THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE: 1-13-19



LESSON TITLE: "WORlDLY REWARD"



WELCOME

TODAY WE ARE BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL GIFT FROM GOD, THE BIBLE. THIS BOOK IS GOD'S LIVING WORD. IN ITS PAGES, WE ARE TOLD "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND POWERFUL AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD." IT IS IN THIS BOOK OF BOOKS THAT WE FIND THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF MAN'S QUESTIONS AND NEEDS. THIS MORNING YOUR AREA CHURCHES OF CHRIST WELCOME YOU TO A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO THAT PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY AS WE PRESENT THE LIVING WORD. NOW HERE IS YOUR HOST, RAY SULLINS.



WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING. WE THANK GOD THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE WITH US TODAY, AS WE COMMIT THIS TIME TO OUR WONDROUS CREATOR. WHAT A GREAT PRIVILEGE WE HAVE TODAY TO JOIN IN THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PRAISE OUR GOD AND GLORIFY OUR SAVIOR. MAY WE EACH DO OUR PART TO MAKE THIS TIME ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT AND ACCORDING TO HIS WILL. NOW, LET'S APPROACH OUR FATHER'S THRONE IN PRAYER. PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY AND THE GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE GREATEST GIFT OF YOUR SON. WE KNOW THAT IT'S ONLY THROUGH HIS SACRIFICE THAT WE HAVE HOPE OF LIFE TODAY AND LIFE FOREVERMORE. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU HELP US EVERY DAY TO SHINE AS LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD THAT OTHERS MIGHT KNOW YOU THROUGH US AND THEY MIGHT RESPOND IN AN OBEDIENT WAY TO YOUR TRUTH AND FIND SALVATION AS WELL. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS WHICH MAKES ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE. AND IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

WHAT A WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE WE HAVE AS CHRISTIANS TO LIFT UP OUR VOICES IN PRAISE TO GOD. FURTHERMORE, WHAT A SWEET SMELLING SAVOR THE FRUIT OF OUR LIPS IS TO OUR CREATOR. SO, THIS MORNING WON'T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER OUR FIRST HYMN OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THE SONG "HAVE YOU COUNTED THE COST?"



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS



SEEING ALL OF THE NEW BABIES THAT COME INTO THIS WORLD ON A DAILY BASIS, I AM EVER REMINDED OF THE GREAT TASK WE ALL HAVE AS PARENTS TO BRING OUR CHILDREN UP IN THE, "NURTURE AND ADMONITION OF THE LORD." IF YOU'RE LIKE ME, THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING THINGS I HAVE EVER FACED IN THIS LIFE. THAT IS LEARNING HOW TO RAISE MY CHILDREN. WE ALL WANT TO TEACH THEM AS MUCH AS WE CAN AND GIVE THEM THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS LIFE. HOWEVER, WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR SOCIETY SAYS WE MUST DO IT ONE WAY, BUT GOD SHOWS US ANOTHER. GOD'S WAYS ARE ALWAYS MORE PERFECT THAN MANS!

WHAT ABOUT YOU GRANDPARENTS? DOES THE JOB OF TRYING TO MAKE YOUR GRANDCHILDREN BETTER PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD EVERY END? DON'T WE ALL WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE COMING UP IN OUR FAMILIES? SO, WHERE DO WE NEED TO FOCUS TO KEEP THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? OUR FOCUS MUST BE ON GOD!

AS WE ALL WOULD AGREE, ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF PARENTING IS TEACHING CHILDREN THE THINGS THEY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOD, BECAUSE THEY WILL NEVER GET THIS FROM OUR SOCIETY. THERE IS A VERSE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT TALKS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT ONLY GOD'S PEOPLE KNOWING HIS WILL, BUT ALSO THE IMPORTANCE OF THEM TEACHING IT TO THEIR CHILDREN. MOSES SAID, "ONLY TAKE HEED TO YOURSELF, AND DILIGENTLY KEEP YOURSELF, LEST YOU FORGET THE THINGS YOUR EYES HAVE SEEN, AND LEST THEY DEPART FROM YOUR HEART ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE. AND TEACH THEM TO YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN," DEUTERONOMY 4:9. THINK ABOUT THE WORDS OF THIS GREAT MAN OF GOD AS HE REMINDS US THAT THE THINGS OF GOD MUST BE ON OUR HEARTS, "ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES!" NOW IF IT IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO BE ON MY HEART AS LONG AS I LIVE, THEN I WANT THE THINGS OF GOD ON MY CHILD'S HEART ALSO.

LET'S NEVER FORGET OUR DUTY AS PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS, UNCLES, COUSINS, AND SO ON, TO DO OUR PART IN HELPING THOSE WHO LOOK UP TO US KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR GOD. FURTHERMORE, LET'S TEACH THEM THAT OUR GOD IS THEIR GOD, AND AS LONG AS THEY HAVE HIM ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! ARE YOU WILLING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE?

TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE OUR SERIES OF STUDY ENTITLED, "GOD MADE FOOLISH THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD." OUR SPECIFIC TOPIC THIS MORNING AGAIN CONSIDERS THE IDEA OF, "WORLDLY REWARD," SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG I WILL RETURN WITH THIS LESSON FROM GOD'S WORD. IT'S NOW TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SECOND HYMN OF THE MORNING, THE NAME OF THE SONG, "THE STEADFAST LOVE OF THE LORD."



LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS



WE'RE SO GLAD YOU'VE CONTINUEDWITH THIS DAY NOW AS WE RETURN TO GOD'S WORD AND LOOK AT ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE COMPARISONS AND CONTRAST OF WORLDLY WISDOM AND GODLY WISDOM. AND TOGETHER WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO LOOK AT DIFFERENT CHRISTIAN CHARACTERISTICS PERHAPS EVEN ATTITUDES AS WELL AS ACTIONS THAT WE ARE INVOLVED IN THROUGH THE THINGS WE DO AND SAY THAT EITHER CAUSE US TO BE FOUND JUSTIFIED IN THE SIGHT OF GOD OR PERHAPS CALLS GOD TO BE DISPLEASED WITH US. TODAY WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT IS THE CONCEPT OF REWARD. AND IF WE WERE TO THINK OF THE WORLD AND THE REWARD OF THE WORLD, THE WORLD WOULD MAYBE LOOK QUITE DIFFERENTLY AT WHAT THE MAN OR A WOMAN SHOULD DO IN ORDER TO BE REALLY SUCCESSFUL. AND THEY MIGHT SAY OUR AWARD IS PERHAPS A PAYCHECK OR OUR REWARD IS PERHAPS SOME SORT OF PRIZE OR SOME SORT OF GIFT OR SOME SORT OF AWARD ITSELF. THE WORLD MIGHT EVEN SAY THAT PERHAPS OUR REWARD IS SOME SORT OF A POSITION OR SOME SORT OF POWER IN THE WORLD. THE WORLD MIGHT EVEN HAVE THE IDEA THAT OUR REWARD IS WHEN REALLY OTHERS LOOK AT US AS IF WE'RE SOMETHING GREAT OR WONDERFUL AND AS PEOPLE LOOK UP TO US AND ARE ALMOST IN AWE OF US. YOU SEE THE WORLD HAS MANY IDEAS AS TO SUCCESS AND WHAT IS A TRUE REWARD. BUT AS WE THINK ABOUT THE WORLD AND THE REWARDS OF THE WORLD. IT'S INTERESTING THAT THE BIBLE ACTUALLY MENTIONS DIFFERENT THINGS AS BEING IMPORTANT AND THINGS THAT REALLY ARE NOT OF THE WORLD AT ALL THAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE LIFE OF A BELIEVER AND THE LIFE OF A FOLLOWER OF GOD.

TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEN WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IS ACTUALLY GO BACK TO THE WORDS OF JESUS AND THE GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT. AND YOU MIGHT RECALL WITH ME THERE EVEN IN MATTHEW CHAPTER SIX WHEN JESUS WAS SPEAKING TO HIS FOLLOWERS AND HE WAS TRYING TO HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS THAT THE FOLLOWERS ARE ALL ABOUT, YOU KNOW, MAKING SURE THAT EVERYTHING THEY DO IS FROM THE HEART. MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE GOING THE EXTRA MILE. THAT THEY REALLY ARE LOVING OTHERS INCLUDING THEIR ENEMY AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE NOT HYPOCRITICAL IN THE THINGS THAT THEY DO. HE ENTERS INTO CHAPTER SIX AND HE BEGINS TO TALK ABOUT A REWARD. AND THERE IN THAT TEXT IF YOU NOTICE, HE SAYS IN VERSE TWO THAT THEY WILL HAVE THEIR REWARD. BUT WHAT'S SIGNIFICANT HERE IS HE'S ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT RELIGIOUS LEADERS AS HE'S REFERRING TO IN THE JEWISH RELIGIOUS SYSTEM AND HE IS SPEAKING AGAIN TO HIS OWN FOLLOWERS WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN JEWS AND MANY OF THEM FAITHFUL JEWS. AND SO HE SPEAKS ABOUT WHAT THEY DID AND WHAT THEY WERE ENGAGING IN TO HAVE REWARD. AND WHAT IS SAD IS THAT THEIR REWARD WAS NOT ABOUT GOD OR THE THINGS OF GOD. THEIR REWARD WAS REALLY ABOUT SELFISH THINGS OR DESIRES TO BE SEEN OF MEN. NOTICE WITH ME WHAT THE VERSES SAY THERE. AND FIRST OF ALL WHAT HE DEALS WITH HIS CHARITABLE DEEDS. AND CERTAINLY UNDER THE OLD COVENANT, THE NEED TO BE BENEVOLENT WAS A VERY IMPORTANT COMMAND OF GOD AND THEY SHOULD SHOW REALLY, NOT ONLY BENEVOLENCE OR LOVE HELP TO THOSE OR ASSISTANCE TO THOSE WHO ARE ONLY OF THE JEWISH FAITH. AND WITH THE JEWISH FAITH ACTUALLY ENCOURAGES THE HELP OR BENEFITS TO STRANGERS AS WELL. AND SO AS HE SAYS THERE WHEN YOU'RE DOING YOUR CHARITABLE DEEDS, VERSE ONE ADDS MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE HAVING THE REWARD OR DESIROUS REWARD THAT IS FROM GOD. SO THE VERSE SAYS, "'TAKE HEED THAT YOU DO NOT DO YOUR CHARITABLE DEEDS BEFORE MEN, TO BE SEEN BY THEM. OTHERWISE YOU HAVE NO REWARD OF YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.'" YOU SEE WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS. IT SAYS MANY WERE DOING THE DEED AS COMMANDED BY GOD, THEY WERE FULFILLING THE REQUIREMENTS OF GOD, THEY WERE HELPING OTHERS, THEY WERE ASSISTING OTHERS BUT THEY WERE DOING IT WHY? TO BE SEEN. AND IN FACT VERSE TWO SAYS THEY WERE DOING IT LIKE HYPOCRITES IN THE SYNAGOGUES AND IN THE STREETS AND OPENLY AND WANTED EVERYONE TO KNOW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. WELL THAT'S WHEN JESUS SAYS, "'I SAY TO YOU, THEY HAVE THEIR REWARD.'" YOU SEE, THAT'S THE IDEA OF THE WORLD. THAT MEN MIGHT SEE HOW GREAT I AM. HOW GLORIOUS I AM, ALL THAT I DO, ALL THAT I SAY. HOW GREAT I AM RATHER THAN GIVING GLORY TO GOD. AND, BY THE WAY, WHAT THEY WERE DOING, ACTIONS THEY WERE TAKING, WERE ACTUAL COMMANDMENTS OF GOD TO GIVE GLORY TO GOD. AND WHAT WERE THEY DOING? THEY WERE SOAKING IT UP. THEY WERE WANTING PEOPLE TO SAY I'M THE ONE WHO'S GIVEN. I'M THE ONE WHO'S MAKING THE SACRIFICE. AND YOU NOTICE THE WARNING AGAIN, THEY HAVE THEIR AWARD. NOT A GODLY REWARD BUT A WHAT? A WORLDLY REWARD. AND IN FACT, HE GOES ON TO SAY THAT HE SAYS WHEN YOU DO YOUR CHARITABLE DEEDS, DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE LEFT HAND IS DOING IN COMPARISON TO THE RIGHT HAND. VERSE FOUR ADDS, "THAT YOUR CHARITABLE DEED MAY BE IN SECRET; AND YOUR FATHER WHO SEES IN SECRET, WHO KNOWS ALL THINGS, WILL HIMSELF REWARD YOU OPENLY." SEE, WHERE IS THE TRUE REWARD? IS IT IN WORLDLY THINGS? IS THAT IN THE THINGS OF LIFE? IS IT IN EVEN THE IDEAS OF THE ACCOLADES OF THE GLORY OF MAN? OR IS IT IN GOD? GOD WHO SEES YOUR DEEDS AND WHO KNOWS ALL THINGS AND WHO SEES WHAT YOU DO EVEN THOUGH IT MIGHT BE IN SECRET OR THAT NO ONE ELSE KNOWS YOU DID A GOOD DEED? HE'S THE ONE WHO HAS THE REAL REWARD. WE ALL KNOW THAT TRUTH.

AND THEN WHAT HE DOES IS HE TURNS AROUND AND THEN HE DEALS IN THE SAME WAY WITH PRAYER. HE SAYS NOT ONLY WERE THEY DOING THEIR CHARITABLE NEEDS BUT WHEN THEY WORSHIPED GOD THEY WERE DOING WHAT? DOING IT TO BE SEEN. DO WE HAVE THAT PROBLEM TODAY IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD? THOSE WHO DO THINGS TO BE SEEN OF MEN? THOSE WHO DO GOOD AND WAVE THE MONEY AROUND BEFORE THEY HAND IT TO THE PERSON IN NEED? TO BE SEEN OF MEN OR THOSE WHO WORSHIP AND REALLY THERE WORSHIPING BECAUSE THEY WANT PEOPLE TO LOOK AT THEM. THEY WANT PEOPLE TO CLAP WHEN THEY SPEAK OR CLAP, WHEN THEY HAVE SUNG THE SONG RATHER THAN GIVING GLORY TO GOD? YOU SEE HOW SAD THAT IS BECAUSE HE'S CONDEMNING THAT HERE. HE IS SAYING THAT THEY ARE HYPOCRITES BECAUSE THEY WERE ALSO GOING OUT ON THE STREET CORNERS AND THEY WERE PRAYING OPENLY TO BE SEEN OF MEN. NOT TO SPEAK TO GOD. NOT TO ENCOURAGE MEN. NOT TO ASK GOD TO HELP MEN BUT TO BE SEEN OF MEN. AND THEN IN VERSE FIVE HE ENDS BY SAYING THIS, "'THEY HAVE THEIR REWARD.'" WHY? THEY LOVE TO PRAY TO BE SEEN BY OTHERS. THEY LOVE TO WORSHIP GOD, FOR THEIR OWN GLORY, FOR THEIR OWN SAKE. SO NOW WE ACTUALLY SEE TWO DIFFERENT IDEAS. ONE BEING THAT THEY LOVE TO BE DOING THE THINGS GOD ASKED. NOT FOR GOD, NOT TO HIS GLORY BUT FOR THEIR OWN DESIRES. AND THEY LOVE TO WORSHIP GOD NOT FOR GOD BUT THAT THEY MIGHT BE SEEN AS 'OH, WOW WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PRAYER! WHAT A WONDERFUL PRAYER! WHAT A GREAT MAN TO KNOW SUCH WORDS AND TO HAVE SUCH KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING.' YOU KNOW WHO I'M TALKING ABOUT. YOU KNOW WHO I AM TALKING ABOUT IN YOUR CONGREGATIONS. THOSE WHO AGAIN SEEM TO BE DOING WHAT THEY'RE DOING TO PUT ON A SHOW FOR THEIR OWN GLORY. NOT THE GLORY OF GOD.

AND ALTHOUGH HE GOES ON AND TEACHES ABOUT PRAYER THERE HE STILL HAS NOT FINISHED. BECAUSE HE CONTINUES THERE IN VERSE 16 TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. HE'S TALKING ABOUT AGAIN THEIR HYPOCRISY IN RELATIONSHIP TO BEING INDIVIDUALS WHO NOT ONLY WORSHIP BUT THEN THEY HAVE NOT ONLY AGAIN PRAYED BUT NOW THEY ARE EVEN ACTING SICK OR WEAK AS THEY FAST FOR GOD. AND SO HE ACTUALLY SAYS YOU ARE HYPOCRITES BECAUSE WHEN YOU'RE FASTING, WHICH MEANS THAT YOUR WITHHOLDING YOURSELF FROM PHYSICAL FLESHLY NEEDS WHICH ARE REQUIRED, WATER PERHAPS, FOOD, THINGS THAT WE NEED FOR NOURISHMENT. AND BECAUSE YOU'RE GIVING YOURSELF FULLY TO GOD FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME YOU'RE ABSTAINING FROM THOSE ACTUAL NEEDS THAT GOD HAD PROVIDED FOR GOOD BUT YOU WANT TO FOCUS ON ONLY THE SPIRITUAL. AND THEN HE SAYS WHEN YOU DO THAT WHICH IS BEING CONDEMNED HERE BUT WHEN YOU DO THAT HE SAYS 'OH, YOU DISFIGURE YOUR FACES AND YOU WANT MEN TO KNOW I'VE BEEN FASTING.' NOW TO ME THIS IS ANOTHER IDEA ALTOGETHER BECAUSE NOW IT IS NOT JUST DOING GOOD DEEDS TOWARDS OTHERS AS COMMANDED FOR THEIR OWN GLORY OR WORSHIPING GOD FOR THEIR OWN GLORY NOW THEY WANT PEOPLE TO SAY 'OH, AGAIN HOW WONDERFUL. HOW GREAT! LOOK AT HOW HE SACRIFICES,' NOT FOR GOD, BUT 'LOOK AT THE SACRIFICE HE MAKES!' NOT THE SACRIFICE HE MAKES FOR GOD. AND THEN WHAT DOES HE SAY? THEY HAVE THEIR REWARD. BECAUSE HE SAYS WHEN YOU DO THIS YOU, AGAIN HAVE DONE WRONG. FOR THE THIRD TIME HE SAYS LET YOUR FASTING, LET YOUR PRAYERS, LET YOUR CHARITABLE DEEDS EVEN BE DONE IN SECRET, IF NEED BE. WHY? THAT GOD WHO SEES AND KNOWS ALL THINGS CAN AGAIN REWARD YOU OPENLY. NO WONDER THE VERY NEXT VERSE SAYS DON'T LAY UP FOR YOURSELVES TREASURES ON THIS EARTH. DON'T LAY UP FOR YOURSELF THE POSSESSIONS OF THIS EARTH. THE THINGS OF THIS EARTH, THE ACCOLADES OF MEN ON THIS EARTH. IF YOU DESIRE THAT MEN BE PLEASED, GALATIANS CHAPTER ONE VERSES 9 AND 10, YOU CAN'T PLEASE GOD. IF YOU ARE ABOUT PLEASING MAN AND WANTING MAN TO GIVE YOU GLORY THAT'S NOT WHAT GOD'S ABOUT. THAT'S NOT WHAT GOD WANTS FROM YOU. SO WHERE SHOULD OUR TREASURES BE? HE SAYS OUR TREASURES SHOULD BE FROM ABOVE. ON THINGS ABOVE. ON HEAVENLY THINGS. WHY? THOSE THINGS DON'T DETERIORATE. THOSE THINGS CANNOT BE DESTROYED. THOSE THINGS CANNOT HARM OR HURT. THEY ARE HEAVENLY, THEY ARE SPIRITUAL TREASURES. THEY ARE TREASURES THAT ARE ETERNAL IN NATURE.

NO WONDER THEN LATER IN THE SAME BOOK, MATTHEW CHAPTER 16, JESUS WAS WARNING THEM NOT TO SEEK THE GLORY OF THE WORLD. NOT TO DESIRE THE GAIN OF THE WORLD. BECAUSE THE QUESTION THAT HE ASKS IN A RHETORICAL WAY IS WHAT PROFIT IS IT IF A MAN GAINS THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSES HIS OWN SOUL? (VERSE 26 OF MATTHEW 16) WHAT GOOD IS IT I GAIN THE REWARDS, ALL THE GLORY, ALL THE POWER, ALL THE MAJESTY, ALL THE THINGS OF LIFE BUT YET I DO NOT HAVE THE REWARD OF GOD? FOR ONLY GOD CAN GIVE THE TRUE REWARD! ONLY GOD CAN GIVE THE REWARD THAT MATTERS, THE ETERNAL REWARD. THE REWARD THAT IS EFFECTIVE IN THE LIFE OF AN INDIVIDUAL NOT OF A PHYSICAL NATURE BUT OF AN ETERNAL NATURE WHERE MAN CAN LIVE WITH HIS GOD FOREVER.

THAT REMINDS ME THEN OF A VERSE WE FIND IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER 22 WHERE HERE IN THE WORDS OF JESUS HE IS CHALLENGING HIS FOLLOWERS TO KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT THEY SHOULD DO IN ORDER TO BE RIGHT WITH HIM IN ORDER TO SERVE HIM. AND HE SAYS THIS ABOUT THE REWARD THAT HE HAS. HE SAYS I'M COMING QUICKLY AND MY REWARD IS WITH ME. MY REWARD IS NOT ALREADY ON THE EARTH OR MY REWARD IS NOT GOING TO BE MORE MONEY FROM YOUR JOB OR MY REWARD IS NOT TO BE OF ALL THESE EARTHLY THINGS OR THE ACCOLADES OF MEN. MY REWARD IS WITH ME AND I'M GOING TO GIVE EACH ONE, HE ADDS THERE, ACCORDING TO WHAT EACH ONE HAS DONE IN HIS WORKS. ACCORDING TO THE THINGS THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL HAS ACCOMPLISHED. AND IF YOU WERE TO GO BACK TO MATTHEW 16 AND VERSE 27 YOU WOULD SEE THAT IT ADDS THIS VERY SAME IDEA. THAT THOSE WHO DESIRE TO HAVE THE TRUE REWARD OF GOD, THOSE WHO WANTED TO RECEIVE GIFT FROM THE CREATOR THEMSELVES WERE THOSE WHO WERE SERVING GOD AND GOING TO RECEIVE THAT REWARD ACCORDING AGAIN TO THEIR WORKS.

YOU SEE, THAT'S WHY WE MUST BELIEVE IN JESUS. THAT'S WHY WE MUST KNOW THE FATHER. THAT'S WHY WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THEY AS GOD ALONE HAVE THE ABILITY TO BLESS US NOT ONLY NOW BUT TO GIVE US THE REWARD ETERNALLY. MAY WE NEVER MY BRETHREN AND FRIENDS BUT OUR HOPES AND OUR TRUST AND OUR WILL UPON THE THINGS OF LIFE THAT ARE PASSING, THAT ARE TEMPORARY, THAT WILL NOT LAST, THAT WILL FADE, THAT DETERIORATE, TO PASS AWAY BUT MAY WE PUT OUR HOPES AND TRUST AND ALL OF THOSE DESIRES ON GOD. GOD ALONE, WHO NOT ONLY HAS PROVEN IN MY LIFE AND IN YOUR LIFE NOW THAT HE LOVES US AND HE HELPS US BUT THAT HE WILL HELP US AND GIVE US ETERNAL LIFE. ARE YOU LIVING TODAY IN SUCH A WAY AS TO RECEIVE THAT WONDROUS GIFT FROM GOD?



CLOSING COMMENTS



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