THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 5-31-15

LESSON TITLE: “THING’S PRESENT ARE OURS.”

WELCOME

ISN’T IT GREAT TO KNOW GOD AND TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF GATHERING TOGETHER AND PRAISING HIS NAME ON THIS WONDROUS LORD’S DAY? THANKS FOR JOINING US ON THIS SPECIAL DAY. WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU THIS MORNING FOR THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO GOD. HOW BLESSED WE ARE IN THIS COUNTRY TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE THIS DAY AND TO GIVE THIS TIME TO OUR CREATOR. IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER THAT WE WILL EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME OF WORSHIP ACCEPTABLE IN GOD’S SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO HIS WILL!NOW AS WE BEGIN TO FOCUS OUR THOUGHTS ON GOD, 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 THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO SERVE YOU AND TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE GIVEN US ALL THINGS THAT WE NEED IN THIS LIFE - WHETHER IT PERTAINS TO OUR PHYSICAL NEEDS OR SPIRITUAL NEEDS. FATHER, ESPECIALLY WE'RE THANKFUL FOR JESUS AND THE SACRIFICE THAT HE MADE AS WELL AS HIS RESURRECTION WHICH MAKES US TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE WHEN THIS LIFE IS OVER. IT'S IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, JESUS' NAME, AMEN.

AS ALWAYS, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE ON THIS PROGRAM TO PRAISE GOD TOGETHER IN SONG! SO LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE LIFT OUR VOICES UP IN THE FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THE HYMN, “THE GREAT PHYSICIAN?”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

ONE OF THE GREAT PRIVILEGES WE HAVE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST IS OUR ABILITY TO REPENT OF THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO HIS WILL. WE ALL KNOW THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS AND SHED HIS OWN BLOOD SO THAT WE MIGHT BE CLEANSED! COMPLETELY FORGIVEN OF THOSE THINGS WHICH WE HAVE DONE AND DO, IF WE ARE WILLING TO HAVE A PENITENT ATTITUDE AND ASK OUR GOD FOR FORGIVENESS.

HOWEVER, WHAT I WANT TO EXPLORE FOR JUST A MOMENT THIS MORNING IS OUR PART IN REPENTANCE. I THINK WE ALL KNOW THAT GOD HAS DONE HIS PART THROUGH THE GREAT SACRIFICE OF HIS SON, BUT WHAT ABOUT OUR PART. WELL, IN HIS LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS, PAUL SPOKE OF A “GODLY SORROW,” WHICH PRODUCES REPENTANCE! DID YOU CATCH THAT? WHEN WE ARE MOVED TO SORROW WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT WE HAVE BROKEN GOD’S WILL IT SHOULD CAUSE US TO DESIRE TO REPENT AND GET OURSELVES RIGHT WITH OUR GOD!

ANOTHER IMPORTANT VERSE IN OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THIS SPIRITUAL CONCEPT IN FOUND IN ACTS 26:20. THERE THEY WERE TOLD THAT, “…THEY SHOULD REPENT, TURN TO GOD, AND DO WORKS BEFITTING REPENTANCE.” HERE WE LEARN THAT REPENTANCE IS NOT JUST AN IDEA OR A CONCEPT TO CONSIDER OR THINK ABOUT, BUT IT IS ACTUALLY A WORK. WE MUST DO THE WORKS OF REPENTANCE, WHICH MEANS WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE WRONG, ASK FORGIVENESS, AND DETERMINE TO NEVER DO IT AGAIN. I THINK THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT DAVID WAS THINKING ABOUT IN PSALM 51:9-11 WHEN HE REQUESTED THAT GOD, “HIDE YOUR FACE FROM MY SINS, AND BLOT OUT ALL MY INIQUITIES. CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, O GOD, AND RENEW A STEADFAST SPIRIT WITHIN ME. DO NOT CAST ME AWAY FROM YOUR PRESENCE.” I LOVE THIS REQUEST OF DAVID, “CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, OH GOD!”

ISN’T THAT WHAT EACH AND EVERYONE OF US WANT IN THIS LIFE? TO BE FOUND AS PURE, HOLY, AND TRULY ACCEPTABLE BEFORE OUR LORD. AS THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO TURN AND FLEE FROM SIN AND FOCUS ON HIS GLORIOUS AND SAVING TRUTH. DO YOU HAVE THE PENITENT ATTITUDE THAT GOD REQUIRES OF HIS FOLLOWERS? OR POSSIBLY, YOU NEED TO REPENT FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY AND OBEY THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. WILL YOU GIVE US THE WORLD AND IT’S LUST FOR JESUS?

OUR STUDY OF THE MORNING WILL AGAIN FOCUS ON PAUL’S STATEMENT, “FOR ALL THINGS ARE YOURS!” AS FAR AS THE SPECIFIC MESSAGE OF THE DAY, WE WILL CONSIDER GOD’S PROMISE THAT, “THING’S PRESENT ARE OURS.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, I WILL BE LEADING US IN THIS STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD.

NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE DAY. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THE LAST MILE OF THE WAY.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUED WITH US THIS DAY AS WE RETURN TO THE STUDY OF GOD'S WORD, SPECIFICALLY LOOKING THERE AT OUR MAIN THEME FROM 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3 WHERE WE HAVE BEEN CONSIDERING TOGETHER THAT WE ARE CHRIST'S. AND BECAUSE WE ARE HIS CHILDREN AND FOLLOWERS OF GOD, WE CERTAINLY ARE WELL BLESSED IN HIS SERVICE. AND SO THE TEXT THERE, SPECIFICALLY IN VERSE 22, TALKS ABOUT THOSE THINGS THAT ARE OURS BECAUSE WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD. IN FACT, IT ACTUALLY SAYS ALL THINGS ARE OURS. IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE CARED FOR IN EVERY WAY - IN EVERY RESPECT - BECAUSE WE ARE CHILDREN OF THE KING.

BUT IF YOU'LL NOTICE HERE SPECIFICALLY, HE MENTIONS SUCH AS VERSE 22, WHETHER PAUL OR APOLIS OR CEPHAS, HE MENTIONS THERE NO MATTER WHO WE KNOW OF THE BROTHERHOOD OR THE BRETHREN - THEY ARE OURS OR FOR OUR SAKES UNDER THE GLORY OF GOD. AND YET, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE FOR OUR SAKES, WE CERTAINLY DON'T LOOK TO THEM OR WORSHIP THEM. WE WORSHIP OUR CREATOR. AND THEN HE SAYS ALL THINGS ARE OURS, SUCH AS THE WORLD OR LIFE OR DEATH.

CERTAINLY WE'VE TALKED TOGETHER ABOUT HOW WE ARE BLESSED WITH THIS WORLD AND THE LIFE THAT IS THERE AND FOUND AS A PART OF THE WORLD. AND AS WELL - THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE AS GOD HAS GIVEN US - AS WELL AS THE REALITY OF DEATH AND THUS THE REWARDS AFTER DEATH. AND WHERE WE WILL CONTINUE THIS DAY IS THE LATTER PART THERE (VERSE 22) WHERE HE ALSO ADDS THIS, ALL THINGS ARE YOURS. AND THEN HE SAYS, “OR THINGS PRESENT OR THINGS TO COME.” AND THEN HE ONCE AGAIN SAYS, “ALL ARE YOURS.” AND SO THREE TIMES WE ARE CHRIST, ALL ARE YOURS, ALL THINGS ARE YOURS, AND HERE WE LEARN THAT THE THINGS IN THE PRESENT ARE OURS. WHAT IS THAT REALLY SAY TO US AS CHRISTIANS? WELL, I BELIEVE WHAT IT TELLS YOU AND I AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD IS THAT AS WE SERVE OUR CREATOR, AS WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD, AND AS GOD IS OUR FATHER, GOD IS EVER INTERESTED IN OUR LIVES. IN FACT, THE THING THAT IS IMPLIED THERE IS THE PRESENT ACTIVE, THE IDEA THAT GOD IS CONCERNED WITH ME RIGHT NOW. AND ALL THINGS ARE MINE RIGHT NOW. WHEN I'M DOING WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO DO AND I'M STRIVING TO BE A FAITHFUL CHILD, ALL THINGS ARE MINE RIGHT NOW IN THE PRESENT TIME, IN THE PRESENT AGE, AT THE PRESENT MOMENT.

GOD CARES AND WE SEE REALLY THIS THOUGHT SEEN THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT, EVEN BY OTHER WRITERS. FOR INSTANCE JAMES. THERE I THINK ABOUT JAMES CHAPTER 1 AND SPECIFICALLY VERSE 17, DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT THE AUTHOR THERE SAYS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT? HE SAYS, “EVERY GOOD GIFT AND A EVERY PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE.” WHEN? RIGHT NOW! EVERYTHING WE LOOK AT IN OUR LIVES THAT WE HAVE - RIGHT NOW AND TODAY; WHETHER IT BE OUR CLOTHING, OUR SHELTER, OUR FOOD - WHETHER IT BE OUR VEHICLES, OR OTHER POSSESSIONS - ALL THE WE HAVE RIGHT NOW IS A GIFT FROM GOD, A PERFECT GIFT. SO WHETHER WE LOOK AT THINGS FROM A SPIRITUAL STANDPOINT OR A PHYSICAL STANDPOINT....ALL THINGS ARE OURS AND GOD CARES ABOUT US RIGHT NOW. EVERY PART OF OUR BODIES, EVERY PART OF OUR BEING, EVEN DOWN TO KNOWING THE VERY NUMBER OF HAIRS ON OUR HEAD.

I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THAT AND I CONSIDER THE REALITY THAT, AS I GET OUT OF THE SHOWER EVERY DAY AND PREPARE MYSELF IN THE MORNING IN THE RESTROOM, I REMEMBER THAT THERE'S HAIR THAT CONTINUES TO COME OUT. GOD KEEPS UP WITH EVERY HAIR, HE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT ME. WELL, YOU SEE - ALL THINGS ARE OURS RIGHT NOW. GOD KNOWS! GOD KNOWS MY NEEDS, HE KNOWS MY SITUATION, HE KNOWS WHAT THIS WORLD WILL PRESENT BEFORE ME EVEN BEFORE IT HAPPENS BECAUSE HE IS GOD AND ALL-KNOWING. AND BECAUSE I AM HIS CHILD. I ALWAYS THINK OF MYSELF IN RELATIONSHIP TO SUCH THINGS BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN EARTHLY FATHER AT LEAST. I KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE MY CHILDREN, HOW MUCH I CARE FOR THEM, WHAT I WOULD DO, WHAT I WOULD SACRIFICE FOR THEM, AND I WANT TO KNOW EVERY MOMENT WHERE THEY ARE AND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE WHAT THEY NEED AND THEY'RE BEING TREATED RIGHT AND THAT NO ONE IS BEING MEAN TO THEM AND HARMING THEM.

YOU SEE, WE ARE ALWAYS INTERESTED IN THOSE WHO ARE DEAREST TO OUR HEARTS. WELL, GOD SAYS ALL THINGS ARE YOURS BECAUSE YOU ARE MINE - YOU ARE CHRIST. YOU ARE FAITHFUL AND YOU ARE OBEDIENT AND THEREFORE - THAT GOD IN HEAVEN - THAT FATHER OF LIGHTS - THAT GOD, JAMES 1:17, WHO DOES NOT CHANGE. THERE'S NO SHADOW OR VARIATION OR TURNING. HE CAN BE COUNTED ON! WE CAN DEPEND ON HIM! AND HE WILL BLESS US. WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO NOW FOR JUST A FEW MOMENTS, AS WE CONSIDER THAT ALL THINGS ARE OURS RIGHT NOW IN THE PRESENT TIME AT THIS MOMENT, WE THINK ABOUT WHAT PERHAPS PAUL SAID TO THE EPHESIAN CHURCH AS WELL. AND WE CAN TURN OVER THERE INTO CHAPTER 1 OF EPHESIANS - AND YOU MIGHT REMEMBER WITH ME THERE AS HE SPEAKS ABOUT THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF GOD AND HOW GOD HIMSELF IS BLESSED. AND I THINK THAT WE PROBABLY CAN SEE THERE THE IDEA OR ELEMENT THAT GOD FINDS JOY OR HAPPINESS EVEN IN KNOWING THAT WE ARE HIS SAINTS, IF YOU WILL. IN FACT - IF YOU LOOK BACK IN VERSE 2, EVEN IN VERSE 1, HE CALLS THE BRETHREN AT EPHESUS SAINTS, FOLLOWERS. AND THEN HE SPEAKS ABOUT HOW THEY ARE WORTHY OF THE GRACE AND PEACE OF GOD. SO CERTAINLY THAT BRINGS JOY. BLESSED BE GOD, HAPPY BE GOD. THE WONDERFUL ENCOURAGEMENT THAT GOD SEES WHEN HIS CHILDREN ARE DOING WHAT THEY SHOULD.

BUT WHAT IS GOD'S PART? WHAT DOES GOD DO? THAT SAME VERSE GOES ON TO SAY, “WHO HAS BLESSED US WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST.” WHAT HAS GOD DONE FOR YOU AND I? HE'S BLESSED US SPIRITUALLY, WITH NOT SOME BLESSINGS OR JUST THE ONES THAT HE THINKS BUT WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS! AND THEN HE SAYS THIS IDEA OF HEAVENLY PLACES, WHICH BASICALLY IS NOT TALKING ABOUT HEAVEN - IT'S TALKING ABOUT ANYTHING THAT IS ABOVE THE MATTER WHICH IS THE GROUND OR THE EARTH IN THE SPACE, THE AIR ABOVE THE EARTH, IN THE HEAVENS OR THE REALM ABOVE THAT WHICH IS THE MATTER OF THE EARTH. EVERYWHERE, ANYWHERE WE ARE - NO MATTER WHAT DAY OR WHAT TIME OF LIFE - NO MATTER WHAT AGE - GOD BLESSES US WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS. AND HOW DOES HE DO THAT? THROUGH JESUS CHRIST. HE DID THROUGH THE GIFT OF HIS SON COMING TO EARTH AND LIVING ON THIS EARTH AND SUFFERING, ULTIMATELY TO DEATH ON THE CROSS. AND THEN RESURRECTING ON THE THIRD DAY, WHO NOW IS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER (HEBREWS 1:4) WHO NOW INTERCEDE ON OUR BEHALF AS OUR KING AND SAVIOR THERE AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER. AND HE CARES ABOUT US. HE LOVES US. AND HE GIVES US WHAT WE NEED.

AND SO WHAT WOULD BE SOME OF THOSE GREAT SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS? WELL, HE GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY OF SALVATION. HE GIVES US, AS WE EVEN LOOK WITHIN THIS CONTEXT, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. HE GIVES US THE ADOPTION AS SONS. HE GIVES US THE GIFTS OR BLESSINGS OF LIFE. ON AND ON AND ON WE COULD GO - OF THE GREAT AND WONDROUS SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS SUCH AS HIS WORD, WHICH DIRECTS US AS TO WHO GOD IS AND HOW WE ARE OBEDIENT IN HIS SIGHT. OH, THE WONDROUS SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU AND I THAT WE MIGHT KNOW THAT ALL THINGS ARE OURS RIGHT NOW. AND THAT WE ARE SOMETHING - WE DO MATTER. WE'RE NOT ONLY CREATED OF GOD BUT WE ARE HIS CHILDREN AND THUS ROYALTY.

THAT'S ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT THAT I ALWAYS HAVE IN RELATIONSHIP TO BEING A CHILD OF GOD. I'M MORE THAN JUST A CREATION OF GOD. WHEN I'M A CHILD OF GOD, NOTICE WHAT THE BOOK OF REVELATION SAYS THAT WE HAVE BEEN MADE UNTO. AND SEVERAL PLACES WE FIND THIS IDEA THAT WE ARE THE PRIESTS OF GOD, THOSE SPECIAL HOLY CHOSEN INDIVIDUALS WHO ADMINISTER BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD - THE PRIEST OF GOD HIMSELF. WE ARE ALL PRIESTS IN THIS AGE. NOT ONLY ACCORDING TO WHAT JOHN SAYS HERE IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION AS RECORDING THE WORDS OF JESUS, BUT ALSO ACCORDING TO WHAT PETER SAYS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE FACT THERE THAT WE ARE A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD. BUT NOTICE THERE SPECIFICALLY IN VERSE 6 OF REVELATION CHAPTER 1 - THE BIBLE SAYS, “AND,” HE ( THAT IS JESUS CHRIST BACK IN VERSE FIVE ), “HAS MADE US KINGS AND PRIESTS TO HIS GOD AND FATHER.” AND THEN IT SAYS, “TO HIM BE THE GLORY AND DOMINION FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN.” HE HAS MADE US WHAT? KINGS OR A KINGDOM. A BASSALIA (GREEK FOR KINGDOM) THERE BEFORE THE WORLD AS WE ARE HIS AS THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE WOULD INDICATE.

AND SOME SUGGEST, WELL - THIS MEANS MORE....THE IDEA OF HIS CHURCH OR HIS KINGDOM, AND RIGHTFULLY SO. IT'S INCLUSIVE IN THE CONCEPT THAT WE ARE LITERALLY THOSE WHO MAKE UP THE KINGDOM OF GOD - THE CHURCH OF GOD AND THEREFORE, WE ARE HIS PEOPLE OF HIS NATION, THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD. BUT I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU, THAT AS A SON OR DAUGHTER OF THE KING OF KINGS - THE LORD OF LORDS - THE GREATEST EMPEROR OR RULER WHO HAS EVER LIVED - OR EVEN GREATER THAN ANY EMPEROR OR RULER OR KING THAT HAS EVER PHYSICALLY LIVED ON THIS EARTH. GOD ALMIGHTY IS MY FATHER! NOW WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU AND ME? IF GOD IS THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, DOESN'T THAT MAKE YOU AND I EITHER PRINCES OR PRINCESSES? CERTAINLY IT DOES! DOESN'T THAT MAKE US ROYALTY? DOESN'T THAT MAKE US AS IF A KINGDOM OR KINGS IN AND OF OURSELVES....DOESN'T THAT MAKE US HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE? EVEN HEIRS WITH JESUS? ACCORDING TO WHAT THE NEW TESTAMENTS SAYS.

DO YOU SEE WHAT A WONDROUS PROMISE WE HAVE? NOT SOMEDAY JUST IN HEAVEN, LIKE WE'LL FOCUS ON NEXT WEEK AND THE REWARDS THAT ARE TO COME. BUT WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW! THE BLESSINGS RIGHT NOW! GOD FORGIVES ME TODAY OF MY SIN AND CONTINUALLY CLEANSES ME OF SIN THAT I REPENT OF. GOD CONTINUES TO GIVE ME THE KNOWLEDGE THAT I NEED, RIGHT NOW, TO KNOW HIS WILL AND TO OBEY HIS WILL. GOD CONTINUES TO BLESS ME AS A PART OF THE PRIESTHOOD AND A KING TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE HIM RESPECTFULLY AND IN THE RIGHT WAY, RIGHT NOW IN THIS PRESENT TIME, THIS PRESENT AGE - AS I AM A BLESSED CHILD OF THE KING .

BUT NOW I WANT YOU TO ALSO NOTICE WITH ME THE PHYSICAL ELEMENTS THAT ARE INVOLVED, AND YOU COULD CERTAINLY TURN BACK TO THE FAMILIAR TEXT OF MATTHEW 6, WHERE WE HAVE THAT GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT. BUT YOU RECALL WITH ME THERE HOW THAT JESUS HIMSELF WAS TRYING TO ENCOURAGE AND CHALLENGE THOSE FOLLOWERS OF HIS, EVEN BEFORE HIS DEATH, THAT THEY NEEDED TO KNOW HIM AND TO KNOW THAT WHEN YOU FOLLOW GOD YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE. BECAUSE THE PRESENT AGE AT THE PRESENT TIME ALL THINGS ARE OURS. REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID THERE BEGINNING IN VERSE 25? “THEREFORE I SAY TO YOU, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE, DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE.” HE SPECIFICALLY MENTIONS THERE - DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT YOUR BODY NEEDS AS FAR AS TO EAT AND DRINK. DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT YOUR BODY NEEDS AS FAR AS CLOTHING. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE SHELTER AND WHERE YOU WILL LIVE. DON'T WORRY ABOUT SUCH TRIVIAL THINGS. IN FACT, LATER IN THE SAME TEXT, VERSE 32, HE SAYS THAT THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS THE GENTILES WORRY ABOUT. THEY ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW GOD, WHO DON'T FOLLOW GOD WORRY ABOUT. HE SAYS RATHER YOU KNOW, AS A CHILD OF GOD, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT AS GOD CARES FOR HIS CREATION - AS A FATHER LOVES HIS CHILD OR HIS CHILDREN - GOD LOVES US!

AND SO WHAT IS THE EXAMPLE THAT HE GIVES? HE SAYS WELL, IF HE'S FED THE BIRDS OF THE AIR (VERSE 26) GUESS WHAT? HE'S GONNA FEED YOU. IF HE'S CLOTHED THE GRASS OF THE FIELD, AND MADE THE GLORIES OF THE CREATION, WILL HE NOT MUCH MORE CLOTHE YOU? AND AT ONE POINT JESUS EVEN SAYS THERE IN VERSE 30, “OH, YOU OF LITTLE FAITH?” HE CHALLENGES THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR FAITH IS LACKING, BECAUSE IF GOD IS GOD AND HE IS, IF GOD HAS ALL POWER AND HE DOES, IF HE WAS ABLE TO CREATE US AND EVERYTHING THAT WE SEE AND CERTAINLY HE HAS, WHY WOULD HE NOT CARE FOR US IF WE OBEY AND FOLLOW HIM? YOU SEE THE POINT? HE WOULD AND HE DOES. FOR HE IS OUR FATHER, AND BECAUSE WE ARE CHRIST'S ALL THINGS ARE OURS. AND AS HE SAYS, ALL THINGS ARE OURS. THINGS IN THE PRESENT ARE OURS RIGHT NOW. WHETHER IT BE THE CLOTHING THAT I NEED, THE FOOD THAT I NEED, THE SHELTER THAT I NEED, THE POSSESSIONS THAT I NEED - EVEN OFTEN THE WANTS THAT WE HAVE IN LIFE.

HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT IN YOUR LIFE AS A CHRISTIAN? HAVE YOU NOTICE THAT YOU NOT ONLY HAVE WHAT YOU NEED - BUT HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW WE HAVE WAY MORE THAN WE NEED IN THIS COUNTRY? THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY VERY WASTEFUL? WE HAVE SO MUCH AND HAVE BEEN SO BLESSED - GOD, THE GIVER OF ALL GOOD GIFTS, THE ONE IN WHOM ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN GIVEN GOOD THINGS, IS A GOD WHO LOVES US ENOUGH TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY.

IT KIND OF MAKES ME THINK OF WHAT PETER SAID THERE IN 2 PETER AND CHAPTER 1 - AS HE SPEAKS ABOUT THE POWER OF GOD, THERE SPECIFICALLY IN VERSE 3, THE DIVINE POWER AND HOW THAT BY GOD'S DIVINE POWER HE HAS THE ABILITY TO DO ALL THINGS. NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS IN VERSE 3, BY HIS DIVINE POWER HE HAS GIVEN TO US ALL THINGS PERTAINING TO LIFE AND GODLINESS. WHEN IS THAT? WHEN IS THAT? HE HAS GIVEN THEM TO US BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN RECIPIENTS OF THEM AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD. HE IS GIVING THEM TO US BECAUSE WE HAVE THEM RIGHT NOW AND HE PROMISES TO CONTINUE TO GIVE THEM TO US, AS WE HAVE EVEN PROMISED IN OUR MAIN TEXT OF 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3. EVEN IN THOSE THINGS TO COME, ALL THINGS ARE OURS. WHAT HAS GOD GIVEN? ALL THINGS PERTAINING TO LIFE. THE NEEDS OF LIFE, THE DIRECTION OF LIFE, THE GUIDANCE OF LIFE, THE THINGS WE SHOULD DO AND SAY IN LIFE, AS WELL AS GODLINESS - ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS.

KIND OF SOUNDS LIKE ALL THESE WRITERS WERE FINDING THEIR INFORMATION FROM THE SAME SOURCE DOESN'T IT? BECAUSE THEY WERE ALL LED OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THEY ALL GIVE TO US THE SAME GREAT CHALLENGE AS WELL AS ENCOURAGEMENT TO KNOW, THAT WHEN WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE OF GOD AND IN CHRIST, ALL THINGS ARE OURS. ALL THINGS RIGHT NOW ARE OURS THAT WE HAVE NEED OF, AND GOD WILL PROVIDE OUR PHYSICAL NEEDS. BUT EVEN GREATER THAN THAT, GOD WILL PROVIDE OUR SPIRITUAL NEEDS - WHICH WILL GIVE US, NOT ONLY THE HOPE OF WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW SPIRITUALLY TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD, BUT ULTIMATELY WHAT WE NEED IN THE FUTURE TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. WILL YOU LIVE TODAY IN SUCH A WAY THAT YOU PROVE THAT YOU ARE THE OFFSPRING OF CHRIST? THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD? AND THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO DO ANY AND ALL THAT HE REQUIRES ACCORDING TO HIS PERFECT WORD.

CLOSING COMMENTS

MAY I AGAIN TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND THUS A BLESSING TO US ALL. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE INVITED BACK TO JOIN US EVERY FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS TIME OF WORSHIP BEFORE GOD!

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WE ARE CERTAINLY BLESSED BY GOD WITH THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE WHICH WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. GOD HAS TRULY GIVEN US ALL THINGS THAT WE NEED IN THIS PRESENT LIFE. ARE YOU A FAITHFUL CHILD OF GOD AND THUS A RECIPIENT OF THESE PROMISES?