THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: “9-20-15"

LESSON TITLE: “BAD INFLUENCES!”

WELCOME

DANIEL OF OLD ONCE PROCLAIMED, “BLESSED BE THE NAME OF GOD FOREVER AND EVER, FOR WISDOM AND MIGHT ARE HIS,” (DANIEL 2:20) TRULY, HOW BLESSED THE NAME OF OUR LORD IS TO US FOR HE IS ALL KNOWING AND ALL POWERFUL. WE THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY FOR THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO GOD.

IT WILL AGAIN BE OUR PRIVILEGE TODAY TO BE UPLIFTED THROUGH OUR COMMITMENT TO SERVING GOD AS COMMANDED, AS WE APPROACH HIS ALMIGHTY THRONE. WHAT A BLESSING WE HAVE THIS DAY TO REVERENCE OUR GOD THROUGH PRAYER, SONG AND THE STUDY OF HIS MATCHLESS WORD. WON’T YOU DO YOUR PART THIS MORNING TO SEE THAT OUR ASSEMBLY TOGETHER IS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD, THAT WE MAY GLORIFY HIM IN ALL THINGS? 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 THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN TO BE YOUR SERVANTS. AND FATHER HELP US THIS DAY TO BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU FULL WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH AS FAITHFUL CHILDREN. TO GIVE OUR VERY BEST ACCORDING TO WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND ACCEPTABLE IN ALL THINGS. FATHER WE ARE NOT ONLY AWARE OF THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF THIS LIFE BUT WE THANK YOU FOR THE PROMISE OF HEAVEN, THAT WE ALL CAN LOOK FORWARD TO SOMEDAY IF WE HAVE BEEN FOUND FAITHFUL IN THE END AFTER HAVING LIVED ACCORDING TO YOUR PERFECT WILL. THANK YOU FOR THE GIFT OF JESUS AND HIS NAME WE PRAY AMEN

ONE OF THE GREATEST BLESSINGS WHICH WE HAVE FROM OUR GOD IS HIS WILLINGNESS TO TEACH US ALL THINGS THROUGH HIS WORD. WE LEARN OF WONDROUS PROMISES FROM GOD, LIKE THE GREAT REWARD RESERVED FOR THE FAITHFUL IN THE END. WITH THAT IN MIND, WE WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE THIS DAY. THE FIRST HYMN OF THE MORNING IS ENTITLED, “TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

WE MENTIONED EARLY THIS MORNING, JUST HOW BLESSED OUR GOD IS. DANIEL PROCLAIMED THAT GOD WAS BLESSED FOR HE HAD REVEALED TO DANIEL IN A NIGHT VISION THE INTERPRETATION OF THE KINGS DREAM. ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHICH HELPS US TO FURTHER CLARIFY THIS POINT IS FOUND BY DAVID IN ONE OF THE GREAT PSALMS. READ WITH ME FROM CHAPTER 113, VERSES 1-2, “PRAISE THE LORD! PRAISE, O SERVANTS OF THE LORD, PRAISE THE NAME OF THE LORD! BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD FROM THIS TIME FORTH AND FOREVERMORE!” HERE DAVID PRAISES HIS GOD AND PROCLAIMS HIS BLESSEDNESS, BUT WHY? THIS GREAT KING OF GOD GOES ON TO CONFIRM HOW WONDROUS, GREAT AND CARING GOD IS TO HIS CHILDREN. FINALLY, NOTICE WHAT JOB SAID ABOUT THE BLESSED GOD HE SERVED. IN JOB 1:21, WE READ, “"NAKED I CAME FROM MY MOTHER'S WOMB, AND NAKED SHALL I RETURN THERE. THE LORD GAVE, AND THE LORD HAS TAKEN AWAY; BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.” HERE WE FIND A MAN OF GOD WHO HAD BEEN MIGHTILY BLESSED. HOWEVER, HE HAD BEEN TEMPTED BY SATAN AND HAD LOST IT ALL. WHAT DOES HE THEN DECLARE ABOUT GOD? THAT GOD IS BLESSED, THE GIVER OF ALL, AND AS SUCH THAT HE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE AWAY. OH, WHAT AN ENCOURAGING THOUGHT ABOUT OUR GOD.

THE QUESTION WE MUST CONSIDER IS, “JUST HOW MANY OF US REALLY UNDERSTAND JUST HOW BLESSED OUR LORD IS.” PLEASE CONSIDER THIS DAY ALL THAT YOUR GOD HAS DONE, IS DOING AND THAT WHICH HE HAS PROMISED TO DO FOR ALL OF US. THEN MAY WE ALL BOLDLY COME BEFORE HIS THRONE AND THOSE OF THIS WORLD, TO PROCLAIM HIM AS TRULY BLESSED.

AS FAR AS OUR TOPIC OF THE DAY, THIS MORNING WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES ENTITLED, “BUT THEY ALL BEGAN TO MAKE EXCUSES.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE DAY WILL DEAL WITH, “BAD INFLUENCES?” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL BE LEADING US IN THE MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “TO CANAAN’S LAND I’M ON MY WAY.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO THE STORE MAYBE PICKED UP SOME FRUIT OR PERHAPS SOME KIND OF VEGETABLE AND IT LOOKED SO GOOD, AND IT'S PACKAGED NICELY. AND YOU GET HOME, YOU OPEN IT UP, AND YOU TAKE ONE OF THOSE PIECES OF FRUIT OR AN APPLE OUT OF THE BAG AND YOU NOTICE IN THE CENTER THAT THERE IS ONE ROTTEN OR MAYBE YOU'VE GOT THAT ROTTEN STRAWBERRY IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THOSE OTHER STRAWBERRIES IN THAT CARTON. AND YOU BEGIN TO LOOK AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENED BECAUSE THAT ONE BEGAN TO ROTT OR THAT MOLD BEGAN TO GET ON THAT ONE THEN IT REALLY BEGAN TO SPREAD TO ALL OF THEM THAT WERE AROUND THAT ONE. AND WE GENERALLY DON'T WANT TO EAT THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN EITHER ROTTED OR ARE TO STARTING TO BE ROTTED OR AFFECTED BY THE ONE THAT HAD ALREADY ROTTED. AND SO WE THINK ABOUT THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE CLEAR IDEA THAT SOMETIMES SOMETHING CAN DRASTICALLY AFFECT SOMETHING ELSE; AS THAT ROTTEN APPLE CAN CAUSE OTHERS TO BE ROTTED. AND YOU'RE CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO TAKE THAT ROTTEN APPLE IN AND WASH IT THEN PUT IT RIGHT BACK IN THAT BAG AND STORE IT WITH THE OTHER APPLES IN YOUR HOUSE BECAUSE YOU KNOW IT'S STILL GOING TO CREATE THE SAME PROBLEM AND IS GOING TO AFFECT OTHERS. AND SO WE AUTOMATICALLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE ONE ROTTEN APPLE CAN DESTROY THE OTHERS.

WELL IS THAT NOT ALSO TRUE REALLY IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE. ISN’T IT TRUE THAT SOMETIMES IN LIFE THAT ONE BAD APPLE CAN RUIN THE OTHERS. IT MAY NOT HAPPEN INSTANTANEOUSLY, IT MAY NOT EVEN HAPPEN OVERNIGHT, BUT OVER JUST A LITTLE BIT OF TIME WE CAN SEE WHERE SOMETHING THAT IS BAD, OR SOMETHING THAT IS BEING DONE THAT IS NOT GOOD, REALLY BEGINS TO DRASTICALLY AFFECT OTHERS. THE OUTCOME OF SITUATIONS EVEN EVENTS YOU SEE AGAIN THE FACT IS AS THE BIBLE CLEARLY TEACHES THE PEOPLE WE’RE AROUND, THE PEOPLE WE CHOOSE TO BE WITH, OUR FRIENDS HAVE A GREAT AFFECT ON EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US.

REALLY IN THE PROVERBS WE FIND THE WISE MAN SPEAKING ABOUT SOME OF THESE VERY THINGS IN FACT ONE SUCH PLACE IS FOUND THEIR PROVERBS CHAPTER 22. IF YOU LOOK THERE WITH ME IN VERSE 24 OF THAT TEXT IT SAYS THIS, “MAKE NO FRIENDSHIP WITH AN ANGRY MAN, AND WITH A FURIOUS MAN DO NOT GO,” AND THEN HE ADDS THIS, “LEST YOU LEARN HIS WAYS AND SET A SNARE FOR YOUR SOUL.” WOW WHAT A POWERFUL STATEMENT. HE SAYS IF YOU OR SOMEBODY MAKES FRIENDSHIP WITH AN ANGRY MAN OR ARE SOMEONE WHO REALLY IS AFFECTED BY THAT FURIOUS ONE. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? WELL, YOU'RE GOING TO BEGIN TO DEMONSTRATE SOME OF THOSE VERY SAME CHARACTERISTICS; THE WARNING IS LEST YOU ALSO GET CAUGHT UP IN THESE TYPES OF THINGS. WHEN YOU ARE AROUND THAT PERSON THAT IS ALWAYS MAYBE LOUD AND OBNOXIOUS GUESS WHAT BEGINS TO HAPPEN TO US SOMETIMES? WE BEGIN TO IMITATE THOSE THINGS AS THAT PERSON WHO MAYBE IS SAYING THINGS AND USING LANGUAGE THEY SHOULDN’T USE. GUESS WHAT HAPPENES WHEN IT BECOMES MORE COMMONPLACE TO US AND WE BEGIN TO USE THAT LANGUAGE, (COMPUTER MESS UP), AND THEY BEGIN MAYBE TO SMOKE, OR EVEN TAKE A DRINK, OR TAKE DRUGS, OR DO SOME THINGS THAT ARE NOT RIGHT. WHAT HAPPENED WELL LITTLE BY LITTLE WE BEGIN TO THINK WELL YOU KNOW MAYBE THAT'S NOT SO BAD. EVIL COMPANIONS CAN AFFECT US, BAD COMPANY CAN REALLY AFFECT US. WERE GOING TO LOOK AT THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.

BEFORE WE LEAVE THE BOOK OF PROVERBS I WANT YOU TO GO BACK WITH ME TO PROVERBS CHAPTER 12. IN CHAPTER 12 NOTICE THERE WITH ME VERSE 26 AS HE ADDS ANOTHER ENCOURAGEMENT ABOUT THE SAME PROBLEM. THE VERSE THERE SAYS, “THE RIGHTEOUS SHOULD CHOOSE HIS FRIENDS CAREFULLY, FOR THE WAY OF THE WICKED LEADS THEM ASTRAY.” SO BE CAREFUL WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE BECAUSE YOUR FRIENDS CAN EITHER MAKE YOU BETTER OR WORSE. THEY CAN EITHER LEAD YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND YOU END UP FINDING THAT YOU ARE THE PERSON YOU NEED TO BE FOR GOD BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED. OR YOUR FRIENDS CAN LEAD YOU THE OTHER WAY, THE WAY OF THE WICKED CAN LEAD YOU INTO PERVERSE THINGS. EVIL THINGS CAN ACTUALLY CAUSE YOU AT TIMES TO DO THINGS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE NEVER CONSIDERED DOING. BUT BECAUSE OF PEER PRESSURE, AND BECAUSE OF PROBLEMS SUCH AS GIVING IN AND DOING THINGS NOT ONLY THAT ARE WRONG AND SINFUL, BUT THAT ARE CONTRARY TO GOD.

NOW LET'S GO OVER TO THE NEW TESTAMENT BECAUSE THERE IS THE SAME IDEA THAT IS PRESENT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT ABOUT WATCHING OUT WHO OUR FRIENDS ARE AND BEING CAREFUL WHO WE’RE AROUND BECAUSE CERTAINLY IT CAN AFFECT US. LET'S BEGIN WITH PAUL THERE IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15:33 WHEN IT SAYS, “EVIL COMPANIONS CORRUPT GOOD HABITS.” BUT WHEN YOU NOTICE WHAT HAS BEEN SPOKEN OF WITHIN THIS CONTEXT THERE WERE THOSE WHO WERE DENYING BIBLICAL TRUTH. SPECIFICALLY HERE IT SAYS CONCERNING THE RESURRECTION. THERE WERE THOSE WHO ARE DENYING THAT JESUS HAD RESURRECTEDD AND THERE WERE SOME WHO WERE DENYING THAT WE WOULD SOMEDAY RESURRECT, AND THEN THERE WERE SOME WHO BELIEVED IN JESUS RESURRECTING. BUT THEY SAID WE WILL RESURRECT LIKE YOU DID. YOU SEE THERE WAS A PROBLEM IN ACCEPTING WHAT GOD SAID ABOUT JESUS RESURRECTING ON THE THIRD DAY, AND THAT WE WILL ALSO SOMEDAY BE RESURRECTED IF WE DIE BEFORE THE LORD COMES AGAIN, AND ALL OF THE DEAD WILL RISE FROM THE GRAVE.

PAUL TELLS THE THESSALONIAN CHURCH IN 1 CORINGTHIANS 15:32, HE SAYS, “IF, IN THE MANNER OF MEN, I HAVE FOUGHT WITH BEASTS AT EPHESUS, WHAT ADVANTAGE IS IT TO ME? IF THE DEAD DO NOT RISE, ‘LET US EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE!’ DO NOT BE DECEIVED: ‘EVIL COMPANIONS CORRUPT GOOD HABITS.’ AWAKE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND DO NOT SIN; FOR SOME DO NOT HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.” SOME HAD REJECTED THE TRUTH OF GOD THAT TAKES OUR STUDY REALLY TO THE NEXT LEVEL, TO ME THE MOST IMPORTANT LEVEL, BECAUSE NOT ONLY ARE WE AFFECTED BY THE WORLD THE THAT WE ARE AROUN,D IN THE THINGS IN THE WORLD. AND NOT ONLY DO WE ALLOW MAYBE OUR ASSOCIATIONS, AND OUR FRIENDS TO SOMETIMES CAUSE US TO GO AGAINST OUR CONSCIENCE OR WHAT WE KNOW TO BE TRUE IN SCRIPTURE. BUT THIS IS TALKING ABOUT CHRISTIANS THE CORINTHIAN LETTER WAS WRITTEN TO THOSE WHO WERE IN THE CHURCH, SAINTS, AND GUESS WHAT HE IS SAYING? HE IS SAYING SOME OF YOU NEED TO WAKE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS AND GET OUT OF YOUR SIN. AND WHAT WAS THEIR SIN? THEY WEREN'T TEACHING THE TRUTH ON THE RESURRECTION. PAUL ACTUALLY WENT SO FAR THERE TO SAY IF THERE'S NO RESURRECTION OF MAN LET'S HAVE A PARTY, LET'S SIN, AND LET'S ENGAGE AND EAT DRINK, AND BE MERRY AND DO WHATEVER WE WANT TO DO THAT IS SINFUL AND WICKED BECAUSE WERE NOT TO GOING TO RESURRECT WHEN WE'RE DEAD. WELL HOW SAD THAT SOME WOULD'VE THOUGHT THAT, THEY DENIED THE POWER OF GOD AS WELL AS THE PROMISE GOD GAVE OF THE FUTURE RESURRECTION.

BUT HOW SAD IT IS EVEN TODAY THAT WE HAVE THOSE WHO ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE DECEIVED BY THOSE WHO ARE NOT GOOD COMPANY, BY THOSE WHO ARE FALSE TEACHERS, AND THOSE WHO DO NOT BRING THE DOCTRINE OF GOD AND THEREFORE THEY ALSO CHOOSE SIN RATHER THAN THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD. THIS WAS DEALT WITH EARLIER IN THE SAME BOOK AS PAUL TALKED TO THE SAME CHURCH. AND YOU GO BACK TO CHAPTER 5 AND IT'S EVEN SADDER REALLY BECAUSE HERE HE IS AGAIN ADDRESSING THE BRETHREN IN THE CHURCH THERE IN CORINTH. BUT HERE HE SAYS, IT'S BEEN REPORTED TO ME THAT THERE ARE SOME AMONG YOU IN THE CHURCH, SOME OF THE SAINTS WHO ARE ENGAGED IN SEXUAL IMMORALITY SUCH AS IS NOT EVEN NAMED AMONG THE GENTILES. HE SAYS SOME OF YOU CHRISTIANS ARE SEXUALLY IMMORAL EVEN WORSE THAN THE WORLD, WORSE THAN GENTILES, AND YOU'RE BRINGING THE JUNK OR THAT MESS INTO THE CHURCH. YOU'RE BRINGING THAT SIN INTO THE CHURCH.

NOW WHAT IS THE WARNING THAT HE GIVES THEM WELL? AS YOU DROP ON DOWN TO VERSE 6 OF 1 CORINTHIANS 5, A FAMILIAR VERSE SAYS, “YOUR GLORYING IS NOT GOOD. DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENS THE WHOLE LUMP?” THAT IDEA THAT WHEN YOU'RE MAYBE MAKING BREAD OR SOMETHING YOU'RE GONNA USE SOME OF THAT YEAST TO MAKE THAT BREAD RISE, THAT DOUGH RISE, SO THAT WHEN YOU COOK IT IS GOING TO BE NICE AND FLUFFY. AND BOY THAT BREAD IS GOOD ISN’T IT. WELL YOU TAKE AWAY THAT YEAST AND YOUR GONNA GET SOME REALLY FLAT BREAD. IT WILL BE NOT NEAR AS FLUFFY, OR NOT NEAR AS TASTY WHEN YOU PUT THAT BUTTER AND JELLY ON IT. WELL WHEN WE THINK ABOUT WHAT HE IS SAYING HERE WITH THAT LUMP THAT HAS BEEN LEAVENED, HOW MUCH LEAVEN DOES IT TAKE? WHEN YOU HAVE THAT BIG PIECE OF DOUGH OR PORTION OF DOUGH DONE IT DOESN’T TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF YEAST BUT STILL LEAVENS THE WHOLE LUMP. WELL, THEN TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SIN AROUND US CHRISTIANS, AND BRETHREN IT DOSN'T TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SIN FOR IT TO BE ABLE TO COME INTO THE CHURCH, THEN WE PRACTICE AND CONDONE IT. AND IT DOESN’T TAKE A WHOLE LOT OF SIN BEFORE THE WHOLE CHURCH IS ENGAGED IN SIN, AND THE WHOLE CONGREGATION IS ENGAGED IN COMPROMISE AND IN DOING THOSE THINGS THAT ARE CONTRARY TO THE WORD OF GOD. THEN THE CHRUCH BEGINS TO JUSTIFY WHY THEY CAN OR CANNOT DO CERTAIN THINGS. WE SEE HOW THAT LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENS THE WHOLE LUMP.

SO HOW FAR DOES HE GO HERE? IN 1 CORINTHIANS 5:1 PAUL SAID IT HAD BEEN REPORTED TO HIM THAT SOME OF YOU WERE INVOLVED IN GREATER SIN THAN THE GENTILES. THEREFORE THEY KNOW THAT A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENS THE WHOLE LUMP. SO WHAT YOU HAVE TO PURGE OUT THAT OLD LUMP. NOTICE THAT RIGHT THERE IT SAYS VERSE 7, “THEREFORE PURGE OUT THE OLD LEAVEN, THAT YOU MAY BE A NEW LUMP,” YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF THAT OLD LEAVEN THAT DIDN'T WORK. AND THE IDEA OBVIOUSLY THERE IS THIS INDIVIDUAL THAT MAY HAVE LOOKED LIKE A CHRISTIAN AND MIGHT'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN A LITTLE BIT OF LEAVEN IN THE LUMP, BUT IT WAS BAD LEAVEN IT WAS YEAST THAT WAS NO GOOD. IT DIDN'T CAUSE THE DOUGH TO RISE AND SO YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF THAT OLD LEAVEN. THEN YOU HAVE TO GET SOME GOOD LEAVEN, THAT IT MIGHT RISE PROPERLY SO YOU CAN MAKE WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH, TO FINISH THE TASK THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH.

BUT NOW NOTICE WHAT HE ALSO SAYS ONCE YOU'RE ABLE TO GET THAT OLD DIRTY YEAST OUT, THE YEAST THAT IS NOT WORKING, THAT OLD LEAVEN. WHAT IS THE OUTCOME? YOU CAN HAVE A NEW LUMP. THAT MEANS YOU HAVE GOTTEN RID OF THE BAD APPLES, AND YOU HAVE GOTTEN RID OF THE SIN IN THE CAMP, YOU PUT ASIDE AND AWAY THOSE THINGS THAT ARE CONTRARY TO GOD AND NOT ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. THE SAME THINGS WE NEED TO DO EVEN TODAY IN THE CHURCH AS THOSE WHO LOVE GOD,WHO ARE WILLING TO PUT GOD FIRST AND FOREMOST. AND NOT ALLOW SIN OR ANYTHING TO CORRUPT US OR TO CORRUPT THE CHURCH. OR EVEN TO CORRUPT US INDIVIDUALLY, OR TO CORRUPT OUR FAMILIES, AND KEEP US FROM THE PROMISES BLESSINGS AND REWARDS OF GOD.

PAUL SAID SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THE GALATIAN CHURCH THERE BACK IN GALATIANS CHAPTER 5 THERE AROUND VERSE 7 HE'S SAYING SOME OF THE VERY SAME THINGS AS HE DID TO THE CORINTHIANS. AS HE TALKING THERE ABOUT THEIR NEED TO TRULY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE BEING HINDERED BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALIGNED THEMSELVES TO FALL BACK INTO OLD CUSTOMS. THE THING AND HE TELLS THEM IN VERSE 9 IS FAMILIAR WHAT HE SAYS, “A LITTLE LEAVEN LEAVENS THE WHOLE LUMP. I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOU, IN THE LORD, THAT YOU WILL HAVE NO OTHER MIND.” I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOU THAT THE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE HINDERED. YOU RAN SO WELL, WHAT HAPPENED? WAKE UP! AND SO AGAIN HE IS TELLING THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DON'T ALLOW AGAIN THOSE ROTTEN APPLES TO DESTROY WHAT IT IS THAT IS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD, THAT WHICH IS RIGHTEOUS AND ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT.

THERE ARE TWO OTHER PASSAGES WE WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT IN OUR REMAINING MOMENTS. FIRST OF ALL, LET’S CONSIDER THE WORDS OF JESUS IN THE GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 6. AS YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT WE KNOW THAT IT TALKS ABOUT, A LOT ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF THE CHRISTIAN. AND THERE IN CHAPTER 5 WE WANT TO LOOK THERE SPECIFICALLY IN VERSE 13 WERE IT TALKS ABOUT YOU AND I BEING THAT SALT OF THE EARTH. THAT SALT THAT CERTAINLY HAS A GREAT EFFECT ON THE FAITHFUL, AND NOT ONLY THE FAITHFUL BELIEVERS, BUT ALSO THE WORLD ITSELF. AND THIS IS WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT THE SALT, “YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH; BUT IF THE SALT LOSES ITS FLAVOR, HOW SHALL IT BE SEASONED? IT IS THEN GOOD FOR NOTHING BUT TO BE THROWN OUT AND TRAMPLED UNDERFOOT BY MEN.” DO YOU SEE THE SIMILARITY TO THE IDEA OF THE YEAST WE WERE TALKING ABOUT EARLIER WITH THE DOUGH? WHAT DID JESUS SAY HE SAID WE WERE LIKE SALT THAT IS PUT ON FOR WHAT? TO ADD FLAVOR, TO ENHANCE, TO MAKE BETTER, TO DO TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE ACCEPTABLE TASTING BETTER THAN IT EVER WOULD HAVE WITHOUT IT.

SO HE SAYS YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE EFFECT YOU HAVE. YOU SEE MY BROTHER IT IS NOT ONLY ABOUT US KNOWING THAT THEY ARE BAD INFLUENCES AND STAYING AWAY FROM THOSE BAD INFLUENCES, BUT IT'S ALSO ABOUT YOU AND I BEING THAT SALT OF THE EARTH. BEING THAT LIGHT TO THE WORLD THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THE TASK OF MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE BELIEVERS. THAT WE ARE TRUE BELIEVERS AND THAT WE NOT ONLY WANT TO BE AROUND GOOD INFLUENCES BECAUSE IT MAKES US BETTER PEOPLE BUT THAT ALSO MAKE US WANT TO BE BETTER PEOPLE. BUT WHEN WE CHOOSE BAD IT MAKES US WANT TO CHOOSE BAD. IS THAT WHY PAUL NO DOUBT WAS TALKING TO THE EVANGELIST TIMOTHY THERE IN 1 TIMOTHY 4 CHALLENGED. HE SAYS, BE AN EXAMPLE TIMOTHY TO THE BELIEVERS. IN WHAT AREAS? PAUL SAYS IN WORD, CONDUCT, LOVE, IN SPIRIT, FAITH, AND IN PURITY (1 TIMOTHY 4:12).

YOU SEE AGAIN PAUL UNDERSTOOD AS HE HAD TOLD THE CORINTHIANS, AND AS HE TOLD ALSO THE EPHESIAN CHURCH, AND AS WE LOOK AT TODAY THE GALATIAN CHURCH. HE UNDERSTOOD CLEARLY THAT REALLY WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE’RE ABOUT MUST BE OF GOD AND ABOUT GOD. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO SEEK OUT IN OUR FRIENDS AND OUR ASSOCIATES? AND ARE WE GOING TO STAND FOR GOD AND THE WILL OF GOD? WE ARE NOT GOING ALLOW BAD AND WICKED THINGS INTO OUR LIVES THAT LEAD US AWAY FROM GOD OR KEEP US FROM DOING WHAT WE SHOULD. BUT AGAIN HOW SAD, HOW SAD THAT SO MANY IN THE WORLD WILL NOT CHOOSE WHAT IS RIGHT, OR WHAT IS GOOD. WE ON THE OTHER HAND WILL NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT THOSE BAD INFLUENCES. I'M AFRAID SOMETIMES EVEN THOSE OF US WHO STRIVE TO BE FAITHFUL BECOME SO CAUGHT UP IN OUR OWN SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WE ARE OFTEN GUILTY OF MAYBE EVEN BEING BAD INFLUENCES TO OTHERS WHO ARE AROUND US.

LET'S BE GOOD INFLUENCES, LET'S BE A GLORY TO GOD, LET'S BE A LIGHT TO THE WORLD, LETS BE THE SALT OF THE EARTH. LET'S BE WHAT GOD DESIRES FOR US TO BE THAT WE MIGHT TRULY EXEMPLIFY WHAT A CHRISTIAN IS, NOT ONLY IN OUR OWN ACTIONS BUT THAT WE MIGHT HAVE AN EFFECT ON OTHERS WHO ARE AROUND US THAT WE NEED TO HAVE. BUT THAT WE ALSO MIGHT LOOK AROUND AND CHOOSE THOSE ASSOCIATES, THOSE LIFESTYLES, THOSE ACTIONS, THOSE WORDS THAT ARE A GLORY TO GOD, AND THOSE WHO ARE SIMILAR OR WHO DESIRE THE SAME. IF WE CAN DO THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE WHAT GOD WANTS, WE'RE GOING TO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS IN THIS LIFE THAT GOD HAS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO ARE WORTHY. BUT NOT ONLY THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE WORKING TOWARD THAT REWARD OF HEAVEN AND ETERNAL LIFE. WILL YOU LIVE TODAY NOT AS A BAD INFLUENCE, BUT AS THAT WHICH IS GOOD AND PERFECT ONLY IN THE SIGHT OF GOD?

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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