THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 8-9-15

LESSON TITLE: “UNBELIEF!”

WELCOME

WHAT A WONDERFUL LORD’S DAY IT IS, AS WE AGAIN GATHER TOGETHER BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD TO WORSHIP OUR MAKER! WE ARE SO HAPPY THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY AND TO GIVE THIS TIME TO THE LORD. IN FACT, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE TO BE WITH YOU EVERY SUNDAY MORNING, AS WE CONSIDER TOGETHER, GOD’S LIVING WORD.

IT IS MY HOPE AND PRAYER TODAY THAT WE ARE ALL UPLIFTED IN OUR FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER. FURTHERMORE, I PRAY THAT WE WILL GLORIFY AND PRAISE OUR CREATOR IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP WHICH WE PARTICIPATE IN COLLECTIVELY AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD. AS WE BEGIN OUR HOMAGE TO GOD ON THIS DAY, WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY OF LIFE. WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR THE BLESSINGS THAT WE HAVE - PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL. FOR FATHER WE KNOW ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM YOU AND ONLY FROM YOU. AND FATHER, WE ASK THIS DAY THAT YOU MIGHT HELP US TO LIVE OUR LIVES IN SUCH A WAY TO GIVE YOU GLORY AND HONOR AND TO LIFT YOUR NAME UP, THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND FAITHFUL IN THE END AND RECEIVE THE GREAT REWARD OF HEAVEN AND ETERNAL LIFE. AND FATHER, AS WE RECEIVE THAT GIFT WE LOOK FORWARD TO NOT ONLY BEING WITH YOU BUT SEEING ALL THOSE LOVED ONES WHO HAVE GONE ON BEFORE THAT WE MIGHT BE WITH HIM ETERNALLY AS WELL. WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY, THE LORD'S DAY. IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

I HOPE EVERYONE IS READY TO WORSHIP GOD IN SONG AT THIS TIME! THIS MORNING WE WILL BEGIN BY SINGING A BEAUTIFUL HYMN THAT CHALLENGES US TO BE BOLD AS CHRISTIANS AND STAND UP FOR OUR GOD! SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “SOLDIERS OF CHRIST ARISE.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

CAN YOU BELIEVE WE ARE ALMOST HALF WAY THROUGH 2010 ALREADY? DOESN’T TIME FLY AND SEEM TO PASS TOO QUICKLY? THIS FACT IS EVEN MORE EVIDENT AS WE WATCH OUR KIDS GROW UP, GET BIGGER AND MOVE TOWARD MATURITY. HOW JOYFUL IT IS TO SEE OUR CHILDREN BECOMING THEIR OWN PERSONS, AND MATURING INTO BEAUTIFUL ADULTS. HOWEVER, AT THE SAME TIME HOW SAD, AS WE LOOSE OUR LITTLE BOYS AND GIRLS. OH, HOW WE OFTEN TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED AND THE PRECIOUS LITTLE TIME WE HAVE TO ENJOY MANY OF THESE BLESSINGS OF GOD.

ALL OF THESE IDEAS MAKE ME THINK OF WHAT JAMES SAID IN CHAPTER 4:14 OR HIS BOOK. THERE WE READ THE FAMILIAR VERSE, “WHEREAS YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW. FOR WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? IT IS EVEN A VAPOR THAT APPEARS FOR A LITTLE TIME AND THEN VANISHES AWAY.” NO TRUER WORDS HAVE EVER BEEN SPOKEN, LIFE IS SHORT LIKE A VAPOR. SO WHAT LESSON CAN WE LEARN FROM ALL OF THIS.

I THINK THE GREATEST THING WE CAN LEARN FROM ALL THIS IS HOW WE ALL NEED TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH, SLOW DOWN A LITTLE AND FOCUS ON THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. MOST OF US DON’T EVEN TAKE TIME TO LOOK AT THE ROSES ANY MORE, LET ALONE ACTUALLY STOPPING AND SMELLING THEM.

I AM AFRAID THAT MOST OF US ARE GOING TO WAKE UP ONE DAY AND REALIZE THAT ALL THE WORK, OVERTIME, MONEY, AND THINGS REALLY WERE NOT WORTH IT. WHY? BECAUSE WE MISSED OUT ON THE MOST IMPORTANT AND PRECIOUS PARTS OF LIFE. LIKE SIMPLY ENJOYING WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US AND BLESSED US WITH. HOW ABOUT JUST LOVING GOD, PUTTING HIM FIRST AND ACCOMPLISHING HIS WILL. WE ALSO HAVE HUSBANDS, WIVES, CHILDREN, AND FAMILY. ALL THESE THINGS ARE WONDROUS BLESSING AND PRIVILEGES FROM GOD. GIFTS THAT WE OFTEN SQUANDER AND TAKE FOR GRANTED AT THE TIME. BUT SOME DAY, OH THE REGRETS THAT MAY COME TO OUR MIND.

I KNOW WE ALL LIVE IN THE FAST LANE, AND THE CRAZY PACE OF LIFE WILL PUT MOST OF US IN OUR GRAVES BEFORE OUR TIME. HOWEVER, LET ME JUST ENCOURAGE US ALL AGAIN THIS DAY, TO REEVALUATE WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT. TAKE A SECOND LOOK AT WHO GOD IS AND WHAT HE HAS BLESSED US WITH. AND FINALLY, GET OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT, IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT ACCOMPLISH THE GOOD WILL OF GOD. HOW ABOUT IT, ARE YOU WILLING TO RECONSIDER YOUR CHOICES IN THIS LIFE, ARE YOU READY TO REORGANIZE AND ENJOY ALL THAT GOD HAS BLESSED YOU WITH?

I HOPE YOU WILL CONTINUE WITH US THIS DAY AS WE AGAIN CONSIDER A LESSON FROM OUR NEW SERIES OF STUDY WHICH IS ENTITLED, “BUT THEY ALL… BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSES.” AS FAR AS OUR SPECIFIC MESSAGE OF THE DAY, WE WILL DEAL WITH, “UNBELIEF!” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL BE LEADING OUR MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. WELL, BEFORE OUR LESSON, LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “SUN OF MY SOUL.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE'RE EXCITED TO BEGIN A NEW STUDYING OF GOD TODAY FROM HIS WORD AND WE WILL BEGIN AND FIND OUR SERIES THEME IN THE BOOK OF LUKE CHAPTER 14. IT IS WITHIN LUKE CHAPTER 14 THAT WE HAVE A PARABLE THAT IS TOLD BY JESUS, WHICH IS REFERRED TO - THE PARABLE OF THE GREAT SUPPER. AND IT'S WITHIN THIS PARABLE THAT WE SEE A MAN WHO ACTUALLY INVITES HIS PEOPLE TO A WEDDING FEAST. AND AS THE DAY GROWS NEAR NO ONE REALLY WANTS TO COME. THEY BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSES AND EVENTUALLY THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE CALLS JUST ANYONE - EVEN THOSE WHOM HE DOES NOT KNOW; THE LAME AND THE POOR. AND SO LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT ARE SAID HERE WITHIN THIS PARABLE WITH ME.

WE'LL BEGIN THERE IN VERSE 16 OF LUKE 14, “THEN HE SAID TO HIM, ‘A CERTAIN MAN GAVE A GREAT SUPPER AND INVITED MANY, AND SENT HIS SERVANT AT SUPPERTIME TO SAY TO THOSE WHO WERE INVITED, ‘COME, FOR ALL THE THINGS ARE NOW READY.’ BUT THEY ALL WITH ONE ACCORD BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSES. THE FIRST SAID TO HIM, ‘I HAVE BOUGHT A PIECE OF GROUND, AND I MUST GO AND SEE IT. I ASKED YOU TO HAVE ME EXCUSED.’ AND ANOTHER SAID, ‘I HAVE BOUGHT FIVE YOKE OF OXEN, AND I AM GOING TO TEST THEM. I ASK YOU TO HAVE ME EXCUSED.’ STILL ANOTHER SAID, ‘I HAVE MARRIED A WIFE, AND THEREFORE I CANNOT COME.’ SO THE SERVANT CAME AND REPORTED THESE THINGS TO HIS MASTER. THEN THE MASTER OF THE HOUSE, BEING ANGRY, SAID TO HIS SERVANT, ‘GO OUT QUICKLY INTO THE STREETS AND LANES OF THE CITY, AND BRING IN HERE THE POOR AND THE MAIMED AND THE LAME AND THE BLIND.’ - AND THE SERVANT SAID, ‘MASTER, IT IS DONE AS YOU HAVE COMMANDED, AND STILL THERE IS ROOM.’ AND THEN THE MASTER SAID TO HIS SERVANT, ‘GO OUT INTO THE HIGHWAYS AND THE HEDGES, AND COMPELL THEM TO COME IN, THAT MY HOUSE MAY BE FILLED. FOR I SAY TO YOU THAT NONE OF THOSE MEN WHO WERE INVITED SHALL TASTE MY SUPPER.’”

AS WE SEE THE PARABLE PLAY OUT, OBVIOUSLY THESE PARABLES ARE USUALLY GIVEN A LITTLE BIT OF A DEEPER SPIRITUAL OR HEAVENLY MEANING, BUT DON'T YOU SEE HERE THE IDEA OF GOD AND GOD HAVING INVITED HIS OWN PEOPLE TO THE FEAST...THE WEDDING FEAST....THE JEWS? THOSE WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRST TO RECEIVE JESUS THE MESSIAH AND FIRST TO OBEY THE WILL OF THE MESSIAH AFTER SEEING THE POWER OF JESUS - THE MIRACLES AS WELL AS THOSE THINGS THAT HIS DISCIPLES CONTINUE TO DO. AND ALTHOUGH THEY WERE INVITED TO THAT FEAST WHEN JESUS CAME AND THEY WERE ENCOURAGED TO BE A PART, SO MANY OF THE JEWISH LEADERS AND THE JEWS AS A WHOLE REJECTED HIM. AND THOUGH THEY WERE INVITED THEY WOULD NOT COME AND THEY MADE EXCUSES BUT THEN JESUS, GOD THAT IS, OPENED UP THINGS TO ALL MEN, NO MATTER WHO THEY WERE - NO MATTER WHAT THEIR BACKGROUND, CULTURE, OR EVEN IF THEY WERE AS IT SAYS HERE LAME OR BLIND. HE GAVE ALL OPPORTUNITY TO COME TO THAT FEAST - TO COME TO THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING GOD AND OBEYING GOD.

BUT DO YOU NOTICE HERE AND THE THEME WHICH WE WILL TAKE OUR THOUGHTS FROM OVER THE NEXT MANY MONTHS, THE THINGS THAT ARE SAID THERE IN VERSE 18, WHAT WAS IT THAT THEY DID WHEN THEY WERE APPROACHED BY GOD, WHEN THEY KNEW WHAT GOD WANTED, WHEN THEY SAW THE OPPORTUNITY OR THEY HEARD IT WITH THEIR EARS? VERSE 18 SAYS, “BUT THEY ALL WITH ONE ACCORD BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSES.” DO YOU KNOW ANY RELIGIOUS FOLKS WHO MAKE EXCUSES? WHO LIKE TO LOOK FOR EXCUSES AS TO WHY? MAYBE YOU HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL BEFORE WHO SAYS WELL, I OWE EVERYTHING THAT I AM TO SO-AND-SO BECAUSE I'M A SERMVANT OF GOD. BUT THEN ON THE OTHER HAND YOU TALK TO SOMEBODY ELSE WHO SAYS WELL, IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM, OR IF IT WASN'T FOR HER, OR IF IT WASN'T FOR MY PARENTS, OR IF IT WASN'T FOR WHAT MY SISTER DID, OR IF IT WASN'T FOR WHAT MY BROTHER DID, OR IF IT WASN'T FOR WHAT MY BROTHER IN CHRIST DID THEN I WOULD STILL BE A GOOD CHRISTIAN. EXCUSES, LOOKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO BLAME. SOMETHING ELSE TO BLAME. WELL IF ONLY GOD HAD BEEN CLEARER. WELL IF ONLY GOD HADN'T BEEN SO MEAN TO PEOPLE....

YOU SEE HOW PEOPLE BEGIN TO MAKE EXCUSES? HOW THEY BEGIN TO TRY TO JUSTIFY WHY THEY DO OR DO NOT DO THINGS? WHY THEY ACCEPT OR WILL NOT ACCEPT THINGS? WHY THEY CHOOSE TO FOLLOW OR CHOOSE NOT TO FOLLOW CERTAIN THINGS OF GOD BECAUSE OF WHAT? THEY WANT WHAT THEY FILL AND WHAT THEY DESIRE AND IMMEDIATELY THEY BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSES AS TO WHY THEY EITHER WILL NOT DO IT - WHY THEY HAVE A RIGHT NOT TO DO IT - WHY GOD DOESN'T EXPECT THEM TO DO IT OR THEY MIGHT EVEN COME UP WITH EXCUSES AS TO HOW THEY CAN GET OUT OF IT. WELL, YOU KNOW MAN HAS BEEN MAKING EXCUSES FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. WHAT ABOUT EVEN IN THE GARDEN WHEN WE FIND THERE MAN MAKING EXCUSES WITH THAT WOMAN THAT YOU GAVE ME. WHAT ABOUT EVE MAKING EXCUSES. OH, BUT THAT SERPENT! NOT JUST THE BLAME GAME - MAKING EXCUSES. ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE SCAPEGOAT, ALWAYS WANTING TO PASS THE BUCK.

AND SO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO LOOK AT OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS IS THE IDEA OF WHAT TYPES OF EXCUSES DO PEOPLE USE TO EITHER JUSTIFY WHY THEY DO OR DO NOT DO SOMETHING OR TO REALLY MANY CONFIRM WHY THEY FEEL THEY DON'T HAVE TO DO SOMETHING IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT GOD HAS SAID AND ACTUALLY CONFIRMED IN HIS WORD. BECAUSE THE BIBLE IS CLEAR - JESUS HAS GIVEN US A COMMANDMENT...A COVENANT - THE NEW TESTAMENT. HE HAS GIVEN US AN AGREEMENT, THE LAW OF CHRIST, THAT WE SHOULD FOLLOW IF WE LOVE GOD AND OBEY IF WE WILL PROVE WE ARE WORTHY BEFORE HIM.

AND SO TODAY WHAT WE WANT TO BEGIN TO FIRST LOOK AT IS SOMETHING THAT'S VERY OBVIOUS AND IT'S THE CONCEPT OF BELIEF. YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT JESUS HIMSELF IN JOHN CHAPTER 8 SAID, UNLESS YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM HE YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS. SOMETIMES PEOPLE REALLY WONDER WHAT WAS BEING SAID THERE. IT'S A PRETTY SIMPLE STATEMENT, YOU CAN LEAVE THE I AM HE OUT, AND EXCEPT SOMEONE BELIEVES YOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SIN. WELL YOU SEE THERE IS A NEED TO BELIEVE SOMETHING. THERE'S A NEED TO NOT JUST TO BELIEVE IT BUT TO ACT ON IT AND THIS BEGINS TO SHOW US THAT BELIEF AND TRUE BELIEF IS MORE THAN JUST SAYING OH YEAH, I THINK THERE'S A GOD BUT YOU KNOW I DON'T OBEY HIM. I'M NOT GONNA FOLLOW HIM. BELIEF IS MUCH MORE - TRUE BELIEF...GODLY BELIEF IS MUCH MORE THAN THAT BECAUSE HERE HE SAYS UNLESS YOU BELIEVE THAT I AM HE - HE GETS SPECIFIC WHAT ONE MUST BELIEVE - THAT I AM THE CHRIST, THAT I AM THE SON OF GOD. EXCEPT YOU BELIEVE SPECIFICALLY THAT I AM HE AND DO WHAT LOVE? LOVE ME ENOUGH TO DO WHAT THAT MEANS. OBEY MY COMMANDMENTS. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE?

WELL AGAIN SOMEONE MIGHT SAY, AND YOU'VE HAD FRIENDS BEFORE AND NO DOUBT YOU'VE MET INDIVIDUALS BEFORE, WHO SAY YES, I BELIEVE THERE'S A GOD. BUT YET YOU LOOK AT THEIR LIVES, YOU HEAR THE THINGS THAT COME OUT OF THEIR MOUTH, AND YOU SEE THEY'RE NOT FAITHFUL TO ANY RELIGION AND YOU BEGIN IMMEDIATELY AS WELL THEN TO KNOW THAT'S NOT TRUE BELIE. THAT'S NOT TRUE BELIEF TO SAY OH, I THINK THERE'S PROBABLY A GOD AND THERE'S A GOD UP THERE AND YOU KNOW HE JUST DOESN'T CARE AS LONG AS YOU TRY TO BE AS GOOD AS YOU CAN AND LIVE AS GOOD OF A LIFE AS YOU CAN. IS THAT WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES? IS THAT REALLY WHAT JESUS SAID? CERTAINLY NOT! IN FACT, WE CAN EVEN GO OVER TO MARK CHAPTER 16 AND THE GREAT COMMISSION AND YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME WHEN JESUS THERE WAS GIVING THAT COMMISSION TO HIS DISCIPLES HE SAID, “GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE. HE WHO BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED.” WELL, IN ORDER TO BE SAVED WHAT'S NECESSARY? BELIEF IN BAPTISM. DO YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE TO BE SAVED? YES - BUT HE DOESN'T STOP THERE. HE GOES ON IN THE SAME VERSE TO SAY, BUT HE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE. HE WHO IS UNBELIEVING WILL BE CONDEMNED.

NOW WHAT DOES THAT THEN MEAN? WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO US AS CHRISTIANS? WELL, I THINK WHEN WE CONSIDER THE IDEA OF UNBELIEF AGAIN WE JUST LOOK AT THE GENERAL AND WE SAY WELL, YOU KNOW UNBELIEF MEANS THAT SOMEBODY COMPLETELY REJECTS GOD. THEY DON'T FOLLOW GOD AT ALL AND THEY DON'T EVEN BELIEVE THERE IS A GOD LIGHT LIKE MAYBE AN ATHEIST. THAT'S SOMEONE WHO HAS UNBELIEF. IS THAT REALLY WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES? CERTAINLY NOT, THAT'S NOT WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES. WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES IS SUCH AS IS SHOWN IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 3 AND WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN THERE AND WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT THAT WAS SOME EXAMPLES FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT AS WELL. BUT IT IS HERE IN HEBREWS CHAPTER 3 THAT MOSES AND CHRIST ARE BEING COMPARED. AND THAT'S SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT UNDER THE LAW OF MOSES THERE WAS A WAY TO BE SAVED UNDER SALVATION FOR THOSE WHO WOULD BE OF THE CIRCUMCISION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. BUT ALSO UNDER THE LAW OF CHRIST WE KNOW THERE IS THE SAME. WELL EARLY ON IN CHAPTER 3 WHAT HE SAYS IS THAT MOSES WAS GREAT BUT CHRIST IS GREATER! MOSES WAS IN THE HOUSE BUT HE ACTUALLY SAYS THERE THAT JESUS IS THE BUILDER OF THE HOUSE. HE IS GOD IN THE FLESH. AND SO AS HE BEGINS TO MAKE THAT COMPARISON THEN HE GOES OFF INTO A DISCUSSION CONCERNING ISRAEL. AND IN THE DAYS OF MOSES WHEN MOSES FOLLOWED GOD, WHICH WOULD BE INCLUSIVE OF JESUS THE LORD, WHEN MOSES WAS FOLLOWING GOD AND ISRAEL WAS SUPPOSED TO FOLLOW GOD NOTICE WHAT THE WARNING WAS, NOT ONLY TO THEM, BUT THE WARNING NOW TO THE HEBREW BRETHREN. VERSE 12 FOR INSTANCE, “BEWARE, BRETHREN, LEST THERE BE IN ANY OF YOU AN EVIL HEART OF UNBELIEF IN DEPARTING FROM THE LIVING GOD.” THEY WERE INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE IN THE LIVING GOD, FOLLOWING THE LIVING GOD, THEY BELIEVED IN GOD.

SO WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM? JUST THAT THEY ACTUALLY QUIT BELIEVING? NO, THE PROBLEM WAS THAT THEY NO LONGER WERE OBEDIENT. IN FACT, VERSE 13 SAYS THAT THEY HAD HARDENED THEIR HEART BECAUSE OF SIN. DID ISRAEL HARDEN THEIR HEART CONTINUALLY BECAUSE OF SIN AND SHOW A LACK OF BELIEF IN GOD? YES, AND ALTHOUGH ISRAEL STILL WOULD'VE CLAIMED TO BE THE PEOPLE OF GOD EVEN IN THEIR SIN AND WICKEDNESS AT TIMES THEY WOULD'VE CLAIMED GOD TO BE THEIR GOD, WHAT DO WE SEE? THEY DID NOT BELIEVE TRULY BECAUSE THEY DID NOT OBEY. AND THAT'S ACTUALLY WHAT HE GOES ON TO SAY AS HE COMPARES WHAT HAPPENED IN EGYPT. AND HE SAYS HOW GOD BROUGHT THEM OUT OF EGYPT BY POWER, IN VERSE 16, AND BECAUSE OF THEIR WICKEDNESS AND THEIR LACK OF WILLINGNESS TO OBEY AND FOLLOW HIM TO ENTER THE PROMISED LAND (VERSE 17) IT SAYS THEIR CORPSES FAILED IN THE WILDERNESS. YOU AND I KNOW THAT EVERYONE OVER 20 YEARS OLD THAT SINNED IN THE WILDERNESS WERE NOT ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO THE PROMISED LAND, THE LAND OF CANAAN WHEN JOSHUA AND ISRAEL ARRIVED THERE 40 YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS WANDERINGS. AND SO THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT'S BEING COMPARED, THEIR CORPSES FAILED, THEY WERE DEAD. THEY DIED IN THE WILDERNESS BECAUSE OF THEIR SIN.

DID THEY BELIEVE IN GOD DURING THAT TIME? THEY SAW HIS POWER. THEY WERE EATING THE MANNA, THEY WERE EATING THE QUAIL. THEY BELIEVED IN GOD, WHAT WAS THEIR PROBLEM? LET'S READ VERSE 18 AND 19, “AND TO WHOM DID HE SWEAR THAT THEY WOULD NOT ENTER HIS REST, BUT TO THOSE WHO,” WHAT, “DID NOT OBEY.” WHAT WAS ISRAEL'S PROBLEM IN THE DAYS OF MOSES? THEY WOULDN'T OBEY GOD. THEY KNEW WHO GOD WAS, THEY BELIEVED THAT GOD WAS REAL, THEY EVEN BELIEVED IN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT GOD SAID AND THEY MIGHT HAVE EVEN BEEN DOING SOME OF THE THINGS THAT GOD SAID BUT THEY WOULD NOT OBEY SOME OF WHAT GOD COMMANDED AND WE FURTHER KNOW THAT BECAUSE OF VERSE 19. SO WE SEE THAT THEY COULD NOT ENTER BECAUSE OF GUESS WHAT WORD? UNBELIEF. THEY COULD NOT ENTER THE PROMISED LAND BECAUSE THEY DID NOT BELIEVE - THEY DID NOT TRULY BELIEVE UNTO WHAT? OBEDIENCE.

YOU SEE, WE CAN TALK A GOOD GAME ALL DAY LONG. WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE FACT OF HOW WE LOVE GOD OR WE BELIEVE IN GOD OR HOW WE'RE A CHRISTIAN, OR HOW WE'RE THIS OR HOW WE'RE THAT, AND YET IF OUR LIVES AND OUR ACTIONS AND OUR WORDS DON'T PROVE SUCH - IF THEY'RE NOT ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD - IF THEY'RE NOT OBEDIENT TO THE SCRIPTURES OF THE BIBLE, GUESS WHAT? WE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. WE ARE CONSIDERED AS THOSE, ALTHOUGH WE MIGHT BELIEVE IN GOD AND BE GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE MOTIONS, WE ARE CONSIDERED AS THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE. WHO ARE BELIEVERS BECAUSE A BELIEVER - ONE WHO LOVES GOD - DOES WHAT HE SAYS.

THERE IS A NEAT EXAMPLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THESE THINGS FOUND OVER IN THE BOOK OF NUMBERS. IF YOU WANT TO TURN THERE IN YOUR BIBLES TO NUMBERS 20 AND IT'S HERE AGAIN CONCERNING MOSES AND HOW MOSES CERTAINLY WAS A RECIPIENT OF THE SIN THAT HE HAD COMMITTED. REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS TOLD TO SPEAK TO THE ROCK AND HE STRUCK IT? AND GOD CERTAINLY BECAUSE OF THAT SIN SAID ALSO YOU WILL NOT ENTER INTO THE PROMISED LAND BUT THEN LATER USED JOSHUA TO TAKE THE PEOPLE INTO THE PROMISED LAND. BUT THERE IN NUMBERS CHAPTER 20 I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME WHAT IT IS THAT GOD SAYS TO MOSES AND ABOUT MOSES AS TO WHY HE WOULD NOT ENTER INTO THAT REST - THE SAME THING THE HEBREW WRITER WAS SAYING EARLIER. NUMBERS 20, LOOK AT VERSE 12, “THEN THE LORD SPOKE TO MOSES AND AARON,” AND SAID, “BECAUSE YOU DID NOT BELIEVE ME, TO HALLOW ME IN THE EYES OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, THEREFORE YOU SHALL NOT BRING THIS ASSEMBLY INTO THE LAND WHICH I HAVE GIVEN THEM.” BECAUSE MOSES DID NOT WHAT? BECAUSE YOU DID NOT BELIEVE ME. WHAT? WHO ON EARTH WOULD SAY MOSES DIDN'T BELIEVE IN GOD? WHO ON EARTH WOULD SAY MOSES WASN'T A TRUE FOLLOWER OF GOD? A FAITHFUL FOLLOWER OF GOD?

YOU SEE, ANYBODY WOULD ADMIT THAT. TODAY I CAN ADMIT THAT THE BIBLE SAYS THAT MOSES WAS FAITHFUL. YES HE SINNED. HE COMMITTED SINS BUT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE SINNED? WHEN HE SINNED AND CHOSE SIN GOD SAYS IT'S AS IF YOU'RE AN UNBELIEVER BECAUSE YOU DID NOT BELIEVE. SURE HE KNEW WHO GOD WAS. SURE HE OBEYED MOST OF WHAT GOD SAID BUT HE CHOSE TO BREAK HIS COVENANT IN ONE AREA. AND GOD CALLED IT UNBELIEF. NOW THANKFULLY MOSES, I BELIEVE, CORRECTED THAT. HE REPENTED AS WE CAN AND HE GOT THINGS RIGHT WITH GOD. CERTAINLY WE HAVE A GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST BUT HOW EXCITING IT IS TO SEE THE OPPORTUNITY THAT IS OURS TO, NOT ONLY KNOW GOD, BUT TO BELIEVE IN GOD AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT REALLY AT THE HEART OF BELIEF IS THIS ABILITY TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT GOD SAYS IN ALL THINGS.

THERE'S A GOOD EXAMPLE I THINK OVER IN THE BOOK OF ACTS. AND IT AGAIN SHOWS US - AND I'M REALLY FOCUSING TODAY ON THE IDEA OF THIS SPECIFIC WORD FROM THE ORIGINAL BELIEF - BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND. BELIEF IS NOT JUST A FEELING OR SOMETHING LIKE INDIGESTION THAT WE MIGHT HAVE. BELIEF IS SOMETHING WE ACT ON. THERE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS IN CHAPTER 16, IT'S INTERESTING THAT WHEN THE PHILIPPIAN JAILER BELIEVED WHAT HAPPENED? HE ACTED UPON THAT BELIEF. IN FACT, YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THAT AS PAUL AND SILAS WERE THERE SINGING IN PRISON, THAT WHEN THEY SPOKE TO THE JAILER, DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT IT WAS THAT THEY TOLD THE JAILER WHEN HE SAYS WHAT MUST I DO? I'VE SEEN THE POWER OF GOD. I KNOW THAT YOU'RE FROM THE TRUE GOD. THEY SAID (VERSE 31) BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS AND YOU AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD WILL BE SAVED. BELIEVE. AND SO WHAT DID HE SAY? OKAY, YEAH. I THINK THERE'S A GOD...I THINK...NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT HE DID. IT SAYS IMMEDIATELY THE SAME HOUR OF THE NIGHT THEY WERE BAPTIZED. WHY? THEY BELIEVEED, VERSE 33, THEY BELIEVED WHAT IT WAS THAT THEY HAD BEEN TAUGHT ABOUT JESUS. DO YOU SEE WHAT BELIEF PRODUCED? DO YOU SEE WHAT BELIEF PRODUCED IN MOSES? FAITHFUL ACTION. DOES THAT MEAN THAT HE'S PERFECT? ARE ANY OF US PERFECT? NO, WE MIGHT SIN. WE CAN REPENT OF SIN BUT IT MEANS THAT WE'RE TRYING / STRIVING FOR THAT PERFECTION. IT MEANS THAT BELIEF CHALLENGES ME, NOT ONLY TO KNOW GOD AND KNOW THE WILL OF GOD, BUT TO TRY TO DO WHAT IT IS THAT GOD HAS SAID. AND THEREFORE, THAT BELIEF IN ACTION IS OFTEN DESCRIBED AS WHAT? FAITH. BY FAITH, HEBREWS 11, NOAH DID THIS. BY FAITH MOSES DID THIS. BY FAITH...DO YOU SEE ON AND ON?

YOU SEE, IT IS THAT BELIEF THAT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO BE UNDERSTOOD AS SOMEONE WHO TRULY WILL DO THE WILL OF GOD. SO LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU TO STOP MAKING EXCUSES. STOP FALLING IN THE CATEGORY OF BEING AN UNBELIEVER BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ACCEPT ALL THAT GOD SAYS AND OBEY ALL OF HIS COMMANDMENTS. IF YOUR PICKING AND CHOOSING THE LAWS OF GOD YOU LIKE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT YOU'RE AN UNBELIEVER. IF YOU'VE NOT SUBMITTED TO THE PLAN OF SALVATION AS GIVEN BY CHRIST YOU'RE A UNBELIEVER. IF YOU'RE DOING SOME OF THE THINGS, SAYING SOME OF THE STUFF, GOING THROUGH SOME OF THE MOTIONS YOU'RE AN UNBELIEVER. SUBMIT FULLY TO GOD TODAY! BELIEVE WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART, ALL OF YOUR SOUL, ALL OF YOUR MIND, ALL OF YOUR STRENGTH, GIVE YOUR BEST TO GOD AND KNOW THAT THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS CERTAINLY ARE THE FAITHFUL. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD? AND ARE YOU LIVING IN SUCH A WAY AS TO PROVE IN EACH AND EVERY WAY OF YOUR LIFE THAT HE IS THE CENTER OF YOUR UNIVERSE?

CLOSING COMMENTS

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN GIVING THIS TIME TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. 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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HOW THANKFUL WE SHOULD BE TO GOD THAT WE CAN KNOW HIS WILL AND FOLLOW IT UNTO OBEDIENCE. THUS, MAY WE NEVER FAIL TO OBEY GOD OR DO HIS WILL, FALLING INTO THE PATTERN OF UNBELIEF. ARE YOU A TRUE BELIEVER?