THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 6-7-15

LESSON TITLE: “THINGS TO COME ARE OURS.”

WELCOME

HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO KNOW GOD AND TO HAVE THE HEALTH, STRENGTH, AND WILL-POWER TO GIVE THIS TIME TO HIM ON THIS LORD’S DAY MORNING. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING GOD FIRST TODAY AND CHOOSING TO COMMIT THIS TIME OF OFFERING TO HIS SERVICE.

TODAY, WE WILL AGAIN BE UPLIFTED THROUGH OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING GOD AS COMMANDED, AS WE APPROACH HIS ALMIGHTY THRONE. HOW ENJOYABLE IT WILL BE TO WORSHIP OUR GOD THROUGH PRAYER, SONG AND THE STUDY OF HIS MATCHLESS WORD. WON’T YOU DO YOUR PART THIS MORNING TO SEE THAT OUR WORSHIP TOGETHER IS ACCEPTABLE SO THAT OUR GLORIOUS CREATOR MAY BE GLORIFIED? NOW, AS WE BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE. FATHER, WE KNOW THAT WE RECEIVE ALL GOOD THINGS FROM YOU - FOR YOU ARE A LOVING GOD AND A CARING GOD. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU MOST OF ALL FOR THE GREAT SACRIFICE OF JESUS WHICH GIVES US THE CHANCE TO BE KNOWN AS YOUR CHILDREN THROUGH OUR OBEDIENCE AND LOVE TO YOUR WILL. AND FATHER, MAY WE BE THOSE WHO ARE EVER FAITHFUL IN YOUR SERVICE. AND FATHER, AS WE LOOK TOWARDS THE END OF LIFE MAY WE FIND THE COMFORT AND STRENGTH THAT WE NEED - THAT EVERYDAY WE MIGHT LIVE IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS YOU COMMAND IN THE BIBLE. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WELL, IT’S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. THE FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING IS ENTITLED, “THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

I LOVE THE WORDS PETER PROCLAIMED IN ACTS 10:34-35. THERE WE READ, “THEN PETER OPENED HIS MOUTH AND SAID: ‘IN TRUTH I PERCEIVE THAT GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY. BUT IN EVERY NATION WHOEVER FEARS HIM AND WORKS RIGHTEOUSNESS IS ACCEPTED BY HIM.’” HERE WE LEARN THAT GOD LOVES ALL MEN EQUALLY. FURTHERMORE, ANYONE WHO WILL OBEY GOD AND DO HIS WORKS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY HIM. PETER MADE THE SAME TYPE OF STATEMENT IN HIS OWN BOOK, 2 PETER 3:9. THIS TEXT SAYS, “THE LORD IS NOT SLACK CONCERNING HIS PROMISE, AS SOME COUNT SLACKNESS, BUT IS LONGSUFFERING TOWARD US, NOT WILLING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE.” GOD DOES LOVE ALL MEN AND WANTS EVERYONE TO COME TO REPENTANCE, NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE, WHERE THEY ARE FROM OR WHERE THEY LIVE - AGAIN, GOD IS NO RESPECTOR OF PERSONS.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ALTHOUGH SCRIPTURE IS SO CLEAR ON THIS POINT, SOME STILL TRY TO CLAIM THAT GOD’S WORD IS ONLY FOR CERTAIN PEOPLES, RACES OR CULTURES. SO JUST HOW FAR DOES GOD GO WITH THIS IDEA? HOW ABOUT THOSE OF DIFFERENT COLOR OR OF DIFFERENT CULTURES? PAUL HELPS US WITH THIS IDEA IN GALATIANS 3:26, THIS VERSE SAYS, “FOR YOU ARE ALL SONS OF GOD THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS.” VERSE 28 AND 29 OF THE SAME OPENING GOES ON TO SAY, “THERE IS NEITHER JEW NOR GREEK, THERE IS NEITHER SLAVE NOR FREE, THERE IS NEITHER MALE NOR FEMALE; FOR YOU ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS. AND IF YOU ARE CHRIST'S, THEN YOU ARE ABRAHAM'S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.” NOT DOUBT THIS IS WHY OUR LORD GAVE THE GREAT COMMISSION TO THE DISCIPLES AS WELL AS US IN MATTHEW 28, AS WELL AS MARK 16. THESE TWO PASSAGES PROCLAIM TO ALL FOLLOWERS OF GOD THAT WE MUST, “GO IN TO ALL THE WORLD,” “TO EVERY NATION,” “TO ALL PEOPLES.” AND WHY? TO “PREACH THE GOSPEL,” TO EVERYONE WHO WILL HEAR. FURTHERMORE, THOSE WHO RESPOND AND OBEY ARE GOD’S CHILDREN, HIS SON’S, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO GOD’S PROMISES.

DO YOU AS A CHRISTIAN OBEY GOD’S LAW OF LOVE AND CARE FOR ALL MEN? ARE YOU A PERSON TODAY, WHO NEEDS TO RESPOND TO A GOD WHO LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT - AS LONG AS YOU ARE WILLING TO REPENT, OBEY AND FOLLOW HIM. “TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!”

AS FAR AS OUR TOPIC OF THE DAY, THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES ENTITLED, GOD’S “FOR ALL THINGS ARE YOURS.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH THIS PROMISE, THE “THINGS TO COME ARE OURS.” SO STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL LEAD US IN THE MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY.

WELL, NOW IT’S TIME TO JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “THIS IS MY FATHER’S WORLD.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE CONTINUING WITH US NOW AS WE RETURN TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER THOSE PRECIOUS TRUTHS THAT MIGHT CHALLENGE US TO BE BETTER WORKERS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD - BETTER SERVANTS AND THOSE WHO ACT UPON THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE HAS GIVEN US THROUGH HIS WORD, THE BIBLE. AS MOST OF YOU KNOW WHO CONTINUE WITH US WEEKLY, WE HAVE BEEN TOGETHER IN A STUDY IN 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3. AND THERE AROUND VERSES 21-23, WE HAVE A CONTINUOUS CHALLENGE TO US TO BE THE TYPES OF FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST THAT WE NEED TO BE IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE FOR US. AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT THAT WE CONTINUE TO SEE IS THAT ALL THINGS ARE OURS BECAUSE WE ARE CHRIST'S. WE ARE HIS CHILDREN, WE ARE FOLLOWERS OF GOD, AND THEREFORE WE ARE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WE HAVE MADE MENTION THEN SPECIFICALLY FROM VERSE 22 AND REALLY JUST LOOKED IN CLEAR DETAIL AT MANY OF THE DIFFERENT THINGS PERTAINING TO THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD, AND LIFE AND DEATH, AND THE PRESENT AGE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE THOSE WHO ARE RECIPIENTS OF NOT SOME THINGS OR REALLY OF WHAT WE NEED, BUT OF ALL THINGS IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT GOD HAS BLESSED US WITH. AND SO LAST WEEK WE LOOKED AT SOME OF THE LAST PHRASES FOUND THERE IN VERSE 22 THAT THOSE THINGS PRESENT ARE OURS. IN OTHER WORDS, WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY GOD THE BLESSING TO KNOW THAT ALL THINGS ARE OURS, INCLUDING THOSE THINGS RIGHT NOW THAT WE HAVE NEED A OF - AND RIGHT NOW SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY THAT WE HAVE NEED IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT BE RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF GOD. THE LAST THING THAT HE MAKES MENTION OF THERE IN VERSE 22, AS FAR AS THAT WHICH WE HAVE ALL THINGS PERTAINING TO, HE SAYS - THINGS TO COME, AND THEN HE MAKES THE PHRASE OR STATEMENT ONCE AGAIN, ALL ARE YOURS - EVEN THOSE THINGS TO COME ARE YOURS. AND SO AS WE THINK ABOUT THE IDEA NOT JUST WHAT'S RIGHT NOW BUT THE FUTURE.

DO YOU EVER WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE. DO YOU EVER FIND A CONCERN ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT LIES AHEAD? I THINK IF YOU WILL WE MIGHT WANT TO MARK THERE IN 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3 BECAUSE WE'LL RETURN TO THAT IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. I'D LIKE TO GO BACK ONCE AGAIN TO THE TEXT WE LOOKED AT IN THE PREVIOUS LESSON. AND I'D LIKE TO CONSIDER TOGETHER A STATEMENT THAT IS MADE THERE IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 6, THAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT THERE, BUT SPECIFICALLY VERSE 34. BECAUSE HE STARTS THERE IN VERSE 25 AND IN VERSE 34 WITH THE SAME IDEA OF WORRY OR CONSIDERATIONS ABOUT TOMORROW. AND NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSE 34, “THEREFORE DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, FOR TOMORROW WILL WORRY ABOUT IT'S OWN THINGS. SUFFICIENT FOR THE DAY IS IT'S OWN TROUBLE.” YOU KNOW, WHAT IS IT THAT JESUS WAS ADDRESSING HERE FOR THESE DISCIPLES? THE THINGS OF TOMORROW. HE DOESN'T SAY THAT TOMORROW NECESSARILY WILL NOT COME. HE DOESN'T SAY THAT WE SHOULDN'T BE CONCERNED OR WORK TODAY BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT TOMORROW MIGHT COME. OR THAT I MIGHT SAY WELL, I'M GONNA QUIT MY JOB TODAY BECAUSE THERE MAY BE NO TOMORROW. HE'S NOT ENCOURAGING THAT. HE'S SAYING DON'T WORRY, DON'T BE ANXIOUS, DON'T HAVE ANXIETY ABOUT WHAT TOMORROW HOLDS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THOSE THINGS THAT WE HAVE NEED OF. SO EVEN JESUS SPEAKS ABOUT TOMORROW.

BUT IN RELATIONSHIP TO OUR MAIN TEXT - FIRST CORINTHIANS 3:22 - ALL THINGS ARE YOURS, EVEN THINGS TO COME ARE YOURS. SO EVEN TOMORROW HAS BEEN PREPARED OR IS REALLY A GIFT OF GOD. IF I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, WHO IS THAT A BLESSING FROM? GOD. IF I WAKE UP A YEAR FROM NOW, WHO HAVE I BEEN BLESSED BY? GOD ALMIGHTY. IF I HAVE THE FOOD THAT I NEED TOMORROW AS GOD PROVIDES MY PHYSICAL NEEDS - IF I HAVE THE SHELTER IN THE COURT, WHO HAS GIVEN ME EVERY GOOD GIFT - EVERY PERFECT GIFT? WELL, LAST WEEK WE LOOKED AT JAMES CHAPTER 1 AND 17 AND SAW IT COMES FROM GOD. GOD IS THAT PROVIDER OF NOT ONLY WHAT WE NEED AND DESIRE TODAY BUT ALSO OFTEN WHAT WE NEED AND EVEN DESIRE TOMORROW AND IN THE FUTURE THINGS TO COME. AND SO WE CAN HAVE THAT CONFIDENCE THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR LIVES UP UNTO AND EVEN THE POINT OF DEATH KNOWING THAT GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE US OR FORSAKE US.

I LIKE IT AS WELL THERE IN MATTHEW 28, WHERE AS JESUS AGAIN WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE HIS DISCIPLES IN RELATIONSHIP TO THAT MOMENT WHEN SOON THE CHURCH WOULD BE ESTABLISHED THERE - WHICH WE FIND COME TO FRUITION IN ACTS CHAPTER 2. BUT THERE IN MATTHEW 28 AS HE GIVES THEM THE GREAT COMMISSION, NOTICE WHAT HE ADDS IN VERSE 20, HE SAYS AFTER YOU HAVE GONE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACHED THE GOSPEL AND BAPTIZED THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT - HE THEN SAYS, “TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU; AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTIL THE END OF THE AGE.” I'M ALWAYS WITH YOU. I'LL NEVER LEAVE YOU. YOU SEE, THAT'S WHAT THE HEBREW WRITER TELLS US. THAT'S WHAT SO MANY THROUGHOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS WERE REASSURED WITH - WITH GOD WE ARE NEVER ALONE! GOD DOESN'T LEAVE HIS CHILDREN. GOD DOESN'T LEAVE THE FAITHFUL. AND LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS. EVEN TO THE VERY END I AM WITH YOU.

THAT'S WHY LIKE I WHAT DAVID SAYS THERE IN PSALM 23. IN THE GREAT PSALM THE FAMILIAR SONG OFTEN USED AS A COMFORT TO FAMILIES DURING THE LOSS OF LIFE AND RIGHTFULLY SO BECAUSE IT SAYS, EVEN IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH I WILL FEAR NO EVIL. FOR YOU ARE WITH ME. OH, EVEN IN THE DAYS TO COME - THE THINGS TO COME - WE SHOULD FIND GREAT CONFIDENCE BECAUSE GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US. YOU KNOW, WE MIGHT BE LET DOWN BY FAMILY AND WE MIGHT BE LET DOWN BY THE WORLD, WE MIGHT BE LET DOWN BY OUR JOB, WE MIGHT FIND MANY THINGS OR IN MANY WAYS THAT WE ARE LET DOWN. BUT WITH GOD, HE WILL NEVER LET US DOWN. HE IS A GOD WHO CAN DO IT - WHO WILL DO WHAT HE HAS SAID - WHO HAS THE ABILITY - WHO HAS THE POWER AND THEREFORE WHEN WE ARE OF CHRIST, THE CHILDREN OF GOD, ALL THINGS ARE OURS RIGHT NOW AS WELL AS WE SEE THIS MORNING IN THE DAYS TO COME.

NOW THERE'S ANOTHER PART OF THAT I'D LIKE TO FOCUS ON BECAUSE PERHAPS EVEN MORE THAN THE IDEA OF "TO COME" WAS SPEAKING ABOUT FINAL THINGS OF THE FINAL REWARD. I THINK THAT'S POTENTIALLY SEEN EVEN WITHIN THE SAME TEXT OF 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 3. YOU MIGHT BACK UP WITH ME THERE AND HE'S ACTUALLY BEEN CHALLENGING THE CHRISTIANS EARLIER IN THIS TEXT TO BE GOOD WORKERS OR FELLOW WORKERS IN GOD'S KINGDOM. AND SOME ARE GOING TO BE PLANNERS AND SOME ARE GOING TO BE WATERERS AND THE ABILITY THAT GOD HAS TO GIVE THE INCREASE IS REALLY CONTINGENT ON THE WORK THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO AS WE BUILD UPON THE FOUNDATION WHICH HAS BEEN LAID THERE IN VERSE 11 WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF. BUT THEN HE BEGINS TO TALK ABOUT THE TESTING OF OUR WORK AS WE HAVE THAT FOUNDATION AND WE DO OUR DIFFERENT PARTS AND WE FULFILL OUR DIFFERENT FUNCTION - IN THE FAMILY OF GOD HE BEGINS TO TALK ABOUT HOW DO WE BUILD ACCORDING TO THE PLAN GOD HAS GIVEN. AND SOME OF US BUILD, ACCORDING TO VERSE 12, THE GOLD OR THE SILVER OR PRECIOUS STONES. BUT NOW I WANT YOU NOTICE WITH ME WHAT HE SAYS IN VERSE 13. HE SAYS, “EACH ONE'S WORK WILL BECOME CLEAR; FOR THE DAY WILL DECLARE IT, BECAUSE IT WILL BE REVEALED BY FIRE; AND THE FIRE WILL TEST EACH ONE'S WORK, OF WHAT SORT IT IS.” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT IN THAT END DAY, WHEN WE HAVE FINISHED THE COURSE - WHEN WE HAVE COMPLETED THE OBJECT THAT WE ARE MAKING OR THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON - THE SCULPTURE OR THAT PAINTING OF LIFE THAT WE'REE TRYING TO PRESENT PROPERLY BEFORE GOD THAT HE MIGHT BE PLEASED, WHEN THE END RESULT IS CONSIDERED AND IT'S TESTED BY FIRE. YOU KNOW, YOU THINK ABOUT PRECIOUS METALS AND GOLD AND SOMETIMES STONES AS THEY ARE TESTED BY FIRE TO EITHER CHECK THEIR PURITY OR TO BE ABLE TO REALLY MAKE THEM STRONGER. WHAT ABOUT A CLAY VESSEL THAT IS TESTED BY FIRE IN ORDER THAT IT MIGHT BECOME HARDENED AND BETTER FOR USE IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS? WELL, AGAIN THE IDEA OF THAT TEST THAT IS COMING. AND WHEN IS THAT TEST COMING? IN THAT DAY. IT IS TO COME. IT IS IN THE FUTURE. IT IS AHEAD OF US. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL MUST LOOK FOR AND THAT'S OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE. BECAUSE KNOWING THAT ALL THINGS ARE OURS RIGHT NOW, AND ARE AS THEY ARE TO COME BACK, THAT AGAIN REALLY WILL MOTIVATE US PERHAPS TO SAY I NEED TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN RIGHT NOW TO WORK TOWARD THAT DAY - THAT DAY OF JUDGEMENT - AND GOD'S GOING TO BE WITH ME, YES EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, BUT WHEN THAT DAY COMES AM I'M GOING TO STAND BEFORE HIM WITH ASSURANCE? AM I GOING TO STAND BEFORE HIM AS ONE WHO HAS CONFIDENCE AND BOLDNESS KNOWING THAT I HAVE GIVEN IT MY ALL AND I HAVE PROVEN TO GOD MY LOVE AND GIVEN HIM MY BEST? HOPEFULLY WE WILL ALL BE ABLE TO SAY THAT AND HAVE THAT FEELING AT THAT DAY. BUT AS THOSE THINGS ARE TO COME, THEY ARE ALSO OURS. WE SHOULD HAVE THAT CONFIDENCE AND IF WE'RE LIVING RIGHT WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO HAVE THAT CONFIDENCE THAT WE ARE DOING WHAT IT IS THAT GOD WANTS US TO. WE HAVE EVERY MOTIVATION TO KNOW THAT EVEN IN THE FUTURE WE WILL HAVE THAT REWARD AND WE WILL HAVE THAT PROMISE.

AND SO WE THEN PERHAPS MOVE OVER TO A GOOD PASSAGE IN SECOND 2 CHAPTER 1. AND AS PETER HERE TALKS TO THE FAITHFUL, HE BEGINS TO TELL THEM SEVERAL THINGS ABOUT WHAT IS TO COME. AND WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT WHAT IS TO COME HE SAYS - VERSE 11 FOR INSTANCE 2 PETER 1 AGAIN HE SAY, FOR SO AN ENTRANCE WILL BE SUPPLIED TO YOU ABUNDANTLY INTO THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.” YOU SEE, THESE INDIVIDUALS HAD NOT YET BEEN RECIPIENTS OF THAT FINAL REWARD. THAT FINAL ENTRANCE INTO THAT KINGDOM THAT IS IN HEAVEN - THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM AS HE CALLS IT - BUT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS...IT WAS THEIRS. IT WAS SOMETHING THAT THEY COULD HAVE CONFIDENCE IN. AND WITHIN THE GREATER TEXT HERE THAT'S WHY HE SAYS IN THE VERSE BEFORE, VERSE 10, SO WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING TO MAKE OUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE. TODAY AND TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY AND THE NEXT WEEK AND THE NEXT MONTH AND THE NEXT YEAR - WE SHOULD DO EVERYTHING DAILY TO MAKE OUR CALLING AND ELECTION SURE. THAT WE MIGHT NEVER BE SEEN AS THOSE WHO ARE BLINDED OR THOSE WHO ARE AS SOME OF US MAY BE SHORTSIGHTED - NOT ABLE TO SEE AFAR OFF WITHOUT SOME HELP. YOU SEE, WE ARE ABLE TO SEE CLEARLY BECAUSE WE HAVE LOOKED INTO THAT WHICH GOD HAS GIVEN US THAT PERTAINS TO HIS GODLINESS AND GIVES US ALL THINGS PERTAINING TO GODLINESS AND WHICH DEALS WITH LIFE AND GIVES US ALL THINGS PERTAINING TO LIFE. AND THEREFORE, WE CAN DILIGENTLY COMMIT OURSELVES TO ADD TO OUR FAITH VIRTUE, VIRTUE KNOWLEDGE - KNOWLEDGE SELF-CONTROL, AND THOSE OTHER ISSUES - THE CHRISTIAN BEATITUDES IF YOU WILL THAT ARE GIVEN THERE AND ENCOURAGED SO THAT WE MIGHT KNOW HOW TO LIVE RIGHT NOW AND IN THE DAYS TO COME AS WE WORK TOWARD THAT ENTRANCE.

YOU SEE, THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. IT'S NOT ABOUT JUST WHAT WE HAVE TODAY AND WHAT WE WILL HAVE TOMORROW AND THAT GOD IS GOING TO BE WITH US. IT'S ABOUT THE ULTIMATE GOAL. THE ULTIMATE PRIZE. ISN'T THAT TRUE WITH AN ATHLETE? AN ATHLETE, AS MANY NEW TESTAMENT WRITERS MIGHT REFLECT ON - ESPECIALLY PAUL, THAT INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS GIVEN YEARS OF HIS OR HER LIFE TO PREPARE FOR ONE RACE IN THE OLYMPICS PERHAPS. AND THEY'VE GIVEN ALL THAT SWEAT AND ALL THOSE TEARS OVER THE YEARS TO PREPARE FOR THAT ONE RACE. AND WHAT ARE THEY WORKING TOWARDS? THAT ONE PRIZE. WOW! CAN YOU IMAGINE? 5....10 YEARS..FOR WHAT? ONE GOLD MEDAL? WE SEE THEY HAVE THEIR EYES FIXED PROPERLY. WHAT ABOUT THAT FARMER WHO PREPARES FOR THAT CROP AND HE'S HOPING HE HAS ENOUGH RAIN, AND THE SOIL HAS ENOUGH NUTRIENTS, AND EVERYTHING'S GONNA WORK JUST RIGHT - ENOUGH SUN....NOT TOO MUCH RAIN. ALL THESE FACTORS TO CONSIDER AND WHAT DOES HE DO? HE PREPARES IT ALL - TODAY AND TOMORROW AND THE NEXT DAY TO GET READY FOR WHAT'S TO COME. AND WHEN THAT HARVEST COMES IN, OH HE'S NOT SURPRISED, BECAUSE HE'S DONE ALL THAT HE CAN DO, BUT WHEN THAT HARVEST COMES AND WHAT A DAY OF REJOICING WHEN THOSE CROPS ARE BROUGHT, IN AND THEN HE GAINS THE INCREASE FROM WHAT IT IS THAT HIS GOD HAS BLESSED THEM WITH.

YOU SEE WE IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE HAVE ALL THINGS TO COME, EACH AND EVERY DAY, AND WE KNOW THAT WE THEREFORE CAN STAND BEFORE GOD JUSTIFIED. NOT BECAUSE NECESSARILY OF JUST WHO WE ARE BUT BECAUSE OF THE SACRIFICE THAT WAS MADE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST AND THE BLOODSHED. I AM ABLE TO BE MADE PERFECT THROUGH THAT CLEANSING BLOOD - AND ABLE THEN TO BE SEEN AS AT LEAST ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT WHEN I'M DOING MY PART. YOU SEE, GOD HAS WELL DONE HIS PART AS A FATHER AND HE IS GOING TO DO AND DO AND GIVE AND GIVE AND HELP AND HELP AND PROVIDE AND PROTECT. HE'S GOING TO DO HIS PART EVERY DAY, RIGHT NOW AND IN THOSE THINGS TO COME. FOR THEY ARE OURS. HE CARES, HE TRULY CARES.

BUT THE QUESTION REALLY FOR US TODAY IS: WHAT WILL WE DO TO MAKE SURE THAT TODAY AND TOMORROW AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE IS A DAY WORKING TOWARD THE ULTIMATE PRIZE AND GOAL OF ETERNAL LIFE WITH GOD IN HEAVEN SOMEDAY. YOU SEE, THAT'S THE GREAT CHALLENGE THAT IS BEFORE US - THAT WE MIGHT BE THOSE WHO KNOW, NOT ONLY THAT WE LOVE GOD, BUT THAT GOD KNOWS WE LOVE HIM FOR WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND ARE COMMITTED TO WHAT IT IS THAT HE HAS ASKED OF US IN ALL THINGS. AND THAT'S WHY AS WE GO THROUGHOUT THE NEW TESTAMENT WE FIND AUTHOR AFTER AUTHOR AND BOOK AFTER BOOK PROMISING THE GREAT REWARD, PROMISING THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, PROMISING ETERNAL LIFE - AND WE READ THERE IN REVELATION 21 AND 22 ABOUT JUST HOW WONDERFUL HEAVEN WILL BE AS WE GO TO LIVE WITH GOD AND THOSE MANSIONS PREPARED - ETERNALLY A LIFE THAT NEVER ENDS - A LIFE OF PERFECTION. OH, WHAT A DAY! OH, WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY IT WILL BE KNOWING THAT THOSE THINGS TO COME ARE OURS. YOU SEE THE PROMISES THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US? DO YOU SEE THE STRENGTH THAT WE SHOULD GAIN FROM THAT TO DO WHAT WE MUST TODAY AND TOMORROW? AND ARE YOU WILLING AND READY TO GIVE GOD WHAT YOU NEED TO SO THAT HE'LL SEE THAT YOU TRULY LOVE HIM AND THAT YOU PROVE IT IN YOUR DAILY LIFE.

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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