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MAY 7, 2006 

FINDING REST IN GOD’S PRESENCE
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 16:1-11 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALMS 16:11 (KJV) Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.  

INTRO:  Do you ever get tired of the struggles you face in your physical life? 

·         Sickness

·         Disappointments

·         Broken promises

·         Financial problems

·         Family problems

·         Employment problems

Many people seek to find rest from this sort of things through many different ways: 

·         Drugs

·         Alcohol

·         Sex

·         Entertainment

·         Recreation

All of these only offer a short term satisfaction.

Have you ever sought rest from the spiritual struggles you face? 

·         Sin

·         Temptation

·         Guilt

·         Unbelief & doubts

·         Lack of commitment

·         Apathy

Each of us has struggled with one or more of these during our Christian walk. 

Where can we find rest from the physical and spiritual battles we face every day? 

The answer is found in the PROMISES OF GOD.

Today we want to look at just one promise of God that will provide rest for our weary souls. 

THE PROMISE OF REST IN GOD’S PRESENCE: 

NOTE: The place of perfect rest is found in the presence of God. 

GENESIS 2:2-3 (KJV) And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.  

   When God is at rest all those who are in His presence must be at rest also. 

NOTE: When Adam and Eve dwelt in the Garden of Eden, they were in a place of perfect rest. 

I.  APART FROM GOD WE CANNOT BE AT REST. 

NOTE: The greatest un-rest is found when we are outside the presence of God. 

   A.  SIN WILL TAKE US OUT OF GOD’S PRESENCE. 

ISAIAH 59:1-2 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) Indeed, the Lord’s hand is not too short to save, and His ear is not too deaf to hear.  But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have made Him hide [His] face from you so that He does not listen.  

·         Disobedience will drive us from the presence of God.

o    Doing what God tells us not to do will remove us from the presence of God.

NOTE: When Adam and Eve disobeyed, they fled from the presence of God. 

GENESIS 3:8 (KJV) 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.  

   Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience they were forced to leave the Garden of Eden and the presence of God. 

GENESIS 3:24 (KJV)  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.  

o    Failing to do what God tells us to do will remove us from the presence of God.

JONAH 1:3 (KJV) But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.  

·         Hatred for our brothers removes us from the presence of God.

NOTE:  When Cain sinned by killing his brother Abel, he was also driven from the presence of God. 

GENESIS 4:16 (KJV) 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.  

NOTE: We are all sinners therefore we are outside the presence of God. 

II. JESUS PROVIDED US WITH A WAY TO ENTER INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD. 

HEBREWS 10:19-22 (GW) Brothers and sisters, because of the blood of Jesus we can now confidently go into the holy place.
 Jesus has opened a new and living way for us to go through the curtain. (The curtain is his own body.)  We have a superior priest in charge of God's house.  We have been sprinkled {with his blood} to free us from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with clean water. So we must continue to come {to him} with a sincere heart and strong faith.
 

NOTE: Our perfect rest is found when we come to Jesus and accept His atoning work at Calvary. 

MATTHEW 11:28 (KJV) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  

   It is only though Jesus Christ that we can receive the forgiveness of sin and be restored to the presence of God. 

1 JOHN 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

   God has already taken the first step in bring us back into His presence by the work preformed at Calvary.  Now it is up to us. 

JAMES 4:8 (KJV) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  

   If we will open our hearts to God He will come in and once again we can dwell in the presence of God and find perfect rest and peace. 

REVELATION 3:20 (KJV) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.  

III. THE PROMISE OF HIS CONTINUAL PRESENCE.     

EXODUS 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.  

A.    IN TIMES OF TROUBLE

NOTE: On of the greatest robbers of rest in the midst of turmoil is the feeling of being all alone.

PSALM 142:4 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.

 ISAIAH 43:2 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.  

B.     WHEN WE FEEL OVERWHELMED.

NOTE: When we feel pressured from every side and it seems that we are being crushed under the load. 

DEUTERONOMY 20:1 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 the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.  

PSALM 103:13-14 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.  

C.     IN TIMES OF FAILURE.

NOTE: There are times in our lives when each one of us fail God and fail Him miserably. 

PSALM 51:3-4 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

   During these times we often feel that because of our sin and failure that even God abandons us.

 

ROMANS 8:38-39 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

PSALM 130:3-4 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.  

1 JOHN 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

CONCLUSION: We can find the perfect resting place in the promise of God’s presence no matter where we are or what is happening in our lives.      

HEBREWS 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  

MATTHEW 28:20 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.  

 

MAY 14, 2006 

ABIGAIL, A WOMAN OF VISION AND COURAGE
SCRIPTURE READING: I SAMUEL 25:23-31 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PROVERBS 31:30 (KJV) Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.  

INTRO: How does our world judge a woman of worth? 

Young

A beautiful face

A fine figure 

   How does God judge a woman? 

The condition of the heart 

1 SAMUEL 16:7 (KJV) But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.  

   We can do much to change our outward appearance but only God can change our hearts. 

   A woman can have dazzling beauty, a perfect figure, wonderful charm and even great intelligence but if their heart is corrupt they are not worthy of man’s consideration. 

   In this 25 chapter of I Samuel I can see a wonderful story showing a typology of Christ and His Church. 

Nabal a type of the world

Saul and type of Satan

Abigail a type of the Church

David a type of Christ. 

I.  NABAL A TYPE OF THE WORLD. 

NOTE:  The word  nabal signifies to be foolish, base, or villanous; and hence the Latin word nebulo, knave, is supposed to be derived. 

   He was known as a churlish man.   

1 SAMUEL 25:3 (KJV) Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.  

   Churlish in Hebrew comes from the word kaw-sheh'; Hebrew (qashah); severe (in various applications):- churlish, cruel, grievous, hard ([-hearted], thing), heavy, + impudent, obstinate, prevailed, rough (-ly), sore, sorrowful, stiff ([-necked]), stubborn, + in trouble.    
 -Strongs 

   Of the house of Caleb—vehu Chalibbi, "he was a Calebite." But as the word caleb signifies a dog, the Septuagint have understood it as implying a man of a canine disposition, and translate it thus, he was a doggish man.
—Adam Clarke's Commentary 

   Many versions consider Caleb ("dog") not as a proper, but a common noun, and render it, "he was snappish as a dog."
 —Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary 

   He was a follower of Saul. 

1 SAMUEL 25:10 (KJV) And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? and who is the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master.  

   He failed to see David as the one who protected him and all that he had. 

   Abigail saw him as a fool and a follower of Satan. 

1 SAMUEL 25:25 (KJV) Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.  

II. SAUL A TYPE OF SATAN. 

NOTE: Saul knew that he was going to lose his kingdom to David and he did everything within his power to stop David. 

   Satan knows he is going to lose everything to Christ and he is doing everything within his power to stop Christ from taking his kingdom from him. 

III. DAVID IS A TYPE OF CHRIST. 

NOTE: David was waiting until God’s timing to become king of Israel. 

   His followers recognized him as king but those who followed Saul, like Nabal, refused to recognize his royalty. 

   David was coming to bring judgment and death to Nabal. 

   Jesus is waiting until His Father tells Him it is time to come and received His Kingdom. 

MARK 13:32 (KJV) But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  

   There will come a day when everyone will acknowledge Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

ISAIAH 45:23 (KJV) I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.  

PHILIPPIANS 2:9-11 (KJV) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  

   At the second coming of Jesus, He will come in judgment. 

JUDE 1:14-15 (KJV) And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.  

IV. ABIGAIL IS A TYPE OF THE CHURCH 

NOTE: What is a vision?  

   A vision is the ability to see the possibilities of something that others are unable to see. 

   A vision is a compelling idea that causes a person to take unrealistic action to fulfill the vision. 

   A person or Church of vision often stands alone. 

   Without a vision we have no true direction or purpose, without courage to pursue our vision we are only dreamers. 

   Abigail was a woman of vision and she possessed the courage to seek the fulfillment of her vision. 

   A.  ABIGAIL VISION OF WHOM AND WHAT NABAL WAS. 

1 SAMUEL 25:25 (KJV) Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.  

   Abigail lived in a very difficult environment. 

NOTE: The Church may dwell in this world but it does not accept the practices of this world. 

JOHN 17:16-17 (KJV) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.  

   B. SHE HAD A TRUE VISION OF DAVID AND WHO HE WAS. 

1 SAMUEL 25:30 (KJV) And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel;  

NOTE: Abigail did not see David as an outlaw, as Nabal did, but rather as the rightful King of Israel. 

   The Church sees Jesus as the Son of God not as the world views Him. 

   C.  ABIGAIL HAD A VISION OF DAVID COMING IN JUDGMENT. 

1 SAMUEL 25:26 (KJV) Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.  

NOTE: The Church sees Jesus coming again in judgment. 

REVELATION 20:11-15 (KJV) And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  

   D.  ABIGAIL HAD THE COURAGE TO INTERCEDE. 

1 SAMUEL 25:24 (KJV) And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.  

NOTE: Abigail was not interceding for Nabal but rather for all those who were innocent but would have suffered the same judgment. 

CONCLUSION: The Church needs women and men who are visionaries and who posses the courage to pursue the vision God has given them. 

 

MAY 21, 2006 

READY OR NOT, YOU SHALL BE CAUGHT
SCRIPTURE READING: MATTHEW 24:36-51 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: MATTHEW 24:42 (KJV) Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.  

INTRO:  How much thought have you given to eternity? 

   When we are young we look at life as something to enjoy and we only consider the here and now. 

   As we mature we begin to look a life a little more seriously. 

·         We begin to consider our career.

·         We get married and start a family.

·         We buy a home.

 

   Later in life we begin to look towards retirement. 

   We spend a lot of time and energy thinking and planning for these things, but how much time and energy do we spend planning for eternity. 

   Eternity will begin in one of two ways: 

   1.  At the Second Coming of Christ. 

The Second coming of Christ is a hot subject. 

   There are many views: 

         He could come tonight.

·         There are certain things that must be fulfilled before He can come again.

·         He is not coming back.

·         I know when He is coming back, I know the year, the month, the day and the hour. 

   The truth of the matter is that no one knows when He is coming back so why spend so much time worrying about it? 

   This is one of the ways the devil is trying to put God’s people to sleep so that they fail to prepare for His coming. 

   2. The second way eternity will begin is a death.

NOTE: Although we may not know when His Second Coming is, there is one thing for certain, He can come for us individually at anytime. 

    HEBREWS 9:27 (KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  

   We must prepare our hearts for the time He calls us home because one second after death eternity begins forever. 

   I wish to share three things we will face in eternity. 

I.  THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE IN SECRET. 

   “Man see what we do, God sees why we do it.” 

ECCLESIASTES 12:14 (KJV) For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. 

NOTE: Most of the time when we consider this verse we think of the bad being revealed, I want to consider the good things we have done. 

MATTHEW 6:1-4 (GW) “Be careful not to do your good works in public in order to attract attention. If you do, your Father in heaven will not reward you. So when you give to the poor, don't announce it with trumpet fanfare. This is what hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets in order to be praised by people. I can guarantee this truth: That will be their only reward.   When you give to the poor, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your contributions privately. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.  

   It is easy to become discourage as we seek to serve God when we see the wicked prosper while we struggle. 

PSALMS 73:1-3 (KJV) Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  

JEREMIAH 31:16 (KJV) Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

   This world is not our home and our reward is awaiting us in eternity. 

REVELATION 22:12 (NIV) "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”  

II.  WE WILL BE REWARDED BY WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH WHAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN. 

MATTHEW 25:14-30 (GW) 25:14-17, 19-23 “The kingdom of heaven is like a man going on a trip. He called his servants and entrusted some money to them.  He gave one man ten thousand dollars, another four thousand dollars, and another two thousand dollars. Each was given money based on his ability. Then the man went on his trip.  “The one who received ten thousand dollars invested the money at once and doubled his money.  The one who had four thousand dollars did the same and also doubled his money…“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The one who received ten thousand dollars brought the additional ten thousand. He said, ‘Sir, you gave me ten thousand dollars. I've doubled the amount.'
“His master replied, ‘Good job! You're a good and faithful servant! You proved that you could be trusted with a small amount. I will put you in charge of a large amount. Come and share your master's happiness.'  “The one who received four thousand dollars came and said, ‘Sir, you gave me four thousand dollars. I've doubled the amount.' “His master replied, ‘Good job! You're a good and faithful servant! You proved that you could be trusted with a small amount. I will put you in charge of a large amount. Come and share your master's happiness.'
 

NOTE: When we read this parable we often stress the servant with one talent instead of considering those who were given five and two talents. 

   Notice: He gave according to the ability of each person. 

   We must trust God’s Love, Wisdom and Resources. 

   Whatever God gives us to do; He will also grant us the strength, wisdom, ability and resources to complete the task. 

III. WHAT WE HAVE DONE WILL BE TRIED BY FIRE. 

1 CORINTHIANS 3:10-15 (NIV) By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.  If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.  If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.  

NOTE: All true Believers are building on the same foundation but each of us is building differently. 

   The material we use is dependant on the attitude and purpose we are building. 

ILL: The carpenter building his last house. 

HEBREWS 12:28-29 (KJV) Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: for our God is a consuming fire.  

CONCLUSION: We do not know when eternity will begin for us so we must continue serving God the best we can until He calls us home. 

LUKE 19:13 (KJV) And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  

GALATIANS 6:7-10 (KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.  

 

May 27, 2006 

WHAT JOGS YOUR MEMORY?
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 51:1-16 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 51:1 (KJV) Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.  

INTRO: Memory plays a very important part in our lives.   

   Positive memories can encourage, instruct and give us hope for what lies ahead. 

   Negative memories will discourage us until we lose all hope for the future. 

   What kind of memory do you have?  

PHILIPPIANS 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.   

   There are three things I would like to encourage you to remember: 

1.       Remember from where you came.

2.       Remember who you are.

3.       Remember where you are going. 

I.  REMEMBER FROM WHERE YOU CAME. 

NOTE: We can either use the memory of our past to give us building stones to help us build, or we can use the memory of the past to sink us into the mire of regret and hopelessness.  

   A.  WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHAT GOD HAS SAVED US  FROM. 

NOTE: We need to consider this in two ways; 

1.       The sinful past He has saved from.

2.       The sinful life He saved us from being involved in. 

   B.  WE NEED TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED US IN OUR SPIRITUAL WALK. 

NOTE: None of us have achieved where we are spiritually without help from others. 

   C.  WE NEED TO REMEMBER PAST BLESSINGS GOD HAS GIVEN US. 

NOTE: It is remembering the way God has met our needs in the past that gives us the faith and courage to face the difficulties of the future. 

   One of the greatest failure of Israel was their forgetting how God had met their needs when they were faced a new problem. 

II.  THE SECOND THING WE NEED TO REMEMBER IS WHO WE ARE. 

1 JOHN 3:1-3 (KJV) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  

NOTE:  Too often when we are facing times of difficulties and failures we forget who we are and we revert back to seeing ourselves as a failure. 

A.      WE NEED TO REMEMBER WE ARE A CHILD OF A LOVING FATHER WHO WILL FORGIVE US OF OUR SINS. 

1 JOHN 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  

B.       WE NEED TO REMEMBER WE ARE A CHILD OF A LOVING FATHER WHO WILL SUPPLY ALL OUR NEEDS.

PHILIPPIANS 4:19 (KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

C.       WE NEED TO REMEMBER WE ARE A CHILD OF A LOVING FATHER WHO HAS ALL WISDOM AND WILL DO WHAT IS BEST FOR US. 

JOB 23:8-10 (KJV) 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: but he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.  

PSALMS 103:13-14 (NLT) The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust.  

1 CORINTHIANS 10:13 (KJV) There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  

III.  THE THIRD THING WE NEED TO REMEMBER IS WHERE WE ARE GOING. 

NOTE: We must remember that the things in this life are nothing to compare to what we will experience in eternity with Jesus. 

JOHN 14:1-3 (KJV) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  

REVELATION 21:1-7 (KJV) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 

REVELATION 22:1-5 (KJV)  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.  

CONCLUSION: Let our memory be filled with God and all the things He had done for us, is doing for us and will do for us. 

   Let us not forget.

 

 

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