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March 25, 2021 6:58 am
So whatever blank you believe yourself, his hands was his goal is doing. If you trust will remember the moments of hope with.
We really are playing in the potter's hand when we feel pain in our lives, stretching and restoring today. Dana encourages us to surrender and trust in God's good plan for our lives.
In particular, this message restore July 31 23 says the host is what sport they shall use these words in the land of Judah and in its cities. When I what restore their fortunes.
July 30 244. When they return back to their homeland after the 70 years. God promises fields shall be bought for money and deeds shall be signed and sealed and witnessed in the land of Benjamin in the places around Jerusalem and in the cities of Judah in the cities of the hill country in the cities of the Cephalon and in the cities of the negative I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 3311 give thanks to the Lord of hosts for the Lord is the Lord is the Lord is good.
My dear friends. Jesus called God, but daddy who really love the Lord are daddies. The Lord is good for his steadfast love endures forever for I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the Lord, and the prophet Joel again in his warnings then says this I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer and the cutter.
My great army which I sent among you. Job 4210.
Everybody loves to study the crises and problems of Job, but it seems to me like too many students of the book of Job stop at the end of chapter 41 and we just love to relish in Job's pain but nobody or not.
Nobody few people really want to move into chapter 42 and listen to these words and the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, we prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before in Isaiah 61 seven. The prophet Isaiah prophesies instead of shame, and there shall be a double portion instead of dishonor. They shall rejoice in their lot. Therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion, they shall have everlasting joy in Zechariah 912 again another profit in the Old Testament says this, return it to your stronghold or prisoners of hope, which would be a prisoner of hope, a prisoner of hope. Today I declare annually the last part with me that I will I will restore you double to make double your trouble calls God said I am a store of broken things, broken people so you see the promise of God to to restore us is not rooted in our brokenness, it's rooted in God's promises. I love the story of the man who had fell upon bad times in his dress was horrible in his beard was scruffy and he didn't have a job and had no hope and is walking on the street one day and ran into another guy was nattily attired and obviously meant a great wealth, and they looked at each other and soon realized it were former classmates and the man whose wealth he turned to his impoverished friends and what happenings I just went through a series of bad times. My life's a mess.
I have no hope and the other men so attain what I want to give you another chance. So he reached into his checkbook wrote a huge check and said here go cash. This is the bank go buy some new clothes get clean and start looking for a new job and I'll help you in any way that I can. They embraced impoverishment. Thank them so much that he went to the bank to go cash the check looked inside and saw all the people inside so perfectly attired so clean in every way except Bill never cash this check.
They will believe it's for me, so he walked away.
The next day he ran into his friend again. His friend said when you cash the check wire to clean the elements, and you went to the bank. A look inside mess all those perfectly attired people. I realize they wouldn't cash this check and he said my friend, don't you realize the ability to cash that check is not based on how you look, but the ability to cash that check is based solely upon my signature.
The ability to overcome your messages is not rooted in all of your mess. The ability to overcome the mess is rooted in the promises of God and his signature on your check.
You can give God the glory for that.
I rather like it when you talk back to me so that's okay. I did. You sometimes wonder it's rooted on the signature of God on the check that Jesus cash for us on the cross of Christ. So here comes the question that so many people ask at this point, but David I've been waiting so for that husband. That child that job. Whatever it might be been waiting so and I understand first of all you need to remember the Israelites were in the captivity, for how long, how long 70 years so that means that when they got into the captivity. Very few if any of them never saw the land but the promises still held six of God's not on our timetable folks. In fact, we give you a phrase I want you to remember today if there is a delay remember the clay same with me. If there's a delay.
What was that mean so glad you asked.
Jeremiah chapter 18 the word of the Lord. Verse one came to Jeremiah from the Lord, arise, and go down to the potter's house and there I will let you hear my words. So I went down to the potter's house and there he was working at his wheel and the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do then the word of the Lord came to me, O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done, declares the Lord.
Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. If there's a delay.
Remember the clay who's the clay photos the clay we are is the potter God is who created us. God did who has the right to do with us whatever you want to do. God does. So God has us in his hands is a potter does the clay and he has every right in his timing for however long he wants to keep us in a delay to start stretching us and pushing us in ways he wants to do and then he puts us in his place on his tablet and he continues to move us in his ways. Sometimes we say ouch. Sometimes we say I don't like it one bit.
And God always reminds us.
I am the potter you are the clay and I can do with you whatever I want to do whatever I want to do it and he keeps stretching us in all different kinds of ways and in the stretching. He reminds us that his purpose for our lives, in accordance with Romans 829 is not to make us healthy, wealthy and prosperous he might give that to you. But that's not his goal. That's a temporary perspective. His goal is eternity. He wants to mold us through the cross to be conformed to the image of Christ.
He wants to teach us how to serve and not be served. He wants to teach us how to be givers, not debtors. He wants us to be like Jesus. That's his goal.
So if you're serious about following Jesus and you really did mean when he is saying I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.
Then he takes his cross, and starts imposing it on the clay and he presses into us. We really presses into us as God presses into the clay. He begins to conform us into the image of Christ, and he takes the part of us over here to ghost your stinking thinking I like that one bit, and I want it gone, and all your complaining about the ways you don't like me overseeing your life would get rid of that because if you complain, you remain in the mess and I want it gone because I'm about making an eternal creature's muscular and all of your unbelief. You doubt my promises, and don't believe I'm real that gone because nobody in heaven to be personal unbelief and all your willful disobedience. Those places we want to live life on your terms and rebel against her parents and just authority and gets me. God says that there were that to for the purpose of conforming us to the image of his long before the resurrection never occurred.
The cross had to have in Jesus goal in our lives. Folks, is not to be an errand boy to meet all our needs.
His job is to conform us to his image so that we will look and live like so if there's a delay.
Remember the clay God's working and most often he works in the parenthesis of the captivity. When we say heavyweight do with me whatever you want. That's not to say he's not concerned about your present circumstances that he will give you the desires of your heart. You just have to trust him to do it in his way and his time. If there's a delay. Remember the clay.
God is the potter are the clay and he has the right to do with all of us. Whatever he wants to do.
Final thoughts. God's in the restoration business.
That's what he wants to do was think all of our messes and restore them to the grandeur he intended with Adam and Eve in Genesis 1 and two. How does he do it will first of all, through grace, that magnificent unique word of the Christian faith.
Grace the unconditional love of the father in heaven while we were lost while we were a mess while we were sinners, Christ died on the cross to restore us to what God intended us to be the does it by his love. If I could get every single one of you just for one minute to realize the fathomless love of the father in heaven, your life would be forever changed. The proof is the cross, God would go to that extent, to redeem us and restore us. That's the proof God loves you so much.
I love the story of the minister who went to a father who had 13 children can imagine 13 children and he went to him as a young what is curious which one of your kids do you love the most in the father went well. We see there's there's Jane who really wants a husband so badly and has been waiting years and she doesn't have one.
And she's hurting so badly. I guess I love her. The most simple appointment but then there's Jack who started drinking a while back, and then realize that that exploded some kind of genetic predisposition and he's addicted to alcohol. He's really in some tough straight. I guess I love him the most. But then there's John who just lost his job and yes a supportive family of three and he really hurting right now and worrying and love John the most. But then there's Gladys and you know she just lost a baby boy in childbirth, and you know I think I love her. The most he went on for a couple more like this. And finally, the minister realized the child. The daddy love the most, was the child that needed the daddy.
The post, the persons, the father loves the most in this room right now are the persons who need the father most so whatever's in your blank. Would you know today, God is for you. He's on your side. He loves you. He passionately pursued you and died on the cross to prove first thing is understand great second thing, then repent. Repentance folks, some preachers go to receive God's love. No, no, receive God's love and you want repent, if you know how much the daddy loves you. You can put your clay into his hand, and you can say take your chisel your nails your sander and whatever you need restore and you can trust he's doing it and repentance comes in response to the enormous grace of the daddy and then finally after that comes restoration and it's beautiful. One final thought asked the third chapter verse 21.
These words about Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.
Jesus, who died on the cross was raised from the dead, ascended to heaven now sits at the hand right hand of God the father. One day, folks.
He's coming back. I told you that before.
One day he's coming back would you give God the glory for that he's coming back and when he tell you something right now that when he comes back.
This purpose is to restore all things.
This purpose is to make this world like it was in Genesis 1 into this job is to take our broken bodies and give the resurrection bodies that will never hurt or ever be diseased again. He will come and make this creation what it was intended to be, he will make our relationships what they were intended to be well restore.
Not a few things not something not many things that most things he will restore what all things, because God is a restore.
Do you believe that today God is a restore so whatever your blank. You believe you put yourself in his hands restore you and if there's a delay. What remember the clay God's work and his goal is not to make you healthy, prosperous.
His goal is to conform you into the image of Jesus is doing it.
If you trust one final verse, I'm gonna ask you read this one with me. Jeremiah 3217 a great verse from Jeremiah in chapters 30 through 33. All these chapters about hope read with me Lord, it is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm reader one more time. Not thing is too hard for you. You believe that today. Nothing is too hard for you will moments listening. David joins me in the stadium and David is on the right. What does the Bible tell us about the end time.
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Joining me in the stadium is our Pastor David so much for being with us today hi Jim how are you today I'm doing well how are you think I'm fine thank you. Look forward to sharing this David is in with people today very excited to join you in this conversation today to killer David is and you call trust God. But keep that gunpowder dry well it's an interesting phrase borrowed from the Revolutionary war. It was often said there by our folks who lead our revolution against England, a way of trusting God, but also taking human responsibility very seriously and let me unpack it a bit more this revolutionary war slogan that still holds true today. Trust God. But keep the gunpowder dry is so important for us to realize I recently heard the same ideas expressed another way. Trust God. But at night.
Keep your doors locked will think about it. God is indeed all-powerful, but he expects us to do our part as well. We are to trust God in all things in everything and turn to him in prayer. But we have a role to play as well.
We don't just sleep all day long. We have human responsibility as a part of our lives. So everyone consider the story of Nehemiah and his men as they rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem.
BMI was a great man of religious devotion, prayer and faith. He sought the Lord's protection in every way but Nehemiah also understood that he too had a role to play Nehemiah 49 says and we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night. We need to do this as well. Trust in God but also do our part.
Just as Nehemiah and his men did wet gunpowder won't let us fire our weapons when the enemy approaches and attacks unlocked doors at night won't prevent the thief from entering our homes. There's always a need for balance in life, gin, all you listeners understand there's a beautiful balance that God wants all of us to try to achieve and here is 1 Specific Good Way from the Revolutionary war, a slogan that many people said over and over again. Trust God.
But keep the gunpowder dry that's so good. And when I think about is if you go too far in one direction, then what's the point of praying right exactly and if you just pray and pray and pray you never do anything I'm God can't operate through you the way he wants to operate through you. You know the old joke, where there is a flood, and the persons on top of the roof of the house and keeps crying out to God to deliver them three different boats pass by and offer them this person the opportunity to get into the boat.
He refuses and then he gets to heaven after he's drowned. He said why and you answer my prayers and got that I sent you three answers right in front of our faith and we get to participate will I love that word participate with what God is doing in the earth today. Yeah, and there's some balance there that we got defined in our lives.
We trust God every day to give us this day our daily bread. We still got a good work we still have to earn our income and then in that balance were supposed to live life faithfully. So this is another example of that wonderful David is him that I really believe in the whole idea of you trusting God, but keeping the gunpowder dry. Again, thank you so much. It's wonderful to be with you, Jen and I appreciate it so much and listeners. If you would like to receive a daily moment of hope from me go to moments of hope church.orc subscribe there you'll get the written form of these David isms in your inbox every morning at 7 AM a gift from me to you to give you hope moments of hopefully Senior Pastor of moments of hope church messages from our online where sensor can be a part of our service each Sunday morning at nine and 11 o'clock going to moments of hope church.learn and while your online be sure to check out David's meeting.
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