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Go Into the World - Part 2

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick
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July 9, 2021 6:56 am

Go Into the World - Part 2

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick

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July 9, 2021 6:56 am

As followers of Jesus we are called to share the Gospel—the good news! But in order to understand the good news, you have to understand the bad news first. Part 2.

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Friends, God is asking you and me today.

How long will you grieve over that place in your past that's clinging to you and not allowing you to move forward for God's glory and how long are you going to continue to live in your past moments of hope with David traumatic you ever wondered how to move on from your past. If you're like me, we tend to find ourselves in a place of longing to move on. Unable to let go of our past on this moments of hope broadcast pastor David Chadwick unpacks strategies for keeping our cost in our past. There was a woman and she was aging, becoming increasingly blind and her three sons wanted to do something special for her because she was a really great mom. So the first on her a beautiful new home expansive meal, lots of square footage and he gave it to her because of his love for her second son wanted to buy her a really neat car. So he bought her a Lamborghini. I made hundreds of thousands of dollars, gave it to her and said your mom how much I love you, the third son, knowing that she was blind. Even her hearing was getting a little bad and make sure she constantly heard God's word so he bought for her apparent in the spirit could recite the Scripture word for word from Genesis through Revelation so all three gifts were given to her.

She called her three sons by her sides and I want to thank each of you for loving me so dearly to the first son.

She said I appreciate the house so much.

But you know I'm going blind, I can't really see the house that well but thank you so much for thinking of me.

She turned to the second son and said thank you for that car. It must be amazing I can hardly see it. I certainly can drive it but thank you so much for spending all that money on me and giving me that car and to the third son, she said, and that birds you sent me. Good heavens, thank you so much. It was delicious. Thank you for really likes it must be a good joke. Okay today I want to talk to you that your past is past your past is past say with me. My past is past it's gone. It is forever in the rearview mirror, I want to teach you today about the importance of feeding your future feeding your purpose and not feeding your past all of us have physical bodies, and we know that to keep these bodies healthy.

We need to feed them mostly good food right if we feed our bodies mostly bad food eventually will become unhealthy dear friends, if you feed your spirit negative, bitter, unthankful, gracious, listen this feelings that's eventually you will become your spirit will become unhealthy. You will not be a totally devoted follower of Jesus, but if you feed your spirit good things like grace, mercy, kindness, hope, compassion, all of those good things. Your spirit will become healthier, and God knows that's true in the spiritual life and the physical life.

Today I want to address mostly what's happened to us in our past and how our past needs to be our pastor needs to be behind us. You don't drive your car constantly looking in the rearview mirror.

Do you of course not.

If you do so you'll most likely have an accident you drive your car, occasionally glancing in the rearview mirror, but mostly looking at the horizon so that you can see what's ahead of you in order to arrive at the destination that God has for you. Similarly, we need to drive our life scars in the ways that God wants us to drive them. My mama said this don't cry over to my mom and your mama yet it seems like there were these euphemisms as we were growing up that all good mamas new don't cry over spilt milk. They're just not a thing you can do once the milk is spilled, all you can do is clean it up and move forward. That's what God wants all of us to do today. So remember, don't feed your past, but feed your new purpose and that's what God wants us all to do.

Now there is an example of this in the Bible from a guy by the name of Samuel in case you don't know the story of Samuel. Let me give you this example now if you look at the biblical timeline, which is what I'm going to be teaching in our Tuesday night class at hope University.

I'm going to try to give you the story of the Bible in its unity and how it all fits together. What if you understand the Bible you know that Joshua died and he did not raise up a mentor to follow him. What follow Joshua were the judges and there were 13 judges altogether, Israel would constantly fall into a moral abyss. They would cry out to God, God would raise up a judge. The judge would deliver them in overtime. They would fall back into that moral of this over and over again will the last judge of Israel was Samuel. Samuel was a good and godly man. He was a child conceived in infertility. His mama was named Hannah. Hannah wanted a baby so much she cried out to God continually give me a child and had to wait a long time for that child to come again let me remind those of you who are caught in infertility that the babies that are conceived after long periods of infertility and having to wait there often times the mightiest and greatest children in the eyes of God. So don't give up if you're in that position. God may be using that as a time of deep prayer for you will. Hannah finally said to the Lord. If you give me a son. I'll dedicate him to the Lord for all of his life.

And sure enough, miraculously, supernaturally God gave Hannah a sign and again his name was Samuel he was dedicated in the temple, raised by Eli the high priest and again he was a mighty man of God, there came a point though where Israel became tired of Samuel as a judge as great and mighty a judge as he was and they wanted a king. Interestingly, before judges ever happened in the law. In the book of Deuteronomy God prophesied that there would be a time when Israel would want a king but God didn't want Israel to have a king, why God wanted to be their king. He wanted them to look to him for their sufficiency, but they started looking at the other nations around them, and they wanted a king as well. I guess it's peer pressure on a national level, and sure enough, the people came to Samuel, the last judge, and they said we want a king.

Samuel was devastated because he thought he been a really good judge, faithful in every way. He cried out to God and ask why God responded to him. Samuel don't be discouraged.

They're not rejecting you there rejecting me that really wants what was going on. They were rejecting God's rulership over Samuel and the nation of Israel, well God practice what I affectionately call Burger King theology which is have it your way.

If you persist in a way that is ungodly, God will give you what you want will say do you have it your way. If you want to go down that path of godlessness to let you do so, and he let Israel have a king, and God told Samuel where that King was his name was Saul and he went and found him.

Saul was hanging out in the baggage he heard that maybe he was going to be king even want to be king, which is a great sign of humility a good thing. He was tall and attractive had a lot of natural gifts but interestingly he was humble originally but folks though Saul started out well as a good king in Israel.

He didn't finish well.

He was much like Solomon who started well asking God for wisdom had wisdom but didn't finish will ultimately fell prey to the godlessness of the world will interestingly thereafter Saul became king and didn't start out well. Although there came a time when folks his call was not commensurate with this character.

It can happen to any person in this room where the call of God eventually is not commensurate with the character Saul mechanic began to be very prideful.

In fact it says in first Samuel chapter 15.

He even built a statue to himself.

Can you believe that he was king for just a short time had had great success. God had blessed him, and he built a statue to himself. Then God commanded Saul to go to war against the Amalekites.

They were a godless reprobate group of people who had attacked Israel coming out of Egypt and going toward the promised land in all kinds of fanatical evil ways and this was God's retribution against the Amalekites. He was using the Israelites as his instrument of judgment against the Amalekites and God's clear instruction was completely eliminate all of Amalekites.

Don't leave anything alive. Now I'll have to talk to it another time and I will so in my Tuesday night teaching on why God gives the laws of extermination, but they have a purpose in eliminating evil and threats to Israel's existence, because if Israel dies Jesus doesn't come into the world and were not saved of our sins that was very important to God. Saul did not listen to God and allowed many of the sheep to live in Samuel confront Simmons and why did you disobey God, and Saul decided disobey him and Samuel says do you hear the sheep bleating. That's proof you didn't obey God and often times we need to understand that verse in verse Samuel 15 where it says rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft. If you rebel against God's moral laws you are inviting the demonic world to control your life. Dear friends, you don't break the laws of God. The laws of God break you God's moral laws given to us to protect us on how to live the right parameters on life's highways and when we exclude those laws from our lives and break through them we will go over the edge. God wants us to live a certain way because he loves us and cares for us. Rebellion is like the sin of witchcraft.

Saul had an evil spirit that came over him and he went down the tubes fast well when Saul ultimately was dead redated Samuel again is discouraged. Just like he wants when they wanted the king instead of him and he starts grieving and the grief.

Last, not days, probably weeks maybe even months, until finally God comes to Samuel in first Samuel 16 verse one and says these words the Lord said to Samuel, how long will you grieve over Saul since I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Dear friends, God is asking you and me today. How long will you grieve over that place in your past that's clinging to you and not allowing you to move forward for God's glory. How long are you going to continue to live in your past your past is past letting go Saul has been rejected by me fill your horn with oil and go just go because God has another plan for you not living in your past to the future and I hope by the way the horn is always assembled biblically of power. Rhinoceros has on his nose. What a long horn you want us without rhinoceros, of course, not because of the horn. It's a symbol of power. While in the Bible is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. So what God saying here's now leave with a symbol of my power lead with a symbol of my presence and go and I will send you to just see the best for my for I have provided for myself a king among his sons. I got another king is not Saul. I got a better king. His name is David he's a man after my own heart.

Same to you today. Quit living in your past. Quit living with the kingship of Saul the past is past letting go now move toward this new King David that I chosen for you. A person after my own heart. I got a great plan for your life but if you stay stuck with Saul, you'll never appreciate King David in your life would you give God glory for them. So Samuel goes to Bethlehem and there he meets Jesse, and Jesse has all of his sons in front of him. Samuels got his horn filled with oil his instrument for anointing in this new King and God says to Samuel, the new King isn't here what the first one that Jesse presents as his oldest son. Big tall handsome strong and God whispers to Samuel no, not him.

He Saul part two. He saw the SQL we all want him and so none of the rest were chosen by God and Samuel.

Finally, ask the question, is there someone else and is that symbol yeah there is the youngest in my family that word in the Hebrew for youngest half krypton say with me now you know little Hebrew okay ha krypton means the youngest. It can also be translated. The want.

David was probably the shortest the one who did look like the other brothers, the one that would be most likely chosen as King and God whispers to Samuel and says David's the one go-getter say bring them from the fields into the room and Samuel takes the horn and the oil and anoints him as King over Israel, not what's interesting is he didn't actually become king for seven more years. He had to fight Goliath and continue to do some things with Saul etc. get seven more years before he was king. Dear friends, are you in God's waiting room right now is God's promised you something and you're just waiting in one year's past two years passed seven years well, if that's where you are, you're in good company with King David, but he was finally anointed to be the king over Israel and the truth again is God asked Samuel and he asked you and me. How long are you going to live in the memory of Saul when will you move forward to the new future.

The new hope the new King. King David that I have for you, your past is past, folks. You can drive your life's car looking in the rearview mirror. You must put it behind you and move forward for God's glory.

So then the question comes will will how do I handle than my past so I can move forward to the king David the God has for me. I'm so glad you asked. Let me give you for ideas that my daddy gave me my good coaches gave me that every positive life mentor.

I've had has given me.

Here are four truths, all of you can remember to move past your past and into the future that God has for you. First of all how to handle your past admitted own it. However, you screwed up.

However, you messed up own it, just admit it. Look at this verse in Proverbs 28 whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain what folks aren't you glad for mercy as a part of our Christian faith. Mercy means you don't get what you deserve. I'm so glad I don't get what I deserve want you if we got what we deserved.

We deserve hell.

So when we confess our sins he is faithful and just that's what the cross is all about admitting it's just confessing your sins and receiving the grace of Jesus, the mercy and kindness of God the father, who forgives us on that cross of all of our sins there all poured out on him, but the key is, we've got to admit, we got to confess it. That is the actual necessary first and important step. Admit it.

Alcoholics Anonymous my college basketball coach used to say all the time that he thought AA Mort reflects the heart of God. We, the church should be than any other organization your people in a circle, confessing their sins to one another and each extending as common centers as common alcoholics, grace and mercy to one another and that's what we should do as the body of Christ as we confess our sins to one another. What's so interesting is AA people will tell you that admitting the feelings the beginning of healing admitting the feelings the beginning of healing say with me admitting the feeling is the beginning of healing. When you admit it in your saying I'm powerless over this problem. Every person and AA will tell you they've had to go to the bottom and discover their powerless against the sin of alcoholism, which is controlling your but they'll never move toward health and wholeness until they admit it is the first and necessary step in getting past your past. The second one is admitted then quit quit look at this verse from acts three. Repent therefore and turn back that your sins may be blotted out. Once you go to the cross. And, you know, your sins are forgiven there something that naturally follows. It's called sentence repentance.

The best definition of attendance I've ever heard to stop at Saddam, then this is going and listening to moments of hope with Dana, Charlie, thanks for listening. Dana joins me in the studio. In a conversation about the power and imitating Jesus, I am Tony Marciano presidency of Charlotte rescue mission ask you a question will you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction to thin the person's shoes for just the second what is it that you really need.

You probably been one of the individuals who stood at the end of interstate ramp holding a sign just said hungry will work for food, whichever use the money for food and booze and drugs with it most likely you hate your life you addiction has stolen every aspect of hope going to be part of the fabric of society, but every morning, your addiction screams and you surrender to it. There is one thing you do need and that is transformation the place to go to Charlotte rescue mission Charlotte rescue mission works from the inside out to address the root cause of someone at the crossroads of addiction and homelessness.

The rescue Mission provides free Christian residential high quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford such services with a passion for holistic transformation and a love for Christ.

The missions 120 program has transformed the lives of thousands of men and women in our community.

Charlotte rescue mission is grateful for the financial partnership or moments of mine, James Easton's for listening today. Joining me in the studio is our pastor, David Shadrach, David, thanks for being with us today. Thank you, Jen. It's always a pleasure into Jay-Z devotion you challenged us all with the apostle Paul's words indicate me as I imitate Jesus.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on this from first Corinthians chapter 11 verse one a very powerful adjuration to all Christ followers, especially because so many who my experience as Christians say, although I can't be perfect, you know, I can never live up to what Jesus wants me to be and gin. I think we need to realize that when we have the power of the Holy Spirit indwelling our hearts we have in Romans 829 language we are conformed to the image of Jesus that this power of the Holy Spirit. More and more daily, monthly, yearly, makes us look live and act like Jesus himself so we keep forgetting that our examples as Christ followers have a huge way of saying the people Jesus is Lord and you can follow him and he can change your life as well. I just want to give people such an easy pass to say well I'm just not perfect. I can't live that way for the apostle Paul said imitate me as I imitate Jesus. What a word for moms and dads to be able say to their kids. You imitate me because I'm trying to imitate Jesus.

What a way to influence your workplace as you people know your Christians and they see the way you live in your saying to them without even speaking a word imitate me as I'm imitating my Jesus, I just think there is more power available to us then were easily able to recognize I completely agree. I love how you brought that Romans eight verse interesting.

This can only happen when we abide in Christ. Yeah, that's a great word.

It means to remain, to rest to be connected to to be unionized as one theologian described in our life is totally in him and his life is totally in us. Now, if God is the potter and we are the clay that means he is molding us into his desired image every single day. We've just gotta let him do what he wants to do and I really believe as Jesus lives in us. He not only lives in us. He lives through us and we can follow Jesus successfully. That's what Jesus said to his early disciples, and follow me live as I live.

It's called peripatetic teaching. What that means is you influence people less by what you say but more by how you live and Jesus said, follow me, and as you watch what I do start doing that as well.

You have the example of Jesus power being associated with his prayer life by his disciples, and so they went to him and the only thing the disciples ever asked Jesus to teach them how to do was to pray will. How did they arrive at that conclusion.

They watched him, pray and so I think the same thing can happen with us as well as we imitate Jesus people want imitate us because were following him so faithfully that is sound and I love that you brought out that example because that's exactly what I was thinking Jesus removed himself from the people to connect with the father to to get his marching orders for what to do next and are we doing exactly and in that time with the father. He filled Jesus up with power and that was the source of his prayer to heal, cast out demons and to live successfully in every way for the glory of the father sound powerful thinking so much data and everyone. If you like to receive these daily E blast from me go to moments of hope, Church.org, you can subscribe there they will arrive in your inbox every morning at 7 AM from my heart to yours to give you a moment of hope and moments of hope with a blank senior pastor and moments of hope church we would love to have you join us for worship this Sunday morning. We meet at Providence day school located at 5800 Sardis Rd. in South Charlotte 10 AM.

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