4-1       “But if He don’t”                    Phil 1:19 – 26

Philippians 1:19-26 “…. I will always be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or I die.  …..”  NLT

We should live with confidence

We should live with confidence even when we are not confident

There are times in this earth that things happen.

We don’t understand why.

We don’t understand why they happened to WHO they happened to or HOW they happened

We don’t understand why they happened when we know that SOME or MANY were praying for WHATEVER to not happen.

We are told to pray, to intercede and to fervently pray.

We are told to pray for the sick, the broken and the hurting and to believe that God will bring help, hope and healing.

But, what if He don’t

I have struggles with his from time to time.

I have prayed earnestly for people I cared about and believed God would bring healing, only to be attending a funeral a few days later.

I have prayed for people I care about to make better life choices and repent; believing God was moving in their lives and change was coming, only to be disappointed once again.

And I, like you, have been left crying before God asking “WHY?”

Intellectually, Spiritually and by my faith I know that God is smarter than I am and He is at work in ways I could never know.

Saving someone from terrible pain by calling them home.

Working out the deliverance of someone who keeps falling.

Meeting needs in ways I could never even imagine.

Sometimes our prayers can be so selfish.

It is hard sometimes to separate the painful emotions God has given us to deal with tragedy AND His Perfect and Loving Will

Sometimes our prayers can be so worldly.

We pray for what we want

We pray for what we think other would want

We forget to pray for God’s Will to be done REGARDLESS of our will

So what should I do when God don’t do what I want?

You see that is the real issue.

We can act so spoiled and entitled.

We fail to realize that OUR WAY is RARELY the BEST WAY!

We forget that God is God and WE AIN’T GOD!

We forget the GRACE of the release from earth’s pain in God’s time.

We forget the STRENGTH of a lesson learned without ENABLING another failure.

We forget the MERCY of SECOND CHANCES

So…What if God Don’t?

We live with confidence that GOD IS GOD

We don’t like to think of our Mighty, Loving Lord saying “NO!”

But all parents know that it is important to tell our children NO, usually quite often and for their own good.

We say NO to those we love, so does God.

2 Corinthians 12:5-10 “I have plenty to boast about and would be no fool in doing it, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it. I don’t want anyone to think more highly of me than what they can actually see in my life and my message, even though I have received wonderful revelations from God. But to keep me from getting puffed up, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from getting proud.  Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away.  Each time he said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”   NLT

Be encouraged that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, the Spirit of Christ will work it all out for our deliverance.

What if He don’t?

Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.  Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil.”   NLT

  1. TRUST HIM ANYWAY!
    1. Keep the faith
    2. Pray
    3. Serve
  2. Trust God more than you trust yourself
    1. He knows better
  3. Trust God as GOD
    1. He does not have to answer to you
    2. He does not require your approval
    3. Psalm 128 says “How happy are those who fear the Lord – all who follow His Ways!”
  4. Seek His direction
    1. AND GO THAT WAY
  5. MAKE CHRIST LOOK BIGGER
    1. Both to YOU and to OTHERS
    2. Share the Gospel
    3. Live a life that makes OTHERS better
      1. That will make you better
  • Asking wrong – screwdriver vs hammer – causes more damage – makes it harder to correct
  • Doing it wrong – Tightening instead of loosening “Righty tightey – Lefty Loosey) – will make it harder to correct – may even break the bolt
  • Not the right fit – Not yours to do – flathead vs Phillips vs. Prince and Reed – strips the slots – causes more problems
  • Asking wrongly – asking the wrong person
    • If you need a wrench DQ is not the place to go
      • It may be cool and tasty – soothes your soul (and belly)
        • BUT nothing gets done
      • No or Bad information – Last night I was following the feeds about the Trooper who had been shot.
        • Many were saying he had been killed but gave no reference other than “THEY said” and “THEY” are usually wrong so I didn’t post that information UNTIL several news agencies and LEO folks posted it.
        • Turns out they were ALL WRONG! Fake News
        • He was in surgery, is out of surgery in STABLE but CRITICAL CONDITION
          • Keep praying!
        • Everyone THOUGHT they knew – but DID NOT
      • Demanding our own way – regardless of the damage
        • Keep doing or asking for the wrong thing
      • We forget the person or thing we are praying for in our “Much Wailing”
        • What is best for them?
        • What is GOD’S WILL for them
        • Perhaps the answer is NO because God is wiser than you know

Trust God – NOT YOUR OPINION of what or who God should be

Don’t make God small

Remember that His GRACE is all we need

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Wednesday Series       #1        “Did He really mean it?

People like to “spin” the truth for their benefit.

People were not the first to do this, satan was, and it is his evil influence that still brings pain and separation to the people of God’s creation today.

Remember when we only had ONE commandment?

Genesis 2:15-17 “The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and care for it.  But the LORD God gave him this warning: “You may freely eat any fruit in the garden except fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat of its fruit, you will surely die.”   NLT

But, even then, when there were only 2 people, satan was doing what it is that he does:  Steal, Kill and Destroy (John 10:10)

Genesis 3:1-5 “Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the LORD God had made. “Really?” he asked the woman. “Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?” “Of course we may eat it,” the woman told him.  “It’s only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die.”  “You won’t die!” the serpent hissed. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil.”    NLT

..and we chose the LIE over The truth!

Genesis 3:6 “The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too.”  NLT

The earth’s FIRST sin was committed.

The COST of that one and only sin was immediately experienced.

Genesis 3:7-24 “At that moment, their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they strung fig leaves together around their hips to cover themselves.  Toward evening they heard the LORD God walking about in the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees. The LORD God called to Adam, “Where are you?”   He replied, “I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”  “Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked. “Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?”    “Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it.”   Then the LORD God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?”  “The serpent tricked me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”  So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you will be punished. You are singled out from all the domestic and wild animals of the whole earth to be cursed. You will grovel in the dust as long as you live, crawling along on your belly. From now on, you and the woman will be enemies, and your offspring and her offspring will be enemies. He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”    Then he said to the woman, “You will bear children with intense pain and suffering. And though your desire will be for your husband, he will be your master.”  And to Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate the fruit I told you not to eat, I have placed a curse on the ground. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from dust, and to the dust you will return.”  Then Adam named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all people everywhere.  And the LORD God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.  Then the LORD God said, “The people have become as we are, knowing everything, both good and evil. What if they eat the fruit of the tree of life? Then they will live forever!” So the LORD God banished Adam and his wife from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. After banishing them from the garden, the LORD God stationed mighty angelic beings to the east of Eden. And a flaming sword flashed back and forth, guarding the way to the tree of life.”   NLT

They found out REAL QUICK that YES, God really meant it!

Is there a sin you are keeping in your life THINKING the LIE that it is OK?  How long until you find out that HE REALLY MEANT IT?

In this series we will consider things, big to small, in our headlines and from God’s Word and ask the question, “Did He Really Mean It?”

Isaiah 59:1-9 “Listen! The LORD is not too weak to save you, and he is not becoming deaf. He can hear you when you call.  But there is a problem — your sins have cut you off from God. Because of your sin, he has turned away and will not listen anymore.  Your hands are the hands of murderers, and your fingers are filthy with sin. Your mouth is full of lies, and your lips are tainted with corruption.  No one cares about being fair and honest. Their lawsuits are based on lies. They spend their time plotting evil deeds and then doing them. They spend their time and energy spinning evil plans that end up in deadly actions. They cheat and shortchange everyone. Nothing they do is productive; all their activity is filled with sin. Violence is their trademark. Their feet run to do evil, and they rush to commit murder. They think only about sinning. Wherever they go, misery and destruction follow them.  They do not know what true peace is or what it means to be just and good. They continually do wrong, and those who follow them cannot experience a moment’s peace. It is because of all this evil that deliverance is far from us.”   NLT

Did HE Really Mean It?                                 Life

Jeremiah 1:4-5 “The LORD gave me a message. He said, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.”   NLT

Exodus 20:13 “Do not murder.”   NLT     #6

Regard the life and safety of others as we do our own    Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Do not take innocent life.

Did God Really Mean It?

The security of life WAS a primary objective of government.   (Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.)

We are not speaking of capital punishment

Even though when Cain was guilty of murder, God had mercy and “marked” him after giving him a life sentence of suffering.  Genesis 4:15

Noah set forth the law that “Whoever sheds the blood of a man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his image.”  Genesis 9:6

The Word brings in a difference between actual murder, manslaughter (Exodus 21:12 – 14), death my misadventure (Numbers 35:23), by accident (Exodus 21:13) and justifiable homicide (Exodus 22:2)

Exodus 21:12  Anyone who assaults and kills another person must be put to death.”

 This brings in a GREAT RESPONSIBILITY to make sure that a person sentenced to capital punishment is INDEED GUILTY.

Our system takes decades after conviction and sentencing before punishment is carried out, as it should.

With conviction and confession I guess we can have an “express lane” but we need to be sure OR WE WILL STAND GUILTY BEFORE GOD!

Exodus 21:13 “But if it was simply an accident permitted by God, I will appoint a place of refuge where the slayer can run for safety.

Exodus 21:14 “However, if someone deliberately kills another person, then the slayer must be dragged even from my altar and be put to death.

Numbers 35:22 – 25a  “But suppose someone pushes another person without having shown previous hostility, or throws something that unintentionally hits another person,  or accidentally drops a huge stone on someone, though they were not enemies, and the person dies.  If this should happen, the community must follow these regulations in making a judgment between the slayer and the avenger, the victim’s nearest relative: The community must protect the slayer from the avenger and must escort the slayer back to live in the city of refuge to which he fled.

Exodus 22:2 – 3  “If a thief is caught in the act of breaking into a house and is struck and killed in the process, the person who killed the thief is not guilty of murder.  But if it happens in daylight, the one who killed the thief is guilty of murder.

 Little clarity is available for why there is a difference between night and day.  Some say it was because the home residents could be assumed to be awake and working and therefore either not home or able to call for help.  Others propose that a break in at night when the residents were home/asleep could be said to have murderous intent.

 But here we talk about Innocent life.

 Do Not Murder.

 Did God really mean it?

Today life seems to be considered cheap.

In 2017 approximately 817,000 American children were aborted, and “improvement” from 892,000 in 2016 and 913,000 in 2015.

Today New York has made it legal to abort an American child as late as the moment of birth.  Virginia is considering similar legislation.

Did God really mean it?

8 states do not even require a Doctor to preform this procedure.

Only 20 states have banned partial birth abortion (Yes, Texas is one of them)

IN 5 states Doctors CANNOT REFUSE TO PARTICIPATE in abortion

Only 37 states require parental consent OR Notice before a MINOR receives an abortion.

Did God really mean it?

To Adam and Eve:    Genesis 1:28 “God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.”    NLT

To Noah and Family: Genesis 9:1 “God blessed Noah and his sons and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth.”  NLT

TO Jacob/Israel  Genesis 35:9-13 “God appeared to Jacob once again when he arrived at Bethel after traveling from Paddan-aram. God blessed him and said, “Your name is no longer Jacob; you will now be called Israel.”  Then God said, “I am God Almighty. Multiply and fill the earth! Become a great nation, even many nations. Kings will be among your descendants!  And I will pass on to you the land I gave to Abraham and Isaac. Yes, I will give it to you and your descendants.”  Then God went up from the place where he had spoken to Jacob.”  NLT

Multiply – not subtract.

Love Life – not Death

People seem to assess the same value to human life as to an ant accidently stepped on while on a stroll.

A culture of death cannot be blessed by God.

Abortion is the key point of division all across our land.

The point is not a woman’s right to her body.

The point is a woman’s RESPONSIBILITY to not kill her child and respect the GIFT OF LIFE God has given her.  She has the RIGHT to choose God.

The point is our governments ROLL and RESPONSIBILITY to protect innocent life.

Regardless of the situation

The point is DO NOT MURDER

March 24th                  Someplace to Hide        Psalm 62:1 – 8

  1. There are times when life seems to deal us a great blow.
    1. The storm surge seems higher and stronger than normal
    2. We just want to get away – to hide
    3. We can’t figure out the what to do next
      1. God has a provision for these
  2. Wait.
    1. Sometimes it is best to just do nothing, stand there
    2. As we wait we TRUST GOD
      1. He is our salvation
      2. He is the One secure place through all the events of our lives
      3. He is a strong fortress around us
        1. Protecting us from the fiery arrows of the enemy
  1. And we do have many enemies
    1. The world
    2. Our eternal enemy and his minions
    3. Time
    4. Health
      1. So many of these seem out to trap us (conspire)
  2. All of these enemies see us as weak and unable
    1. They strike at the worse possible time
    2. They attack when we are most vulnerable
    3. They strike when our back is turned and we are unsuspecting
      1. Friendly to our face, knives to our back
  3. Wait
    1. Do not retaliate or seek revenge
    2. Do not make rash or life changing decisions as the attack continues
    3. Wait
      1. As we wait, we TRUST GOD
      2. As we wait, we HOPE in the Lord’s protection and plan
      3. As we wait, we PRAY
        1. More than pray
          1. We pour out our hearts to Him
            1. We get REAL
  4. Stay away from FAKE refuge – false senses of security
    1. They are out there
    2. They look safe and others tell you they are safe
      1. But they ARE NOT SAFE
    3. There is a BIG difference between COVER and CONCEALMENT
      1. A car door may give you a measure of concealment – but is not nearly sturdy enough to provide a safe place – COVER from the incoming attack.
    4. Drugs, alcohol, finances, cliques, busyness and the like may provide a certain amount of CONCEALMENT of your trouble – BUT they do not proved REFUGE!
  1. God is our REFUGE
  1. Our enemies are attacking of but ALWAYS remember that they are playing elementary softball WHILE God is PRO LEVEL!!
  2. God is our place to wait
    1. Wait until God deals with the attack
    2. Wait until God clears the way
  • Wait until the storm passes
  1. All Power belongs to God
    1. He is MORE THAN ABLE to bring HOPE and PEACE
  2. Unfailing Love belongs to God
    1. He freely pours His love out upon us
      1. His Hurting Children
    2. There is no safer place to HIDE than in the REFUGE of GOD’S LOVE
    3. Get as close to GOD as you can POSSIBLY get!
      1. And do everything you can to STAY THERE
        1. God is someplace to HIDE and HEAL
      2. WAIT – safe in the arms of God – our REFUGE – our STRENGTH each day– our SALVATION – IN TIMES OF TROUBLE

Psalm 62:1-8 “I wait quietly before God, for my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. So many enemies against one man — all of them trying to kill me. To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.  They plan to topple me from my high position.  They delight in telling lies about me.  They are friendly to my face, but they curse me in their hearts.
Interlude               I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.   He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honor come from God alone.  He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.  O my people, trust in him at all times.  Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” NLT

3-10     “HomeTown Roots”   “Plant Right, Grow right, Reap Right”

Ephesians 3:14-19 “14 When I think of the wisdom and scope of God’s plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. 17 And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love really is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”   NLT

We make our plans and think we are big stuff when we accomplish them

They are so small.

We need BIG DREAMS!  Because BIG DREAMS require BID RESOURCES!

We should be dreaming GOD SIZED dreams and making GOD SIZED plan!  Then we would be depending upon GOD for BIG RESOURCES>

We should look beyond the tiny/puny plans that we can accomplish AND start focusing on things that WE CANNOT ACCOMPLISH on our own!

  1. Plant your life in God
    1. What soil is your life planted in now?
      1. Hard, rocky, weedy or good
      2. We want to grow closer to God
  • We want to have a great life
    1. But we plant our roots in the trash of the world
    2. We cannot flourish living in the weeds
    3. We cannot be nourished in the rocks
    4. We cannot Thrive if we only live on the surface.
      1. Set those roots DEEP
    5. You are going to plant your life in something
      1. In the shallow depth of the world
      2. In the shallower depth of self
  • In the eternal depth of God
  1. The Creator of everything, everywhere
  2. In His UNLIMITED RESOURCES
  3. In His plan
  1. Grown Right
    1. With God’s Mighty Inner Strength
      1. Inner strength is better than outer strength
        1. A weight lifter may lift 600 pounds
        2. Faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain
          1. Everest weighs an estimated 357 TRILLION pounds
          2. All things are possible with God
            1. Matt 19:26
          3. Grow your roots DEEP into the love of God
            1. Get FIRMLY attached to His Love
            2. NO SHALLOW roots
  • Understand the fullness of Gods love
    1. Wide, long, high, deep
    2. FILLS ALL SPACES of your life
  1. Reap right
    1. The full love of Christ
      1. Even though it is GREAT you will never fully understand
    2. Fullness of Life
    3. The POWER that comes from God
    4. REAP BIGGER THAN YOU PLANT!

4-17-2019                    Plans

We are good at making plans!

We have our plans for today, for tomorrow, our 5 year plans and more.

You may, or may not be shocked by this but….when I worked in local government we worked hard and spent a BUNCH of money on 3 and 5 year plans.  They were well thought out, had maps, charts, projections and pathways to completion.  Oh, most importantly, they were well bound and looked GREAT on the shelves where they sat for years….as we managed by reality….well, CRISIS.

But we have plans, so many plans.

And we KNOW our plans rarely pan out like we want.  We know this.  That is why we have Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and on….

Not that making plans is bad, it is good to have an action plan, a contingency plan and a guide for future success.

BUT, it is best to write our plans in JELLO and not in concrete.

This past week I have been reminded time and time again that we should be planning for what lies ahead, but be flexible because sometimes GOD MESSES WITH YOUR PLAN!

James 4:13-17 “Look here, you people who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what will happen tomorrow? For your life is like the morning fog — it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you will be boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.  Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”   NLT

  1. Make your plan
    1. As you plan know:
      1. You are not in charge of the world
      2. Stuff happens you could never plan for in life
    2. We do not even have the guarantee that we will be here tomorrow, nor the people we are depending on to fulfill our plan
      1. Our lives are like the MORNING FOG
        1. Temporary, and short lived.
      2. Make you plans but give God the permission to CHANGE YOUR PLANS
        1. If it is God’s Will, we will…..
        2. If God allows us, we will…
      3. We need to remember that God is God and we are not!
      4. BUT, what ever happens we MUST always do WHAT WE KNOW WE OUGHT TO DO!
        1. Maybe it is not OUR plan for the day
        2. But if God leads us to do it …we should do it
        3. It is a sin to NOT DO what we KNOW we ought to do.
          1. If it costs you a little time, do it anyway
          2. If it costs you a little money, do it
  • If it costs you a little self, do it.

Proverbs 16:1-3 “We can gather our thoughts, but the LORD gives the right answer. People may be pure in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their motives.  Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed.”  NLT

Trust that Gods PLAN and WISDOM is always best (for you and others)

Commit your plans to God, allow God to guide your plans, and your , GOD’S plans, will succeed!

Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me. I will be found by you,” says the LORD. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and bring you home again to your own land.” NLT

  1. God has a plan for you
    1. WORK GOD’S PLAN!
      1. God’s plan is for GOOD
        1. Not disaster
      2. God’s plan gives us a future and a hope.
        1. Two things we all are seeking
      3. LISTEN to God and His plan for you

1 Peter 2:7-17 “Yes, he is very precious to you who believe. But for those who reject him, “The stone that was rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone.”  8 And the Scriptures also say, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that will make them fall.” They stumble because they do not listen to God’s word or obey it, and so they meet the fate that has been planned for them. 9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.  10 “Once you were not a people; now you are the people of God. Once you received none of God’s mercy; now you have received his mercy.”  11 Dear brothers and sisters, you are foreigners and aliens here. So I warn you to keep away from evil desires because they fight against your very souls. 12 Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors. Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world. 13 For the Lord’s sake, accept all authority — the king as head of state, 14 and the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish all who do wrong and to honor those who do right.  15 It is God’s will that your good lives should silence those who make foolish accusations against you. 16 You are not slaves; you are free. But your freedom is not an excuse to do evil. You are free to live as God’s slaves. 17 Show respect for everyone. Love your Christian brothers and sisters. Fear God. Show respect for the king.  NLT

2-24     You Are……                          1 Peter 2:7 – 17

  1. We who believe understand and KNOW how precious Jesus is and how much we need Him EVERYDAY!
  2. Unfortunately, so many do not believe in Jesus Christ.
    1. He is a “stumbling block”
      1. They will fall – a long, eternal way
        1. They will fall because they DO NOT LISTEN to God’s Word
        2. They will fall because they DO NOT FOLLOW God’s Word.
          1. They will fall
            1. That is the fate God has planned for all unbelievers
          2. Christians WILL NOT make the journey of the fallen!
          3. Christian, YOU ARE different
          4. Christian, YOU ARE BLESSED
            1. You Are:
              1. A Chosen People
              2. A Kingdom of Priests
              3. God’s Holy Nation
              4. God’s own possession
  1. Why?
    1. So you can SHOW OTHERS the goodness of God
  2. You Are:
    1. The people of God
      1. You belong to Him
      2. He will never leave or forsake you
        1. No matter how bad you mess up
      3. The recipients of His Mercy
        1. He gives you MUCH BETTER than you deserve
          1. We deserve punishment
            1. He gives us love
  • Recipients of His Grace
    1. God gives us way more than we deserve
      1. What we do not even deserve
    2. Foreigners and aliens here
      1. This WORLD is not your home
        1. Don’t get too close to it.
      2. PLUS – like E.T. we need to “phone home” regularly
    3. Accountable
      1. Keep away from evil desires
        1. They FIGHT for your souls
      2. Be careful how you live among your community
        1. They are watching
      3. Life so rightly that everyone will know you are innocent if you are falsely accused
    4. Under Authority
      1. God’s Authority
        1. First and Foremost Follow God and Obey His Word
      2. The authority God has placed over you
        1. Parental
        2. Spousal
        3. Supervisory
        4. Governmental
  • FREE
    1. Christian, yours is a freedom that was paid for with a tremendous price
    2. We know that in order to have true freedom there must be a complete surrender and a complete victory.
      1. Jesus provided the complete victory
    3. Will you follow Him with a complete surrender?
    4. Not free for the world
    5. FREE to live as God’s Children
    6. FREE to live as God’s slaves
      1. Bondservants of the Most High
    7. A person of EXPECTED LIFESTYLE
      1. Model Christ until your life becomes HIS LIFE
        1. Show respect for ALL
        2. Love ALL
        3. Fear and respect God
        4. Be respectful to your leaders