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The World Changer at the End of the World, Part 1 - I

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September 16, 2020 3:00 am

The World Changer at the End of the World, Part 1 - I

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September 16, 2020 3:00 am

Do you influence the world around you . . . or does the world influence you? Wednesday on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie continues his series called World Changers. We’ll learn important lessons on making an impact on our culture from a man named Noah. 

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The following message from Pastor Greg Laurie is made possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God, you want to hear from you. Would you consider emailing me you can reach me at greg@harvest.org again that's Greg harvest.org and you can also make me one of your friends on Facebook and drop me a comment as though things the world is because they believe what God says is were believers in the privileged position. Pastor Grigori points out, we can bring people home with what we know.

We know that God is good.

We know that things are going to get worse before they get better. But we also know that Jesus Christ is coming back again will ultimately prevail. We know that we win in the in as we either we leave our influence on the world weaves its influence on how to be going for you.

Thankfully, we can make a change.

That's what Pastor Greg Laurie's current series world changer is all about Roger long for a new beginning as we consider how to walk in such a way that touched and changed from knowing you learn how to be the kind of person automatically rub your Bible and turned to Hebrews 11 and Genesis 6 Hebrews 11 and Genesis 6 and the title of my message is the world changer at the end of the world have ever been in a really dark place and notice what happens when a light goes on like a movie theater, doesn't it drive you crazy.

When you're in a theater. That's a crucial scene on the film that someone pulls her phone out the check, Instagram or whatever been a little light goes a long way to look at a time. Historically know where the world was very dark in fact it's the dark as the world is ever been yet not as dark as it still will be in the midst of this very dark backdrop signed a very bright light are true world changer and his name was Noah were this series are another recalling world changers and you might ask you what you call it that. What is the world changer. I'm glad you asked a world changer is a person that does not accept the status quo world changers don't march in lockstep with current culture.

In fact, a world changer. That's a person who changes the culture world changers think for themselves.

They do what is right world changers are followers of Jesus Christ and effectively affect their surroundings more than their surroundings affect them.

Remember I pointed out world changers are thermostats not thermometer a thermometer merely reflects the temperature of thermostat controls the temperature and I asked you the question, are you with thermostat or are you a thermometer. Are you being influenced or are you influencing are you changing the world or is the world changing. You and of course the secret to being a world changer as being a man or woman of faith that brings us to Hebrews 11 it's sometimes called the Carroll's Hall of Fame. These are people who made a big difference in what was their secret was because they were great people.

No, not at all. It was because they had faith in a great God.

They were ordinary people.

They were people like you and me. In fact, they failed often even the character going to be looking at is OC had his own epic failure, but the fact of the matter is these people applied faith and remember we told you, according to Hebrews 11 one. Faith the fine is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith moves faith is active faith does things. Faith is a lot like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it becomes, the less you use it the weaker it becomes. If you neglect it altogether. It will atrophy God's given us faith that we want to be a world changer we need to apply our faith that we've already looked at two world changers are able and enough now will get a look at the world changer who lived at the end of the world I'm talking about Noah now when I see the end of the world.

I mean, the time before the flood. In effect, Noah was the last days believer living in his last days before God judge the earth and brought the flood upon it. So here's the thing God comes the Noah ended so many words says I want you to build a really big boat, because it's gonna rain really hard to understand it. It never rained before.

Up to this point. So Noah built a big R and imagine this.

Let me know. It didn't have the sophisticated tools and resources that they would use to build this ark. He and his family did this. Hebrews 11 seven says, by faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen moved with godly fear, he prepared an ark to the saving of us also by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith okay so let's try to identify some principles as to why Noah was a world changer you're taking notes ears principle number one God revealed secrets to know God revealed secrets to Noah. Look at verse seven of Hebrews 11 again it says.

Noah was divinely warned. So the Lord spoke to his servant.

He told him what was coming down. He told him what was about to The Bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God is God spoken to you lately. How does God speak US well first of all, he speaks primarily through his work right when you open up the word of God.

You will hear the voice of God. Sometimes God will speak to a preacher. Sometimes God will speak to our friend. Often, God speaks to your wife rarely for the husband know I'm joking he speaks about. Sometimes God will speak to circumstances.

Sometimes God will speak in the stillness of your heart. God rarely speaks audibly. So don't be listening for voices but he does speak often maybe the Lord is sort of nudged you I wanted Tenzan God is speaking it's not so much words.

It's unknown in a certain direction. Maybe it's a person that I am certain nudged toward like to talk with that person. I never know what to say to start on them things common and you realize the Lord went to the minster that person. Maybe it's a step of faith got sort of lead you to maybe leave your comfort zone and do something you would normally do like start a Bible study at work is a few Christian people get together at lunch time have a Bible study or maybe he's led you to go share your faith there is legend.

It is something else. God's will give you. Here's my question.

Did you listen God spoke to Noah and he listened God revealed secrets to Noah, here's something we need to consider Christians know things the world does not know Christians know things the world does not know this symbolist Christian and by that I mean the youngest Christian or even a young person who happens to be a Christian knows more than many of the great intellectuals of the world because they believe would God says in his word.

Jesus said in Matthew 1125.

Thank you father for hiding the truth from those who think they're so wise and clever and for revealing it to the child line.

Even the most basic Christian knows more than many of the educated people of the world. For instance, we know that God is good and man is back to a lot of times people say no man is coded, God is bad know it's the opposite. God is good and man is bad.

If you think man is basically good. It's a hard day for you when you realize the horrific tragedy that took place on 9/11 when we were attacked by Islamic terrorists and all those people lost their lives. It was that a day of wickedness at the word evil was on display is also a bit of heroism were people risk their lives. Many gave their lives. I went to the spot there of the World Trade Center.

Two days after the attack we had people on the ground there. We had chaplains there in our church that we planted in New York many years ago that folks all around the city ministry because New York that if you've ever been in New York, these are people on the move. They basically don't talk to each other when they pass one another in the street. There are always going somewhere whole city was traumatized people were reaching out.

They were hurting so we would set up little tables with the site need spiritual help, but I'm telling you New Yorkers would. They were taught they would seek spiritual counsel.

It was a fantastic time ministry. Wise. Despite the horrible tragedy that took place but I remember arriving at the scene and it was so hard to describe just smoke smoldering from the debris and you saw these up, first responders, out there in construction folks trying to put it all back together and first remove all of the things that were there in the wreckage and there would be walls just lined with images of people and and there was a phone number missing looking for this person that we provided food for the first responders, we set up a restaurant there and give them all free food and then I was asked to speak at Brooklyn Tabernacle, and so I went and they invited a bunch of the firefighters that it actually worked at the World Trade Center rescuing people and in trying to help and that they said they give mom a free meal so a bunch of these guys showed up at church and these guys were like this so impressive.

I have to say there and still in their their uniforms and then there were care the Dustin turtle over them and they're sitting there in the front row and there were, you know, I was preaching something you want to know what these guys are going to do nothing invitation 25 of them walked forward and stood there and prayed and asked God to forgive their sins and ask Christ to come another life for an amazing moment, but we know things the world doesn't know for instance, we know that things are going to get worse before they get better. But we also know that Jesus Christ is coming back again and good will ultimately prevail.

We know that we win in the end God revealed his secrets to know God revealed his secret you to we know that God judge the world, the time of Noah. That's the reason for the great flood in a moment. Pastor Greg gives us a snapshot of how bad it was everybody Greg Laurie here inviting you to join me every weekend for what we call Harvest at Home. It's a church service. It's a worship service. It's a Bible study and its wherever you wanted to be in your home in your car sitting on a beach walking down the street watching it on your phone wherever you are taken with you and be ministered to every weekend.

Join us for Harvest at Home@harvest.org Pastor Greg is helping us learn from the example of know it today as she continues her series called world changers and for a replay of today's insight just go to harvest.org number two. Noah had great reverence for God is great reverence for God. Verse seven says he moved with godly fear, know sometimes we hear the word fear. We don't know what it means. The Bible says, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So when we talk about fearing God does that mean that were afraid he's gonna smack us well. Really what it means is we have reverence for him.

One definition I sort of like about God's fear or fearing God is a wholesome shred of displeasing it's not so much a fear of retribution. It's a dread of displeasing him. I don't want to dishonor him. I don't want to disappoint him and Noah move with this reverence and fear, know sometimes I think in the church people are way too casual with God.

You know that they have this relationship with God, and they forgotten the holiness of God in on their liking men. Jesus is my homeboy okay yeah whatever just what buddy your homeboy created the universe so have a little risk that this is God Almighty were talking about Jesus in the Lord's prayer taught us to pray our father Warden Evan Hallett would be your name, a reverence for your name holy is your name. Years ago I became friends with Dr. Alan Redpath and that he's wonderful British gentleman. He is now in heaven, but he's written some fantastic books if you ever see a Alan Redpath will Jada pick it up. We admired him so much we named our son Jonathan out from Jonathan Allen glory, and so we were able to bring Dr. Redpath out to speak and he spoke here at our church and in these book and some other churches might spend a lot of time with them and I was always furtive and often when I called him Dr. Redpath and he would say to me.

Oh Greg, don't call me Dr. Redpath call me Alan. That's a okay doctorate company SQ that's I just I just didn't want to call them out one you know he's Dr. Redpath and you know it it was. I never did call him Alan. Then, but he also had a great sense of humor. So when I was around him.

I was always on my best behavior, but also me, but I would goof off when he was in around my normal obnoxious self and done I was doing this thing at that time I thought it was funny. I don't know why. In retrospect, but I would take a bite of food and then they would take my fork and throw it over my shoulder and say what it's disposable right people look at me like you your ED throw for don't do this by the way, because I'm a professional idiot. So, don't imitate me, but the fork over my shoulder.

It's disposable right heel whatever so I would never do that with Dr. Redpath, Robert sitting one night in a British restaurant what you know were all dressed in suits and ties. It was a nice restaurant and were sitting there and I'm not given up on the throne the fork around you know I I'm of my best matters therein, and all of a sudden something hits my chest, heart looked out it was a fork and I looked Evan Dr. Ulrich that the throne the forgive me and acutely in the chest, artful entities, it I thought it was disposable with his comedian know how to listen to me know. But you know I never lost the respect for him and we should never lose our reverence for God. He how bad were things when God spoke to know is bad as they possibly could be as bad as it is ever been.

But as I said, not as bad as it still will be. And that's why Noah was the last days believer. But here's what he shows us he shows that you can live a godly life in an ungodly world you think things are bad when you are right now you have no idea how bad it was, were Noah was how bad was it not go to Genesis 6 a to read about it starting in verse five it was so bad that God saw the wickedness of man that was great on the earth. God saw that every intent of the thoughts of man's heart was only evil continually in the Lord was sorry he made man on the earth, and he was grieved in his heart.

The Lord said I will destroy man whom I created from the face of the earth.

Both men and bees creeping thing, and birds of the air, for I'm sorry I why was God. Sorry he made mankind, because verse five says God saw the wickedness of man was great in every intent of his thought and his heart was only evil continually was only evil occasionally evil, only evil weren't even occasional good thoughts encrypted. It was just evil, layered upon evil, layered upon evil emphatically phrase that is used here could be translated that wickedness had reached a high degree of the highest pitch years ago we were in New York City and there were having a strike all the trash men went on strike and were thinking of just there was trash everywhere trash piled on top of trash and of course in the room and was there. The rats were there and it was just a mess and it didn't smell good. Outside and that sort of like with planet Earth was like morally and spiritually. It just stunk to high heaven and God actually says you know what, I'm sorry. I even made mankind. But here's a very interesting word. You don't want to miss. We read that God was agree that he had made mankind versus great listen.

You only grieved for those you love the words of a stranger and sold shoes like idiot. Whatever you grieve over years ticked off by Bowen someone you love and soul to one family member disappoint you. When someone you care about the something bad grieve because you grieve when you love someone so God says this makes me so angry and I'm grieving because I love these people but they push the envelope so far and know God says I'm in a bring judgment on the earth thing and sometimes we hear that it was a will that doesn't make sense. Why would a loving God bring judgment because God is not only loving. He's also just and as Abraham said rightly.

Genesis 1825, shall not the judge of the earth do right.

Listen, if men can flagrantly and continually break God's laws and murder and destroy and pervert everything that is right is it good for God to turn away and do nothing actually makes no sense. God is good God is loving God is righteous God is just. Let's say that your little toddler was playing in the backyard and all of a sudden a wolf jumped over your fence and was coming toward your child's teeth showing what would you do I would like to love the wolf know kill the wolf.

Why because you love the child so you kill the wolf. So in many ways this is like evil God get a deal with an appropriately and judgment is going to come up. By the way the Lord takes no joy in bringing judgment of fact God says in Ezekiel 3311. I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked would turn from those way and live and turn from their evil ways. Why should you die, O house of Israel. God save I don't want to do this to you, you know what Ted it's going to happen and in effect your bringing it upon yourself. I'm a just God and I keep my word when I say I'll do something, do it but I love you. I don't want to do it but I'm just and I keep my word. So I will do it.

And of course judgment was about to come.

But here's this man, Noah living godly life in an ungodly place shining as a bright light in the darkest circumstances imaginable bring us to point number three. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 68 says that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord visiting the God of grace I Noah because he lived a righteous life know the very opposite Noah lived a ride to five because God had grace on him. What is grace if it defined as God's unmerited favor because he found grace or grace found him.

Noah lived a righteous life. Listen to this, God does not love us for what we have done or haven't done, nor does God love us for what we are or are not God loves us that extends grace toward us, because he chooses to this because he loves you so, he extended his grace and Noah.

Noah responded appropriately to that grace and was a world changer, Greg Laurie, with insights on Noah today on a new beginning from his new series called world changers and there's more to come. As the study continues. But if you missed any part of today's discussion, you can go online to harvest.org and get a permanent copy of this presentation.

Look for the title the world changer at the end of the world part one or you can call us at 1-800-821-3300. We can take your call anytime 24 seven again., 1-800-821-3300 yesterday were so happy to be making available your new book that dovetails with our current series is called world changers. If someone hears that God can use them to be a world changer. They may think whom me wrong number you you definitely met the call someone else yes but a lot of great men and women of the Bible not the same thing yet.

That's really true.

Dave and and one of the people I talked about 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 him. I looked over her 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 that there was super talented person he really gets even more glory because people say will there's no way they could've ever done that you know and and that's maybe one of the reasons the Lord chooses such people. Another character I talked about is David in any you know you can't just 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 them, especially his father. But God put his hand on David and he became one of the greatest leaders in the history because of 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 has 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 as you know, here is a new beginning. We always offer quality spiritual resources that will help you grow spiritually or help 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. So whatever you can do please know it's really appreciated and I'll look forward to getting you your own copy of my brand-new book world changers. Yeah that's right you know the book and help you impact the world and your investment in this ministry can help us impact the world as well. Think of how your donation could touch her life recently was on social media posts. That said, my 73-year-old neighbor recommitted her life to the Lord after I put the harvest app on her phone. She 73. So thank you harvest, you know, it's the donations of listeners that make this ministry possible through radio, through Pastor Greg's Harvest at Home online services through our mobile app and through books like world changers. So thank you for your donation today.

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