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Are You a World Changer? - I

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September 2, 2020 3:00 am

Are You a World Changer? - I

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September 2, 2020 3:00 am

According to Pastor Greg Laurie, faith is like a muscle; it works best when it’s exercised and challenged.  And today on A NEW BEGINNING, he’ll begin a series examining the faith of some of the great men and women of the Bible.  We’ll see what helped them develop great faith.

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The following message from Pastor Greg Laurie is made possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God, to find out how to know God personally go to know God.org KNOW know God.org it would you do me a favor sure this message was someone who needs to hear those people over there was no there are some of this with no words as James faith without works is Pastor Greg Laurie heard C doesn't just talk about it very lives in the world of activity does hundred with Pastor Greg Laurie Pastor Greg will begin today's message just a moment our life is like a movie where the scar evangelist Greg more questions about this movie were in is a love story. This is the meaning of my life online event can change your life you all you rush of online prescription favorite social media plan form Labor Day weekend, September 4 through September 7. If I'd a friend message of hope evangelist Greg Moore had exclusive performances have an in country screen near you harvest that you brought encompassing word we might be fans of the sports team and have faith they can win some people talk about having faith in themselves, we pledge our love to your spouse and promise to remain faithful with faith as the Bible describes it is at the very core of our relationship with God, and it gives us the power to do his work today on a new beginning pastor Greg Laurie shows us how our faith can empower us to literally change the world. I don't know how it is in your house but my wife and I are always well safe fighting. Let's say were disagreeing over the temperature of the room. My wife likes it warm and I like it cool and sometimes I'll be sitting around and then breaking on the complete sweat that I've dropped 4 pounds and I go over the thermostat and that's like 78 and I'll turn it back down to an appropriate setting of unit 61, really 77 is pretty good for me. You know she wanted warmer. I wanted cooler so we go back to the thermostat again and again, why because the thermostat controls the temperature of the room so I would question for you. Are you a thermostat or are you a thermometer, a person what you saying I don't understand the question what comes out of this.

A thermometer is affected by its surroundings.

Depending on the temperature. The mercury in the thermometer goes up or down in contrast of thermostat influences its surroundings. Unlike the thermometer. The thermostat controls the heat or coldness around it.

So with that I might are you a thermometer or are you up thermostat. Let me put it another way, are you changing culture or is culture changing you. Let me put it, even another way is the world changing you or are you changing the world we start a brand-new series and were calling it world changers and it's based on Hebrews chapter 11 in the title of my message is are you changing the world or is the world changing you and when you look at the stories of great men and women who serve God and in effect change their world and working to see after learning about them, how we can change ours. I mean, maybe it's a tall order to change all world.

What about your world. What about your sphere of influence. What about your friends and your family in your neighborhood. You can have an effect. There you can be the change agent. You can be the thermostat you can be the world changer.

How do you do it you do it through faith. Number of years ago I was in New York City and they had sort of pop-up rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame that was temporary and I went down to see if they had some pretty interesting stuff. John Lennon's piano that he composed imagine on a tall white then Jimi Hendrix's counts. I would be more impressed that they Jimi Hendrix is guitar but the scouts and I think he's out of the counselor wrote some of the songs they had no videos playing of rock stars doing their things will what you think of rock stars.

I want you to apply that thinking to rock stars of faith really here in Hebrews 11.

These are people that change the world.

People like Abraham peanut Noah Sarah Joseph, Moses, the list goes on. Hebrews 12 starts with these words. Seeing that were surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, this run with endurance the race of this set before us, looking under Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, another cloud of witnesses that the author of Hebrews is referring to. By the way, we don't know who wrote Hebrews, the Holy Spirit, Ted, but it may have been to the apostle Paul, but we don't know the author but anyway, that cloud of witnesses that he is referring to are the folks talked about in the hall of faith in chapter 11. These were ordinary people like you and me.

They changed their world they discovered the secret of staying on top is not talent or opportunities, or status. It's faith in God and know this.

These people were not perfect.

In fact, far from it.

They failed often they're not heroes in the hall of faith because they were great people there heroes in the hall of faith because they had faith in a great God and we can have faith in the same grade God, I mean look at some of them a Gideon was a frightened farmer when the angel of the Lord came to him with hiding out from his enemy of the Midianites that were oppressing the people of Israel hiding beside a wall and an angel appears and says hey getting your mighty mountains all of the Lord is with you idiots. I probably looked really weak talking to me. I mean, there's no way he was anything but a mighty man of dollar. At that moment he was afraid and timid but God saw him for what he could become. Are you look at Moses. He was a fugitive from justice when the Lord spoke to him Jeff. That was an illegitimate son unwanted by his family. So these are very ordinary people to God touch and they ran this race and some of them rented better than others. Some ran well from beginning to when others ran well and fell and got up again in finished their race see the people of Hebrews 11 are sinners just like you and me. But here's an interesting twist on the story. You'll not find one single mention of any of their sin. In this chapter, you go back and read the accounts of these folks there were cents and in some cases, significant once again in Hebrews 11, sort of.

This look back on their lives. There's not one mention of sin. Abraham is mentioned he lied twice about Sarah being his wife. His son Isaac did the same thing Sarah laughed to God's promise and then denied. She laugh, Moses lost his temper and killed someone. David committed adultery and tried to hide his sin. Sampson was very immoral, yet they all make it into the Hall of Fame so they didn't always collect metals. Sometimes they collected scars but not one word of their failure is mentioned in Hebrews 11 wife because they were forgiven and God gave them a second chance to need a second chance in life. Maybe you're feeling like you've messed your life up. But here's what I want to say to you, your story is not over yet. Okay. And so there can still be redemption you can still get up again and finish this race just because you started well and you fell doesn't mean you can't get up and finish well and will get to see as we look at these people that some of them did that and the way you're going to do it is through faith. First John five courses. This is the victory that overcomes the world are they. But you know we talk about faith. Let's think about it a little bit more understand that faith is a lot like a muscle, the more you use a muscle or another way to say that the more you break down a muscle, the stronger the muscle becomes if you neglect your muscles they will not develop if you neglect them for too long. They can even atrophy I was at the gym a while back and I saw a guy's a big bodybuilder guy. I don't know why but he decided that he only wanted to build his upper body.

So the guys massive shoulders, arms, chest, you know sixpack the whole deal. And then he had legs like chicken legs. They were just like I might seriously while the timing is really don't ever wear shorts and I would have before.

But it's funny how I want to build upon what to do with the rest and that's all some people other sort of underdeveloped you use your muscle and you get stronger faith is the same way.

Use it or lose it.

In fact, over in Jude 120. It says dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit staying right at the center of God's love keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our master, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice that's telling the said faith does things. Faith is active pieces be praying he staying beekeeping two things with your faith.

Don't neglect your faith for me. It seems that a lot of people are afraid to them as I got. It's like a four-wheel-drive vehicle. You know they make amazing vehicles. Now and guys of glutton do it but just off aftermarket equipment. You know the raise and get giant tires giant wheels wench on the front huge Allied should also they pull up behind you.

You look in your rearview mirror, you're looking at the chassis of the car and so maybe they pull into a gas station which you have to do a lot like every four minutes. You know, because a lot of fuel.

You pull up in your little preamp your wheels are the spring so you have that things call you Alana for willing to guys like what you kidding me know much I spent on this thing so well wanted to get on the dirt where you go now going to another car wash no. It's kind of like all show and no go.

They take that bad boy in use it for what it was designed for.

That's what faith is like for some people, you know, we talked about it in and week we you know, we like to discuss it but we don't use our faith. We treat faith like an egg. It's it's fragile, don't drop it. I discovered whenever I go to the market in a five, 10 bags of groceries.

If any of them contain eggs, you know, if I drop one bag what's in the back right there knows that you drop one back. Never the cancer cares about identity can never the bread the bread can take it know it's always the eggs cracked and we treat faith like an egg, will be careful, don't breathe on it. No use.

It jetted out on the dirt put it into action.

What would God to do with pain in just a moment.

Pastor Greg points out how our faith grow think it's through times of blessing.

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Today I had extreme honor of praying with my 13-year-old son accepted Christ for himself. What a big day. Give glory and praise the Lord. Pastor Greg, I pray you are blessed because Christ using you to save me know my son is saying. I couldn't be more blessed if you have a story to tell of how these studies have touched your life for that of a family member. I hope you'll contact us today. Call our special number 1866-871-1144 866-871-1144.

Will Pastor Greg is launching a series today called world changers were talking about faith and how faith really only works when you put it to work.

Now let's read about it. Hebrews 11 read verses 1 to 10.

There's more in the chapter. I encourage you to read the rest later will come to it in time, but for now let's read these verses, verse one now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Provide the elders obtained a good testimony by faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which are visible by faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts and though he was dead, he still speaks by faith unit was taken away. So we did not see death was not dumb because God had taken him for before he was taken. He had this testimony, he pleased God without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that comes to God must believe that he is and he is a rewarder of those that diligently By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen move with godly fear and prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith by faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to God to a place we would go to receive his inheritance and he went out, not knowing where he was going by faith he dwelt in the land of promise is in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob be heirs with him of the same promise three waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God love that are let's break it down no point number one if you're taking notes faith does things faith does things so many verses here speak of helping work able offered a sacrifice. Noah prepared an ark. Abraham obeyed and later even offered up Isaac. It comes down to this, of faith, with no words that faith that does not work. So these people use their faith.

Listen, you can't run in standstill at the same time.

If you're sitting you're not running and if you're running you're not sitting how we all wish we could find some La-Z-Boy we could sit in and still get the benefits of exercise will not such thing exists under the same where were running in the race of life. We can't be sitting sulfate is getting out there and running this race but one is a you know we tell people to have faith just have faith and trust God. There were cries of low believe in the Lord will get you through.

And then it happens to us and all of a sudden what were not so big on it because we're struggling with heard about a woman who had a crazy husband and she went to the pastor and said Pastor my husband tells me if I keep coming to the church you'll kill me. Pastor says now don't be afraid. Have faith in God, the Lord will protect you. So she came back again Pastor my husband said again if I keep coming to this church, he'll kill me. Just trust the Lord. The Lord will protect you. She came back many times giving this message to the pastor each time he reminded her. Have faith in God that one day she came and said Pastor my husband just set up. I keep coming to this church, he's gonna kill you. Then the pastor said you want to look into the church.

On the other side of town that just started up the place for you, that's easy to tell others they have faith until my faith is tested.

But listen to this. Number two. Faith grows stronger through testing.

Faith grows stronger through testing even as muscle get stronger through use being broken down and built up the same is true of faith.

James one says from the Phillips translation when all kinds of trials and temptations crowd of your lives. My brothers don't treat them as intruders but friend realize they come to test your faith and to producing you a quality of an Lawrence lesson God will test your faith for your own good. I know you would like to have a trouble-free life. I know you would like to have a temptation for Eli is the only note here comes a trial final want to be tempted. But it's been said one Christian who is been tempted is worth a thousand who haven't been.

It's also said Christians are a lot like teabags you don't know what they're made of, until you put them in hot water and maybe your hot water right now hot water of temptation.

The hot water of difficulty in your faith is being tested know this God will give you more than you can handle, but you can handle more than you think you can yell I can handle. Actually, you probably can and of the Lord came into you. You can handle it. And if you couldn't handle it while he wouldn't have given it to you. He'll give you what you're ready for a take Abraham of the Lord started by just saying leave your country. Later on he said I want you to take your son a lamb on the altar will talk about what that meant. Later, we started with a simple task and went on to harder test Jesus. Yes, he told Peter to walk on the water.

But before that, he said just move your boat in the water to to deeper waters so the point is even go for the hard thing in the beginning he let them build up to it. You're going through a series of tests in your Christian life of faith in each one's going to make it stronger. And then you get to get stronger.

Yes, the tests will get harder but you're going to get even stronger because God whipping you into shape for greater challenges and greater opportunities. Everything is preparation for something else but sometimes we sort of went out. Why handle it when young Jeremiah was ready to drop out of the race. God said to him in Jeremiah chapter 12 so Jeremiah, if you're worn out in the foot race with men. What makes you think you can race against horses.

If you can keep your wits during times of calm.

What's gonna happen when trouble breaks loose like the Jordan in flood that would save men toughen up the one room of the horses then don't get worried when when you're just in a foot race with somebody else and by the way, if you want to be a world changer hang around with other world changers hang around with other people to get this you know hang around with people that have faith and want to trust God when I will be God because if you hang around with people who are having the world change them. They can drag you down. So that's what God was saying to Jeremiah, it's time to step your game up because faith is not just a feeling.

It involves our emotions, but faith is even more than is sent to what is written in the book, though it's based on the book faith is obeying God in spite of feelings, circumstances, or consequences may say that again faith is obeying God in spite of your feeling circumstances or consequent, that's great.

By the way, what is faith. I mean really, can you define faith well. Hebrews does verse one. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. So so that's what faith is, what is that mean I have no I never that's what it is we really understand what that saying of the new living translation puts it this way, what is faith. It's the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen.

It's the evidence of things we cannot yet see what comes out of this faith sees invisible thing I see dead people.

No not that kind of thing. That's a line from a film, forget it. Okay it sees invisible things. Faith sees what could be Oswald Chambers said and I quote. Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as president and the invisible, as seen" good so you know you can see a problem can use the information sees solutions Greg Laurie excellent insight on face today as he launches his series called world changers and he is one more comment from today's message before we wrap up for the day you're on a new beginning. Today's message is titled are you a world changer mentioned that if you like a permanent copy of the full presentation. Just call us anytime 24 hours a day seven days a week at 1-800-821-3300.

That's 1-800-821-3300 or look for the title online@harvest.org yesterday were so happy to be making available your new book that dovetails with our current series. It's called world changers if if if someone hears that God can use them to be a world changer. They may think, who meets the sorry wrong number you'd definitely met the call someone else and but a lot of great men and women of the Bible thought the same thing yet naturally to David and one of the people I talked about in my book world changers is Gideon when the Lord called Gideon he was hiding from his enemies. Jesse Israel was under great pressure from their enemies, the Midianites, so he is literally hiding behind a wall, threshing his wheat when an angel of the Lord appeared to him and says hey Gideon you mighty men of valor. The Lord is with you.

I think you might look over your shoulder and thought you talk into another Gideon I'm the opposite of a mighty man of valor.

I'm I'm a scared man right now hiding from my enemy. But here's the interesting thing God doesn't just see you for what you are. He sees you for what you can become. You know, we might look at a blob of clay. He sees a beautiful vase are Voss depending on how you want to pronounce it. We see a piece of charcoal he sees a refined diamond we see a blank canvas. He sees a finished painting and so the Lord knew that Gideon was going to become that mighty man of valor and you know how he was going to do it.

He was going to step out of his comfort zone.

He was going to obey God, and he was going to take a bold step of faith. So I talked about that in the book, and a lot of other people. Men and women that did the same and my point is this, whoever you are, God can work. In fact, the Bible says that God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise someone away when God works. It was super flawed person like you and me and him through a super talented person he really gets even more glory because people will say will there's no way they could've ever done that.

Janell and and that's maybe one of the reasons the Lord chooses such people.

Another character I talked about is David in any know you countries.

David and Saul. Saul was the first king of Israel. He was tall he was good-looking. He was the man he was. The People's choice that he wasn't God's choice and he failed dismally will then there was David no one thought much of him, especially his father. But God put his hand on David and he became one of the greatest leaders in the history bills of it. Certainly the greatest king, and wrote so many of the Psalms, and we look to him today is an example of what to do. And honestly, what not to do as well. I talked about David in this book as well. So whoever you are, no matter how old you are. If you're a man if you're a woman, listen to this God can use you. Here's a question. Are you willing to take a step out of your comfort zone. Are you willing to realize God's call on your life and the potential he is placed in you like Gideon did. If so, you need to order a copy of my brand-new book world changers and you can learn about Gideon and you can learn about David and so many others, and I'll send this to you for your gift of any size that you know here and a new beginning. We always offer quality spiritual resources that will help you grow spiritually or hope you share your faith in this book certainly is no exception and we want to encourage you to invest financially in our ministry so we can reach more people with the teaching of the Word of God in the life-changing message of the gospel.

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What could happen. God can convert anyone start praying for them. Take it to the next level. Are you going to know if you don't try. Well, I don't want to try and fail. Why not I rather try and fail than not try at all when you that's faith. Faith takes risks faith will bet the farm on something people say let's just see what the Lord will do.

Or maybe you have a marriage you see that's coming apart. Maybe it's your marriage.

It is a well I guess it's just doom. There's something I can do what you talking about put some faith in there and take action. What action should I take.

I don't know wanted to go apologize what I've done everything wrong arty know you're doing some wrong by saying you didn't do anything wrong. You're probably the major part of the problem. No, come to think of it.

Cover listening to you say I didn't do anything wrong. I love anything to apologize.

Yes, you do every husband does just changing the temperature of the thermostat. Every wife dies, everyone dies. Go to your spouse and your estranged from her having friction within say I was sorry for catching faith thinks action.

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