE FATHER, NOT ONLY TO BECOME A MAN, A MERE MAN, HIS OWN CREATION. BUT TO HUMBLE HIMSELF EVEN TO THE POINT OF DEATH ON THE CROSS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF THE FATHER - SHOULD WE NOT HUMBLE OURSELVES TO OBEY GOD NO MATTER WHAT? SHOULD WE NOT COMMIT OURSELVES, NOT ONLY TO KNOWING HIS WILL BUT TO DOING HIS WILL NO MATTER WHAT? SHOULDN'T WE AGREE AS THE HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS THROUGH PAUL THAT WHATEVER WE DO IN WORD OR DEED HAS TO BE DONE IN THE NAME OF THE LORD? I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I WANT TO DO WHAT GOD COMMANDS IN HIS WAY. AND I'M THANKFUL TO GOD THAT HE HAS TOLD ME HOW. I'M THANKFUL THAT IT IS NOT UP TO YOU. I'M THANKFUL THAT IT IS NOT UP TO ME. I'M THANKFUL THAT IT IS NOT UP TO SOME MAN WHAT I CAN DO OR NOT DO THAT JUSTIFIES OR WHICH DOES NOT JUSTIFY. GOD HAS GIVEN US HIS PRECISE AND CLEAR PRECEPTS TO FOLLOW IN HIS WORD. HE'S GIVEN US THE PATTERN OF WHAT THE ELECT OF GOD MEANS. AND THE QUESTION IS FOR US. WILL WE SIMPLY DO IT? WILL WE SIMPLY OBEY HIM? OR THROUGH ARROGANCE AND THROUGH BEING PUFFED UP AND THROUGH SELF-SEEKING SPIRITS AND ATTITUDES - WILL MAN CONTINUE TO SERVE HIMSELF? SADLY MANY WILL - BUT I KNOW YOU, AS WELL AS MYSELF TODAY, WANT TO SERVE A GOD IN THE WAY THAT HE HAS COMMANDED. THEREFORE - WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED, TODAY DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.



CLOSING COMMENTS

WHAT A BLESSING IT HAS BEEN TO JOIN TOGETHER IN THE THINGS OF GOD THIS MORNING. THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART IN MAKING ALL THESE THINGS TO BE ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. AS ALWAYS, WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY LORD’S DAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS OFFERING FOR GOD!

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ARE YOU BUSY IN THE WORK OF THE LORD AND ARE YOU DOING ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO HIS WILL AND HIS WILL ALONE? IF NOT, WHY NOT BEGIN GIVING GOD YOUR BEST TODAY BY OBEYING ALL THAT HE COMMANDS THROUGH HIS PERFECT WORD. ARE YOU WILLING TO “DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD,”?