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Sunday, May 15, 2022 - Chosen By God


God Has Chosen You
 
In (John 15:16) Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
 
(Ephesians 1:4) says, “He chose us in Him before the creation of the world”.
 
(1st Peter 2:9) says, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”
 
There is an undeniable truth that rings out from the hallways of history into this very room this morning.
 
Every one of you whom are listening to me this morning can be confident that God has “great favour for you” and He has chosen you and set you apart for His good pleasure.
 
But why?
 
Is there something special about me or about you that led God to choose us?
 
The short answer is, no, God did not choose us because of anything we’ve done or not done.
 
He chose us out of His love and mercy, and for His glory.
 
We are chosen because of God’s deep love for us.
 
God chooses us despite our past and despite who we are and what we’ve done and in doing so He makes us “new creations” in Christ.
 
God chooses us, but we also have a choice to make!
 
And that is to choose Him as well, by placing faith in Christ.
 
The concept of whether or not God chooses us can be quite sticky for some people.
 
Many reformed denominations believe that only a select few are chosen by God.
 
In other words, if you never place faith in Jesus, then He never chose you in the first place.
 
That my friend is an erroneous belief as God does choose us; every one of us, He is not willing that any should perish or that any should be lost.
 
And that’s why Jesus came, to seek and to save that which was lost.
 
(Luke 4:18-19) “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
 
God loves you my friend and Jesus willingly went to the cross to prove Gods love for you.
 
The problem, is that we all have freedom of choice.
 
God has created mankind with free will.
 
This means that we have the freedom to make choices.
 
With our free will, we can choose either to make the right decision or the wrong decision.
 
In the same way, with our free will, we can choose whether or not we will place faith in Christ, or we can choose to reject Christ.
 
God wants all people to be saved, which means He has chosen everyone. 
 
 (1st Timothy 2:3-4) tells us this truth, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
 
Similarly, (2nd Peter 3:9) says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.
 
Instead, He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
 
God is kind, caring, and loving!  Yes God is good, all the time!
 
He is full of mercy and is eagerly waiting for you and I to accept Him.
 
And no! There is not a limited number of “spaces” available for individuals, as God wants us all humanity to come to know Him.
 
The Lord wants all people of all races colors and creeds to place faith trust and confidence in Him.
 
We can do this because we have free will.
 
God did not create us as robots or slaves to do his bidding as He did the Angels in Heaven.
 
He wants us to come, to accept Him freely, to choose to walk with Him and enjoy the benefits of His love.
 
And He has given us everything we need to know Him.
 
The Bible has revealed Jesus to us in a way that we can know Him personally.
 
In fact, God made Himself knowable to us in “the Person of Christ”.
 
He has chosen everyone throughout the history of the world as well as everyone in the future, to come to know Him.
 
Since He has chosen us, we can be saved if we place faith in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection.
 
God chooses us, but we have to also choose Him.
 
It’s up to us to choose Him as our Savior and Lord.
 
To respond only to Him, in our desire to worship.
 
There are many false gods in the world, such as Allah, Hari Krishna, Mohamed, and ourselves; however, the only true God is the God of the Bible.
 
And we must make the choice, to choose of our own free will.
 
Nobody can force us to accept Christ, as we have to make the intentional decision to know Him as our Lord.
 
Even God does not force us to choose Him.
 
He makes us an offer we can’t refuse but if we should it’s our choice.
 
Choosing to accept Christ as our Savior and Lord is a huge decision that shouldn’t be shrugged off.
 
For many people, (such as those coming from other belief systems), following Christ comes with many costs.
 
(Luke 14:25-33) This should not surprise us because Jesus tells us to consider the costs of following Him
 
No matter what the costs are, following Jesus is always the right choice to make, especially since we have everything to gain and nothing to lose!
 
No other belief system will provide forgiveness, redemption, salvation and eternal life.
 
(Acts 4:12) Apart from Christ, there is no salvation
 
Again let me say this folks.
 
Before a person accepts Christ as their Savior, they are already chosen by God. 
 
(1st Peter 2:9) says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
 
But it’s up to the individual to choose God by placing faith in Jesus.
 
It is important to note that even though God has chosen all people to be saved, it is up to each person to choose God to respond to His invitation.
 
If a person never places faith in Christ during their life, they will not automatically go to heaven when they die.
 
If a person never accepts Jesus as their Savior, they will never receive salvation from Christ.
 
Jesus is the light of the world.
 
John 3:16-21) tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 
 
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. 
 
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 
 
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 
 
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 
 
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
 
Choosing Jesus, choosing the light of the world, puts you in a position with God that guarantees that you will never have to fear death or separation from God ever again.
 
However everyone who fails to place faith in Christ will be eternally separated from Him in hell.
 
When we choose to place faith in Jesus, we are given eternal life with Him forever.
 
There is nothing better than spending forever in paradise with God.
 
Salvation is not based on works or following rules, but rather based in faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.”
 
But, there is a responsibility that each of us have been commissioned with in that choice.
 
We are chosen by God to represent Christ throughout our lives. 
 
(John 15:16) tells us, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
 
We are chosen because of God’s deep love for us.
 
With the election of God, He has given us the responsibility to take His name out to the people across the world  (Matthew 28:19)
 
In (Acts 1:8) Jesus said “and you shall be witnesses of me in Jerusalem, and Jusea and to the uttermost parts of the earth”.
 
In addition to spreading His name across the world, we are also chosen to bear fruit for God.
 
This type of fruit is not fruit that you consume, but rather they are the fruits of the Spirit
Since God has chosen us and dearly loves us, we should extend the same love to others.
 
We are to be representatives of Christ to the lost world.
 
We are to shine His light to the world as Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
 
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
 
Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
 
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
 
God has chosen us to help others come to know Him, and we do that by living out (Galatians 5:22-23) which teaches us that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”.
 
As believers who have chosen Christ, God wants us to help others know Him by showing His love in our actions and sharing with others the good news of His great love for humanity!
 
Wherever it is that you are listening to me today, know that God chose you and He dearly loves you.
 
Even if the world rejects us or we don’t get chosen by someone we admire, God still chooses us, and loves each of us in a unique and special way!
 
We don’t have to dress a certain way or act a certain way in order for God to love us.
 
The world tells us that to be loved or admired, we must look or act a certain way, or accomplish great feats in our lives in order to be chosen and or accepted.
 
But friend it doesn’t matter what we look like or what we accomplish in life in order for God to choose and love us.
 
Even if you have a bad past, know that God still loves you and chooses you.
 
Paul had a horrific past of persecuting Christians, yet God chose Paul to take His name to the world (Acts 9:15).
 
In the same way, God chooses us despite our past and He makes us new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
 
God chooses us, but we must choose Him by placing faith in Christ.
 
Now though God has chosen all of us from the beginning of time there is a penalty for rejecting Gods offer of salvation.
 
Its what Jesus talked about in (John 3:16-19) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  
 
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 
 
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 
 
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
 
The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 
 
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
 
All of us are thrilled when we get a personal invitation in the mail to attend a special function.
 
When we are invited to share in special occasions, we are welcomed to embrace the intimate moments of those that we are celebrating with.
When we read about Jesus, He offered the most personal invitation to humanity that could ever be given by someone. He offers us Himself.
 
Jesus did not turn crowds or individuals away.
 
Far from being the life and soul of the party, Jesus was interested in those He came into contact with.
 
He met their deepest longings of the human heart, and He continues to do that today.
 
We are invited into a relationship with God, but it is up to us to accept the invitation.
 
As we read the first chapter of the gospel of John, we can see how an invitation from Jesus impacted the lives of the early disciples and how it matters for us today.
 
When something out of the ordinary grabs our attention, we have to know, what where when and why,
 
If we see a crowd of people gathering around something, we want to know what’s going on.
 
If we are slowly making our way through traffic and we are getting nearer to an incident, we crane our necks to try and get a better look.
 
John the Baptist had disciples who followed his teaching, but when Jesus passed by, John said: “Look, the Lamb of God!”
 
Imagine heads turning, trying to catch a glimpse of “Who” John was referring to.
 
That message was enough for two of John’s disciples to begin to follow behind Jesus.
 
Jesus turned around and asked them “What do you want?” (John 1:38).
 
That question should make all of us stop and think.
 
What is our motive in following Jesus?
 
We may have several answers to this question but Jesus says we must deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23).
 
Following Jesus is not the easiest road to walk, but the rewards and the benefits are out of this world!
 
Following Jesus is the only way to experience fulfilled purpose and satisfaction in life and with life.
 
How often have we heard someone say, “If I had his money, I’d do things my way”, but as the songwriter says, “little they find there’s no peace of mind, one rich man in ten with a satisfied mind”.
 
How often have we heard someone say, “If I could have a second chance I’d do things different”!
 
Well friend, God has chosen you and you can have a second chance, you can do things differently, but it involves walking with Christ.
 
Jesus said in (Matthew 7:14) “It’s a small gate and a narrow road but it leads to life”
 
Yet whatever our motives are, only Jesus can fill the deepest needs of our heart and promises to be with us to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
 
(Isaiah 55:1) is one of the great invitations in the Bible.
 
The Lord said to His people who were in difficult circumstances,
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”
 
This is God’s remarkable offer of inner nourishment, deep spiritual satisfaction, and everlasting life (vv. 2–3).
 
Jesus’s invitation is repeated in the last chapter of the Bible: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’
 
And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’
 
Let the one who is thirsty come;
 
And let the one who wishes, take the free gift of the water of life” (Rev. 22:17).
 
We often think of eternal life as beginning when we die.
 
In reality, it begins when we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
 
God’s invitation to find eternal life in Him is the greatest invitation of all!
 
And as I sing this closing song for you never forget!
 
God has chosen you, but will you choose Him?
 
 
Close with Jesus It’s me Again.
 
 
 
 


Sunday, April 17, 2022 - Why Is the Blood So Powerful


Recite the One Solitary Life Story.
 
Unfortunately there are many in our world today that claim they don’t believe in God, and so they don’t subscribe to the spiritual understanding of what the Easter celebration all about.
 
And for many in our world Easter has become nothing more that a “mainstream holiday”.
 
But let me be clear as I state this following truth for all of you gathered here this morning and for you that are watching or tuning in on our Face Book Live stream.
 
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For generations, skeptics far and wide have doubted the claim that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
 
In fact, this point of belief has been disputed more than Jesus’ birth.
 
Scholars and skeptics alike admit the evidence of a man that lived centuries ago named, Jesus Christ,
 
But the idea that he was resurrected after His death and burial, has been a point of contention and argument, ever since He was laid in the tomb.
 
The Easter holiday commemorates Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and His promise of eternal life to all who believe in Him.

The account of Jesus’ resurrection can be found in all four of the Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
 
Each book (Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20) tells a slightly different account of the story from the authors’ differing perspectives.
 
What is consistent across all these scripture texts, is the claim that Jesus dead body was placed in the tomb where He was buried after His crucifixion on the cross, and that His body mysteriously disappeared from that tomb after three days.

Because of His death on the cross, for three days following His crucifixion, believers at the time questioned whether Jesus really was the Son of God.
 
By all appearances, it seemed death had defeated Him.
 
Biblical accounts from (Acts 1) then tell of Jesus appearing to Mary Magdalene, the disciples, and other followers before finally ascending into Heaven.
 
But upon His resurrection, He proved that He was not just a human, but that He was “Divine” as well.
 
That He was God in the flesh, God incarnate and that He was victorious over death and the grave.
 
Because of the resurrection of Christ, Paul summarizes the victory that we have over death and the grave as well in (1st Corinthians 15:52-53)
saying “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

This account by Paul is a declaration of what Christians believe: that Jesus Christ came to earth, died for the sins of humanity, and defeated the powers of death through His resurrection.
 
Easter is the yearly celebration of this miracle and the hope of all believers in Christ, which includes the forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life.
 
Eternal life, which was made possible and purchased for every believer in Christ, by the blood that He shed on the cross prior to His resurrection.
 
But what is it about the blood of Jesus that is so powerful?
 
And have we truly grasped the weight of Jesus’ sacrifice and the immense privilege we have to be “washed or cleansed” or “born again” by the blood of the Lamb?
 
Jesus said in (John 3:3) unless a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
 
(Hebrews 9:22) tells us that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin”.
 
It is by faith in the shed blood of Christ on the cross that allows us to become born again and set free from the judgment and the penalty of sin.
 
In the Old Testament, (Leviticus 17:11) says that it was only through the shedding of the blood of an animal sacrifice, that man could be cleansed from sins, because “it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life”.
 
But animal’s blood was not powerful enough to bring the redemption needed to set humanity “free from the curse” of sin.
 
From the King James translation of the bible; in the last verse of the last book of the Old Testament, the book of Malachi,
 
The prophets very last words to future generations, was a warning of the return of Elijah to smite the earth with a curse because of sin.
 
Even the word its self “curse” has a hiss to it.   “Curse”
 
If you drop the letter “s” from the word “curse”, you are left with the word cure, and that’s what is so powerful about Jesus and His shed blood!
 
Jesus blood is the cure for the curse of sin.
 
And the first thing that the Holy Spirit wants humanity to know as they read the bible and as they move from the Old Testament, into the New Testament, is that God has a cure for the curse of sin.
 
This cure, this restoration of humanity and his or her relationship with God, could only be made possible by way of the shedding of blood from God’s own heavenly bloodline.
 
Any other type of blood would have been too contaminated.
 
Look at what (Hebrews 9:12-14) says about Jesus’ blood: “With His own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—He entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever”…
 
For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as the perfect sacrifice for our sins.”
 
According to (1st Corinthians 6:20 - 7:23). This was “the perfect sacrifice” that God purchased with a “high price”.
 
He wanted to redeem mankind back to Himself so that we could have access to His presence once again and receive the remission of our sins—without having to perform any more useless sacrifices and rituals.
 
Jesus’ blood is our ticket to boldly enter God’s presence. 
 
(Hebrews 10:19-22) says, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 
 
By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.
 
The “Most Holy Place is in “the presence of God”.
 
And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts, fully trusting Him.
 
For our guilty conscience has been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.”
 
Jesus witnessed firsthand, “the curse of evil, the curse of sin” that had spread throughout humankind, and He longed for us to be purged of that curse, knowing it was only His blood that contained the necessary healing and purification properties that could be the cure for the curse!
 
And because of the power contained in His blood, we receive five comforting gifts from the heart of the Father.
 
The 1st one was Peace with God; (Colossians 1:20)
“And through him, (talking about Jesus) God reconciled everything to Himself.
 
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross”.
 
“And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation”.
 
The 2nd is Freedom; (Romans 5:9)
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom from sins mastery, with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins”, 
 
(Ephesians 1:7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
 
(Revelation 1:5)“All glory to Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us” 
 
The 3rd is Cleansing of our sins; “…the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1st John 1:7)
 
The 4th is Holiness; (Hebrews 13:12) “So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make His (Gods) people holy, by means of his own blood”
 
The 5th is Redemption (1st Peter 1:18-19). “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors.
 
And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value.  
 
But it was paid with the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God” 
 
(Luke 20:22) Tells us that the blood of Jesus was “the seal of a new covenant” that brings us into right standing with God:
 
(Ephesians 2:13) teaches us that “After supper He took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you” 
 
And that this was “a perfect restoration” of fellowship with our Heavenly Father:
 
“But now you have been united with Christ Jesus.
 
Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to Him through the blood of Christ” 
 
The fall in the Garden of Eden created a division between mankind and God.
 
From that point on, Adams sin became our sin which separated us from our Creator—and the only way we could be made right in His eyes was through the shedding of blood as was used in animal sacrifices as described in the Old Testament
 
This shed “animal blood” would serve as “an atonement”, “a covering”, for the sins of the people.
 
We are reminded of this in (Hebrews 9:22): “In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
 
When God saw the blood of the sacrifice, He saw an act of obedience, an act of surrender, of the one making the sacrifice;
 
And the life that was within that sacrifice, was a representation of the sinners life, and his or her willingness to surrender their life to the obedience of God; by way of sacrificing something of value “as a representation” of their own life, in surrender to God.
 
Blood is a life-giving substance, that carries within it “life for the body”.
 
This explains why, if we bleed to death, our life empties out as well.
 
It’s the life found within the blood, that allows us to live.
 
It’s the life found in Jesus blood that makes “atonement for sins” by infusing His life into our lives.
 
The blood of animals was not potent enough.
 
The actual blood of the animal wasn’t powerful within itself; rather, it was God’s acceptance of it that gave it that power.
 
The animal became a substitute, shedding its blood, dying in the place of the sinner
 
(Hebrews 10:6) says God tired of the continual shedding of blood of animals, “was not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin”
 
(Hebrews 10:9) Jesus agreed to do His Father’s will because He knew it would be the only sacrifice that “cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect”.
 
It was only by blood inherited from the Divine—pure blood that did not contain a trace of sins contamination—that could forever purge us of our sins.
 
So, when we accept Christ into our life, our Heavenly Father imparts Jesus’ life-giving blood into our veins.
 
Our faith in Christ and His work on the cross allows us to receive a “blood transfusion,” except that this type of blood carries with in its DNA, eternal life.
 
And it’s this blood transfusion, that forever expels the contamination of Adam’s sin that was once polluted our bloodstream.
 
As a result, this “blood transfusion” causes us to become a new person, according to (2nd Corinthians 5:17) “This means that anyone who is in Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
 
Now with Jesus’ blood coursing through our veins, we have access to the Father and a “renewed relationship” that was lost thru Adams disobedience long ago.
 
There’s a reason why Jesus was sacrificed or went to the cross at the time of “The Feast of the Passover”.
 
“The Feast of the Passover” was a celebration remembering the deliverance of God, when God protected the children of Israel from the destructive plagues that He sent against Pharaoh and Egypt for refusing to let Gods people go from slavery.
 
How were the people of God protected?
 
Because of their obedience in covering the entrances or the door frames of their homes with the blood of unblemished lambs.
 
(Exodus 12:13) says, “But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying.
 
When I see the blood, I will pass over you.
 
This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
 
This was a “foreshadow” of what was to come at the cross with Jesus and His shed blood.
 
Those of us who (by faith), remain beneath the covering of the blood of the Lamb, (the Lamb being Jesus), we are protected from the enemy of our soul and the judgment and penalty of sin.
 
Jesus’ shed blood protects us, providing us with an “exodus”, from the penalty of our sins.
 
Jesus volunteered Himself to be our Passover.
 
And it’s so important for every believer in Christ to know and understand this.
 
It’s where our deliverance from sin, our freedom from sin and our victory for living life above the mastery of sin comes from.
 
It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
It is, the power of God unto salvation, body, soul and spirit!
 
(Romans 3:25) says, “God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.”
 
This faith must be consistently active and displayed through our obedience, because as (James 2:17),  “faith without obedience is dead”.
 
(1st Peter 1:2) says that “we are the elect of God according to “obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Christ.”
 
He then tells us in (1 Peter 1:5) that we as a “holy priesthood”, are “to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”
 
(Hebrews 10:22) tells us to “draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
 
What is being talked about here or referenced here, is the act of the believer and his or her continued obedience to the Word of God.
 
The mention of the sprinkling of blood in (Hebrews 12:24) refers to a present-tense experience as well.
 
We are to come by way of “the blood of sprinkling” and pray through the blood of Jesus.
 
Not just yesterday, when we received salvation in Christ, but today and everyday! 
 
(Hebrews 10:14) says, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”
 
His blood continues to sanctify us on a daily basis; if that were not the case, then we would have to continue to offer up sacrifices over and over again; but that’s not what God wants, nor is that His plan for humanity.
 
The covenant of protection made to the Israelites, saving them from the plague, could only be fulfilled by their obedience “to apply the blood” to their doorposts.
 
If they were to walk out of from beneath that covering, they would have been destroyed.
 
Again, this was a foreshadowing, an illustration, of the protection we receive when we are covered by “the blood of the Lamb” the lamb being Jesus Christ.
 
It’s the blood of Jesus that grants us access into the shelter of God’s presence or the most holy place.
 
And it’s there where our victory is found, (according to (Revelation 12:9) which reminds us that we can only overcome sin,
 
We can only experience a right relationship with God, “by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.”
 
Victory blood courses through our veins.
 
We receive it straight from God’s throne room, and it brings forth transformation, cleansing, deliverance, healing, breakthrough, and  salvation.
 
So let me ask you in closing this morning folks.
 
With this freedom purchased for us, with this protection promised to us, and with this power available for us to live “overcoming lives” filled with peace joy contentment and hope;
 
Why do we still wallow in the pig pen of the world void of hope and freedom?
 
If a dying man were to receive a blood transfusion that pulled him out of death and restored life back into his body, do you think he’d choose to remain bedridden in the hospital?
 
Of course not!
 
He’d spend the rest of his days rejoicing over this second chance at life.
 
Yet that’s what we do when we Christians act like we’re still part of the world, wallowing in the pigpen of the world.
 
What a disappointment this must be to Jesus after the price He paid for our freedom!
 
The bible encourages all of us to “come out from among them and be ye separate (2nd Corinthians 6”17)
 
Since we have received the most powerful “blood transfusion”, ever known to retain life and save souls, it’s time we stop acting like dead men walking, and rise up from our hospital beds, and rejoice in our new life in Christ.
 
A life granted to us by the power of the blood of the Lamb.
 
Yes, the Lord wants His people to “come out from among them and be separate.”
 
That means, that we need to be aware of the potential of falling back into sinful lifestyle and activities.
 
Balancing that however, is the biblical understanding that we cannot completely remove ourselves from the world of unbelievers, as that would cause us to lose our influence in the world.
 
In North America, if the 20th century was marked by “believers being so separate” from the world that there was not enough interaction with it;
 
Then perhaps “the 21st century”; may be marked by Christians being so involved with the world; that it is hard to tell the difference between the two.
 
Either way, our witness of Christ is hampered, and evangelism (the saving of lost souls) is hampered.
 
There must be a balance that cannot be summarized by a set of “dos and don’ts.”
 
Every believer in Christ has to decide if he or she is influencing the world, or if the world is influencing him or her; and then make choices accordingly.
 
We are not of this world any longer.
 
Because of the shed blood of Christ, we are “new creatures in Christ”, with a mandate that lifts us above this world and it’s sin and future judgement for that sin.
 
I close with Paul’s encouragement to the Ephesian church concerning its future and its impact in this world.
 
(Ephesians 2:1-10) “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 
 
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.
 
Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 
 
But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  
 
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages, He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 
 
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 
 
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, 
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
 
Folks it happens because of the blood of Jesus Christ.
 
Sing “Who do you think He was”.
 
 
Sing “For He Is Lord with the Congregation in closing”.
 
 
 


Sunday, April 10, 2022 - Unanswered Prayers


                  Unanswered Prayers
 
One of the greatest assets we have as believers in Christ, is the relationship we can have with our God.
 
And that relationship is played out in various ways and activities.
 
However I believe the most effective activity that motivates the relationship that we can have with God, comes by way of two consistent activities.
 
#1 Is the reading of His love letter to humanity, His instruction manual for life and Godly living, the Bible,
 
#2 The second is thru the avenue of prayer.
 
People often pray in various positions and ways.
 
Head in hand at the dinner table, head bowed in church, or in solitude outside in the fresh air, or while walking their pets.
 
Regardless of how it’s done, we’ve all opened our hearts to God at times, asking Him for a myriad of things:
 
Such things as healing of a sickness or a disease, a good or better job, a buyer for their house in a frozen market, an end to physical pain in their bodies, emotional pain, heartache, and the list goes on and on.
 
And it’s exciting when we see or experience answers to our prayers, and the recipients look heavenward with thankful praise.
 
The grateful will often share openly what God did for them, leaving out no detail how God has met particular needs in spectacular ways.
 
We often smile thinking about the God-stories we've heard or that we ourselves have to tell, and they never become old.
 
But what about the nights we cry out to God and the only thing we hear is the sound of our own voices?
 
When we open ourselves up calling out to God and yet come away empty?
 
Yes, God answers prayers; and He can do anything.
 
But we need to remember that He and He alone decides “the tailor-made” answer for each petition that wings it’s way heaven ward.
 
Sometimes God answers immediately.
 
I remember often times in our travels when I was confused about directions or which way to turn to get to a certain location or destination, or when ever we were broke down on the side of the road,
 
And in frustration I would bow my head and simply say, "Help us, Lord", and a car would stop and see if I needed help and the help I needed would be miraculously provided.
 
I’ve often wondered if they were angels of God sent to provide the help and direction needed at that specific time, and if perhaps, I had just met one of God's angels, as many did in the stories of Old Testament Scripture.
 
Regardless, I know God met me where I was, literally, and answered my prayer immediately.
 
But it’s also true and a reality that sometimes God takes His time.
 
And that is where we often get into trouble, because no one likes waiting.
 
When we are in a doctor's waiting room, it seems like we're there forever.
 
It feels like a punishment, but we know it's not.
 
So it is with God's waiting room.
 
And I have watched a truth develop, during that process.
 
As we mature in the Lord, waiting becomes easier.
 
It's still difficult to wait, but the longer we know the Lord and walk with Him, the more we see His faithfulness in our lives and understand that our waiting, is but for a reason.
 
And that we have developed some qualities that will be beneficial to us as life goes on.
 
Qualities like patience, endurance, tenacity, self control etc.
 
Sometimes God uses the waiting to work on our, or someone else's, character.
 
(Romans 8:29-30) tells us that God often chooses to wait to answer our prayers “to conform us into the image of His wonderful Son”
 
Often times as I have poured out my heart to a senior mentor in the faith about my own frustrations and trials that I am dealing with, looking for empathy and understanding mixed with some sympathy and comfort;
 
Instead, their words have pricked my conscience and provoked my faith;
 
Words that challenge me such as "I'm excited you have an opportunity to trust God for a miracle!"
 
Was he kidding? Are you kidding me?
 
He saw this as an opportunity?
 
I saw my situation as more of a curse, a problem, not an opportunity!
 
However, through the years and many more trials, I have come to understand what my mentoring friends have meant.
 
One day we'll be in heaven, standing in the presence of almighty God in all His glory.
 
We will see the one who loved us so much that he suffered and died for us.
 
That will not be a time of faith for us.
 
Our time for faith is now.
 
This is the only time we get to exercise our faith muscles.
 
The writer of Hebrews encourages us in (Hebrews 10:35-37) “to cast not away our confidence in Him, (talking about Jesus and or God) which has great recompense of reward”
 
When Joseph was imprisoned for a crime he never committed, the Bible tells us, the Lord was with him (Genesis 39:20-21).
 
 Joseph quietly waited for God's hand, without ranting and raving.
 
He didn't curse or complain about his situation.
 
He waited.
 
And God honored Joseph's “good attitude”, an attitude of total submission to God.
 
Each step of Joseph's journey through life, led him to a place where he could wait well, and well did he learn to wait, while trusting God.
 
There are times as well when I have been waiting to hear from God and I’ve heard nothing.
 
Its as if God is not listening to me for whatever the reason might be.
 
And at times I have been tempted to wonder if God doesn’t love me as He loves others.
 
But the bible teaches us that there is no partiality with God; He doesn't play favorites
 
(Deut. 10:17) says  “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.
 
Yet, in the silence, I can almost hear the enemy of our soul screaming at me saying “God has forgotten you, you don't matter, God doesn’t love you as much as He does others; that why he’s not answering your prayer”!
 
And at these times, we need to remember that “God's ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).
 
In those times seeing nothing, hearing nothing we have to trust, and believe that “He never leaves us nor forsakes us” according to the promise of His word in (Hebrews 13:5)
 
And the truth is; the more we learn about God, the more we see He is trustworthy.
 
Our faith, our trust won’t grow unless we are relying on God for something bigger than what we are experiencing.
 
Like a weight lifter in training, he or she has to keep increasing the weights to continue to grow and develop stronger muscles.
 
(Proverbs 3:5) says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
 
Instead we often tend to lean heavily on our own understanding, trusting mans wisdom and humanistic ways of figuring things out.
 
But again His word tells us and teaches us that “God's ways are not our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts” (Isaiah.55:9).
 
(Philippians 4:19) “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.
 
The areas we trust God for in our lives may differ, but the end result will be the same.
 
God uses different experiences to cause us to grow and mature in faith; and at times, He may withhold His intervention to help develop that growth.
 
As baby Christians, our trials are baby-sized.
 
As we grow in faith, so do our trials.
 
Author and preacher Charles Swindoll once said that “at times we look at our lives the wrong way”.
 
We look at trials as “the exception”, but trials are actually the normal part of a Christians growth and maturity.
 
Jesus said “the world will give you trouble, but not to be dismayed by it. He said for I have overcome the world! (John 16:33)
 
So, what do we do when heaven is silent?
 
The answer.
 
We need to become still and remember God is still God.
 
We can praise Him for who He is, “the almighty, all-knowing, and all-powerful creator of heaven and earth, and our Heavenly Father”.
 
We can ponder what He has done for us in the past and thank Him for what He is doing in our lives right now, even though it is unseen to us.
 
We can thank Him for what He is doing in the midst of, or despite the situation we are in; and we grow in faith as we continue to trust in Him.
 
God is not limited by our circumstances.
 
Jesus said “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
 
He also said in (Mark 5:36) “But you must believe”!
 
There will be times you'll pray and God will immediately answer.
 
And there will be times when you will need to wait for the answer He graciously promises to provide in His timing.
 
And then there will be those times when you hear nothing and all you can do is lean hard on God and trust.
 
Each of those scenarios is God-chosen for you—chosen by a God who counts the hairs on your head, who knows when a sparrow falls, and who collects our tears in a bottle according to (Psalm 58:6)
 
When we pray and heaven is silent, then we need to get silent too.
 
We need to be still and know that He is God, and thank Him for the opportunity to trust Him with our lives our future and our very being!
 
The writer of the Psalms says in (Psalm 37:25) “I have been young and now I am old, and in all that time I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor His seed begging for bread”.
 
 (James 4:1–3) “What causes fights and quarrels among you?
 
Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?
 
You desire but do not have, so you kill.
 
You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.
 
You have not because you do not ask God.
 
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

This passage of scripture reveals the following inappropriate actions and attitudes that many of us have; concerning God and our relationship with Him:

1) The people wanted a lot, and this was causing them to fight and quarrel among themselves.
 
Presumably, they were frustrated with each other as they could not get what they wanted.

2) The inability to get what they wanted had driven some of them to “kill.”
 
Now perhaps they weren’t literally murdering each other; more likely, they were thinking and doing hateful things to each other that Jesus said “amount to murder”, as He talked about in (Matthew 5:22) and (1st John 3:15).

3) They coveted what others had but were unable to get what they wanted, so they quarrel and fight walking in disunity.

4) They refused to pray, or, if they did pray, they did so out of selfish motives.

Unfortunately, the group of people to whom James writes this warning to, looks like or describes many of us believers today.
 
There are Christians or believers who are out “to further their own agenda” to get what they want by any means possible.
 
When they are frustrated in their aims, they lash out at each other.

But James teaches us that “there is a better way”.
 
Instead of coveting, quarrelling, fighting, and even killing each other;
 
Christians, believers, you and I, need to simply ask God for what we want and need and then trust Him to fulfill it.
 
James says that one of the reason they do not have what they want is that they have not asked.

There is a debate in theological circles about whether God actually “changes His mind” in response to our prayers.
 
Some would say that God never changes His mind; that He will always do what He had planned in the first place.
 
Others go to the opposite extreme and say that God cannot or will not do anything unless we ask.
 
This encouragement from James in chapter 4 does not really address those arguments.
 
It simply says that, if there is something we want, we need to ask God for it, instead of resorting to ungodly means.
 
It stands to reason that there are some things that we will not get unless we ask for them, but, if we ask for them in the name of Jesus, and we believe that He hears us,
 
John writes in (1st John 5:15-16)” then we will receive what we ask for, we will receive them”.
 
As children of God we need to be “a praying people”.
 
So, if there is something that we want, we need to ask of God.
 
The world around us should see us (as Peter describes), “as a peculiar people showing forth the praises of Him who loves us”.
 
That peculiarity is evidenced by first,
 
The love we show to one another as Jesus said in (John 13:45) “They will know that we are Christians by our love for one another,
 
And secondly, as a people who are quick to go to prayer to talk to God about the issue and issues of our lives that we need His direction and answers for.

Of course, James’ statement that “you have not because you ask not” does not guarantee that we will get everything we ask for.
 
A father might tell his child not to take anything from the tool shed but to simply ask if he wants something.
 
But, if the 10-year-old asks for the chain saw, or one of the sharp and dangerous tools, the father, for safety reasons, might not give it to him.
 
Likewise, when we ask God for something, He reserves the right to do what is best for us.
 
And simply put, sometimes He will say No!
 
Because He knows the beginning from the end and He knows what our future holds in store for us.
 
As (Jeremiah 29:11) says “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to give you a future and not plans for evil”.

(James 4:3) brings up another situation where God may not grant our requests:
 
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
 
So, while it is better to ask God for things (than to scheme and fight and try to get them according to our own ways and means), there are some requests that are still selfish at their root, and these, there is a good chance that God will deny.
 
The bottom line is that, when you want something, you need to ask God and let Him decide what is best for you.

There are some times when God may say “no” because we ask with the wrong motives, and there may be some times that He says “yes” because He wants us to give us the desires of our heart; as David talks about in (Psalm 37:1-6)
 
Although His “yes” does not mean that the object of our desire will necessarily arrive “on a silver platter” from heaven. 
 
How He answers our prayers is still up to Him.
 
Receiving what we asked for may mean God gives us the ability to save money to buy what we want and His answer to our prayer does not rule out secondary agency.
 
Our prayer is our signal that we have abandoned trying to get things our own way, and we are instead, deferring to God’s judgment about what we get and how we get it.
 
Knowing that God wants to give us all things that are needed for life and godliness, is infinitely more valuable and good for us than what we can dream up on our own, so we need to pray to Him, praying in confidence and in faith.

If there is something you want, or need in life, you need to ask God for it.
 
As James says; “you have not because you ask not.”
 
Again there is no guarantee that you will get it, but it is the best possible chance you have, and prayer will keep you within God’s will.
 
When you have submitted your will to His, you will be happy with what He gives you, whether or not you get what you originally asked for.
 
James says, “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. 
 
Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 
 
Is anyone among you sick?
 
Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 
 
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.
 
If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 
 
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. 
 
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”.
 
So in closing let me ask you folks, when was the last time you really talked to God?
 
I mean got quiet and alone.
 
Set time aside and purposed to talk to God about your life, your future, and what He wants you to do or to fulfill in your life.
 
Or is it simply the headache prayers in restaurants, “Oh Lord bless this food to my bodies health”.
 
Or desperation prayers, “Lord please let me win the lottery”.
 
Or the bargain prayers “Lord if you’ll do this or such and such, I promise to give more money to the church”.
 
Folks I encourage you to reconsider your relationship with God today and start to build a solid, confident relationship with Him thru prayer.
 
The old gospel song says “Take time out for Jesus, He took time out for you”.
 
And the confident truth that I want to leave with you today is that He will still take time out for you, if you will call upon His name.
 
But it starts with you.
 
(Isaiah 55:6) says “seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near”.
 
Sing Jesus It’s Me Again.
 
Jesus said “Lo I am with you always even to the ends of the earth”
 
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, April 3, 2022 - You are highly favoured, the apple of His eye

(Psalm 17:8) David cries out to God “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”

Some days we all wonder if God really sees us.

From small inconveniences to overwhelming circumstances, everyone of us has felt targeted, persecuted, forgotten, and overlooked in our walk with God.

And often the question rises up with in our hearts, does God really notice what is happening, can He see me, does He hear me, does He really care for me?

David, one of the main authors of the Book of Psalms and who was chosen by God to be king over Israel often felt that way, as he was hunted and persecuted by Saul.

But still, David had a confidence in God, believed God could see him, provide for him, and protect him no matter what the situation or circumstances were that came his way in life.

He would often have to remind himself to remember Gods promises such as (Deuteronomy 32:10) which said “He found him in a desert land and in the waste howling wilderness; and He led him about and He instructed him and He kept him as the ‘apple of His eye’.”

David never doubted God when God called him "the apple of his eye." Now we’ve all heard that phrase “The apple of His eye”, but just what

does the phrase really mean in ones relationship with God.

Today I want to look at what the phrase means “the apple of His eye” and its application for you and I?

Again in (Psalm 17:8) David pleads for God's attention and protection.

In verse 7 David writes, "Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand," and in verse 8, David begs, "Keep me as the apple of your eye."

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In other words, "Guard me as you would your own precious sight." We all know that the center of the human eye reflects the image it

sees.

That is to say that a tiny reflection of the object of your attention appears in your pupil.

The phrase comes from a Hebrew expression that literally means

'little man of the eye. '

It refers to the tiny reflection of yourself that you can see in another’s pupil as they look at you.

To be the apple of someone's eye clearly means that you are being focused on and watched closely by that person.

When God looks at His children, we are reflected in His eyes.

We are a tiny reflection of His vision.

We are "the apple of His eye."

The apple of one’s eye is a very sensitive place and therefore very protected.

Think about your own eye for a moment.
What happens if something flies in it or toward it?

Your eyelids reflexively close, your head turns, and your hands position themselves to ward off the threat.

Our eyesight is valuable, and our body naturally protects that vulnerable spot to prevent injury.

(Proverbs 7:2) Says “The wise father says to his son, “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye”

The instruction of this proverb is to hold godly wisdom in high regard as the valuable thing it is.

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David’s prayer in (Psalm 17:8) is for God to keep guard over us as He would the pupil of His own eye.

And the description of God’s care for His people in Deuteronomy 32:10 emphasizes Israel’s vulnerability and God’s tender, loving affection for them.

God provided for them complete protection; His people were a priority.

In the “howling wilderness,” God provided manna for them to eat, water from a rock, and safety from their enemies.

His care was as automatic as if He were guarding the center of His eye from harm.

And though they were not perfect, and though they were often rebellious and stiff necked, stubborn and willful, God held the Israelites as the apple of His eye.

Being the apple of His eye, they were most cherished.
And God’s care for His people has not diminished with time.

He holds His children close, and He can protect us as easily as our eyelids protect our own pupils.

He does this because He loves us in Christ.

He has a parental, protective love for us, and the biblical descriptions of His love are eye opening, to say the least.

In (Deuteronomy 32:10), the people of Israel are also called "the apple of His eye."

When the people of Israel reached the Promised Land and Moses turns over leadership to Joshua, Moses recalls the story of God's people.

The story is called “The Song of Moses”, and the people are reminded of God's protection and provision in the desert.

In the desert, He protected them in a barren and howling waste.

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He shielded them and cared for them as He does for you and I,
And you and I are also a reflection, in the very center of Gods vision.

You and I are the apple of Gods eye and are the object of His affection. He regards you as precious in His own sight.

(Psalm 139:13-14) describes how God felt about each of us from our day of conception;

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”

To think that God created each of us in the womb, fashioning us uniquely and individually, is nothing short of a miraculous thing.

Yet, as we go through life, we often are plagued with, or troubled with doubts about our God-given worth or value to God, due to outside messages that try to undermine God’s promises, participation, and purpose in our lives.

Yes, God created us to be in a personal relationship with Him, which is the greatest honour this side of heaven.

You and I are worthy of Gods love because He made us in His image— to fellowship with Him, follow His ways, and draw others to His saving grace.

The Bible has a lot to say about our worth as human being’s and today I hope to encourage you greatly as I share a few Scriptures that paint beautiful pictures of what makes you “valuable” in the eyes of the Lord.

What makes you “the apple of His eye”! You Were Created with Great Worth.

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And you are the apple of His eye!

Because of sin in this world and the enemy of our soul that specializes in condemnation of the saints, there is a lack of confidence in a lot of believers when it comes to their self-esteem or self-worth to God.

The Biblical view of self-worth is not only freeing; but it is very encouraging for everyone who has ever struggled with self-esteem issues.

In our search for value, we begin with the Scriptures that say, “Your eyes saw my unformed body;

All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!

How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalm 139:16-17)

God oversaw every stage of your development and ordained your days before you even took your first breath!

Think about that for a moment.

He spent time fashioning you into His likeness so that you could walk the earth as His child—a child representing their father.

His thoughts over you are good.

He wants the very best for you.

You were created with great worth.

The God of the universe does not waste time thinking about worthless things.

Instead, He thinks about those He loves with the best and most purest of intentions.

He works in your life for His glory and your good.

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He watches over you and you are “the apple of His eye”! Secondly, Your Worth Is Exemplified as You Walk with God

Author and pastor A.W. Tozer once wrote, “When the Lord lays His hand upon a man, that man ceases at once to be ‘ordinary’.

He immediately becomes ‘extraordinary’, and his life takes on cosmic significance...Christ knows His own sheep by name...

There are no ‘unknown Christians’, no ‘insignificant’ sons of God.

Each one is significant, each is a ‘sign’ drawing the attention of the Triune God day and night upon him.”

What a beautiful word-picture of God laying His hand upon those who seek Him and walk with Him.

As we enter the sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, our worth is “exemplified” by Christ in us.

Red and yellow, black or white, male or female, His light shines through us as we live as light for the lost to find God in this dark sinful world.

You have been set apart for His glory and you are valuable to God. (John 10:3-4) says, “He calls His own sheep by name and leads them

out.

When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow him because they know His voice.”

The closer you follow Jesus, the more attuned you are to His voice over the voice of the world.

And the things He speaks about your worth are absolutely true.

You are exemplified and you are significant because Jesus has called you to be significant for His kingdom.

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The closer you walk with Him, the less you focus on self-worth, and instead, focus on the One who is worthy to be praised!

Allow your personal worth to be exemplified, to shine thru the darkness of this world by abiding in the Good Shepherd.

As you do, His love will radiate through you, magnifying His presence in your life.

I can’t think of any greater worth than that!

Thirdly Nothing Can Steal Your Worth in Christ

Sin and shame are the main culprits in hindering our sense of worth; and at certain times in our lives, they are impossible to ignore.

However, cannot allow ourselves to remain stuck in them, allowing “self-condemnation” to steal our sense of worth in Christ.

“Self condemnation”, is a huge distraction that comes only from the enemy.

It gets our eyes off of God and onto our selves, and when we take our eyes off of God we risk stumbling, tripping, and falling, getting lost taking the wrong path.

Listen my friend, God loved us while we were still sinners!

And He continues to love us in order to bring us to the saving knowledge of His Son.

Don’t let anyone make you believe you are worthless to the Lord. Your past and current mistakes are always, always redeemable!

(1st John 1:9) says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

God is faithful and just.
He will forgive your sins and purify you.

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Nothing can steal your worth—not even sin and shame.

Paul writes in (Romans 8) Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus, the law of the Spirit who gives life, has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Folks we can daily enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.

We can go boldly go to His throne to receive forgiveness, mercy, and comfort from the winds of life that try to tear us down daily; that try to cause us to lose our confidence in Him and His protection preservation and power over us.

Nothing builds self-worth more than knowing we are walking in obedience and hand in hand with God.

Nothing builds self-worth more than knowing that you are being held in His sight, that His gaze is upon you, that you are “the apple of His eye”!

And it’s because of what He’s done for us and what He continues to do for us that we should desire to be obedient selfless children, and witnesses of His great love to the world around us.

God offers a relationship thru Christ with Him, that is a beautiful thing that transcends any thing this world could ever offer.

A relationship with the Savior “that builds or gives us great worth” on the foundation of His sacrifice!

The writer of Ephesians writes “In Him we live move and have our being”.

Paul writes this encouragement to us from the pages of

(1 st Corinthians 2:9) “The eye has not seen nor the ear heard nor has it entered into the heart of man all the things that God has prepared for those that love Him.

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From the pages of the Old Testament the promise of God rings down thru the hallways of time to each of us gathered here this morning, God says , “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and give you a future, not plans for evil”

In closing folks let me say that the writer of Hebrews gives us the following command, saying, “cast not away your confidence in Him for it has great recompense of reward”.

You are “the apple of His eye” , God has great favor for you!

So like David would do when trials plagued him, and when the winds of adversity would threaten Him, and when his own friends turned on Him and threatened to stone him,

The Bible says “David encouraged himself in the Lord”!
Today as you leave our time together this morning, I encourage you to

“encourage yourself” in the assured love of God.

He will never leave you nor forsake you but He will go with you and be with you always, according to His Word, “I will never leave nor forsake you lo I will be with you always even to the ends of the earth”.

Heavenly Father, thank You for creating us with great worth.

Forgive us for believing the lies of the world that tell us we are useless or worthless.

We rebuke those thoughts in the name of Jesus!

Please help us move forward in step with Your Spirit, knowing we were made to bring You glory.

Help us shake off all feelings of unworthiness in exchange for the confidence we’ve been given in Christ.

For by Him, we live and move and breathe and have our being. In Jesus name we pray, amen.







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