“A LIFE WITHOUT PAIN WILL BECOME A LIVING HELL”
AUGUST 1, 2004
hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the
strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire
round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet
he laid it not to heart.
If you were to lose one of your five senses, seeing,
hearing, smelling, tasting or touching, which one
would you want to lose the least?
The truth about leprosy:
There are many skin diseases that are
referred to as leprosy in the Bible, but the one
that most of us think about when leprosy is
mentioned is that it is not a skin disease, but
rather a nerve disorder that keeps a person from
As the physical sense to feel allows
us know that something is wrong physically, so the
conscience that God has given us lets us know when
something is wrong spiritually.
God has given us a conscience that we
can either use to live a life that glorifies Him or
we can ignore and suffer the consequences.
There are those who contend that the
conscience is a learned process but God’s Words
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do
by nature the things contained in the law, these,
having not the law, are a law unto themselves: which
shew the work of the law written in their hearts,
their conscience also bearing witness, and their
thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing
The conscience is the inner sense of
right and wrong.
Every person is born with a
conscience, but its value and health are determined
by how well it is fed and trained with righteousness
and godliness. The better it is fed and taught, the
more effective, stronger and valuable it will
We are living in what is fast become
an amoral society.
As physical pain warns us that
something is wrong physically, so the pain of our
conscience lets us know that something is wrong
The more we ignore our physical pain
the more damage is done; the more we ignore our
conscience the more spiritual damage is done.
Who being past feeling have given themselves over
unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with
A large segment of our children are being
raised today with no teaching of right or wrong.
The majority of children today in America have
never been to Sunday School or church except to
attend a wedding or funeral.
I. HOW DOES A CONSCIENCE BECOME SEARED?
A good and healthy conscience comes from living a
righteous and godly life before God. A bad and
defiled conscience comes from living an unrighteous
and ungodly life in this world.
A good conscience is made strong and
healthy through prayer, reading God’ Word and
fellowshipping with the saints.
The lack of prayer, reading God’s Word
and fellowshipping weaken the conscience with the
Compromising our conscience leads to
compromising our faith.
1 Timothy 4:1-3
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the
latter times some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their
conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to
marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which
God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of
them which believe and know the truth.
Five things that lead to the searing of our
Departing from the Faith.
Giving heed to seducing spirits.
Doctrines of devils. (Doubting God’s Word)
Speaking lies in hypocrisy. (Trying to live is
Replacing God’s law with their own.
II. HOW DOES A PERSON WITH A SEARED CONSCIENCE
A. THEY RATIONALIZE IT AS BEING JUSTIFIED.
He that justifieth the wicked, and he that
condemneth the just, even they both are abomination
to the Lord.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
B. THEY FAIL TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT AS A SIN.
1 Samuel 15:13-15
And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him,
Blessed be thou of the Lord:
I have performed the commandment of the Lord.
And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of
the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen
which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them
from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best
of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice
unto the Lord
thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
C. THEY REFUSE TO REPENT.
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck,
shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without
D. THEY GO DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO SIN.
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart
treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of
wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of
III. HOW DO WE KEEP OUR CONSCIENCE FROM
It is far better to keep our conscience tender
before God than to try and restore a conscience that
has been seared.
A. WE SPEND TIME IN THE WORD OF GOD.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might
not sin against thee.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to
the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.
B. WE SPEND TIME IN COMMUNION (PRAYER) WITH
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the
devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
We are constantly asking
God to reveal any hidden sin in our lives.
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and
know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way
in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
DEVELOP CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP.
When we fall, and we all will fall and some many
times, it is much easier to regain our relationship
with God with the help, prayers and support, of
Two are better than one; because they have a good
reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one
will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is
alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to
help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they
have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if
one prevail against him, two shall withstand him;
and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
It is much harder to be
restored if we have failed to develop Christian
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye
which are spiritual, restore such an one in the
spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou
also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and
so fulfil the law of Christ.
Let us strive to keep our conscience tender so that
we will always hear the voice of the Holy Spirit
speaking to our hearts.
“WHEN GOD IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND”
August 15, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: JOB 23:1-17
SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOB 23:3, 8 & 9
Oh that I knew where I
might find Him! That I might come even to His seat!
… Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; and
backward, but I cannot perceive Him: On the left
hand, where He doth work, but I cannot behold
Him: He hideth Himself on the right hand, that I
cannot see Him:
Have you ever felt abandon
by everyone including God?
I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there
was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no
man cared for my soul.
There are many
things that might make us feel that God has
"The Apostle": Honest Prayer
The greatest is when we cannot sense the presence of
God in our lives.
It is during times like these we need the support
and understanding of Christian friends.
Saves Schoolboy from Embarrassment
Instead we are often criticized when we express that
we feel abandon by God even as Job was by his three
The 23 chapter of Job is one of the great chapters
in the Bible.
Job’s suffering (vs. 1)
A man named Job lived in Uz. He was a man of
integrity: He was decent, he feared God, and he
stayed away from evil. He had seven sons and
three daughters. He owned 7,000 sheep and goats,
3,000 camels, 1,000 oxen, 500 donkeys, and a large
number of servants. He was the most influential
person in the Middle East.
Job was a great man:
A great man of wealth
A great family man
A great man of influence
A great man of integrity
We often feel that just because we are
a child of God we should receive special treatment
ILL: Fed X ad. “Remind Me Why I Don’t
In one day Job lost:
his oxen and Asses.
1. He was
smitten with boils
wife told him to curse God and die
three friends came and told him it was his entirely
fault that this had happen to him.
Job’s despair (vrs. 3-9)
Job had lost all his
riches, he had lost his children, he had lost the
respect of his wife and friends, but the greatest
lost he felt was the presence of God in his life.
Job wanted to stand before God and ask why all this
was happening to him.
How often have you wanted to ask God the same
ILL: Opportunity in
There are those who would try and tell us that this
is wrong to wish to argue with God.
(GW) "Come on now, let's discuss this!"
says the Lord.
"Though your sins are bright red, they will become
as white as snow. Though they are dark red,
they will become as white as wool.
Job’s confidence (vrs 10-12)
There are four reasons that
Job is confident:
he has lived a righteous life and there was no
reason for God’s judgment to come against him.
even if he could not find God, God knew where he
God was allowing him to be tested and in the end he
would be vindicated.
4. He was
valuable to God.
Only the most precious
metals are tried in the fire.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into
divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of
your faith worketh patience. But let patience have
her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
Job’s surrender (vrs. 13-14)
Job surrenders to the
Sovereignty of God.
1. All though I
don’t understand the plan of God, I will trust Him.
(GW) I know the plans that I have for you,
declares the Lord.
They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to
give you a future filled with hope.
2. All though I
am unable to locate the presence of God, I will
2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout
the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the
behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from
henceforth thou shalt have wars.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and
his ears are open unto their cry.
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord,
and he pondereth all his goings.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding
the evil and the good.
For who hath despised the day of small things?
for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in
the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are
the eyes of the Lord,
which run to and fro through the whole earth.
is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he
knoweth them that trust in him.
3. All though I
am unable to justify what God allows I will trust
Often times we are confused
with why the wicked seem to be blessed and the
righteous face difficulties.
Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the
world; they increase in riches. Verily I have
cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in
innocency. For all the day long have I been
plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I
will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the
generation of thy children. When I thought to know
this, it was too painful for me; until I went into
the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
We like Job must lean to
trust in the Sovereignty of God.
Daniel 2:20-21 Daniel answered and
said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever:
for wisdom and might are his: and he changeth the
times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and
setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise,
and knowledge to them that know understanding:
The world says "seeing is
believing," but God wants us to believe in order to
see...Do you believe God only when the circumstances
are favorable, or do you believe no matter what the
circumstances may be?
-Streams In The Desert
“DESIRING JUDGMENT MORE THAN MERCY”
AUGUST 22, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: JONAH 4:1-11
SCRIPTURE TEXT: MATTHEW 5:43-48
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt
love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say
unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for
them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
that ye may be the children of your Father which is
in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil
and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on
the unjust. For if ye love them which love you,
what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the
same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do
ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which
is in heaven is perfect.
The story about Jonah is not about Jonah. We
might think this is a story about Jonah and the
whale…or about Jonah’s rebellion; …or about
Nineveh’s repentance. The story about
Jonah is not about any of those things. The story of
Jonah is about the mercy and grace of God.
Who were the Ninevites? And who is Jonah.
The Ninevites were Assyrians who were the enemies of
Jonah was a prophet in Israel first mention in II
We often think that Jonah
didn’t want to go to Nineveh because he was afraid
of the Ninevites, but this is not true, it was
because he was afraid that God would be merciful to
And he prayed unto the Lord,
and said, I pray thee, O Lord,
was not this my saying, when I was yet in my
country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for
I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful,
slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest
thee of the evil.
One of the most difficult things that we a Christian
must do is to love and seek God’s mercy for those
whom we feel justified in hating.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them
that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and
pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you; that ye may be the children of
your Father which is in heaven:
Most of us have had to
battle with being prejudice at one time or another
in our lives.
Overcome by God’s Love”
Pastor Paul Yonggi Cho is pastor of the largest
church in the world. Several years ago, as his
ministry was becoming international, he told God, "I
will go anywhere to preach the gospel—except Japan."
He hated the Japanese with gut-deep loathing because
of what Japanese troops had done to the Korean
people and to members of Yonggi Cho's own family
during WWII. The Japanese were his Ninevites.
combination of a prolonged inner struggle, several
direct challenges from others, and finally an urgent
and starkly worded invitation, Cho felt called by
God to preach in Japan. He went, but he went with
bitterness. The first speaking engagement was to a
pastor's conference—1,000 Japanese pastors. Cho
stood up to speak, and what came out of his mouth
was this: "I hate you. I hate you. I hate you." And
then he broke and wept. He was both brimming and
desolate with hatred.
At first one, then two, then all 1,000 pastors stood up. One by one
they walked up to Yonggi Cho, knelt at his feet and
asked forgiveness for what they and their people had
done to him and his people. As this went on, God
changed Yonggi Cho. The Lord put a single message in
his heart and mouth: "I love you. I love you. I love
calls us to do what we least want to do in order to
reveal our heart—to reveal what's really in our
heart. How powerful is the blood of Christ? Can it
heal hatred between Koreans and Japanese? Can it
make a Jew love a Ninevite? Can it make you
reconciled to…well, you know who?
Citation: Mark Buchanan,
Your God Is Too Safe (Multnomah, 2001) p. 47; submitted by Darin Reimer, Victoria,
British Columbia, Canada
I. JONAH PREACHED GOD’S LOVE WHILE HIS HEARTS WAS
It is much easier to say
we love the lost then to love in reality.
How can we say we love the lost yet have no
desire to see them saved?
How can we say we love the lost yet are unwilling
to do anything to
reach them with the Gospel of God’s Grace?
How can we say we love the lost when we can’t
even get along with our Brothers and Sisters in
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of
angels, and have not charity, I am become as
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I
have the gift of prophecy, and understand all
mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all
faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have
not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all
my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body
to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me
Love demands action not
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man
say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith
save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and
destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto
them, “Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;”
notwithstanding ye give them not those things which
are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even
so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being
II. JONAH ASKED FOR GOD’S
MERCY FOR HIMSELF WHILE HE DESIRE
JUDGMENT FOR THE NINEVITES.
Jonah was self-centered.
Jonah wanted God’s blessings in his life but was
unwilling to share these blessing with the
ILL: “The Elder Brother in the Parable of the
preaching his message of doom.
to God’s pending judgment two different ways:
Reject the warning and experience His judgment.
“The Young Girl Who Reject God’s Grace”
A young woman, who had been
brought up in a Christian home and who had often had
very serious convictions in regard to the importance
of coming to Christ, chose instead to take the way
of the world. Much against the wishes of her godly
mother, she insisted on keeping company with a wild,
hilarious crowd, who lived only for the passing
moment and tried to forget the things of eternity.
Again and again she was pleaded with to turn to
Christ, but she persistently refused to heed the
admonitions addressed to her.
Finally, she was taken with a very serious illness.
All that medical science could do for her was done
in order to bring about her recovery, but it soon
became evident that the case was hopeless and death
was staring her in the face. Still she was hard and
obdurate when urged to turn to God in repentance and
take the lost sinner’s place and trust the lost
One night she awoke suddenly out of a sound sleep, a
frightened look in her eyes, and asked excitedly,
“Mother, what is Ezekiel 7:8,9?” Her mother said,
“What do you mean, my dear?” She replied that she
had had a most vivid dream. She thought there was a
Presence in the room, who very solemnly said to her,
“Read Ezekiel 7:8,9.” Not recalling the
verses in question, the mother reached for a Bible.
As she opened it, her heart sank as she saw the
words, but she read them aloud to the dying girl:
"Now I will shortly pour out my fury upon thee,
and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will
judge thee according to thy ways, and will
recompense thee for all thine abominations. And mine
eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I
will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine
abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye
shall know that I am the Lord that smiteth.” The
poor sufferer, with a look of horror on her face,
sank back on the pillow, utterly exhausted, and in a
few moments she was in eternity. Once more it had
been demonstrated that grace rejected brings
judgment at last.
Believe the warning and accept His Grace.
ACCEPTING GOD’S GRACE:
In his book
NO WONDER THEY CALL HIM THE SAVIOR, Max
Lucado tells the following story to illustrate God’s
love, grace and concern for those who are lost.
Longing to leave her poor Brazilian neighborhood,
Christina wanted to see the world. Discontent with a
home having only a pallet on the floor, a washbasin,
and a wood-burning stove, she dreamed of a better
life in the city. One morning she slipped away,
breaking her mother’s heart. Knowing what life on
the streets would be like for her young, attractive
daughter, Maria hurriedly packed to go find her. On
her way to the bus stop she entered a drugstore to
get one last thing. Pictures. She sat in the
photograph booth, closed the curtain, and spent all
she could on pictures of herself. With her purse
full of small black-and-white photos, she boarded
the next bus to Rio de Janeiro. Maria knew Christina
had no way of earning money. She also knew that her
daughter was too stubborn to give up. When pride
meets hunger, a human will do things that were
before unthinkable. Knowing this, Maria began her
search. Bars, hotels, nightclubs, any place with the
reputation for streetwalkers or prostitutes. She
went to them all. And at each place she left her
picture--taped on a bathroom mirror, tacked to a
hotel bulletin board, fastened to a corner phone
booth. And on the back of each photo she wrote a
note. It wasn’t too long before both the money and
the pictures ran out, and Maria had to go home. The
weary mother wept as the bus began its long journey
back to her small village. It was a few weeks later
that young Christina descended the hotel stairs. Her
young face was tired. Her brown eyes no longer
danced with youth but spoke of pain and fear. Her
laughter was broken. Her dream had become a
nightmare. A thousand times over she had longed to
trade these countless beds for her secure pallet.
Yet the little village was, in too many ways, too
far away. As she reached the bottom of the stairs,
her eyes noticed a familiar face. She looked again,
and there on the lobby mirror was a small picture of
her mother. Christina’s eyes burned and her throat
tightened as she walked across the room and removed
the small photo. Written on the back was this
compelling invitation. "Whatever you have done,
whatever you have become, it doesn’t matter. Please
come home." She did.
Max Lucado, No Wonder They Call Him the Savior,
Multnomah Press, 1986, pp. 158-9.
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and
proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the
greatest of them even to the least of them. For
word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose
from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and
covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And
he caused it to be proclaimed and published through
Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles,
saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock,
taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water:
but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and
cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one
from his evil way, and from the violence that is in
their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and
repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we
Jonah sat on the hill outside of Nineveh waiting for
God’s judgment to come, all the time dreading that
God would be merciful.
Jonah had seen the repentance of Nineveh and
understood God’s mercy.
Faith always precedes repentance
Mercy always precedes judgment
While Nineveh prayer for mercy; Jonah longed for
“When people are right with
God they are apt to be hard on themselves and easy
on other people. But when they are not right
with God, they are easy on themselves and hard on
James 2:13 (NLT) For there will be no
mercy for you if you have not been merciful to
others. But if you have been merciful, then God's
mercy toward you will win out over his judgment
III. JONAH WAS A FAILURE IN SPITE OF BEING OBEDIENT
We often consider Jonah to
be successful but in reality he was a failure.
He had the greatest revival know to man yet he was a
failure because his heart was not in tune with the
heart of God.
Jonah was more concerned over a gourd than he was
over the inhabitance of Nineveh.
God did several things in
the book of Jonah to get Jonah’s attention:
He sent a great wind (1:4)
Prepared a great fish (1:17)
He gave the great fish a belly ache. (2:10)
He prepared a gourd. (4:6)
He prepared a worm. (4:7)
He prepared a vehement east wind. (4:8)
God will send us blessings
or cursing, whatever it takes, to get His people
If we are not careful we can possess the same
attitude that Jonah had.
We see someone caught in
the power of sin there are several things we do not
We do not know the circumstances that lead
them into the sin.
We do not know how hard they tried to resist
the sin before the fell.
We do not know the power of sin that came
We do not know how we would have reacted given
the same situation.
The book of Jonah ends with God asking a question
that each of us must answer.
Then said the Lord,
Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou
hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which
came up in a night, and perished in a night: and
should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein
are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot
discern between their right hand and their left
hand; and also much cattle?
How much value do we put on
things that are here today and gone tomorrow, and
how much value do we put on souls that will live
“Lord, save us from the
attitude of Jonah and grant us a heart of compassion
for those whom we do not like and who do not like
“WE ARE SO BLESSED”
August 29, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 1:1-6
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 1:1-2
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel
of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his
delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
What does it mean when we say, “We are blessed of
At its root, a blessing refers to
God’s friendly approach to those who are open to
receiving divine generosity
Sometimes we only see the problems that surround us
and fail to see the blessings that God has poured
out into our lives.
ILL: Carrying Blessing and Burdens.
The Cross & Your Cross.
My fall on Monday.
The blessings of God are limitless and
new every day.
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear
heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that
love him. (Isaiah 64:4)
It is of the Lord's
mercies that we are not consumed, because his
compassions fail not. They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness. The Lord
is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope
in him. The Lord
is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul
that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both
hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
That which we
do not deserve (mercy) He gives abundantly, that
which we cannot buy (grace) He gives freely.
Let us consider for a moment some of
the blessings we have received from the hand of
I. WE ARE BLESSED BECAUSE WE LIVE IN
We are blessed because we live in a land of
There are those who can only see the
negatives of our country and fail to see the
blessings we have because we live in America.
ILL: Things To Be Thankful For
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from
above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of
those who would contend that they have done it all
themselves, but the Bible says differently.
Beware that thou forget not the Lord
thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his
judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee
this day: lest when thou hast eaten and art full,
and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; and
when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy
silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou
hast is multiplied; then thine heart be lifted up,
and thou forget the Lord
thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of
Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led thee
through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein
were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought,
where there was no water; who brought thee forth
water out of the rock of flint; who fed thee in the
wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not,
that he might humble thee, and that he might prove
thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; and thou
say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine
hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou
shalt remember the Lord
thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get
wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he
sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Often times we tend to separate our
material blessings from our spiritual blessings.
Not everybody who lives in America are as blessed as
II. WE ARE BLESSED BECAUSE OF OUR
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
Thus saith the Lord,
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither
let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the
rich man glory in his riches: but let him that
glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and
knoweth me, that I am the Lord
which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and
righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I
delight, saith the Lord.
A. HE IS OUR HEALER
The Lord will use many ways to provide healing for
us, but what we must remember, is that all healing
comes from Him.
ILL: I Live On Borrowed Time
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the
voice of the Lord
thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his
sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and
keep all his statutes, I will put none of these
diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the
Egyptians: for I am the Lord
that healeth thee.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our
peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are
1 Peter 2:24
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on
the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live
unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
B. HE IS OUR BURDEN BEARER
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our
sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of
God, and afflicted.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon
you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For
my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for
C. HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US NOR
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee
in all places whither thou goest, and will bring
thee again into this land; for I will not leave
thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to
When thou goest out to battle against thine
enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a
people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for
thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of
the land of Egypt.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be
with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I
have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Hebrews 13:5 (NASB) …for
He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor
will I ever FORSAKE YOU,"
D. HE IS CONSTANTLY WATCHING
Behold, the eye of the Lord
is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in
The eyes of the Lord
are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto
E. HE IS OUR SAVIOR.
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom
imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath
he removed our transgressions from us.
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy
transgressions for mine own sake, and will not
remember thy sins.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness,
and their sins and their iniquities will I remember
This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws
into their hearts, and in their minds will I write
them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember
WE ARE SO BLESSED”
William J. Gaither, Gloria Gaither & Greg Nelson
THE CELEBRATION HYMNAL
WORD MUSIC/INTEGRITY MUSIC
We are so blessed by the gifts from Your hand,
I just can’t understand
Why You’ve loved us so much.
We are so blessed we just can’t find a way
Or the words that can say,
Thank you Lord, for Your touch.
When we’re empty You fill us ‘til we overflow,
When we’re hungry You feed us and cause us to know;
We are so blessed, Take what we have to bring;
Take it all, everything, Lord, we love you so much.
A young man was at the end
of his rope, seeing no way out, he dropped to his
knees in prayer. "Lord, I can't go on," he
said. "I have too heavy a cross to bear."
The Lord replied, "My son,
if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross
inside this room. Then, open that other door
and pick out any cross you wish."
The man was filled with
relief and said, "Thank you Lord," and he did as he
was told. Upon entering the other room, he saw
many crosses; some so large the tops were not
visible. Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning
against a far wall. "I'd like that one, Lord,"
he whispered. The Lord replied, "My son, that is the
cross you just brought in."
When life's problems seem
overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what
other people are coping with. You may consider
yourself far more fortunate than you imagined.
Whatever your cross
Whatever your pain
There will always be sunshine
After the rain.
Perhaps you may stumble
Perhaps even fall
But God's always there
To help you through it all.
CARRYING BLESSINGS AND BURDENS
There is an old legend about three men
and their sacks. Each man had two sacks, one tied in
front of his neck and the other tied on his back.
When the first man was asked what was in his sacks,
he said, "In the sack on my back are all the good
things friends and family have done. That way
they're hidden from view. In the front sack are all
the bad things that have happened to me. Every now
and then I stop, open the front sack, take the
things out, examine them, and think about them."
Because he stopped so much to concentrate on all the
bad stuff, he really didn't make much progress in
The second man was asked about his
sacks. He replied, "In the front sack are all the
good things I've done. I like to see them, so quite
often I take them out to show them off to people.
The sack in the back? I keep all my mistakes in
there and carry them all the time. Sure they're
heavy. They slow me down, but you know, for some
reason I can't put them down."
When the third man was asked about his
sacks, he answered, "The sack in front is great.
There I keep all the positive thoughts I have about
people, all the blessings I've experienced, all the
great things other people have done for me. The
weight isn't a problem. The sack is like sails of a
ship. It keeps me going forward. "The sack on
my back is empty. There's nothing in it. I cut a big
hole in its bottom. In there I put all the bad
things that I can think about myself or hear about
others. They go in one end and out the other, so I'm
not carrying around any extra weight at all."
What are you carrying in your sacks?
H. Norman Wright,
The Perfect Catch
(Bethany House, 2000), pp.28-29; submitted by Bonne
Steffen, editor, Wheaton, Illinois
TO BE THANKFUL FOR
Someone writing in
several years ago said, "Shall I thank God at this
Thanksgiving? Why was I born at this particular time
in the history of the world? Why was I born in a
spotless delivery room in an American hospital
instead of a steaming shelter in the dank jungle of
the Amazon or a mud hut in Africa? Why did I have
the privilege of going to school with capable
instructors while millions around the world, without
a school book, sit or squat on a dirt floor
listening to a missionary?
"How does it happen that my children
are tucked into warm beds at night with clean white
sheets while millions of babies in the world will
lie in cold rooms, many in their own filth and
vomit? Why can I sit down to a warm meal whenever I
want to and eat too much when millions will know all
of their lives the gnawing pangs of hunger? Do I
deserve to share in such wealth? Why me and not
other millions? Why was I born in a land I didn't
build, in a prosperity that I didn't create and
enjoy a freedom that I didn't establish? Why an
American sitting comfortably in my own living room
this Thanksgiving rather than an Indian squatting in
the dark corner of some infested alley in Calcutta,
shivering in the cold, or a Cambodian in the rubble
of what used to he my home, or a terrified, running
Nicaraguan in the jungle? Do I deserve it? By what
right do I have it?"
Joel Gregory, "The Unlikely Thanker,"
Preaching Today, Tape No. 110
“I LIVE ON BORROWED TIME”
Alice Hansche Mortenson
I have been healed not instantly,
But through a surgeon’s skill;
God often uses human hands
To carry out His will.
So I shall thank Him more, not less,
For every trying hour
That made me draw unceasingly
On His unfailing power.
I thank Him, yes, for nights of pain
When Heaven seemed to bend
Above my bed with songs of praise
And God Himself would send
Such sweet assurance to my soul,
Such evidence of care,
That, though I could not see His face,
I knew that He was there.
So as I rise again to serve
And live on “borrowed time,”
I pray that I shall not forget
My days are His, not mine.
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